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A fine architect of crisp whites from Chablis, William Fèvre delivers in this multifaceted 2007 Les Clos delicious flavors of pear, flint, and saddle leather.
The house was established in 1818 and is now headed by François Billecart, who crafts elegant wines inspired by his personal maxim: “Tradition is meaningless without great quality.” Intense nuances...
Bouchard has some of the best vineyard holdings in all of Burgundy, but the microplot called La Cabotte may be the n é gociant' s very best. This wine has notes of lily flowers, ripe lush peach, and...
We suspect that when Robert Louis Stevenson wrote, “Wine is bottled poetry,” there was a half-full bottle of Petrus on his desk. Managed by Christian Moueix, the estate in Pomerol has somehow...
The only estate to be awarded the Premier Cru Supérieur designation in the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855, this Sauternes, which is composed primarily of Sémillon, became famous for...
Like other offerings from Pomerol, this refined vintage from Château Providence will age gracefully for three decades or longer. A robust and ripe Pomerol, its wildflower scents prime the palate for...
This fifth-growth estate in Pauillac, located across the road from Château Mouton Rothschild, should certainly be represented in any well-stocked cellar. The latest vintage contains 60 percent...
Named for a former owner, General Charles Palmer, this historic grand cru estate in Margaux is now managed by Thomas Duroux, who was formerly with Tenuta dell’Ornellaia in Tuscany. This blend of...
In 1784, when ordering a supply of Margaux for his cellar, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “There cannot be a better bottle of Bordeaux.” Anyone fortunate enough to acquire a case of the 2007 vintage will...
An underpriced hero from the Right Bank of the Gironde, this wine hails from an estate belonging to the Wertheimer family, the owners of Chanel and Holland & Holland. The rich and textured...
Comprised of 62 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 31 percent Merlot, and 7 percent Petit Verdot, this classic Médoc is aged in new barrels for 18 months to create a captivating profile dominated by black...
Perhaps the only wines from Pauillac that can surpass the reds from the first-growth estate, which dates to 1525, are its whites. A blend of 55 percent Sauvignon Blanc and 45 percent Sémillon, the...
This renowned estate was a favorite of Thomas Jefferson, who ordered its wines by the case. Philosophers John Locke and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel both referred to this mighty red wine in their...
Tasting notes: The Château Suduiraut 2007 Sauternes is somewhat coy on the nose, offering subtle hints of lemon preserves, wild honey, and citrus blossoms. But on the palate, lively acidity contrasts...
Tasting notes: A blend of equal parts chardonnay and pinot noir, the 1998 Cuvée R. Lalou is extremely elegant, with a heady nose of smoke, wood, and flint; shimmering, complex flavors of citrus,...
Tasting notes: Huge, concentrated, and blessed with a vault-like structure, this gorgeous wine should continue to develop for the next decade or more. Worth knowing: The traditional 59-acre Mas de...
Tasting notes: The Château de Fieuzal 2006 Pessac-Léognan Blanc is forward, generous, and rich, displaying long, deep flavors of ripe fruit and spice, and hints of lovely new wood. Worth knowing:...
Tasting notes: Intense and creamy, the Pierre Morey 2006 Meursault Perrières Premier Cru is a gorgeous wine that shows sweet oak, racy fruit, almonds, and spice, and glides slowly on a lingering...
Tasting notes: This silky, intense Corton Charlemagne from the stupendous 2005 vintage shows pure, amazing chardonnay fruit laced with deep notes of oak and minerals. Incredibly rich and complex, its...
Tasting notes: As might be expected, Cheval Blanc outperforms, exhibiting a heady nose of lush black fruit and spice followed by complex notes of cocoa, vanilla and berry on the palate. It finishes...
Tasting notes: A classic, it's dense and packed with mineral and spice and delivers concentrated peach and stone fruit. Worth knowing: Wholly owned by the Trimbach family for more than 200 years,...
Tasting notes: The Château de Tracy 2005 Pouilly-Fumé Haute Densité is a masterfully delineated rendition of sauvignon blanc—silky smooth, with juicy citrus, bright acidity, structured minerality,...
Tasting notes: Mingled notes of cherry, raspberry, and strawberry with remarkable length and finesse. Worth knowing: This is the rarest wine made at Roederer, crafted exclusively from pinot noir...
Tasting notes: Clean, crisp, precise, and unbelievably elegant, with soft notes of lemon and piquant brine and minerality. Worth knowing: Founded in 1914 by Eugène-Aimé Salon, Salon is among the...
Tasting notes: An exercise in subtlety, with lovely ripeness, firm acidity, great length, and rich floral notes. Worth knowing: Vines older than 50 years give complex minerality to the wines of...
Tasting notes: Ripe, dense, creamy, toasty, and amazingly supple, this vintage will only improve with age. Worth knowing: This property has gone through many hands since it passed from the ownership...
Tasting notes: Powerful and silky with exquisite black cherry, this wine possesses power and extreme elegance. Worth knowing: Le Corton produces some of the most sinewy, complex red wines in Burgundy...

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