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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France, Languedoc: The Latest and Greatest

Even after various European Union initiatives, the sprawling Languedoc still includes vast areas of vineyard acreage. And while at one time, the purpose of these vineyards was to simply satisfy...

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France, Bordeaux: 2018 En Primeur – Extreme Vintage

I have a husband who is into extreme sports. Sky diving, bungy jumping, diving ship wrecks, mountain climbing, speed boats, zip lines over jungles, motor racing—you name it. Me, not...

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France, Bordeaux: 2015 in Bottle

The 2015 vintage came as a relief for the Bordelais whose “Vintage of the Century” banners were getting a bit dusty, locked away in the cupboard since 2010. In retrospect,...

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France, Burgundy 2016 – Torment But Triumph

It is six o’clock in the morning and God has been working the night shift. He sits in front of an enormous bank of screens monitoring the world....

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10 Bargain French Wines for Your Bastille Day Celebration

There’s no better day than La Fête Nationale to drink a good bottle of French wine....

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How Was It For You? 2016 Primeur, Part Two

Continuing on from yesterday, I examined the release prices of 2016s, took a peek at prices of recent vintages and came up with a list of wines that I would...

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How Was It For You? 2016 Primeur, Part One

The first part of this piece reflects upon the campaign itself and in the second part I re-examine my notes, select those I would consider buying and the reasons why....

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