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.

Clos des lambrays taupenot 2014

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!

1966 dow's port 1 copy

Cellar Favorite: 1966 Dow’s Vintage Port

Portugal, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Josh Raynolds, Jan 2020

Nineteen sixty-six has long been an undervalued year for Port, especially given the across-the-board quality of the wines, many of which can stand toe-to-toe with their 1963 siblings.

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.

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.

Musigny mugnier 2013 cork

Cellar Favorite: 2013 Domaine J-F Mugnier Musigny Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru

France: Burgundy, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Dec 2019

When I visited the domaine in Chambolle-Musigny in November 2019, Mugnier poured me his latest vintage to see the light of day.

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Cellar Favorite: 1968 Cappellano Barolo

Italy: Piedmont, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2019

I was very fortunate to run into this exquisite bottle of Cappellano’s 1968 Barolo recently. As it turns out, I had just visited the estate that very morning, so I was in a Cappellano state of mind.

La tour haut brion 1970

Cellar Favorite: 1970 La Tour Haut-Brion

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, Nov 2019

I admit I have a penchant for deceased châteaux, perhaps none more so than La Tour Haut-Brion since it provided such a bevy of memorable bottles. Its history is entwined with that of La Mission Haut-Brion.

Ponsot montluisant 1994

Cellar Favorite: 1994 Domaine Ponsot Morey-Saint-Denis Clos des Monts Luisants Blanc 1er Cru

France: Burgundy, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Nov 2019

It is a pity that Aligoté must reside in the shadow of Chardonnay. Too often it is dismissed, not only by consumers, but winemakers themselves since many “forget” to show me their Bourgogne Aligoté during cellar visits. Thankfully in recent years there has been a reappraisal of Aligoté spearheaded by Marsannay-based Sylvain Pataille and the grape is finally receiving due respect.