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    Described by Decanter magazine as 'the most respected wine critic and journalist in the world', Jancis writes daily for JancisRobinson.com (voted first-ever Wine Website of the Year in the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers Awards 2010), weekly for The Financial Times, and bi-monthly for a column that is syndicated around the world. Her most recent book is also her shortest, a practical guide to the essentials of wine, The 24-Hour Wine Expert. She is editor of The Oxford Companion to Wine, co-author with Hugh Johnson of  The World Atlas of Wine and co-author of Wine Grapes - A complete guide to 1,368 vine varieties, including their origins and flavours, each of these books recognised as a standard reference worldwide.

    She travels all over the world to conduct wine events - often for the global literacy initiative Room to Read - and act as a wine judge. In 1984 she was the first person outside the wine trade to pass the rigorous Master of Wine exams and in 2003 she was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty the Queen, on whose cellar she now advises. In one week in April 2016 she was presented with France's Officier du Mérite Agricole, the German VDP's highest honour and, in the US, her fourth James Beard Award.

    She loves and lives for wine in all its glorious diversity, generally favouring balance and subtlety over sheer mass.

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Jancis Robinson MW, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  had a tasting of  21 Wines  from  20 Producers 

Cristal 2008 / 16% malo, only on Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims. ‘There were lots of similarities with 1996, which gave us the possibility to replay the 1996 vintage! Maybe we picked 1996 a bit early so in 2008 we waited longer, by at least a week, than in 1996. Lots of tasting – far more than in 1996 when Roederer based picking only on analysis – and there was no malo in 1996.’ For the first time ever, they decided to release it later than the younger vintage, 2009 – so 2008 had nine years on lees. The last batch of 2008 will be disgorged in March 2019. (Scan the back label via the Roederer app to get the disgorgement year.) Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon is coy about the assemblage. ‘I’m looking for chalkiness.’ In 2008 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay, which reflects perfectly the balance of their plantings. 40% of the estate was biodynamic then.
Really dense nose with lots of evolution but still extreme freshness. Some apple-skin character. Bone dry but wonderful lift and freshness. Long and super-lively. Real undertow, but very racy on the nose. Lots to chew on. Really elegant!

4d 15h ago

Jancis Robinson MW, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  had a tasting of  22 Wines  from  11 Producers 

Opus One 1979 / Fully mature, brick rim but good depth of crimson too. Sweet, gentle fully mature nose. Not desperately intense but certainly eloquent enough. Quite a luscious palate entry with a bit of acidity showing now and some dryness on the finish. As though this wine is going downhill but very, very slowly. Not especially alcoholic. Fresh, refreshing. Contrary to popular folklore, Opus claim they didn’t poach fruit for this from the 1979 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Reserve because Lucian Sionneau of Mouton chose the leaner samples, leaving the fatter ones for Reserve. Only 10 day skin contact and he captured some of the press wines to mitigate this.

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Jancis Robinson MW, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  had a tasting of  28 Wines  from  20 Producers 

Roussean Chambertin 1990 / Bright ruby – quite a deep colour actually. Delightfully shaded. Pungent and definitely with lots of tertiary aromas. This has crossed the Rubicon into something serious! Fireworks and explosions. Great breadth and richness. Long and kerpow. So complex and beautfully balanced, Struck match quality. Fine tannins on the finish but lots of pleasure. Tense and exciting.

6m 15d ago

Jancis Robinson MW, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  had a tasting of  23 Wines  from  8 Producers 

Cristal 1982 / Disgorged in 1987. A dream vintage, after 1980 and 1981 – catastrophic because of very low quantity. High quantity and high quality (like Bordeaux). Med pH 65% PN, 35% Chardonnay. 23% oak fermentation.

Lovely truffley fully developed nose. Tightly wound and very intriguing. Rich underneath. Very flattering and gorgeous. Finishes a little skinnier. Lots of mushrooms on the palate. Long. Quite rich really Very much a wine rather than a champagne, with some real weight. Very fine and neat and dense. Perhaps slightly less concentrated than the 1990 and 1996.

