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Cellar Favorite: 2001 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrin Grande Cuvée

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Rhône & Beaujolais

Josh Raynolds, Oct 2020

Two thousand and one is, without a doubt, one of this generation’s greatest vintages for France’s southern Rhône valley, producing an abundance of rich but balanced and ageworthy wines that are now either in their prime or entering it.

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Cellar Favorite: 1955 Maison Leroy La Romanée Grand Cru

France: Burgundy, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2020

Maison Leroy’s 1955 La Romanée Grand Cru is a historic wine for many reasons, and not just because of its age. It was the year Henri Leroy asked his daughter Lalou, then 23, to join the family business and help him select the wines for the maison’s portfolio. To this day, Lalou Bize-Leroy has an extraordinary memory of those early wines she tasted with her father.

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Cellar Favorite: 2014 Tiberio Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Colle Vota

Italy: Center & South, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Eric Guido, Oct 2020

I clearly remember the first time I tasted the 2014 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Colle Vota from Tiberio three years ago. It was so tense and structured, taking hours to begin showing its layers and complexities. It was on day two that the wine began to reveal its inner beauty.

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Cellar Favorite: 1919 Montrose

France: Bordeaux, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Sep 2020

Obscure Bordeaux vintages are like the detritus of odds and ends you find at the back of the drawer you never open. The more forgotten or derided the annus horribilus, the more it piques my interest.


Cellar Favorite: 1964 Krug Private Cuvée & 1979 Collection

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Sep 2020

My experience with mature vintage Champagne is not as extensive as others’, although I have enjoyed more than my fair share.


Cellar Favorite: 1978 & 1989 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Riserva Collina Rionda

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2020

Bruno Giacosa is no longer with us, but these Barolos from his prime remain riveting testaments to an extraordinary legacy.

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Cellar Favorite: Blandy’s New Releases

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Sep 2020

I don’t need to tell you that I review the contents of a bottle, not its aesthetic virtues. However, hats off to the Madeira Wine Company, whose quartet of new releases in conveniently sized 5cl bottles came nestled in a wicker box lined with linen in traditional Madeira colors of green and red.


Cellar Favorite: 2010 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Perrières 1er Cru

France: Burgundy, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Aug 2020

Many of my most unforgettable moments in wine involve tasting fine, aged white Burgundy. There is just nothing like the thrill a perfectly stored bottle can deliver after 20, 30 or more years.

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Cellar Favorite: 1989 Trimbach Clos Ste. Hune Hors Choix Vendanges Tardives

France: Alsace, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Aug 2020

Last November 2019 BC (Before COVID-19), Jean Trimbach himself proffered a fabulous bottle of 1989 Clos Ste. Hune Vendanges Tardives Hors Choix at a private La Paulée in Beaune.

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Cellar Favorite: 1899 Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Blanco

Spain, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Aug 2020

This half-bottle of 1899 Rioja Blanco from Marqués de Murrieta concluded a memorable supper at Oswald’s private club in London just after the New Year, when a friend was visiting from East Asia.