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Pape clement 1986

Cellar Favorite: 1986 Pape Clément

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, Feb 2023

I don’t drink enough mature Pessac-Léognan. I’m not alone there. It’s one of Bordeaux’s overlooked genres of wine. You do not see bottles as often as their Pauillac or Saint-Julien counterparts, as Pessac-Léognan wines do not garner the same reverence, for whatever reason. Meeting up with a friend, newly liberated from Hong Kong, we tasted this little gem.

Bual cossart gordon 1895

Cellar Favorite: 1895 Cossart Gordon Bual

Portugal, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Jan 2023

Few wines are as indestructible as Madeira. Plenty of 19th-century wines continue to thrive. Following a recent exploration of Frédéric Mugnier’s Chambolle Les Amoureuses, we finished with this fine 128-year-old Madeira that affirmed its time-bending properties.

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Cellar Favorite: 1989 Domaine de Trévallon Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence Les Baux

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France

Neal Martin, Jan 2023

In the early days of my career, I drank a lot of mature bottles from Domaine de Trévallon, including one memorable dinner in London with numerous vintages.

Diamond creek 1974

Cellar Favorite: 1974 Diamond Creek Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Gravelly Meadow

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, United States: California

Neal Martin, Jan 2023

I have always had a soft spot for Diamond Creek Vineyards, charmed by Al and Boots Brounstein, who would regularly pour their wines in London in the early days of my career.

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Cellar Favorite: 2001 Weingut Keller Dalsheimer Hubacker Riesling Auslese *** Goldkapsel

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Germany

Neal Martin, Jan 2023

Klaus-Peter Keller’s wines have become collector catnip in recent years, with prices to match. It seems a long time since I made my only visit to the estate. In 2022, I was fortunate to taste several recent vintages and almost forgot this mature gem.

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Cellar Favorite: 2010 Domaine François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Forêt

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Antonio Galloni, Jan 2023

What a treat it is to drink the 2010 Chablis 1er Cru Forêt from Raveneau. I can’t remember the last time I tasted this, it could very well have been when I reviewed it from bottle ten years ago! Back then, I wrote that “The 2010 isn't the most complex Forêt, but it is likely to drink better earlier than some of the other wines in this lineup because of its round, immediate personality.” That’s actually turned out to be pretty accurate. Thank God.

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Cellar Favorite: 2002 & 2004 Dom Pérignon

France: Champagne, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Dec 2022

A recent family gathering provided a great opportunity to check in on two of my favorite Dom Pérignons.

Boekenhoutskloof semillon 2006 copy

Cellar Favorite: 2004, 2006 & 2009 Boekenhoutskloof Semillon

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, South Africa

Neal Martin, Dec 2022

The inspiration for this Cellar Favourite was a sublime bottle of 2006 Semillon from Boekenhoutskloof, Franschhoek’s leading producer. Current winemaker Gottfried Mocke poured it after our tasting of recent releases, acting as evidence of how rewarding the Cape’s wines can be with age.

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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.

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Cellar Favorite: 1943 Petrus

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

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!