8m 8d ago

Jancis Robinson MW, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  had a tasting of  26 Wines  from  8 Producers 

Cockburn's Vintage Port 1912 / Seven bottles of this remained. There are now four. A perfect vintage (not unlike 2007). Rupert Symington: In 1912 there was a note from one of the Grahams in the Symington archives complaining that they couldn’t get the price he sought because Cockburn had so definitively the highest price. The field blends from which ports this old were made meant they were made from a mix of ripe and underripe grapes.
Not quite clear. Yellowing deep tawny. Not as charming and alluring on the nose as the 1927. Definitely smudgy and a bit metallic. Not graceful but certainly concentrated, impressive and assertive. My bottle was slightly drying out. But it’s valiant to have lasted. A little hint of apple. The finish was very slightly hard. 18 points

8m 22d ago

Jancis Robinson MW, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  had a tasting of  26 Wines  from  11 Producers 

Opus One 1998 / El Nino brought rain and changeable weather followed by exceptionally late Oct harvest. A vintage damned from the start. Cabernet Sauvignon 91%, Cabernet Franc 7%, Merlot 1%, Petit Verdot & Malbec 1%. Skin contact 36 days, 16 months in new French oak.

Very, very glossy crimson with some evolution already at the rim. Toasty, open nose. Sweet start to the palate. Nothing like the 1997 in nobility. Tannins and acidity crowd in at the finish. Jagged. Difficult to predict evolution. Slightly hot finish.

9m 12d ago

Jancis Robinson MW, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  had a tasting of  26 Wines  from  22 Producers 

Pol Roger Vintage Champagne 1996 / From magnums served at a 21st birthday party for a wine merchant's daughter called, appropriately enough, Polly. Absolutely sublime. By now fully mature – cast off its youthful acidity – and a very broad, satisfying wine without being in any way heavy. Bone dry and with some putty and breadiness but also great breadth and length. This was a great vintage when it worked (even if some wines never  had enough fruit density to throw off their high charge of acidity) and it really showcases great champagne with magnum age. I have not tasted this wine from bottle recently. 19p

9m 19d ago

Jancis Robinson MW, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  had a tasting of  23 Wines  from  16 Producers 

Château d´Yquem 2005 / Yield of 12 hl/ha – almost record high levels! Quite deep gold. Wonderfully deep nose – never smelt anything as intense and glorious as this! Extraordinary!!! Deep yet lively. Exciting depth of pear juice and zest – tangerine peel too. Great astringency. 2001 was more concentrated. This is more transparent. Lovely dancing stuff, but already in the super-nuanced Yquem idiom. Lighter than some vintages but with great lacy complexity. Wonderful green, lively notes and some real explosiveness – 13.5 per cent. Energy drink! Coiled like a taut spring.

10m 29d ago

Jancis Robinson MW, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  had a tasting of  20 Wines  from  10 Producers 

DRC Montrachet 1978 / 20.0 points / The best dry white wine I have ever tasted. Lovely healthy deep gold. Fabuloso! Toasty yet appetising. Very very meaty. Putty and butterscotch and savoury. Amazingly savoury and subtle. Great, great weight, density and subtlety yet no hint of heaviness. Amazing length.

11m 20d ago

Jancis Robinson MW, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  had a tasting of  19 Wines  from  11 Producers 

Fonseca Vintage Port 2011 / 19.5 points /Heady, opulent nose. Completely enveloping, Smells as though there is going to be the most fabulous texture. Wow! All stops pulled out for this one. It's all absolutely gorgeous intensity of sweet fruit on the front palate and then gradually the schist and structure reveal themselves. This is really wonderful stuff. So tempting to sip it decades before it is ready. Tasted: 24-Apr-2013

1y 8m ago

Jancis Robinson MW, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  had a tasting of  12 Wines  from  10 Producers 

Château d' Yquem 1811 / A quite amazing wine, served blind with 1831, 1911 and 1931 it was the most intense, yet least evolved of the lot. Deep amber with green gold rim. So vibrant and multilayered on the nose, it smelt as though it was just starting to unfold, yet was utterly convincing about the treasures it had yet to give up. Spicy and rich and so, so piercingly clean. Racy, long piercing essence of cream and spice. Very, very powerful, long and complete. After 40 minutes in the glass it took on a hint of rum toffees which is not a flavour I happen to like (c.f. the greater delicacy of the 1847) but that is the only criticism I could possibly muster. This is presumably a one-off and probably deserves an even higher ranking than the 1847. 25 and still a great deal to give. I hope very much to have a chance to taste it again before I die.

1y 9m ago

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