Steven Spurrier

La Dauphine, Bordeaux

There are many unsung heroes of Bordeaux, but in choosing the best value Bordeaux wine châteaux I opted for estates with a long history that have produced consistent quality through…

Chateau Cerons

The Perromats are an influential family in the region and his brother Pierre was for many years president of the Institut National des Appellations d’Origine (INAO). The château is a…

Chateau Biac

Vines have been planted on these slopes for more than 600 years, the estate being part of that of the Barons de Langoiran, who sold it to another noble Bordeaux…

Chateau de Lamarque

First built to defend the Médoc from Viking invasions by sea, Château de Lamarque was also subject to fierce assaults by the English during the Hundred Years’ War. While documents date…

Chateau de La Dauphine, Fronsac

Following a reputation that equalled if not surpassed that of St-Emilion and Pomerol by the 18th century – confirmed by the grandeur of many châteaux – yet fell away after…

Chateau La Pointe, Pomerol

In the 1883 edition of Cocks et Féret’s Bordeaux et ses Vins, Château La Pointe was just one of three awarded the prestigious ‘Château’ prefix. It has always been a…

Chateau Laroque

The vineyards were first laid out in the 18th century by the Marquis de Rochefort-Lavie, and the estate remained in the same hands until 1935 when, the wine production having…

Penfolds Grange and St Henri illustrate two facets of both grape and winemaking technique, best illustrated when you taste them side by side. Steven Spurrier reports on a tasting of…

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Background information is key when assessing the future of a wine that isn’t even in bottle yet, says Steven Spurrier. Here he shares his wisdom on tasting wines en primeur…

Brazil wines

More famous for sport than wine, Brazil nevertheless has a vine-growing heritage that is coming to the fore. Steven Spurrier explores the country's regions and top estates, and is intrigued…

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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…