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Pic St-Loup: regional profile plus the 12 wines worth seeking out

1 week 6 days ago
Château de Lancyre’s Clapassous vineyard surrounds the Romanesque Aleyrac chapel

A long march, a novel, a saga: there are many analogies for the slow emergence and differentiation over the past 40 years of Languedoc’s appellations. Why slow? Geography, in a word. In contrast to regions such as Burgundy or the Rhône, Languedoc’s appellations unfold east to west, not north to south. That means that there […]

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Andrew Jefford

Barolo 2020 – grown in the time of COVID-19

1 week 6 days ago
Walter reports on the most recent vintage in Piemonte's hot spot, and official attempts to save the market for Barolo. The 2020 vintage in the Langhe (and elsewhere) will be remembered against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. With Italy’s national lockdown in March came great uncertainty for Italy's viticulture, which in large part depends
Walter Speller

Spain 2020 – established players' news

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Part two of Ferran's three-part lockdown report. See also Spain 2020 – exciting newcomers and Spain 2020 – a miscellany. Here, Ferran introduces some of the latest releases from some of the best-known Spanish producers, wines he tasted while being locked-down at home in Barcelona by pandemic-inspired restrictions. Pictured are Nekeas' centenarian
Ferran Centelles

Picking through the 2018 crus bourgeois

2 weeks ago
So how useful is the new classification of crus bourgeois? And which are the best buys from the latest vintage to be released? Above is the youthful team at Ch Le Crock, responsible for one of James's favourite 2018 crus bourgeois. In February 2020 the Alliance des Crus Bourgeois du Médoc announced a new, five-year classification of its members

Fizzy logic – Moët Impérial pricing in Asia

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Richard looks behind the prices of Asia's ubiquitous champagne. (Interesting that Moët seem to have abandoned flutes in favour of more conventional wine glasses too …) In a world of uncertainty, here's something you can be sure of: a bottle of Moët is never too far away. And before any veteran wine professional or connoisseur remarks that that
Richard Hemming MW

Top Pessac-Léognan & Graves 2018 wines: Re-tasted in bottle

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Scroll down to see Jane Anson’s Pessac-Léognan & Graves 2018 top scorers See the full Bordeaux 2018 report here See individual appellation overviews for: St-Estèphe, Pauillac, St-Julien, Margaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc, Listrac, Moulis Many early ripening sites, particularly for Pessac-Léognan, meant welcoming tannins and ripe fruit flavours, although there are inconsistencies here, as there were during […]

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Jane Anson

Top Médoc 2018 wines: Re-tasted in bottle

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AOC Listrac vineyard

Scroll down to see Jane Anson’s Médoc, Haut-Médoc, Listrac, Moulis 2018 top scorers See the full Bordeaux 2018 report here See individual appellation overviews for: St-Estèphe, Pauillac, St-Julien, Margaux and Pessac-Léognan & Graves The Cru Bourgeois tasting was highly instructive, and I tasted over 100 bottles overall from this group. The results were fairly mixed. […]

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Jane Anson

Matt Walls: Tasting Jaboulet La Chapelle from 1991 to 2019

2 weeks 1 day ago

The tiny chapel of St Christopher, perched on top of the mighty hill of Hermitage, is illuminated by spotlights at night. Surrounded by darkness, when you glimpse it from the town of Tain below, it appears to hover in the night sky like a celestial body. This is the shrine that gives Jaboulet’s historic wine, […]

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Matt Walls

The 100 Club – the tyranny of scores

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Matthew Hayes, our man in Burgundy, reflects. Laura Brunelli is a lovely lady, pictured above with her dog Orso and their mothers, who presides each night, at least in normal times, over what I consider to be Siena’s greatest restaurant, Le Logge. Laura is also the proprietor of a Montalcino winery founded with her late husband, Gianni: Gianni
Matthew Hayes

Walter Scott – weight with weightlessness

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From a tiny Oregon winery bursting at the seams, Ken Pahlow and Erica Landon are producing distinguished single-vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines that combine intensity and elegance. Hearing the name Walter Scott, many Brits, especially Scots, may think of the Scottish historical novelist, poet, playwright and historian (1771–1832) famous
Julia Harding MW