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Pierre, Denis & Jean-Jacques: Doisy-Daëne & L’Extravagance 1942-2013

France: Bordeaux, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Neal Martin, Jan 2022

Just a few weeks before the passing of Pierre Dubourdieu last June, I undertook a vertical tasting at Doisy-Daëne back to the 1940s. This article examines this leading Barsac estate through three generations of the Dubourdieu family.

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Cellar Favorite: 1952 Latour (Réserve des Proprietaires)

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, Jan 2022

You may assume that you know all that there is to know about a winery; however, there are what you describe as “known unknowns”.

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A Janus with Soul: Figeac 1943–2016

France: Bordeaux, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Neal Martin, Dec 2021

The historical importance of Figeac and the quality of its wine merit a seriously in-depth article. This report examines Figeac’s long history, the legacy of Thierry Manoncourt, details of the new winery, and viticulture and vinification under Frédéric Faye, plus tasting notes back to World War II. It's everything you need to know about Figeac.

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Cellar Favorite: 1984 Château Margaux

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, Dec 2021

Many moons ago, a Japanese colleague and his better half came for dinner at my rabbit-hutch sized flat in South London. I picked a bottle of 1984 Château Margaux from my cellar, to serve with my spaghetti bolognaise, which readers may have noticed was the only dish I could make back in those days.

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Cellar Favorite: 1995 Haut-Brion

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, Nov 2021

The 1995 Bordeaux vintage is one that I would like to revisit more often. It has not been forgotten about. After all, it was one of the most celebrated vintages of the decade, but it has been side-lined by subsequent growing seasons.

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Cellar Favorite: 1949 Malartic-Lagravière

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, Nov 2021

Mature bottles of Château Malartic-Lagravière are rarely seen, and sadly the Bonnie family, proprietors of the château in Léognan, have few bottles in the cellar themselves. The 1949 Malartic-Lagravière came from a stash of six cases cellared in Switzerland that were sold back to the château.

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Cellar Favorite: Domaines Delon: Recent Cellar Releases

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, Oct 2021

There is a growing trend for châteaux to keep a proportion of their stock for late releases, the two most notable being Palmer and Léoville Las-Cases. I recently tasted vintages of 2011 from Jean-Hubert Delon’s stable.

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Stand and Deliver: 2001 Sauternes

France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, Sep 2021

The 2001 Sauternes were hailed on release. But at 20 years of age, do they match the hype? This report answers that question and like Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, poses more.

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Looking Backward/Looking Forward: 2000 vs 2001 Bordeaux

France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, Sep 2021

Debate about whether Bordeaux 2000 is superior to 2001, or vice versa, has simmered since the wines were in barrel. So, this past June I visited many major châteaux to compare the two vintages side-by-side. What I found was that 12 months apart, the two vintages represent the end of one era and the beginning of another.

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Mission Complete: La Mission Haut-Brion 1928–2011

France: Bordeaux, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Neal Martin, Sep 2021

One of the most revered château in Bordeaux, this article on La Mission Haut-Brion presents both a historical and contemporary insight courtesy of a Q&A with winemaker Jean-Philippe Delmas, plus tasting notes back to the 1920s.