France, Champagne: New Releases from Krug & Salon, Plus Even More of Roederer’s Cristal

This has been a nice start to the winter season! I have tasted some truly great champagnes over the past few weeks, spanning different occasions between New York and Hamburg....

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Wild Boar Rôtisserie at Le Hameau de Barboron

The new venue for my Burgundy blind tasting group’s biannual meetings is Le Hameau de Barboron, a rustic hunting lodge located in the hills above Savigny-lès-Beaune that’s largely devoted to...

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France, Burgundy: Recent and Forthcoming Releases from Domaine Coche-Dury

This was a fascinating visit to Domaine Coche-Dury, where Raphaël Coche is now firmly established, having taken over direction of the estate in 2010 after working alongside his father Jean-François...

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France, Bordeaux, Sauternes: Various Visits

Earlier this year, I tasted a number of truly evocative bottles during my visits to various châteaux in Sauternes. The vast diversity of styles and aging windows as well as...

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France, Bordeaux: Cheval Blanc 1985-2015

When Bernard Arnault / LVMH took over the illustrious A-list Cheval Blanc vineyard in 1998, one had to ask what potential could be revealed here that wasn’t already making the...

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France, Southern Rhône: The Great 2016s (Part One – Châteauneuf du Pape and Gigondas)

While it’s generally accepted—particularly in red wines—that low yields translate into higher quality, there are always exceptions. How those low yields were arrived at may make more difference than we...

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Ma Cuisine - Beaune

Pierre Escoffier's cozy restaurant off the Place Carnot is well worth a visit....

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6 Top-Rated Wines from the Côte Chalonnaise

Reviewer William Kelley says that the time is now for consumers to open their minds to the wines of the area....

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France, Champagne: Roederer's Newly Released Cristal 2008 Compared With 2009

Launched in New York and Paris last week, Roederer's 2008 Cristal is an exceptionally great vintage for the house’s most famous Champagne that comes in white as well as rosé....

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Winemaker Spotlight: Grégory Viennois, Domaine Laroche Technical Director

As technical director, Viennois plays an important role in all the key steps that go into making a bottle of wine....

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