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Tasting articles are the way we publish our most important groups of tasting notes, typically horizontals (one vintage, different producers) or verticals (one producer, different vintages) or from one particular region. Reluctantly, and only because we know how useful they are, we give scores, out of 20, European-style. We also suggest suitable drinking dates because we feel strongly that the wine trade doesn't give us consumers nearly enough advice about when to drink their wines. See more details of What our scores mean.

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This year’s en primeur tastings described in Chianti Classico 2012 - climate-change wines also saw the release of the 2011 Riservas, which clearly showed that they were the result of a hot vintage in which many producers had begun to pick the grapes before optimal ripeness. In 2011 it was a. More...
Chianti Classico's 2012 vintage was the produce of one of the hottest summers ever to be recorded, but when I tasted the 48 examples described below, I found to my surprise that they showed surprising freshness and elegance. Only in the rarest of cases were there the hallmarks of hot vintages:. More...
The role of geology and vineyard site in the taste and texture of wine has been going round in my head for many years and every now and again the topic comes to the fore, particularly now as we revise The Oxford Companion to Wine and I get into fascinating discussions with geologists and. More...
For the introduction to this collection of tasting notes, see Which path for the Loire's great grape? Notes are grouped by producer and ordered by style within each group (sparkling first, then in ascending order of sweetness), with a miscellany at the end. Scroll down to see. More...
We tend to think of Sauvignon Blanc primarily as an unoaked wine, but I must say I have been hugely impressed by some oaked Sauvignons and in fact would probably more easily recall thrilling oaked Sauvignons than unoaked ones, despite the ocean of unoaked examples from Marlborough and Sancerre. More...
We are firm believers in tasting blind when assessing wines professionally, trying to work out whether reputations are justified, which are the stars of a vintage, for example. But I am not always convinced that serving wine blind at the dinner table is a great idea. We went to. More...
Québecois Thomas Bachelder made some pretty good wines at Lemelson in Oregon and was then lured back to Ontario to be the first winemaker for the ambitious Boisset-Vincor project Le Clos Jordanne. He has now gone solo, or at least with his wife Mary Delaney runs an ambitious operation that. More...
We can't get enough Riesling, especially during the summer months  (see why in My great white hope ), so here is a collection of notes on the most recent ones we have tried, from Germany, Australia, New Zealand and a lone but very good value example from Alsace. The wines below are. More...
For other recent champagne reviews, see  2004 deluxe champagnes  and Recent champagne releases . A small but well-formed tasting of five wines* from sister houses Delamotte and Salon, in the company of Didier Depond, president of both, chez London fine-wine merchant Corney &. More...
A feeling of deep responsibility invaded me last March on my way to Logroño, where the Consejo Regulador (regulatory body) of Rioja is located. A blind tasting was awaiting me, and I was wondering how to transmit accurately to you the recent evolution of the most famous Spanish wine region. The. More...
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