Mouton Magnums

Although the Rothschild family has controlled their celebrated chateau since 1853, the modern story of Chateau Mouton Rothschild begins in 1924. It was then that the young Baron Philippe Rothschild insisted on bottling all his wine at his Bordeaux estate, an unusual move at the time but now an all but universal practice. The reforms…

Winter Wines

Seasons are relative. February can be freezing or mild, depending on where you live. It follows then that choosing wines for the season can be a tricky business. Well, we’ve plowed ahead and selected a few wines that we think will pair well with the season, no matter what the thermometer says. So, whether your…

Champagne Holiday

The holidays are fast approaching like a charging rhinoceros, so why not sit back, kick up your heels, and drink some Champagne? It’s not like the rhino’s going to care. And this wine has gas in it!   2010 DEMIERE ANSIOT NEYROT $118/bottle 92 points, Wine Enthusiast Based in the Côte des Blancs Grand Cru…

Bonjour a Bourgogne! 

[cs_content][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text]I’m here in Burgundy on day 12 of the 2018 harvest in Chassagne-Montracht. I know we all get a little tired reading harvest report after harvest report proclaiming the greatness of the vintage at hand, but…according to…

Summer Wines

2004 KISTLER CHARDONNAY HYDE, CARNEROS $98/bottle 94-96 points, Robert Parker Always a show-stopper in terms of aromatics, the flowery 2004 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard offers hints of smoky hazelnuts, honeysuckle, orange blossoms, buttered apples, and white currants. With exuberant fruit, full body, terrific definition and precision, it should provide plenty of pleasure over the next 6-8…

The French love a bureaucracy

If there is one talent that the French have aside from winemaking, it would be their penchant for regulations. From what can grow where to how much you can harvest, the French wine world is tightly regulated. Every once in a while someone comes along and bucks the standard to create something truly great. This…