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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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The Magic Number at Malescot St. Exupery

by Chuck Hayward

A handful of truly mythical numbers for Bordeaux lovers—1945, 1959, 1982, and, possibly most of all, 1961—are widely considered the greatest vintages of all time. These are legendary years that all Bordeaux lovers know but few have actually had the opportunity to experience. I’d certainly never had the chance to taste any of them…until recently.

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A Man with a Plan: Bernard Magrez at Pape Clement

by Chuck Hayward

After spending most of Tuesday tasting the 2010s of Pessac-Leognan, we headed to Chateau Pape Clément for a tasting, tour, and dinner. The chateau and vineyards of Pape Clement are unique in Bordeaux in that they are basically just outside the city limits, surrounded by suburbs and sitting right next to the small village of Pessac.

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Cos d'Estournel: I Don't Think We're in Kansas Anymore

by Chuck Hayward

During En Primeurs, Bordeaux is extremely busy (picture restaurants with people spilling out the doors and cars bumper to bumper on the roads), and appointments are an absolute must. In fact, as many as a thousand or more visit requests may have to be denied by a prominent chateau, as Cos d’Estournel director Jean-Guillaume Prats told us on Monday. Luckily, we made the cut.

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