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Re: 2005 Barde-Haut has been uncorked and other ramblings….

I like this wine too. My notes from about 6 months ago: 2005 Barde-Haut : Cellared since release, perfect cork and fill. Dark red/purple, minimal lightening at the rim. Cassis, dark berries on the nose. Medium-full body, dark fruits, nice balance, still some tannins, medium finish. No longer youthfu...
by DavidG
on Wed May 25, 2016 10:10 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2005 Barde-Haut has been uncorked and other ramblings….
Replies: 13
Views: 150

Re: TN: 2010 Chateau Senejac

Welcome to BWE Chris. This sounds like a wine that should drink well for years to come.
by DavidG
on Mon May 23, 2016 6:23 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: 2010 Chateau Senejac
Replies: 6
Views: 90

Re: 2009 Lanessan

Danny, I think the '09 is showing the early drinking attributes characteristic of the vintage. You know I like them with age, and this has no signs of mature complexity, but it's not shut down at all. It was probably open about 60-90 minutes before we started drinking it. I see no harm in holding it...
by DavidG
on Mon May 23, 2016 3:32 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2009 Lanessan
Replies: 3
Views: 95

Re: 2015 vintage in Bordeaux - my picks....

A tour de force, Izak, and a great read! Your enthusiasm has me tempted to buy, but I am now just a spectator when it comes to young Bordeaux.
by DavidG
on Sun May 22, 2016 11:27 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2015 vintage in Bordeaux - my picks....
Replies: 4
Views: 133

2009 Lanessan

Another candidate for Howing but this wine doesn't need any affirmative action to compensate for its youth. It's drinking quite well already. Dark red to rim, dark fruits, cassis, earth and pencil shavings, open-knit and giving with good structure and soft tannins, medium body, medium finish. Drinki...
by DavidG
on Sun May 22, 2016 3:30 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2009 Lanessan
Replies: 3
Views: 95

Re: Some news from François Audouze

Happy Anniversary Francois. Nice to see you drop in.
by DavidG
on Wed May 18, 2016 6:09 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Some news from François Audouze
Replies: 23
Views: 390

Re: President Trump

I think we're assuming that Bernie is responsible for creating this foment and backlash. He provides a platform for it, but even if he drops out it is a mistake to think the agitators will suddenly fall in line and fall in love with Hillary. There is an simmering, angry and very motivated undercurr...
by DavidG
on Wed May 18, 2016 5:49 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 629
Views: 9621

Re: President Trump

I'm honestly not all that confident, Jim. Clinton is in for a hell of a rough ride.
by DavidG
on Wed May 18, 2016 2:52 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 629
Views: 9621

Re: President Trump

I don't think Sanders would stand a chance against Trump once the media started to shine a light on him as they would in a general election. Right now the media is too invested in portraying the Democratic nomination process as a tight race worthy of everyone's attention. Clinton is at least battle ...
by DavidG
on Wed May 18, 2016 1:08 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 629
Views: 9621

Re: Chateau Margaux dinner tonight

Wow, WOW, WOW! Thanks for sharing, Ian. I am riding high on the vicarious hog after reading your report. I've had a few of those wines, but none of the ancient ones and never so many at one sitting. Though the visit to Ch. Margaux in 2005 wasn't a bad attempt... Not surprised at how well the 1961 pe...
by DavidG
on Wed May 18, 2016 12:49 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Chateau Margaux dinner tonight
Replies: 25
Views: 287

Re: President Trump

If anyone should be arrested and indicted, it's Bernie Sanders. He's fomenting blatant criminal activity.

Maybe he can share a cell with his criminal fraudster wife.
by DavidG
on Wed May 18, 2016 12:32 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 629
Views: 9621

Re: 2013 for the Long Haul

I agree with the comments about Sauternes/Barsac being your best bet in Bordeaux. Plus it's sweet, which is always a nice thing to celebrate many years of a sweet union. Even better if you can find a mag or two to open for a large gathering on your 20th or 25th or so... You can splurge on some Yquem...
by DavidG
on Tue May 17, 2016 12:00 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2013 for the Long Haul
Replies: 12
Views: 150

Re: Howing a 2012 du Tertre

Really liking the tobacco and earthy, slightly green-tinged notes coming to the fore with a little more time in the glass.

My first bottle of this last year had an odd buttered popcorn/diacetyl note. No hints of that here.
by DavidG
on Sat May 14, 2016 1:53 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Howing a 2012 du Tertre
Replies: 13
Views: 179

Re: Howing a 2012 du Tertre

Nice nose of cassis, tobacco and mouth-watering umami.

