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Re: Calling it quits: Lifestyle changes

Be well, Jacques. I look forward to seeing you again, maybe in Florida, but certainly somewhere along the line. Sarasota/Siesta Key is one of my favorite places. Enjoy your sabbatical. If you enjoy it enough, you might decide to make it permanent - nothing wrong with that!
by DavidG
on Sat Feb 28, 2015 11:34 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Calling it quits: Lifestyle changes
Replies: 8
Views: 60

Re: 2009 La Lagune $65

Trigger pulled. That didn't take too much enablement...
by DavidG
on Thu Feb 26, 2015 3:03 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2009 La Lagune $65
Replies: 4
Views: 91

2009 La Lagune $65

New release from the Chateau. Yea or nea?
by DavidG
on Thu Feb 26, 2015 2:08 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2009 La Lagune $65
Replies: 4
Views: 91

Re: Happy 15th birthday to BWE!

Well done. Well done, indeed!
by DavidG
on Thu Feb 26, 2015 11:24 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Happy 15th birthday to BWE!
Replies: 8
Views: 114

Re: A great life.

Dear Jim, I'm so sorry to hear of your father's passing. The piece in the Sun Journal was a wonderful tribute. Your love and respect for him shown brightly through many of your postings here and our discussions in person. It sounds like you had ample opportunity to spend time with him and let him kn...
by DavidG
on Wed Feb 25, 2015 10:46 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: A great life.
Replies: 16
Views: 217

Re: Wine vs. Snow

Well done!
by DavidG
on Tue Feb 24, 2015 12:51 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Wine vs. Snow
Replies: 2
Views: 102

Wine vs. Snow

What bottle is this?
by DavidG
on Mon Feb 23, 2015 5:09 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Wine vs. Snow
Replies: 2
Views: 102

Re: What is your favourite super second?

For you LLC lovers, this offer from JJ Buckley just arrived in my in-box. I am usually leery of buying mature wines due to provenance concerns, but this sounds like a "library release" direct from the Chateau. PRIVATE CLIENT OFFER France⇢Bordeaux⇢Left Bank⇢St. Julien 1985 Chateau Leoville ...
by DavidG
on Sat Feb 21, 2015 5:10 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: What is your favourite super second?
Replies: 58
Views: 966

Re: TN: 1994 Château L'Evangile (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol)

L'Evangile and Clinet are the only 1994s I have left. I got them from MacArthur but must have missed that sale. Still a good deal back in the day.
by DavidG
on Sat Feb 21, 2015 3:58 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: 1994 Château L'Evangile (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol)
Replies: 3
Views: 55

TN: 1994 Château L'Evangile (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol)

Why I love Bordeaux: ⋅  1994 Château L'Evangile - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol (2/20/2015) Cellared since release. Perfect cork and fill. Pop and pour. Dark red core, lightening but no bricking at the rim. Nose is immediately and wonderfully complex with cassis, tobacco, leather a...
by DavidG
on Sat Feb 21, 2015 1:05 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: 1994 Château L'Evangile (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol)
Replies: 3
Views: 55

Re: Wine AC

It's too bad there's just no way to see these units in action to judge the noise before buying. I think the smallest CellarPro unit is fairly quiet, but maybe still noisy enough to be a distraction.
by DavidG
on Sat Feb 14, 2015 1:05 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Wine AC
Replies: 15
Views: 231

Re: Wine AC

Is the closet and the location of the cooling unit going to be next to your bedroom, or on the other side of the house? The noise may be an issue if the unit is next to the bedroom. Maybe not so much if it is on the other side of the house in a closet off of a room that's used for a study.
by DavidG
on Fri Feb 13, 2015 3:13 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Wine AC
Replies: 15
Views: 231

Re: What is your favourite super second?

Ian, I'll add a hearty second to your praise for the 1978 and 1979 Pichon Lalandes.
by DavidG
on Fri Feb 06, 2015 10:29 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: What is your favourite super second?
Replies: 58
Views: 966

Re: Wine AC

I would look at the CellarPro line of cooling units. I don't have one but after researching them this is what I'll buy when my Breezaire dies. The website contains quite a bit of information to help you choose a system to fit your requirements.
by DavidG
on Thu Feb 05, 2015 1:28 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Wine AC
Replies: 15
Views: 231

Re: What is your favourite super second?

Ian, I still believe that it IS unreasonable to make inferences from CT average scores. I do believe that one can make reasonable inferences from market prices, but any correlation between rank order of prices and CT scores still lacks any significance for all the reasons listed above. Add to that t...
by DavidG
on Thu Feb 05, 2015 1:23 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: What is your favourite super second?
Replies: 58
Views: 966

Re: What is your favourite super second?

Ian, common sense told us that the world is flat and the Sun goes around the Earth. Those who insist that this remains the case despite scientific evidence to the contrary are the ones who are not seeing clearly. Perhaps their view is obstructed because their heads are rammed up their asses, but in ...
by DavidG
on Tue Feb 03, 2015 11:05 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: What is your favourite super second?
Replies: 58
Views: 966

Re: What is your favourite super second?

