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Closing It Down At Lascombes (Again!)

by Chuck Hayward

Every year that I’ve been to Bordeaux, the weather has been completely unpredictable and variable. Not this year though—seems we brought California with us! With warm, clear days, and cool,comfortable evenings, I couldn’t have asked for a better scene for our visit to Chateau Lascombes.

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At Pontet-Canet, Everyone Feels Like The Big Cheese

by Chuck Hayward

Maison Joanne is one of leading Bordeaux negociants and a tasting there is a marathon of immense proportions. Donning Joanne's signature bibs (to avoid staining our shirts), we sit down and rapidly evaluate some 200 to 300 barrel samples, ranging from simple Bordeaux Superieurs to grand cru classés.

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Bank Shot: Kickin' It To The Right

by Chuck Hayward

Following our adventures in the Medoc, the JJ Buckley team crossed the river for a crash course in the 2010 vintage from the perspective of the Right Bank, home to the famed appellations of Pomerol and St. Emilion and the ever-trendy (ahem) merlot grape.

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Ausone: JJ Buckley and the Last Crusade

by Chuck Hayward

For many, Saint Emilion (and the neighboring village of Pomerol) is the "Holy Grail" for merlot and cabernet franc, as there is nowhere else these two varietals reach such levels of greatness.

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When Sleep Deprived & Parched, There's No Place Like Domaine de Chevalier

by Chuck Hayward

While my colleagues from the south may be able to cope with the temps in Bordeaux this week, 80 degrees is roasting for this northern California guy. Couple that with tasting 50-100+ wines in a day and the insanity of Bordeaux rush hour traffic, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. Thankfully, we wound up at Domaine de Chevalier for dinner, which would turn out to be one of my most memorable experiences in Bordeaux.

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