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Re: A match made in heaven

Hello!
Well done indeed.
by JimHow
on Tue Jun 20, 2017 2:01 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: A match made in heaven
Replies: 4
Views: 100

Re: St. Innocent: 2014 or 2015?

Thanks stefanJR, I think I'll go ahead and buy some 2014 Shea.
by JimHow
on Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:23 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: St. Innocent: 2014 or 2015?
Replies: 5
Views: 82

St. Innocent: 2014 or 2015?

What is the word on these two vintages?
I've enjoyed the 2014 Momtazi, was thinking of buying some 2014 Shea, but was wondering how the 2015 vintage compares.
by JimHow
on Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:23 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: St. Innocent: 2014 or 2015?
Replies: 5
Views: 82

Re: Concur on Mouton's Demotion

As far as I know, I was the first person in the world calling Pontet Canet a de facto first growth, about ten years before Bob Parker did.
Pontet Canet is first growth quality, like its contiguous property.
by JimHow
on Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:15 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Concur on Mouton's Demotion
Replies: 32
Views: 452

Re: auction score thread....

Wow, that is indeed a score.
by JimHow
on Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:24 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: auction score thread....
Replies: 6
Views: 117

Re: Concur on Mouton's Demotion

Hey, Danny seems to think Mouton sucks and GPL is great. More power to him! It's what makes the world go round. Myself, I think Mouton is great and GPL sucks. I'll take all the Mouton in Danny's cellar and will be happy to trade for any post-1981 vintage of GPL that I can source! Sincerely, JimHow B...
by JimHow
on Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:22 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Concur on Mouton's Demotion
Replies: 32
Views: 452

Re: Concur on Mouton's Demotion

As an actual Bordeaux Wine Enthusiast, I see the glass half full when it comes to the Moutons and LMHBs of the world. These are great wines that on average exceed 99.8% of anything else out there. Yes, you have to take price out of the equation nowadays. But with a very few exceptions from the Medoc...
by JimHow
on Thu Jun 15, 2017 2:34 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Concur on Mouton's Demotion
Replies: 32
Views: 452

Re: Concur on Mouton's Demotion

Yes, the question is not whether Mouton should be demoted, but rather whether LLC should be promoted.
by JimHow
on Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:12 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Concur on Mouton's Demotion
Replies: 32
Views: 452

Re: Concur on Mouton's Demotion

Seems like a Mouton landslide to me, Brodway, do you see any other vintages where LLC clearly overmatches Mouton?
I love LLC, but overall I'll take Mouton any day of the week.
by JimHow
on Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:33 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Concur on Mouton's Demotion
Replies: 32
Views: 452

Re: Concur on Mouton's Demotion

Mouton vs. LLC 1981: LLC 1982: Mouton(!) 1983: Tie 1985: Tie 1986: Mouton(!) 1987: Mouton 1988: Tie 1989: Mouton 1990: LLC 1993: Mouton 1994: Tie 1995: Tie 1996: LLC(?) 1997: Mouton 1998: Mouton 1999:Mouton 2000: Mouton 2001: Mouton With 1990 and the POSSIBLE exception of 1996, I give the clear nod ...
by JimHow
on Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:01 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Concur on Mouton's Demotion
Replies: 32
Views: 452

Re: Last Thursday life deception

Nice. Yeah, I think I'll go with the Mouton.
by JimHow
on Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:30 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Last Thursday life deception
Replies: 7
Views: 151

Re: A BWE rendezvous with Tim in Paris.

Steve King is a world-wide force. Even in Paris, France.
by JimHow
on Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:13 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: A BWE rendezvous with Tim in Paris.
Replies: 15
Views: 284

Re: President Trump

I just don't know if I have the strength, Jon.
by JimHow
on Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:12 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 2531
Views: 50353

Re: 2016 Bordeaux futures - anyone biting?

Well done, Gerry, very well done indeed!

I gotta come pick up those du Tertres from you sometime in the not too distant future!
by JimHow
on Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:14 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2016 Bordeaux futures - anyone biting?
Replies: 112
Views: 3185

Re: Top 3 Communes

I'm close to William P:

Pauillac
Margaux
St. Julien.
by JimHow
on Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:10 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Top 3 Communes
Replies: 17
Views: 352

Re: Concur on Mouton's Demotion

I think Mouton Rothschild is definitely a first growth. I have had numerous thrilling wines from Mouton Rothschild over the years. I don't think 71 and 74 are stellar years for ANY properties in Bordeaux. 1978 is hit or miss. I bought three bottles of 1981 Mouton from Premier Cru some 15 years ago. ...
by JimHow
on Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:08 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Concur on Mouton's Demotion
Replies: 32
Views: 452

Re: A BWE rendezvous with Tim in Paris.

