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Vintage Retrospective: The 2010 Napa Valley Cabernets

United States: California, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Stephen Tanzer, May 2020

The Vinous vintage chart rates 2010 as the top vintage for Napa Valley Cabernet between 1991 and 2013. As my recent retrospective tasting showed, the 2010s are overdelivering on their early promise.

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Hopes and Dreams: Canon Chaigneau 1998-2019

Verticals & Retrospectives, featured, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, May 2020

The impact of COVID-19 is not evenly spread across society, nor across wine estates. Imagine you were on the cusp of buying a small Bordeaux château when suddenly the world is in lockdown. What happens then? This is the story of Canon Chaigneau.

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Six Decades of Pavie-Macquin: 1928-2018

Verticals & Retrospectives, featured, France: Bordeaux

Antonio Galloni, May 2020

Pavie-Macquin is one of the great success stories of Saint-Émilion. This retrospective going all the way back to 1928 provided a remarkable opportunity to witness the evolution of the property from underachiever to superstar, with all of the highs and lows that invariably accompany an extensive vertical that spans epic, average and challenging vintages. For the occasion, estate manager Nicolas Thienpont and consulting oenologist Stéphane Derenoncourt gathered every wine they have made at Pavie-Macquin, with a few surprises thrown into the mix.

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No Relation: Clos Saint-Martin 1964-2017

Verticals & Retrospectives, featured, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, Apr 2020

If small is beautiful, then Clos Saint-Martin is the fairest of them all. Twenty years after first visiting this ideally located estate on the Saint-Émilion, I return to visit proprietor Sophie Fourcade and re-taste recent vintages.

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Domaine Dujac Clos Saint-Denis 1970-2004

France: Burgundy, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

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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Roses de Jeanne La Bolorée Retrospective

Verticals & Retrospectives, featured, France: Champagne

Antonio Galloni, Mar 2020

"What would you like to taste?” Cédric Bouchard asks as we descend into his cellar. We are in the middle of a brutal heat wave in France. The cool cellar provides a much-needed break from the unrelenting heat. “Really, whatever you want,” Bouchard says, sensing my apprehension as I gaze at a stunning collection of bottles, but not wanting to ask for too much….

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Refusing to Follow the Script: Jean-Marie Guffens

France: Burgundy, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Neal Martin, Feb 2020

The outspoken Jean-Marie Guffens has spent almost four decades making superb Mâconnais wines. This retrospective would always be entertaining. But what do Blade Runner and Pink Floyd have to do with it?

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Resurrecting the Mystery: Clos Joliette

Verticals & Retrospectives, featured, France: Other

Neal Martin, Jan 2020

There are few enigmas left in wine. The Internet can tell you anything about everything. However, Clos Joliette, the most revered producer in the Jurançon, remains shrouded in mystery and intrigue. This article sheds light on its history and its present status, as well as examining recent releases.

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Gulfi Nero d’Avola Nerosanloré: 2001-2015

Verticals & Retrospectives, featured, Italy: Center & South

Ian D'Agata, Jan 2020

Gulfi was the first winery in Sicily to believe in single-contrada Nero d’Avolas. Today, Gulfi makes four such wines that highlight the extraordinary diversity of these sites, all of them so well-suited to showing the potential of Sicily’s indigenous Nero d’Avola. This vertical spanned a representative selection of the Nerosanloré - arguably the most elegant of the wines.

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DeLille Cellars Chaleur Blanc: 1995-2016

United States: Washington, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Jan 2020

DeLille Cellars’ Chaleur Blanc has been Washington State’s most consistently brilliant white wine since the mid-2000s. It has achieved an exceptional track record for longevity over a quarter-century of production, as this vertical back to 1995 showed.