Medium body, red fruits, soft palate feel with low acidity (but not flabby), mellow tannins.
by DavidG
on Sat May 14, 2016 1:36 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Howing a 2012 du Tertre
Replies: 13
Views: 179

Howing a 2012 du Tertre

It's been a year since I bought a few of these and popped my first one, but I think this still qualifies for Howing.

Cork and fill are perfect, deep dark red to the rim.

Need to let this warm up a bit from cellar temp.
by DavidG
on Sat May 14, 2016 1:06 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Howing a 2012 du Tertre
Replies: 13
Views: 179

Re: 2015 vintage discussion

Congratulations Patrick!

I've been blithely deleting all of the retailer 2015 Bordeaux emails. This thread is tempting me to take a look. It's a slippery slope...
by DavidG
on Thu May 12, 2016 4:58 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2015 vintage discussion
Replies: 73
Views: 1104

Re: President Trump

I think we need to bring back Ken Starr to dig into this...
by DavidG
on Tue May 10, 2016 11:39 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 629
Views: 9621

Re: TN: 2003 Pavie

Not me - I've been catting around all my vinous life. I'll drink left bank, right bank, California. Guess that makes me a wine slut.
by DavidG
on Mon May 09, 2016 10:03 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: 2003 Pavie
Replies: 15
Views: 166

Re: TN: 00 Chauvin [St Emilion]

When I see that Vieux Chateau Chauvin label my brain wants to autocorrect it to Vieux Chateau Certan.
by DavidG
on Mon May 09, 2016 7:26 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: 00 Chauvin [St Emilion]
Replies: 7
Views: 72

Re: Some thoughts on wine aging

Yes I think you are on to something here Marcus. I know I've posted this before, probably a few times. I had a few cases of 1983 Prieure Lichine, half of which was stored in my dad's passive basement for 5 years (up to low 70s in summer, down to 60s in winter) before I inherited it, and half which w...
by DavidG
on Mon May 09, 2016 7:21 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Some thoughts on wine aging
Replies: 1
Views: 53

Re: BYOB in Boston

Yes, Boston is a wonderfully complicated place. It's the whole New England Puritan, Catholic guilt thing. A lot of it has to do with the complicated seasons, I think. Great city though. But, yes, fucked up in the head. Complicated seasons? I thought it was f'n winter punctuated by a few weeks of f'...
by DavidG
on Mon May 09, 2016 7:02 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: BYOB in Boston
Replies: 12
Views: 147

Re: TN: 00 Chauvin [St Emilion]

I had a few of these (the 2000 Chauvin, not the luxury cuvée). Loved it and another good QPR. Sounds like it has aged a bit since the bottles I drank in 2011: 2000 Chauvin : Dark red to rim. Complex nose with cassis, dark fruts, earth, cedar. Full body, ripe layers of dark fruits, leather, coffee, h...
by DavidG
on Mon May 09, 2016 6:58 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: 00 Chauvin [St Emilion]
Replies: 7
Views: 72

Re: TN: 2003 Pavie

Pavie was the only right banker I bought in 2003. Was this the wine that sparked the RP/JR clash of the critics, or was it an earlier vintage? I've yet to open either of my 2 bottles, but all this positive press is tempting.

Patrick, Orlando Bobby is Robert Alfert on WB.
by DavidG
on Mon May 09, 2016 6:49 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: 2003 Pavie
Replies: 15
Views: 166

Re: Cork Taint

The Saran wrap trick works to some extent, Arv, but my experience is that the wine does not completely recover. I think It is worth using if you can't stand to lose a bottle. My experience as well. Can make the wine drinkable but not normal. Apparently some films work better than others. In my tria...
by DavidG
on Mon May 09, 2016 6:41 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Cork Taint
Replies: 7
Views: 122

Re: A Bernard Magrez wine.

I drank through a 6-pack of 2005 Grands Chênes at a young age, over 2009-2014. So I'm not just an old Bordeaux drinker. I may be old, but not all the Bdx I consume is old. This was a good QPR at $22, and was tasty if fairly chunky, as was your 2010. It also carried a noticeable slug of oak. Maybe ap...
by DavidG
on Mon May 09, 2016 6:33 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: A Bernard Magrez wine.
Replies: 14
Views: 131

Re: It will be Beaujolais tonight

I agree with Nic. Flowery, fruity and granitic are great general descriptors. I would add that there are some Bojo producers making a more serious, weighty wines that drink fine young but can also improve with age. Great balance and less sweetness than the ubiquitous Duboeufs. Not as serious as clas...
by DavidG
on Mon May 09, 2016 6:18 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: It will be Beaujolais tonight
Replies: 6
Views: 60

Re: The Issue 224 wines I'm interested in buying pre arrival.

