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It’s All in the Name: Domaine Pierre Vincent

France: Burgundy, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

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

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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

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

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: 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.

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Oldies But Goldies: Bouchard Père 1892-2012

France: Burgundy, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Neal Martin, Apr 2024

Bouchard Père & Fils own one of the deepest Burgundy libraries of vintages back to the 19th century. This article recounts last November’s dinner when bottles with years ending in two stretching back through decades were opened.

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Cellar Favorite: 2017 Domaine Samuel Billaud Chablis Mont de Milieu 1er Cru

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Mar 2024

I have praised Samuel Billaud’s wines for around a decade now, going so far as to suggest that they rank amongst Chablis’ premier tier of producers, alongside Raveneau and Dauvissat. A recent dinner at the splendid Lorne restaurant, the same that saw the 1973 La Fleur-Pétrus opened, also witnessed a bottle that ‘sizzled’ with potential.

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Merci, Monsieur Amiot: Clos des Lambrays 1923-2021

France: Burgundy, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Neal Martin, Mar 2024

Behind every label of an iconic wine lie nameless men and women whose combined talent and labor led to its creation. This vertical of Clos des Lambrays is dedicated to Etienne Amiot, a predecessor of Jacques Devauges, who oversaw the creation of these sublime wines.

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Domaine de la Romanée Conti: A Survey of the 2021s

France: Burgundy, featured

Antonio Galloni, Mar 2024

What a difference a year makes. After the decidedly exuberant 2020s, the 2021s from Domaine de la Romanée Conti show another side of Burgundy, one marked by a highly challenging growing season that tested the mettle of growers. In many ways, difficult years make for the most interesting discussions because individual choices so deeply inform the wines. There was plenty to talk about as Co-Directors Bertrand de Villaine and Perrine Fenal showed the 2021s in this tasting organized by long-time US importer Wilson-Daniels.

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Nature Rules/Nature’s Rules: DRC 2021 In Bottle

France: Burgundy, featured

Neal Martin, Feb 2024

The travails of the 2021 vintage in Burgundy spared no one, not even the most illustrious domaine of them all. At the end of the day, Nature rules. So, how did the team at Domaine de la Romanée-Conti fare, and how are the resulting wines?

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Cellar Favorite: 2020 Domaine Bernard-Bonin Meursault La Rencontre

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Feb 2024

Domaine Bernard-Bonin is a Meursault-based producer that I would dearly love to visit. For reasons I will not go into here, so far, that has not been possible. This has not prevented me from enjoying the occasional bottle that has come my way.