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2016 Bordeaux: It’s Now or Never, Baby

France: Bordeaux, featured

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

France: Bordeaux, featured

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.


Larcis Ducasse Retrospective: 1945-2014

France: Bordeaux, featured

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

France: Bordeaux, featured

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

Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

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

featured, France: Bordeaux, Verticals & Retrospectives

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.

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Bordeaux’s Radiant 2015s

France: Bordeaux, featured

Antonio Galloni, Apr 2016

Bordeaux enjoyed its strongest vintage in a number of years in 2015. The warm, dry summer yielded opulent wines built on intense fruit and voluptuous textures. At their best, the 2015s are spectacularly rich, racy wines loaded with personality. But the heat also brought with it a fair amount of challenges. Quality is inconsistent, so readers will have to choose carefully to get most out of what 2015 has to offer.

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Remembering Paul Pontallier

France: Bordeaux, featured

Antonio Galloni, Mar 2016

It’s hardly the news Bordeaux wanted to receive with the 2015 en primeur campaign set to start next week. The untimely passing of Paul Pontallier, Château Margaux’s Managing Director, at just 59, leaves an enormous void in the world of wine.

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Cellar Favorites: 1996 & 1985 Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

Antonio Galloni, Feb 2016

What a treat it is to taste these two Pichon Lalandes straight from the chateau’s cellar...


2012 Bordeaux: Messages in a Bottle

France: Bordeaux, featured

Antonio Galloni, Jan 2016

Pessac-Léognan and Pomerol are without question the stars of Bordeaux’s 2012 vintage. Saint-Emilion follows, along with Lalande de Pomerol, Fronsac, and some of the lesser-known Right Bank appellations, where high quality and value increasingly go hand in hand. Readers will have to be selective in a year that is variable across the board, but there is plenty to like in 2012.