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What I’ve Been Drinking This Month
The Roka Laški wasn’t the only horizon-altering wine this month – there was also Parés Baltà, Calcari 2019 and Electio 2017, both from Catalonia – two fine still Xarel . lo wines made from biodynamically grown fruit. The former is fresh and stony, a
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Clare Valley classics: Sly’s Grosset Riesling vertical
The clean, fresh aromas of just-picked citrus fruits belie the enormous power of lime juice and rich lemon pith that immediately fills the front palate on this latest vintage. There’s poise in addition to the power though, with multiple layers of rou
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The Verdict
There may have been no fireworks, but our expert trio were encouraged by improved levels of quality in this competitive price bracket, if slightly disappointed by an overarching fruit-forward simplicity. ‘I was pleasantly surprised,’ said Susy Atkins
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On the morning of 1 November 2020, employees of Campari turned on their company computers and found the following note: ‘Hello Campari Group! If you are reading this message, it means your network was PENETRATED and all your files and data have been
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My Top 20: Viognier Beyond The Rhone
For many of us, Viognier is inextricably associated with the Rhône – and especially, perhaps, the iconic wines of Condrieu and Château-Grillet. But it is of course produced elsewhere, so we thought it would be intriguing to explore what other countri
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The Judges
Atkins is a widely published and awarded wine writer and presenter, weekly drinks columnist for The Sunday Telegraph and wine editor of Delicious magazine. The author of 11 books on wine and drinks, she is known for appearing as a wine expert on BBC1
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What I’ve Been Drinking This Month
I put Château Sociando-Mallet, Haut-Médoc 1996 up against five classified Pauillacs of the same vintage, and the Sociando came through with flying colours for a wine at half the price. It’s perfectly ready to drink right now, full of tertiary charact
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There was a time, not so long ago, when making quality wines without adding sulphur dioxide (SO ² ) was widely considered close to impossible, largely the preserve of mavericks. Inspired by the philosophies of natural wine guru Jules Chauvet, a small
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Oregon Pinot Noir
The received wisdom is that Pinot Noir is a capricious grape to grow. Despite the difficulties, however, it has settled in quite comfortably in Oregon. There are stunning wines being produced in this corner of the Pacific Northwest. As Véronique Drou
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Weekday Wines
Excellent-value Cava, this spends 30 months in bottle. It’s crisp, with good purity of appley fruit and more depth than many Cavas at this price due to extended lees ageing. Voted a Wine Champion in 2020 by the Society’s buyers. AW Alcohol 12% Great
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Terminology: Sulphur, Sulphur Dioxide, Sulphites And Sulphides
It is easy to confuse the numerous similar-sounding, but chemically distinct terms relating to sulphur in wine. Sulphur is sprayed on vines as a fungicide to prevent powdery mildew. In the past, it was also burnt in winery buildings and casks to dest
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Burgundy Prices Topping Out?
