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Re: What is (are) your favourite vintage(s) of Pichon Baron?

Agreed, 2010 followed by 2000.
by JimHow
on Wed Aug 16, 2017 11:55 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: What is (are) your favourite vintage(s) of Pichon Baron?
Replies: 8
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Two disappointments: 1998 Pape & 2004 Selbach-Oster Spatlese

I have now drunk 7 bottles of the 1998 Pape Clement out of my case and I would say 5-6 of them have been underwhelming. Maybe there was some damage somewhere along the way but it just seems like a thin effort that comes up short, nothing compelling. the nose is nice though. The 2004 Selbach Oster Ze...
by JimHow
on Sun Aug 13, 2017 3:11 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Two disappointments: 1998 Pape & 2004 Selbach-Oster Spatlese
Replies: 10
Views: 141

Re: What is your favourite vintage of Sociando-Mallet?

1996 will always have a place in my heart although I'll agree with Marcs about that wild and wonderful 2000, which I place a notch above the 2003.
by JimHow
on Sat Aug 12, 2017 12:29 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: What is your favourite vintage of Sociando-Mallet?
Replies: 16
Views: 241

Re: Winona Chief and Marjorie arrive at BWE Mecca in Maine.

Indeed, David, those wines were a real treat.

Just ordered six bottles of 2014 Coutet from MacArthurs for $37 each, I think they have about six left.
by JimHow
on Sun Aug 06, 2017 9:42 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Winona Chief and Marjorie arrive at BWE Mecca in Maine.
Replies: 11
Views: 201

Re: Shipping

Wow that's quite a move Jon, how do you like it.
by JimHow
on Sun Aug 06, 2017 9:41 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Shipping
Replies: 14
Views: 311

Re: Winona Chief and Marjorie arrive at BWE Mecca in Maine.

Here are the critics notes on 2014 Coutet: Wine Advocate: 93-95+ Points, Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: ""The Château Coutet 2014 is a blend of 75% Sémillon, 23% Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Muscadelle and delivers...cue the drumroll...a whopping 162 grams per liter of residual suga...
by JimHow
on Sun Aug 06, 2017 3:41 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Winona Chief and Marjorie arrive at BWE Mecca in Maine.
Replies: 11
Views: 201

Re: Winona Chief and Marjorie arrive at BWE Mecca in Maine.

We kept going back and forth over six hours, Ian. They both had splendid perfumes. The l'Evangile may have been ever so slightly more evolved, but that's nitpicking. If I had to pick one with a gun to my head I'd probably go with the VCC. I know you had the VCC recently. I just don't get to drink wi...
by JimHow
on Sun Aug 06, 2017 3:32 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Winona Chief and Marjorie arrive at BWE Mecca in Maine.
Replies: 11
Views: 201

Re: Winona Chief and Marjorie arrive at BWE Mecca in Maine.

It was amazing how well every one of the wines performed. The BWEers arrived about 4pm, we uncorked the '96 Dom out on the back deck with cheese and nuts, as Chris said the champagne was in just a perfect place. Really a different level from the very youthful Doms that I usually drink when I drink D...
by JimHow
on Sun Aug 06, 2017 1:01 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Winona Chief and Marjorie arrive at BWE Mecca in Maine.
Replies: 11
Views: 201

Re: Winona Chief and Marjorie arrive at BWE Mecca in Maine.

Magnificent. I'll report more later.
by JimHow
on Sat Aug 05, 2017 1:38 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Winona Chief and Marjorie arrive at BWE Mecca in Maine.
Replies: 11
Views: 201

Winona Chief and Marjorie arrive at BWE Mecca in Maine.

We had a splendid evening in Maine tonight at the JimHow estate, drinking: 1996 Dom Perignon 1998 L'Evangile 2001 Prum Spatlese 1998 Vieux Chateau Certan 2014 Coutet 1989 Lynch Bages (from half bottle, with whoopie pie) Everything was spectacular, a beautiful evening on the back deck, the wines were...
by JimHow
on Sat Aug 05, 2017 3:28 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Winona Chief and Marjorie arrive at BWE Mecca in Maine.
Replies: 11
Views: 201

Re: TN: 2012 Leoville Poyferre

I still have a 3L of 1996 Leoville Poyferre that I got from Premier Cru back in the day.
by JimHow
on Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:32 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: 2012 Leoville Poyferre
Replies: 26
Views: 376

