Carbonnieux 1947 bottle

Cellar Favorite: 1947 Carbonnieux Blanc

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, Sep 2019

Mature white Bordeaux is rarely discussed and, to be honest, rarely tasted. In my own experience, lunches or dinners commencing with a venerable Bordeaux Blanc are as regular as Halley’s comet. That’s a pity, because whenever they do form the opening act, they offer pertinent reminders of their quality.

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Beyond Wine: Album Review of Love Will Find A Way - Philip Bailey

Beyond Wine

Neal Martin, Sep 2019

“Love Will Find A Way” is a fantastic album that adds to the canon of a deeply impressive body of work.

Mouton line up 1999

A Century of Bordeaux: The Nines

France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, Sep 2019

The follow-up to last year’s “A Century of Eights”, ingeniously titled “A Century of Nines”, examines Bordeaux vintages ending in that number to see how the wines are performing, with a focus on 1999 and 1989. As usual, there are surprises along the way.

Wellington rabbit terrine

Vinous Table: The Wellington Arms, Baughurst, UK

United Kingdom, Vinous Table

Neal Martin, Sep 2019

King and Page gave the Wellington Arms a new lease on life, reinventing it as a thriving restaurant, not a gastropub, that is a joy to visit every time.

Mcdxix blend

Cellar Favorite: MCDXIX, The Winemaker’s Selection Madeira – Blandy’s

Portugal, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Sep 2019

This year marks 600 years since the discovery and settlement of the island of Madeira in 1419. To celebrate, Blandy’s is releasing a special blend called “MCDXIX, The Winemaker’s Selection.”

Lafaurie peyraguey 1917 bottle

Songs Full of Light - Lafaurie-Peyraguey 1906-2018

France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, Aug 2019

Continuing the series of Sauternes articles, a truly remarkable and certainly unrepeatable vertical of no less than 60 vintages of Lafaurie-Peyraguey from 2018 back to 1906. Everything you need to know about this outstanding estate is here.

Pichon bottle line up

Two Imaginary Boys: Pichon-Lalande

France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, Aug 2019

What links a historic and esteemed Grand Cru Classé in Pauillac with Robert Smith of English rock band, “The Cure”? You might be surprised by the answer in this alternative take on Pichon-Lalande…

Fotheringay copy

Beyond Wine: Crate Digging: Fotheringay by Fotheringay

Beyond Wine

Neal Martin, Aug 2019

It is difficult to put my finger on exactly why, but Denny’s voice, her timbre and inflection, makes her sound as if she is singing from centuries back in history, like medieval princess pining from her castle tower to a lost prince.

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Cellar Favorite: 1904 & 1948 Langoa-Barton

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, Aug 2019

It is a shame that Langoa-Barton is destined to lie in the shadow of its sibling, Léoville-Barton, because it produces a great Saint-Julien wine in its own right. Moreover, that wine has a propensity to age in bottle with just as much élan.

Ledbury lamb

Vinous Table: The Ledbury, London, UK

United Kingdom, Vinous Table

Neal Martin, Aug 2019

Strangers ask me if it’s true: Did I really celebrate my big four-zero at The Ledbury when, at my behest, celebrated chef Brett Graham summoned all his astounding culinary skills to pimp up the KFC menu?