I don't have it in for you Ian but I do have it in for misuse of statistics, and I wonder what your statistical whiz would say about the power of large numbers when no one is using the same scale. I don't think you can count on them differentiating tiny differences of a point or two when there are m...
by DavidG
on Mon Feb 02, 2015 11:55 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: What is your favourite super second?
Replies: 58
Views: 966

Re: What is your favourite super second?

Ian, it came out sounding a lot harsher than intended, and for that I apologize, but at its core it's true. Mis-application of statistics is a bit of a pet peeve for me, so here I go: First point: Large sample sizes are meaningless when there is no standardization of the scale. This is a common erro...
by DavidG
on Mon Feb 02, 2015 1:55 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: What is your favourite super second?
Replies: 58
Views: 966

Re: What is your favourite super second?

That CT analysis is meaningless. It presupposes: 1) That there is any statistical validity to comparing CT average scores. There isn't. 2) That if there were any validity to the CT scores, they would apply to an individual's ranking. They wouldn't. I find it much more interesting to hear individuals...
by DavidG
on Mon Feb 02, 2015 5:39 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: What is your favourite super second?
Replies: 58
Views: 966

Re: IMPORTANT: Hotels for BWE France 15

Dear Fellow BWEs: I am reading this thread with a mixture of excitement, jealousy and regret. Those who are going are in for a real treat. The BWE Bordeaux trip in 2005 was one of the most memorable of my life. Not just because of what we did, but more importantly who we were with and the memories w...
by DavidG
on Mon Jan 19, 2015 3:02 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: IMPORTANT: Hotels for BWE France 15
Replies: 25
Views: 519

Re: Angelus and Pavie: the real deal or parvenus?

Looks like I've got a lot of pigs to kiss... Oh well.
by DavidG
on Sun Jan 18, 2015 11:01 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Angelus and Pavie: the real deal or parvenus?
Replies: 15
Views: 461

Re: Can a simple 2010 Left Bank, save the weekend?

You have better luck than I do, Nic, but probably because I often forget or am too lazy to put the wine in the fridge. I think that's even more important than replacing the cork. There's more than enough air in the bottle after 1/2 has been poured out to allow oxidation to proceed even if the cork i...
by DavidG
on Sun Jan 18, 2015 10:59 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Can a simple 2010 Left Bank, save the weekend?
Replies: 11
Views: 265

Re: Can a simple 2010 Left Bank, save the weekend?

I consider the ability of a wine to drink well for 1-2 days after opening as suggestive that it will last, but I wouldn't expect any red Bdx to hold up for 5 days after opening.
by DavidG
on Sun Jan 18, 2015 6:11 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Can a simple 2010 Left Bank, save the weekend?
Replies: 11
Views: 265

Re: Can a simple 2010 Left Bank, save the weekend?

Glad to hear your bottle turned out well, Nic. Roel, you are a lucky man. After 3-4 years of swearing I would not buy a single bottle of 2010 Bdx, BWE wore me down. I now have about a case and a half resting in the cellar. Lesser wines for early drinking, and every one I've opened so far has been ex...
by DavidG
on Tue Jan 13, 2015 2:34 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Can a simple 2010 Left Bank, save the weekend?
Replies: 11
Views: 265

Re: Je suis fier d'etre Franco-Americain.

Several news outlets said millions marched in Paris today. Wow! Tim, were you in town? What was it like?

Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité!
by DavidG
on Mon Jan 12, 2015 12:02 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Je suis fier d'etre Franco-Americain.
Replies: 4
Views: 171

Re: TN: 1982 Gruaud Larose

I think it's an issue of "want" not "can't."

The '82 Gruaud and Talbot were my first case purchases. Sadly gone but fondly remembered. I'm not surprised to hear it is still going strong. Thanks for the note.
by DavidG
on Sun Jan 11, 2015 2:34 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: 1982 Gruaud Larose
Replies: 12
Views: 242

Re: TN: first Bdx of the year - 2005 Les Grands Chênes, 2010 Rochemorin

Rudi - if you still have some, see if the 2005 Grand Chenes tastes any less oaky and modern than it did on release. I've never had the Cuvee Prestige.

And if you see it, try the Rochemorin - that one is less modern than the Grands Chenes to my palate anyway.
by DavidG
on Thu Jan 08, 2015 7:15 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: first Bdx of the year - 2005 Les Grands Chênes, 2010 Rochemorin
Replies: 10
Views: 195

Re: TN: first Bdx of the year - 2005 Les Grands Chênes, 2010 Rochemorin

So I went and picked up some 2009 and 2010 Rochemorin, and compared them side by side with the following results. RG, you need to do the same so we can compare notes. ⋅  2009 Château de Rochemorin - France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan (1/5/2015) Opened to compare to the 2010. Pop and ...
by DavidG
on Tue Jan 06, 2015 1:16 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: first Bdx of the year - 2005 Les Grands Chênes, 2010 Rochemorin
Replies: 10
Views: 195

