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Cellar Favorite: 1975 Egon Müller Riesling Scharzhofberger Trockenbeerenauslese

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, germany: Mosel

Neal Martin, Oct 2019

Though the bottle is still on the other side of the room on its way to the dining table, I instantly register that it is a) exceedingly rare and extraordinarily expensive and b) already open for serving. The thought that goes through my head is: “Is that really what I think it is?”

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Cellar Favorite: 1971 Domaine Robert Arnoux Vosne-Romanée Les Suchots 1er Cru

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Oct 2019

I had never tasted a bottle from the era of Charles’s grandfather, Robert Arnoux, whose passing in 1995 led to his son-in-law taking over. But this bottle revealed a connection between Robert Arnoux and Charles Lachaux’s approach to winemaking.

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Cellar Favorite: Marqués de Riscal Gran Reserva 1952-2015

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Spain

Neal Martin, Oct 2019

It was a pleasure to take a break during a period of alternating between Bordeaux and Burgundy and attend a tasting of one of my favorite Rioja producers: Marqués de Riscal.

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Cellar Favorites: 1970 Giacomo Conterno Barolo & Barolo Riserva Monfortino

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Piedmont, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2019

Giacomo Conterno’s 1970 Barolo Riserva Monfortino is one of my very favorite wines. When Il Professore told me he might bring a bottle to dinner, I didn’t think he actually would, much less show up with a bottle of the 1970 Barolo also in tow. But, so he did!

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Cellar Favorite: 1985 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, United States: California

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2019

This extraordinary bottle of Randy Dunn’s 1985 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain brought back so many memories. Over the years, one of the ways I have learned about wine is doing a full-immersion of sorts with certain benchmark producers where I focus on a single estate for a few months or years, really trying to understand the essence of each property.

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Cellar Favorite: 1947 Carbonnieux Blanc

France: Bordeaux, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Sep 2019

Mature white Bordeaux is rarely discussed and, to be honest, rarely tasted. In my own experience, lunches or dinners commencing with a venerable Bordeaux Blanc are as regular as Halley’s comet. That’s a pity, because whenever they do form the opening act, they offer pertinent reminders of their quality.

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Cellar Favorite: 2009 Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Italy: Tuscany

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2019

I had a chance to taste a number of reference point 2009s during my recent tour of Bolgheri. Le Macchiole’s 2009 Cabernet Franc Paleo Rosso was one of the most impressive.

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Cellar Favorite: MCDXIX, The Winemaker’s Selection Madeira – Blandy’s

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Portugal

Neal Martin, Sep 2019

This year marks 600 years since the discovery and settlement of the island of Madeira in 1419. To celebrate, Blandy’s is releasing a special blend called “MCDXIX, The Winemaker’s Selection.”

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Cellar Favorite: 2009 Domaine Vincent Dauvissat Chablis

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Antonio Galloni, Aug 2019

We often focus on the rarest of the rare in our Cellar Favorites column. While it is undoubtedly fun to taste and drink highly coveted bottles, there is also a lot to be said for cellar worthy wines that consumers can find without spending a fortune.

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Cellar Favorite: Four From Domaine Raveneau

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Antonio Galloni, Aug 2019

I was inspired to write this article by my colleague Steve Tanzer’s superb retrospective on Raveneau’s Chablis Montée de Tonnerre and my own recent visit trip to Chablis earlier this summer. I have adored the Raveneau wines for a very long time. I buy them whenever I can for my own cellar.