March 21, 2023 - Neal Martin
Apart from interesting backstories, Beychevelle has passed between some of the most powerful families in France over nearly a millennium. This article stems from a vertical tasting of 25 vintages marking the quarter-century of Philippe Blanc’s tenure, plus a handful of notes for wines back to 1929.
March 16, 2023 - Eric Guido
While Lambrusco is still king in Emilia, over in Romagna, a few wineries are showing the heights Sangiovese can reach if treated properly. The best part is that these lesser-known wines continue to offer great value in the market.
March 14, 2023 - Neal Martin
Sauternes articles tend to focus on major châteaux. But in this piece, I shine the spotlight on a less familiar name, one whose wines punch above their weight: Haut-Bergeron.
March 9, 2023 - David Schildknecht
For nearly 20 years, Klaus Peter Keller has almost surely been Germany’s most written-about wine grower, both at home and abroad. What makes his estate perhaps the most exciting in Germany today? This article takes a close look at the people, places and mystique surrounding Weingut Keller, including detailed notes on wines from vintages 2019-2021.
March 7, 2023 - Neal Martin
A few months ago, winemaker Géraldine Godot flew over to London to present a fascinating tasting of recent vintages from Domaine de L’Arlot in Nuits-Saint-Georges, including a rare vertical of their Romanée-Saint-Vivant.
March 2, 2023 - Eric Guido
In the face of many challenges, Washington State winemakers are working hard to prove the quality of their wines and terroir. Battling the conditions of the 2020 vintage is just the tip of the iceberg. This is winemaking in the extreme.
February 28, 2023 - Neal Martin
The 2019 Bordeaux vintage has rightly been hailed as one of the best in recent years. But after assessing the wines in bottle a year ago, it is time to examine them again, this time, blindfolds on!
March 17, 2023 - Neal Martin
Kitchen W8 is well worth seeking out. I enjoyed the local, relaxed ambiance, perhaps things moving at a slightly slower pace here than elsewhere in the city. Prices are more reasonable than many, especially for lunch and early evening, and the quality of cooking is very assured and unpretentious.
March 10, 2023 - Neal Martin
It had been a thoroughly satisfying meal that delivered above my modest expectations. Not everyone yearns to dine at high-class restaurants or can pay for it. Many contentedly live their life within limited culinary horizons. Côte caters to them and does it well. The fact that guests can BYOB is an added bonus. Having teetered on the brink of survival a couple of years ago, it’s important that chains like these are thriving. I will be back.
March 3, 2023 - Neal Martin
This is just the opening pages of a new chapter for The Ledbury. Give it a little time. Intuition tells me that Brett Graham will pull a few more tricks from his sleeve. In the meantime, let’s rejoice. The Ledbury is back.
90 points ($14)
The 2021 Riesling displays spring flowers, crushed green apples and ginger spice. Soft textures and ripe tropical citrus tones appear on the palate, while kiwi and candied lime nuances linger. At 1.27 grams of residual sugar per liter, it maintains a lovely balance of sweetness and energy. (EG)
91 points ($22)
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon wafts up with a pretty bouquet, showing rosy florals, sage and crushed raspberries. It soothes the senses with the silkiest textures as a potent, red fruit wave washes across the palate. An herbal flourish lingers as this finishes peppery and lightly structured. (EG)
90 points ($17)
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon CS lifts up floral and exotic with spiced cherries and sage. It's soft-natured, with a refined blend of mineral-tinged red berries and dusty inner florals. The CS takes on a tactile grip toward the close, finishing long and lightly structured. A fantastic value. (EG)
March 20, 2023 - Neal Martin
Back a few years ago, I was tasting a lot of Penfolds and was fortunate enough to participate in a few epic verticals of this iconic Australian producer. Sadly, commitments towards Bordeaux and Burgundy mean I taste bottles less frequently; however, I was reminded of their unerring longevity at a recent BYO at the Harwood Arms to celebrate my birthday.
March 13, 2023 - Neal Martin
I am a big fan of Dirk Niepoort’s fortified and non-fortified wines. Earlier this year, I tasted his latest releases. Two of them will offer pleasure in the near term but are also worthy of cellaring.
March 6, 2023 - Neal Martin
Since 2012, Château Latour has released their three wines onto the market according to when vintages are deemed ready instead of the orthodox spring following harvest. I visited the estate in late January to assess the trio due to see the light of day. where I tasted with technical director Hélène Genin.