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Review of 2013 Saint Estephe

Published on 16 April 2014 in Bordeaux Reports, Regional Reports
This was one of the stronger appellations in the Medoc in 2013 although the wines were less good overall than in 2011 and 2012. The Cabernet grapes on the best gravel and clay soil were ripe and those who employed gentle maceration techniques were rewarded w... read more

2013 Vintage Overview

Published on 11 April 2014 in Bordeaux Reports, Regional Reports
2013 started on a negative note. A wet, cool spring resulted in late, drawn-out flowering and coulure (shot berries), defining the small vintage that was ahead. The summer brought better weather, but damaging storms in late July and early August dampened peo... read more

Final Thoughts on 2012 Bordeaux

Published on 19 April 2013 in Bordeaux Reports
In Bordeaux, I tasted over 500 wines, many of them twice. I have detailed reviews of all the main appellations in articles posted over the past two weeks on the website and looking back, this is a modestly good... read more

Best 2012 Saint-Estephe

Published on 18 April 2013 in Bordeaux Reports
Saint-Estephe is among the least consistent appellations from Bordeaux. Out of the 30 wines I tasted from this region, about one-third were unbalanced, tannic or dilute and showing the worst aspects of this dif... read more

Best 2012 Saint-Julien

Published on 17 April 2013 in Bordeaux Reports
Saint-Julien is one of the most successful appellations this year with consistent quality across the board with wines that express their origin as well as the vintage – elegant, accessible, without heaviness or weight of warmer vintages with cassis, blackber... read more

Best 2012 Margaux

Published on 16 April 2013 in Bordeaux Reports
To make balanced wine in 2012, one needed to make a lot of sacrifices. In the vineyard, it meant green harvesting (multiple times for some) to encourage air circulation and prevent rot fro... read more

Best 2012 Pauillac

Published on 15 April 2013 in Bordeaux Reports
This appellation was one of the more consistent in this difficult vintage and among the 30+ wines tasted, there were very few that were terrible. Most were elegant and forward-fruit with tannins that were well ... read more

Best 2012 Pessac-Leognan Whites

Published on 12 April 2013 in Bordeaux Reports
The 35 Pessac-Leognan whites I tasted were a pleasure to taste – light to medium weight with freshness, elegance and lifted aromatics. This is not a vintage for big, high alcohol wines – t... read more

Best 2012 Pomerol

Published on 11 April 2013 in Bordeaux Reports
The tasting at Jean-Pierre Moueix was one of the most pleasurable tastings of the week with all ten wines from Pomerol showing the best side of the 2012 vintage. These are not powerhouses ... read more

Best 2012 Saint-Emilion

Published on 10 April 2013 in Bordeaux Reports
When I visited Cheval Blanc, Pierre Lurton said he was happy with the vintage. The team compares the 2012 climate with the 2000, pointing out that temperature curves were similar and it was a wet start to the s... read more

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