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Caught Somewhere in Time: Clos de Tart 1887-2016

Over the years, I have been fortunate to participate in three or four verticals of Clos de Tart. Yet I had never undertaken a comprehensive tasting that spans decades until Jordi Oriols-Gil organized a unique retrospective covering more than 50 years at Ten Trinity in London.

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2015 Barolo…The Bigger Picture

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Alsace: The 2017s And Late-Released 2016s, Part 2

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To Paint A Picture: Kumeu River Chardonnay 2006-2017

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Drouhin’s Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc: 1979-2016

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Inspire Napa Valley 2018

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Vertical Tasting of Louis Jadot’s Corton Pougets

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The Picardy Third: 2016 DRC In Bottle

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Alsace & Luxembourg: 2017s and Late-Released 2016s

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Looking The Part: Pichon-Baron 1953 – 2015

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The Art of the Blend


Vinous Table

Portland starter

Portland, London, UK

I came away from this dinner impressed by the restaurant, since the service and food had been exquisite, and with a higher appreciation of Chablis than ever before. If this evening set out to demonstrate the apotheosis of Chablis, then it is “job done.”

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La Taverne Alsacienne

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Le Coquillage, France

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San Domenico, Italy

Crab with black truffle

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Vinous Favorites

2015 Iona Vineyards Pinot Noir ($25.00) 90

2015 Iona Vineyards Pinot Noir, 90 points

The 2015 Pinot Noir from Iona has a delightful red cherry, cranberry and bergamot scented bouquet that seems inspired by Pommard. The palate is fresh and full of tension, clearly sculpted by Elgin’s cool climate, with lovely balance of fruit concentration and weightlessness. (NM)

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Cellar Favorites

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1986 Ravenswood Pickberry Vineyard

Joel Peterson’s Ravenswood wines have a track record of aging brilliantly, so I was intrigued to check in on this 30+ year-old Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc-based blend.

1953 & 1975 l’Angélus

1971 Domaine Ponsot Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru


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