THIS PAST MONDAY afternoon, a vast apartment on New York’s East End Avenue was swarming with caterers, musicians, bartenders, furniture movers and decorators. The scene in the wine room, by contrast, was relatively serene, as Robert Bohr carefully removed the cork from a 6-liter bottle...
Almost two years in to heading up Francis Ford Coppola’s Inglenook winery, Philippe Bascaules – who moved to Napa for harvest 2011 after 20 years at Chateau Margaux in Bordeaux – tells me that he has very little time to make friends locally, as he is so focused on the job in hand.
“2012 is a delicious wine, which is first characterized by a very precise fruit at the aromatic level, very ripe red and black fruits. Concerning the texture of the wine, the tannins are silky, very smooth, fine, balanced and above all there is a beautiful acidity that is present but not dominating.”
Part of the reason the Chinese are pulling away from Bordeaux is due to the losses they suffered on the 2010 vintage. Many snapped up wines from the top châteaux when prices skyrocketed and were left reeling when the prices slumped soon after the wines were sold.
Today, April 17, is World Malbec Day. When people talk about Malbec, at least in the US, they talk about Malbec from Argentina. Indeed, over the course of last 20 years, Malbec has become Argentina's signature grape and Argentina now grows more than 70 percent of the world’s production of that grape. But France is where it all started and where Malbec originates from.
Six magnums of Chateau Lafleur 1982 from Pomerol are among leading lots at a Sotheby’s wine auction in New York this month, along with a double magnum of Chateau Cheval Blanc 1947 and a case of Chateau Lafite-Rothschild 1982.
It was a nice change today from last year's en primeur, or futures, campaign in Bordeaux.
Top chateaux are offering wines to the market earlier and prices are much lower. For example, Mouton Rothschild released this morning its Grand Vin, or first wine, the second wine Le Petit Mouton, and the white wine from the property, Aile d'Argent. The Mouton was down in price 33 percent from 2011, and Petit Mouton cut back 10 percent.
Allan Scott, regarded as one of the pioneers of Marlborough wine, says that the corporate-dominated New Zealand industry is making it harder for family-owned wine businesses like his to survive. But the founder of Allan Scott Family Winemakers...
It was time they had their own place. After 15 years of toiling in a warehouse custom-crush facility in Santa Rosa, Calif., Mike and Kendall Officer, owners of Carlisle Winery, have bought a winery in Russian River Valley.
Bordeaux's futures campaign is underway, and the wine world is looking to the region this week, waiting for châteaus to make their move. But it's unclear if château owners know what move they want to make.
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