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Re: Neal Martin on 2005 Bordeaux

None of what I wrote above is particularly profound in of itself, it's just that the degree to which I have come to see things this way has really changed. And Nick, to your excellent question, I don't really know what I think about 2005 vs 2009 vs 2010. I am definitely favoring 2005 over 2000 and o...
by Blanquito
on Fri Aug 28, 2015 2:10 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Neal Martin on 2005 Bordeaux
Replies: 11
Views: 160

Re: Neal Martin on 2005 Bordeaux

I think the question is more complicated. 2002L is the best vintage. 2003 northern Medoc produced some epic wines. 2009 was the "greatest vintage ever" if you like that style of wine, 2010 was the "greatest vintage ever" if you like that style. 2001 was excellent in Graves and, ...
by Blanquito
on Fri Aug 28, 2015 2:05 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Neal Martin on 2005 Bordeaux
Replies: 11
Views: 160

Neal Martin on 2005 Bordeaux

We recently discussed Parker's reaction to the 2005 vintage 10 years on, but Neal's take slipped beneath the radar a bit. I came across this quote and I thought I worth sharing/discussing. Interesting that he places 2005 above 2009, 2010 and 2000-- based on the composition of my cellar, I certainly ...
by Blanquito
on Thu Aug 27, 2015 8:52 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Neal Martin on 2005 Bordeaux
Replies: 11
Views: 160

Re: 2006 de Fieuzal, Pessac-Leognan

Parker went gaga for the 05 of this, giving it 94 pts I see.
by Blanquito
on Mon Aug 24, 2015 5:24 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2006 de Fieuzal, Pessac-Leognan
Replies: 3
Views: 45

Re: 2000 Bordeaux Horizontal: Part II

Cantemerle certainly punches above its weight. I still have a few lonely bottles of 1989. Will have to check it out. Maybe tired but have had many bottles and keep a few to see how it held up. And some 1996 Susan bought for me. Before we were married we have a few dinners with the 1996. Will have t...
by Blanquito
on Thu Aug 20, 2015 9:30 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2000 Bordeaux Horizontal: Part II
Replies: 22
Views: 867

Re: NY Times article on Bordeaux blanc

I've had many terrific bottles of Carbonnieux blanc.
by Blanquito
on Thu Aug 20, 2015 9:51 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: NY Times article on Bordeaux blanc
Replies: 16
Views: 192

Re: 2000 Bordeaux Horizontal: Part II

I was at a Cantemerle vertical last year, and from the strong vintages, the 2000 might have been the only one cracking up along with the 88. I would bet that other vintages of the wines in my tasting are holding better in non-2000 vintages, like d'Armailhac (95 and 99 are doing well) and apparently ...
by Blanquito
on Wed Aug 19, 2015 11:32 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2000 Bordeaux Horizontal: Part II
Replies: 22
Views: 867

Re: 2000 Bordeaux Horizontal: Part II

In terms of the wines noted here, I agree -- the lesser, non-classified wines will get no better. I've had the La Louviere many times and agree that it will not improve from here. For higher-end wines I disagree completely. Drinking 2000 Pichon Baron, LLC, Leov Barton, or Montrose now is a terrible...
by Blanquito
on Wed Aug 19, 2015 8:23 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2000 Bordeaux Horizontal: Part II
Replies: 22
Views: 867

Re: 2000 Bordeaux Horizontal: Part II

Hi Alex, We are both clearly intelligent, astute tasters. I assume folks noted that my notes were posted a little over 5 years ago? Thanks for the revival, Glenn. In retrospect, I think most of the wines I tasted in Parts I & II of this 10 year retrospective were at peak in 2010. Some have staye...
by Blanquito
on Wed Aug 19, 2015 7:49 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2000 Bordeaux Horizontal: Part II
Replies: 22
Views: 867

Re: Chateau De Ferrand 1998 has been opened

robertgoulet wrote:Anyone have the '98 la grave a pomerol?