Debate about the sustainability of Burgundy prices has remained a hot topic ahead of the 2019 vintage en primeur season. While some analysis suggests Burgundy price growth has cooled in the last couple of years, several merchants highlight good deman
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Weekend Wines
On the nose, wheat crackers, fresh citrus, green apple and a touch of sourdough. Crisp ripe apple and tangerine fruits on the palate, savoury and yeasty from partial barrel ageing and four years of lees ageing. Smooth texture, great depth and a morei
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Joy’s Pick: Top Low/no-SO ² Wines To Try
Delicious organic blend of three typical Jurançon grape varieties: Gros Manseng, Petit Manseng and Courbu. Golden-yellow with a caramel-liquorice nose and bright acidity. Full of ripe quince fruit and tangy marmalade, finishing with honeyed notes. An
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Bordeaux Turning The Corner
There have been signs of an uptick in Bordeaux trading in recent months. Liv-ex said in December that demand for Bordeaux had ‘steadily increased’ on its global marketplace since March 2020. But it noted in October that several Bordeaux 2018s were st
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WINES OF THE YEAR 2020: White, Rosé, Sweet & Fortified
Following on from last month’s look at the 64 sparkling and red wines that our experts most enjoyed over the past 12 months, here we present their 33 whites, four sweets, three rosés, two fortifieds and one orange wine. (For the full Wines of the Yea
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Gin Gets The Sauternes Treatment
Devon distillery Salcombe has partnered with premier cru Château Climens to make a limited-edition gin finished in Sauternes casks. Salcombe Gin Phantom (Alc 46%) spent eight months in barrels from Château Climens’ 2015 and 2016 vintages. ‘This is t
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Decanter Fine Wine Price Watch
Liv-ex records transactions between its merchant members in the UK, US, Asia and Europe. All prices are in GBP and exclude sales tax. The numbers in green indicate those prices which have increased since last month, whilst the numbers in red have dec
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Pic St-loup
Along march, a novel, a saga: there are many analogies for the slow emergence and differentiation over the past 40 years of Languedoc’s appellations. Why slow? Geography, in a word. In contrast to regions such as Burgundy or the Rhône, Languedoc’s ap
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HOW TO… Understand Vodka Styles
Several factors affect a vodka’s style. First is the raw material the spirit is made from. This can be any starch- or sugar-rich fermentable crop, including wheat, rye, rice, sugar beet and potato. Each imparts a different character to the final spir
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CAPE MENTELLE, CABERNET SAUVIGNON 1983 Margaret River, Western Australia
David Hohnen was the winemaking wizard behind Cape Mentelle from 1976 and founded Cloudy Bay in New Zealand. Cape Mentelle was to become quite a large estate, with vineyards in different areas of Margaret River, but the Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced
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Pic St-loup At A Glance
Appellation established As Languedoc, 1985; Languedoc-Pic St-Loup, 1994; Pic St-Loup, 2017 Area under vine 1,300ha out of 4,000ha Elevation Vineyards 100m-300m (summit of Pic St-Loup 658m) Soil type Hard and soft limestones; marls; glacial limesto
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Distilled by Decanter
A classic mix of Cognac, lemon juice and triple sec, the exact origins of the Sidecar are unknown. It first appeared in the book Harry’s ABC of Mixing Cocktails by bartender Harry MacElhone, published in 1919. MacElhone credited the recipe to Pat McG
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Managing Director Paul Newman Magazine Editor & Regional Editor (Champagne, Alsace, Loire) Amy Wislocki Content Manager & Regional Editor (US, Canada, Australia, NZ, South Africa) Tina Gellie Digital Editor Eleanor Douglas Editor, Decanter Premium &
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Pick Of The Pic: Jefford’s Dozen To Try
The much-awarded Dame Jeanne – a zero-oak prestige cuvée – is always a great buy and a genuinely ageworthy wine from the Pic. The 2010 is drinking superbly. The 2018 is dazzlingly aromatic with classic Pic citrus-grove Syrah notes; the palate is dens
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Five Of The Best
The simple definition of a single malt whisky – the product of one distillery in a specified location – disguises the rich diversity and complexity of a drink that now spans the world. Most people hear ‘single malt’ and think ‘Scotland’, where the mu
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The Art Of Wine
For three days in May 2008, German winery Richard Richter became the site of a dazzling exhibition by artist Ingo Bracke (pictured). His medium of choice? Light. As part of the first-ever Kunsttage Winningen festival, Bracke transformed Richter’s atm
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Burgundy 2019
Describing the 2019 Burgundy vintage, François Labet, proprietor of Château de la Tour in Clos de Vougeot and co-president of the BIVB regional wine board, said: ‘2018 was Arnold Schwarzenegger, but 2019 is Maria Sharapova!’ If the 2018 wines were no
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The Low- And No- Revolution
It started as a tiny trickle. One lone bottle called Seedlip suddenly appeared on the market in 2015. I remember tasting it at the drinks magazine I was working on at the time. ‘It tastes OK – but who’s going to buy it?’ As it turned out, the answer
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A Month In Wine
From the rise of virtual tastings to unconventional packaging formats, we examine the trends that took 2020 by storm and are set to continue in 2021. Nothing replaces vineyard visits or sharing wine face-to-face. Yet Zoom masterclasses and home tasti
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