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2008 Bordeaux: A Day In A Life

featured, France: Bordeaux, Verticals & Retrospectives

Neal Martin, Feb 2018

There was no easing into the job and frankly I would not want it any other way. Wines tasted in the morning at an annual ten-year on Bordeaux tasting on one side of the Atlantic, written up on the flight over to New York with my mouth still coated in tannin and completed on the other side of the Atlantic...just a day in the life, so that readers get an idea how things are going to roll with the 2008 Bordeaux.


Remembering Bob Wilmers

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Antonio Galloni, Dec 2017

Bob Wilmers, the widely respected owner of Château Haut-Bailly, passed away unexpectedly on December 16, 2017 at 83 years of age. Wilmers enjoyed a long and distinguished career, most notably as the Chairman and CEO of M&T Bank. Among his many achievements, Wilmers is credited with successfully guiding M&T through the financial crisis of 2008, largely by avoiding the speculative investments that proved to ultimately be the downfall of many banking institutions. Wilmers was also active in numerous philanthropic endeavors.

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Cellar Favorite: 2000 Smith Haut Lafitte

France: Bordeaux, Cellar Favorites, cellar favorite

Antonio Galloni, Dec 2017

At seventeen years of age, the 2000 Smith Haut Lafitte is in a gorgeous spot. A dense, powerful wine, the 2000 offers notable depth and textural richness. Game, smoke, tobacco, licorice and leather give the 2000 notable aromatic breadth and expansiveness to play off the generous fruit. The toast and torrefaction notes are typical of the heavily extracted style favored during the late 1990s and early 2000s.


Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival 2017

featured, France: Bordeaux, France: Burgundy

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2017

I was delighted to once again participate in the Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival, which is held every October in Toronto. Grand Cru attracts many of the biggest names in food and wine for a weekend-long series of events, tastings and dinners, all held to benefit the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation. The highlight of Grand Cru takes place on Saturday night, when thirty couples host some of the world’s most acclaimed chefs and vintners in their homes for a series of intimate dinners. This dinner raised an astounding C$1.2m for charity.


Remembering Patrick Maroteaux

featured, France: Bordeaux

Ian D'Agata, Nov 2017

Patrick Maroteaux, the highly admired owner of Château Branaire–Ducru, and one of the truly great men of French wine, died on November 19, at just 67. Our thoughts and prayers at VINOUS are with his lovely wife Evelyne and his children Sophie, Anne-Laure, Pierre-Henry and François-Xavier.

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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

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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.