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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: 14
Views: 175

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: 269

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: 168

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: 269

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: 269

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: 572

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: 572

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: 178

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: 459

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: 516

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: 66

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: 355

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: 209

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: 459

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: 344

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: 344

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: 209

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: 209

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: 80

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: 154

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: 252

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: 252

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: 252

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: 252

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: 107

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: 252

1989 Lynch Bages has been uncorked

Live from our favorite restaurant at the beach.

$165/bottle.
by DavidG
on Sat May 31, 2014 11:55 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 1989 Lynch Bages has been uncorked
Replies: 8
Views: 252

Re: 2003 Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie

Nice note. I've had mixed results with Chinons, occasionally finding them a little too vegetal for my taste, though I do find a bit of green can add an appealing complexity. 2003 was a torrid year so there were no issues with getting the Cab Franc ripe. People worried instead about over-ripeness and...
by DavidG
on Sat May 31, 2014 3:17 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2003 Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie
Replies: 1
Views: 51

Re: Bordeaux trip tips

Stefano, I'm afraid I can't help with details. The last time I went it was with this group, and a number of them helped make arrangements.
by DavidG
on Mon May 26, 2014 2:55 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Bordeaux trip tips
Replies: 4
Views: 159

Re: Bordeaux trip tips

I'm sure Alex, our resident (as in he actually lives there) Bordeaux expert, will be able to give you more specific advice than I can. You should definitely arrange appointments ahead of time. First, you should decide what Chateaux to visit. I would pick ones you already like, and add one or two tha...
by DavidG
on Sun May 25, 2014 2:45 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Bordeaux trip tips
Replies: 4
Views: 159

Re: Wine til Sold Out??

This is similar to other flash sale sites. It's real wine, the deals are real, sometimes they have pedestrian stuff, often times decent stuff, and sometimes (rarely) they have rare and expensive stuff, but it's almost always a good deal. Too much work for me to keep track of, but if my cellar was in...
by DavidG
on Thu May 22, 2014 12:14 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Wine til Sold Out??
Replies: 5
Views: 214

Re: TN: 1989 Chateau Margaux at 25 years

Well done, Jon. Happy Anniversary!
by DavidG
on Mon May 19, 2014 10:54 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: 1989 Chateau Margaux at 25 years
Replies: 5
Views: 139

Re: My problem with 2013 Bordeaux

For long lived California cabs, I would look at Ridge Monte Bello, Montelena Estate, Dunn Howell Mountain and Dominus. I'm sure there are others.
by DavidG
on Sat May 17, 2014 11:24 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: My problem with 2013 Bordeaux
Replies: 10
Views: 315

Re: 2013 Chaptalized wine...

What Stefan said. I'm more interested in the quality of the wine than how it got there. The need for chaptalization is a warning sign, just as the lousy weather is. But it's the tasting reports of unexciting wines that will keep me from buying.
by DavidG
on Fri May 16, 2014 11:31 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2013 Chaptalized wine...
Replies: 7
Views: 157

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

Thanks Art. I ordered one from JJB at $90 (special client price). We'll see...
by DavidG
on Fri May 16, 2014 2:45 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Paging SDR and Mr. Vino to the Champagne aisle please...
Replies: 16
Views: 516

Re: 2010 Clos Marsalette....Haut Batailley side bar

Bacchus, check your PM.
by DavidG
on Fri May 16, 2014 2:34 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2010 Clos Marsalette....Haut Batailley side bar
Replies: 4
Views: 199

TN: One from the dark side

I am guilty of being too lazy to post TNs on most of the wines we drink at home, but this was a special bottle. A gift from our BD at one of our DC conventions, I've been waiting for it to mature a bit. It's been calling my name tha last few times I went down to the cellar, and this time I just coul...
by DavidG
on Thu May 15, 2014 12:47 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: One from the dark side
Replies: 7
Views: 305

Re: The 2010 Château....

I dunno Nic. Looks like it turned your world upside down.
by DavidG
on Sun May 11, 2014 8:25 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The 2010 Château....
Replies: 6
Views: 198

Re: 1996 Pichon Lalande vs 1996 Pontet Canet

Add me to the crowd of 1996 Pichon Lalande fans. It was also the winner of the blind tasting at the 2007 BWE convention. Thanks for the update.
by DavidG
on Sun May 11, 2014 11:51 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 1996 Pichon Lalande vs 1996 Pontet Canet
Replies: 5
Views: 210

Re: Week in Burgundy

Nice report Alex. Did Boillot say what they changed a few years ago? The Desjourneys Beaujolais sound interesting but it appears to be offered in only a few places in the US.
by DavidG
on Sun May 11, 2014 11:46 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Week in Burgundy
Replies: 10
Views: 205
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