Decanter Magazine November 2012

On sale: Wednesday 3 October 2012

Inside the magazine this month: Inside the First Growths plus Bordeaux's star 2009s retasted. Also, 85 sensational Australian Cabernets, Tasmanian travel guide and Chianti Classico 2010

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The first growths: Jane Anson enjoyed privileged access to all five of Bordeaux’s first growths over the course of a year. What did she find out?

Vintage Report: Chianto Classico 2010:A tricky year, Richard Baudains finds, but one where the accent is on freshness and elegance.

Interview: Rudy Dunn: The former Caymus winemaker today runs his own modest winery, eschewing the Napa ‘scene’, Stephen Brook visits.

Producer profile: Laurent –Perrier: Celebrating it bicentenary this year, family-run Laurent-Perrier has more to celebrate than just rose, says Susie Barrie MW.

Israel: East Med, not Mid-East: Its coast, rolling hills and wines are distinctly Mediterranean in character, finds Jane Parkinson.

Regional profile: Ribera del Duero: It’s 30 years since the prestigious DO was created. John Radford charts its meteoric rise.

Pinot’s perfume: the ultimate seduction? Why is red Burgundy the most seductive red wine? Debra Pearce Pratt examines the power of a wine’s aroma.

Medoc crus classes 2009: 57 wines tasted, 6 Decanter Awards: Out tasters’ high expectations were fulfilled, with the panel’s overall verdict: buy 2009 with confidence.

Coonawarra & Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon: 85 wines tasted, 7 Decanter Awards: A supremely well-received tasting, with particular praise for the Margaret River wines, and old Coonawarra vintages.

Expert’s Choice: German Pinot Noir: Giles MacDonogh urges lovers of German Riesling to look too at its Pinot.

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