Filhot 1924 bottle

Cellar Favorite: 1924 Château Filhot

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

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

France: Burgundy, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

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.

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Cellar Favorite: 2014 Domaine Taupenot-Merme Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru

France: Burgundy, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Jan 2020

I had tasted many vintages from barrel but never the finished article until a friend from the Far East invited me to choose any bottle from the enormous wine list at Maison de Colombier in Beaune. I knew instantly which one I wanted: the 2014 Clos des Lambrays from Taupenot-Merme. And it had only taken me 20 years!

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2018 Burgundy: Confounded Expectations

France: Burgundy, featured

Neal Martin, Jan 2020

Burgundy can be confounding at the best of times, both in a positive and negative sense. For many, that’s part of its allure. The 2018 vintage sprung many surprises, thankfully many of them positive. The bigger question is whether it is a harbinger of things to come.

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Neal Martin's Review of 2019

General Interest, featured, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Dec 2019

A fellow scribe confessed that earlier this year, a winemaker had offered his condolences about my untimely death. This annual review confirms that in fact I did reach the end of 2019. The last 12 months were full of highs and deepest of lows - yet there was always wine, music and a tomorrow.

Beaucastel 1978 copycover

Cellar Favorite: 1978 & 1990 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

France: Rhône & Beaujolais, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Dec 2019

I must confess a penchant for mature Châteauneuf-du-Pape, though sadly I do not have many opportunities to drink it. It’s almost more difficult to track down ancient bottles of Rhône than of Burgundy.

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Vinous Table: Trivet, London, United Kingdom

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Dec 2019

If you seek a restaurant with cuisine from the top drawer, without fuss and ostentatiousness, and an eclectic wine list not intent on gouging you for every penny, then Trivet comes recommended.

Cheval blanc 1939

Cellar Favorite: 1939 & 1950 Cheval Blanc

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, Dec 2019

There is always a frisson of excitement in coming eyeball to eyeball with a prewar bottle of Bordeaux, especially one from a vintage dismissed and written out of history.

Cheval blanc 1955

Cellar Journal: Bordeaux 1920-2015

France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, Dec 2019

As the year winds down, this article gathers Bordeaux tasting notes from old to young, derided to legendary vintages, and value-for-money wines to ridiculously expensive...with a few surprises along the way.