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Vinous Table: Trivet, London, United Kingdom

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Dec 2019

If you seek a restaurant with cuisine from the top drawer, without fuss and ostentatiousness, and an eclectic wine list not intent on gouging you for every penny, then Trivet comes recommended.

Cheval blanc 1939

Cellar Favorite: 1939 & 1950 Cheval Blanc

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, Dec 2019

There is always a frisson of excitement in coming eyeball to eyeball with a prewar bottle of Bordeaux, especially one from a vintage dismissed and written out of history.

Cheval blanc 1955

Cellar Journal: Bordeaux 1920-2015

France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, Dec 2019

As the year winds down, this article gathers Bordeaux tasting notes from old to young, derided to legendary vintages, and value-for-money wines to ridiculously expensive...with a few surprises along the way.

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Cellar Favorite: 2013 Domaine J-F Mugnier Musigny Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru

France: Burgundy, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Dec 2019

When I visited the domaine in Chambolle-Musigny in November 2019, Mugnier poured me his latest vintage to see the light of day.

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Beyond Wine: Album Review of Penguin Eggs - Nic Jones

Beyond Wine

Neal Martin, Nov 2019

Penguin Eggs is easier to track down and currently the only one available on streaming services, although needless to say, only on vinyl does it sound magical, where you can hear the intricacies of his playing. No, it’s not the kind of music for everyone.

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Cellar Favorite: 1970 La Tour Haut-Brion

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, Nov 2019

I admit I have a penchant for deceased châteaux, perhaps none more so than La Tour Haut-Brion since it provided such a bevy of memorable bottles. Its history is entwined with that of La Mission Haut-Brion.

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Vinous Table: Otto's, London, United Kingdom

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Nov 2019

It was an afternoon like no other: the theatre of Otto’s and Otto himself, the decadence of the food and this triptych of astonishing Pomerol. All of it would have been pointless without commensurate company, and the banter flowed as freely as the wine. How do we top this year’s lunch, I have absolutely no idea, but you can guarantee that however it transpires, it will be recounted here on Vinous Table.

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The Future’s Not What It Was: Bordeaux 2018

France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, Nov 2019

Having tasted en primeur during Spring for over 20 years, for one time only, I assess the 2018 vintage six months later than normal in September. The big question is this: Does 2018 truly belong among the legendary Bordeaux vintages?

Ponsot montluisant 1994

Cellar Favorite: 1994 Domaine Ponsot Morey-Saint-Denis Clos des Monts Luisants Blanc 1er Cru

France: Burgundy, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Nov 2019

It is a pity that Aligoté must reside in the shadow of Chardonnay. Too often it is dismissed, not only by consumers, but winemakers themselves since many “forget” to show me their Bourgogne Aligoté during cellar visits. Thankfully in recent years there has been a reappraisal of Aligoté spearheaded by Marsannay-based Sylvain Pataille and the grape is finally receiving due respect.

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South Africa New Releases: Don’t Deny Yourself

featured, South Africa

Neal Martin, Nov 2019

As someone privileged with more than his fair share of rare and expensive Grand Cru Burgundy and First Growths, I can unhesitatingly state that the best of South Africa punches at the same weight. This report burgeons with wines born in climactic knife-edge, dry-farmed vineyards, often from ancient vines, and with minimal intervention by talented and frequently young winemakers in the opening chapters of long careers. Those winemakers are creating a scene that is incredibly exciting and dynamic.