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Quinta do Noval: Latest Releases

Portugal, featured

Neal Martin, Jun 2024

This brief article updates readers on new releases from Quinta do Noval and Romaneira, including the latest Naçional, plus a smattering of older vintages back to a 62-year-old Crusted Port.

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Desert Island Dinner: 1961 Pomerol in Excelsis

France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, Jun 2024

All wine lovers have their fantasy tasting. I’m lucky that several of mine came true. But I never thought that one day I’d taste the trinity of 1961 Pomerols side-by-side: Petrus, Lafleur and Latour à Pomerol. This is the story of an extraordinary evening where a dream came true…almost.

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Cellar Favorite: 1991 Araujo Estate Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, United States: California

Neal Martin, Jun 2024

Now, here's a rare old bird. The 1991 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard was the maiden vintage after Bart and Daphne Araujo purchased the revered vineyard from Joseph Phelps. In fact, according to Frédéric Engerer, who served this wine blind in London, this was the very last bottle in the original cellar, the estate having been sold to Artémis Group in July 2013. It brought back fond memories of a complete vertical a decade ago in London, and I dug out the accompanying article that I penned for Wine-Journal.

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Vinous Table: The Four Horsemen, Brooklyn, NY

Vinous Table, United States: New York

Neal Martin, Jun 2024

If you are in New York, The Four Horsemen is highly recommended. I love the laid-back atmosphere; the cooking is some of the best I encountered during what was admittedly a slightly underwhelming return to the city’s dining scene.

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It’s All in the Name: Domaine Pierre Vincent

featured, France: Burgundy, Verticals & Retrospectives

Neal Martin, Jun 2024

Pierre Vincent is one of the most talented winemakers working in Burgundy. After producing a raft of great wines at Domaine de la Vougeraie and then Domaine Leflaive, Vincent is about to embark upon a new chapter in his career, the 2023s representing the maiden vintage of wines under his own name.

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Cellar Favorite: 1924 Bouchard Père & Fils Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, June 2024

Since the vintage ends with the right digit, I was tempted to add this wine to my Centuries Of… article. Frankly, this bottle was so amazing, defied logic to such a degree, and was so astounding that it had to be placed on its own pedestal, which is this Cellar Favorite. I did not choose it because readers can just go out and procure a bottle; instead, this is a pertinent reminder of wine’s longevity and that consumers don’t necessarily need to forage for blue chip growers or even the most esteemed vineyards. Perhaps the message of this particular Cellar Favorite is to keep an open mind.

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A Century of…Fours

France: Bordeaux, featured, South Africa, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Jun 2024

Century of Fours examines vintages ending in four and adds historical context via a parallel timeline of the FA Cup Finals from 1904 to 2014. It is two journeys through time for the price of one.

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Cellar Favorite: 1988 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, United States: California

Neal Martin, Jun 2024

A vertical of Robert Mondavi Winery’s Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve back to the maiden vintage remains one of the best tastings I have ever participated in. It was one of the few occasions where guests refused to leave because the bottles were so good.

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Vinous Table: Emilia, Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand, Vinous Table

Neal Martin, May 2024

This was a wonderful evening centered around some of the best Italian dishes I’ve eaten in a long while. Who knew that it would transpire, in all places, in Bangkok? We enjoyed a stellar array of wines, and more importantly, the guests really made it a memorable evening.

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Cellar Favorite: 1947 Château Gilette Doux

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, May 2024

Château Gilette, located in the village of Preignac, is an unorthodox Sauternes estate that has furrowed its path for decades, eschewing the use of oak barrels to undertake extended élevages in concrete vats that can last up to 20 years. I’ve been lucky to experience a couple of extensive verticals over my career and composed a detailed standalone piece in my Wine-Journal days. My last visit was ten years ago, so I’m overdue a return.