John Stimpfig

guide to Chianti, Gran Selezione

In front of a dramatic backdrop of the Hong Kong waterfront at Vinexpo Asia-Pacific 2016, Ian d’Agata introduced some of the most exciting wines from the new Chianti Classico Gran…

burgundy-en-primeur

Burgundy 2014 en primeur – the background: Burgundy en primeur is a much more recent invention than its counterpart in Bordeaux and has only really got going in the last…

South African Chardonnay

If I had to pick one grape that impressed me above all others on my recent trip to the Cape, I think it would have to be Chardonnay. It seems…

Sumaridge

Sumaridge, Chardonnay, Hemel-en-Aarde, South Africa 2010 From the cool and southerly Hemel-en-Aarde comes another classical and elegant Cape Chardonnay with exquisite drinkability and staying power. Ex H-R winemaker Gavin Patterson.…

Clos de Vougeot, Côte de Nuits

By the end of the Decanter Fine Wine Encounter in November, I was pretty sure that my personal wine of the month would be the 96 Cos d’Estournel (though it…

Bordeaux wine harvest

Cold, damp and difficult more or less sums up Bordeaux 2013. At one point, Pichon Baron’s Christian Seely found himself in a muddy rain-sodden vineyard in Pauillac, ‘staring at so…

Decanter 40th anniversary lunch

Guests for the first of the Decanter 40th anniversary celebration, included Marchese Piero Antinori of Antinori wines, Frederic Rouzaud of Champagne Louis Roederer, Christophe Salin of Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, Peter Gago…