We need a shorthand term for "The Jim How Young Wine Drinking Technique." It should pay homage to its inventor and principal promoter, similar to the use of "Audouze" when referring to slow oxygenation. What about "How?" "I just couldn't resist the temptation of th...
by DavidG
on Mon May 09, 2016 6:04 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The Issue 224 wines I'm interested in buying pre arrival.
Replies: 36
Views: 486

Re: The Issue 224 wines I'm interested in buying pre arrival.

So the 2009 Haut Bergey is very approachable. Despite my avowed aged Bordeaux allegiance, I found it quite enjoyable when following the Jim How manual on how to enjoy young wines. A prime grilled ribeye no doubt helped. I've got a half-case and wouldn't mind drinking them at this stage of their evol...
by DavidG
on Sun May 08, 2016 11:27 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The Issue 224 wines I'm interested in buying pre arrival.
Replies: 36
Views: 486

Re: Beychevelle 2005

My experience with 1989 Lynch Bages has been different. I found it shut down until 2002 or so. You could tell it was a great wine, with lurking power, but it was not nearly as giving as it became with more bottle age. These were bottles purchased as futures ($30/bottle, $70/mag) and stored at 55-57 ...
by DavidG
on Sun May 08, 2016 11:24 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Beychevelle 2005
Replies: 27
Views: 364

Re: President Trump

And in reply to your comment about Trump/Sanders: absolutely! Two sides of the same coin. Unless Trump really is playing to the cameras as the Reality TV Candidate and will change his tune if elected. I don't think he is that sophisticated, but I could be wrong. Hope I don't have to find out. Stefan...
by DavidG
on Sun May 08, 2016 7:30 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 629
Views: 9621

Re: President Trump

Thanks, Scott. My understanding was that all of the Secy's before Clinton had email on something other than the official secure server, so perhaps that is relatively new? Not that it means that they didn't know the rules - if as you say their requests were denied. I wonder how much attention is paid...
by DavidG
on Sun May 08, 2016 7:25 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 629
Views: 9621

Re: President Trump

against the explicit instructions of the NSA. Well it's probably a good thing that the server was a secret when she was actually using it. Wouldn't want to publicly advertise it to every teenage, Russian and N. Korean hacker out there. Is anyone claiming that Clinton actually broke a law with her s...
by DavidG
on Sun May 08, 2016 6:47 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 629
Views: 9621

Re: President Trump

Scott: I agree that Sanders believes in his shtick. He's a true believer, apparently unable to assimilate or accommodate any alternative point of view. That may all be real or partially phony. He's even more unfit to lead if his unwillingness to compromise is all real. Sanders' true phoniness rests ...
by DavidG
on Sun May 08, 2016 5:57 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 629
Views: 9621

Re: The Issue 224 wines I'm interested in buying pre arrival.

Thanks, I may pop a 2009 while reading your How To Drink A Young Wine post. Will hold the 2010s for now.
by DavidG
on Sun May 08, 2016 4:53 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The Issue 224 wines I'm interested in buying pre arrival.
Replies: 36
Views: 486

Re: President Trump

Yeah, I think you're right about the votes on the Iraq war...

And I don't think Bernie's been dirty in his criticism of Hillary. He's got every right to push on. But I do think he hides his plans and talks in platitudes.
by DavidG
on Sat May 07, 2016 11:32 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 629
Views: 9621

Re: President Trump

Well we agree that most politicians are worthy of disdain because they are bought and paid for phonies. I'll put Hillary in that group but I don't think she's any worse than the rest of them. Do you think that every politician that George W and gang conned into believing that a war was needed to rid...
by DavidG
on Sat May 07, 2016 10:18 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 629
Views: 9621

Re: President Trump

Jim you keep talking about phonies yet you seem to use the term only for the candidates you dislike. Sanders is a bigger phony than Clinton, by a mile. He outright lies or refuses to answer to cover up his past and his present, and so far mostly gets away with it. At least we know the lies Hillary t...
by DavidG
on Sat May 07, 2016 3:23 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 629
Views: 9621

Re: The Issue 224 wines I'm interested in buying pre arrival.

Anyone try the 2009 or 2010 versions of this?
by DavidG
on Sat May 07, 2016 3:02 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The Issue 224 wines I'm interested in buying pre arrival.
Replies: 36
Views: 486

Re: President Trump

The big question isn't how low the campaign will go. We know the answer to that. The big question is whether Trump actually has a shot at winning. Trump's lowest common denominator appeal is his greatest asset in terms of electability and his greatest liability should he attain the office. Would he ...
by DavidG
on Fri May 06, 2016 11:04 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 629
Views: 9621

Re: President Trump

Scott, i am in complete agreement with your view of the upcoming campaign.

Jacques, that's some funny/scary $hit! I was about to write that Hillary is the least scary of the bunch until I read that.
by DavidG
on Wed May 04, 2016 6:37 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 629
Views: 9621
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