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James Molesworth

June 2017

At Domaine Giraud, It's a Family Affair
The highly anticipated 2016 vintage looks strong at this Châteauneuf-du-Pape estate
Posted: Jun 29, 2017 2:10pm ET
The sister-and-brother team of Marie and Francois Giraud continue to have their family estate operating at a high level. Today I tasted a lineup of their promising 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape cuvées.
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Domaine des Bosquets Sets a New Course
Julien Bréchet has turned this Gigondas estate into a contender
Posted: Jun 28, 2017 4:30pm ET

After arriving in the Rhône via the usual plane, train and automobile, I pulled into Gigondas in time for a quick lunch, then met up with Julien Bréchet of Domaine des Bosquets.

Representing the third generation at Bosquets, Bréchet has taken over the estate his grandfather planted. He started in 2009 (his brother Laurent runs Château de Vaudieu in Chateauneuf-du-Pape) and, along with consulting winemaker Philippe Cambie, he's quickly turned Bosquets into one of the stars of the Gigondas appellation.

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The Southern Rhône Ahead: Is 2016 the Next Great Benchmark?
Back to France for a preview of the newest highly touted wines from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas and more
Posted: Jun 27, 2017 12:30pm ET
Wine Spectator senior editor James Molesworth is back in France's Southern Rhône Valley to check out the potentially stellar 2016 vintage. He'll be visiting top wineries in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and beyond, as well as some new faces. Stay tuned.
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Tales of Brave Ulysses
Christian Moueix's latest odyssey starts to bear fruit
Posted: Jun 5, 2017 10:20am ET
The man behind California's Dominus Estate and Bordeaux's Trotanoy and La Fleur Pétrus has a new Napa winery. Wine Spectator senior editor James Molesworth tastes the first vintages.
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