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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
 
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Topic: IMPORTANT: Hotels for BWE France 15
Replies: 18
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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: 7
Views: 189

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: 222

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
 
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Topic: Can a simple 2010 Left Bank, save the weekend?
Replies: 11
Views: 222

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: 222

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: 155

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: 211

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
 
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Topic: TN: first Bdx of the year - 2005 Les Grands Chênes, 2010 Rochemorin
Replies: 10
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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
 
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Topic: TN: first Bdx of the year - 2005 Les Grands Chênes, 2010 Rochemorin
Replies: 10
Views: 170

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
 
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Topic: TN: first Bdx of the year - 2005 Les Grands Chênes, 2010 Rochemorin
Replies: 10
Views: 170

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
 
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Topic: TN: first Bdx of the year - 2005 Les Grands Chênes, 2010 Rochemorin
Replies: 10
Views: 170

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
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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
 
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Topic: TN: first Bdx of the year - 2005 Les Grands Chênes, 2010 Rochemorin
Replies: 10
Views: 170

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
 
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Topic: How much Bordeaux did you drink in 2014?
Replies: 10
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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
 
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Topic: So what have you bought lately?
Replies: 85
Views: 1781

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
 
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Topic: It is quiet here...
Replies: 5
Views: 141

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
 
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Topic: Dinner at Schwa Chicago: Dom Oeno, Prum, Casalferro, RWT
Replies: 6
Views: 176

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
 
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Topic: Taking final recommendations for BWE Wine of the Year.
Replies: 9
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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
 
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Topic: So what have you bought lately?
Replies: 85
Views: 1781

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
 
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Topic: Taking final recommendations for BWE Wine of the Year.
Replies: 9
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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
 
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Topic: Happy holidays to BWEers around the globe.
Replies: 9
Views: 94

Re: Dinner with my bro tonight

Medoc or Chateauneuf.
by DavidG
on Mon Dec 22, 2014 11:35 pm
 
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Topic: Dinner with my bro tonight
Replies: 7
Views: 133

Re: 2004 R Lopez Heredia Vina Gravonia

The cellars or the winemaking areas, Alex? A lot of houses have ancient cellars filled with mold, etc. where the old stuff is resting.
by DavidG
on Mon Dec 22, 2014 12:43 pm
 
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Topic: 2004 R Lopez Heredia Vina Gravonia
Replies: 3
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Re: Two wines, one winner

I find a lot of complexity in the 1989 Angelus. Ive had it many times but never alongside a Figeac. The two are very different styles and different palates will have different preferences, but I wouldn't call the '89 Angelus simple or lacking complexity.
by DavidG
on Sun Dec 21, 2014 3:05 pm
 
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Topic: Two wines, one winner
Replies: 14
Views: 192

Re: Two wines, one winner

Ahh, my beloved Angelus, where have you gone? This wine was sooooo good in 1989 and 1990. I fell in love with it and keep hoping to see them repeat that. But perhaps it is not meant to be.
by DavidG
on Sun Dec 21, 2014 2:10 pm
 
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Topic: Two wines, one winner
Replies: 14
Views: 192

Re: It will be a nice dinner tonight

Wow, you are pulling out the stops tonight Nic!
by DavidG
on Sat Dec 20, 2014 11:26 pm
 
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Topic: It will be a nice dinner tonight
Replies: 9
Views: 84

Re: New York Times article in defense of Bordeaux blanc

I can't comment from personal experience on premox in white Bdx because I don't drink much of it. But it's not just Burgs that are at risk. I've seen it in white Rhones. And if Stuart says he's seen it in Bordeaux Blanc, I believe it's happening. I wonder if there's a greater risk with wines that ma...
by DavidG
on Mon Dec 15, 2014 10:12 pm
 
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Topic: New York Times article in defense of Bordeaux blanc
Replies: 10
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Re: TN: TN: some good ones including Bordeaux

Harry, the '96 Lynch and the '00 Les Cailloux sound like real treats! And Jo dogs among the others either. Glad to see you're drinking well.
by DavidG
on Mon Dec 08, 2014 11:46 pm
 
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Topic: TN: TN: some good ones including Bordeaux
Replies: 4
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Re: So what have you bought lately?

