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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: 71

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
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Logis de la Cadène (restaurant) in Saint Emilion
Replies: 4
Views: 69

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: 69

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: 2
Views: 70

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
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Napa Earthquake
Replies: 5
Views: 118

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: 14
Views: 251

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
Views: 114

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: 114

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
Replies: 1
Views: 51

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
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The 2010 Paul Autard Cuvée La Cote Ronde has been uncorked.
Replies: 9
Views: 114

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
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The 2010 Paul Autard Cuvée La Cote Ronde has been uncorked.
Replies: 9
Views: 114

Re: Non-Bordeaux wines in Bordeaux

Quite a lunch, Alex, nicely done!
by DavidG
on Mon Aug 18, 2014 10:53 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Non-Bordeaux wines in Bordeaux
Replies: 1
Views: 54

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
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2010 Mullineux Family Wines Syrah Schist - Swartland
Replies: 0
Views: 23

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
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: Montrose 1975 with a sideswipe of La Louviere 1990
Replies: 1
Views: 85

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: 636

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
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: So what about 2010?
Replies: 14
Views: 367

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
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Uncorked a 2002 Pol Roger last night....
Replies: 12
Views: 225

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
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: So what about 2010?
Replies: 14
Views: 367

Re: So what about 2010?

Yes, Jim is serious about 2002.
by DavidG
on Sun Jul 20, 2014 2:24 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: So what about 2010?
Replies: 14
Views: 367

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
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2010 is not the greatest vintage ever in Bordeaux
Replies: 33
Views: 716

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
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2010 is not the greatest vintage ever in Bordeaux
Replies: 33
Views: 716

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
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: A short and plenty full moon night in Maine with the BD
Replies: 9
Views: 204

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
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 1989 Bordeaux Retrospective
Replies: 16
Views: 521

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
 
Forum: Forum
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

Re: Visit to Chateauneuf

Thanks for the perspective JM.
by DavidG
on Sun Jun 15, 2014 3:06 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Visit to Chateauneuf
Replies: 5
Views: 210

Re: 1989 Bordeaux Retrospective

Great update, Carlos. The 1989 Lynch Bages from my cellar is very closed. I've had bottles from others that have been more open.
by DavidG
on Sun Jun 15, 2014 3:04 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 1989 Bordeaux Retrospective
Replies: 16
Views: 521

Re: 2014 Bordeaux hit by hail

Doesn't matter in terms of whether I'm buying, I'm not. But I'm still interested in what's happening in Bordeaux. So yes, it does matter.
by DavidG
on Sun Jun 15, 2014 12:21 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2014 Bordeaux hit by hail
Replies: 9
Views: 362

2014 Bordeaux hit by hail

A lot of damage. Sounds like many of the big names escaped the worst damage. I imagine the little guys are most vulnerable financially.

http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/50122
by DavidG
on Sat Jun 14, 2014 10:57 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2014 Bordeaux hit by hail
Replies: 9
Views: 362

Re: Visit to Chateauneuf

Thank you Alex and Danny. Between your advice and the responses from the Berserkers board, I am now thinking I want to spend a few days there. So much to do!
by DavidG
on Sat Jun 14, 2014 10:35 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Visit to Chateauneuf
Replies: 5
Views: 210

Visit to Chateauneuf

My wife and I will be spending a week in Aix-en-Provence in September and are planning a day trip to Chateauneuf to visit one or two properties. We could use some advice. Beaucastel and Vieux Telegraphe are long-time favorites. I'm also a fan of Pegau. How are they about visits? We would call or ema...
by DavidG
on Mon Jun 09, 2014 4:23 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Visit to Chateauneuf
Replies: 5
Views: 210

Re: Alsace Riesling under a nice sunny weather

He did say "under" a nice sunny weather…

That Riesling sounds like the perfect match for the day.

Looking forward to the rum story, perhaps at our next convention.
by DavidG
on Mon Jun 09, 2014 4:22 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Alsace Riesling under a nice sunny weather
Replies: 3
Views: 81

Re: So much for the great invention....

Coravin sent me a "stop using it until we send you a neoprene sleeve" email a couple of days ago. Coravin is estimating 1:78,000 bottles breaking, but they don't have any true knowledge of either the numerator or denominator. My read of their description doesn't sound like bottles are expl...
by DavidG
on Thu Jun 05, 2014 12:57 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: So much for the great invention....
Replies: 3
Views: 157

Re: 1989 Lynch Bages has been uncorked

That's why we keep going back, Stefan. Apparently very few people are aware of the cellar and prices. There's always something good on the list, and they never raise prices on the old stuff.
by DavidG
on Mon Jun 02, 2014 4:47 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 1989 Lynch Bages has been uncorked
Replies: 8
Views: 254

Re: 1989 Lynch Bages has been uncorked

The food is ok but far from great or inventive. We go for the well-stored aged wines at killer prices.
by DavidG
on Sun Jun 01, 2014 11:58 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 1989 Lynch Bages has been uncorked
Replies: 8
Views: 254

Re: 1989 Lynch Bages has been uncorked

Another hour later and things are shifting towards a meaty, iodine and leather place, still maintaining the complex aged fruit and great balance.
by DavidG
on Sun Jun 01, 2014 2:27 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 1989 Lynch Bages has been uncorked
Replies: 8
Views: 254

Re: 1989 Lynch Bages has been uncorked

After 30 minutes or so this opens up beautifully, with an even richer, more complex nose and palate to follow. A nice mix of rich ripe fruit and aged characteristics, great balance, nicely resolved tannins, and a long, lingering finish. Showing much better and more evolved than the bottle I brought ...
by DavidG
on Sun Jun 01, 2014 1:04 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 1989 Lynch Bages has been uncorked
Replies: 8
Views: 254

Re: Sorry I've been MIA....

Good luck Jim, especially if one of them is that texting/driving case.
by DavidG
on Sun Jun 01, 2014 12:58 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Sorry I've been MIA....
Replies: 1
Views: 108

Re: 1989 Lynch Bages has been uncorked

Sorry for the big sideways file. Dont know how to edit from my phone.

Decanted at tableside. Cork and fill are perfect. Dark red core, just a little bricking at the rim. Nose is full of cassis, black cherry, complex moist earth right out of the gate.
by DavidG
on Sun Jun 01, 2014 12:42 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 1989 Lynch Bages has been uncorked
Replies: 8
Views: 254
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