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Cellar Favorite: 2002 Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Françaises

Cellar Favorites, cellar favorite, France: Champagne

Antonio Galloni, Dec 2017

Bollinger’s 2002 Vieilles Vignes Françaises remains one of the most compelling wines of this iconic Champagne vintage.

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Champagne: 2017 New Releases

featured, France: Champagne

Antonio Galloni, Dec 2017

Champagne remains one of the hottest regions in the world. The emergence of small, family run domaines continues at a fast pace as the grower Champagne movement comfortably settles into its second generation. Many of the grandes marques, Champagne’s historic high-end houses, have quietly expanded their ranges, with an assortment of single-parcel and/or late-release ultra tête de cuvée bottlings that did not exist just a few years ago. All of that means consumers have never had more choice – at all ends of the quality and style spectrum – than they do today.

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Vinous Table: Campamac – Osteria di Livello, Barbaresco, Italy

Italy: North, Vinous Table

Antonio Galloni, Dec 2017

I haven’t done the math, but I would be willing to bet no other place in the world can match Piedmont for its sheer concentration of world-class restaurants, most of which are situated within a few kilometers from each other. Located in the heart of Barbaresco, Campamac is the newest addition to Piedmont’s glorious dining scene.

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Miani Ribolla Gialla Pettarin: 2000 – 2015

featured, Verticals & Retrospectives

Ian D'Agata, Dec 2017

For my money, Miani proprietor Enzo Pontoni makes Italy’s greatest white wines. None of Pontoni’s other wines showcase his amazing talent more than the Ribolla Gialla. Concentrated and complex yet also crystalline, Pontoni’s Ribolla is light years ahead of everyone else’s.

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Cellar Favorite: 2002 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon

Cellar Favorites, cellar favorite, United States: California

Antonio Galloni, Dec 2017

Tasted from magnum, Spottswoode’s 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon is gorgeous and in a great spot right now. The exotic bouquet, with its myriad shades of smoke, graphite, espresso, savory herb and spice, is super-inviting. Deep, pliant and resonant on the palate, the 2002 captures the natural radiance of this warm Napa Valley vintage in its voluptuous fruit and soft contours.

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d’Brendelstub, Riquewihr, France

Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, Dec 2017

D’Brendelstub offers a nice mix of tradition and twenty-first century flair, with modernist lighting and open kitchen, but also a spit-roast and mostly old Alsatian reliables on the menu (choucroute, tarte flambée, kugelhof, and foie gras.)

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Mâconnais 2016 and 2015: Dealing with the Elements

featured, France: Burgundy

Stephen Tanzer, Nov 2017

Following the drought vintage of 2015 and its atypically rich but sometimes unwieldy wines, 2016 yielded fresh, pure, aromatic wines that should offer considerable early pleasure. But concentration levels vary widely in ’16, as a severe late-April hailstorm had a major impact on vine yields in much of the southern Mâconnais.

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Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival 2017

featured, France: Bordeaux, France: Burgundy

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2017

I was delighted to once again participate in the Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival, which is held every October in Toronto. Grand Cru attracts many of the biggest names in food and wine for a weekend-long series of events, tastings and dinners, all held to benefit the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation. The highlight of Grand Cru takes place on Saturday night, when thirty couples host some of the world’s most acclaimed chefs and vintners in their homes for a series of intimate dinners. This dinner raised an astounding C$1.2m for charity.

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Cellar Favorite: 2002 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne

France: Champagne, Cellar Favorites, cellar favorite

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2017

Several recent bottles of Taittinger’s 2002 Comtes de Champagne have been nothing less than stellar. In a vintage in which many Champagnes show the raciness and flamboyance of very ripe Chardonnay, the 2002 Comtes remains fresh, vibrant and nuanced.

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Remembering Patrick Maroteaux

featured, France: Bordeaux

Ian D'Agata, Nov 2017

Patrick Maroteaux, the highly admired owner of Château Branaire–Ducru, and one of the truly great men of French wine, died on November 19, at just 67. Our thoughts and prayers at VINOUS are with his lovely wife Evelyne and his children Sophie, Anne-Laure, Pierre-Henry and François-Xavier.