Yes, I did say I was buying, not necessarily receiving too much. Though they eventually came through on every single bottle, I am done buying pre-arrivals from PC. OTOH, I don't know if I would have been able to resist the 2002 PR Winston Churchill at a pre-arrival price of $150...
by DavidG
on Mon Dec 08, 2014 4:23 am
 
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Topic: So what have you bought lately?
Replies: 85
Views: 1781

Re: So what have you bought lately?

Wow, I guess I shouldn't have taken myself off of the PC email list... But I was buying soooo much stuff...
by DavidG
on Sun Dec 07, 2014 9:54 pm
 
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Topic: So what have you bought lately?
Replies: 85
Views: 1781

Re: So what have you bought lately?

Good buy, Stefan. Did you get those in Europe?
by DavidG
on Sun Dec 07, 2014 5:17 am
 
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Topic: So what have you bought lately?
Replies: 85
Views: 1781

Re: 2002 Pol Roger question

Apparently not... To whit:

Great price! Any left?
by DavidG
on Tue Dec 02, 2014 5:12 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2002 Pol Roger question
Replies: 10
Views: 209

Re: So what have you bought lately?

2002 Pol Roger Brut
2002 Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs

Trying to resist the rosé...
by DavidG
on Tue Dec 02, 2014 4:19 am
 
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Topic: So what have you bought lately?
Replies: 85
Views: 1781

Re: 2002 Pol Roger question

Ian, yes, Clos des Goisses is another long-lived wine which has been a favorite of mine in many past vintages. I may have to snag a few of those as well as some of the 2002 PR regular and WC. Rob, I've been the lucky recipient of a few glasses of 1990 Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs thanks to your generos...
by DavidG
on Mon Dec 01, 2014 4:48 pm
 
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Topic: 2002 Pol Roger question
Replies: 10
Views: 209

Re: Wild three days of wine

Thanks for the info on use of oak in Chablis. Who are the prominent producers who don't oak, or do all of them do it for their GCs?
by DavidG
on Mon Dec 01, 2014 2:32 am
 
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Topic: Wild three days of wine
Replies: 18
Views: 297

Re: 2002 Pol Roger question

Thanks guys. I am in for some of each. I think I'm just seeing 2 different listings for the same Blanc de Blancs.
by DavidG
on Mon Dec 01, 2014 2:25 am
 
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Topic: 2002 Pol Roger question
Replies: 10
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2002 Pol Roger question

I'm looking to add some 2002 Pol Roger to the cellar, and am considering the "regular" vintage blend and some of the Blanc de Blancs. I know we have a few Pol Roger fans on board. How would you compare them? And is there any difference between the 2002 Blanc de Blancs and the 2002 Blanc de...
by DavidG
on Sun Nov 30, 2014 8:00 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2002 Pol Roger question
Replies: 10
Views: 209

Re: Wild three days of wine

Wow is right! What a great few days of wine tasting. Thanks for the fascinating read, Tim. I too have a question, about the Le Clos Chablis tasting. You mentioned a heaviness due to oak obscuring the terroir in the Billard Simon and Dauvissat. I thought oak was taboo in Chablis. Were these recent vi...
by DavidG
on Sun Nov 30, 2014 7:26 pm
 
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Topic: Wild three days of wine
Replies: 18
Views: 297

Re: New vintage ranking 1981-2010

Chris' ranking is identical to mine at this stage of the game. Of course, this is based on my limited personal exposure. I haven't drunk 100 or probably even 50 different wines from any of these vintages. I can see where someone might argue that 1982 shouldn't be ranked first because there were only...
by DavidG
on Fri Nov 28, 2014 6:32 pm
 
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Topic: New vintage ranking 1981-2010
Replies: 14
Views: 316

Re: 2005 Meyney

Sounds like a very nice wine at that price! Do you think cellar time will make it even better?
by DavidG
on Fri Nov 28, 2014 6:26 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2005 Meyney
Replies: 6
Views: 165
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