Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Arnione: A new Bolgheri superstar?

Arnione: A new Bolgheri superstar?

Remember the name ‘Arnione’, says Aldo Fiordelli, who wonders whether the time has come for a new star in Bolgheri to join established names such as Sassicaia, Ornellaia, Tignanello and Masseto.

Arnione Bolgheri

Remember the name…

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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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Super Tuscan evolution: Comparing Tignanello and Solaia

Super Tuscan evolution: Comparing Tignanello and Solaia

Michaela Morris compares several vintages of Antinori’s Tignanello and Solaia, looking at the stylistic evolution of two wines born several years apart in the 1970s but from the same Tuscan property.

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Comparing the evolution of Tignanello and Solaia.

An in-depth look at two ‘Super Tuscan’ pioneers…

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Producer profile: Wynns Coonawarra Estate

Producer profile: Wynns Coonawarra Estate

The winery that put Coonawarra on the map for wine drinkers in the 1950s has grown to become one of Australia’s best-known names. Huon Hooke explores its history and picks some of his favourite wines from recent vintages.

Wynns Coonawarra Estate winery
Wynns Coonawarra Estate

The winery that put Coonawarra on the map for wine drinkers in the 1950s…

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Producer profile: Wynns Coonawarra Estate

Producer profile: Wynns Coonawarra Estate

The winery that put Coonawarra on the map for wine drinkers in the 1950s has grown to become one of Australia’s best-known names. Huon Hooke explores its history and picks some of his favourite wines from recent vintages.

Wynns Coonawarra Estate winery
Wynns Coonawarra Estate

The winery that put Coonawarra on the map for wine drinkers in the 1950s…

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Mas de Daumas Gassac red wines: Recent vintages tasted

Mas de Daumas Gassac red wines: Recent vintages tasted

See fresh tasting notes and ratings on the flagship red wine of this Languedoc ‘grand cru’ from 2010 to 2016, plus a barrel sample of the 2017 vintage, written by Andrew Jefford and available exclusively to Premium members.

Mas de Daumas Gassac vineyards, Languedoc
A view across Mas de Daumas Gassac vineyards.

From 2010 to 2016 inclusive, plus a 2017 barrel sample…

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Mas de Daumas Gassac red wines: Recent vintages tasted

Mas de Daumas Gassac red wines: Recent vintages tasted

See fresh tasting notes and ratings on the flagship red wine of this Languedoc ‘grand cru’ from 2010 to 2016, plus a barrel sample of the 2017 vintage, written by Andrew Jefford and available exclusively to Premium members.

Mas de Daumas Gassac vineyards, Languedoc
A view across Mas de Daumas Gassac vineyards.

From 2010 to 2016 inclusive, plus a 2017 barrel sample…

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Bordeaux 2017 weather re-cap: Advantage Cabernet?

Bordeaux 2017 weather re-cap: Advantage Cabernet?

Now that it’s time for another Bordeaux en primeur week, we summarise a new report from the oenology unit at Bordeaux University, the ISVV, on weather conditions in the Bordeaux 2017 growing season.

Bordeaux 2017 weather

‘This year will long be remembered because of the frost in late April  that devastated nearly half of the potential …Continue reading »

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St-Emilion satellites 2015: Panel tasting results

St-Emilion satellites 2015: Panel tasting results

Four communes north of St-Emilion are an excellent hunting ground for value, particularly in good Right Bank vintages like 2015. See which of the 92 wines tasted by our three-strong panel of experts came out on top…

Satellite St-Emilion Panel Tasting

See the top wines from this tasting…

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Latour tests new approach with Les Forts 2012 release

Latour tests new approach with Les Forts 2012 release

Les Forts de Latour 2012 will be released this month, making it the first wine to go on the market that was produced after the first growth estate left the en primeur system.

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The tower at Château Latour

Les Forts de Latour 2012 set for release…

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