1949 forster tba

Cellar Favorite: 1949 Weingut Dr. von Basserman-Jordan Forster Jesuitengarten Riesling TBA

germany: Mosel, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Jul 2020

This German Trockenbeerenauslese appeared at the end of a La Mission Haut-Brion dinner a few months ago, and to be honest, though it was love at first sip, at the time I did not truly appreciate its rarity.

2001 fritz haag copy

Cellar Favorite: 2001 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese #9

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Germany

Neal Martin, Jul 2020

I rue the fact that I have not or rather cannot keep up with German Riesling. Anyone who doesn’t like German Riesling either doesn’t like wine or is no longer alive.

Olerasay 2 bottle

Cellar Favorite: NV Mullineux Olerasay 2°

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, South Africa

Neal Martin, Jul 2020

Readers that saw last month’s Vinous Live with Chris and Andrea Mullineux will have noticed that both interviewer and interviewee in Surrey and Swartland respectively, were drinking a sweet wine, the Olerasay 2°. Having received the bottle a few weeks earlier I kept it back for that interview. My expectations were high since the maiden release had received my highest ever score for a South African wine. Until now.

2010 haut bailly copy

Cellar Favorite: 2010 Haut-Bailly

France: Bordeaux, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Jun 2020

In my write-up of the 2010 Bordeaux vintage earlier this year, it was unfortunate that one bottle in the blind tasting was so hideously corked that it rendered every participant’s glass unusable. (Hopefully, the injured stemware has recovered by now.) The culprit turned out to be Haut-Bailly, and unfortunately we did not have a backup at hand.

Le pin 2011

Cellar Favorite: 2011 Le Pin

France: Bordeaux, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Jun 2020

When I recently conducted a Vinous Live with Jacques Thienpont and his wife Fiona Morrison MW, two days before transmission, the latter suggested that I should be drinking a bottle of Le Pin during the interview. Unfortunately, the Martin cellar does not maintain a reserve of Le Pin for whenever I fancy a cheeky iconic Pomerol.

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Cellar Favorite: 1997 Col d’Orcia Brunello di Montalcino

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Italy: Tuscany

Eric Guido, Jun 2020

The 1997 wines of Tuscany have become something of a question mark in the eyes of many consumers. At release, the press went wild for the wines. Some still see 1997 as one of Italy’s greatest modern-day vintages, and to this day, salespeople base their pitch on its prestige.

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Cellar Favorite: 1970 Taylor’s Single Harvest Port

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Portugal

Neal Martin, Jun 2020

Writing this on what is fast becoming the most glorious warm spring here in the UK, it feels slightly odd to be focusing upon a fortified wine associated with winter. Nevertheless, several Port houses have declared single-quinta 2018s that shall be reviewed soon on Vinous.

1947 cha%cc%82teau trotanoy

Cellar Favorite: 1947 Château Trotanoy

France: Bordeaux, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Jun 2020

There is something magical about bottles of postwar Pomerol. I have been fortunate to taste a fair number, given their rarity, and always with a sense of understanding that you might never encounter it again. That is the case with the 1947 Trotanoy.

Cellar favorite robert ampeau santenots 2001 cover

Cellar Favorite: 2001 Robert Ampeau et Fils Volnay Santenots 1er Cru

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Eric Guido, May 2020

As we look through the top Premier and Grand Crus of red Burgundy, the one appellation that I feel delivers a top-level experience at prices that remain reasonable is Volnay. When you couple this with the late-releasing house of Robert Ampeau, and their Premier Cru Santenots, we are really treated to something special.

Penfolds 1957 st henri bottle

Cellar Favorite: 1957 Penfolds St. Henri Claret

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Australia

Neal Martin, May 2020

Though Grange is Penfolds’ most famous label, that has not always been the case. Back in the late Fifties and early Sixties, their St. Henri was more popular, probably due to its being more approachable and elegant, while Max Schubert’s Grange demanded cellaring.