When Nicolas Thienpont asks if I want to taste through a vertical with him, I usually say "Yes." The veteran vintner and his team manage a cluster of top-flight St.-Emilion properties, along with his family's own châteaus of La Prade, Les Charmes-Godard and Puygueraud. WithChâteau Larcis Ducasse, one of the properties managed by Thienpont, a 19-vintage vertical showed how he was dusting off the estate's latent terroir to bring it back to its former glory.
The prices asked for wine have always triggered reactions among wine lovers. Typically, these reactions are along the lines of "I don't think it's worth that much," or a sputtering such as "That's outrageous. Who do they think they are?"
Champagne, more than any other wine, is drunk for the label, and if you’re trying to make a statement, many of the best-known Champagnes don’t really say much. Champagne doesn’t exactly have a stellar track record on ecology, even with the unveiling of new (largely self-policed) standards this year.
Unfiltered is pleased to report, just in time for last-minute holiday gifts, that Austria's winemaking bombshells are back for the annual Young Female Winemakers Calendar. Since 2004, Ellen Ledermüller-Reiner has been recruiting lovely liebfrauen from vineyards and cellars around the country to strip down for sexy poses in vinous settings...
“Rather than diluting well-established brands in a muddled attempt to be all things to all people, bold and progressive companies have developed contemporary brands with a fresh look-and-feel, aimed squarely at wine consumers looking to engage with the category in different ways,” the report by the Dutch bank stated.