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Good for Pontet-Canet

Bordeaux's "super cinquième" is selling out in minutes despite announcing its highest price ever for the 2010 vintage

Posted: June 10, 2011  By James Laube

Good for Pontet-Canet. They're proving Cinderella stories can come true.

This has long been one of my favorite Bordeauxs. It's a fifth-growth Pauillac that can perform like a first-growth, often offering pure, rich Cabernet fruit that's deeply concentrated. It's one of those wines I look for when dining out and want to drink a great bottle of Bordeaux.

Due to the Bordeaux hierarchy, it has never commanded prices anywhere near those of the first-growths, even as critics increasingly recognize its depth of character. Looking at James Molesworth's barrel reviews of 2010, Château Pontet-Canet is right there with Château Lafite Rothschild and Château Latour, all with projected ratings of 96-99 points.

This week, Pontet-Canet's futures price for its 2010 came out; it's being offered to consumers at a little under $200 a bottle, the highest price its ever asked, and it's still flying out the door.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Raising the Curtain on Bordeaux's 2010 Futures Prices

Châteaus Pontet-Canet and Gruaud-Larose are the first big names to announce their 2010 en primeur prices

Posted: June 9, 2011  By James Molesworth

With VinExpo approaching—where the business side of the wine world meets before knocking off for summer vacation—what had been a rather sleepy en primeur campaign for the potentially tremendous 2010 vintage suddenly took on new life this week with the release of prices from a few top estates.

Both Châteaus Pontet-Canet (2010 barrel tasting score: 96-99 points) and Gruaud-Larose (93-96) released their 2010 pricing in what should spark many of their colleagues to follow suit. Château Pontet-Canet released its first tranche at 100 euros, a price owner Alfred Tesseron said he derived from the average of three tranches for his 2009, plus 8.3 percent. Château Gruaud-Larose also opened with its pricing and is now being offering at 61 euros by the trade, up from 50 euros for the 2009. The futures prices to U.S. consumers will increase as the wine moves through the distribution chain, with the exchange rate also playing a big role.

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2011 Southern Hemisphere Harvest Report: Part 3

A first look at vintage quality in South Africa, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers

Posted: June 3, 2011  

News & Features  :  News

2011 Southern Hemisphere Harvest Report: Part 2

A first look at vintage quality in Argentina and Chile, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers

Posted: June 2, 2011  

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2011 Southern Hemisphere Harvest Report: Part 1

A first look at vintage quality in Australia and New Zealand, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers

Posted: June 1, 2011  

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

Two Value Whites from California

Courtney Benham Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2010 and Martin Ray Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2009

Posted: May 13, 2011  By Kim Marcus

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Northern Rhône Vintage Analysis: 2009 and 2010

Assessing the wines of the newest vintages after my week of recent visits

Posted: May 10, 2011  By James Molesworth

After tasting through the 2009s and 2010s at numerous domains during my recent trip through the Northern Rhône Valley, lovers of these wines will have a lot to choose from. Both are excellent years, though markedly different in style. And both are potentially classic. Here are my notes.

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Day 8 in the Rhône, Part 2

Back to the flat part for two more stops before heading home

Posted: May 6, 2011  By James Molesworth

On my eighth and last day in France's Northern Rhône Valley, I stopped in the heart of the Crozes-Hermitage at two of the area’s most prominent family-run estates, Alain Graillot / Equis and Gilles Robin. Here are my notes on their most recent bottlings.

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Day 8 in the Northern Rhône, Part 1: Developing the 'Other' Hills

Jean-Louis Chave defends Hermitage while rebuilding St.-Joseph

Posted: May 4, 2011  By James Molesworth

On my eighth day in France's Northern Rhône Valley, I began at one of Hermitage's top domaines. Jean-Louis Chave carries the weight of his family’s generations working the famed hill of Hermitage. He sees his role as caretaker, protector. For Chave, Hermitage is already defined—there is nothing he can do to improve or change it. He can only make sure it expresses itself in his wine, in the best way possible, with each ensuing vintage.

But across the river, in the St.-Joseph appellation, Chave is building, changing, evolving. Following are my notes on his wines from the 2009 and 2010 vintage.

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Day 7 in the Rhône, Part 2: M. Chapoutier

From Hermitage to St.-Joseph, Condrieu and Côte-Rôtie, the domaine's most recent wines may be its best ever

Posted: May 2, 2011  By James Molesworth

This continues my notes on tastings and visits during Day 7 of my current trip through the Northern Rhône. After visiting Alain Voge, Pierre-Henri Morel and Ferraton Père & Fils, I headed to M. Chapoutier to taste the most recent vintages. Here are my notes.

