La tour haut brion 1970

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.

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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Cellar Favorite: 1990 Château Latour

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2019

Tasting the 1990 Latour is like running into a long-lost friend. Still dark, deep and spectacularly flamboyant, the 1990 possesses remarkable textural richness from the very first taste.

Paul sauer 1994 bottle

Cellar Favorite: 1994 Kanonkop Wine Estate Paul Sauer

South Africa, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Oct 2019

Kanonkop’s “Paul Sauer” constantly shows that world-class Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blends are well within grasp and, moreover, proves how supremely well they age.

Egon muller 1975 tba

Cellar Favorite: 1975 Egon Müller Riesling Scharzhofberger Trockenbeerenauslese

germany: Mosel, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Oct 2019

Though the bottle is still on the other side of the room on its way to the dining table, I instantly register that it is a) exceedingly rare and extraordinarily expensive and b) already open for serving. The thought that goes through my head is: “Is that really what I think it is?”

Vosne romanee 1971 arnoux cover

Cellar Favorite: 1971 Domaine Robert Arnoux Vosne-Romanée Les Suchots 1er Cru

France: Burgundy, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Oct 2019

I had never tasted a bottle from the era of Charles’s grandfather, Robert Arnoux, whose passing in 1995 led to his son-in-law taking over. But this bottle revealed a connection between Robert Arnoux and Charles Lachaux’s approach to winemaking.

Marques de riscal 1952 1964

Cellar Favorite: Marqués de Riscal Gran Reserva 1952-2015

Spain, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Oct 2019

It was a pleasure to take a break during a period of alternating between Bordeaux and Burgundy and attend a tasting of one of my favorite Rioja producers: Marqués de Riscal.

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Cellar Favorites: 1970 Giacomo Conterno Barolo & Barolo Riserva Monfortino

Piedmont, Italy: Piedmont, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2019

Giacomo Conterno’s 1970 Barolo Riserva Monfortino is one of my very favorite wines. When Il Professore told me he might bring a bottle to dinner, I didn’t think he actually would, much less show up with a bottle of the 1970 Barolo also in tow. But, so he did!

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Cellar Favorite: 1985 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

United States: California, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2019

This extraordinary bottle of Randy Dunn’s 1985 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain brought back so many memories. Over the years, one of the ways I have learned about wine is doing a full-immersion of sorts with certain benchmark producers where I focus on a single estate for a few months or years, really trying to understand the essence of each property.

Carbonnieux 1947 bottle

Cellar Favorite: 1947 Carbonnieux Blanc

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, Sep 2019

Mature white Bordeaux is rarely discussed and, to be honest, rarely tasted. In my own experience, lunches or dinners commencing with a venerable Bordeaux Blanc are as regular as Halley’s comet. That’s a pity, because whenever they do form the opening act, they offer pertinent reminders of their quality.