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Vinous Table: Le Bistro de L’Hôtel de Beaune, Beaune, France

Vinous Table, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Apr 2019

One of my favorite places to eat during my Burgundy barrel tastings is Le Bistro de l’Hôtel, located in central Beaune overlooking Place Carnot. Established in 2007 by Stockholm-born Johan Bjorkland, it is upmarket yet unpretentious.

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The Margaux Paragon: Rauzan-Ségla 1900-2015

France: Bordeaux, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Neal Martin, Apr 2019

A unique vertical of Rauzan-Ségla that spanned more than a century was the catalyst for this in-depth château profile, which charts the course of the Margaux Second Growth from its origins under Pierre de Rauzan to the present day under Nicolas Audebert. Everything you ever wanted to know about Rauzan-Ségla should be here.

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An Education: La Dominique 1989-2015

France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, Apr 2019

A bottle of 1990 La Dominique opened my eyes to the joys of Saint-Émilion, yet recent vintages have perplexingly blown hot and cold. Last year I visited the estate to discover more and conduct a vertical tasting that would either confirm or refute my misgivings.

Ausone 1988 bottle

Cellar Favorite: 1988 Ausone

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, Apr 2019

Although the 1980s were comparatively underwhelming for Ausone, this bottle is among the most enjoyable that I have encountered from that period.

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Vinous Table: Ginza Cobau コバウ, Tokyo, Japan


Neal Martin, Apr 2019

Cobau is my go-to yakiniku restaurant in Ginza. Restaurants in this salubrious part of Tokyo can be jaw-droppingly expensive, but Cobau is reasonably priced for its quality.

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Setting Sail - Malartic-Lagravière 1916 - 2013

France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, Apr 2019

Sailing into port this week is Malartic-Lagravière. Resurrected by the Bonnie family since the late-1990s, it has become one of the finest Pessac-Léognan estates. This piece examines its nautical-tinged history, present techniques and reviews both recent and mature vintages.

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Beyond Wine: Album Review of Beware Of The Dogs - Stella Donnelly

Beyond Wine

Neal Martin, March 2019

I cannot recommend “Beware Of The Dogs” highly enough. This debut album confirms the major young talent evidenced in “Boys Will Be Boys” in 2017. Go listen. Go think. Go see Donnelly on her current tour.

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What Nectar!! Suduiraut 1899-2015

France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, March 2019

Sauternes might not be fashionable at the moment; however, the wines remain quite brilliant and often represent great value. The first in a series of verticals looks at one of the finest properties, Château Suduiraut, with one of the most comprehensive verticals you will ever read spanning three centuries.

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Cellar Favorite: 1921 Marc Brédif Vouvray Moelleux

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Loire

Neal Martin, March 2019

You might well assume that last week’s 1990 Moelleux Goutte d’Or from Foreau constitutes the best Vouvray that I have ever drunk. There are a couple of challengers, Marc Brédif’s 1921 Vouvray Moelleux being one of them, albeit much older.

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Vinous Table: Yakiniku Futago, Tokyo, Japan

Japan, Vinous Table

Neal Martin, March 2019

This was a fabulous yakiniku set meal that delivered everything you could wish for: mouthwatering meat from the finest wagyu, stunning presentation and a bit of theatre.