Re: TN: 2012 Leoville Poyferre

Hmmm, another casualty of the "lost generation" of HWSRN?
by JimHow
on Sun Jul 30, 2017 12:43 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: 2012 Leoville Poyferre
Replies: 26
Views: 376

Re: Deals Thread

Wow, Ridge Geyserville for $17.50, that's a deal.
by JimHow
on Sun Jul 30, 2017 12:42 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Deals Thread
Replies: 328
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Re: 1998 Vieux Chateau Certan

I'll have to check my schedule Ian, I'm a prisoner of my criminal trial schedule and this local municipal campaign in which I'm involved.
The fares are certainly priced right, $494 on British Airways Logan to Heathrow from Oct. 4-10.
by JimHow
on Sat Jul 29, 2017 6:34 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 1998 Vieux Chateau Certan
Replies: 10
Views: 253

Re: 1998 Vieux Chateau Certan

Mmmm.
I've been looking at $500 Virgin air fares from Logan to London this fall, I'd really like to try to get to London and Cambridge for a few days and drink some VCC.... My trial schedule has new so damned insane this year!
by JimHow
on Sat Jul 29, 2017 4:10 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 1998 Vieux Chateau Certan
Replies: 10
Views: 253

Re: So what have you bought lately?

I bought a mixed case and a half of 2014 Bordeaux, that will be the extent of my 2014 investment.
by JimHow
on Fri Jul 28, 2017 11:35 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: So what have you bought lately?
Replies: 594
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Re: The 2014 Gruaud Larose has been uncorked.

No, but it was definitely Gruaud-Larose-like. I liked it, I think it is going to be a 92-93 point wine with a little age under its belt.
Which leads to the existential question. Is a wine either a 92 point wine or not a 92 point wine, despite its age?
by JimHow
on Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:19 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The 2014 Gruaud Larose has been uncorked.
Replies: 8
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Re: The 2012 Brunello Argiano has been uncorked....

Yeah, not real exciting. I literally think I'll fill my cellar only with Bordeaux from here on out. Why? Because, after all these years, I remain... a Bordeaux Wine Enthusiast. Whatever I paid for this wine, I could get a Bordeaux counterpart at the same price of much higher quality. I'll give this ...
by JimHow
on Fri Jul 28, 2017 2:39 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The 2012 Brunello Argiano has been uncorked....
Replies: 12
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Re: The 2012 Brunello Argiano has been uncorked....

lol I chuckled out loud on that one, marcs.
I somewhat agree with you, Brunello is not worth the price.
I find them a nice change of pace every now and then though, I like the fruit with a nice steak... and whoopie pie.
by JimHow
on Thu Jul 27, 2017 11:05 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The 2012 Brunello Argiano has been uncorked....
Replies: 12
Views: 181

The 2012 Brunello Argiano has been uncorked....

Translucent purple/ruby, friendly, fruity nose at the outset.
by JimHow
on Thu Jul 27, 2017 10:54 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The 2012 Brunello Argiano has been uncorked....
Replies: 12
Views: 181

Re: The 2014 Gruaud Larose has been uncorked.

True. An interesting wine. Extremely young, obviously. The oak calmed down after the small first glass. It was a beauty for most of the bottle, the big question is whether it may have faded a bit towards the end. I don't know. Overall, it seems to have been a healthy, modern Gruaud Larose. But a lit...
by JimHow
on Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:39 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The 2014 Gruaud Larose has been uncorked.
Replies: 8
Views: 243

The 2014 Gruaud Larose has been uncorked.

It has been an insanely busy summer, but nonetheless some time to try out a recently delivered 2014...

Kind of a funky taste at the start, lots of oak.
by JimHow
on Wed Jul 26, 2017 11:03 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The 2014 Gruaud Larose has been uncorked.
Replies: 8
Views: 243

Re: Does vintage matters in French Village Whites?

Ha, I read the title of this thread, and I was going to ask the question, Stefan:
"Does vintage matter among St. Innocent reds?"
by JimHow
on Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:44 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Does vintage matters in French Village Whites?
Replies: 9
Views: 153

Re: TN: Rauz(s)an Segla et al

Well done, ALR, very well done indeed.

I've never quite understood the "it's too hot to drink Bordeaux" argument, can someone explain it to me?
by JimHow
on Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:41 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: Rauz(s)an Segla et al
Replies: 9
Views: 203

Re: 1855 keep as is?

Sorry I've been away, been in a couple rugged trials, I like the idea of a BWE (Re-)Classification!
by JimHow
on Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:44 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 1855 keep as is?
Replies: 20
Views: 331

Re: How do you prefer your Sauternes?

