John Szabo’s VINTAGES Preview – March 3rd, 2018

Best Wines North of the Equator
By John Szabo, MS, with notes from David Lawrason, Sara d’Amato and Michael Godel

John Szabo, MS

John Szabo, MS

Last week David covered the main theme of the March 3rd release, “South of the Equator”, so this week I’ll pick it up with the best of the rest from the northern hemisphere.

Top picks include grand cru-worthy Chablis at non-grand cru pricing, a superb value Roussillon red that has more expensive southern Rhone producers quivering in their vigneron coveralls, and a monumental 2012 Amarone best forgotten in the cellar and rediscovered in 20 or 30 years to celebrate a wedding anniversary, birth, or any other noteworthy occurrence in that year.

Combine my picks with those from my WineAlign colleagues and you’ve got yourself a hefty shopping list for Saturday.


William Hill North Coast Chardonnay 2016


Buyers Guide to VINTAGES March 3rd:

Best Whites North of the Equator

Domaine Pinson Frères 2015 Mont de Milieu Chablis 1er Cru, AC Burgundy, France ($52.95)

John Szabo – Considering the acute shortage of Chablis in this vintage, I’m delighted to see this extraordinary example, easily grand cru quality, at such a relatively reasonable price – the equivalent from the Cote d’Or would run easily into triple digits. Its delivers complexity and depth, not to mention class, in spades, and a palate saturated with flavour in the expected range, if a touch more oak-influenced than many Chablis. But there’s more than enough fruit depth to match and ensure future integration. An exceptional wine, best 2020-2035.…

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