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In the March 31, 2014 Issue

Baroness Philippine de Rothschild

Baroness Philippine de Rothschild has had a successful career as an actress, a quarter of a century at the head of an enormous wine company, a lifetime as a Rothschild. She has been spontaneous, indefatigable, fearless. And she is still forging ahead. Watch our video preview of the issue.

FREE Wine Charts:

2011 Bordeaux: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all 2011 Bordeaux wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

California Rhônes: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all California Rhône-style wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

Cover Story

The Grande Dame of Mouton - Complex, visionary and headstrong, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild is a monumental figure in the world of wine. An intimate profile of her private life as a daughter, wife and mother and her very public career as first an actress and then as the indefatigable leader of Bordeaux first-growth Château Mouton-Rothschild

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEOS: Meet Philippine de Rothschild and you'll understand why Château Mouton-Rothschild produces one of the most collectible and recognizable wines in the world. The Baroness sat down for conversations with Wine Spectator at the château and at the Wine Experience.

Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA - An overview of the company's wine holdings around the globe
Family Ties - A survey of the Mouton lineage

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEOS: What does it take to manage a top château? Two of Bordeaux's brightest appeared at the 2013 Wine Experience:

  • Prince Robert of Luxembourg, who oversees neighboring Châteaus Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion, speaks about his family's history and focus on making the best reds and dry whites.
  • Representing Bordeaux's great sweet wines, Château Guiraud winemaker Xavier Planty describes the work that goes into each bottle and the characteristics that make Sauternes special as he pours the 2009 Guiraud—— Wine Spectator's No. 5 wine of 2012.


Tasting Reports

Bordeaux Steps Back - Left and Right Bank reds provide solid quality in 2011, while dry whites and sweet wines from Sauternes and Barsac soar
FREE: 2011 Bordeaux Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 750 wines were reviewed for this report. A free alphabetical list is available. WineSpectator.com members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.

California Rhônes' Tough 2011 - A challenging vintage yields some bright spots in this emerging category
FREE: California Rhône Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 640 wines were reviewed for this report. A free alphabetical list is available. WineSpectator.com members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.

Four to Watch - California vintners making a name with Rhône-style wines


The Mind of Brian Loring - This iconoclastic California winemaker's strong personality finds its way into his acclaimed Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays



Vineyard Development Barred on Sonoma Coast
Chinese Investors Flock to Bordeaux
In Brief: Oregon Land Rush, Under Water, Buying Yverdon

WineSpectator.com: Keep up with breaking news as well as the people, places and happenings that wine lovers are talking about.


What Does Your Favorite Drink Say About Your Politics?
Burgundy Producer May Face Prison for Shunning Pesticides


British Pop Star James Blunt - Pop superstar James Blunt enjoys the good life on the Spanish island of Ibiza
Charlie Trotter Foundation Kicks Off Fundraising Campaign at James Beard House

The Environment

A New Study Charts a Wine's Impact on the Environment
A Bottle Without Glass


Whiskey's New Flavors

WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of Jack Bettridge's columns and other articles on spirits.

Wine Auctions

Auction Index for the Fourth Quarter 2013 - Record prices attained in Hong Kong; number of lots on offer soars in United States

WineSpectator.com: Build your cellar through smart bidding. Use our online Auction Price Database to track the performance of more than 10,000 collectible wines.

Cellars / Collections

Aix-En-Provence–Based Collector Peter Thustrup - An 18th-century stone barn keeps Peter Thustrup's trophy wines in ideal condition

WineSpectator.com: Show us your cellar: Have a collection or unique display you are proud of? Share your photos in our online gallery.


This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken



Savvy Shopper

Bordeaux Values, German Riesling, California Reds


James Laube - Testing bottle sizes

WineSpectator.com: In his blogs, James Laube shares updates from his recent tastings and visits with winemakers, and discusses hot-button issues in the wine industry. Join the conversation with other members.

Matt Kramer - GPS and terroir

WineSpectator.com: For more of Matt Kramer's provocative essays and lively online discussions. (Only members may post comments but all visitors may read them.)

A Perfect Match

Jeff Fitzgerald's Grilled Dorade with Assyrtiko - Jeff Fitzgerald, Dio Deka, Los Gatos, Calif.

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

LETTER FROM EUROPE Follow contributing editor Robert Camuto in his new, twice-monthly blog as he travels through France, Italy and beyond, sharing the fascinating, inspiring and sometimes heroic stories of the people who make wine or influence wine culture.

CHEFS' PERSONAL RECIPES What do chefs cook on their days off? In a new series, contributing editor Laurie Woolever chats with big names and rising stars who share their favorite at-home recipes and suggestions for wines to match.

NEW ON WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO Tune in each week for a new video. Don't miss these recent additions:

  • Krug Champagne—Art of the Blend: Learn about blending, vintages, maturation and pairing with Olivier Krug, leader of a house known for its exquisite sparkling wines. He joined senior editor Alison Napjus at the Wine Experience to taste four Krug Champagnes with the audience.
  • Green Packaging—Paperboy Delivers: A wine bottle made of paper? Learn why this new lightweight container makes sense and how it works from Phil Hurst of California's Truett-Hurst winery, which has introduced the Paperboy brand in the new GreenBottle.
  • Screwcaps Rock! In 2000, PlumpJack began bottling half the production of its boutique Reserve Napa Cabernet under screwcap. Now its sister winery, CADE, continues the practice. John Conover, manager and partner, explains why.

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