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DeLille Cellars Chaleur Blanc: 1995-2016

United States: Washington, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Jan 2020

DeLille Cellars’ Chaleur Blanc has been Washington State’s most consistently brilliant white wine since the mid-2000s. It has achieved an exceptional track record for longevity over a quarter-century of production, as this vertical back to 1995 showed.

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Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Perrières 1984-2014

France: Burgundy, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Dec 2019

The finest vintages made by Dominique Lafon at his family domaine clearly demonstrate that Meursault’s mineral-driven premier cru Les Perrières is capable of producing wines with grand cru mineral intensity, precision, nuance and longevity.

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New Releases from Washington: A Bonanza for Consumers

United States: Washington, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Dec 2019

A trio of superb vintages and a glut of grapes have combined to give wine lovers the best chance yet to enjoy outstanding values from Washington.

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Dauvissat Chablis Les Clos: 1983-2015

France: Burgundy, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Nov 2019

Vincent Dauvissat’s stunningly consistent grand cru Les Clos is a textbook example of the complexity, minerality and longevity Chardonnay can achieve in the exceptional terroirs and cool northerly climate of Chablis. This vertical encompassed a remarkable range of wines all the way back to 1983.

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Marquis d’Angerville’s Volnay Clos des Ducs: 1920-2017

France: Burgundy, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Oct 2019

Guillaume d’Angerville makes one of the Côte de Beaune’s true icon wines from an ideally situated walled vineyard whose borders have not changed for at least 500 years. His methods are uncomplicated: fanatical attention to detail in the vineyard and in the winery. This vertical tasting made it clear that the Clos des Ducs is frequently a wine of grand cru intensity, aromatic complexity and staying power.

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Mugneret-Gibourg’s Clos Vougeot 1984 - 2015

France: Burgundy, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Oct 2019

An extensive tasting of their top Grand Cru this spring demonstrated that sisters Marie-Christine and Marie-Andrée Mugneret have quietly and methodically taken their famous father’s estate to greater heights through steady improvements in the vineyards and in the winery.

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Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet: 1981-2012

France: Burgundy, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Sep 2019

An extensive vertical tasting of Domaine Leflaive’s Chevalier-Montrachet encompassing wines from four decades demonstrated the remarkable longevity of an exalted white Burgundy terroir in the right hands.

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Argentina Reaches New Heights

Argentina, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Sep 2019

Despite economic tumult, Argentina is making better wines today than ever before, thanks to a recent string of very good to outstanding vintages, increasing vineyard plantings in cooler, higher-altitude sites, and winemaking techniques designed to produce fresher, better-balanced wines with clear site character.

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Larkmead’s Solari Cabernet and LMV Salon: 2001-2015

United States: California, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Aug 2019

My recent tasting of Larkmead’s Solari Cabernet and LMV Salon blend showcased the comprehensive renewal that has taken place at this venerable property over the past 20 years in both the vineyards and the winery under the tenure of Cam and Kate Solari Baker.

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Raveneau Chablis Montée de Tonnerre: 1985-2015

France: Burgundy, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Aug 2019

Raveneau’s Chablis Montée de Tonnerre is one of the most coveted wines in the world. And with good reason. The Raveneaus have established an enviable track record for consistent quality and longevity through three generations of winemaking. A recent vertical tasting back to 1985 showed why this premier cru Chablis is so highly regarded.