Wine News 2018-01-22T15:03:48+00:00
Gaja, Barbaresco, Barbaresco, Sorì San Lorenzo, 2013
See the wines that have made Stephen Brook's end-of-year highlights, with exclusive tasting notes for Decanter Premium members...Stephen Brook's top scoring wines tasted this year. yearScroll down to see Stephen Brook’s top fine wines of 2018 Introduction by staff Stephen Brook has tasted hundreds of good wines from across Italy, France, Austria and California for Decanter in 2018, for articles in the print magazine and on Decanter Premium. This has covered vertical tastings of some of Barolo and Barbaresco‘s top estates including Poderi Aldo Conterno and Gaja’s single-vineyard Costa Russi. Stephen also took an in-depth look into Bordeaux‘s Left Bank and tasted his way [...]
Sun, Dec 16, 2018 2:00:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Domaine Carneros Le Reve
Elin McCoy recently tasted vintages of Domaine Carneros' top sparkling wine, Le Reve, including the 'prototype' 1988...Domaine Carneros at a glance: Ownership Champagne Taittinger Founded 1987 Hectares under vine 162 Soil Thin, shallow soils, predominantly clay Location Los Carneros, Napa and a tiny bit in Sonoma Scroll down to see Elin’s Le Reve tasting notes & scores Elin’s top 6 vintages of Le Reve: [...]
Sat, Dec 15, 2018 2:00:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Top wines of 2018
Our unique and famous Panel Tastings; three world class wine experts in their field review flights of wines on a particular theme. Each give their own individual scores, which are then averaged to give an overall mark. This mark is based on the theme chosen. In 2018 we've had panel tastings covering Cabernet Franc from across South America as well as the Loire, Riesling from Germany and Australia, as well as little known reds from Greece and whites from Galicia. Plus Californian Cabernet 2014, Barolo 2008, Champagne under £40 and French rosé beyond Provence. See the top Decanter Panel [...]
Sat, Dec 15, 2018 10:00:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
Champagne chef de cave
The role of chef de cave is integral to any Champagne house. But what happens when it is time to hand over the art of blending to a newcomer? Anne Krebiehl MW talks to four pairs of winemakers to find out...Richard Geoffroy (left) and Vincent Chaperon have worked together since 2005Blending Champagne is an art. Most Champagne is the antithesis of a single-vineyard wine, a carefully calibrated composition made from numerous base wines: different grape varieties, different sites, different vinification methods, and different vintages. [...]
Fri, Dec 14, 2018 3:00:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Patrick Léon
Patrick Léon, who worked with many of the world's top wine estates, including Mouton Rothschild, Opus One and Château d’Esclans, has died in Bordeaux. Patrick LéonLéon died at his home estate of Château Les Trois Croix in Fronsac. He was responsible for many of the most lauded wines of the 20th century, and yet was unfailingly modest and self-effacing. Oeonologist and ampelographer Léon started his career in 1960s Bordeaux, at the Gironde Chamber of Agriculture, where he began an oenology laboratory. In 1972 he began working with Alexis Lichine & Company, as technical director and general manager of Château Lascombes, before moving to spend [...]
Fri, Dec 14, 2018 11:06:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
burgundy premier cru 2017
Even many of the best premiers crus can be swamped by the near-100-point scores of the grands crus. So below, we've highlighted the top premier cru wines tasted by Tim Atkin MW recently for our Burgundy 2017 en primeur report...See our top premier cru wines from the 2017 vintage.It won’t be too much of a surprise to see that most of our top-scoring Burgundy 2017 wines are from grand cru vineyards. As many readers will know, however, relatively small volumes have combined with growing global demand to make a lot of grand cru Burgundy wines extremely difficult to acquire. If you can [...]
Thu, Dec 13, 2018 2:34:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Mouton rothschild 2016 label
Château Mouton Rothschild has commissioned South African artist William Kentridge to design the label for its 2016 vintage grand vin. See the design in full below.William Kentridge's 'The Triumphs of Bacchus' for the Mouton 2016 label.Kentridge has created an artwork named ‘The Triumphs of Bacchus’ and involving a series of silhouettes for the Mouton Rothschild 2016 label. The Pauillac estate has commissioned an artist to design every grand vin vintage label since 1945, having first started the concept in 1924. Mouton said that Kentridge, who was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1955, was ‘the first world-famous artist from the African continent [...]
Thu, Dec 13, 2018 11:43:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
Opus One, Napa Valley, Oakville, Opus One, California, 1980
See the wines that have made Jane Anson's end-of-year highlights, with exclusive tasting notes for Decanter Premium members...Lafite Rothschild poured at the Decanter Shanghai Fine Wine EncounterScroll down to see Jane Anson’s top fine wines of 2018 Introduction by staff Jane Anson has had the slightly enviable task of tasting hundreds of good wines for Decanter in 2018, for articles in the print magazine and on Decanter Premium. This has covered vertical tastings of some of Bordeaux’s top estates – a certain 150-year Lafite anniversary sticks in our minds – plus a recent trip to California and Oregon. So, we thought it be interesting [...]
Thu, Dec 13, 2018 10:05:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
white wine for christmas, burgundy
Whether you are buying wine as a gift or stocking up for the party season ahead, Decanter's tasting team have found some of the best white wine for Christmas under £15 a bottle...You don’t need to break the bank to try something new and exciting this festive season. Whether you’re looking for a gift, or stocking up for the big day or New Year, these bargain Christmas white wines get the thumbs up from our tasting team. Successful winter whites can, generally, be split into two categories: Those which are rounded with some fat on them, ideal for matching the richness of [...]
Thu, Dec 13, 2018 8:00:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
Christmas Champagne
Yohan Castaing picks out a range of Champagnes for Christmas, ranging from money-no-object Champagnes to good quality non-vintage choices...Champagne often plays a leading role at Christmas, so below are some top examples that reflect current drinking trends. [...]
Wed, Dec 12, 2018 12:31:00 PM, Continue reading at the source