James Lawther

James Lawther

James Lawther MW is a contributing editor to Decanter as well as an independent wine writer, lecturer and tour guide based in Bordeaux. He retailed wine at Steven Spurrier’s Les Caves de la Madeleine in Paris in the 1980s, and his early career also involved stints as a cellar hand in Bordeaux, Burgundy, Roussillon and Western Australia. In 1993, Lawther became a Master of Wine. He is author of The Heart of Bordeaux and The Finest Wines of Bordeaux, and has contributed to books including Dorling Kindersley’s Wines of the World, Oz Clarke’s Bordeaux and Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book.

Languedoc vineyards near to the Mediterranean

Getting to grips with the Languedoc wine scene means grasping the immensity of this Mediterranean region from the outset. Languedoc at a glance: 223,000 hectares of vineyard 70,000ha of Appellation…

From St-Amour in the north to Brouilly in the south, the 10 crus of Beaujolais suffered in the past from a lack of investment and poor winemaking, not to mention…

St Emilion

Lovers of Right Bank wines can find the choice among St-Emilion’s most famous names almost bewildering. James Lawther MW reveals where to find the best value in the region.

Think the Médoc only produces reds? Think again. With roots reaching back centuries, top dry whites can be found throughout Bordeaux – if you know where to look. James Lawther…

Saint-Chinian

The Languedoc's oldest winemaking region could historically be a minefield in terms of style and quality. Today wine lovers can buy with far less trepidation, as the wines have never…

Bordeaux 2010 vintage en primeur James Lawther MW

尽管各酒庄一开始都不太愿意承认甚至感到有些尴尬,但2010年的确是一个杰出的年份,更加特别的是,在这一年右岸异军突起。只有时间能够证明这一年是不是真的比2009年要好,但很明显的是这个年份的酒拥有一种不同的风格,如果比较的话,其与2005年的风格颇为一致。

All in a day’s work

From starting out as a harvest hand, Stéphane Derenoncourt has become one of Bordeaux’s star consultants, engaged by top estates here and around the world. JAMES LAWTHER MW joined him…

Living up to the name

The wines may all say St-Emilion on the label, but the Right Bank satellites have a tough job stepping out of their neighbour’s shadow. JAMES LAWTHER MW asks whether their…

Bordeaux’s Graves Oversight

Planning to treat yourself to a classed growth Médoc on Christmas Day? JAMES LAWTHER MW will turn instead to the better value Graves, and urges you to do the same,…

In Focus: Great Southern

In Splendid Isolation: Some 400km from Perth, Western Australia’s Great Southern is a wild, untamed region. But so fine and vibrant are its wines that WA’s major players are going…

Roussillon: a land of opportunity

Fenouilledes in fine fettle. James Lawther MW reports on a region described by Jancis Robinson, among others, as ‘the most exciting corner of France today’

Raising Margaret

Margaret River is no longer a small backwater. With money flooding into the region, and great-value as well as top-quality wines now being produced, james lawther MW meets seven of…

New southwest France wine category

A new country wine category for the south west of France, Vin de Pays de l’Atlantique, will make its debut with the 2006 vintage.

Flower of Pomerol

Its production is tiny, its wines expensive and hard to find, yet – or should that be hence – Château Lafleur is one of Pomerol’s most revered properties. By James…

Pierre Perrin – Decanter interview

Taking over the 450-year-old family business at Château de Beaucastel must have been a daunting prospect for Pierre Perrin, but he has taken the Châteauneuf property to still greater heights,…