BEST of the BEST 2014 | Leisure | Domestic Red Wines: Clos Solène 2010 Hommage à Nos Pairs Reserve

Wine is often cloaked in a mantle of romance by marketing directors who are intent on moving inventory. True romance, however, does occasionally emerge from the vineyards, as the vintners Solène Christophe-Fabre and Guillaume Fabre well know. The couple, both natives of France, met among the vineyards of Bordeaux shortly before Guillaume traveled to the […]

BEST of the BEST 2014 | Leisure | International White Wines: Louis Jadot 2010 Chevalier-Montrachet Les Demoiselles

The past several years have witnessed significant changes at Burgundy’s Maison Louis Jadot. Last year the venerable négociant completed its first harvest in decades without the daily presence of Jacques Lardière, the master vigneron who retired at the end of 2012 after 42 years as Jadot’s technical director. A philosophical man who chose a career […]

BEST of the BEST 2014 | Leisure | International Red Wines: Penfolds 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Bin 707

When most wine collectors think of Australia, they think of Penfolds; and when they ponder Penfolds, their thoughts ineluctably drift toward Grange, the label’s flagship wine, which emphasizes Shiraz and was first produced commercially in 1952. Like Grange, Bin 707—which debuted with the 1964 vintage—is sourced from multiple vineyards in multiple regions that include Adelaide […]

Cellar Notes: Robert Young 2010 Bob’s Burn Pile Cabernet Sauvignon

For Robert Young, whose family has farmed the same acreage in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley for five generations, one of the highlights of agricultural life was apparently lighting his burn pile—a large heap of dried cuttings that, once ignited, burned all day, leaving only a smoldering expanse of ash. Once the farm became a vineyard […]

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