Germany: First Heralds of the 2020 Vintage (Mainly Riesling) and 2019 (Pinot Noir)

In 2020, the great dry wines are particularly convincing, above all the Rieslings. And 2019 is another excellent vintage for Pinot Noir....

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France, Champagne: Making Sense of Champagne

Champagne is one of France’s most multifaceted and rapidly evolving wine regions. Home to some of the country’s most dynamic wine growers, as well as some of its most complacent,...

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France, Burgundy: Thomas Bouley’s Pommard Fremiers, 1990-2018

With this vertical tasing, I wanted to both highlight quite how good this cuvée is and indulge a deep dive into what makes it so special....

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France, Burgundy: Santenay’s Unsung Hero – Domaine Jean-Marc Vincent, 2003-2019

One of Burgundy’s most exciting small domaines is hiding in plain sight. You simply have to be sufficiently adventurous to drive to Santenay....

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France, Burgundy: Mercurey Rising – A Retrospective with Bruno Lorenzon, 1997-2019

Today, Lorenzon is at the peak of his career, and his 2019s as a set are his finest wines to date....

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USA, California, Sonoma County: The 2019 Vintage and an Early Look at 2020

It’s been a bumpy ride in California the last few years. Since 2017, wildfires have impacted vintages to a greater or lesser degree across the state....

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Germany: Pinot Noirs – The Generous 2018 Spätburgunders

Great Pinot Noirs are being produced in Germany, and this report contains many Grosses Gewächs Pinots from VDP members but also up-and-coming producers....

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France, Burgundy: Revisiting the 1980 Vintage After 40 Years

They may not be numerous, but the very best 1980 red Burgundies, as the accompanying notes attest, are profound wines drinking at their apogee today....

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Discovering Burgundy Wines on a Budget

Given the escalating prices of Burgundy’s grandest grands crus, the rewards of looking further afield have never been greater....

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USA, California, Napa Valley: Spotlight on Aubert

California has maybe half a dozen of consistently extraordinary Chardonnay producers. Mark Aubert is one of them....

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