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Nature Rules/Nature’s Rules: DRC 2021 In Bottle

France: Burgundy, featured

Neal Martin, Feb 2024

The travails of the 2021 vintage in Burgundy spared no one, not even the most illustrious domaine of them all. At the end of the day, Nature rules. So, how did the team at Domaine de la Romanée-Conti fare, and how are the resulting wines?

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Cellar Favorite: 2020 Domaine Bernard-Bonin Meursault La Rencontre

France: Burgundy, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Feb 2024

Domaine Bernard-Bonin is a Meursault-based producer that I would dearly love to visit. For reasons I will not go into here, so far, that has not been possible. This has not prevented me from enjoying the occasional bottle that has come my way.

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Vinous Table: Where Do I Eat In Burgundy?

France: Burgundy, Vinous Table

Neal Martin, Jan 2024

Instead of a series of Vinous Tables, over the holiday season, I wrote a single paragraph on places that I frequent during my annual three or four months in the region. It is not intended to be a comprehensive list, and for reasons of length, I reluctantly exclude Beaujolais and Mâconnais, each bejeweled with their own outstanding restaurants that often offer better value. My selection is listed in order of personal preference. Hopefully, it provides a useful guide. Feel free to add your own.

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Fair Warning: Burgundy 2022 - The Market

France: Burgundy, featured

Neal Martin, Jan 2024

I cannot help thinking that Burgundy, or specifically the Côte d’Or, is analogous to a passenger in a sports car in which the accelerator has become stuck, and there is no means of slowing down. Everything hurtles past faster and faster. Everything is sped up. – Burgundy 2021: The Market

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Now, For My Latest Trick: Burgundy 2022

France: Burgundy, featured

Neal Martin, Jan 2024

The Burgundy 2022 vintage defies all expectations. At best, it presents life-affirming, vivacious wines that leave you grinning like a Cheshire cat. Quality aside, the vintage raises two questions: How was this possible and who will be able to afford the wines?

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The Quiet One: 1962 Burgundy & Bordeaux

France: Burgundy, featured, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, Dec 2023

The 1962 vintage is revered for both Burgundy and, to a lesser extent, Bordeaux, though its reputation is a recent phenomenon. This unique dinner put a host of iconic 1962s under the spotlight and found that even after six decades, the best represent the apotheosis of wine.

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Pump Up The Volume: 2019 Burgundy - Blind

France: Burgundy, featured

Neal Martin, Dec 2023

This year’s edition of the annual Burgfest tasting examined the 2019 whites and reds, all poured single-blind, springing surprises along the way yet still vindicating 2019 as a vintage with a lot to offer.

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Cellar Favorite: 2016 Domaine J-F Mugnier Musigny Vieilles Vignes

France: Burgundy, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Dec 2023

Frédéric Mugnier caused a few ripples when, tired of witnessing his Grand Crus martyred not long after bottling in restaurants around Beaune, he decided to withhold his Musigny Vieilles Vignes until he deemed it had several years’ bottle age. I wish more growers would follow his lead.

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Ten Years On: Burgundy 2013

France: Burgundy, featured, Verticals & Retrospectives

Neal Martin, Oct 2023

Ten years on, how are the 2013 Burgundies shaping up? Revisiting a random set of wines born in a challenging season, as always, shows there are gems to be found if you know where to look.

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Cellar Favorite: 2005 Domaine Jean-Marc Pillot Chassagne-Montrachet Les Vergers 1er Cru

France: Burgundy, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Sep 2023

At an evening meal in Tokyo, I had the pleasure of tasting the excellent 2005 Chassagne-Montrachet Les Vergers 1er Cru from Jean-Marc Pillot. This was poured from magnum.