Acte bottles

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France: Bordeaux, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Neal Martin, Jul 2019

The Guinaudeau family, owners of Lafleur, unveiled “Acte” almost a decade ago. Following a complete vertical in London, their right-hand man Omri Ram explains the concept behind Acte and why they feel it deserves a new name.

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Cellar Favorite: 1959 Domaine Duroché Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaut Saint-Jacques 1er Cru

France: Burgundy, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Jul 2019

During last November’s visit, following a tasting of his 2017s, Duroché said that he had something else he wished me taste, and did I have time? Well, the answer to that question is always affirmative.

Bordeaux 2015 full bottle lineup

Finally: Bordeaux 2015 In Bottle

France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, Jul 2019

Back in January I re-tasted over 200 of the top Bordeaux 2015s at the annual “Southwold” blind tasting. Does it deserve to be in the top tier of vintages…or not? Time to find out.

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Cellar Favorite: 2009 Felton Road Pinot Noir Cornish Point

New Zealand, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Jul 2019

I want Pinot Noirs that evolve into something intellectual and complex, with both character and deliciousness – just like this Felton Road.

Lawson hake

Vinous Table: Food by John Lawson, Leigh-on-Sea, UK

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Jul 2019

Food by John Lawson lived up to my expectations. As someone who wishes to continue enjoying fine food but is now far more vigilant about health, I found it the ideal restaurant to mark my return.

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Beyond Wine: Album Review of ANIMA – Thom Yorke

Beyond Wine

Neal Martin, Jul 2019

If, like many, you pray each night that “A Moon Shaped Pool” does not turn out to be Radiohead’s farewell, then take a listen to ANIMA. Despite having already composed numerous works of genius over the years, Yorke’s muse has not left him.

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Cellar Favorite: 1979 Domaine Georges Roumier Clos Vougeot Grand Cru

France: Burgundy, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Jul 2019

You could make a strong argument that this Burgundy is the most significant of all my contributions to Vinous’ Cellar Favorites column. Maybe without it, things would have been different.

Royal tokaji betsek vineyard

Mád Idea: Royal Tokaji 1990-2013

Hungary, featured

Neal Martin, Jul 2019

Tokaji can be one of the most magical wines in the world. This article was prompted by a fascinating tasting of vintages from the Royal Tokaji Company tutored by Hugh Johnson, who described how he was drawn to the region in the dying days of communism. As an extra, readers will also find a tasting note for one of the oldest bottles ever tasted.

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Compare & Contrast - DRC & Leroy

France: Burgundy, featured

Neal Martin, Jun 2019

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Domaine Leroy. Each producer is an icon and has their own clearly distinguishable style. Why do they have so much in common, and yet are often so distinctive from each other? This article, based on a blind tasting of wines from the same vineyards and vintages, seeks to explain why. Time to compare and contrast.

Macon roche vergisson

No Oxymoron: Affordable Burgundy

France: Burgundy, featured

Neal Martin, Jun 2019

Affordable Burgundy is a phrase that seems to become more oxymoronic by the day as the price of blue-chip wines spirals towards irrationality. This article hopefully serves as a reminder that Burgundy that does not damage your wallet still exists.