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James Molesworth

March 2009

The Moment of Truth: Time to Bottle My Wine
Posted: Mar 30, 2009 1:45pm ET
Speaking to winemakers over the years, many have mentioned to me that bottling is their most stressful time. Harvest is busy, of course, but it's an exhilarating time. Bottling, on the other hand, is just pure stress.
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Introducing Château de Montfaucon
Posted: Mar 26, 2009 11:01am ET
This is sort of a belated introduction for this domaine: Château de Montfaucon has actually been producing wines and exporting to the U.S. market since the 1995 vintage, but distribution here has been limited at best.
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Rearing Its Ugly Head Again: Another Cork Taint Episode
Posted: Mar 23, 2009 10:03am ET
Cork taint is not a fun issue for the wine industry to deal with. Cork producers have their business threatened by it. For wineries, the product they've worked hard to get from vine to bottle is threatened by it.
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The 2007 Tardieu-Laurent Wines
Posted: Mar 19, 2009 12:10pm ET
I actually tasted through the portfolio of 2007 wines from Tardieu-Laurent on day six of my most recent Rhône trip , but I wanted to file a separate entry on them, as there is more than a handful of wines, and they require some detail.
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The Rhône, Day 10: Just One Visit
Posted: Mar 17, 2009 12:51pm ET
On my last day in the region, I scheduled just one visit—but I'm not slowing down. A visit with Michel Chapoutier takes a full day, as the portfolio of both the M. Chapoutier wines as well as the wines from Ferraton Père & Fils (which Chapoutier now owns outright) take a full day to work through.
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The Rhône, Day 9: The Circus Comes to Mauves
Posted: Mar 13, 2009 10:36am ET
There’s not much to Mauves: It’s a typical small town, located off a spur of the Route National 86 that runs down the west bank of the Rhône. Blink and you’ll miss it. But its diminutive nature belies the clutch of vignerons who are based there, a quartet of some of the best names in the St.
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The Rhône, Day 8: Keeping Some Stubble for a Day in Cornas
Posted: Mar 11, 2009 10:54am ET
Cornas is a fascinating appellation. Often misunderstand and/or overlooked, its Syrahs are thoroughly unique in profile thanks to the appellation's dramatically different terroir (as opposed to Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie).
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The Rhône, Day 7: Gigondas and Vacqueyras
Posted: Mar 9, 2009 10:48am ET
Insiders know that these two Southern Rhône appellations, Gigondas and Vacqueyras, located about a 30 minutes' drive northeast of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, are home to gutsy, mouthfilling reds at often attractive prices.
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The Rhône, Day 6: Going Fast and Hanging Out with the Young Crowd
Posted: Mar 6, 2009 12:13pm ET
It's Sunday. No days off here. As if to rub it in, Mother Nature returned to her surly ways: It's gray, cold and rainy today after a spate of bright, mistral-driven weather for most of the week. A little while back we ran a reader letter that related a story about their car being broken into in Châteauneuf, and the rather tepid response they got from local law enforcement.
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The Rhône, Day 5: My Car Smells like Truffles
Posted: Mar 4, 2009 1:02pm ET
I could spend a full week, even two in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and still not get to visit everyone I'd like. But at some point you have to head into the outlying appellations, where some very good wine is also being made.
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The Rhône, Day 4: From North to South, and Back Again in Châteauneuf
Posted: Mar 3, 2009 10:56am ET
I think there's a famous quote that goes: Woe unto he who cries "Hold, enough Châteauneuf!" … or something like that. Anyway, another five visits today before heading out into some of the Southern Rhône's other appellations.
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The Rhône, Day 3: Only Five Today
Posted: Mar 2, 2009 11:06am ET
Mother Nature is showing off a wonderful yin-yang these past two days. The air is brisk and cool and the smell of the chauffage , or burning of old vines in the vineyards, fills the air. Winter hasn't let go yet, but the almond trees have flowered and the sun has turned bright and strong, warming my face.
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