I had one bottle, cellared since release, opened 2 weeks ago, terribly corked. :(
by Blanquito
on Sun Aug 16, 2015 8:44 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Chateau De Ferrand 1998 has been opened
Replies: 19
Views: 180

Re: President Trump

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by Blanquito
on Wed Aug 12, 2015 12:34 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 80
Views: 590

Re: President Trump

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by Blanquito
on Wed Aug 12, 2015 12:33 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 80
Views: 590

Re: President Trump

I'm a devout progressive, yet Hillary leaves me cold. Still, I'll vote for her with the hope that she's a competent manager, which the 2000-2008 period placed a premium on for me. But she doesn't inspire and I worry about her electability. The funny thing is, I think Obama has turned out to be a goo...
by Blanquito
on Tue Aug 11, 2015 10:30 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 80
Views: 590

Re: President Trump

Lee Atwater didn't help the discourse either. I think we should put to bed once and for all the idea that Republicans are the fiscally Conservative party. They are only so when it comes to democratic priorities, but they've shown they will spend and borrow and tax cut for the rich for their prioriti...
by Blanquito
on Mon Aug 10, 2015 3:54 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 80
Views: 590

Re: President Trump

... I said it in the last election and I'll say it again this year: Watch out for Rubio. He is just phony enough to get elected... I saw Rubio on the Daily Show 3-4 years ago, and I had the exact same thought. He was scary good at the phony-baloney stuff. At the end of the day though, I do wonder i...
by Blanquito
on Sat Aug 08, 2015 1:29 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 80
Views: 590

Re: President Trump

I don't expect the utterly vile Mr. Trump to get the GOP nomination, but if he runs on a third party line, he could prove to be Hillary's best friend. I was initially skeptical he might really do this, but I am no longer so sure. He is throwing so many grenades right now, it appears he might actual...
by Blanquito
on Fri Aug 07, 2015 4:49 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 80
Views: 590

2005 du Tertre

2005 du Tertre From a 375ml purchased on release, followed for 2 days... This is ready to go, wide open and filled with sexy, spicy fruit. Nowhere near fully mature of course, but fun with the exuberance of youth. At first, the bouquet was a bit much for me, with slightly sickly whiff of stewed sur...
by Blanquito
on Fri Aug 07, 2015 4:41 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2005 du Tertre
Replies: 1
Views: 77

Re: 2014 pricing

By the way, you can see all of Neal's 2014 initial barrel scores (along with some other critics') for free here :
http://www.bordoverview.com/?q=Neal-Martin
by Blanquito
on Fri Aug 07, 2015 3:54 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2014 pricing
Replies: 4
Views: 98

Re: 2014 pricing

Maybe it's the start of the long anticipated post-Parker price collapse? Even if it were a great vintage, who has the megaphone to announce it to the world? Neal Martin seens a good bloke, but he ain't gonna stoke the flames like Parker (still) can. Tanzer is nearing retirement it seems and anyway h...
by Blanquito
on Fri Aug 07, 2015 2:15 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2014 pricing
Replies: 4
Views: 98

Re: 2003 Lafon Rochet

I had this 2-3 times on release, and it was wild and ripe. I liked it, bought a few bottles for the cellar, as it struck me as one that could really develop into some unusual and fun.
by Blanquito
on Tue Aug 04, 2015 11:53 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2003 Lafon Rochet
Replies: 9
Views: 97

Re: So what have you bought lately?

Stefan is still my wine buying hero.
by Blanquito
on Tue Aug 04, 2015 12:53 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: So what have you bought lately?
Replies: 219
Views: 5778

Re: Which Bordeaux vintages are you worried are fading?

Patrick No question the 1985s - as a generalisation - for this is what we are talking about - will outlive the 1983s. I will give you a parable. (Perhaps more an anecdote!). For my 50th two years ago (yeah, yeah, I know I only look 40), two days before in fact, we did the Latour trifecta. 1983, 198...
by Blanquito
on Fri Jul 31, 2015 6:26 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Which Bordeaux vintages are you worried are fading?
Replies: 21
Views: 320

Re: Which Bordeaux vintages are you worried are fading?

This is fun. The 83 Pichon Lalande is in danger of decline, with only the best-stored bottles showing as well as it did 5-8 years ago (but when it is on, it is still killer). But in general, which will fade first, 85 or 83? I have had more 83s in recent years, and I think many of these have a ways t...
by Blanquito
on Thu Jul 30, 2015 9:00 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Which Bordeaux vintages are you worried are fading?
Replies: 21
Views: 320

Re: Deals Thread

2009 Produttori de Barbaresco Riserva Rabaja for $40 at the Chicago Wine Co. Pre-arrival, coming in Sept they tell me. Usually this cuvée is $50+.
by Blanquito
on Wed Jul 29, 2015 7:42 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Deals Thread
Replies: 31
Views: 493

Re: Historic Mid-Atlantic Sub-Chapter visit to Maine.

