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Cellar Favorite: 2008 Domaine Jean-François Coche-Dury Meursault Les Rougeots

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Antonio Galloni, Dec 2022

The 2008 Meursault Les Rougeous from Coche-Dury is fabulous.

Petrus 1943 bottle copy

Cellar Favorite: 1943 Petrus

France: Bordeaux, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Nov 2022

In my continuing and futile attempt to drink every Petrus of the 20th century, I ticked off one of the lesser-known war vintages this summer. Incidentally, it was served blind, and though I identified the château, I was quite a few years out on the vintage. Maybe even decades!

Nsg 1993 grivot copy

Cellar Favorite: 1993 Domaine Jean Grivot Nuits Saint-Georges Les Roncières

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Nov 2022

This bottle of 1993 Nuits Saint-Georges Les Roncières 1er Cru was ‘magpied’ off a list in Beaune, one of the few bottles whose umbilical had not been cut within the last three years.

Pouilly fuisse 1996 denogent copy

Cellar Favorite: 1996 Domaine Robert Denogent Pouilly-Fuissé Les Carrons Vieilles Vignes

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Nov 2022

A few months back, I reported on a cluster of old Pouilly-Fuissés from Château de Beauregard that attested to their under-appreciated longevity. Here is another bottle that was bright as a daisy when opened in Beaune as a pre-prandial wake-me-up.

Dominus 1991 bottle copy

Cellar Favorite: 1991 Dominus

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, United States: California

Neal Martin, Nov 2022

I’m no California expert. But I know a great California wine when I meet one.

Lascombes 1928 bottle copy

Cellar Favorite: 1928-2011 Lascombes

France: Bordeaux, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Oct 2022

During this year’s en primeur campaign I had a chance to taste nine mature vintages of Lascombs. I plan to assess more recent vintages for a more in-depth, standalone piece. But in the meantime, these wines see the light of day as a Cellar Favourite.

La tour figeac 1964 bottle

Cellar Favorite: 1964 La Tour Figeac

France: Bordeaux, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Oct 2022

Given price inflation in recent years, a good tactic is to aim for a vintage/wine region with a high reputation and go a little off-piste. Take the Right Bank in 1964, for example. Sure, you can open that bottle of Cheval Blanc or Petrus, and it will knock your socks off…but you’ll pay a king’s ransom for the privilege. Foraging around a retail shop in Burgundy, I spotted a bottle of 1964 La Tour Figeac with a reasonable fill and clarity. I decided it was worth a gamble, given that I had no idea of provenance and no experience with the estate in this era.

Condrieu 1982 vernay

Cellar Favorite: 1982 Domaine Georges Vernay Condrieu

France: Rhône & Beaujolais, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Oct 2022

A lot of Condrieu is consumed in its youth. “It doesn’t really age,” remarked one friend. I recently tested the veracity of that statement when I joined a friend at Noble Rot restaurant, forewarning that I intended to serve a bottle completely blind without a clue how it would show. Personally, I have never drunk a Condrieu more than a decade old, but there is something thrilling about venturing into unchartered vinous waters.

Cote rotie 1978 guigal

Cellar Favorite: 1978 Etienne Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Mouline

France: Rhône & Beaujolais, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Oct 2022

La Mouline debuted in 1966, a year after the family purchased a 1.5-hectare limestone-rich plot of old Syrah vines interpolated with around 10% Viognier in the heart of Côte Blonde from esteemed winemaker, Joannes Dervieux.

Cornas voge 1978 bottle

Cellar Favorite: 1978 Domaine Alain Voge Cornas

France: Rhône & Beaujolais, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Oct2022

Every now and then, I am reminded of the greatness of mature Rhônes, especially from Hermitage, Côte-Rôtie and Cornas. Alain Voge was instrumental in putting Cornas on the map.