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Taupenot-Merme: Mazoyères-Chambertin 2002-2017

Verticals & Retrospectives, France: Burgundy, featured

Neal Martin, Aug 2020

Taupenot-Merme has become one of the leading Morey-based producers over the last decade. This article examines their crown jewel of Mazoyères-Chambertin from 2017 back to 2002.

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Southwold: 2016 Bordeaux Blind

Verticals & Retrospectives, featured, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, Aug 2020

The 2016 Bordeaux vintage might have been born with a halo above its cherubic head, but you cannot see a halo if blindfolded. This report sees the 2016s re-examined blind at the annual “Southwold” tasting.

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The Grand Vin of the North: San Leonardo

Verticals & Retrospectives, Italy: North, featured

Eric Guido, Jul 2020

When we think of Italy’s highly successful experiments with Bordeaux blends, it’s often the coast of Tuscany that comes to mind. But what if I told you that one of the country’s grandest wines hails from the north instead, in the region of Trentino? I invite you to explore the past, present and future of Tenuta San Leonardo through one of the most riveting verticals ever assembled.

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The Most and Least Important of Things: Petrus 1897–2011

Verticals & Retrospectives, featured, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, Jul 2020

What is the place for a retrospective on Petrus in a time of global pandemic and economic hardship? This article has been in suspended animation since January 2019, when London’s Hide restaurant witnessed one of the most unforgettable wine dinners in recent memory. But finally, after 18 months, I decided that these rare and precious wines should be written up. First of all, as the only journalist in attendance, I had a duty to formally record a tasting that might never happen again. Secondly, life goes on; you cannot put everything on hold forever.

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2017 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti: A Day’s Work

Verticals & Retrospectives, France: Burgundy, featured

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2020

The annual presentation of new releases from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti in early March was the last tasting I attended before lockdown. Initially I thought I would publish this article as a bookend, when things returned to normal. Back then, I could have never imagined where we would be today. After reading Neal Martin’s article Complex, Not Complicated: 2017 DRC in Bottle chronicling the London edition, I decided to shamelessly rip off his format. So, here you have my version…

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Delivering Where It Counts: Meyney 1971–2017

Verticals & Retrospectives, featured, France: Bordeaux

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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Vintage Retrospective: The 2001 Napa Valley Cabernets

Verticals & Retrospectives, United States: California, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Jun 2020

Sandwiched between three cool years and three growing seasons affected by late-season heat spikes, 2001 has proven to be a Napa Valley classic for Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends. The better wines are in fine form today.

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Château Siran 1918-2008

Verticals & Retrospectives, featured, France: Bordeaux

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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Vintage Retrospective: The 2010 Napa Valley Cabernets

Verticals & Retrospectives, United States: California, featured

Stephen Tanzer, May 2020

The Vinous vintage chart rates 2010 as the top vintage for Napa Valley Cabernet between 1991 and 2013. As my recent retrospective tasting showed, the 2010s are overdelivering on their early promise.

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Hopes and Dreams: Canon Chaigneau 1998-2019

Verticals & Retrospectives, featured, France: Bordeaux

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.