Decanter Magazine May 2012

On sale: Wednesday 4 April 2012

In the magazine this month: Brilliant Bordeaux - St Emilion and Pomerol 2009 rated, Southern Rhone 2010 top picks, best Douro reds, Vega Sicilia producer profile plus top storage tips

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New World Bordeaux blends to cellar: Jon Bonne, Huon Hooke and Anthony Rose look at the best examples coming from the US, Australia and South America when it comes to quality, ageworthy Bordeaux blends.

Vintage Report: Southern Rhone 2010: John Livingstone-Learmonth enthuses over the consistently high-quality fruit, ripe tannins and great potential for ageing.

Interview: Telmo Rodriguez: Carla Capalbo joins the intrepid Basque winemaker on a road trip of his Spanish vineyards, where he expresses his passion for terroir and native grapes.

Producer profile: Vega Sicilia As a family feud threatens to split this famous estate, John Radford visits the iconic Ribera del Duero winery.

Storage - and why temperature is key: How cool should your wine be kept? Do fluctuations affect ageing? And can you safely store your wine collection under the stairs? Tom Cannavan answers all these questions and more.

St-Emilion and Pomerol 2009: 145 wines tasted, 3 Decanter Awards. All Awards came from St-Emilion, which showed more consistency than its neighbour in this feted Bordeaux vintage.

Douro Reds: 226 wines tasted, 4 Decanter Awards. The powerful and ageworthy 2009s shone, taking all of the Awards and 60% of the four-star gongs.

Expert's choice: Spain's new-generation whites: John Radford finds improvements and innovations in varieties, blends and styles.

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