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Delivering Where It Counts: Meyney 1971–2017

France: Bordeaux, featured, Verticals & Retrospectives

Neal Martin, Jul 2020

Continuing my focus on Bordeaux wines that offer both quality and value, my final château visit before lockdown was to Meyney in Saint-Estèphe. How has their wine improved so much in recent years?

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Cellar Favorite: 2010 Haut-Bailly

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Neal Martin, Jun 2020

In my write-up of the 2010 Bordeaux vintage earlier this year, it was unfortunate that one bottle in the blind tasting was so hideously corked that it rendered every participant’s glass unusable. (Hopefully, the injured stemware has recovered by now.) The culprit turned out to be Haut-Bailly, and unfortunately we did not have a backup at hand.

Le pin 2011

Cellar Favorite: 2011 Le Pin

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Neal Martin, Jun 2020

When I recently conducted a Vinous Live with Jacques Thienpont and his wife Fiona Morrison MW, two days before transmission, the latter suggested that I should be drinking a bottle of Le Pin during the interview. Unfortunately, the Martin cellar does not maintain a reserve of Le Pin for whenever I fancy a cheeky iconic Pomerol.

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2019 Bordeaux: A Long, Strange Trip

France: Bordeaux, featured

Antonio Galloni, Jun, 2020

“You must really like your wine,” the FedEx delivery person said as he dropped off yet another stack of boxes shipped from Bordeaux. The global lockdown that began in March ended any hopes of en primeur tastings in the spring. After weeks of indecision, the Bordelais finally moved ahead with a summer en primeur campaign, setting in motion a flurry of shipments across the ocean and a series of equally fast releases. Do the 2019s live up to the early hype?

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Uncertain Smile: Bordeaux 2019

France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, Jun 2020

Born into an uncertain world, how certain are we that the 2019 Bordeaux vintage belongs amongst true greats? Several weeks ago I assumed lockdown would make it impossible to find out. Then 900 samples landed at my door...

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Château Siran 1918-2008

France: Bordeaux, featured, Verticals & Retrospectives

Neal Martin, Jun 2020

The Margaux appellation is home to several châteaux that are upping their game. This article focuses on one of those, Château Siran, with a vertical tasting that looks back over a century.

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Cellar Favorite: 1947 Château Trotanoy

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Neal Martin, Jun 2020

There is something magical about bottles of postwar Pomerol. I have been fortunate to taste a fair number, given their rarity, and always with a sense of understanding that you might never encounter it again. That is the case with the 1947 Trotanoy.

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Hopes and Dreams: Canon Chaigneau 1998-2019

France: Bordeaux, featured, Verticals & Retrospectives

Neal Martin, May 2020

The impact of COVID-19 is not evenly spread across society, nor across wine estates. Imagine you were on the cusp of buying a small Bordeaux château when suddenly the world is in lockdown. What happens then? This is the story of Canon Chaigneau.

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Six Decades of Pavie-Macquin: 1928-2018

France: Bordeaux, featured, Verticals & Retrospectives

Antonio Galloni, May 2020

Pavie-Macquin is one of the great success stories of Saint-Émilion. This retrospective going all the way back to 1928 provided a remarkable opportunity to witness the evolution of the property from underachiever to superstar, with all of the highs and lows that invariably accompany an extensive vertical that spans epic, average and challenging vintages. For the occasion, estate manager Nicolas Thienpont and consulting oenologist Stéphane Derenoncourt gathered every wine they have made at Pavie-Macquin, with a few surprises thrown into the mix.

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Remember, Remember: 1945 Bordeaux

France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, May 2020

Today is the 75th anniversary of V-E Day. Plans for mass celebrations have been cancelled as the world faces its biggest challenge since World War II, denying us the opportunity to publicly honor and thank the veterans who fought for our freedom. None of this diminishes the importance of the day. This article was written to coincide with V-E Day and the momentous year of 1945. It is more than a list of wines and scores. It endeavors to present an objective analysis of the vintage and its wines, explaining why it turned out more successful than others. Most importantly, it provides historical context, not only as a region under the control of the occupying German army, but also from the viewpoint of individual châteaux.