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Re: John Gilman in Westchester Magazine

What does this Gilman guy think about 2002? I posted this back when we were debating 2000 vs. 2002 in anticipation of our BWE mini-blind tasting. Here's John Gilman's take on the vintages of the new millennium. He's got both 2000 and 2002 in the bottom half of the decade. In terms of vintage, one h...
by DavidG
on Sun Sep 14, 2014 5:02 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: John Gilman in Westchester Magazine
Replies: 33
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Re: John Gilman in Westchester Magazine

Interesting article, thanks for posting the link. I've always thought Gilman calls 'em as he sees 'em, then uses hyperbole to emphasize his position and be a provocateur when he hands out an ultra-low score to a Parker favorite. So I don't think he's being dishonest about 2008 vs. 2010. Just a diffe...
by DavidG
on Thu Sep 11, 2014 7:51 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: John Gilman in Westchester Magazine
Replies: 33
Views: 419

Re: Napa Earthquake

Glad to hear all is well, Michael-P.
by DavidG
on Thu Sep 04, 2014 8:28 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Napa Earthquake
Replies: 8
Views: 161

Re: HWSRN: 2003 Pontet Canet is "spectacular."

That's very wise, Jim, because we all know that once you open the case, it will be gone in a month!
by DavidG
on Thu Sep 04, 2014 8:26 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: HWSRN: 2003 Pontet Canet is "spectacular."
Replies: 13
Views: 356

Re: New Bordeaux wine blog

Looks good, Alex. I think your chosen niche, the unsung, reasonably priced wines of Bordeaux, is an excellent one. It's clearly an area you love. And even if they don't generate the buzz of the top great growths, people should be interested in which ones represent good value vs. those that are the &...
by DavidG
on Thu Sep 04, 2014 7:31 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: New Bordeaux wine blog
Replies: 8
Views: 211

Re: HWSRN: 2003 Pontet Canet is "spectacular."

If you have more, I would wait another 5 years to open the next one.
by DavidG
on Thu Sep 04, 2014 1:44 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: HWSRN: 2003 Pontet Canet is "spectacular."
Replies: 13
Views: 356

Re: Champ., Burg., Bx., Rhone & Port

Nice report Alex. I'm not at all surprised that the La Mouline stole the show. I find that the oak in these integrates very nicely after 10 years or so. And not surprised that it wasn't identified as a Cote Rotie, especially served blind in a setting where perhaps Bordeaux was expected. Nothing for ...
by DavidG
on Thu Sep 04, 2014 1:42 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Champ., Burg., Bx., Rhone & Port
Replies: 1
Views: 53

Chicago, Thurs 9/18

I'm planning a small dinner featuring a few bottles of Shafer Hillside select in Chicago on 9/18. Anyone game? John and Paula? Can you stay out late on a school night?
by DavidG
on Thu Sep 04, 2014 4:35 am
 
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Topic: Chicago, Thurs 9/18
Replies: 1
Views: 29

Re: HWSRN: 2003 Pontet Canet is "spectacular."

That sounds about right.
by DavidG
on Thu Sep 04, 2014 1:59 am
 
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Topic: HWSRN: 2003 Pontet Canet is "spectacular."
Replies: 13
Views: 356

Re: HWSRN: 2003 Pontet Canet is "spectacular."

It was very good to excellent when I last had it a year ago at Mr. Vino's, but not spectacular. It needed a long time in a decanter and was still outshone by some older Bordeaux. I think Tom, Jay and Chris, who were there, would agree. It may yet turn spectacular, but it needs time.
by DavidG
on Wed Sep 03, 2014 10:27 pm
 
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Topic: HWSRN: 2003 Pontet Canet is "spectacular."
Replies: 13
Views: 356

Re: NY Times article on Ch. Palmer

JimHow wrote:This place deteriorates into the Lord of the Flies when the BD goes away for a little bit.
Quite fascinating. A microcosm of the Hobbesian world in which we live.


Which is why you created BWE as a dictatorship. A benevolent one, to be sure, but you are the all-powerful sovereign.
by DavidG
on Wed Sep 03, 2014 3:30 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: NY Times article on Ch. Palmer
Replies: 31
Views: 446

Re: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. Are these all weak vintages?

Fodder for the foire au vins... Alex and Tim will be able to load up on the cheap, but will they be worth it even at those prices?

Hey, if you consider that the decade starts with 2011, 2012 could be considered the vintage of the decade so far!
by DavidG
on Tue Sep 02, 2014 2:18 am
 
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Topic: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. Are these all weak vintages?
Replies: 14
Views: 221

Re: 1986 Beaucastel

I've never had the Celestins and haven't had the Beaucastel or VT in over 5 years but they were drinking really well then.
by DavidG
on Tue Sep 02, 2014 2:12 am
 
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Topic: 1986 Beaucastel
Replies: 4
Views: 100

Re: NY Times article on Ch. Palmer

The pendulum swings. And swings back. But it may not swing back as far into Bordeaux' corner as in the past. More competition at lower prices for the better wines probably means that Bordeaux will never (ooh, that's a long time!) recapture the market dominance it once had. But there will be more int...
by DavidG
on Tue Sep 02, 2014 2:04 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: NY Times article on Ch. Palmer
Replies: 31
Views: 446

Re: Whoo-pie

I'm surprised that counsel for the defense hasn't raised a strenuous objection.
by DavidG
on Sat Aug 30, 2014 1:24 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Whoo-pie
Replies: 2
Views: 91

Re: Logis de la Cadène (restaurant) in Saint Emilion

Where's that curmudgeon smilie when you need it?

