Category: Jane Anson

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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Anson: What drives people to make wine?

Anson: What drives people to make wine?

Whether you have dreams of making your own cuvée, or already spend your days in the cellar, Jane Anson considers the enduring appeal of producing wine.

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What drives people to make wine?

What drives people to make wine?

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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.

Published online exclusively for Premium members…

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Anson: Bordeaux 2017 vintage overview

Anson: Bordeaux 2017 vintage overview

Read Jane Anson’s full and exclusive report on the Bordeaux 2017 vintage after several weeks of tasting barrel samples and speaking to winemakers in the region – now available to Decanter Premium members.

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Sommeliers pour wine for tasters at Bordeaux’s Hangar 14 during en primeur week.

You have gathered by now that Bordeaux 2017 is not the easiest of vintages to describe. It’s a year where …Continue reading »

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Bordeaux 2017 ratings: Jane Anson’s top scorers

Bordeaux 2017 ratings: Jane Anson’s top scorers

Ratings and in-depth tasting notes on top Bordeaux 2017 performers in key appellations have today (24 April) been made exclusively available to Decanter Premium members.

See below to find out which wines scored at least 95 points following Jane’s tasting of hundreds of en primeur wines.

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Barrels in the Château Lafite Rothschild cellars in Pauillac.

See which wines came out on top in this uneven vintage…

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Anson: Tasting note dilemmas

Anson: Tasting note dilemmas

Jane Anson considers the mechanics of putting together a tasting note, and what factors she believes are worth considering.

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I’ve been thinking a lot about wine notes recently. Bear in mind that this is the period when I am …Continue reading »

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First impressions of Bordeaux 2017 barrel samples

First impressions of Bordeaux 2017 barrel samples

Read Jane Anson’s initial report on the key emerging characteristics of the Bordeaux 2017 vintage, and which areas look set to come out on top – currently available exclusively to Decanter Premium members.

Full tasting notes and ratings on hundreds of Bordeaux primeur wines will be published later this month.

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Jane Anson tastes Haut-Brion 2017 samples for Decanter.

An exclusive preview of the new vintage…

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Anson: Tasting Château Corbin

Anson: Tasting Château Corbin

Jane Anson tastes a vertical of the Bordeaux Right Bank’s Château Corbin – a St-Emilion estate which won’t be producing a 2017 vintage because of the frost…

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Château Corbin in St-Emilion.

Jane Anson tastes the wines…

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Anson: Inside Bordeaux’s craft whisky distillery

Anson: Inside Bordeaux’s craft whisky distillery

Bordeaux has joined the craft whisky trend, reports Jane Anson after meeting the founders of a new distillery and talking a tour of the premises.

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Bordeaux has seen a revival for bars and restaurants in recent years.

Eighteen months. That’s how long it took to hew 20 six-tonne blocks of concrete out of the side of the …Continue reading »

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