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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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Close to the Edge: Chablis 2018 & 2019

France: Burgundy, featured

Neal Martin, Sep 2020

The 2018 and 2019 Chablis growing seasons are cut from a similar cloth, but on close examination there are crucial differences that sway their respective styles. This report compares the two and asks to what extent climate change might erode Chablis’ uniqueness.

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Vinous Table: Le Pot d’Etain, L’Isle-sur-Serein, France

France: Burgundy, Vinous Table

Neal Martin, Sep 2020

If pure enjoyment is the measure of a restaurant, then Le Pot d’Etain scored highly – certainly far higher than circumspect naysayers had led me to believe.

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2017 Domaine Leroy: Elegance, Finesse & Grace

France: Burgundy, featured

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2020

Burgundy is where I truly learned to taste wine. It is the best school. Essentially one variety for white, one for red and that’s it. The rest is all about place, about trying to understand how the attributes of a site are expressed in what is in the glass. Nowhere is that more true than at Domaine Leroy, where everything that Burgundy represents, its purest essence, is dialed up all the way.

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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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Taupenot-Merme: Mazoyères-Chambertin 2002-2017

Verticals & Retrospectives, France: Burgundy, featured

Neal Martin, Aug 2020

Taupenot-Merme has become one of the leading Morey-based producers over the last decade. This article examines their crown jewel of Mazoyères-Chambertin from 2017 back to 2002.

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Beyond Wine: Getting Back in the Saddle

Beyond Wine, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Jul 2020

Since my trip to Bordeaux in late February, the question on my mind has been when and how I could restart visits abroad. Five months later I ventured back into a new landscape when I drove to Chablis and found aspects that are reassuringly exactly the same and others that are different.

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2017 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti: A Day’s Work

Verticals & Retrospectives, France: Burgundy, featured

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2020

The annual presentation of new releases from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti in early March was the last tasting I attended before lockdown. Initially I thought I would publish this article as a bookend, when things returned to normal. Back then, I could have never imagined where we would be today. After reading Neal Martin’s article Complex, Not Complicated: 2017 DRC in Bottle chronicling the London edition, I decided to shamelessly rip off his format. So, here you have my version…

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The Good, Bad and Ugly: Burgundy 2010, 2003 & 2004

France: Burgundy, featured

Neal Martin, Jun 2020

Three snapshot tastings of mature Burgundy vintages, 2003 and 2004 reds and 2010 whites, served as a reminder that whilst some vintages repay cellaring, others can remain “ugly ducklings”.

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Cellar Favorite: 2001 Robert Ampeau et Fils Volnay Santenots 1er Cru

France: Burgundy, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Eric Guido, May 2020

As we look through the top Premier and Grand Crus of red Burgundy, the one appellation that I feel delivers a top-level experience at prices that remain reasonable is Volnay. When you couple this with the late-releasing house of Robert Ampeau, and their Premier Cru Santenots, we are really treated to something special.