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Decanter

June 2019

Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd The world’s best wine magazine. It is simply the “wine bible”. Every month it provides recommendations on the world’s finest wines and tells you where you can find them. From top Bordeaux to the best value wine on the shelf, Decanter guides you through a maze of wine to help you find the right wine for you. It also offers interviews with leading wine personalities, in-depth guides to the wine regions and the latest wine news.

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mclaren vale, south australia

Located just south of Adelaide in South Australia, McLaren Vale sits between the Mount Lofty Ranges and the white, sandy beaches of the Gulf of St Vincent, which is pictured behind the vineyards here, looking southwest to the Fleurieu Peninsula. With its old vines and 180 years of winemaking history, McLaren Vale is one of the great and oldest names of Australian wine. Despite its heritage, the region’s winemakers aren’t resting on their laurels, and a new generation is experimenting with alternative grape varieties and wine styles to create a new wave of Australian wine. These innovative winemakers are working with an array of grapes, from Grenache and Shiraz to Fiano and Vermentino (see Michaela Morris on ‘Italy in Australia’, p64). …

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john stimpfig

IT SKKSS GLSOST egregiously ironic that red Hordeaux’s popularity continues to languish in the doldrums. Having just got back from assessing its newly minted 2018s, it’s abundantly clear to me that it has never made better or more beautiful wines than in recent years.I thoroughly enjoyed the 2018s, which I regard as significantly better than 2017 and in many instances on a par with the excellent 2015 and 2016 vintages. I will most definitely be buying a number of 2018s. The only issues are which châteaux, in what quantities and at what point in time. Sost will not be bought en primeur.I am not alone in deferring my spending away from the ‘hoopla’ of the en primeur campaign. With some notable exceptions, the financial advantages of buying early are…

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a month in wine

2018 en primeur visitor numbers surge En primeur 2018 Seven thouSand wine professionals registered to attend Bordeaux en primeur week for the 2018 vintage, at least 6,000 of whom were expected to attend tastings from 1-4 April, according to the Onion des Grands Crus de Bordeaux (OGCB).‘Those figures are very high, especially if you consider that access is granted only to wine professionals from the trade and press,’ said Lonan Faborde, the new president of the OGCB and Château Clinet co-owner.Château Mouton Lothschild’s managing director and winemaker Jhilippe Dhalluin reported that the estate was expecting its highest ever attendance with a ‘record 2,000 confirmed booked appointments’.‘We had 1,700 visitors in 2017, so it’s a big difference,’ he said. ‘We are seeing many people from Europe, especially Germany and…

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around the wine world

Landmark 2017 vintage declaration for major Port houses In a rare occurrence of consecutive Port vintage declarations, Symington Family Estates and Quinta do Noval have both declared 2017 as a vintage.Symington Family Estates said it was the first time ‘back-to-back’ vintages were declared in the company’s history. The declaration spans the company’s entire Port collection, including Cockburn’s, Dow’s, Graham’s and Warre’s.This was a ‘milestone’ in the company history, a statement said, and ‘the result of two very different but extremely high quality years for Port in the Douro’. 2017 was a hot and dry year with low rainfall, and the harvest unusually early in August.‘Few wine regions in the world restrict vintage years with such integrity as we do in the Douro,’ said Johnny Symington, chairman at Symington Family…

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in brief

■ During a state visit to France in March, Chinese president Xi Jinping reportedly dined privately with French president Emmanuel Macron in Beaulieu-sur-Mer on the French Riviera. According to Le Figaro, wines served included Champagne Pol Roger’s Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill 2000, Joseph Drouhin’s Marquis de Laguiche Montrachet Grand Cru 2011, and Petrus 2002.■ One of Tuscany’s oldest cooperatives, Chianti Geografico, has been bought by the region’s Piccini wine group in a deal worth €7.2m. Piccini said the deal saved Chianti Geografico from bankruptcy by paying off crippling debts. It plans to invest a further €2m to renovate winemaking facilities and barrel cellars to improve quality at the co-op in the coming years.■ Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) has ended its eight-year exclusive partnership with ASC Fine Wines, which…

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letters

Enraged or inspired by what you’ve read? Email editor@decanter.com, or write to: The Editor, Decanter, 1st Floor, 161 Marsh Wall, London E14 9AP, UK Right on!I HAVE BEEN a lover of winesand a collector of wines for more than 50 years. I recently became a subscriber to Decanter and what a joy you are to me for the incredibly extensive review of wines, wineries, regions and vintages worldwide. I’ve become increasingly disenchanted with other wine magazines because of their senseless reviews of wines of fewer than 100 cases. Tone of these very limited-production wines can be purchased anywhere in the US as they are not available. Please keep up your great professional- and consumer-oriented content. Your coverage directions are right on! Joel Winitz, Nevada, US Picpoul vintagesI AM…

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