Not ragging on Alex's post, just wondering if the list is an example of pricing in the "if you have to ask, you can't afford it" zone.
by DavidG
on Thu Aug 28, 2014 11:19 am
 
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Topic: Logis de la Cadène (restaurant) in Saint Emilion
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Re: Logis de la Cadène (restaurant) in Saint Emilion

The menu is certainly not inexpensive, but I've seen much worse at high-end places. The wine list is impressive but the absence of prices would worry me!
by DavidG
on Wed Aug 27, 2014 4:19 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Logis de la Cadène (restaurant) in Saint Emilion
Replies: 4
Views: 82

Re: 1986 Beaucastel

1986 was not a very good vintage in the Southern Rhone. A lot of them are over the hill, but Beaucastel has the ability to age better than most.
by DavidG
on Tue Aug 26, 2014 4:55 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 1986 Beaucastel
Replies: 4
Views: 100

Re: Napa Earthquake

I've heard a few serious injuries, about a hundred less serious injuries, variable property damage but no major infrastructure damage. Some places lost a lot of wine, but haven't heard of widespread devastating total losses. That may change as people have time to take stock. Hopefully the news won't...
by DavidG
on Sun Aug 24, 2014 11:43 pm
 
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Topic: Napa Earthquake
Replies: 8
Views: 161

Re: NY Times article on Ch. Palmer

Well, most of the owners do it to make money. Some, perhaps most, love the work. But I would guess that only occasionally is money secondary to love of the work. Even then most of them need to make money to stay afloat. Unless they are following the time-worn mantra of making a small fortune in the ...
by DavidG
on Sun Aug 24, 2014 8:00 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: NY Times article on Ch. Palmer
Replies: 31
Views: 446

Re: The 2010 Paul Autard Cuvée La Cote Ronde has been uncorked.

OK, figured out how to look at it by year and by quarter. Some quarters I drink more Rhone than Bordeaux...
by DavidG
on Sun Aug 24, 2014 7:51 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The 2010 Paul Autard Cuvée La Cote Ronde has been uncorked.
Replies: 9
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Re: The 2010 Paul Autard Cuvée La Cote Ronde has been uncorked.

I agree Jay, there's not a lot of interest here in Rhones, but I don't see people ragging on them. I like them a lot, and they provide a pleasure profile that is distinctively different from Bordeaux or California or Australia or... In my cellar, Rhones rank number 3 in number of bottles, way behind...
by DavidG
on Sun Aug 24, 2014 7:43 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The 2010 Paul Autard Cuvée La Cote Ronde has been uncorked.
Replies: 9
Views: 129

Re: Baroness Philippine de Rothschild 1933-2014

I remember when her father passed. Seems just yesterday but of course it has been years. The wine world has lost a legend. Peace to her family and friends.
by DavidG
on Sun Aug 24, 2014 7:32 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Baroness Philippine de Rothschild 1933-2014
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Re: The 2010 Paul Autard Cuvée La Cote Ronde has been uncorked.

The 2007s got mixed reviews at our Friday dinner at the BWE convention not long after their release. Was that at Capital Grille in Chicago? I was the eternal optimist, believing they'd all be fantastic with time. Others were skeptical. We were all at least part right. Some of those 2007s are startin...
by DavidG
on Sat Aug 23, 2014 2:33 pm
 
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Topic: The 2010 Paul Autard Cuvée La Cote Ronde has been uncorked.
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Re: The 2010 Paul Autard Cuvée La Cote Ronde has been uncorked.

Fantastic, like 2007 CdP in concentration but with more balancing acidity. Kind of like 2010 vs 2009 in Bordeaux.
by DavidG
on Wed Aug 20, 2014 11:08 pm
 
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Topic: The 2010 Paul Autard Cuvée La Cote Ronde has been uncorked.
Replies: 9
Views: 129

Re: Non-Bordeaux wines in Bordeaux

Quite a lunch, Alex, nicely done!
by DavidG
on Mon Aug 18, 2014 10:53 am
 
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Topic: Non-Bordeaux wines in Bordeaux
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2010 Mullineux Family Wines Syrah Schist - Swartland

I can't recall the last time I had a South African wine. I was prompted to buy a couple bottles of this by multiple positive comments by Keith Prothero on another board. Glad I did. ⋅  2010 Mullineux Family Wines Syrah Schist - South Africa, Coastal Region, Swartland (8/17/2014) Perfect fi...
by DavidG
on Mon Aug 18, 2014 12:45 am
 
