Pichon bottle line up

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

France: Bordeaux, Vinous Table

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.

Eglise clinet bottle lineup

Precious Clay: L’Eglise-Clinet 1929–2015

Verticals & Retrospectives, France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, Jul 2019

Pomerol runs through the veins of proprietor Denis Durantou, who single-handedly has made L’Eglise-Clinet one of the most sought-after wines in Bordeaux. This article examines how recent vintages are evolving, as well as rare gems back to the Twenties.

Acte bottles

"G" Acte 1 to 8

Verticals & Retrospectives, France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, Jul 2019

The Guinaudeau family, owners of Lafleur, unveiled “Acte” almost a decade ago. Following a complete vertical in London, their right-hand man Omri Ram explains the concept behind Acte and why they feel it deserves a new name.

Bordeaux 2015 full bottle lineup

Finally: Bordeaux 2015 In Bottle

France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, Jul 2019

Back in January I re-tasted over 200 of the top Bordeaux 2015s at the annual “Southwold” blind tasting. Does it deserve to be in the top tier of vintages…or not? Time to find out.

Gallais bellevue 1970 bottle

Cellar Favorite: 1970 Gallais Bellevue

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, Jun 2019

I procured two or three bottles of the 1970 Gallais Bellevue from a Saint-Émilion retailer not because I had a clue who or what Gallais Bellevue was, but because of the name of the proprietor, Paul Delon.

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Finding Filhot: Filhot 1935-2015

Verticals & Retrospectives, France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, May 2019

Filhot is among the largest and grandest estates in Sauternes, yet over many years of experience, its wines often pose as many questions as answers. Would visiting the estate, plus a vertical tasting stretching back decades, alter my opinion?

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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Bordeaux 2018: Back in Black

France: Bordeaux, featured

Antonio Galloni, Apr 2019

Two thousand eighteen was one of the most dramatic growing seasons in recent memory. Hail, persistent rain and blistering summertime temperatures tested the resilience of vineyard managers and winemakers throughout the entire year. Perhaps most importantly, though, 2018 comes at a significant inflection point in Bordeaux’s history. So, how did the wines turn out?