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Cellar Favorite: 1992-2011 Louis Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St.-Jacques 1er Cru

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, May 2019

I feel that people sometimes look down on Jadot’s Clos Saint-Jacques because unlike the other four, it is part of a large company’s portfolio rather than a family domaine. However, in blind tastings I find it stands shoulder to shoulder with the competition.

Burgundy la paulee line up

Burgundy With Plenty Of Age: 1865-1999

featured, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, May 2019

The second part of my Mature Burgundy article brushes the dust off a unique treasure trove of bottles stretching back to the 19th century. These notes, accumulated over many months, include wines that might never be tasted again. Are they as magical as their prices would suggest? What makes them magical if they are?

Cheval blanc 1934

Cellar Favorite: 1934 Cheval Blanc

France: Bordeaux, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, May 2019

Naming my favorite Bordeaux château is always a difficult task, but if forced to choose my top five, I would unquestionably include the property that is Pomerol in all but classification: Cheval Blanc. The vintage that alerted me to the pedigree of Cheval Blanc’s old vintages is not the legendary 1947 nor the fabled 1921, but the 1934.

Clos vougeot rainbow

Burgundy With A Bit of Age: 2000-2014

featured, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, May 2019

With in excess of 500 Burgundy tasting notes accumulated over many months, it was high time they see the light of day. This first of a two-part report broaches the 21st century, including mini-horizontals of several vintages at all levels of the hierarchy and unsurprisingly, all levels of quality.

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Cellar Favorite: 1969 Caves des Liards Montlouis Demi-Sec

France: Loire, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, May 2019

Consequently, when I came across a half-century-old Montlouis from Caves des Liards at importer Yapp Brothers’ recent tasting, I didn’t know what to expect. To my pleasant surprise, I found a delicious wine that has aged as well as the top Vouvrays I have encountered.

Samling jacobs ladder

Vinous Table: The Samling, Windermere, UK

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, May 2019

Based on this dinner, The Samling probably deserves its Michelin star, even if some of the dishes were overly complicated and some combinations of ingredients worked better than others.

Fat white family bw

Beyond Wine: Album Review of Serfs Up! – Fat White Family

Beyond Wine

Neal Martin, Apr 2019

It is a glorious mess that constitutes the first truly great Fat White Family album. They are easily the most interesting band at the moment. Maybe the only interesting band.

Engenie batard bottle

Cellar Favorite: 2014 Domaine d’Eugénie Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Apr 2019

I suspect that many wine lovers are unaware of the domaine’s white cuvées, which come from holdings acquired by François Pinault from Château de Puligny-Montrachet around 2012/2013.

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Fermented Grape Juice: Romanée-Conti 1953-2005

Verticals & Retrospectives, featured, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Apr 2019

They say that dreams come true. Well, I am still waiting for Southend United to win the FA Cup and Keira Knightley to call. But I no longer have to dream about a vertical of Domaine Romanée-Conti. It really happened. And I am going to tell you about it.

Quinte do noval colheita 2005

Cellar Favorite: 2005 and 2013 Quinta do Noval: The Latest Releases

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Portugal

Neal Martin, Apr 2019

Quinta do Noval recently released two new bottlings, their fifth Colheita Tawny Port since Christian Seely became managing director, following 1995, 1997, 2000 and 2003, plus a new Late Bottled Vintage.