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Cellar Favorites: Château Latour – 2017 Library Releases

France: Bordeaux, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, May 2017

I saw Château Latour's 2017 library releases towards the end of my en primeur tastings in April 2016.

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Cellar Favorite: 1975 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Bussia di Monforte Riserva Speciale

Italy: Piedmont, Cellar Favorites

Ian D'Agata, May 2017

Bruno Giacosa’s red label Riservas from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s are, for the most part, such spectacular wines that when you find one that behaves in rather idiosyncratic ways it becomes a cult wine in its own right.

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Cellar Favorite: 1983 Château Gruaud-Larose

France: Bordeaux, Cellar Favorites

Ian D'Agata, May 2017

Bordeaux’s Saint-Julien appellation delivers some of the region’s most balanced wines, neatly combining the gracefulness of the best from Margaux with the power of the top wines from Pauillac.

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Cellar Favorite: 1986 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey

France: Bordeaux, Cellar Favorites

Ian D'Agata, May 2017

Lafaurie-Peyraguey’s 1986 Sauternes, from a vintage I have always loved, is a delicious example of just how great Bordeaux’s sweet wines from that year can be.

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Cellar Favorite: 1999 Schloss Johannisberg Riesling Beerenauslese

Germany, Cellar Favorites

Ian D'Agata, May 2017

I’ve always been a huge fan of Schloss Johannisberg, which won’t surprise any die-hard Riesling lover. After all, Schloss Johannisberg is not just one of the oldest wine estates in the world (the first documented wine harvest took place there in 817 A.D.) and is an absolutely iconic Riesling address.

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Cellar Favorites: 1973 Krug Vintage & Krug Collection

France: Champagne, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Apr 2017

It is always illuminating to taste the original release of Krug’s Vintage Champagne next to the late release. For this fun, informal tasting, the bottles were covered so as to remove any preconceived notions about the qualities of the two wines, but that turned out to be an unnecessary exercise, as it was plainly evident to all which wine was which.

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Cellar Favorite: 1991 Vilmart & Cie Brut Cœur de Cuvée

France: Champagne, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Apr 2017

What a treat it is to taste Vilmart’s 1991 Cœur de Cuvée. Proprietor Laurent Champs opened two bottles on my most recent visit. The first was a relatively recent disgorgement from 2013, the second was the original disgorgement from 1999. I much preferred the original release, which was, paradoxically, far fresher and more nuanced than the late release.

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Cellar Favorite: 1990 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino

Italy: Piedmont, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Apr 2017

Over the years, I have been fortunate to taste and drink more than my fair share of the 1990 Monfortino, but this is the first time I have tasted the wine at the winery, from a bottle that has never moved.

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Cellar Favorite: 1996 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Riserva Falletto

Italy: Piedmont, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Apr 2017

Bruno Giacosa’s 1996 Barolo Riserva Falletto more than lives up to its lofty reputation. The wine needs time in the decanter for some initial VA funk to blow off, but when it does, what emerges is a Barolo of utterly captivating beauty.

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Cellar Favorite: 1989 Domaine G. Roumier Chambolle-Musigny Amoureuses 1er Cru

France: Burgundy, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Mar 2017

Roumier’s 1989 Chambolle-Musigny Amoureuses is a lovely, mature Burgundy to drink now and over the next handful of years. Dried flowers, tobacco, leather, spice and dark-fleshed fruit overtones all waft out of the glass with effortless grace.