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A Century - Not Out: Talbot 1919-2010

France: Bordeaux, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Neal Martin, Oct 2019

In December last year, Château Talbot celebrated a century of ownership by the Cordier family with a vertical tasting at the property. This article assesses the vintages and where they place Talbot in the Saint-Julien hierarchy as a new chapter opens.

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Remembering Jean-Bernard Delmas

France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, Oct 2019

Jean-Bernard Delmas, who passed away at the age of 83 on 3 October 2019, was a giant figure in Bordeaux and especially the Graves. In 1960 Delmas succeeded his father, Georges Delmas, as régisseur of Château Haut-Brion, not just a First Growth for him, but where he was born in 1935. They were large shoes to fill since his father had overseen every vintage since 1921. However, not only did Jean-Bernard Delmas debut with the regal 1961 Haut-Brion that continues to astonish to this day, but he made the audacious decision to replace the château’s old wooden fermentation vats with twelve stainless-steel vessels. Its revolutionary impact cannot be overstated.

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The Cat’s Whiskers: Bordeaux 1961

France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, Oct 2019

The 1961 vintage continues to elicit tingles down the spine of Bordeaux-lovers. Almost sixty years later, how are they holding up and do they still deserve our reverence? What factors determined their quality? And who is Chairman Miaow?

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The Other Side of Bordeaux

France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, Sep 2019

This article moves the Bordeaux spotlight to its more unfamiliar and esoteric producers, towards wines that are reminders that it can offer tremendous value-for-money.

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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.

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A Century of Bordeaux: The Nines

France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, Sep 2019

The follow-up to last year’s “A Century of Eights”, ingeniously titled “A Century of Nines”, examines Bordeaux vintages ending in that number to see how the wines are performing, with a focus on 1999 and 1989. As usual, there are surprises along the way.

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Songs Full of Light - Lafaurie-Peyraguey 1906-2018

France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, Aug 2019

Continuing the series of Sauternes articles, a truly remarkable and certainly unrepeatable vertical of no less than 60 vintages of Lafaurie-Peyraguey from 2018 back to 1906. Everything you need to know about this outstanding estate is here.

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Two Imaginary Boys: Pichon-Lalande

France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, Aug 2019

What links a historic and esteemed Grand Cru Classé in Pauillac with Robert Smith of English rock band, “The Cure”? You might be surprised by the answer in this alternative take on Pichon-Lalande…

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Cellar Favorite: 1904 & 1948 Langoa-Barton

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, Aug 2019

It is a shame that Langoa-Barton is destined to lie in the shadow of its sibling, Léoville-Barton, because it produces a great Saint-Julien wine in its own right. Moreover, that wine has a propensity to age in bottle with just as much élan.

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Vinous Table: TentaziOni, Bordeaux, France

Vinous Table, France: Bordeaux

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2019

After two packed weeks of tasting through several hundred 2018 Bordeaux en primeur samples, this dinner was a rare moment to simply relax and enjoy delicious food, superb wine and spirited conversation.