Category: Bordeaux

Smith Haut Lafitte: All the ‘7’s from 1947 to 2017

Smith Haut Lafitte: All the ‘7’s from 1947 to 2017

It might be known as ‘lucky seven’ in some bingo halls, but vintage years ending in this number have rarely made life easy for Bordeaux red wine producers in the post-Second World War era. Jane Anson reports on a landmark tasting stretching from 1947 to 2007 at Smith Haut Lafitte, with the 2017 en primeur wines also included and three of the estate’s white wines from 1987, 1997 and 2007.

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Smith Haut Lafitte in Pessac-Léognan.

A rare tasting of vintage years ending in ‘7’…

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Château Lafleur vertical: 1993-2013

Château Lafleur vertical: 1993-2013

Decanter’s John Stimpfig tasted 10 selected vintages of Lafleur to mark two upcoming auctions at Christie’s with wines from this legendary Pomerol estate.

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Harvesting grapes by hand at Château Lafleur in Pomerol.

John Stimpfig tastes 10 vintages of Pomerol legend Lafleur back to 1993…

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‘Cru Artisans’ wine classification re-launched in Médoc

‘Cru Artisans’ wine classification re-launched in Médoc

Bordeaux has this week seen the re-launch of a classification designed to give recognition to some of the smaller-scale wine producers beyond the Médoc’s more famous names.

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Maxime Saint-Martin is the new president of the Cru Artisan ranking.

Classification for smaller-scale producers re-launched…

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Domaine de Chevalier vertical: 2000 – 2017

Domaine de Chevalier vertical: 2000 – 2017

Jane Anson tastes a vertical of Domaine de Chevalier wines, exclusively for Decanter Premium members.

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Bordeaux makes way for Burgundy and whisky at Sotheby’s

Bordeaux makes way for Burgundy and whisky at Sotheby’s

Bordeaux’s share of sales has fallen to a record low at Sotheby’s as consumers, especially in Hong Kong, have switched to Burgundy and whisky, shows a new report from the auction house.

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Richebourg Grand Cru in Burgundy’s Côte de Nuits.

Bordeaux share of revenue falls to record low…

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Ageing of half-bottles – ask Decanter

Ageing of half-bottles – ask Decanter

How does the ageing of half bottles differ from full sized…?

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How does the ageing of half bottles differ from full sized…?

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Interview and tasting with L’Eglise Clinet owner

Interview and tasting with L’Eglise Clinet owner

Jane Anson meets and tastes with Denis Durantou, owner and winemaker at star Pomerol estate Château L’Eglise Clinet, plus Les Cruzelles in Lalande-de-Pomerol and Montlandrie in Côtes de Castillon.

Read Jane’s interview, published in Decanter magazine’s June 2018 issue, plus new tasting notes only available to Premium members.

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Château Les Cruzelles in Lalande-de-Pomerol

Interview and exclusive tasting with Denis Durantou…

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Château Talbot: Every vintage from 2000 to 2017 tasted

Château Talbot: Every vintage from 2000 to 2017 tasted

Jane Anson reports for Premium members on a tasting of Château Talbot wines at the St-Julien estate.

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Château Talbot, the St-Julien fourth growth.

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Rain and rain and rain in Bordeaux causes problems

Rain and rain and rain in Bordeaux causes problems

It doesn’t stop raining in Bordeaux. As spring progresses, wine producers face problems. It is difficult to drive the tractor and to walk in a wet and muddy vineyard. This is inconvenient for those growers who mechanically remove the weeds. Main…

Bordeaux 2017: Haut-Batailley aims high with sharp price rise

Bordeaux 2017: Haut-Batailley aims high with sharp price rise

Château Haut-Batailley has issued an apparent statement of intent under new ownership by releasing its 2017 wine at a significantly higher price than its previous en primeur release, the 2015 vintage.

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Château Haut-Batailley vineyards. The estate was bought by the owners of Pauillac neighbour Lynch-Bages in 2017, but the price was not disclosed.

Haut-Batailley issues statement of intent…

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