Re: TN: first Bdx of the year - 2005 Les Grands Chênes, 2010 Rochemorin

Alex, both of these would be good cellar-stockers and should have at least a 10-year life expectancy from the date of the vintage. In fact, the Grands Chênes needed years to absorb its oak, but the Rochemorin was fine right out of the gates. I have no idea if they will develop true Bordeaux complexi...
by DavidG
on Mon Jan 05, 2015 2:35 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: first Bdx of the year - 2005 Les Grands Chênes, 2010 Rochemorin
Replies: 10
Views: 195

Re: TN: first Bdx of the year - 2005 Les Grands Chênes, 2010 Rochemorin

I think you'll like it. Never had the 2009 but the 2010 is already drinking well despite the reputation of the vintage.
by DavidG
on Mon Jan 05, 2015 4:49 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: first Bdx of the year - 2005 Les Grands Chênes, 2010 Rochemorin
Replies: 10
Views: 195

Re: 2014 BWE WINE OF THE YEAR: 2010 CHATEAU CHASSE SPLEEN

A worthy champion, well done Jim!
by DavidG
on Mon Jan 05, 2015 4:46 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2014 BWE WINE OF THE YEAR: 2010 CHATEAU CHASSE SPLEEN
Replies: 7
Views: 207

TN: first Bdx of the year - 2005 Les Grands Chênes, 2010 Rochemorin

Starting 2015 off right with a couple of inexpensive Bordeaux. A portion of the Grands Chênes was used to marinade a butterflied leg of lamb, then forgotten and left on the counter until the next day, when it was rediscovered and drunk with the lamb. It held up well after a day at room temp. It live...
by DavidG
on Sat Jan 03, 2015 4:23 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: first Bdx of the year - 2005 Les Grands Chênes, 2010 Rochemorin
Replies: 10
Views: 195

How much Bordeaux did you drink in 2014?

A little fiddling in CellarTracker allows a recap of what was drunk in the past year. For me, Bordeaux and Rhone were tied for first place: Bordeaux 20% Rhone 20% California 14% Champagne 12% Germany 8% Burgundy 7% Spain 3% South Africa 2% Italy/Portugal/Hungary/Australia each 1% What were your top ...
by DavidG
on Sat Jan 03, 2015 1:43 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: How much Bordeaux did you drink in 2014?
Replies: 10
Views: 217

Re: So what have you bought lately?

I finally gave in on some 2010 Bordeaux, and bought a few of each of the following: Barde Haut Gloria Grand Puy Lacoste Haut Bages Liberal Haut Bergey La Lagune Rochemorin All due to BWE enablement, further facilitated by some decent NY Day pricing. Other than the GPL, these should all be drinkable ...
by DavidG
on Fri Jan 02, 2015 12:21 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: So what have you bought lately?
Replies: 90
Views: 2040

Re: It is quiet here...

Happy New Year Nic. Hope you and all BWEs have a healthy, happy and successful 2015.

That NV Montaudon has been a house Champagne for the last year or so. Very nice QPR.
by DavidG
on Fri Jan 02, 2015 12:08 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: It is quiet here...
Replies: 5
Views: 149

Re: Dinner at Schwa Chicago: Dom Oeno, Prum, Casalferro, RWT

No personal experience with Las Vegas BYO. A lot of the top names don't allow it or have very high fees, probably because they have pretty high markups on their wine lists and can sell a lot of those pricey bottles. There was a Thai place, not on the strip, that was very reasonable but I don't recal...
by DavidG
on Tue Dec 30, 2014 12:53 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Dinner at Schwa Chicago: Dom Oeno, Prum, Casalferro, RWT
Replies: 6
Views: 182

Re: Taking final recommendations for BWE Wine of the Year.

I haven't had it, but the 2010 Cantemerle is sounding like a good candidate: lots of positive impressions from BWEs, a recent vintage, a BWE kind of wine in style and cost and availability. What's not to like?
by DavidG
on Sun Dec 28, 2014 5:42 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Taking final recommendations for BWE Wine of the Year.
Replies: 9
Views: 206

Re: So what have you bought lately?

2 bottles of 2002 Philipponnat Clos des Goisses (thank you Ian for the enablement!).

2002 Salon is too d@mn expensive or I'd be listing that as well.
Still resisting 2010 Bordeaux.
by DavidG
on Fri Dec 26, 2014 8:05 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: So what have you bought lately?
Replies: 90
Views: 2040

Re: Taking final recommendations for BWE Wine of the Year.

What was your wine of the year? Tough call, no doubt one of the wines being poured at BWE '14 but I didn't keep track of them all. The 2000 Leoville Poyferre was the best of those I took notes on, but there were others that were even better. I wish I could remember. I also had memorable bottles of ...
by DavidG
on Thu Dec 25, 2014 9:22 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Taking final recommendations for BWE Wine of the Year.
Replies: 9
Views: 206

Re: Happy holidays to BWEers around the globe.

Happy Holidays to all, wishing health and happiness in the New Yrear for all BWEs.
by DavidG
on Thu Dec 25, 2014 9:04 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Happy holidays to BWEers around the globe.
Replies: 9
Views: 104
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