Monthly Archives: November 2017

The Magic of Blanc de Blancs Champagne

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Elegant Chardonnay-based Champagnes, blanc de blancs come from chalk-rich soils in the Côte de Blancs. Discover bottles showcasing the best of this style.

What’s the difference between French and American oak?

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The question

Spotlight on: Guigal Cote Rotie la Landonne 2009

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“Much more upfront and easy to read than the backward 2010, the 2009 Cote Rotie la Landonne is an insanely beautiful wine. Smoked meats, game, black olives, charcoal, black raspberries and pepper all literally soar from this beauty and it hits the palate with a massively concentrated, almost over-the-top decadence that’s impossible to resist. Despite its wealth of fruit, it has a huge core of tannin and needs 4-5 years at a minimum. Like the 2010, it will have a half-century or more of longevity.”

Bordeaux’s St.-Emilion Mandates Sustainable Viticulture

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Starting with the 2019 vintage, every bottle of St.-Emilion wine will have been made from grapes grown with sustainable farming methods, such as organic or biodynamic viticulture. The local wine council for four Bordeaux appellations has passed a measure mandating sustainable farming. Any wine not farmed sustainably may only be bottled as generic Bordeaux.

Fine Wine Might Be One of the Safest Investments for Your Money

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Fine wine might be one of the safest investments for your money for relatively modest amounts up front, liquid assets can deliver excellent returns when diversifying your portfolio.

Napa’s Colgin Cellars Sells Majority Stake to French Luxury Titan LVMH

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Bernard Arnault’s Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton group adds a Napa cult Cabernet star to their growing luxury-wine portfolio.

Burgundy’s Hospices de Beaune Raises $16 Million

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On the strength of enthusiasm for the 2017 vintage, the annual charity auction soared to a new record high. Nearly 800 barrels of 2017 vintage Burgundy were sold at the Hospices de Beaune auction.

Neal Martin leaves The Wine Advocate for Vinous

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New York, NY – 11/20/17 –Vinous, the world-renowned wine publication, is proud to announce that Neal Martin, the lead critic at Robert Parker Wine Advocate and one of the most recognized names in wine writing, is joining the Vinous team as a Senior Editor. “I have admired Neal’s passion, dedication, work ethic, talent and knowledge since I first met him in 2006, when we both worked alongside Robert Parker,” said Vinous CEO and founder, Antonio Galloni. “Neal brings to Vinous a unique combination of experience and wit that I am sure our readers will greatly enjoy. I am thrilled to be working alongside Neal once again.”

Spotlight on: 2010 La Conseillante

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“A brilliant effort from this property, known for the sheer elegance and finesse of its wines, the 2010 La Conseillante offers back-to-back monumental efforts, particularly given the remarkable 2009. This estate has been on a hot streak of late. The 2010 is a slightly bigger, richer wine, but without losing its floral, elegant mulberry, black raspberry and sweet kirsch notes. Combine those with some licorice, subtle new oak and a hint of forest floor, and the result is a medium to full-bodied, rich, complex wine that has striking aromatics and perfect balance in the mouth. Forget it for 3-5 years and drink it over the following 30.” – reviewed by Robert M. Parker, Jr. in 2013

A Changing of the Guard at Bordeaux’s Iconic Lafite Rothschild

Domaines Barons de Rothschild

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Domaines Barons de Rothschild

Saving the World with Smith Haut Lafitte

Chateau Smith Haut Laffite

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Chateau Smith Haut Laffite

Spotlight on: L’Evangile 2005

L'Evangile label

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L’Evangile

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