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Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Tasting at Château Lafite Rothschild

Notes on wines from the first-growth and other estates in the Rothschild portfolio: Duhart-Milon, L'Evangile and Rieussec

Posted: March 24, 2011  By James Molesworth

I headed further up through the Médoc today, into the heart of the left bank’s prime Cabernet Sauvignon territory—St.-Julien and Pauillac.

I ended the day at the famed first-growth Château Lafite-Rothschild, where I met with estate manager Charles Chevalier and Christophe Salin, managing director of the parent company, Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite).

Below are my scores and tasting notes for the wines I tasted, including châteaus Lafite Rothschild, Duhart-Milon, L'Evangile and Rieussec.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Tasting at Château Margaux

An overview of the 2010 vintage of top estates on Bordeaux's Left Bank, including Château Margaux

Posted: March 23, 2011  By James Molesworth

Another splendid day in Bordeaux, with bright skies and cool breezy weather greeted me as I made the drive into the Margaux appellation for a handful of visits.

If Christian Moueix is the dean of Pomerol, Paul Pontallier holds an equivalent position in Margaux. The soft-spoken but serious winemaker has built a sterling 30-year career at the helm of one of the region’s top estates, first growth Château Margaux. Like Moueix, Pontallier resists hyperbole, yet he was nearly giddy (by Pontallier standards) at the prospects of the 2010 vintage. I had spoken to him shortly after the harvest last year, and he has not changed his position.

Below are my scores and tasting notes for Margaux's red and white wines.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Tasting with Christian Moueix

An overview of the 2010 vintage at top Right Bank estates, including Lafleur-Pétrus and Trotanoy

Posted: March 22, 2011  By James Molesworth

The weather in Bordeaux today was simply perfect for tasting—bright and sunny, with high air pressure and a fresh, cooling breeze. It put me in a great mood as I set off for Pomerol for my first day of visits to taste the barrel samples of 2010 Bordeaux.

As if I truly needed another reason to be excited, since I was going to visit Christian Moueix. Moueix is one of the true wise men of Bordeaux, and his portfolio is rich with the jewels of the appellations of Pomerol and St.-Emilion. Though he no longer personally controls Château Pétrus (I’ll taste that wine later), there’s no better place than Moueix’s Libourne headquarters to get an overview of how the Right Bank fared in the vintage.

Below are my scores and tasting notes for the wines I tasted, including châteaus Lafleur-Pétrus and Trotanoy.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Off to Bordeaux

My château visits and tastings of the 2010 red, white and sweet Bordeaux start this week

Posted: March 21, 2011  By James Molesworth

I'm on my way to Bordeaux to taste the 2010 vintage, the first official unveiling of the vintage by the region's many producers. Just before I left, I was able to taste 20 wines from the Right Bank, a mix of Pomerol, St.-Emilion and satellite appellations. (View notes on these wines here.) Based on that first small sampling, I think I'm going to enjoy my tastings and visits over the next two weeks: 2010 looks like it will give the tremendous 2009 vintage a run for its money.

The châteaus will be showcasing barrel samples, unfinished wines still aging in their cellars. So what exactly do you look for when tasting young wines, reds in particular, at such an early stage in their evolution?

News & Features  :  Barrel Tasting

2010 Bordeaux Barrel Tasting

How exciting is the new vintage? James Molesworth is tasting in Bordeaux for two weeks to find out. Check out his tasting notes and daily blogs

Posted: March 21, 2011  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

Bordeaux 2010: The First Look

20 Right Bank châteaus give a glimpse of the quality of the new vintage

Posted: March 18, 2011  By James Molesworth

Jan. 31 - Feb. 28, 2011 Issue  :  News

2010 Vintage Report

Posted: February 28, 2011  By Mitch Frank

Blogs  :  Oz Clarke's Adventures

Puzzling Over Burgundy

First impressions can change with time

Posted: January 25, 2011  By Oz Clarke

You can get a very strong and not always accurate view of a vintage by turning up on the wrong day. I turned up for the end of the 2010 vintage in Burgundy under sodden late-September skies; lines of rain-coated pickers were spread across the slopes looking like marauding beetles. Could the wines possibly be any good?

