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This is the podcast of James Suckling, international wine critic with 40 years of experience tasting, critiquing and loving wine! We focus on the great wines of the world including Italy, Bordeaux, Champagne, Australia, New Zealand, California, Chile, and Argentina, but are always open to and looking for surprises. We taste and review thousands of wines each year - 25,000 in 2019 alone! - and meet hundreds of the world's best winemakers along that journey. That's where this podcast comes in - a place to access my conversations with these titans of the wine world, and also my own tasting team as we travel the world to taste amazing wines. I hope you enjoy these podcasts - head to jamessuckling.com for even more reports, videos and articles about how to enjoy wine.

The James Suckling Wine Podcast James Suckling, Wine Critic / Masterclass

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This is the podcast of James Suckling, international wine critic with 40 years of experience tasting, critiquing and loving wine! We focus on the great wines of the world including Italy, Bordeaux, Champagne, Australia, New Zealand, California, Chile, and Argentina, but are always open to and looking for surprises. We taste and review thousands of wines each year - 25,000 in 2019 alone! - and meet hundreds of the world's best winemakers along that journey. That's where this podcast comes in - a place to access my conversations with these titans of the wine world, and also my own tasting team as we travel the world to taste amazing wines. I hope you enjoy these podcasts - head to jamessuckling.com for even more reports, videos and articles about how to enjoy wine.

    MICHEL FRIOU AND MANUEL LOUZADA ON ALMAVIVA’S 25TH-ANNIVERSARY VINTAGE

    MICHEL FRIOU AND MANUEL LOUZADA ON ALMAVIVA’S 25TH-ANNIVERSARY VINTAGE

    JamesSuckling.com Senior Editor Zekun Shuai discusses Chilean winery Almaviva's 2020 vintage – the 25th-anniversary bottling – with winemaker Michel Friou and managing director Manuel Louzada.

    • 26 min
    CHARLES AND HARRY SYMINGTON ON SYMINGTON FAMILY ESTATE’S 2020 PORTS

    CHARLES AND HARRY SYMINGTON ON SYMINGTON FAMILY ESTATE’S 2020 PORTS

    James sits down with Charles and Harry Symington of the eponymous Symington Family Estates in Portugal's Douro Valley to discuss in detail their 2020 vintage Port offerings.
    "How did it go down and how did it compare to the last declared year?" James asks the two.
    Charles Symington, the head winemaker of the winery, said rain and warm weather in the early part of the year led to bud bursts two to three weeks early and an early flowering, followed by a dry summer with below-average rainfall and a hot stretch from early July to early August. Then, in mid-August, more rains finally came, "which allowed us to get through maturation quite nicely."
    Have a listen to their entire conversation to learn how the weather in 2020 went into bottle for each of the wines they made from that year, including their Warre's Vintage Port 2020 and Dow’s Vintage Port Quinta do Bomfim 2020.

    • 7 min
    EMILIEN BOUTILLAT AND MAUD RABIN TALK RARE CHAMPAGNE’S LATEST RELEASES

    EMILIEN BOUTILLAT AND MAUD RABIN TALK RARE CHAMPAGNE’S LATEST RELEASES

    Associate Editor Claire Nesbitt recently tasted and discussed the latest vintages of Rare Champagne with chief winemaker Emilien Boutillat and brand director Maud Rabin on Zoom from our office in Tuscany and you can listen to the conversation and insights shared here.
    Rare Champagne 2008 is supple and soft for a cool vintage, with a complex array of tropical fruit and spice notes, having spent 11 years on the lees with almost two years of bottle age. Rare Champagne Rosé 2012, just released on the market, shows fresher fruit and fantastic vibrancy and elegance, made as a blend of 60 percent chardonnay and 40 percent pinot noir, with 8 percent of pinot noir red wine from Les Riceys.
    Both wines are vinified in 100 percent stainless steel and are blends of chardonnay and pinot noir mainly from the Montagne de Reims.
    Read about more great Champagnes in our annual Champagne report.

    • 14 min
    ROBERT SANTANA OF ENVINATE ON THE FRESHNESS AND DRINKABILITY OF 'NEW SPANISH WINE'

    ROBERT SANTANA OF ENVINATE ON THE FRESHNESS AND DRINKABILITY OF 'NEW SPANISH WINE'

    JamesSuckling.com Senior Editor Zekun Shuai interviews Robert Santana of Spain's Envinate about his winemaking philosophies. 

    "We want to taste wines that take you to the place," Robert says. "The second important thing for us is the character," which comes from a deep understanding of how vintages are affected by the weather each year, and the third element is the "soul" of the wine – "that is the people that are around in the vineyard and in the cellar. We think it's very important that these people are happy and understand [our philosophies] and do the work."

    • 16 min
    FRANCISCO BAETTIG OF VIÑA ERRAZURIZ ON CHILE'S RECENT VINTAGES

    FRANCISCO BAETTIG OF VIÑA ERRAZURIZ ON CHILE'S RECENT VINTAGES

    Francisco Baettig and JamesSuckling.com Senior Editor Zekun Shuai talk about the differences between the 2020 and 2021 vintages in Chile.

    Because 2020 was dry and hot, Baettig said, "the challenge was to preserve the freshness of the fruit ... so vineyard management really was key in terms of promoting a little bit of the vigor of the plant."

    Harvesting was also done earlier than normal in order to preserve the color, "so overall when we try the wines you'll see that the alcohol is pretty moderate," Baettig said. "You won't see overripe flavors but of course, you will see wines with some power and concentration."

    To read our full 2022 Chile report, click here.

    • 58 min
    RICARDO BAETTIG OF MORANDÉ DISCUSSES CHILE'S VARIETAL DIVERSITY AND RECENT VINTAGES

    RICARDO BAETTIG OF MORANDÉ DISCUSSES CHILE'S VARIETAL DIVERSITY AND RECENT VINTAGES

    Senior Editor Zekun Shuai sits down with Ricardo Baettig of Chilean winery Morandé to talk carbonic maceration, new varieties in Chile and what the future holds for the country's wine scene.

    You can read our full 2022 Chile report here: https://www.jamessuckling.com/wine-tasting-reports/chile-annual-report-beyond-carmenere-and-into-an-ocean-of-freshness/

    • 21 min

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