Laroche chablis 1992

Cellar Favorite: 1992 Domaine Laroche Chablis Les Blanchots La Réserve de l’Obédiencerie Grand Cru

France: Burgundy, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Jul 2021

One of the less discovered joys of Burgundy is mature Chablis. Apart from Raveneau and Vincent Dauvissat, a lot of Chablis, even up to its highest echelons, is consumed in its youth.

Larrivaux 2003

Cellar Favorite: 2003 Larrivaux

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, Jul 2021

Readers do not have to shell out for the top names to enjoy the wines, as proven by a 2003 Larrivaux recently served blind by proprietor Bérangère Tesseron, the ‘better half’ of Basile Tesseron at neighbouring Lafon-Rochet.

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Cellar Favorite: 2006 Domaine de Pallus Chinon

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Rebecca Gibb MW, Jul 2021

Bertrand Sourdais was born and raised in Chinon but spent many years studying and working in Bordeaux and Spain before returning to the family domaine in 2005, making this vintage just his second in charge.

Morgon 1992 burgaud

Cellar Favorite: 1992 Domaine Jean-Marc Burgaud Morgon Côte du Py

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Rhône & Beaujolais

Neal Martin, Jul 2021

Beaujolais Nouveau fomented an assumption that the region’s wine cannot age. Humbug! It’s more a case that too few wine connoisseurs have the nous to tuck away a few Beaujolais bottles from its finest appellations such as Morgon or Moulin-à-Vent from its finest growers.

Lynch moussas 1996

Cellar Favorite: 1996 Lynch-Moussas

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, Jun 2021

Much of aristocratic Pauillac has become too expensive for many wine-lovers in recent years. That classification back in 1855 went straight to its head. Yet, there are gems to be discovered…if you know where to look.

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Cellar Favorite: 2018 Hospices de Beaune Beaune 1er Cru Cuvée Dames Hospitalières

France: Burgundy, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Jun 2021

The 2018 Beaune 1er Cru Cuvée Dames Hospitalières is a Hospices de Beaune bottling raised by Mounir Saouma of Lucien Le Moine for American importer Vintus.

Morey saint denis 1998 roumier copy

Cellar Favorite: 1998 Domaine Georges Roumier Morey-Saint-Denis Clos de la Bussière 1er Cru

France: Burgundy, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Jun 2021

There is no point in restating the fact that I, along with countless other Burgundy-lovers, adore the wines of Christophe Roumier. Oops, I did it again!

1896 taylors port

Cellar Favorite: 1896 Taylor’s Single Harvest Port

Portugal, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Jun 2021

Several years ago, Taylor’s Fladgate had what might be described as a eureka moment. Instead of using precious, ancient and irreplaceable pipes of Port into their 40-Year Old Blend for example, why not see if there is a niche market for limited launches of historical fortified wines?

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Cellar Favorite: 1978 Château de Pommard Pommard

France: Burgundy, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Jun 2021

Before I started scribbling words about wine writing, I worked for a Japanese import company that acted as agents for a dozen or so producers. One of those was Château de Pommard and so naturally I was in regular contact with its erstwhile proprietor, Jean-Louis Laplanche.

2005 vietti barolo castiglione

Cellar Favorite: 2005 Vietti Barolo Castiglione

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Italy: Piedmont

Eric Guido, May 2021

When I purchased the 2005 Vietti Castiglione for $34 a bottle, I did so knowing that the worst-case scenario is that it would be a great Barolo to check-in over the course of ten years; but what I only realized a few years back is that this bottle, which I thought might be in decline by now, was still maturing in a positive way.