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Day 7 in the Rhône, Part 1: Cornas, St.-Joseph, Hermitage and Beyond

Tasting the newest reds and whites at Alain Voge, Pierre-Henri Morel and Ferraton Père & Fils

Posted: April 29, 2011  By James Molesworth

On my seventh day in the Rhône Valley I visited Alain Voge, Pierre-Henri Morel and Ferraton Père & Fils to taste the recent wines from Cornas, St.-Joseph, Hermitage and beyond. Below are my notes.

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Day 6 in the Rhône, Part 2: Jean-Luc Colombo and Nicolas Perrin

On my sixth day here, I headed to one of Cornas' most-established domaines and one of the region's newest small négociants

Posted: April 27, 2011  By James Molesworth

On my sixth day in the Rhône Valley I visited three wineries. Afterat visiting E. Guigal, I headed to Jean-Luc Colombo and Nicolas Perrin. Below are my notes.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Day 6 in the Rhône, Part 1: The Big Guy on the Block

Tasting the recent vintages of Côte-Rôtie, St.-Joseph, Châteauneuf and more with Marcel and Philippe Guigal

Posted: April 25, 2011  By James Molesworth

On my sixth day in the Rhône Valley I visited three wineries. I started at the Côte-Rôtie's iconic E. Guigal to taste not just the recent Côte-Rôtie Syrahs but also St.-Josephs, the Châteauneuf and more with Marcel and Philippe Guigal. Here are my notes.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

12 Dry California Rosés

In time for summer, new reviews of crisp, flavorful pink wines

Posted: April 25, 2011  By Tim Fish

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Revisiting the 2001 Côte-Rôtie Reds

Sunday in the Rhône—what to do? A horizontal tasting of dozens of older wines passes the time

Posted: April 21, 2011  By James Molesworth

On my fifth day in the Rhône Valley I settled into my hotel room for a retrospective tasting of 30 Côte-Rôties from 2001. Here are my notes.

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Day 4 in the Rhône: A Pair of Youngsters

Tasting the young new wines at Natacha Chave and Stéphane Ogier

Posted: April 20, 2011  By James Molesworth

On my fourth day in the Rhône Valley I visited two young wineries, one belongs to the daughter of Bernard Chave, the other to Stéphane Ogier. I tasted Natacha Chave's 2010 St.-Josephs and Ogier's 2010 Côte-Rôties and more. Here are my notes.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Day 3 in the Rhône—Getting the Big Picture

Visitis with Les Vins de Vienne, Yves Cuilleron and François Villard

Posted: April 18, 2011  By James Molesworth

One way to learn the quality and style of a new vintage is to taste at a domaine such as Jamet, where a single appellation is broken down to its basic parts. The other way, is to taste a range of wines covering several appellations from within the broader region—such as at Les Vins de Vienne. And then, by using both approaches together, you get both the broad picture and the fine details. Today I tasted the upcoming vintages at Les Vins de Vienne, Yves Cuilleron and François Villard. Here are my notes.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Day 2 in the Northern Rhône—More Côte-Rôtie, St.-Joseph and Condrieu

Visits with Domaine Alain Paret and Jean-Paul & Jean-Luc Jamet

Posted: April 14, 2011  By James Molesworth

Today I made a first-ever visit to one domaine, and a regular stop at a well-know domaine. I visited Domaine Alain Paret and Jean-Paul & Jean-Luc Jamet for tastes of the next vintages of Côte-Rôtie, St.-Joseph, Condrieu and more.

Below are my tasting notes

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Day 1 in the Northern Rhône—Côte-Rôtie, St.-Joseph and More

Visits with Georges Vernay, Pierre-Jean Villa, Julien Pilon, Yves Gangloff and Jean-Michel Gerin

Posted: April 14, 2011  By James Molesworth

I’ve made quite a shift in gears following two weeks in Bordeaux as I’m now in my old stomping grounds in the Rhône Valley. Tastings here are a more casual affair, done usually in the cave, with samples drawn straight from barrel, as opposed to the more formal tasting rooms and pre-prepared samples that are typical at Bordeaux châteaus. I’m getting a good deal of teasing from the local vignerons too, about my new tasting responsibilities.

“Hopefully you’ll give them good marks and they’ll raise prices 40 percent,“ joked one Rhône vigneron. “Then we can raise ours 20 percent and look like a bargain.”

Today I visited Georges Vernay, Pierre-Jean Villa, Julien Pilon, Yves Gangloff and Jean-Michel Gerin for tastes of the next vintages of Côte-Rôtie, St.-Joseph, Condrieu and more. Here are my notes.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Off to the Rhône Valley Again

Visiting the domaines of France's Northern Rhône Valley for a preview of the 2009 and 2010 vintages

Posted: April 13, 2011  By James Molesworth

Wine Spectator senior editor James Molesworth is back in France's Northern Rhône Valley for a preview of the 2009 and 2010 vintages.

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