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Cellar Favorite: 1990 Soldera – Case Basse Brunello di Montalcino

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Italy: Tuscany

Antonio Galloni, Feb 2020

Soldera’s 1990 Brunello di Montalcino doesn’t quite have the visceral power and lushness of his Riserva, but you know what? It comes pretty close.

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Cellar Favorite: 1959 Marqués de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Rioja

Spain, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Feb 2020

Rioja has always held a special place in my heart. I discovered pretty early on that l liked reds with bottle age, but I could hardly afford any of the heavy hitters of that time. Any time I needed a wine with a bit of age for a special occasion, it was always Rioja.

Figeac 1949 bottle

Cellar Favorite: 1949 Château Figeac

France: Bordeaux, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Feb 2020

My admiration for recent vintages of Château Figeac is clear for everyone to read. Winemaker Frédéric Faye has done a fantastic job in recent years.

Musigny 1945 vogue copy cover

Cellar Favorite: 1945 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Musigny Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Feb 2020

I LOVE HALF-BOTTLES! Phew, it feels good to come clean. I am well aware how everyone bangs on about magnums as the optimal format for maturing wine. Received wisdom is that half-bottles cannot age. Rubbish! Go and taste a few.

Filhot 1924 bottle

Cellar Favorite: 1924 Château Filhot

France: Bordeaux, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Jan 2020

Recently I encountered a bottle of 1924 Filhot, the oldest example that I have tasted, and it proved that Filhot can create a wonderful, life-affirming, vibrant and downright delicious Sauternes that effortlessly defies time.

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Cellar Favorite: 1957 Domaine Ramonet Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Jan 2020

Over the last two decades I have visited practically all the major domaines in the Côte d’Or. There is one glaring and unforgivable omission: Ramonet.

Clos des lambrays taupenot 2014

Cellar Favorite: 2014 Domaine Taupenot-Merme Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Jan 2020

I had tasted many vintages from barrel but never the finished article until a friend from the Far East invited me to choose any bottle from the enormous wine list at Maison de Colombier in Beaune. I knew instantly which one I wanted: the 2014 Clos des Lambrays from Taupenot-Merme. And it had only taken me 20 years!

1966 dow's port 1 copy

Cellar Favorite: 1966 Dow’s Vintage Port

Portugal, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Josh Raynolds, Jan 2020

Nineteen sixty-six has long been an undervalued year for Port, especially given the across-the-board quality of the wines, many of which can stand toe-to-toe with their 1963 siblings.

Beaucastel 1978 copycover

Cellar Favorite: 1978 & 1990 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

France: Rhône & Beaujolais, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Dec 2019

I must confess a penchant for mature Châteauneuf-du-Pape, though sadly I do not have many opportunities to drink it. It’s almost more difficult to track down ancient bottles of Rhône than of Burgundy.

Cheval blanc 1939

Cellar Favorite: 1939 & 1950 Cheval Blanc

France: Bordeaux, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Dec 2019

There is always a frisson of excitement in coming eyeball to eyeball with a prewar bottle of Bordeaux, especially one from a vintage dismissed and written out of history.