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Topic: 2010 Mullineux Family Wines Syrah Schist - Swartland
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Re: TN: Montrose 1975 with a sideswipe of La Louviere 1990

Fascinating look at the Montrose Mark. Almost 40 years old and the wine is still an adolescent. Will it ever grow up or will its life force fade before it matures?
by DavidG
on Sat Aug 02, 2014 5:09 pm
 
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Topic: TN: Montrose 1975 with a sideswipe of La Louviere 1990
Replies: 1
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Re: BWE '15

Agree with Stefan. Avoid the en primeur barrel tasting rat race, usually late March or early April. May was a great time to visit when we all went in 2005. Can't believe it will be 10 years!
by DavidG
on Sat Jul 26, 2014 1:38 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: BWE Bordeaux '15?
Replies: 32
Views: 675

Re: So what about 2010?

Interesting.... Even after DC '14 huh? The BWE DC '14 blind tasting of 2000 vs 2002 featured only 3 wines from each year, so it's hardly definitive. But the 2000 versions of the Léoville Poyferre and Pichon Baron beat their 2002 counterparts and were the top vote-getters in the tasting. The Calon S...
by DavidG
on Sun Jul 20, 2014 6:44 pm
 
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Topic: So what about 2010?
Replies: 14
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Re: Uncorked a 2002 Pol Roger last night....

Yes to all of the above positive comments. It's running about $100 in DC, $120 for the Blanc de Blancs, so you got a decent price IMO. I'm waiting for the 2002 Sir Winston to come out, but fear it will be well north of $200 based on Premier Cru's pre-arrival offering at $199.99. I've gotten too old ...
by DavidG
on Sun Jul 20, 2014 2:32 pm
 
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Topic: Uncorked a 2002 Pol Roger last night....
Replies: 12
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Re: So what about 2010?

I would rank 2000, 2003, 2005 and 2009 all well ahead of 2002 in this decade alone. If you want to go back to 1961, I could name a lot more.
by DavidG
on Sun Jul 20, 2014 2:24 pm
 
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Topic: So what about 2010?
Replies: 14
Views: 372

Re: So what about 2010?

Yes, Jim is serious about 2002.
by DavidG
on Sun Jul 20, 2014 2:24 am
 
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Topic: So what about 2010?
Replies: 14
Views: 372

Re: 2010 is not the greatest vintage ever in Bordeaux

Straying again from defining "greatest ever" and focusing on general characteristics of 2009 vs 2010, it was my impression from reading the critics (and having tasted only 2009s), that 2010 was crisper, less ripe, more acidic and tannic than 2009. And that was supposed to be a good thing f...
by DavidG
on Wed Jul 16, 2014 12:15 am
 
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Topic: 2010 is not the greatest vintage ever in Bordeaux
Replies: 33
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Re: 2010 is not the greatest vintage ever in Bordeaux

I can't comment on the 2010 vintage as I have not tasted a single one. But I do feel compelled to correct a misleading statement by GBF. The alcohol does not preferentially "disappear" or "evaporate" from a sealed bottle of wine as it ages. The alcohol level (% alcohol by volume)...
by DavidG
on Tue Jul 15, 2014 11:34 am
 
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Topic: 2010 is not the greatest vintage ever in Bordeaux
Replies: 33
Views: 719

Re: A short and plenty full moon night in Maine with the BD

Only 9 bottles for the two of you? Slackers!
by DavidG
on Sat Jul 12, 2014 4:37 pm
 
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Topic: A short and plenty full moon night in Maine with the BD
Replies: 9
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Re: 1989 Bordeaux Retrospective

The 1990s were famous for early accessibility, while the 1989s needed time. Kind of like 2009 and 2010.

Outstanding though they are, I think both the 1989 and 1990 Montrose need more time to fully show their stuff. As do well-stored bottles of '89 Lynch Bages.
by DavidG
on Thu Jul 03, 2014 12:51 pm
 
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Topic: 1989 Bordeaux Retrospective
Replies: 16
Views: 524

Re: Paging SDR and Mr. Vino to the Champagne aisle please...

Yup, Bolly's a winner.
by DavidG
on Sat Jun 28, 2014 5:55 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Paging SDR and Mr. Vino to the Champagne aisle please...
Replies: 16
Views: 518

Re: 2011 WFevre Vaillons and 1967 Borgogno Reserva

We had a 1964 Borgogno Barolo at the BWE Convention Friday night dinner in DC. My first experience with aged Barolo, and it too was fantastic! Really nicely complex and balanced.
by DavidG
on Mon Jun 23, 2014 10:24 pm
 
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Topic: 2011 WFevre Vaillons and 1967 Borgogno Reserva
Replies: 1
Views: 67

Re: The 2010 La Lagune has been uncorked....

Nice notes Jim.

Danny, I'm in the same boat. Swore I woudn't buy 2009 but gave in and bought a bunch. Swore I wouldn't buy 2010 and am holding fast so far, but threads like this make it tough.
by DavidG
on Thu Jun 19, 2014 1:59 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The 2010 La Lagune has been uncorked....
Replies: 16
Views: 361
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