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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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Ironing Out The Kinks: Jim Barry The Armagh 1985-2021

featured, Australia, Verticals & Retrospectives

Angus Hughson, Jun 2024

The tale of Jim Barry’s Armagh Shiraz has mirrored the national wine story over the last forty years. Terroirs with the highest aspirations from the outset have taken time to hit their straps, with occasional missteps along the way. Thanks to greater precision in the vineyard and winery, the last ten years have seen this Clare Valley Shiraz slip into a neat groove with a unique mix of sheer power and finesse. This was showcased in this complete vertical tasting stretching back to the inaugural 1985 vintage.

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2012 & 2013 Napa Valley: Too Close to Call

United States: California, featured, Verticals & Retrospectives

Antonio Galloni, May 2024

The 2012 and 2013 vintages are among the best in recent memory. Both were met with considerable acclaim. Now that the wines have passed their tenth birthdays, it’s time to look back and see how things have shaped up, to examine which wines met or exceeded expectations and which did not.

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Oldies But Goldies: Bouchard Père 1892-2012

featured, France: Burgundy, Verticals & Retrospectives

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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Past Becomes Now: Lafite-Rothschild 1874-1982

France: Bordeaux, featured, Verticals & Retrospectives

Neal Martin, Apr 2024

Lafite-Rothschild can age for decades, but it can be a difficult wine to understand. This vertical stretches back to the 19th century and features some riveting examples of the First Growth and vintages that were reminders of how precarious it can be opening ancient Claret.

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An Exploration of Time: Gruaud Larose 1831-2018

France: Bordeaux, featured, Verticals & Retrospectives

Neal Martin, Mar 2024

Do you want one of the most comprehensive reports on Gruaud Larose ever written? Do you want to know its history and first-hand information from proprietor Jean Merlaut? Do you want 70 tasting notes stretching back in time to 1831? You’ve come to the right place.

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Borgo del Tiglio Rosso Riserva: The Road Less Traveled

featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, Italy: North

Eric Guido, Mar 2024

Why would one of the greatest producers of white wine in Italy want to organize a tasting of the second label of their red wine? This is the question that was on my mind as I drove down the country road that leads to Cormòns, the small hamlet that is home to Borgo del Tiglio.

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Test of Endurance: Bordeaux 2014 Ten Years On

France: Bordeaux, featured, Verticals & Retrospectives

Neal Martin, Mar 2024

The Bordeaux 2014 vintage has reached ten years of age, an ideal opportunity to look back, both in blind and sighted tastings, and see how the wines are evolving. As usual, there were plenty of surprises, not always positive, however.

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Merci, Monsieur Amiot: Clos des Lambrays 1923-2021

featured, France: Burgundy, Verticals & Retrospectives

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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Come On Aline: Château Coutet 1943-2017

France: Bordeaux, featured, Verticals & Retrospectives

Neal Martin, Feb 2024

Château Coutet has been revered as one of Sauternes/Barsac’s most prestigious sweet wines for decades. This article delves into its long history, but as we discover, under the indefatigable Aline Baly, Coutet is an estate that constantly looks to the future.