Cellar Favorite: Blandy’s Madeira – Recent Releases

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Neal Martin, Mar 2018

My love affair with Madeira began whilst holidaying on the namesake Atlantic volcanic island in 2003, where in a pique of curiosity I ordered a 1927 Bual. Afterwards I understood why those with good taste revere this profound, time-buckling, ethereal and enigmatic wine. Madeira is so unfashionable it is the epitome of cool. These are the latest releases from Blandy's.

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Cellar Favorite: 2005 Thierry Allemand Cornas Chaillot

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Antonio Galloni, Mar 2018

Thierry Allemand’s 2005 Cornas Chaillot is fabulous. Bold and pungent at the outset, with tons of whole cluster nuance, the 2005s offer striking interplay of bold, racy fruit and more floral/savory layers that are woven into the wine’s fabric.

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Cellar Favorite: 1990 Troplong Mondot

France: Bordeaux, Cellar Favorites, cellar favorite

Antonio Galloni, Mar 2018

Even after all these years, the 1990 Troplong Mondot remains absolutely stunning. Soaring aromatics, spectacularly rich fruit and silky tannins give the 1990 is exotic, alluring personality. Raspberry jam, spice, mocha and espresso nuances are some of the many aromas and flavors that fused together in a wine of extraordinary beauty. Plush and sensual on the palate, with no hard edges, the 1990 is every bit as arrestingly beautiful as it has always been.

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Cellar Favorites: 1870 & 1970 Centenario Colheita Tawny Port

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Neal Martin, Feb 2018

One area I am particularly looking forward to getting my palate round once again are the great fortified wines of the Douro Valley: Vintage Ports, Colheita, Tawny and who knows, even those Crusted Ports.

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Cellar Favorite: 2001 Henri Bonneau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve des Célestins

France: Rhône & Beaujolais, Cellar Favorites, cellar favorite

Antonio Galloni, Feb 2018

Bob Parker introduced me to Henri Bonneau’s wines many years ago. Unfortunately, I don’t get a chance to drink Châteauneuf as often as I would like, and had nearly forgotten I had a few bottles of the 2001 Réserve des Célestins squirreled away. A recent Vinous team dinner was the perfect occasion to check in on the 2001.


Cellar Favorite: 1972 Paul Jaboulet Ainé Cornas

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Neal Martin, Feb 2018

For my maiden “Cellar Favourite”, the obvious choices would be either Bordeaux or Burgundy because I am fortunate to drink a hell of a lot of old and rare bottles. But instead, I opted for a Northern Rhône that I drank before Christmas with friends at one of my favorite London restaurants, Chez Bruce. It was a BYO with serious bottles flying around to bid farewell returning to warming climes for the winter. I took a chance with the 1972 Cornas from Paul Jaboulet Ainé, partly because I had never encountered such a venerable Cornas. I was curious.

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Cellar Favorite: 2000 Domaine Méo-Camuzet Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru

France: Burgundy, Cellar Favorites, cellar favorite

Antonio Galloni, Feb 2018

About ten years ago, I was served Méo-Camuzet’s 2000 Clos Vougeot at a lunch. I immediately went out and picked up six bottles. Since then, the wine has aged at a leisurely pace. Sweet, floral and aromatics and bright, red-toned fruit give the 2000 much of its sensual, gracious personality. Lithe and gracious, the 2000 is an unusually finessed, delicate Clos Vougeot, and yet all the elements are very much in the right place. Hints of kirsch, new oak rose petal, raspberry and white pepper add brightness throughout. Although not especially complex or structured, the 2000 is a wine of pure and total pleasure.

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Cellar Favorite: 2006 Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella Classico

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Antonio Galloni, Jan 2018

I so thoroughly enjoyed Quintarelli’s 2006 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico that I wondered why I don’t serve these wines more often. It’s not just a matter of price, but rather finding the right moment. Or maybe wines like this are the moment.

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Cellar Favorite: Philip Togni Library Releases: 2007 - 1997 - 1987

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Antonio Galloni, Jan 2018

Philip Togni has crafted memorable, riveting Napa Valley Cabernets for at least six decades. The Cabernet Sauvignon Togni made at Chappellet in 1969 remains one of the greatest and most singular wines I have ever had the pleasure to taste and drink, from any region in the world.

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Cellar Favorite: 1969 Domine Duroché Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaux Saint-Jacques 1er Cru

France: Burgundy, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Jan 2018

My timing this past fall at Duroché wasn’t great, as Pierre Duroché had just bottled his 2016s. Or, maybe it was, because Duroché opened his 1969 Lavaux Saint-Jacques and a few other bottled wines rather than showing me all of his 2016s.