Clive Coates MW

Clive Coates MW

Clive Coates is one of the world’s leading wine writers. He published his first article in 1967. At first he concentrated on Bordeaux, becoming well known for his Chateau Profiles and Vintage Assessments. In 1984 he set up his own magazine, The Vine, and began to spend a lot more attention on Burgundy. Burgundy was going through a revolution, with a new generation of wine-makers who were vinifying more carefully, using temperature control for instance, cultivating their vineyards by increasingly biodynamic methods, and bottling and marketing their wines themselves.

Clive was there from the beginning. With a group of professional wine friends he organized comprehensive vintage tastings; at three and en years on.

He has written nine books on wine. Three on Bordeaux, three on Bordeaux and three on the Wines of France. He lives in the Mâconnais.

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Dujac wines, Burgundy

Unlike most Burgundian estates, whether they have been bottling for a number of decades or only embarked on this path recently, the Domaine Dujac is a recent creation. It dates…

Domaine Leroy

Almost a century and a half ago, in 1868, François Leroy set himself up as a wine-merchant in his native village of Auxey-Duresses, just round the corner from Meursault.  The…

Bordeaux’s reds beyond the 1855 classification can offer fantastic value. But ranking them has caused controversy and discontent. A frustrated Clive Coates MW tracks the chequered history of the region’s…

Clive Coates on Gevrey Chambertin

Gevrey-Chambertin is arguably the most classic Burgundian expression of Pinot. clive coates mw explores its two most renowned grands crus, and points us in the direction of the star performers

La Passion Haut-Brion

It was renamed and resurrected, only to be engulfed by a first growth. Now it’s back for good. Clive Coates MW visits La Passion Haut-Brion

Reality Bites

With no big-names promoting the region, Fronsac can be a hard sell. CLIVE COATES MW looks through the producers’ eyes, and asks how the smaller estates survive

Breaking New Ground

Etienne Grivot likens his work as a winemaker to that of a conductor, interpreting the music of great composers. CLIVE COATES MW meets him

In Focus: Maconnais

Burgundy's Lighter Side Penniless after spending all your money on cases of Meursault, but need something to drink now? Look no further than the Mâconnais for inexpensive, highly drinkable Burgundy,…

Burgundy’s winds of change

The quality of fine Burgundy has never been better, but Clive Coates MW still fears for the future of a region vulnerable to corporatisation

Burgundy 2003 – Vintage Guide

The 2003 Burgundy vintage is short in quantity, the result of an excessively hot summer following on from a savage attack of frost in April. It's largely disappointing for whites,…

In Focus: Graves

Graves in Bordeaux is home to some of the world’s favourite châteaux, and yet many of its less prestigious properties find it hard to find a market for their wines.…

Graves: When to Drink

To drink or not to drink? Clive Coates MW runs through the vintages back to 1989 and gives his verdict on the red wines of Pessac-Léognan