France, Burgundy: The Côte d’Or’s 2019 Vintage

2019 is a thrilling year for Pinot Noir, delivering wines bursting with head-turning perfume and fresh, succulent fruit. In Chardonnay, 2019 is more heterogenous....

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France, Burgundy: The Côte d’Or’s 2019 and 2018 Vintages

2019 is a thrilling year for Pinot Noir, delivering wines bursting with head-turning perfume and fresh, succulent fruit. In Chardonnay, 2019 is more heterogenous....

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France, Alsace: Valentin Zusslin – Mind-blowing Pinot Noirs and More Great Wines

The Zusslins cultivate Pinot Noir on the beautiful slopes of the Bollenberg, which to me finds its greatest expression in Zusslin’s Pinot Noirs....

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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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