Sitting at a sidewalk cafe here in Paris.
Text from my brother says Batman has died.
I spent a glorious evening with him once, back around 1992, when he was a bit down on his luck.
As sweet, nice, self-effacing a man as you will ever meet.
Au revoir, Adam. Until we meet again.
by JimHow
on Sat Jun 10, 2017 4:37 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: A BWE rendezvous with Tim in Paris.
Replies: 15
Views: 284

Re: A BWE rendezvous with Tim in Paris.

Oops, typo.
by JimHow
on Sat Jun 10, 2017 10:27 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: A BWE rendezvous with Tim in Paris.
Replies: 15
Views: 284

A BWE rendezvous with Tim in Paris.

Had a fun dinner with Timmy McCracken last night, more details later.
2012 Gros Frère et Soeur Echezeaux
1982 Angelus
1978 Mouton (badly vinegarized).

The Echezeaux and Angelus were splendid, as was the food and service!

There are BWEers all over the motherland this week.
by JimHow
on Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:24 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: A BWE rendezvous with Tim in Paris.
Replies: 15
Views: 284

Re: Trivia Question Time

2010 produced the highest level of tannins at Rausan Ssgla at that point, so I'm guessing it has been since 2010 for Margaux.
I'm going to say 2016.
by JimHow
on Fri Jun 09, 2017 2:22 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Trivia Question Time
Replies: 17
Views: 237

Re: Officially on vacation to Paris, 02 Pichon Baron uncorked.

Well done Tom! I was indeed channeling my inner Fsulkner.
Yes, I am looking forward to putting everything behind for a few days.
by JimHow
on Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:11 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Officially on vacation to Paris, 02 Pichon Baron uncorked.
Replies: 16
Views: 294

Re: Officially on vacation to Paris, 02 Pichon Baron uncorked.

One of the great Pichon Barons. Wow, what a finish. My mouth is still feeling that final kick, some two minutes later. It has some 1996 in it, but wonderfully more austere. Stoic. A punch in the teeth, a street fighter, where you catch one flush in the mouth and your gums are bleeding, a little bit ...
by JimHow
on Tue Jun 06, 2017 3:13 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Officially on vacation to Paris, 02 Pichon Baron uncorked.
Replies: 16
Views: 294

Re: Officially on vacation to Paris, 02 Pichon Baron uncorked.

When I come back from vacation I have to come back and save a 200-year-old city, we are having a big debate:

http://www.mainebiz.biz/article/2017052 ... ENTEDITION

Ugh.
by JimHow
on Tue Jun 06, 2017 1:40 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Officially on vacation to Paris, 02 Pichon Baron uncorked.
Replies: 16
Views: 294

Re: Officially on vacation to Paris, 02 Pichon Baron uncorked.

Thanks my man, I'm REALLY looking forward to it.
We're flying out of Logan tomorrow.
Have you gotten any 2014 deals in CT.
by JimHow
on Tue Jun 06, 2017 1:38 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Officially on vacation to Paris, 02 Pichon Baron uncorked.
Replies: 16
Views: 294

Re: Officially on vacation to Paris, 02 Pichon Baron uncorked.

I have indeed been hosted by our man in Paris, Emil, an exhilarating experience. This will not be a BWE trip but I look forward to much food and wine pleasure nonetheless.
by JimHow
on Tue Jun 06, 2017 1:17 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Officially on vacation to Paris, 02 Pichon Baron uncorked.
Replies: 16
Views: 294

Officially on vacation to Paris, 02 Pichon Baron uncorked.

It has been a wild winter/spring in legal, political, and other endeavors, now a brief respite in Paris, heading off tomorrow.
Celebrating with the uncorking of a 2002 Pichon Baron, purchased at $39 last year at MacArthur's in an epic flash sale....
by JimHow
on Mon Jun 05, 2017 11:30 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Officially on vacation to Paris, 02 Pichon Baron uncorked.
Replies: 16
Views: 294

Re: 2016 Bordeaux futures - anyone biting?

Oooh that 2002 Calon Segur is a beauty.
by JimHow
on Mon Jun 05, 2017 11:19 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2016 Bordeaux futures - anyone biting?
Replies: 112
Views: 3185

Re: The case of 2004 Smith Haut Lafitte has been cracked open.

