Decanter Magazine: July 2014

On sale: Wednesday 4 June 2014

Inside the magazine this month: Fantastic Rhône, Australia's best reds, Champagne disgorgement plus free Bordeaux supplement...

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Australia: 30 under £30 from 2012 If one year shows Australia’s embrace of terroir and style then it’s 2012, says Nick Stock

Has white Burgundy lost the ability to age? Clive Coates MW recalls 1960s wines still vibrant after 20 years. But what has happened the longevity of whites made since?

Disgorgement As Bollinger RD 2002 arrives, Tyson Stelzer asks whether late disgorgement is better

See Tyson Stelzer's top 10 late disgorged Champagnes

How Champagne survived the Nazis Heroism and resourcefulness ensured Champagne’s future after occupation during World War II, writes Julian Hitner

Regional profile: St-Chinian James Lawther MW finds consistency as well as variety in Languedoc’s oldest region

See Jame Lawther's top 10 St-Chinian winesProducer profile: Château Calon-Segur As new owners usher in an era of openness, Panos Kakaviatos explores how the wine is faring

Crozes-Hermitage Matt Walls finds adventure and renewed excitement in this most New World of northern Rhône regions

See Matt Walls' top Crozes-Hermitage wines

The role of yeast Benjamin Lewin MW investigates the complex role that cultured yeasts play in a wine, and how they affect the final flavours in your glass

Côtes du Rhône-Villages 2011 & 2012 100 wines tasted, 1 Outstanding While 2012 trumped 2011, Cairanne took the bulk of the plaudits and a few lesser known crus also rated highly

Graves & Pessac-Léognan whites 2012 67 wines tasted, 0 Outstanding The crus classés and Pessac-Léognans fared best, although oak use in all wines came under scrutiny

Hunter Valley Semillon 76 wines tasted, 2 Outstanding Small producers shone as 11 vintages of this savoury and ageworthy style went under the microscope

Expert’s choice: Bonarda & Torrontés Patricio Tapia looks to the fragrance of Torrontés and the perfume of Bonarda for his summer drinking

Weekday wines Our team recommends 25 great-value wines on the UK shelves, for under £20

Travel: Stellenbosch Art, wine & alfresco dining. Angela Lloyd acts as tour guide

Restaurants Brian St Pierre visits London House and Bibo, in London

Bordeaux at the tipping point The wines may be riper and better made but is the model sustainable, asks Benjamin Lewin MW? Bordeaux supplement:

Bordeaux’s bright young things Bordeaux is in good hands as the next generation takes the helm, reports Stephen Brook

Sauternes & Barsac 2011: vintage report Stephen Brook finds that generosity of fruit, finesse and balance characterise this must-buy year

Interview: Jeffrey Davies Andrew Jefford catches up with the highly successful négociant and eternal optimist

Pessac-Léognan: digging for clues Andrew Jefford heads to the fields to discover what gives this commune its savoury fingerprint

Producer profile: Château Montrose Following ambitious investment, Jane Anson visits an estate that is embracing its inner eco-warrior

Michael Broadbent’s 10 greatest Bordeaux Lafite-Rothschild, Haut-Brion, Yquem and Cheval Blanc feature in this, the ultimate Bordeaux top 10

Pauillac’s pulling power Ian D’Agata says it is the human touch that accounts for the world’s continuing love affair with this geologically blessed commune

St-Estèphe: on top form Diversity, character and value are propelling this determined region ever upwards, says James Lawther MW, who recommends some great 2011s

Second wines As the Bordelais quest for quality shows no sign of diminishing, Jane Anson asks whether the trend for second wines is good for the consumer

St-Emilion: finding the best value James Lawther MW cuts through the confusion to home in on those estates offering the best value as he explores this large and diverse region

Drinking windows: 1985-2005 Wondering what to open? Bordeaux expert Sebastian Payne MW assesses the drinkability of the great vintages between 1985 and 2005

St-Emilion: the best of the best The premier grand cru classé estates share with us the favourite vintages of their own wine since 1959

Living in no-man’s land: a question of classification Margaret Rand discusses the contentious classification issue with estates stranded between cru bourgeois and classed growth

Dry whites beyond the Graves Dry white Bordeaux can be found across the region – including in some surprising areas. James Lawther MW highlight’s some notable examples

Personal projects: a wine to call their own A trio of Bordeaux’s finest winemakers tell Ch’ng Poh Tiong the tales behind their own wineries

Cooperage in Bordeaux: toasting success Margaret Rand discusses the subtle art of oak ageing with coopers and winemakers

Le Lion d’Or: a Bordeaux institution Bill Blatch visits the iconic restaurant that has hosted top wine traders for more than 30 years

Travel: Bordeaux city From the best restaurants to the top views, from music to markets, Haut-Bailly’s own Véronique Sanders shares with us her cultural highlights

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