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Beyond Wine: Getting Back in the Saddle

Beyond Wine, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Jul 2020

Since my trip to Bordeaux in late February, the question on my mind has been when and how I could restart visits abroad. Five months later I ventured back into a new landscape when I drove to Chablis and found aspects that are reassuringly exactly the same and others that are different.

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2017 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti: A Day’s Work

featured, France: Burgundy, Verticals & Retrospectives

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2020

The annual presentation of new releases from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti in early March was the last tasting I attended before lockdown. Initially I thought I would publish this article as a bookend, when things returned to normal. Back then, I could have never imagined where we would be today. After reading Neal Martin’s article Complex, Not Complicated: 2017 DRC in Bottle chronicling the London edition, I decided to shamelessly rip off his format. So, here you have my version…

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The Good, Bad and Ugly: Burgundy 2010, 2003 & 2004

featured, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Jun 2020

Three snapshot tastings of mature Burgundy vintages, 2003 and 2004 reds and 2010 whites, served as a reminder that whilst some vintages repay cellaring, others can remain “ugly ducklings”.

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

France: Burgundy, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

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.

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Burgundy New Releases: A Bit of Everything…

featured, France: Burgundy

Vinous, May 2020

Our latest Burgundy update covers a smattering of wines Neal Martin and Antonio Galloni have tasted in recent months, everything from entry-level offerings all the way up to Grand Crus. For more on Burgundy, readers might want to revisit Neal’s 2018 Burgundy: Confounded Expectations and Antonio’s Postcard from Chablis: The 2018s & 2017s.

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Cellar Favorite: 1985 Domaine Christophe Roumier Vosne-Romanée Les Beaumonts 1er Cru

France: Burgundy, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, May 2020

Our Cellar Favorite column is meant to bring readers’ attention towards either mature bottles currently drinking well or recent vintages worthy of laying down. This entry fits neither of those criteria.

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Domaine Dujac Clos Saint-Denis 1970-2004

featured, France: Burgundy, Verticals & Retrospectives

Neal Martin, Mar 2020

Domaine Dujac’s Clos Saint-Denis has long been one of my favorite Burgundies, so when I had the chance to participate in a unique vertical of over 20 vintages back to the domaine’s earliest days, well, how could I refuse?

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Cellar Favorite: 1937 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche Grand Cru

France: Burgundy, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Mar 2020

Last November I met with a couple of friends and Burgundy mavens with the sole intention of tasting one of the last bottles from the Moingeon family cellar. The rather shabby-looking bottle was bereft of a label and covered in a thin film of dust, and there was no branding on the cork.

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Cellar Favorite: 1933 Domaine René Engel Grands-Echézeaux Grand Cru

France: Burgundy, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Mar 2020

Sometimes you encounter a bottle so old and rare that your immediate reaction is one of knowing that you will never taste it again. This bottle came from a renowned private cellar and was poured blind by a generous friend at Bistro de l’Hôtel.

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Complex, Not Complicated: 2017 DRC in Bottle

featured, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Feb 2020

Tasting the newly released wines from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti is never an ordinary day. The 2017s were in the spotlight this year. Here’s how the day unfolded hour by hour…