Dear wine lover, here are links to some of the articles that were published on this week.

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Dear wine lover

We had a great time on Sunday night tasting 44 hand-picked Brunello 2012s at Caravan King's Cross in London. We published a report in pictures the next day and I will publish my enthusiastic tasting notes the week after next. At the time of writing there is still a tiny handful of tickets left for our Sherry Night at the same welcoming place on Sunday 23 April. Snap them up here.

Jetlag is slowly receding (I hope Julia and Richard don't suffer too badly when they return from South America and California respectively over the next few days) and Nick and I are getting back into the swing of London life with wine tastings and visits to new restaurants aplenty, plus the (very) small matter of our first granddaughter, who arrived as Brunello Night was getting underway. My picture is of the reflection of a glass of Vina Ardanza 2007 on the place mat at Monica Galetti's new place in London, Mere.

This week I published my tasting notes on the nearly 200 Bordeaux 2005 I tasted, or tried to taste, at the annual 10-years-on blind assessment. This was delayed two years because of 2005's tannic nature and, although there were many glorious wines, I would still wait before opening many of these wines. I say 'tried to taste' because I was disappointed by the proportion that were marred by mouldy cork aromas or other faults.

Rather too close to home, Richard shared his thoughts on the nature of tasting notes and reported on LVMH's luxurious rosé champagnes. I did my best with those approximations to impressions that are tasting notes on 185 NZ Pinot Noirs, most tasted in New Zealand but quite a few in London before I went there. I also wrote about the (embryonic) state of new wave winemaking in New Zealand while Nick pondered the matter of Chilean cuisine.

We also reported on four new Masters of Wine, continued to publish the more brilliant entries in our wine writing competition and draw your attention to a fine wine from Lebanon today - a total of 14 articles in all, nine of them free.

As I have frequently observed, we're crazy.


Bordeaux 2005 12 years on – left bank (Tasting articles)

Mar 10, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

See also my reports on the whites and right bank reds in this retrospective blind comparative of the most significant wines of the 2005 Bordeaux vintage. Bordeaux 2005 – winners and losers provides an overview, to be published tomorrow. The 2005s of the left bank were in general more appreciated by our group of 18 tasters from in and around the UK…

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Dom de Tourelles Cinsault 2014 Bekaa Valley (Wines of the week)

Mar 10, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

From £14.95 Wine Society, $19.99 Find this wine We have a thing about Cinsault on This is the seventh varietal Cinsault we have chosen as a wine of the week, and it has featured as a major ingredient in many more. But we have never, as far as I can remember and to my shame, had a Lebanese wine of the week. The dark-skinned,…

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Bordeaux 2005 12 years on – right bank (Tasting articles)

Mar 09, 2017 09:44 am | Jancis Robinson

See also this report of the dry and sweet white wines and left bank reds tasted during this look at the famous 2005 Bordeaux vintage 12 years on. What was particularly interesting about this tasting was that in 2005 quality criteria for red wines were very different from today. This was stil the era when mass and drama were valued more than…

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WWC 37 – Miquel Hudin (Free for all)

Mar 09, 2017 09:00 am | Guest contributor

Miquel Hudin brings us the 37th entry into our wine writing competition. We elected not to publish his piece on Georgia as it has been covered in detail on this site recently, but are pleased to reproduce his second article, all about regrafting varieties in Catalonia. Miquel introduces himself as follows: I'm of a shabby vintage unless you exist…

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Reality and wine – are tasting notes all wrong? (Hemming's Spittoon)

Mar 08, 2017 09:00 am | Richard Hemming MW

Optical illusion courtesy of MedithIT Implicitly, we trust our senses. Our sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell are constantly assessing the environment around us and feeding us messages which we accept as reality. Seeing movement in our peripheral vision alerts us to potential threats. Touching something unexpectedly hot triggers instinctual…

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Bordeaux 2005 12 years on – whites (Tasting articles)

Mar 08, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

See also these tasting notes on the right bank and left bank reds.The week before last 18 of us gathered in Farr Vintners offices to taste nearly 200 significant bordeaux from the famous 2005 vintage. Most of them were reds - pretty tannic, concentrated reds - about which I will report in detail tomorrow (right bank) and on Thursday (left bank)…

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WWC 36 – Miriam Reynolds (Free for all)

Mar 07, 2017 09:00 am | Guest contributor

The 36th published entry into our wine writing competition comes from Miriam Reynolds. Don't forget to keep checking our guide article to keep abreast of all the entries.  I'm Miriam Reynolds, a 53-year-old wine enthusiast, Dublin-based, currently navigating transition, destination unknown. I'm currently working with a group of investment…

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NZ Pinot styles emerge (Tasting articles)

Mar 07, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

Our forum is populated by burgundy enthusiasts, burgundy enthusiasts who are becoming increasingly concerned about rising burgundy prices. In this thread Jonathan Chevallier’s plea ‘Which NZ Pinots might be good for a priced-out Burgundy PC lover?’ drew more than 25 responses and 1,736 views. So, when presented with the opportunity of attending…

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Four new Masters of Wine (Free for all)

Mar 06, 2017 12:09 pm | Jancis Robinson

Many congratulations to these four new MWs announced today. The titles of the research papers sound hugely intriguing. So what future does Syrah have in Hermitage...?! Mark Andrew MW is based in Bloomsbury, Central London, where he is co-founder of Noble Rot magazine and the wine bar/restaurant of the same name. The magazine was launched in early…

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Brunello Night 2 in pictures (Free for all)

Mar 06, 2017 09:26 am | Team JR

About 100 Brunello fans braved torrential rain to attend our second Brunello Night at Caravan King's Cross (and third overall, since we also held one in 2015 on the roof of Eataly, New York). Last night's sellout event was devoted to the rather promising 2012 vintage about which I will be reporting the week after next. You can see the 44 wines on…

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WWC 35 – Kirsten Valentine (Free for all)

Mar 06, 2017 09:00 am | Guest contributor

The 35th published entrant in our wine writing competition introduces herself below. Don't forget to keep checking our guide article to keep abreast of all the entries.  My name is Kirsten Valentine, I am 35, a Certified Sommelier (CMS) and I have recently passed the Level 3 WSET exam. I live in Chicago. WINE FOR PATRIOTS  Each year on…

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Luxury rosé champagne from LVMH (Tasting articles)

Mar 06, 2017 09:00 am | Richard Hemming MW

Most people are prepared to pay a premium for champagne, whether or not they understand the reasons for that premium. But is it worth paying even more for the pink version? The 12 wines tasted below provide a good case study. They are all owned by luxury behemoth LVMH, and represent five of the world's 10 best-selling champagne brands. Checking…

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​The mystery of Chilean cuisine (Nick on restaurants)

Mar 04, 2017 01:00 am | Nick Lander

Nick recalls a day in Santiago before the terrible recent rains in this article published by the Financial Times.The scene was enchanting. Dappled sunlight streamed on to a terrace full of umbrella-shaded tables, each one laid up with cutlery and, a couple of hours later, with empty wine bottles. The menu was highly distinctive. The service had…

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The newer Zealand (Free for all)

Mar 04, 2017 01:00 am | Jancis Robinson

A version of this article is published by the Financial Times. See also Mainly Martinborough, plus Kumeu River.Global uncertainty is not limited to global affairs; it is reflected in the current state of the world of wine which is as metaphorically as well as literally fluid as I have ever known it. In the past wine producers and consumers were…

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