Christie’s New York announces its Fall Wine auctions, kicking-off with two consecutive New York sales on October 20 and October 21. Magnificence in Focus will offer one of the most impressive single owner collections of superlative wines in recent years, highlighted by exceptional Bordeaux and Burgundy. The evening sale includes rare wines of the Côte […]
BEST of the BEST 2014 | Leisure | International White Wines: Château Haut-Brion 2011 Pessac-Léognan Blanc
Those who contend that Chardonnay grown in the sacred precincts of Chablis and the Côte de Beaune makes the best white wine on the planet can certainly find plenty of liquid evidence to support their argument. The soils of Burgundy, after all, have nurtured white wines of renown since the age of Charlemagne. These campaigners, […]
In the minds of most enthusiasts, Médoc is the cradle of Bordeaux. After all, this important region on the Left Bank of the Gironde River is home to four of the great châteaux that received First Growth rankings in the definitive 1855 classification: Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Latour, Château Margaux, and Château Mouton Rothschild. Its prominence […]
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 2007 vintage presents a medley of fresh melon, honeycomb, and lanolin layered over a delicious smokiness.
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 writings. All three of these historical figures would no doubt have fallen under the spell of the only first-growth from the Pessac-Léognan […]