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Re: 1999 the Cinderella vintage shows well

I have a smattering of '99s. The only one in common with Ian's notes is the Giscours, and I would agree with his take. A nice pleasant wine but it doesn't scream Margaux or offer any real complexity. I drank mine up. The 1999 Palmer, however, is outstanding. Never tried the Ch. Margaux or the D'Issa...
by DavidG
on Fri Mar 27, 2015 5:09 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 1999 the Cinderella vintage shows well
Replies: 16
Views: 133

Re: The 2009 Talbot has been uncorked and other ramblings....

I think it was around $50 pre-arrival. Maybe less.
by DavidG
on Thu Mar 26, 2015 1:40 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The 2009 Talbot has been uncorked and other ramblings....
Replies: 19
Views: 155

Re: The 2009 Talbot has been uncorked and other ramblings....

I hope the future holds more promise for this wine. I have a few and will probably wait 5 years to open one.
by DavidG
on Thu Mar 26, 2015 12:18 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The 2009 Talbot has been uncorked and other ramblings....
Replies: 19
Views: 155

Re: TN: 10 Chantegrive 'rouge' [Graves]

I have a few of these and agree with Arv's note. A nice daily drinker, I thought it an excellent value at the $24 I paid. Should drink well for 5-10 years but wouldn't expect it to make old bones. If I had room in the drinking plan for more young daily drinkers and less mature wine in the cellar, I ...
by DavidG
on Thu Mar 26, 2015 12:07 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: 10 Chantegrive 'rouge' [Graves]
Replies: 5
Views: 76

Re: 2003 Leoville Barton uncorked

Ian, you are right on the money regarding tasting vs. drinking. Arv has the solution, but who's got the time?
by DavidG
on Tue Mar 24, 2015 5:43 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2003 Leoville Barton uncorked
Replies: 13
Views: 206

Re: What is your favourite super second?

That first pic suggests they were all mind-bendingly good.
by DavidG
on Sun Mar 22, 2015 5:21 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: What is your favourite super second?
Replies: 86
Views: 1755

Re: What is your favourite super second?

I haven't had an '82 Pichon Lalande that recently, Ian, so can't comment on whether it may be in decline or if your birthday bottle just wasn't representative of the best that it can be. At 30 years, as they say, no great wines, only great bottles.
by DavidG
on Fri Mar 20, 2015 12:40 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: What is your favourite super second?
Replies: 86
Views: 1755

Re: What is your favourite super second?

I've never had them side by side that I can recall, but the '82 has blown me away all 4 times I've had it. The '86 was outstanding the 4 times I've had it but it just doesn't have that extra gear...
by DavidG
on Fri Mar 20, 2015 12:34 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: What is your favourite super second?
Replies: 86
Views: 1755

Re: What is your favourite super second?

Nope. Best PLL ever is the 1982.
by DavidG
on Thu Mar 19, 2015 8:54 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: What is your favourite super second?
Replies: 86
Views: 1755

Re: Will Neal Martin save Bordeaux?

Good question. Sooner or later I guess they'll have to price it to move. Maybe when they run out of storage space. That's what I do. When the cellar starts to overflow, time to send some off to auction...
by DavidG
on Thu Mar 19, 2015 5:18 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Will Neal Martin save Bordeaux?
Replies: 11
Views: 130

Re: TN: 09 La Cardonne [Medoc] - yuck!

Yes, good to see you posting again Arv!
by DavidG
on Thu Mar 19, 2015 3:54 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: 09 La Cardonne [Medoc] - yuck!
Replies: 12
Views: 122

Re: Will Neal Martin save Bordeaux?

I think Ian's description of Neal Martin's palate matches my impression from reading his notes. I've never met him. But does Bordeaux need saving? They seem to still be plugging along despite all the dire warnings about pricing themselves out of existence. And they've exhibited that seemingly irrati...
by DavidG
on Thu Mar 19, 2015 3:51 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Will Neal Martin save Bordeaux?
Replies: 11
Views: 130

Re: When Robert Parker reached his peak....

Clearly Robert Parker's influence has waned. With the general population, where anyone with an Internet connection and a 90+ score can end up on a shelf-talker. And amongst our merry little band, where even those of us who cut our Bordeaux-buying teeth on the Wine Advocate (raising my own hand here)...
by DavidG
on Sun Mar 15, 2015 6:14 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: When Robert Parker reached his peak....
Replies: 2
Views: 147

Re: So what have you bought lately?

Wow, Tim. I'll be arranging tickets to Paris shortly. What can I bring to entice you to pop the '47 Petrus? ;)
by DavidG
on Thu Mar 12, 2015 1:26 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: So what have you bought lately?
Replies: 131
Views: 3031

Re: 2005 Bordeaux, Branaire , Labegorce , Pavie, Talbot , Rauzan

Sounds like a pleasant surprise! Early word on 2005 left bank was that they would take a looong time to come around. Thanks for the update. Might have to move a few of these up into the try this year queue.
by DavidG
on Thu Mar 05, 2015 5:52 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2005 Bordeaux, Branaire , Labegorce , Pavie, Talbot , Rauzan
Replies: 3
Views: 208

Re: So what have you bought lately?

A sixer of 2009 La Lagune.

That mag of 1988 Conseillante sounds intriguing Ian.
by DavidG
on Wed Mar 04, 2015 12:47 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: So what have you bought lately?
Replies: 131
Views: 3031

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: 14
Views: 324

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: 159

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: 159

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: 12
Views: 259

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: 17
Views: 407

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: 134

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: 134

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: 86
Views: 1755

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: 82

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: 82

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: 301

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: 301

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: 86
Views: 1755

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: 301

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: 86
Views: 1755

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: 86
Views: 1755

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: 86
Views: 1755

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: 86
Views: 1755

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: 86
Views: 1755

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: 717

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: 560

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: 272

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: 272

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: 272
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