But then you can also get a surprisingly warped view of a vintage even if you wait for 15 months, until the tasting season starts. Usually the Burgundy specialists offer their wine for tasting in the January that falls about 15 months after harvest. In January 2010, I had a good look at the 2008 Burgundies and decided that they were in the main thin, hollow and unappealing.

What I didn’t know at the time was that most of them had still not undergone their malolactic fermentation. Retasting the wines in September 2010, I found that thinness has now transformed into elegance.

Dec. 15, 2010 Issue  :  News

Harvest Mishaps

Posted: December 15, 2010  By Mitch Frank

News & Features  :  News

2010 Vintage Report: Europe

A first look at vintage quality in European wine regions, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers

Posted: November 19, 2010  

News & Features  :  Tasting Reports

2010 Beaujolais Nouveau Arrives

A blind tasting of France's first wines of 2010 reveals a solid vintage

Posted: November 18, 2010  By Alison Napjus

News & Features  :  News

2010 Vintage Report: France

A first look at vintage quality in French wine regions, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers

Posted: November 18, 2010  

News & Features  :  News

2010 Vintage Report: United States

A first look at vintage quality in U.S. wine regions, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers

Posted: November 17, 2010  

Nov. 15, 2010 Issue  :  News

2010 Vintage Tests California Vintners

Posted: November 15, 2010  By Tim Fish

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Pacific Northwest Battens Down

Cold, rain affect both Oregon and Washington in 2010

Posted: October 25, 2010  By Harvey Steiman

Despite cold temperatures and rain, vintners in the Oregon and Washington are optimistic that the 2010 vintage will be memorable.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A Soggy Weekend In Wine Country

Vintners raced to beat a big, wet storm

Posted: October 25, 2010  By James Laube

A powerful storm drenched Northern California over the weekend, putting an exclamation point on a very strange harvest.

Winemakers worked frantically last week to harvest as many grapes as possible in anticipation of the weekend rain, and rain it did, sometimes quite heavily. More than 2 inches fell in Napa, and closer to 3 in areas such as Mendocino and Sonoma, which are closer to the ocean.

Those who beat the storm are excited about quality. For many winemakers who didn't, there is little to do but wait and hope.

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

What are the ideal weather conditions for Cabernet and Pinot Noir?

Posted: October 22, 2010  

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Last-Minute Push for California Vintners

Harvest 2010 is late and mixed, but finally winding down

Posted: October 21, 2010  By James Laube

The San Francisco Giants playoff run has been a pleasant distraction for many Northern California vintners, watching the skies, weather forecasts and waiting for their grapes to ripen. The Giants are still battling for a shot at the World Series, and vintners are rushing to bring in tons of grapes. And as with pitching, the key to quality is location with the 2010 harvest.

News & Features  :  Seasonal

Harvest Q&A: Rituals, Traditions and Superstitions

From wearing the same clothes to throwing a glass of Champagne in the tank to end-of-harvest parties, winemakers share their secrets about crush

Posted: October 15, 2010  By Wine Spectator staff

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

A Quick Ring Around Seneca Lake During Harvest

Notes on visits in the Argetsinger vineyard, as well as at Anthony Road, Standing Stone and Red Newt Cellars

Posted: October 11, 2010  By James Molesworth

Gray, rainy weather accompanied me all the way up from New York City, intensifying as I drove through Elmira and into Watkins Glen, at the southern edge of Seneca Lake. However, Sam Argetsinger was in his vineyard and picking Riesling, so I stopped there before making my scheduled visits to Anthony Road, Standing Stone and Red Newt Cellars during harvest 2010.

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