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In Good Taste: Branaire-Ducru 1928-2013

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Neal Martin, Mar 2020

Continuing my series of profiles in Saint-Julien, it’s time to take a look at Branaire-Ducru, including history, winemaking practices, tasting notes and its connection with one of Roald Dahl’s most famous short stories.

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2017 Bordeaux – Mirror, Mirror on The Wall…

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Antonio Galloni, Mar 2020

The bottled 2017 Bordeaux capture all ups and downs that were characteristic of a growing season marked by dramatic frost and uneven weather throughout the rest of the year. Although 2017 is not a great vintage across the board, it is a vintage with many great wines, as readers will discover in these paragraphs and reviews.

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Cellar Favorite: 1949 Château Figeac

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, Feb 2020

My admiration for recent vintages of Château Figeac is clear for everyone to read. Winemaker Frédéric Faye has done a fantastic job in recent years.

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Vintage Seeks Home: Bordeaux 2017 In Bottle

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Neal Martin, Jan 2020

A surprise late spring frost was not the greatest start to the Bordeaux 2017 vintage, and unexpected import tariffs meant that the wines hit the shelves in an uncertain market. Despite all this, the vintage contains pleasant surprises. They just need to find homes.

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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: 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.

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Cellar Journal: Bordeaux 1920-2015

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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.

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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.

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The Future’s Not What It Was: Bordeaux 2018

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Neal Martin, Nov 2019

Having tasted en primeur during Spring for over 20 years, for one time only, I assess the 2018 vintage six months later than normal in September. The big question is this: Does 2018 truly belong among the legendary Bordeaux vintages?

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Cellar Favorite: 1990 Château Latour

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2019

Tasting the 1990 Latour is like running into a long-lost friend. Still dark, deep and spectacularly flamboyant, the 1990 possesses remarkable textural richness from the very first taste.