I have developed a new plan, Tom. I have a section of my cellar where there are individual bins that hold ten bottles each. When I crack open a case I drink one bottle, I place one bottle in the "classic" rack to the left that holds individual bottles of special wines, and I place the rema...
by JimHow
on Mon Jun 05, 2017 10:23 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The case of 2004 Smith Haut Lafitte has been cracked open.
Replies: 8
Views: 239

Re: TN 2001 Cantemerle

Yes, Cantemerle is really what Bordeaux SHOULD be. Consistently excellent for at least couple decades now. Has anyone tried the 2014 yet?
by JimHow
on Sun Jun 04, 2017 8:27 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN 2001 Cantemerle
Replies: 7
Views: 184

Re: The case of 2004 Smith Haut Lafitte has been uncorked.

A very nice effort Bobby G. Nice finish. Very representative of the 2004 vintage. Cool, crisp, slightly unripe tannins. still youthful but doubtful that it will improve significantly. very nice, lengthy finish. On the classic side of the spectrum. The color is deep and rich. Very nice, certainly not...
by JimHow
on Sat Jun 03, 2017 2:37 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The case of 2004 Smith Haut Lafitte has been cracked open.
Replies: 8
Views: 239

The case of 2004 Smith Haut Lafitte has been cracked open.

Well, I finally broke down, and cracked open my case.
I'm heading off to Paris this week and I was thinking about that magical visit we had at SHL with the Cathiards, now two springs ago. (Crazy.)
This wine is indeed a beauty, Bobby G, will report back.
by JimHow
on Sat Jun 03, 2017 12:32 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The case of 2004 Smith Haut Lafitte has been cracked open.
Replies: 8
Views: 239

Re: TN: LMHB Vertical

I was just gonna say, Nicola, sdr is a tough grader.
I mean, if LMHB from all those great vintages only scores in the high 80s-low 90s, then Bordeaux must be overrated!
by JimHow
on Fri Jun 02, 2017 2:05 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: LMHB Vertical
Replies: 6
Views: 184

Re: Is 2014 looking like 2001 for value?

We uncorked a 2014 Calon Segur in SF.
It was big.
A very serious wine, worth the $67 price I paid on sale in CT.
VERY different from the equally-delicious, lighter on its feet styled 2011.
by JimHow
on Fri Jun 02, 2017 1:54 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Is 2014 looking like 2001 for value?
Replies: 3
Views: 136

Re: Shameless Hucksterism: Online Auction at Zachys

GPL is clearly the "New Lynch Bages, which is the New Lafite" of Pauillac, that eminently masculine of appellations!
by JimHow
on Fri Jun 02, 2017 1:06 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Shameless Hucksterism: Online Auction at Zachys
Replies: 10
Views: 256

Re: Shameless Hucksterism: Online Auction at Zachys

Well done Tom!
by JimHow
on Thu Jun 01, 2017 4:00 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Shameless Hucksterism: Online Auction at Zachys
Replies: 10
Views: 256

Re: 2016 Bordeaux futures - anyone biting?

I'm really into the AlexR mindset that, generally speaking, the optimal time to drink quality Bordeaux is at the 15-20 year mark.
Thus, at the age of 58, I'm in for another five years or so.
by JimHow
on Wed May 31, 2017 11:48 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2016 Bordeaux futures - anyone biting?
Replies: 112
Views: 3185

Re: 2016 Bordeaux futures - anyone biting?

2016 is the birth year of my daughter, so I do have some emotional attachment to the vintage as well as this particular wine (as a baby, she loves anything heart-shaped and finds the shape oddly fascinating), which obviously influences my purchasing decisions.... When she turns 21, I really do hope...
by JimHow
on Wed May 31, 2017 11:04 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2016 Bordeaux futures - anyone biting?
Replies: 112
Views: 3185

Re: 2016 Bordeaux futures - anyone biting?

I think we need to do a virtual tasting of 2014 GPL....
by JimHow
on Wed May 31, 2017 1:05 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2016 Bordeaux futures - anyone biting?
Replies: 112
Views: 3185

Re: 2016 Bordeaux futures - anyone biting?

Yes, I'm going to hold off on buying 2016s en futuro and just wait until they come out. I'm going to fill in some of the spaces on my wine racks with 2014s. I received delivery of a dozen 2014s that included a number of estates I haven't been buying much of in recent years, including Haut Bailly, Pa...
by JimHow
on Tue May 30, 2017 5:57 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2016 Bordeaux futures - anyone biting?
Replies: 112
Views: 3185

Re: The fraud that is Grand Puy Lacoste.

I think that's a pretty fair assessment Claudius.
My post is hyperbolic to make a point, but I view GPL in about the same way you do.
by JimHow
on Mon May 29, 2017 11:46 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The fraud that is Grand Puy Lacoste.
Replies: 19
Views: 492
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