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Cellar Favorite: 2012 Château Latour

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, Apr 2020

What makes this bottle different is that it is cleaved from a private vertical tasting of the last 20 vintages and was one that I managed to identify correctly. Indeed, the challenge of identifying recent vintages blind is testament to Latour’s consistency.

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Domaine Dujac Clos Saint-Denis 1970-2004

France: Burgundy, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Neal Martin, Mar 2020

Domaine Dujac’s Clos Saint-Denis has long been one of my favorite Burgundies, so when I had the chance to participate in a unique vertical of over 20 vintages back to the domaine’s earliest days, well, how could I refuse?

Yquem 1931

Cellar Favorite: 1931 d’Yquem

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, Mar 2020

Defying all the odds, this Sauternes provided much pleasure to a group of wine lovers, a fitting finale to a memorable Burgundy dinner. Not a success? I beg to differ.

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A Man of Polite Learning

Vinous Remembers, featured

Neal Martin, Mar 2020

My two-part tribute to the late Michael Broadbent MW delves behind the persona, an obituary of sorts blended of personal anecdotes and an interview from 2004 with the man himself, one that prompted him to remark: “You have revealed aspects of myself that I was unaware of."

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From Broom To Gavel: Michael Broadbent MW

Vinous Remembers, featured

Neal Martin, Mar 2020

My two-part tribute to the late Michael Broadbent MW delves behind the persona, an obituary of sorts blended of personal anecdotes and an interview from 2004 with the man himself, one that prompted him to remark: “You have revealed aspects of myself that I was unaware of."

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Cellar Favorite: 1937 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche Grand Cru

France: Burgundy, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Mar 2020

Last November I met with a couple of friends and Burgundy mavens with the sole intention of tasting one of the last bottles from the Moingeon family cellar. The rather shabby-looking bottle was bereft of a label and covered in a thin film of dust, and there was no branding on the cork.

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In Good Taste: Branaire-Ducru 1928-2013

France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, Mar 2020

Continuing my series of profiles in Saint-Julien, it’s time to take a look at Branaire-Ducru, including history, winemaking practices, tasting notes and its connection with one of Roald Dahl’s most famous short stories.

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Cellar Favorite: 1933 Domaine René Engel Grands-Echézeaux Grand Cru

France: Burgundy, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Mar 2020

Sometimes you encounter a bottle so old and rare that your immediate reaction is one of knowing that you will never taste it again. This bottle came from a renowned private cellar and was poured blind by a generous friend at Bistro de l’Hôtel.

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Beyond Wine: Album Review of The Slow Rush - Tame Impala

Beyond Wine

Neal Martin, Mar 2020

“The Slow Rush” took five years to see the light of day, though Parker apparently recorded the tracks in a period of frenzied activity in recent months. The soundscape is so enormous that you almost have to listen to this hour-long opus in separate sittings.

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Cellar Favorite: 2017 Hatzidakis Winery Cuvée No. 15 Assyrtiko

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Greece

Neal Martin, Mar 2020

Am I an expert in Greek wine? Regrettably, I am not. But I do know when I’m face to face with a wine that exudes brilliance. This bottle was kindly opened during a long-overdue visit to The Arches, the legendary restaurant/wine bar in Swiss Cottage, London.