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The 2009 Napa Valley Cabernets at Age 10

United States: California, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Jul 2019

The 2009 Napa Valley Cabernets, beautifully balanced wines from a mild growing season without weather extremes, are aging slowly and gracefully, with the better examples still short of their peaks, proving once again how well the best Napa Valley Cabernets can develop with time in bottle.

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The 2019 Champagne Summer Preview

France: Champagne, featured

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2019

I tasted a wide range of wines during two highly educational visits to Champagne this year. Our Summer Preview includes everything from reviews of new releases coming into the market, from both grower domaines and grand marques, as well as notes on a handful of collectibles. The pace of change on the ground is dizzying, which makes Champagne one of the most dynamic regions in the world today.

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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.

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Cellar Favorite: 1997 Domaine Servin Chablis Vaillons 1er Cru

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2019

The 1997 Chablis Vaillons 1er Cru was a very pleasant and unexpected surprise at the end of my tasting of 2018s and 2017s at Domaine Servin. I can’t say I have a ton of experience with 1997, which is not exactly remembered as a great year for Chablis.

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Vinous Table: Miani dinner at Enoteca Turi, London, UK

United Kingdom, Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, Jul 2019

A recent thoroughly magical night of a large selection of younger and older Miani wines at London’s fine Enoteca Turi made for some long-lasting wine and dining memories.

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2017 and 2018 Northern Rhône

France: Rhône & Beaujolais, featured

Josh Raynolds, Jul 2019

The 2017 vintage in the northern Rhône was marked by unpredictable weather swings, resulting in a short crop of ripe, healthy grapes that produced numerous fruit-forward, highly attractive wines to drink young. Meanwhile, 2018 was another hot year, but the wines show more energy than their 2017 siblings.

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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.

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Cellar Favorite: 1959 Domaine Duroché Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaut Saint-Jacques 1er Cru

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Jul 2019

During last November’s visit, following a tasting of his 2017s, Duroché said that he had something else he wished me taste, and did I have time? Well, the answer to that question is always affirmative.

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Vinous Table: Au Trou Gascon, Paris, France

France, Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, Jul 2019

Still one of the best bistros in all of Paris, this temple to the hearty flavors and rich textures of southwestern France also boasts an outstanding wine and spirits list, making it a must-stop for all serious foodies.

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Soave and the Still White Wines of Veneto

Italy: North, featured

Ian D'Agata, Jul 2019

Soave is Veneto’s best-known still white wine, but the region boasts many other fine whites, produced from a plethora of different grape varieties and terroirs. From the sands of Venice to the volcanic hills of the Colli Euganei, many of Veneto’s other whites are worth hunting down and getting to know.