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Enticingly Fallible: Bordeaux 2021 En Primeur

Aside from widespread frost, constant rain, humidity, rot, muddy terrain, June’s biblical deluges, leafhopper infestations, a cool and overcast summer, delayed vine growth, spun-out véraison, stubbornly low phenolic ripeness, shortages of pickers and an incorrect weather forecast in the eve of harvest…the 2021 season was a piece of cake.

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2021 Bordeaux En Primeur: Back to Classicism

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2022 Argentina: A Harvest That Challenged Producers’ Skills

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Saar Riesling 2019-2020: Selective Excellence

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Santa Lucia Highlands: Back-to-Back Greatness in 2018 & 2019

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San Luis Obispo: At the Edge of the Ocean

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This Is Not Just Another Winery: Haut-Bailly 1964-2018

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Friuli-Venezia Giulia: Just Try to Keep Up

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Unrivalled/ Unequalled: Yquem 1921–2019

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On the Cusp of Evolution: Amarone and Valpolicella

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New Zealand Reds: Treading Lightly

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Artichoke tortellino

Artichoke, Amersham, UK

If you fancy dining outside the capital but do not fancy driving too far, then Artichoke is more or less on your doorstep. You could even take the tube there, even if that might be a long journey.

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The Harwood Arms, London, UK

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Noble Rot Soho

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Christmas Dinner

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Hutong, London, UK

Vinous Favorites

2020 Bishop's Peak Pinot Noir

2020 Bishop's Peak Pinot Noir, 91 points

This 2020 Pinot Noir opens with zesty raspberry, blood orange and rose aromas, along with hints of cola and baking spices. Juicy, seamless and energetic in style, it offers sweet red berry and floral pastille flavors. Fine-grained tannins shape the finish, with spice-driven persistence. (JR)


Cellar Favorites

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1946 Figeac

During en primeur week, I attended a dinner at Château Figeac. Following a raft of wines in large formats that included the 1989 and 1975, the evening’s climax was a mystery wine that guests were invited to identify. A few brave souls raised their hands to give their tentative answer – all wildly off, not by years, but decades.

2011 Clos Rougeard Saumur Blanc Brézé

2010 Roagna Barbaresco Pajè

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