France: Up From the Cellar 28

While I taste and review thousands of young wines throughout the year, it’s older bottles that I most often reach for at home. This installment reflects a year’s domestic drinking....

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France, Burgundy & Champagne: Up From the Cellar 30

The tasting notes published here are, in the vast majority of cases, the fruit of a lunch or dinner spent in front of the bottle in question....

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France, Champagne: Louis Roederer's 2014 Cristal

Very different from the 2012 and 2013 vintages, the 2014 is an aromatic, head-turning and incisive Cristal that will offer a broad drinking window....

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France, Champagne: The Newly Released 2012 Dom Pérignon

This is a spotlight on the just-released 2012 Dom Pérignon from Möet & Chandon, as well as the 2003 Dom Pérignon P2....

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France, Beaujolais: Recent & Forthcoming Releases from the Beaujolais

The 2020 vintage is another warm, dry vintage for the Beaujolais. The 2019 vintage delivered more ethereal, delicate wines that evoke a cooler year....

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France, Burgundy: Thomas Bouley’s Pommard Fremiers, 1990-2018

With this vertical tasing, I wanted to both highlight quite how good this cuvée is and indulge a deep dive into what makes it so special....

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France, Burgundy: Santenay’s Unsung Hero – Domaine Jean-Marc Vincent, 2003-2019

One of Burgundy’s most exciting small domaines is hiding in plain sight. You simply have to be sufficiently adventurous to drive to Santenay....

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France, Burgundy: Mercurey Rising – A Retrospective with Bruno Lorenzon, 1997-2019

Today, Lorenzon is at the peak of his career, and his 2019s as a set are his finest wines to date....

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France: More (Mostly) Rosés from the South of France

This report includes a wide range of options, from pale, Provençal rosés to darker, heartier versions from Tavel that can be even better a year later....

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France, Burgundy: The 2018 Vintage from Domaine Leroy and Domaine d'Auvenay

Lalou Bize-Leroy is making wines for eternity. At least, that's the impression one gets when tasting the 2018s from Domaines Leroy and d'Auvenay....

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