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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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Saskia de Rothschild succeeds her father, Baron Eric, as chairman of Domaines Barons de Rothschild (DBR), while wine-industry veteran Jean-Guillaume Prats becomes president and CEO.

Baron Eric de Rothschild, chairman of Domaines Barons de Rothschild (DBR), the wine company that includes the iconic Bordeaux first-growth Château Lafite Rothschild, has confirmed a once-in-a-generation transition in leadership. In March 2018, Saskia de Rothschild will move into her father’s position while Jean-Guillaume Prats will succeed Christophe Salin, the current president and CEO of the company.

Saving the World with Smith Haut Lafitte

Chateau Smith Haut Laffite

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Smith Haut Lafitte: The prestigious estate is famous for its rabbit, but it is also getting busy cleaning up the environment.

Prestigious wineries claim their uniqueness comes from their terroir – the location, composition, density, and orientation of the soil in which wise men decided to plant vines centuries ago.

In Bordeaux, the châteaux are all usually – rightfully – claiming that their terroir is unique; that it might have saved the day when the late April frost checked in on this 2017 vintage. But where is the uniqueness when you are trotting out the same lines as your table neighbor at a Union des Grands Crus tasting?

Spotlight on: L’Evangile 2005

L'Evangile label

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Château L’Evangile’s wines are described in an old edition of “Grand Vins de Bordeaux”, as “full-bodied and elegant, with incomparable finesse”.

“The 2005 L’Evangile’s gorgeous aromatics consist of spring flowers, black raspberries, licorice, truffle and graphite. The wine is full-bodied, rich, still youthful and backward, with sweet tannin and a long, layered, full-bodied mouthfeel. This stunner is capable of another two to three decades of longevity. The greatest L’Evangile since the 1982 and before the heroic duo of 2009 and 2010?” – Reviewed by Robert M. Parker, Jr. in 2015

Wine Advocate rating: 96 points

Napa Getting Back to Business

Napa Valley grapes

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Despite the huge human cost of the wildfires, the wine industry has emerged mostly unscathed.

While the wildfires in Napa were catastrophic on a human scale, the actual damage to wineries themselves has been thankfully not as widespread, Napa Valley Vintners have said.

Wine Auction Sales Continue to Climb in 2017

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In the third quarter of 2017, global sales of fine and rare wine at auction (consisting of sales in the U.S., Hong Kong and London markets) totaled $53.7 million, up 8.7 percent from last year’s $49.4 million sum in 2016’s third quarter.

U.S. sales totaled $30.3 million, up 9.4 percent. Hong Kong sales also rose 7.3 percent, to $17.7 million, and London increased by 9.6 percent to $5.7 million. As in the previous two quarters, pristine single-owner cellars and winery-direct consignments generated heated bidding, propelling aggregates above presale estimates.

Spotlight On: 2010 Chateau Le Pin

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Made from 100% Merlot (one percent for each rating point I’ve assigned), this wine is explosively rich and compelling. Dense plum/purple, it boasts the remarkable delineation and freshness that are hallmarks of this vintage. From a much smaller production than normal because of Merlot’s poor flowering, the very hot, dry growing and harvest conditions, this is a super-endowed, very rich Le Pin with its exotic new oak largely buried behind its extravagant concentration, power and richness. I don’t know what… Read more »

Chateau Troplong Mondot Sold For Record Setting Price!

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Big News! Make that very big news. In breaking news, Chateau Troplong Mondot was sold to SCOR Group by Xavier Pariente, the owner of Chateau Troplong Mondot. The SCOR group is a massive French Insurance Company that was formed in 1970. This is their first investment in Bordeaux. While details on the transaction are a closely held secret, the rumors are that price paid was close to 180 Million Euros! That is a record setting price for land in St. Emilion at close to 5.5 Million Euros per hectare.

Buyer pays over $50,000 for a rare bottle of Penfolds’ Grange Hermitage

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In 1951, South Australian winemaker Max Schubert created a small volume of experimental wine in the Adelaide suburb of Magill. Today the vintage is known as the first of the Penfolds Grange Hermitage collection and is one of the most expensive bottles in Australia. One undisclosed Aussie buyer is the latest to add the rare red to their collection, having paid $51,750 AUD for the 750ml bottle in an online auction. In a bottle with roughly five glasses of wine,… Read more »

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