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Spotlight on: Guigal Cote Rotie la Landonne 2009


“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


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


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.

At first glance, fine wine presents almost unlimited opportunities for passionate investors. While drinkers might balk at the $3,000 average price tag attached to a bottle of Pétrus, one of Bordeaux’s greatest reds, that sum is trivial beside the cost of a new Bugatti sports car, Patek Philippe watch, or Joan Miró painting. Compared to other collectibles, fine wine represents a relatively modest investment—one whose returns can be considerable.

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


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

Colgin owners Ann Colgin and her husband, Joe Wender, have agreed to sell 60 percent of their Napa Valley winery to French luxury conglomerate LVMH. The deal includes the brand, the winery and its 26 acres of vineyards. Colgin and Wender will stay on in leadership roles, as will COO Paul Roberts, and winemaker Allison Tauziet will continue to make the wines. The sale price was not disclosed.

Burgundy’s Hospices de Beaune Raises $16 Million


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.

Burgundy’s Hospices de Beaune charity wine auction returned to the spotlight Nov. 19, raising $16 million in its 157th year, eclipsing last year’s $8.9 million and the previous high of $11.7 million, achieved in 2015. Managed by Christie’s auction house, the sale offered 787 barrels—630 reds and 157 whites—and bids poured in from 18 countries on four continents.

Neal Martin leaves The Wine Advocate for Vinous


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


“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


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


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


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


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