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Cellar Favorite: 2006 Domaine de Pallus Chinon

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Rebecca Gibb MW, Jul 2021

Bertrand Sourdais was born and raised in Chinon but spent many years studying and working in Bordeaux and Spain before returning to the family domaine in 2005, making this vintage just his second in charge.

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Marking Milestones with Moulin Touchais

France: Loire, featured, Verticals & Retrospectives

Rebecca Gibb MW, Apr 2021

In search of something to drink to mark a milestone birthday, those of us with a less-than-legendary birth year are resigned to the fact that our first breath did not coincide with the perfect growing season in Bordeaux. Revealing your date of birth to châteaux owners keen to open a special bottle often leads to a pitying shrug of the shoulders and a gallic ‘Bof’ when you disclose your parents poorly timed your entry to the world. But there’s hope for us yet: an underground cellar in a small Loire Valley town could be the answer to that elusive anniversary bottle that doesn’t require you to remortgage your house simply to mark a special date in the diary.

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Interpreting Chenin Blanc

France: Loire, featured

Rebecca Gibb MW, Mar 2021

In my first Loire report for Vinous, I take the pulse of Chenin producers with a focus on current releases from Savennières and Vouvray.

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Making the Case for New Zealand Reds

featured, New Zealand

Rebecca Gibb MW, Mar 2021

In my inaugural red wine report, I consider the latest crop of New Zealand Pinot Noirs with a focus on the 2019 vintage and take a look at 2018 Bordeaux blends and Syrahs flowing from Hawke’s Bay.

Marlborough is protected from rain and high winds by the surrounding hills and mountain ranges including the 2 885 metre tapuae o uenuku (often referred to as mount tappy by locals)

New Zealand Whites: The State of Play

featured, New Zealand

Rebecca Gibb MW, Nov 2020

In her first report for Vinous, Rebecca Gibb MW takes the temperature of the New Zealand white wine scene and uncovers the latest vintages: 2019 and 2020.