Cheval blanc 1934

Cellar Favorite: 1934 Cheval Blanc

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, May 2019

Naming my favorite Bordeaux château is always a difficult task, but if forced to choose my top five, I would unquestionably include the property that is Pomerol in all but classification: Cheval Blanc. The vintage that alerted me to the pedigree of Cheval Blanc’s old vintages is not the legendary 1947 nor the fabled 1921, but the 1934.

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Cellar Favorite: 1969 Caves des Liards Montlouis Demi-Sec

France: Loire, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, May 2019

Consequently, when I came across a half-century-old Montlouis from Caves des Liards at importer Yapp Brothers’ recent tasting, I didn’t know what to expect. To my pleasant surprise, I found a delicious wine that has aged as well as the top Vouvrays I have encountered.

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Cellar Favorite: 2014 Domaine d’Eugénie Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Apr 2019

I suspect that many wine lovers are unaware of the domaine’s white cuvées, which come from holdings acquired by François Pinault from Château de Puligny-Montrachet around 2012/2013.

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Cellar Favorite: 2005 and 2013 Quinta do Noval: The Latest Releases

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Portugal

Neal Martin, Apr 2019

Quinta do Noval recently released two new bottlings, their fifth Colheita Tawny Port since Christian Seely became managing director, following 1995, 1997, 2000 and 2003, plus a new Late Bottled Vintage.

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Cellar Favorite: Château Latour: 2019 New Releases

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

Antonio Galloni, Apr 2019

These are the new releases from Château Latour, which since 2012 has released their wines only when they are deemed ready to drink rather than following the typical Bordeaux schedule for bottled wines. The exception is the 2008 Grand Vin, which is essentially being re-released this year, whereas the 2014 Pauillac and 2013 Forts de Latour have not been available previously. I tasted these wines during a visit to the property in April 2019.

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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Cellar Favorite: 2012 Domaine G. Roumier Morey-Saint-Denis Clos de la Bussière 1er Cru

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Antonio Galloni, Apr 2019

Usually we either read about Burgundies as new releases or as older, mature wines. It is harder to find impressions on Burgundies in the 7-10 year-old range that are both drinking well and possibly available in the market or on restaurant lists at less than the stratospheric prices the most coveted Burgundies command these days. For those reasons I thought it might be interesting to feature Christophe Roumier’s 2012 Clos de la Bussière as this week’s Cellar Favorite.

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Cellar Favorite: 1921 Marc Brédif Vouvray Moelleux

France: Loire, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

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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Cellar Favorite: 1990 Domaine Philippe Foreau (Clos Naudin) Vouvray Moelleux Goutte d'Or (March 2019)

France: Loire, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin,

One of the most revered producers in Vouvray is Domaine du Clos Naudin, founded by Armand Foreau in 1910 and run by his grandson Philippe since 1983.

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Cellar Favorite: 1982 Kistler California Cabernet Sauvignon Veeder Hills Vineyard

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, United States: California

Antonio Galloni, March 2019

I was absolutely floored by Steve Kistler’s 1982 Cabernet Sauvignon Veeder Hills Vineyard, a wine I had never come across before.