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2019 Burgundy – Further Additions

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Neal Martin, Oct 2021

After a taxing day’s tasting and heated discussion about the 2017s at Burgfest, I jumped in my car and visited two or three producers that I was unable to see last year after my autumn trip was curtailed by the lockdown.

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Back to Burgfest: 2017 Whites – Blind

France: Burgundy, featured

Neal Martin, Aug 2021

The 2017 white Burgundy vintage vies with 2014 as the decade's best. After a year off due to the pandemic, the annual Burgfest tasting was back to examine over 200 wines, all blind, that bestowed the usual ragbag of expected triumphs, unexpected disappointments, outbreaks of euphoria and mass head-scratching.

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Value Through Time: Burgundy 1932-2016

France: Burgundy, featured

Neal Martin, Aug 2021

In my round-up of mature Burgundy red and whites encountered over recent months, I examine how its value has changed through history before highlighting notable bottles. Famous names from the Côte d'Or intermingle with kindred spirits from Chablis, Beaujolais and the Mâconnais, as a reminder that longevity is not exclusive to famous and/or expensive names.

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Cellar Favorite: 1971 Domaine Bonneau du Martray Corton Grand Cru

France: Burgundy, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Aug 2021

Continuing my quest to taste every wine from my birth-year, I took a bottle of 1971 Corton Grand Cru from Domaine Bonneau du Martray to a La Paulée back in the days when people could crowd into an enclosed space without masks, share bottles and sing meaningless songs at the top of their voices.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Cellar Favorite: 2018 Louis Jadot Beaune 1er Cru Célébration

France: Burgundy, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Apr 2021

A few years ago, I was fortunate to attend an evening tasting of ancient vintages from Louis Jadot reserves, a cornucopia of rare bottles stretching back to the 1860s.

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Cellar Favorite: 1980 Domaine Hudelot-Nöellat Vosne-Romanée Les Petits-Monts 1er Cru

France: Burgundy, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Apr 2021

Invited to supper at a fellow wine scribe’s abode in Beaune last October, our host served this little gem from one of Burgundy’s less heralded vintages.