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Châteauneuf-du-Pape Weathers the Challenges and Changes

France: Rhône & Beaujolais, featured

Josh Raynolds, Oct 2021

Châteauneuf-du-Pape has plenty to offer in 2019, 2018 and 2017, although not in the quantities of the preceding two years. All three vintages produced several wines that are extremely user-friendly, offering abundant, expressive fruit and adequate but not forbidding structure, which is what the market is demanding more and more of these days.

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Cellar Favorite: 1969 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggio

Italy: Tuscany, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2021

Monsanto’s 1969 Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggio was a very pleasant surprise after a long day of visits and tastings. Monsanto is one of the historic estates of Chianti Classico.

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2019 Burgundy – Further Additions

France: Burgundy, featured

Neal Martin, Oct 2021

After a taxing day’s tasting and heated discussion about the 2017s at Burgfest, I jumped in my car and visited two or three producers that I was unable to see last year after my autumn trip was curtailed by the lockdown.

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Vinous Table: The River Café, London, UK

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Oct 2021

How long must a restaurant exist before it becomes an institution? The River Café is the paradigmatic restaurant institution. People know it even if they have never eaten there nor ever will.

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Cabernet Franc: The Dark Days Are Over

featured, France: Loire

Rebecca Gibb MW, Oct 2021

Loire Cabernet Franc is not what it used to be. The days of green flavors and rustic tannins have been consigned to history. Not only do the most recent vintages display a riper expression, they reveal a greater understanding of what it takes to make refined Cabernet Franc.

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Italy’s Ace in the Hole: Marche

Italy: Center & South, featured

Eric Guido, Oct 2021

Marche is a land of pleasures and values, bursting with wines packed with potential just waiting to be realized. The last three vintages offer readers a plentitude of exciting wines from the dueling regions within Verdicchio, but also some irresistible reds from Central Italy’s Adriatic coast. The question isn’t if these wines will be discovered, it’s when they’ll be discovered.

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Cellar Favorite: Domaines Delon: Recent Cellar Releases

France: Bordeaux, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Oct 2021

There is a growing trend for châteaux to keep a proportion of their stock for late releases, the two most notable being Palmer and Léoville Las-Cases. I recently tasted vintages of 2011 from Jean-Hubert Delon’s stable.

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Stand and Deliver: 2001 Sauternes

France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, Sep 2021

The 2001 Sauternes were hailed on release. But at 20 years of age, do they match the hype? This report answers that question and like Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, poses more.

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Everyday Piedmont, Part 1

Italy: Piedmont, featured

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2021

Piedmont has so much to offer the curious wine lover. Barolo and Barbaresco are now firmly established among the world’s greatest reds. Alto Piemonte has made huge strides in recent years. But there is so much more to Piedmont beyond those famous appellations and wines. In the hands of the best growers, Dolcetto, Barbera, Langhe Nebbiolo and Piedmont’s other reds and whites deliver the same qualities that have made the region’s top bottlings so coveted. These are artisan wines from family-run domaines that convey a sense of place.

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Cellar Favorite: 2006 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

France: Rhône & Beaujolais, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Josh Raynolds, Sep 2021

It isn’t too often that a Cellar Favorite is also a currently available library release. That’s the case with the gorgeous 2006 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape, a wine that I marginally underrated when I tasted it from barrel in November 2008 and then in bottle a year after that.