Steven Spurrier

Steven Spurrier

Steven Spurrier joined the wine trade in 1964 as a trainee with Christopher and Co, London’s oldest wine merchant. In 1970 he moved to Paris where he opened Les Caves de la Madeleine, which rapidly achieved recognition as one of the most highly regarded specialist wine shops in Paris. In 1973 he opened L'Academie du Vin, France's first private wine school, and went on to stage the famous Paris Tasting of 1976, when a Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon from California scored more highly than some of the most prestigious wines of Burgundy and Bordeaux. Steven Spurrier is the author of several books on wine and is consultant editor to Decanter magazine.

Judgement of Paris

Spurrier unveils 'Judgement of Paris' canvas at The Vineyard

24th May 2012

Steven Spurrier has unveiled an extraordinary new painting – a huge canvas of the legendary 1976 Judgement of Paris.

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Bordeaux 2011: The early campaign?

24th April 2012

After a long and drawn-out en primeur campaign for the 2010s, we asked a few chateau proprietors if this year would be any different...

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Bordeaux 2011: James Lawther MW

23rd April 2012

Decanter contributing editor James Lawther MW talks about the Bordeaux 2011 vintage, during the en primeur tasting week in Bordeaux.

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Bordeaux 2011: Steven Spurrier

22nd April 2012

Decanter consultant editor Steven Spurrier talks about the Bordeaux 2011 vintage, during the en primeur tasting week in Bordeaux.

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New Zealand Pinot Noir 2009

New Zealand Pinot Noir 2009

23rd March 2012

In such a vast growing region, it's hard to generalise about any given year. But as Bob Campbell MW discovers, the latest vintage for New Zealand's flagship red has been universally hailed. See...


Decanter Asia Wine Awards to launch in May

21st March 2012

Decanter is launching a new wine competition in Asia, the Decanter Asia Wine Awards, it has just announced.

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Jefford on Monday: The Gang of 100

9th March 2012

Here's the plot. A forex day-trader with a Ferrari and a diamond stud in each ear happens to sit next to a printer from Maryland in a Washington DC bar. They share a few beers and talk about life....

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Camel Valley and Ridgeview sparkling wine

Camel Valley and Ridge View top latest blind test

8th March 2012

English sparkling favourites Camel Valley and Ridge View came out ahead in a major tasting of 94 sparkling wines – most of them from the UK - held in London last week.

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Paul Symington, Decanter Man of the Year 2012

2nd March 2012

Paul Symington, Decanter’s Man of the Year 2012, was ‘predestined’ for his role at the helm of the family company.

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James Suckling

Critics see red over early Brunello previews

21st February 2012

Previews of the 2007 Brunello di Montalcino vintage for the 'privileged few' have sparked fury among wine critics and bloggers.

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Steven Spurrier, Chairman of the DWWA

Burgundy 2010: Steven Spurrier

20th January 2012

Decanter readers will have read with interest Sarah Marsh MW’s very positive report on the 2010 Burgundies from the region that extends around 300 kilometres from north to south, with great...

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Decanter World Wine Awards 2012 opens

5th January 2012

Entries for this year's Decanter World Wine Awards are now open.

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Steven Spurrier's Christmas cellar vintage guide

12th December 2011

If you're wondering what wines you should be getting out of your cellar this Christmas, look no further, as Steven Spurrier tells Decanter the best vintages of Burgundy, Bordeaux and Rhone that...

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dfwe, dfwe 2011

DFWE 2011: Chateau Canon Masterclass

21st November 2011

Lovers of elegance in Bordeaux found their pleasure tasting 10 vintages of Chateau Canon, one of only 15 Premier Grand Cru Classes B from St Emilion known especially for its elegance.

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Jefford on Monday: Thinking about Tasting

7th November 2011

What’s the best way to taste wine? It’s a simple question – but the answer is as tangled as the root system in a mangrove swamp.

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Steven Spurrier vineyard

Bride Valley blessed as Steven Spurrier celebrates 70th birthday

11th October 2011

Steven Spurrier celebrated his 70th birthday in a manner difficult to imagine a decade ago—with a picnic on a hillside in Dorset overlooking his vineyard (lovingly and sometimes arduously tended...

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Pol Roger

Wine luminaries out in force as Pol Roger UK celebrates 21 years

10th October 2011

Last week the good and the great gathered to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the founding of Pol Roger UK at Vintners' Hall.

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DWWA International Trophies

DWWA 2011: How the International Trophies are judged

12th September 2011

Steven Spurrier, Gerard Basset MW MS, Stephen Brook, Jane Hunt MW and Michael Schuster explain exactly how the 25 Decanter World Wine Awards International Trophies are judged

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Awards cover

Decanter: biggest-ever issue for Decanter World Wine Awards

5th September 2011

Decanter magazine's Decanter World Wine Awards edition hits the shelves this week – with details of over 8000 award-winning wines.

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Waitrose first to stock Indian wine

5th September 2011

Indian wine is breaking into the UK market, with Waitrose becoming the first UK supermarket to stock wines from the sub-continent.

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Gluck leaves The Oldie after 'row'

1st August 2011

Wine critic Malcolm Gluck has left satirical magazine The Oldie over what he terms a 'foolish row'.

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Chateau de France

Chateau de France fire destroys chai and part of 2010 vintage

20th July 2011

A fire has destroyed the three-storey chai at Chateau de France in Bordeaux, and ruined a large part of the 2010 vintage.

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1855 Chateaux

Chateau Lascombes sold for €200m

10th July 2011

Chateau Lascombes has been sold to French health insurance group MACSF for €200m.

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1855 Chateaux

Bordeaux 2010: Chateau Haut-Brion releases, Forts de Latour breaks ranks

30th June 2011

Chateau Latour has broken ranks with the other first growths by releasing its second wine at a much higher price than its peers.

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1855 Chateaux

Bordeaux 2010: Ducru Beaucaillou drops in price, 'trumps' Cos

28th June 2011

Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou, one of the most-praised wines of 2010, has dropped 16% in price.

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Chateau Margaux release confirmed up on 2009, Cos down, l'Evangile flat

27th June 2011

Chateau Margaux 2010 has been released 9% up on 2009, it has been confirmed.

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