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Refusing to Follow the Script: Jean-Marie Guffens

France: Burgundy, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Neal Martin, Feb 2020

The outspoken Jean-Marie Guffens has spent almost four decades making superb Mâconnais wines. This retrospective would always be entertaining. But what do Blade Runner and Pink Floyd have to do with it?

Figeac 1949 bottle

Cellar Favorite: 1949 Château Figeac

France: Bordeaux, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Feb 2020

My admiration for recent vintages of Château Figeac is clear for everyone to read. Winemaker Frédéric Faye has done a fantastic job in recent years.

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Vintage Seeks Home: Bordeaux 2017 In Bottle

France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, Jan 2020

A surprise late spring frost was not the greatest start to the Bordeaux 2017 vintage, and unexpected import tariffs meant that the wines hit the shelves in an uncertain market. Despite all this, the vintage contains pleasant surprises. They just need to find homes.

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Cellar Favorite: 1945 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Musigny Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Feb 2020

I LOVE HALF-BOTTLES! Phew, it feels good to come clean. I am well aware how everyone bangs on about magnums as the optimal format for maturing wine. Received wisdom is that half-bottles cannot age. Rubbish! Go and taste a few.

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Vinous Table: Wheeler’s Oyster Bar, Kent, United Kingdom

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Jan 2020

Is Wheelers worth the schlep down from London? Well, if you want outstanding seafood without paying a king’s ransom, then certainly.

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Beyond Wine: Album Review of Mogadisco - Dancing Mogadishu Somalia 1972-1991 - Various Artists

Beyond Wine

Neal Martin, Jan 2020

Mogadisco - Dancing Mogadishu (Somalia 1972-1991) is a considerable achievement for Samy Ben Redjeb, and the mere fact that this compilation exists is thanks to people like Colonel Ali, who risked his life to protect the recordings for so many years.

Joliette vineyard

Resurrecting the Mystery: Clos Joliette

Verticals & Retrospectives, featured, France: Other

Neal Martin, Jan 2020

There are few enigmas left in wine. The Internet can tell you anything about everything. However, Clos Joliette, the most revered producer in the Jurançon, remains shrouded in mystery and intrigue. This article sheds light on its history and its present status, as well as examining recent releases.

Filhot 1924 bottle

Cellar Favorite: 1924 Château Filhot

France: Bordeaux, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Jan 2020

Recently I encountered a bottle of 1924 Filhot, the oldest example that I have tasted, and it proved that Filhot can create a wonderful, life-affirming, vibrant and downright delicious Sauternes that effortlessly defies time.

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Cellar Favorite: 1957 Domaine Ramonet Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Jan 2020

Over the last two decades I have visited practically all the major domaines in the Côte d’Or. There is one glaring and unforgivable omission: Ramonet.

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Vinous Table: The Black Bull, Sedbergh, UK

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Jan 2020

Restaurants such as The Black Bull play a crucial role in attracting tourists and epicures to less-traveled parts of the country, and reasonable prices mean that you are not breaking the bank for either food or wine.