Neal Family Vineyards

Neal Family Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Always great! See previous note. — a day ago

Brooke Weaver Jakubowski
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Château Barde-Haut

Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2019

Delectable Wine

The 2019 Barde-Haut is beautifully defined on the nose, very pure with precise blackberry, briary, violets and iris flower, harmonious. The palate is medium-bodied with finely chiseled tannins, cohesive and mineral-driven; the terroir is very expressive towards the finish that lingers in the mouth. Wonderful, assured and with great potential. Tasted at the Barde-Haut vertical at the château. (Neal Martin, Vinous, June 2022)
— 18 days ago

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Domaine Robert-Denogent

La Croix Vieilles Vignes Pouilly-Fuissé Chardonnay 2017

Delectable Wine

The 2017 Pouilly-Fuissé La Croix Vieilles Vignes was bottled at the same time as the 2018 because they felt the wine had so much tension. The 2017 has an energetic bouquet with pressed yellow flowers, white peach and light touches of mandarin. The palate is taut and fresh on the entry, slightly honeyed in texture but with fine acidic bite. There is a touch of spiciness, a little nutmeg on the aftertaste. This is a fine Pouilly-Fuissé with weight and length. (Neal Martin, Vinous, November 2021)
— 9 months ago

Domaine Eleni et Edouard Vocoret

Le Bas de Chapelot Chablis Chardonnay 2019

Delectable Wine

The 2019 Chablis Le Bas de Chapolot seems to have more horsepower on the nose compared to the 2020. This really sings with orange blossom, white peach and touches of linseed. The palate is beautiful – well defined, quite showy and forward, with fine weight and tempting peach, elderflower and light mango notes. Long but not necessarily minerally on the finish. Lovely. (Neal Martin, Vinous, October 2021)
— 10 months ago

Château Poesia

Saint-Emilion Red Bordeaux Blend 2019

Delectable Wine

The 2019 Poesia has the richest and most opulent bouquet with precocious black cherry, glycerine, lavender and violet aromas, bursting from the glass and gaining intensity with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with plush, ripe tannins. There is a lot of puppy fat here, rounded and perhaps "sexy" compared to the 2018, mouth-filling and voluminous. This will need time. Tasted at the Poesia vertical in Saint-Émilion. (Neal Martin, Vinous, June 2022)
— 18 days ago

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Château Lafite Rothschild

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2019

Delectable Wine

The 2019 Lafite-Rothschild screams Cabernet Sauvignon on the nose of intense black fruit, graphite and subtle minty aromas, supremely well-defined and revealing a hint of star anise with aeration. The medium-bodied palate is beautifully balanced, offering sappy black fruit, black pepper, graphite and just a touch of spice. This has more body, maybe even a touch more sinew than recent vintages, perhaps because of the reconfiguration of the Merlot parcels (see my note en primeur). Very persistent and almost uncharacteristically grippy on the finish, this is a gifted Lafite-Rothschild that will last 50+ years. It will certainly surpass the 2018 with continued bottle age. (Neal Martin, Vinous, February 2022)
— 5 months ago

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Domaine Laroche

Les Vaillons Vieilles Vignes Chablis 1er Cru Chardonnay 2019

Delectable Wine

The 2019 Chablis Les Vaillons Vieilles Vignes 1er Cru has a crisp nose of Granny Smith apples, freshly sliced Nashi pear, wild fennel, green olives and touches of crushed limestone. The palate is fresh and crisp on the entry, demonstrating admirable weight. A little viscosity toward the finish betrays the warmth of the summer, yet the acidity keeps it fresh and tensile. Delicious. (Neal Martin, Vinous, October 2021)
— 10 months ago

Ernie Els

The Big Easy Shiraz Blend 2018

Wine Tasting
Sorry you missed this one, Neal.
South Africa. And overall I got in trouble three times for talking too much and not finishing my tasting in time.
‘Tastes like memories.’ David
— 18 days ago

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 2009

Delectable Wine

The 2009 Ducru-Beaucaillou is a fantastic wine. Here it bursts from the glass, perhaps less Pauillac-like than previous bottles, beautifully defined with a smorgasbord of red and black fruit laced with cedar and tobacco. There is no hedonism here, just wonderful intensity and focus. The palate is fresh on the entry with a fine bead of acidity, very poise yet powerful with a multi-layered finish that just lacquers the mouth. It probably needs another 5-6 years in bottle, but what a wine. Stunning. Tasted at the Ducru Beaucaillou vertical at the château. (Neal Martin, Vinous, July 2022)
— 25 days ago

Domaine Laroche

Les Vaudevey Chablis 1er Cru Chardonnay 2019

Delectable Wine

The 2019 Chablis Les Vaudevey 1er Cru has a pretty nose of tinned white peaches mixed with vanilla pod, showing fine delineation and focus, though not complex. The citrus-fresh palate is vibrant with good acidity, showing subtle peach and pear notes toward the minerally finish. This has a bit of a skip in its step. (Neal Martin, Vinous, October 2021)
— 10 months ago