Roger Voss

European Editor

Reviews wines from Portugal and France.

Roger Voss is a veteran wine and food author, and a journalist and has been writing about wine and food for the past 25 years. His books include France: A Feast of Food and Wine; The Wines of the Loire; Pocket Guide to the Wines of the Loire, Alsace and the Rhône; and Fortified Wines. He is based in Bordeaux, France, and reviews the wines of Portugal and France (except for Rhône and Languedoc-Roussillon).

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Salon 2002 Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Brut Chardonnay (Champagne)

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  1. $480

The 35th and most recent vintage of Salon since the house was founded in 1905 is memorable and magnificent. Made only from Chardonnay grown in the Grand Cru village of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, it combines intense minerality, a crisp textured core and the beginnings of maturity. The depths of this wine, with its layers of fruit and steeliness, are superb. Even after 12…

 — R.V.  (12/1/2014)
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Laurent-Perrier NV Grand Siècle Grande Cuvée Brut Sparkling (Champagne)

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  1. $130

Laurent-Perrier’s prestige cuvée has always been nonvintage, a blending of top wines from top years. It remains an exceptional wine, not quite dry and with a tinge of softness, but so elegant and balanced. This bottling has just the right amount of maturity, hinting at toast while guarding every iota of fruitiness.

 — R.V.  (12/1/2014)
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Olivier Leflaive 2012 Chardonnay (Montrachet)

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  1. $802

The true glory of white Burgundy should always be revealed by Montrachet. This wine, with its wonderful combination of ripe fruits and dense, intense structure, does just that. It has power, a serious intent for aging and a range of delicious fruits. Still young, it is not for early drinking, so wait until 2019.

 — R.V.  (12/1/2014)
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Louis Jadot 2012 Les Demoiselles Chardonnay (Chevalier-Montrachet)

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  1. $500

While the wood-aging shows strongly in this young wine, it is already apparent that it is going to be intense, grandiose, opulent while serious. Great citrus layers give a moment of freshness in all this concentration. Green plums, ripe apricots and lemon are all developing, contrasting with the dense, mineral structure. The wine needs long-term aging, dont’ drink…

 — R.V.  (12/1/2014)
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Louis Jadot 2012 Pinot Noir (Echézeaux)

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  1. $280

Hugely dense, packed with ripe and generous black fruits, this is already showing its serious side with complex tannins and a dark, brooding texture that also brings out the wood aging. The fruit, a gorgeous array of perfumed black plums and damsons, is developing well, just hinting at future greatness. Drink from 2022.

 — R.V.  (12/1/2014)
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Olivier Leflaive 2012 Chardonnay (Chevalier-Montrachet)

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  1. $670

The combination of young fruit and the wood aging are irresistible in this very grand wine. With its ripe yellow fruits laced with lemon and grapefruit, it’s a full and rich wine coming from one of the greatest white wine vineyards in France. Power and intensity are there, allowing the wine to develop slowly over many years. Drink from 2019.

 — R.V.  (12/1/2014)
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Pol Roger 2000 Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill Brut Sparkling (Champagne)

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  1. $305

Dedicated to the memory of the British wartime Prime Minister, who regularly drank Pol Roger, this is always a superlative Champagne. This 2000, at 14 years old, has developed a pale gold color and toastiness. That intensifies the mature flavors and rich texture, while allowing the tight mousse and acidity to keep a sense of structure. It will age much further…

 — R.V.  (12/1/2014)
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Blandy's 1998 Colheita Single Harvest Sercial (Madeira)

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  1. $50

This bone-dry, wood-aged Madeira is intense. Acidity vies with the old wood and spice to give a wine that is unique. The long wood aging has not reduced the vibrancy of the wine, leaving a lingering and impressive aftertaste.

 — R.V.  (12/1/2014)
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