France, Beaujolais: The 2019 and 2018 Vintages

While the COVID-19 pandemic precluded my usual visit to the Beaujolais, I was able extensively to acquaint myself with the new 2019 vintage and revisit the 2018s without leaving my...

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France, Champagne: Cédric Bouchard – Champagne’s Reclusive Revolutionary

Cédric Bouchard works with the lowest yields in Champagne and fashions some of the region’s greatest wines from vineyards that no one had ever heard of....

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France, Cahors: Château Lagrézette

Since purchasing Château Lagrézette in 1980, Alain Dominique Perrin has devoted much time to elevating the estate to the very top of the Cahors appellation....

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France, Burgundy: The Côte d'Or's 2018 and 2017 Vintages – Part 3

Here is a third installment of notes on the 2018 and 2017 vintages from the Côte d'Or....

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France, Champagne: Moët & Chandon's Dom Pérignon, 1961-2009

With its instantly recognizable label and international presence, Moët & Chandon’s cuvée Dom Pérignon is one of Champagne’s most powerful brands. And while the house declines to discuss production volume,...

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France, Bordeaux: The 2017s in Bottle

Out of the gate, many of the 2017s possess bags of perfume, freshness and vivacity. We have not seen this caliber of medium-bodied, bright, cheery, delicately styled Bordeaux wines in...

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France, Champagne: Louis Roederer’s Cristal 1996-2012

While all of Roederer’s wines are worthy of attention, none better-exemplify everything that makes this Champagne house so exciting than its emblematic bottlings, Cristal and Cristal Rosé, and it is...

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France, Bordeaux: Château Mouton Rothschild – The Sheep with the Golden Fleece

Studying the impressive gold-enameled ram etching on a bottle of Château Mouton Rothschild 2000 recalls for me the Greek myth of Jason and the Argonauts and this hero’s quest to...

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France, Bordeaux: 2018 Sauternes – Better Late than Never

I’ve kept our annual Sauternes en primeur report separate from the report published last week on the 2018 Bordeaux reds and dry whites. This decision is somewhat based on tradition...

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France, Burgundy: Secret Garden – The Côte Chalonnaise and Lesser-Known Villages of the Côte de Beaune

As the wines of the Côte d’Or’s most glamorous communes command seemingly ever-higher prices, there has never been a timelier moment to explore the Côte Chalonnaise and the less famous...

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