Stephen Brook

Jean-Nicolas Méo – Decanter interview

Once a career as a Parisian banker beckoned. Now Jean-Nicolas Méo is as firmly rooted to his winemaking future as his family’s Vosne-Romanée vines. stephen brook meets him…

Pride of place

Paolo de Marchi believes Chianti should express its origins. If that means vintage variation and a paler than popular hue, so be it, the Isole e Olena owner tells Stephen…

Chianti v Brunello

The extended ageing of Brunello means that when Chianti producers are unveiling their 2004s, Montalcino’s finest are only just uncorking the 2001s. stephen brook gives his verdict on the latest…

best barolo producers

Barolo may be known for its great wine, but the line between traditional and the contemporary methods of producing it is anything but fine, writes STEPHEN BROOK

A home for Syrah

Syrah is becoming synonymous with Washington, as winemakers discover the perfect environment for the Rhône varietal, writes STEPHEN BROOK

Sauternes 2002 & 2003

These two great recent vintages – the underrated elegant 2002 and the powerful, rich 2003 – have been somewhat overlooked. STEPHEN BROOK explains why

Treasure Island

Tasmania lies 150 miles off the south-east coast of Australia, but in terms of winemaking, it’s always been light years away from the mainland’s booming industry. That could all be…

Montrachet, burgundy vineyards

You can barely move for winemakers in the Burgundy villages of Puligny and Chassagne, says stephen brook. And no wonder. The area is home to the best white wine slopes…

Decanter Interview – Joint Ventures

The Lurton family is steeped in Bordeaux winemaking lore. But brothers Jacques and François are now transplanting that expertise into vineyards across the globe. By STEPHEN BROOK.

Interview: Decanter Man of the Year

Riesling king Ernst Loosen has worked wonders for the image, and sales, of German wine since taking over family estate Weingut Dr Loosen in the Mosel two decades ago. Stephen…

Vosne-Romanee

Vosne-Romanée has an air of greatness about it. Home to such luminaries as Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Méo-Camuzet, its wines are rich, perfumed, long ageing – and often incredibly…

Austria’s Smart Buys

Austria’s Kamptal and Kremstal are producing wines, both white and red, that can rival those of their more famous neighbour, the Wachau – at far more affordable prices. STEPHEN BROOK…

Decanter Interview with Chuck Wagner

Most US wine drinkers like their wine rich, concentrated and immediately drinkable. Chuck Wagner at Caymus crafts his wines, including the flagship Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, entirely to cater for…

High Hopes

Despite being dominated by cooperatives, Roussillon has what it takes to become famous for more than just fortified wines – and a small but growing band of producers are determined…

Ghetto Blasters

California’s Wine Ghetto is more industrial estate than inner city estate. Situated in Lompoc, Santa Barbara, it’s home to around 10 wineries, all committed to producing wines of serious quality,…

Vintage Report: German Riesling 2003

Extreme weather made 2003 an exceptional year for those German Riesling producers who could best adapt to the challenging conditions. STEPHEN BROOK reports on a must-buy year.

Denis Dubourdieu – Decanter interview

As a world-leading expert on white wine vinification, professor and director of general oenology at the university in Bordeaux, and manager of four family properties in Bordeaux, Denis Dubourdieu is…

Salon

Stephen Brook takes a closer look at Salon, the almost mythical Champagne house with a loyal following among those in the know...

Majestic Malbec

A small-time player in its home country of France, Malbec has adopted Argentina as its true home, producing deliciously elegant wines

Champagne Families

You’d never guess that Krug is owned by luxury goods giant LVMH, from the Krug brothers’ high public profile. STEPHEN BROOK looks at how the family image helps sell Champagne…

Sensational Syrah

In 1990, there were just 140 hectares of Syrah planted in California. Today there are 6,100. STEPHEN BROOK ponders the reasons behind the explosive growth of the variety and considers…

Get savvy

One of the Loire's best-kept secrets, Savennières can be dry or sweet and can be aged for 10 years or more, writes STEPHEN BROOK

chianti

Chiantishire is now a cliché, but the place is real enough – a tapestry of hills and valleys from Florence to Siena. It is a kind of paradise, with wine…

Maremma mia!

The gentle hills of Tuscany's coastal plain form one of Italy's most exciting new wine regions. STEPHEN BROOK is very impressed by the wines that are emerging

Elevated Status

Once a Côtes du Rhône Village, Gigondas has long moved on from its past rusticity, and now produces good-value wines that are rich and full of character. STEPHEN BROOK reports…

A welcome change

Grenache is now being replanted in the Barossa Valley. STEPHEN BROOK finds it a refreshing alternative to Shiraz