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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.

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Bordeaux 2018: Back in Black

France: Bordeaux, featured

Antonio Galloni, Apr 2019

Two thousand eighteen was one of the most dramatic growing seasons in recent memory. Hail, persistent rain and blistering summertime temperatures tested the resilience of vineyard managers and winemakers throughout the entire year. Perhaps most importantly, though, 2018 comes at a significant inflection point in Bordeaux’s history. So, how did the wines turn out?

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The Margaux Paragon: Rauzan-Ségla 1900-2015

Verticals & Retrospectives, France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, Apr 2019

A unique vertical of Rauzan-Ségla that spanned more than a century was the catalyst for this in-depth château profile, which charts the course of the Margaux Second Growth from its origins under Pierre de Rauzan to the present day under Nicolas Audebert. Everything you ever wanted to know about Rauzan-Ségla should be here.

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Cellar Favorite: Château Latour: 2019 New Releases

France: Bordeaux, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Apr 2019

These are the new releases from Château Latour, which since 2012 has released their wines only when they are deemed ready to drink rather than following the typical Bordeaux schedule for bottled wines. The exception is the 2008 Grand Vin, which is essentially being re-released this year, whereas the 2014 Pauillac and 2013 Forts de Latour have not been available previously. I tasted these wines during a visit to the property in April 2019.

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An Education: La Dominique 1989-2015

France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, Apr 2019

A bottle of 1990 La Dominique opened my eyes to the joys of Saint-Émilion, yet recent vintages have perplexingly blown hot and cold. Last year I visited the estate to discover more and conduct a vertical tasting that would either confirm or refute my misgivings.

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Cellar Favorite: 1988 Ausone

France: Bordeaux, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Apr 2019

Although the 1980s were comparatively underwhelming for Ausone, this bottle is among the most enjoyable that I have encountered from that period.

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Setting Sail - Malartic-Lagravière 1916 - 2013

France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, Apr 2019

Sailing into port this week is Malartic-Lagravière. Resurrected by the Bonnie family since the late-1990s, it has become one of the finest Pessac-Léognan estates. This piece examines its nautical-tinged history, present techniques and reviews both recent and mature vintages.

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What Nectar!! Suduiraut 1899-2015

France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, March 2019

Sauternes might not be fashionable at the moment; however, the wines remain quite brilliant and often represent great value. The first in a series of verticals looks at one of the finest properties, Château Suduiraut, with one of the most comprehensive verticals you will ever read spanning three centuries.

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A Test Of Greatness: 2009 Bordeaux Ten Years On

France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, March 2019

The Bordeaux 2009s were hailed upon release during a unique primeur campaign, though the crucial test would come when the wines reached 10 years of age. Now it’s time to put them to that test. Two tastings, one sighted and one blind, confirmed magnificent highs...yet no vintage should be beyond criticism.

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Outsider Looking In: Sociando-Mallet 1982-2015

France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, March 2019

How did the admiration of an estuary view result in the resurrection of one of the most singular estates on the Left Bank? The story of Jean Gautreau is fascinating and worth telling in this, the 50th year since he bought Sociando-Mallet.