As an early Easter weekend treat, we’ve just published what could well be the smallest number of notes for an Interim Issue ever. In fact, the entire issue consists of three articles and just seven wines. I can assure you, however, you won’t want to miss checking these out.
First up, Monica Larner
has produced a beautifully written article detailing the new Ornellaia and Masseto releases
. “This is a watershed year for vino Italiano,” she begins, highlighting the greatness of the back-to-back 2015 and 2016 vintages for Tuscany. This article includes an epic first for Italian wines: the first time the same Italian wine has received 100 points from Robert Parker Wine Advocate two vintages in a row. (No points for guessing what that wine may be.)
Following Château Latour’s recent re-release
of their 2008 grand vin along with initial offerings of 2014 Pauillac de Château Latour and 2013 Les Forts de Latour via the Place de Bordeaux, I’ve just published my notes on these wines, freshly tasted during my trip to Bordeaux this month.
Finally, the last small-but-poignant article in this issue recounts the story behind a legendary Bordeaux bottle I had the pleasure to taste earlier this year: 1953 Angélus
Speaking of Bordeaux and of Angélus—readers interested in 2018 En Primeur/Futures will have noticed that Angélus jumped the gun this week and came out early with their 2018 offer. Obviously, this was quite a surprise for our editorial team, as we were hoping to turn around my Bordeaux 2018 En Primeur report in our End of April Issue, before any major châteaux released their prices. In consideration of Angélus’s move, we are now fast-tracking my report and will therefore be publishing it on its own, one week ahead of schedule.
The new publishing date for our Bordeaux 2018 En Primeur report will be Tuesday, April 23, at 9:00 a.m. PDT. I’ve just done a quick tally, and this will be our biggest en primeur report ever, including more than 800 reviews—many of those wines tasted two to four times—with 55 producer notes and an introduction of over 7,500 words detailing the growing season, styles, quality and ageability of the 2018 reds and dry whites. But if that all sounds like too much, not to worry, I’ve also produced a “Quick Summary” cheat sheet with all the need-to-know 2018 facts.
Our Sauternes report and notes will feature in a separate, dedicated article, which will be published in Issue 242 on Tuesday, April 30.
Happy Easter weekend to all our readers and happy wine hunting!
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