three glasses of white wine
If you’re looking to reduce your alcohol intake this summer –  without going completely ‘dry’ – it’s worth taking a look at some lower alcohol wine options. These typically run from 6%-11% and include wines both naturally low in alcohol as well as those that have had their ABV reduced. These lighter styles can also be a refreshing choice in the sunshine and while al-fresco dining. Depending on style and grape variety, wines tend to have between 12-14% alcohol, however in recent years levels have been creeping up, partly because of climate change and also due to the growing trend for softer, [...]
Tue, May 11, 2021 4:00:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Bordeaux 2020
Coming soon Full Bordeaux 2020 en primeur verdict plus appellation overviews and top-scoring wines only on Decanter Premium JOIN NOW For the second year running, this was an unusual en primeur season, where very few external tasters were able to get to Bordeaux. But unlike last year’s 2019 vintage, which was tasted almost entirely from my kitchen table, I was able to visit a large number of properties for this campaign (with full precautions in place – Ducru-Beaucaillou, for example, was using medical-grade techniques to disinfect between each visitor). Numbers of wines tasted will be around the same, somewhere between 700 and 800. Just published: Château [...]
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Château Cheval Blanc has become the first major 2020 vintage release in this year's Bordeaux en primeur campaign.
Château Cheval Blanc 2020 was released en primeur this morning (11 May) at €380 per bottle ex-Bordeaux. That’s up by around 3.5% on the 2019 release and merchants were selling the wine for £4,656 per 12-bottle case in bond, according to Liv-ex. It has the potential to be a 100-point wine in future, said Jane Anson after sampling Cheval Blanc 2020 as part of her Bordeaux en primeur tastings. Full report and tasting notes coming soon to Decanter Premium.  She gave it 98 points, pending further assessment once bottled in around 18 months. ‘The wine feels full of life, with acidity that pulls [...]
Tue, May 11, 2021 10:32:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
Steep slopes and terraced vineyards in Côte-Rôtie
Steep slopes and terraced vineyards in Côte-RôtieWhen a grape variety is given time to ripen slowly and gradually, it develops its aromas one by one. The grape has time to listen to those aromas, to remember them all, layering them like tints in a watercolour. When there is no race for ripeness, a grape can meander through non-fruit aromas, the subtle tones of flowers, spices and herbs that speak more of a place than of simply a grape variety. This is why we love Syrah from the northern apex of the Rhône Valley: Côte-Rôtie. I’d drink it every day if it wasn’t [...]
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Steven Spurrier tasting wines
The aim in tasting wines before they arrive on the retailers’ shelves is simply to assess their future. Wines that are tasted en primeur are generally those from the most recent vintage, just a few months old, or the vintage before and almost always not yet in bottle. The exception is vintage Port, where vintages are declared during the second year after the harvest and only tasted once in bottle. In my view, assessments for the future can only be based on form in the shape of as much background information as possible. When asked how I can judge a wine [...]
Mon, May 10, 2021 8:20:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
Cristal 2013
Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon took the reins as chef de cave at Louis Roederer in 1999, and has spent the last 22 years building his reputation as the finest craftsman in Champagne. He is excited about the 2013 vintage release – very excited – describing it as ‘2008 + +’, exciting indeed for those of us who felt that the 2008 was flirting perilously close to perfection.  Scroll down for Simon Field MW’s Cristal 2013 tasting note and score {"content":"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"} See Simon Field MW’s Cristal 2013 tasting note and score {} [...]
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S'Amfora - Underwater wine amphorae by Podere San Cristoforo
In 2016, Tuscan estate Podere San Cristoforo decided to submerge a number of its bottles off the coast of Italy, in the Mediterranean Sea,  in the first of a number of underwater wine experiments. This initial test proved encouraging, and so the estate decided to take the project a step further. They used research from archaeological finds of wine amphorae from shipwrecks, that still had their contents intact, to inspire an experiment with submerging its own wine in terracotta amphorae. It’s not the first time a winery has experimented with ageing wines under the sea, although Podere San Cristoforo claims it is [...]
Sun, May 09, 2021 7:00:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
A bowl of bouillabaisse with bread and a glass of white wine
Lisa Ellerton, by email, asks: What’s the best wine match for bouillabaisse? Fiona Beckett, is a contributing editor to Decanter, also publishing at www.matchingfoodandwine.com, replies: Bouillabaisse is one of those dishes that provokes heated discussions over what is – or is not – an authentic version, so what hope is there of finding a definitive wine match? More of a Mediterranean fish stew than a soup, it includes many different kinds of fish and shellfish and is served with a punchy, garlic-laced rouille. Given that it originates in Marseilles, as we’re in Provence, we’re talking rosé. Bandol would be my appellation of [...]
Sun, May 09, 2021 7:00:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
Cinsault - top South African bottles
Once just an understudy to more noble French grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, South African Cinsault is finally having its time in the limelight. Cinsault (also spelled Cinsaut) has its origins in Languedoc-Roussillon in southern France. Thanks to its ability to tolerate extreme temperatures, resist drought and disease, and give large yields, it quickly became an important variety in hot, arid wine regions – including South Africa. Historians think it arrived in the Cape in the 1850s, under the name Hermitage. It wasn’t until almost a century later that ampelographers confirmed it was the same grape as Cinsault. Scroll down for tasting notes [...]
Sat, May 08, 2021 7:00:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
Mortitx Mallorca vineyards
Vinyes Mortitx vineyard against a backdrop of the Tramuntana mountainsCoronavirus: Be sure to check the latest travel restrictions and refund policies before booking any trips abroad.   The largest of the five main Balearic islands, Mallorca has a reputation as a tourist hotspot for beach-loving sun seekers, but in fact most of the island north and east of its capital Palma is quite tranquil and bucolic, with charming, uncrowded rural landscapes, hamlets and villages. Take the scenic journey on the narrow-gauge railway from Palma to Port de Sóller to explore the Tramuntana mountain ridge, where you can go climbing or hiking, or [...]
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