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Domaine d’Eugenie

Located in Vosne Romanee, this was bought in 2005 by François Pinault, owner of Château Latour in Bordeaux. Today yields are low and much effort has been done in the vineyard,  including a substantial programme of replacing missing individual vines, which will be picked separately and declassified into the village Vosne in their youth. Though […]



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David Durband

So I first discovered David Duband’s wines at a previous La Paulee event, and then again last year at a “Diva” tasting at the Hospieces de Beaune. I hear he has been gradually been making a name for himself as part of the new generation of high quality red wine producers in the Côte de […]



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Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey

Pierre Yves Colin worked as winemaker for his father (Marc Colin) until 2005, and now has holdings in Chassagne-Montrochet (where his domaine is located) and also produces Meursault, St. Aubin, and Puligny Montrachet. He differs in that he uses larger demi-muid barrels, does not use battonge, and is terroir-focused. More when I meet him!



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Clos de Tart

In 1141 Clos de Tart was sold to the nuns of Nôtre Dame de Tart by the Knights Hospitaller and – cutting to the chase – it was bought by the Mommessin family, having had only three owners in 900 years. It is one of only six Grand Cru “monopolies” in Burgundy along with La […]



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Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau

It is hard to find much information about this domaine other than that it is located in Macon and the farming is organic. He visited many famous Burgundian winemakers for their advice and feels that vines should be “pampered.”  He harvests fully mature grapes, when pressed the juice undergoes a light racking, and tries to […]



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Domaine Alain Burguet in Gevrey Chambertin

Of Alain Burguet Becky Wasserman wrote: “I met Alain Burguet a long, long time ago when a Gevrey winemaker, supremely confident of his own standing in the Gevrey hierarchy, introduced me not only to Alain but to Denis Bachelet. At that time, perhaps definitions were a clearer issue, and Alain’s Gevrey (that was all he […]



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Bouchard Pere & Fils

So first, the history … I’ve been to this Chateau many times, and never really thought about the fabulous estate. In 1820 Bernard Bouchard purchased the Château de Beaune, a former royal fortress built in the 15th century by King Louis XI. Four of the five original towers of the fortress, as well as parts […]



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La Paulee USA 2015 Simon Bize

Okay, so the picture above – showing the “finished wine” in a celebration mode, is a little bit more attractive than the photo showing all the hard back breaking work below … … yet it’s always interesting to contrast the two. I first heard about the wines of Domaine Bize many years ago in Burgundy. […]



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Vertical Tasting Preview: La Paulee 2015 NYC

  In 2012, I had the extreme good fortune to travel to San Francisco and among other meetings, attend the verticals tasting for Daniel Johannes., creator of the  USA-based La Paulee, modeled after the traditional La Paulée de Meursault, a lunch celebrating the end of the harvest in Burgundy, France. Originally the celebration included only […]



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Union Des Grands Crus De Bordeaux Comes to Stormy New York City

The Union Des Grands Crus de Bordeaux came to NYC yesterday just as a storm descended on the city. The 2012 vintage was showing well … particularly the Merlot, though of course each Chateau is different. It was a great opportunity to see friends from Bordeaux, taste the new vintage, and also see the new […]



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Phenomenal Femmes Dinner Tonight with Lilian Barton

    It was so great to see Lilian Barton Sartorius yesterday at the Union Des Grand Crus de Bordeaux tasting in New York City. Despite the snow storm, the wine world turned out to taste the 2012 vintage and meet the winemakers who so generously turned out. It was especially nice to see Lilian […]



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Savennieres & Loire Valley Wines comes to NYC

Very interesting evening with Evelyne de Pontbriand of Domaine du Closel and Rouge Tomate Master Sommelier Sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier, a table of very fortunate journalists set out to discover the quality and diversity of wines from Savennieres in the Loire Valley. Located 9 miles south-west of Angers and 196 miles south-west of Paris, Savennieres is […]



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Dinner with Piper-Heidsieck Chef de Caves Regis Camus

  What a fantastic, unbelievable opportunity to experience a vertical tasting of Piper-Heidsieck RARE champagne, each glass individually paired with cuisine. This was all in honor of  Chef de Caves Régis Camus’ 20th anniversary with the House. M. Camus was at the table to discuss the weather of each vintage, and how it affected the wine. […]



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Cahors Malbec: Is New World a Threat?

    The key question raised during the recent Cahors Malbec Days (CMD) celebration in Cahors, France is this: Should the Cahors producer’s trade on the Malbec name in order to grab market share from the Argentine upstarts, or focus on their unique terroir and dramatically different flavor profile? Cahors Malbec producers have reached a […]



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Off to Cahors for Malbec Days!

I am very excited to experience the “other” Malbec – yes, the one from France! If you love Bordeaux you may know that Malbec is one of the “seasoning” agents in the five-grape blend, along with Petit Verdot. Often just under five percent of each is used in the blend to round out the flavors […]



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Tasting with Giacomo Conterno in Barolo

    “My goal is put my signature on my wine,” says Giacomo Conterno, speaking about the importance – or not – of critics in the wine world. This statement follows a discussion of the twenty-year debate between the “traditionalists” and “modernists” in Barolo. A brilliant and charming conversationalist, I found him a fountain of […]



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Visiting Pessac-Leognon – in London!

“It’s so nice to see you!” I said to Christine Perrin Lescuyer, whom I had just seen days before in Bordeaux for En Primeur. Decanter Magazine has some of the best consumer events I’ve ever been to, and this tasting at the elegant Institute of Directors in London was fabulous. Christine’s family owns Chateau Carbonnieux, […]



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Chateau-Figeac Vertical & Lunch

“This 2013 is delightful!” a fellow journalist said, trying the new vintage after a vertical of Chateau-Figeac and Petite-Figeac  starting from the 2003 vintage (with three vintages of Petite-Figeac, including the 2011, 2012, and 2013.) The gorgeous private room of Roux restaurant was so well-attended by the cream of UK based wine writers that should […]



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Ban du Millesime de la Commanderie Du Bontemps April 2, 2014

It was so much fun to see my friend Aline Baly of Chateau Coutet all decked out in a yellow robe for the Ban du Millesime de Commanderie Du Bontemps on April 2, 2014 in Bordeaux. This celebration, first held in 2000, is the Vintage Proclamation and the newest event of the Commaderie du Bontemps. […]



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En Primeur: Checking in With Smith Haut Lafitte

It was great to see SHL Technical director Fabien Teitgen, and owners Florence and Daniel Cathiard at Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte last Wednesday at the Chateau for the tasting of wines from Graves and Pessac-Leognan. I always taste “blind” (meaning that this group does not know what they are tasting until a sheet of wine, […]