Decanter Magazine: January 2014

On sale: Wednesday 4 December 2013

Inside the magazine this month: Top 50 Wines of the Year, Vintage Champagne, Central Otago Pinot Noir, Decanting Rhone and Barossa, Panel Tasting: Sauternes 2009 & 2010...

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Top 50 wines of 2013:
Our tastings team pick out the best wines from more than 3,200 wines recommended in Decanter over the past year

Decanting guide:
Rhône and Barossa:

Margaret Rand concludes our series with trio of vintages each of Henschke’s Euphonium and Hermitage from Chapoutier

Interview: Paul Pontallier:
John Stimpfig talks to the top man at Château Margaux about his 30 years at the estate and what the future holds

Bordeaux Before 1855: What was the Médoc like before
its now famous châteaux were classified? Julian Hitner steps back in time

Regional profile: Bairrada:
Sarah Ahmed finds renewed excitement in this Portuguese
region–and with its problematic native grape, Baga

The woman unearthing Burgundy:
Her work charting the region’s soils has made Françoise Vannier-Petit hot property. Rosi Hanson reports

Wine Century Club:
John Stimpfig meets some grape crusaders who’ve each tried more than 100 varieties

Vintage Champagne 79 wines tasted, 1 Outstanding: 2004 and 2006 were the most consistent in quality, but there was lots of diversity in style

Sauternes 2009 & 2010 39 wines tasted, 2 Outstanding: Our experts were impressed by these exceptional wines at relatively modest prices

Central Otago Pinot Noir 90 wines tasted, 5 Outstanding: New Zealand’s star Pinot Noir region excelled, but our trio of judges were left wanting more

Expert’s choice: Rheingau Riesling: The Mosel and Pfalz might be better known, but there’s great quality here, says Stephen Brook

Restaurants:Brian St Pierre eats at Alimentum in Cambridge and The Leconfield in Petworth

Travel: Valais Sue Style enjoys wine, cheese and
views at this Alpine canton in Switzerland

Books: New releases on California and Italy

Investment analysis:Chaim Helfgott on the legal perils of wine storage

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