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Value Through Time: Burgundy 1932-2016

France: Burgundy, featured

Neal Martin, Aug 2021

In my round-up of mature Burgundy red and whites encountered over recent months, I examine how its value has changed through history before highlighting notable bottles. Famous names from the Côte d'Or intermingle with kindred spirits from Chablis, Beaujolais and the Mâconnais, as a reminder that longevity is not exclusive to famous and/or expensive names.

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Cellar Favorite: 1971 Domaine Bonneau du Martray Corton Grand Cru

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Aug 2021

Continuing my quest to taste every wine from my birth-year, I took a bottle of 1971 Corton Grand Cru from Domaine Bonneau du Martray to a La Paulée back in the days when people could crowd into an enclosed space without masks, share bottles and sing meaningless songs at the top of their voices.

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Beyond Wine: Album Review of Sault – Nine

Beyond Wine

Neal Martin, Jul 2021

Whoever Sault is or are, there is no question that they have made a huge impact on the UK music scene and their refusal to promote themselves makes their music stronger.

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So Chic, So Listrac: Fourcas Hosten

France: Bordeaux, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Neal Martin, Jul 2021

The Bordelais have always been the epitome of chic – in the way they carry themselves, in their deportment, in how they dress irrespective of age. They cannot countenance shabbiness. Perhaps at home they slob around in tatty jogging bottoms and flip-flops, but the boulevards of Bordeaux are a veritable crisscross of catwalks and luxury boutiques. Perhaps then, it is unsurprising that fashion houses have been lured to Bordeaux and acquired some its most famous châteaux.

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Two + Two = Trouble

France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, Jul 2021

The recent announcement that Cheval Blanc and Ausone would not participate in the forthcoming Saint-Émilion Classification caused shockwaves across Bordeaux and beyond. I examine both sides of the argument as the appellation comes to terms with a classification without two of its star players.

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Cellar Favorite: 1992 Domaine Laroche Chablis Les Blanchots La Réserve de l’Obédiencerie Grand Cru

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Jul 2021

One of the less discovered joys of Burgundy is mature Chablis. Apart from Raveneau and Vincent Dauvissat, a lot of Chablis, even up to its highest echelons, is consumed in its youth.

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Penfolds Collection 2021

Australia, featured

Josh Raynolds, Jul 2021

This year’s Penfolds collection consists of all of their icon bottlings, including a few surprises. In 2017, the flagship Grange was made entirely from Shiraz, only the seventh time this has happened since the first Grange was produced in 1951.


Vinous Table: Cassis, Mâcon, France

Vinous Table, France

Neal Martin, Jul 2021

Cassis is a restaurant that does nothing other than serve delicious food at reasonable prices with the minimum of fuss.

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Owen Bargreen Joins Vinous

General Interest, featured

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2021

I am pleased to announce that Owen Bargreen has joined Vinous as an Editor with the responsibility for covering wines from Washington State. Additionally, Owen will take a look at wines from often overlooked areas around the US, including Virginia, Michigan and Texas.

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Cellar Favorite: 2003 Larrivaux

France: Bordeaux, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Jul 2021

Readers do not have to shell out for the top names to enjoy the wines, as proven by a 2003 Larrivaux recently served blind by proprietor Bérangère Tesseron, the ‘better half’ of Basile Tesseron at neighbouring Lafon-Rochet.