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Muscadet: A Region in Crus Control

France: Loire, featured

Rebecca Gibb MW, Nov 2021

Life has not been kind to Muscadet producers in recent decades, but with the advent of a cru system, focusing on local terroir and extensive lees ageing, there are reasons for optimism. In my report, I ask if this is the rocket fuel this under-appreciated region needs to revive its fortunes or is it a case of Mission Impossible?

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Cabernet Franc: The Dark Days Are Over

France: Loire, featured

Rebecca Gibb MW, Oct 2021

Loire Cabernet Franc is not what it used to be. The days of green flavors and rustic tannins have been consigned to history. Not only do the most recent vintages display a riper expression, they reveal a greater understanding of what it takes to make refined Cabernet Franc.

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Sancerre: Taking the Temperature

France: Loire, featured

Rebecca Gibb MW, Aug 2021

I head to Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé to discover growers battling challenging conditions year after year. The latest releases from the hot 2018, 2019 and 2020 vintages offer a ripe expression of Sauvignon in the central Loire, which may be a sign of things to come.

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Cellar Favorite: 2009 François Cotat Sancerre Les Culs de Beaujeu

France: Loire, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Rebecca Gibb MW, Aug 2021

You know you’re in luck when you get a date with François Cotat. Despite his wines’ cult-like status, Cotat isn’t one for the limelight. Red carpets are not laid out for visitors. Donning his well-worn tracksuit, Cotat makes my jeans and Converse combination look positively dressy.

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Cellar Favorite: 2006 Domaine de Pallus Chinon

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Rebecca Gibb MW, Jul 2021

Bertrand Sourdais was born and raised in Chinon but spent many years studying and working in Bordeaux and Spain before returning to the family domaine in 2005, making this vintage just his second in charge.

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Marking Milestones with Moulin Touchais

France: Loire, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Rebecca Gibb MW, Apr 2021

In search of something to drink to mark a milestone birthday, those of us with a less-than-legendary birth year are resigned to the fact that our first breath did not coincide with the perfect growing season in Bordeaux. Revealing your date of birth to châteaux owners keen to open a special bottle often leads to a pitying shrug of the shoulders and a gallic ‘Bof’ when you disclose your parents poorly timed your entry to the world. But there’s hope for us yet: an underground cellar in a small Loire Valley town could be the answer to that elusive anniversary bottle that doesn’t require you to remortgage your house simply to mark a special date in the diary.

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Interpreting Chenin Blanc

France: Loire, featured

Rebecca Gibb MW, Mar 2021

In my first Loire report for Vinous, I take the pulse of Chenin producers with a focus on current releases from Savennières and Vouvray.

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Making the Case for New Zealand Reds

New Zealand, featured

Rebecca Gibb MW, Mar 2021

In my inaugural red wine report, I consider the latest crop of New Zealand Pinot Noirs with a focus on the 2019 vintage and take a look at 2018 Bordeaux blends and Syrahs flowing from Hawke’s Bay.

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New Zealand Whites: The State of Play

New Zealand, featured

Rebecca Gibb MW, Nov 2020

In her first report for Vinous, Rebecca Gibb MW takes the temperature of the New Zealand white wine scene and uncovers the latest vintages: 2019 and 2020.