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Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 1921-2016

featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, France: Bordeaux

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2017

Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is arguably the single hottest château on Bordeaux’s Left Bank right now. Quality has been steadily on the rise for some time, culminating in a trio of spectacular wines in 2014, 2015 and 2016. This remarkable retrospective, many months in the making, provided a fascinating opportunity to explore the château’s rich history.

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Cellar Favorites: Château Latour – 2017 Library Releases

France: Bordeaux, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, May 2017

I saw Château Latour's 2017 library releases towards the end of my en primeur tastings in April 2016.

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Cellar Favorite: 1983 Château Gruaud-Larose

France: Bordeaux, Cellar Favorites

Ian D'Agata, May 2017

Bordeaux’s Saint-Julien appellation delivers some of the region’s most balanced wines, neatly combining the gracefulness of the best from Margaux with the power of the top wines from Pauillac.

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Cellar Favorite: 1986 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey

France: Bordeaux, Cellar Favorites

Ian D'Agata, May 2017

Lafaurie-Peyraguey’s 1986 Sauternes, from a vintage I have always loved, is a delicious example of just how great Bordeaux’s sweet wines from that year can be.

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2016 Bordeaux: It’s Now or Never, Baby

featured, France: Bordeaux

Antonio Galloni, Apr 2017

The 2016 growing season presented château owners with plenty of challenges, but ideal weather at the most critical time of the year made up for the early struggles of the vintage. The best 2016s are deep and intense, yet also pulse with a real sense of energy. For the 2016s to be successful in the market, however, owners will have to be sensible with prices. That’s why for Bordeaux It’s Now or Never, Baby.

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2016 Bordeaux: 30 Top Values

featured, France: Bordeaux

Antonio Galloni, Apr 2017

Bordeaux’s 2016 en primeur campaign – the time of the year when the new vintage is sold as futures – is about to get heated. While most of the attention this spring will be focused on Bordeaux’s big guns, savvy readers will find much to like among the more modestly priced wines of 2016.

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Larcis Ducasse Retrospective: 1945-2014

featured, France: Bordeaux

Antonio Galloni, Mar 2017

This comprehensive retrospective at Larcis Ducasse spanned a remarkable eight decades and included wines all the way back to 1945 that trace the evolution of the estate during the three distinct eras that bridge those years.

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2014 Bordeaux: A September Surprise

featured, France: Bordeaux

Antonio Galloni, Feb 2017

Two thousand fourteen was one of the most dramatic growing seasons ever witnessed in Bordeaux. It may be hard to believe today, but well into August, 2014 was shaping up to be a repeat of 2013, a vintage most would like to forget. Then something remarkable happened. Freakishly warm, dry conditions arrived with a vengeance in September and saved the harvest.

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Cellar Favorite: 1996 Château d’Yquem

France: Bordeaux, Cellar Favorites

Ian D'Agata, Sep 2016

Although it is not the most famous recent vintage of Château d’Yquem (2001 and 2009 vie for that honor), I have always loved the 1996 and frankly never tire of drinking it.

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Mouton Rothschild: 2003-2015

Verticals & Retrospectives, France: Bordeaux, featured

Antonio Galloni, May 2016

This remarkable vertical tasting at Mouton Rothschild encompassed all of the wines Managing Director Philippe Dhalluin has overseen during his tenure since he arrived from Branaire-Ducru in 2004. During that time, Dhalluin has worked relentlessly to push quality everywhere from the field through to the new state of the art winery that became operational with the 2012 harvest.