decanter december 2016

Decanter December 2016

Are we drinking our wines too young? Anne Krebiehl MW argues the case for maturing wine, and explores how to buy wines when they’re ready to drink

Basset recommends: top Champagnes Tina Gellie asks Best Sommelier in the World Gerard Basset OBE MW MS to restrict his choice to just 16…

Photo essay: a year in Champagne During his visits to the region, Tyson Stelzer documents Champagne’s turning seasons

Members’ clubs and wines in St James’s London’s private clubs give great value access to wines, says Jonathan Ray – not least at the newest, 67 Pall Mall

Guide to tawny Port Richard Mayson introduces the varied styles of tawny

Politics and wine The world’s political elite have long found an affinity with the fermented grape, reports Julian Hitner

Producer profile: Heitz Cellar California ‘first growth’ marks the 50th anniversary of its Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. By William Kelley

Interview: Jean-Marie Fourrier Tim Atkin MW meets one of Burgundy’s rising stars, who ‘never wanted to be famous’

Vintage report: Barolo 2012 & Barbaresco 2013 The inside track from Ian D’Agata on these distinctly contrasting vintages, and his pick of the new releases

Winespeak Charles Jennings and Paul Keers don’t mince their words

Médoc crus classés second wines from the 2009 & 2010 vintages 77 wines tasted:
Enjoy the wines of the more opulent 2009 vintage while your 2010s continue maturing

Bourgogne Blanc 83 wines tasted: The lean and racy 2014s and the fleshy, ripe 2015s both provide excellent-value drinking.

Etna Rosso 88 wines tasted: Exceptional terroir that’s made rapid progress in the last 15 years. Fresh and exuberant wines

Expert’s choice: Langton’s Classification: Sarah Ahmed’s top 18 wines from a line-up of 70 named in Australia’s premier wine ranking

Restaurants: Fiona Beckett finds London’s Clipstone cool and classy, while Rosi Hanson discovers Le Relais de Saulx in Beaune

Travel: the Great Ocean Road Australia David Sly in Victoria’s prime wine country

Best wine books of 2016