Decanter December 2017

Decanter December 2017 issue

50 best buys from Margaret River – Marking the 50th anniversary of the Western Australian region’s first commercial plantings, Peter Forrestal selects 50 of its best wines

10 most improved Bordeaux châteaux – Stephen Brook profiles his pick of the properties in Bordeaux where recent change has been very much to the benefit of the wines

The Burgundian influence in Oregon – Winemakers from France’s Pinot Noir heartland have always felt particularly drawn to this northwestern US region, says William Kelley


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Interview: Christophe Roumier – His Burgundies are among the most prized, and most highly priced of all. Stephen Brook meets this modest but focused guardian of the soil

Biodynamic and organic: 30 best buys – Jane Anson finds the best value biodynamic and organic wines priced at £30 or under

Port’s 2015 vintage – So nearly a classic. Richard Mayson highlights who declared and who didn’t, and selects his top dozen 2015s

Hospices de Beaune – Peter Richards MW follows the fortunes of M&S buyer Emma Dawson MW at the annual Burgundy charity sale

UNESCO’s World Heritage regions – How does a wine region make it onto the list? Rebecca Gibb MW examines the process

Côte de Beaune reds: 87 wines tasted – Characterful village wines that charmed with their bright fruit freshness and structure

Cool-climate Australia Chardonnay: 87 wines tasted – Tasmania and Victoria: a breadth of styles with some great success, but a few low points too

Expert’s choice: Old-vine South Africa – Nancy Gilchrist MW finds inspiration in a tasting of wines from South Africa’s oldest vine stock

Restaurants – A Pique-Nique in the park for Fiona Beckett in London, and Catalonian chic for Sue Style

Travel: best Champagne house visits – Tyson Stelzer’s tips on making the most of your trip

Travel: My Tokyo – Akihiko Yamamoto introduces a city of striking contrasts