I like my Sauternes chilled and on the younger side.
That 2011 d'Yquem we had in Bordeaux... Mmmmm.
by JimHow
on Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:31 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: How do you prefer your Sauternes?
Replies: 22
Views: 504

Re: 2016 Bordeaux futures - anyone biting?

Well done, DavidG. Very well done indeed.
by JimHow
on Sat Jul 08, 2017 2:47 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2016 Bordeaux futures - anyone biting?
Replies: 144
Views: 4476

Re: Did we lose a generation of great Bordeaux because of RMP?

Cleaned up my language a little bit, was in court all day yesterday, it gets my testosterone going sometimes, I apologize. I'm really curious if there is evidence that Bordeaux style has changed post-Parker, or if this is just anecdotal or coincidence. I mean, it's not like we have a big sample of v...
by JimHow
on Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:55 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Did we lose a generation of great Bordeaux because of RMP?
Replies: 22
Views: 449

Re: Did we lose a generation of great Bordeaux because of RMP?

a fair question, Bobby G. I'm not saying BWE wasn't a victim of the tyranny. I mean, come on. 2010 LMHB at 15.4%? Seriously, that was the final straw for me. when I saw that I said, ok, there's something wrong here.... 15 point 4 percent? Give me a break. I don't care HOW "hidden" the alco...
by JimHow
on Fri Jul 07, 2017 3:42 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Did we lose a generation of great Bordeaux because of RMP?
Replies: 22
Views: 449

Re: Did we lose a generation of great Bordeaux because of RMP?

I say the answer to the question is: YES. We lost a whole god damned generation of great Bordeaux because of the "Robert Parker Phenomenon." I say, the Robert Parker Drama. Bordeaux has been around for a millennium. Robert Parker has been around for a blink of an eye. I say, that we have b...
by JimHow
on Fri Jul 07, 2017 1:41 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Did we lose a generation of great Bordeaux because of RMP?
Replies: 22
Views: 449

Did we lose a generation of great Bordeaux because of RMP?

Ian's notes on the 2016 vintage are awesome. I haven't been this excited about a vintage since reading HWSRN's notes on the 1996 vintage. The first question is: Has Bordeaux wine-making changed in the past three or four years since Robert Parker retired? And secondly, when we see the quality being p...
by JimHow
on Fri Jul 07, 2017 12:14 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Did we lose a generation of great Bordeaux because of RMP?
Replies: 22
Views: 449

Re: Impressions of 2016 Bordeaux

I hate you, Comte....
I hate you.
by JimHow
on Thu Jul 06, 2017 12:00 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Impressions of 2016 Bordeaux
Replies: 23
Views: 523

Re: WA 40% sold to Michelin

Is this good or bad?
Does this result in more incestuousness in wine ratings?
Is WA still relevant?
by JimHow
on Wed Jul 05, 2017 11:05 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: WA 40% sold to Michelin
Replies: 3
Views: 131

Re: Happy July 4th from Maine, USA!

Happy holidays, Gerry, we gotta get you guys up to the Great State of Maine at some point...
I still say pinot noir goes well with lobstah.
by JimHow
on Wed Jul 05, 2017 2:27 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Happy July 4th from Maine, USA!
Replies: 13
Views: 200

Re: Happy July 4th from Maine, USA!

As good as it gets bro!
Got tix in the bleachers to games against the Cards, Toronto, and White Sox in July and August with the old law school buds.
Ah, summer in New England. Heaven!
by JimHow
on Wed Jul 05, 2017 1:08 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Happy July 4th from Maine, USA!
Replies: 13
Views: 200

Re: Happy July 4th from Maine, USA!

I hate to make you guys jealous, but...
by JimHow
on Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:47 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Happy July 4th from Maine, USA!
Replies: 13
Views: 200

Happy July 4th from Maine, USA!

We are having lobster on the back deck. Sipping on a 2014 St. Innocent Momtazi. The weather is perfect, mid-70s, no humidity. Everything is in bloom, so fragrant. This is my favorite time of year. Even the Maine state government is back up and running, we court appointed lawyers are gonna get paid t...
by JimHow
on Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:34 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Happy July 4th from Maine, USA!
Replies: 13
Views: 200

Re: 2000 Tasting

I have an unopened case of 2000 Pichon Baron. Mmmmm.
by JimHow
on Tue Jul 04, 2017 12:55 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2000 Tasting
Replies: 18
Views: 385
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