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Domaine Georges Roumier Part 2: Chambolle-Musigny Les Cras 1er Cru

Verticals & Retrospectives, France: Burgundy, featured

Neal Martin, Nov 2022

In this second look at Christophe Roumier, the limelight shines upon his Chambolle-Musigny Les Cras 1er Cru. With over a dozen vintages tasted blind, this tasting reveals a winemaker unafraid to translate growing seasons as they are.

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Domaine Georges Roumier Part 1: 1988s Examined

Verticals & Retrospectives, France: Burgundy, featured

Neal Martin, Nov 2022

Sometimes tastings seem beyond the realm of possibility, for example, going through all of Christophe Roumier’s wines from humble Bourgogne Rouge to his elusive Musigny. But to taste a mature vintage like 1988? That was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to assess if Roumier created magic early in his career.

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Cellar Favorite: 1991 Dominus

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, United States: California

Neal Martin, Nov 2022

I’m no California expert. But I know a great California wine when I meet one.

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Argentina: Making It Work with Resilience and Stylistic Ingenuity

featured, Argentina

Joaquín Hidalgo, Nov 2022

In an uncertain world, resilience and ingenuity have allowed Argentine producers to assemble a delicious patchwork of wines from the ends of the earth. This report shares the latest news from the terroirs of the Uco Valley, offers tips about some alternative varieties from the east of Mendoza, highlights up-and-coming regions to look out for and presents an in-depth look at a handful of new trends and styles, reflecting a scene as varied as it is alluring.

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Quinta do Noval: Recent Vintages 2011-2020

featured, Portugal

Neal Martin, Nov 2022

This brief article updates recent vintages of Quinta do Noval and Naçional at a recent tasting in London hosted by Christian Seely. It was proof, if any was still necessary, that Noval is consistently bringing its A-game.

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Cellar Favorite: 1928-2011 Lascombes

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, Oct 2022

During this year’s en primeur campaign I had a chance to taste nine mature vintages of Lascombs. I plan to assess more recent vintages for a more in-depth, standalone piece. But in the meantime, these wines see the light of day as a Cellar Favourite.

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Focus on Barbaresco – A Close Look at 2019 & 2020

featured, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2022

Nebbiolo is a fascinating variety because it is so transparent, so nuanced. The essence of site, vintage and a grower’s approach all come through loud and clear. Readers will find a number of gorgeous wines in both 2019 and 2020, but these vintages require careful selection, as they are somewhat inconsistent. That said, Barbaresco remains a terrific hunting ground for wines of place that in most cases remain very reasonably priced in today's world.

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Bending Rules: Les Carmes Haut-Brion 1955-2019

Verticals & Retrospectives, France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, Oct 2022

Not so long ago Les Carmes Haut-Brion was just another Pessac-Léognon estate. Now it’s one of Bordeaux’s most forward-thinking châteaux. I recently spent a morning with winemaker Guillaume Pouthier, as I wanted to discover the anatomy of the estate and what links its past, present and future.

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Cellar Favorite: 1964 La Tour Figeac

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, Oct 2022

Given price inflation in recent years, a good tactic is to aim for a vintage/wine region with a high reputation and go a little off-piste. Take the Right Bank in 1964, for example. Sure, you can open that bottle of Cheval Blanc or Petrus, and it will knock your socks off…but you’ll pay a king’s ransom for the privilege. Foraging around a retail shop in Burgundy, I spotted a bottle of 1964 La Tour Figeac with a reasonable fill and clarity. I decided it was worth a gamble, given that I had no idea of provenance and no experience with the estate in this era.

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Decoding Emidio Pepe: 13 Vintages of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Vecchie Vigne

Verticals & Retrospectives, Italy: Center & South, featured

Eric Guido, Oct 2022

Steeped in tradition, rare, certainly not inexpensive and sometimes earthy to the point of being rustic…to sum it up: intimidating. That’s what comes to mind for many consumers when they think of approaching an older bottle of Emidio Pepe Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. Over the last six decades, these have been among the most distinctive wines made in Italy. Today, the current generation focuses on the future without taking away from their family’s glorious past.