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Château de la Tour Clos-Vougeot Vieilles Vignes 1985-2016

Verticals & Retrospectives, featured, France: Burgundy

Stephen Tanzer, Jun 2019

The largest single owner of land in Clos de Vougeot is making some of its best wines today. Director François Labet’s special bottling from vines planted in 1910 has been an essence of this legendary grand cru in recent years.

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Cellar Favorite: 2005 Larcis Ducasse

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

Antonio Galloni, Jan 2019

Larcis Ducasse remains one of the truly great, reasonably priced wines of Bordeaux. I was once again reminded of that when I tasted the 2005 recently. Almost shockingly young, tannic and tightly wound for a wine of its age, the 2005 is positively stellar.

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Vinous Table: Core by Clare Smyth, London, United Kingdom

United Kingdom, Vinous Table

Neal Martin, Jan 2019

Core is the most impressive debut since I first dined at The Ledbury, another Notting Hill destination restaurant.

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2016 Bordeaux…It’s All In The Bottle

featured, France: Bordeaux

Antonio Galloni, Jan 2019

The bottled 2016s capture every bit of the potential I sensed when I started tasting the wines from barrel, prior to en primeur, in January 2017. I found many 2016s to be even better from bottle than they were during the spring futures campaign. The best 2016s are powerful, richly layered, vibrant and stunningly beautiful, not to mention incredibly delicious and alluring. For so many wines and estates, 2016 is an epic vintage.

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San Luis Obispo County Plays It Cool

featured, United States: California

Josh Raynolds, Jan 2019

The greater San Luis Obispo County winegrowing region is best known for the mostly brawny, high-octane Rhône-variety-based wines of its famous AVA, Paso Robles, but the elegant and energetic wines from its cool, Pacific Ocean–influenced vineyards are increasingly making their case in the market as well.

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Long Distance Runner: Brane-Cantenac 1924-2015

Verticals & Retrospectives, featured, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, Jan 2019

True, Brane-Cantenac has had its ups and downs over the years, but it is now creating some of its best ever wines. In one of the most comprehensive verticals ever written, I examine the estate from its formation to the present day and what influences the character of this singular Margaux.

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A Preview of 2018 and 2017 in Germany and Austria

featured, Germany, Austria

David Schildknecht, Jan 2019

In canvassing Germany’s precarious vintage 2000 for The International Wine Cellar in early 2002, I led off by observing: “The decade of the 1990s was an extraordinary one for German vintners. At its midpoint (back in Issue 64), I wrote: ‘We are in the midst of a streak of vintages utterly unprecedented in the history of German viticulture.’ And I hadn’t seen or tasted the half of it....!"

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Sonoma Preview: January 2019 New Releases

featured, United States: California

Antonio Galloni, Jan 2019

As is our custom, the Sonoma Preview highlights wines that are just entering the market now, in January, typically a very busy time for new releases. Readers will find much to like this year, including a number of stunning 2017s that show the vintage was much better and far more consistent for Burgundian varieties in Sonoma than it was for Bordeaux varieties in Napa Valley.

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Cellar Favorite: 2010 Domaine Armand Rousseau Bourgogne Blanc

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Jan 2019

I am at Domaine Rousseau and ask Cyrielle Rousseau about the mysterious Bourgogne Blanc. She confirms that her family produced it for a number of years from a parcel in Gevrey-Chambertin, solely for personal consumption or to give to friends and associates. They no longer make it.

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2017 Burgundy: A Modern Classic

featured, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Jan 2019

Winemakers’ prayers were answered when the 2017 Burgundy growing season bestowed them with normal yields, refilling cellars that were getting accustomed to being empty. But how good are the reds? Should you form an orderly queue to secure your allocation and if so, what growers or appellations represent the best potential value?