The distinction between wine writing (entertainingly educational, embracing all of wine’s cultural depth) and wine criticism (a consumer service, concerned with the description and assessment of individual wines) seems a useful one.
Following five hours of feverish bidding in Hong Kong on April 3, Ferran Adrià, famed chef at the now-closed Michelin three-star restaurant, El Bulli, along with his staff, celebrated the sale of 445 wine lots sourced from the restaurant’s cellar.
Another year, another en primeur campaign. No longer are these the heady days of feverish speculation – both the market and a comedown from the hailed 2009 and 2010 vintages have steered the situation back into the real world, where this strange and intricate market mechanism of courtiers, négociants and "la place" insists on existing for another year.
‘Minerality’ is a really useful descriptor; many of us use it frequently in our tasting notes. Yet it’s also a term that means different things to different people. I know what I mean when I encounter some characteristic in a wine that makes me think ‘mineral’, but I can’t be sure...
The Manoncourt family, owners of Bordeaux's Château Figeac, has hired Michel Rolland as consulting winemaker with their eye on lifting the sleeping legend to the highest ranking in the next St.-Emilion classification.
Recently, I had the opportunity to meet with Benoit Gouez, the charismatic Chef de Cave of Moet & Chandon. Benoit was traveling through the U.S. to speak with Sommeliers and wine buyers -- Champagne lovers throughout the country.
In March 2013 James L Barrett, the founder of Napa Valley’s Chateau Montelena, died at the age of 86. His son Bo, who has been the winemaker since 1982 and is now CEO, talked to Courtney Humiston for Decanter.com over the course of two lengthy interviews, once in December 2012 and one shortly after his father’s death, about founding the historic property, the evolving style of California Chardonnay – and the professional and family tensions that nearly led to Montelena being sold to Cos d’Estournel.
Margaux de Château Margaux 2009 is made from wine that didn’t make it into the estate’s second label, Pavillon Rouge. According to Margaux’s managing director Paul Pontallier, around 3,000 cases of the wine were made, with the majority coming onto the market this autumn rather than being sold en primeur.
First we find out that carbon dioxide emissions are bad for oysters, and now a study indicates that rising global temperatures could also drastically affect wine production. That’s right: Greenhouse gases might ruin the romantic strategies of people everywhere — or, at least, result in some extra costs and environmental harm to keep these ancient aphrodisiacs readily available.
The death of Catherine Péré Vergé will sadden fine wine fans. In France, in Argentina and all over the world. Not only did Catherine Péré Vergé love her châteaux in Pomerol including Le Gay, Montviel and La Violette - the smallest estate in Pomerol appellation - but she also loved Argentina where she owned Bodega Monteviejo: "Malbec wines bring sunshine in a glass, with an excellent maturity and an abundant fruit. On gravel and clay soils, these wines can show a long ageing potential as it is regularly proved by our best wines."
In the small world of those vinifying in oak casks in Champagne, there is no shortage of news in these days. And particularly from some prestigious names like Selosse, Giraud or Bollinger. But for very different reasons indeed.
Controversy is building in Bordeaux over a Silvio Denz' planned new decanter-shaped winery for Château Péby Faugères. In Tennessee, wine is nowhere closer to being available in grocery stores, but the door hasn't been slammed shut yet.
Everyone can agree that 2009 was an incredible year in Bordeaux, and Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2009, Chateau Montrose 2009, Chateau Rauzan-Gassies 2009 are all stellar examples of stunning Second Growth wines from the acclaimed vintage.
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