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Come On Aline: Château Coutet 1943-2017

France: Bordeaux, featured, Verticals & Retrospectives

Neal Martin, Feb 2024

Château Coutet has been revered as one of Sauternes/Barsac’s most prestigious sweet wines for decades. This article delves into its long history, but as we discover, under the indefatigable Aline Baly, Coutet is an estate that constantly looks to the future.

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Survive Us All: Latour 1858-2018

France: Bordeaux, featured, Verticals & Retrospectives

Neal Martin, Feb 2024

A First Growth vertical that spans 160 years and took over three years to complete? This epic tasting of Château Latour is virtually unique in scope. But instead of simply glorifying ancient vintages, this article painstakingly examines the backdrop to the wines, winemaking practices, those involved in their creation, critics’ reception, market prices and the ups and the downs of this storied estate.

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2013 Brunello di Montalcino: The Throwback Vintage

featured, Italy: Tuscany, Verticals & Retrospectives

Eric Guido, Feb 2024

The 2013 Brunellos were often misunderstood on release. The cool, extended growing season yielded aromatic, high-toned wines sparked with elevated acidity, making them immediately appealing. Could they possibly be classic? Now, ten years later, the proof is in the bottle, and 2013 has shown itself to be worthy of attention.

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Flirting with Perfection - Giaconda Chardonnay 2011-2021

featured, Australia, Argentina featured, Verticals & Retrospectives

Angus Hughson, Jan 2024

There are more famous Chardonnays in Australia, but none are more keenly collected or tightly held than Rick Kinzbrunner’s enigmatic Giaconda. Originally conceived in California, Giaconda not only put the small outpost of Beechworth in Victoria on the international map, it also helped an entire nation to find its Chardonnay mojo. A rare chance to taste the last decade of vintages exceeded expectations and showcased a world-class wine that can compete with the very best.

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Ulysse Collin Rosé de Saignée Les Maillons Vertical

featured, France: Champagne, Verticals & Retrospectives

Antonio Galloni, Jan 2024

My most recent visit to Champagne Ulysse Collin was not especially well-timed. Then again, maybe it was. Olivier Collin had just finished disgorging his next set of releases, so I could not taste those wines. Instead, Collin surprised me with a vertical of his Rosé de Saignée Les Maillons, long one of my favorites here and a wine I have followed since its debut. Rosé de Saignée is also a style of Champagne I personally enjoy quite a bit, as it is so well suited to the dinner table.

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Roederer Cristal Full Circle: 1993-2015

featured, France: Champagne, Verticals & Retrospectives

Antonio Galloni, Dec 2023

My visit to Roederer a few months ago, the first post-COVID-19, was memorable. After a survey of the 2022 vins clairs, longtime Chef de Caves Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon presented a vertical of every Cristal he has made and released since assuming his current role in 1999. It was an incredibly instructive tasting that encompassed several themes over what has arguably been the most significant period in Roederer’s long history.

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White-on-White: Porseleinberg 2010-2020

featured, South Africa, Verticals & Retrospectives

Neal Martin, Nov 2023

Among South Africa’s clutch of world-class Syrah, Porseleinberg is regarded as the best. So what better than a vertical of every vintage to date tutored by winemaker Callie Louw?

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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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Making History: 21 Vintages of Leonetti’s Red Wine Reserve

United States: Washington, featured, Verticals & Retrospectives

Eric Guido, Oct 2023

Leonetti remains one of the leading producers of Bordeaux blends, not just in Washington State, but worldwide. Gary and Chris Figgins joined me for a tasting of twenty-one vintages of their Red Wine Reserve for this vertical.

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Margaux Focus 3: Château Margaux

France: Bordeaux, featured, Verticals & Retrospectives

Neal Martin, Sep 2023

Château Margaux is blessed with one of the most iconic facades in Bordeaux, one befitting a First Growth. After spending a day with the team earlier this year, this article examines the estate from vine to wine and revisits vintages throughout the years.