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Life Is Funny Like That: 1999 & 2015 DRC

featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Apr 2018

The first article that I ever published on the subject of wine was not some breathless puff on a 100-point Chilean Merlot discovered two-for-one down at my local Tesco. Embarrassingly, my first vinous words (not Vinous words) regaled a morning in the company of the recently bottled 1999s from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti at Corney & Barrow. In my mind, there was never any chance of a rerun through those 1999s. So I make do with the memories and remain grateful that I have tasted every release since the 1995 vintage. The latest, the 2015s, is one of the domaine’s best.

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A Beautiful Stay: Beau-Séjour Bécot 1970-2015

featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, Apr 2018

This is the story of Beau-Séjour Bécot’s genesis and traumatic loss of status from a human perspective. It is a story of how the estate regained classification as a Premier Grand Cru Classé “A” and how a new chapter is opening.

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Vineyard 29 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Retrospective

featured, United States: California, Verticals & Retrospectives

Stephen Tanzer, Apr 2018

With his spare-no-expenses winery and meticulous attention to detail, former tech start-up expert Chuck McMinn has fashioned a classic and long-lived Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon at Vineyard 29, his estate at the foot of the Mayacamas Mountains in St. Helena’s Northern Corridor.

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The Magic of d’Auvenay: 1989 – 2011

featured, France: Burgundy, Verticals & Retrospectives

Neal Martin, Mar 2018

It was like a thunderbolt hitting my senses: the tension, the complexity and intensity sent shivers down my spine. It was difficult to put down in words, yet this wine became instantly and indelibly etched onto my brain. Now I understood why oenophiles genuflected at the altar of white Burgundy.

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The Glorious 1999 Red Burgundies

featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, France: Burgundy

Stephen Tanzer, Mar 2018

From the outset, the 1999 red Burgundies offered a rare combination of charm and power. Most of the better wines were balanced and alluring from the start, but they are evolving very slowly and still have plenty of life ahead of them. While many of the ’99s I sampled with the producers this winter in the course of my tastings of ’16s and ’15s have gone through sullen stages in bottle, most of them have launched into their periods of peak drinkability. If you own these wines – and especially if you chose wisely at the outset – you will be amply rewarded.

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The Magician’s Fool: 1950s Bordeaux

featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, Feb 2018

Question: what happens when you mix the golden age of rock ‘n roll, Grease, mini-hamburgers, a magician, a deck of cards and a cluster of Bordeaux bottles that all hail from the 1950s? Answer: one gobsmacked wine writer. Read on...

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2008 Bordeaux: A Day In A Life

featured, France: Bordeaux, Verticals & Retrospectives

Neal Martin, Feb 2018

There was no easing into the job and frankly I would not want it any other way. Wines tasted in the morning at an annual ten-year on Bordeaux tasting on one side of the Atlantic, written up on the flight over to New York with my mouth still coated in tannin and completed on the other side of the Atlantic...just a day in the life, so that readers get an idea how things are going to roll with the 2008 Bordeaux.

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Nals-Margreid: Pinot Bianco Sirmian 1986 – 2016

featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, Italy: North

Ian D'Agata, Jan 2018

Only a few places in the world make truly exceptional Pinot Biancos. Italy’s Alto Adige is one of them. The Nals-Margreid coop is especially adept at turning out great Pinot Biancos. This vertical of the flagship Pinot Bianco Sirmian once again showed how beautiful and expressive the wines can be.

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Miani Ribolla Gialla Pettarin: 2000 – 2015

featured, Verticals & Retrospectives

Ian D'Agata, Dec 2017

For my money, Miani proprietor Enzo Pontoni makes Italy’s greatest white wines. None of Pontoni’s other wines showcase his amazing talent more than the Ribolla Gialla. Concentrated and complex yet also crystalline, Pontoni’s Ribolla is light years ahead of everyone else’s.

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Dom Pérignon in Three Acts

featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, France: Champagne

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2017

One of the most fascinating aspects of Champagne is its ability to transform over time. This remarkable tasting provided a truly once in a lifetime opportunity to compare the three principal releases of Dom Pérignon across a number of iconic vintages of the 1960s and 1970s.