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Decanter

March 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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Time Inc. (UK) Ltd
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martín códax, rías baixas

Located on Spain’s Atlantic coast, around the historic town of Cambados, Salnés is a sub-zone of DO Rías Baixas. Producer Martín Códax owns 450ha of vineyards in this area, divided into 2,300 separate parcels, all worked by hand, some of which sit right next to the ocean. Salnés is known as the homeland of the Albariño grape, which is planted on sandy and mineral soils here. This vineyard produces white wines that are fresh, crisp and mineral in style, with a distinctive Atlantic character imparted by the proximity of the vines to the ocean. ■…

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john stimpfig

OCCASIONALLY I HAVE to sing for my supper by guessing the identity of a wine at a lunch or dinner. Alas, more often than not, I fail spectacularly. The last time was a mystery white, which I hazarded was five years old and came from the Agly Valley in France. In fact, it was a 2002 Domaine de Chevalier from Pessac-Léognan.Coincidentally, I encountered the same wine soon after in Shanghai – the day before our Fine Wine Encounter at the Ritz-Carlton (see p24). It was part of a unique and unprecedented tasting and dinner organised and hosted by the estate’s owners, Olivier and Adrien Bernard.The pair had compiled a vertical of 20 stellar vintages ranging from 1975 to 2015. All the wines were poured in magnum and were sourced…

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a month in wine

Wine world mourns Gerard Basset Gerard Basset OBe MW Ms died at home surrounded by his family on 16 January, following a battle with cancer of the oesophagus that was first diagnosed in 2017. He was 61 years old.Basset will be remembered as one of the wine industry’s leading lights, not least for having been the only person to hold both the Master of Wine and Master sommelier titles alongside an MBa in wine business and Msc in wine management.He also won the World’s Best sommelier title in 2010 and was given an OBe in 2011. those achievements were underpinned by Basset’s work in mentoring young sommeliers who have gone on to be ranked among the world’s finest in their own right.‘Words cannot express how saddened we are to…

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around the wine world

Celebrated winemaker and consultant Patrick Léon died on 11 December 2018 at his home estate of Château Les Trois Croix in Fronsac, Bordeaux.Léon was responsible for many of the most lauded wines of the 20th century, yet he was often described as unfailingly modest and self-effacing by those who knew him. A devoted oeonologist and ampelographer, Léon started his career in 1960s Bordeaux, at the Gironde Chamber of Agriculture, where he established an oenology laboratory.In 1972 he began working at Alexis Lichine & Co as technical director and general manager of Château Lascombes in Margaux, before moving to spend nearly 20 years working with Baron Philippe de Rothschild. He was technical director at Château Mouton Rothschild from 1984 until his retirement in 2003, during which time he was instrumental…

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in brief

■ Château Mouton Rothschild’s 2016 grand vin label art has been unveiled. The Pauillac estate said the artist, William Kentridge, from South Africa, is ‘the first world-famous artist from the African continent’ to illustrate its top label, for which it has commissioned great artists annually since 1945. Kentridge’s artwork is a series of silhouettes entitled The Triumphs of Bacchus. ■ Paulo Amorim has been presented with France’s Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole award in recognition of his contribution to viticulture. Amorim is president of the Portuguese Association of Wines & Spirits (ANCEVE), as well as director of C da Silva and Quinta da Aveleda wineries. He also founded Viniportugal, promoting Portuguese wines worldwide, and the G7 collective of Portugal’s top wineries. ■ Carbon dating tests carried out by…

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letters

Claret alternatives? I AgREE wITh Jayne Smith (‘Letters’, February 2019 issue), who laments the trend of rising alcohol levels in table wines. This trend is demonstrated starkly in Andy howard’s claret alternative recommendations (February 2019), which are mostly 14% alcohol, and some even 15%. hardly claret alternatives in my book. The great clarets rarely go above 13.5%, and I rarely buy any wines that do.I notice that the 2017 Burgundies reviewed in the same issue rarely exceed 13.5%, though the featured Tasmanian Pinot Noir producer, Apsley gorge, had wines at 14% – too high in my opinion for a Pinot, though again an increasing trend. David Fenton, London, UK Italian high standards I vERy muCh enjoyed John Stimpfig’s recent column about Ferrari’s £180 méthode Champenoise Trentodoc rosé (January…

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