2017 Vintage : how terribly meager yields can give birth to a Naturally Great Year !

2017 Vintage : how terribly meager yields can give birth to a Naturally Great Year !

If we look at the half empty glass - or tank -, frustration, and even sadness, will overwhelm us : historically small yields in France. The lowest of the post-war years. Cellars are empty. Clearly, one has to state that climate hazards, methodically, worked against us this year, in a succession of definitely adverse events : an abnormally cool spring caused frost, then grape shatter, on all of Rhone cépages, and, more particularly, Grenache. This cruel Spring followed up on a dauntingly dry summer… In the end, the yields in juice are tragically…Read more
The best bottles of 2014

The best bottles of 2014

Some of the most exciting bottles enjoyed in 2014. Red Clos Mogador 1989 Clos Martinet 1989 Clos Dofí 1989 Clos Erasmus 1989 Chave L'Hermitage 2009 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1998 Armand Rousseau Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques 2008 Flor de Pingus 1995L’Ermita 1993 Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 1978 Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 1990 Marqués de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Reserva 1954 Château Grand Puy Lacoste 1982 Château Lagrange 1982 Château Mouton Rothschild 1982 Château Latour 2000 Domaine Trapet Chambertin Grand Cru 2010 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche 2003 (Magnum) Viña Real Reserva 1964…Read more