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Cornas voge 1978 bottle

Cellar Favorite: 1978 Domaine Alain Voge Cornas

France: Rhône & Beaujolais, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Sep 2022

Every now and then, I am reminded of the greatness of mature Rhônes, especially from Hermitage, Côte-Rôtie and Cornas. Alain Voge was instrumental in putting Cornas on the map.

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Cellar Favorite: Blandy’s Madeira – 2022 Bottlings

Portugal, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Sep 2022

I recently joined Blandy’s CEO, Chris Blandy, and head winemaker, Francisco Albuquerque, for a tasting of their 2022 Madeira bottlings.

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Cellar Favorite: 2018 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

United States: Washington, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Eric Guido, Sep 2022

There are very few wines that I personally seek out year after year. For a wine to become a recurring purchase for my cellar, it takes a proven track record, unparalleled quality among. peers, vintage-to-vintage consistency and. relative value. The Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon is such a wine, even with steady price increase over the past ten years.

Kanonkop paul sauer 2009

Cellar Favorite: 1997 & 2009 Kanonkop Paul Sauer

South Africa, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Sep 2022

The secondary market for South Africa’s most desirable top cuvées continues to see increasing numbers of collectors chasing diminishing supply. Buoyant interest in the Cape’s blue chips is a relatively recent phenomenon that has grown organically, pulled by demand rather than forced by supply. One coveted label is Kanonkop’s Paul Sauer.

Porseleinberg

Cellar Favorite: 2010 & 2011 Porseleinberg

South Africa, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Sep 2022

Porseleinberg leads an impressive and growing fleet of world-class Syrah/Rhône blends from South Africa.

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Cellar Favorite: 1940 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

France: Bordeaux, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Aug 2022

On a recent visit to the estate, director Nicolas Glumineau probably risked his own job when he invited me down to the cellar to choose a bottle. I decided upon an esoteric and forgotten vintage, one that Glumineau himself had never tasted before.

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Cellar Favorite: 1920 Clarets

France: Bordeaux, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Aug 2022

Each year I attend a dinner at Domaine de Chevalier hosted by Olivier Bernard. It’s been held for many years, long before I joined the table. The theme is always the numerical vintage, for example in 2022, all the vintages ended in two.

Tokaji essencia 2009

Cellar Favorite: 2009 Royal Tokaji Company Tokaji Essencia

Hungary, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Aug 2022

Hail, hail the wonderment of Essencia! Drop-by-drop, by mere pressure of gravity alone upon heavily-botrytised aszú grapes, a dribble of ultra-sweet, unctuous nectar so extreme that it challenges the definition of wine ekes out.

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Cellar Favorite: Lune d’Or 2012-2020

France: Bordeaux, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Aug 2022

This Cellar Favourite takes a look at the Bordeaux dry white, Lune d’Or, an increasingly important part of Olivier Bernard’s portfolio. Prior to tasting the Domaine de Chevalier proprietor’s latest releases at en primeur, he opened every vintage since the debut to demonstrate the quality of dry whites from Sauternes and its ageing potential.

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Cellar Favorite: Raiding the Cellar at Inspire Napa Valley

France: Burgundy, France: Champagne, France: Alsace, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Aug 2022

I was thrilled to open this eclectic collection of wines from my cellar during this year’s Inspire Napa Valley dinner at Staglin. It’s a rare treat to take a break from the hectic pace of tasting wines for review and actually drink a few things for pleasure.