Issue 69 2020
168 ONE BOTTLE 2019 CHÂTEAU L’EGLISE-CLINET: ADMIRABLE TESTAMENT TO POMEROL’S MUCH-LOVED SAGE Andrew Jefford reflects on a single interesting bottle.
171 TASTINGS The distinctive World of Fine Wine tasting philosophy and protocol for both blind and open tastings, as well as the members of the permanent panel.
174 LAYING DOWN 2019 BORDEAUX: SPLENDOR IN A TRAGEDY-TINGED YEAR The apotheosis of Bordeaux’s recent, climate-warmed golden run? Michael Schuster explains why it may well be, thanks to glorious quality and consistency across the region and all wine styles: wonderful dry whites of sap and substance, absolutely beautiful reds of opulence and poise, and exceptional sweet whites of concentration, complexity, finesse, and vigor.
196 LAYING DOWN DANUBE GRÜNER VELTLINER AND RIESLING: MEANDERING THROUGH TERROIR Stephan Reinhardt introduces an exciting tasting that he shared with Stephen Brook and Andrew Jefford of some of Austria’s greatest white wines, assessing the quality of an array of single-site Grüner Veltliners and Rieslings, most from the 2018 vintage, and exploring the differences in the many and varied terroirs that follow the Danube River from Vienna to Spitz.
206 SAVOR ITALIAN WHITES 3: THE SOUTH AND THE ISLANDS: IN THE SHADOW OF ETNA Andrew Jefford introduces the third and final part of his landmark quest—shared with Bruno Besa and Michael Palij MW—to find the finest white wines in Italy, concluding with a selection of the best southern and island wines, a field in which Etna’s Carricante performed strongest ahead of Sicily’s Grillo, Sardinia’s Vermentino, and Campania’s Fiano di Avellino.
212 SAVOR JURA VIN JAUNE: ASCENT OF VIN Idiosyncratic, divisive, and necessarily expensive, the sous-voile yellow wines of the Jura are nothing if not challenging, says Andrew Jefford. But as a tasting shared with Simon Field MW and Roy Richards proved, the best offer an experience that every serious wine lover should try at least once in their lifetime.
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