What's the maturity status on the 02 Pol Roger BdB? I have a 5 or 6, but a bottle I tried in 10/13 seemed pretty mute.
by Blanquito
on Wed Jul 29, 2015 1:21 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Historic Mid-Atlantic Sub-Chapter visit to Maine.
Replies: 34
Views: 407

Re: GPL vertical offline? In Colorado?

Arv, we definitely need a Ski BWE event this coming ski season. Half wine and food/half skiing. Let's co-plan something.

Art, when are you in CO or for how long?
by Blanquito
on Wed Jul 29, 2015 1:06 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: GPL vertical offline? In Colorado?
Replies: 5
Views: 86

GPL vertical offline? In Colorado?

Any chance we can organize a BWE tasting in the next month or two, perhaps featuring a vertical of Grand Puy Lacoste? I can definitely host/organize in Denver and rally 1-2 local Bordeaux lovers. I have a number of various GPL vintages: 1982, 1995, 1996, 2002-2005, 2009, and 2010. Though the theme i...
by Blanquito
on Tue Jul 28, 2015 11:04 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: GPL vertical offline? In Colorado?
Replies: 5
Views: 86

Re: Rudy K on American Greed, CNBC 7/24 at 10 PM

The fact that "port-like" became a positive thing in a mature Bordeaux...
by Blanquito
on Tue Jul 28, 2015 10:56 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Rudy K on American Greed, CNBC 7/24 at 10 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 283

Re: Historic Mid-Atlantic Sub-Chapter visit to Maine.

2002 Haut Brion: Stellar nose right from the uncorking. This is a great Haut Brion. It has never disappointed. He Who Shall Remain Nameless gave it 89 points I believe. He is crazy. Not a sharp edge, classic, at the beginning of a very long plateau. 95 points. 1997 d'Yquem: Deeply colored, very ric...
by Blanquito
on Tue Jul 28, 2015 2:02 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Historic Mid-Atlantic Sub-Chapter visit to Maine.
Replies: 34
Views: 407

Re: Which Bordeaux vintages are you worried are fading?

Overall, I am akin to Stefan in my maturation preferences. Still, no reason to hold anything pre-82 in my experience (excluding the odd 1975 or two I suppose). I am drinking my 83s and 85s as well, but I'm in no hurry as most (but not all) are holding strong. Still I don't think there are many left ...
by Blanquito
on Sun Jul 26, 2015 1:20 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Which Bordeaux vintages are you worried are fading?
Replies: 21
Views: 320

Re: Any "missing" posts

Nicklasss wrote:Seems to happening more often when the post is long...


Sounds like there could a 'timing-out' issue, working on a post in the website for too long.
by Blanquito
on Wed Jul 22, 2015 8:20 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Any "missing" posts
Replies: 5
Views: 93

Re: Wine lawyer to chase en primeur orders?

I second what David said. I never had your exposure Outlier, but I went very long on 2005 Bordeaux from PC and I was getting pretty nervous. Most were finally delivered in 2010, after I agree to swap half-bottle orders for full bottles of the same wine (with a 30% increasing in total volume of wine ...
by Blanquito
on Mon Jul 20, 2015 8:57 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Wine lawyer to chase en primeur orders?
Replies: 80
Views: 1261

Re: La Conseillante 1988 en magnum

Fantastic. A precious Right Banker this. And happy birthday to Maureen. Every year that goes by, 80s Bordeaux becomes more precious (at least to me). I keep meaning to get a very cold (<50F) cellar or fridge where I can in effect cryogenically freeze these 80s claret to enjoy for the next 40-50 y...
by Blanquito
on Sun Jul 19, 2015 8:07 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: La Conseillante 1988 en magnum
Replies: 10
Views: 114

Re: 2000 Meyney

JimHow wrote:A 1984 Cos I had in the late nineties tasted basically like water.


Back in the good ole days before reverse osmosis and megapurple.
by Blanquito
on Sat Jul 18, 2015 8:35 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2000 Meyney
Replies: 18
Views: 257

Re: 2004 La Lagune: Undrinkable?

The 78 Lagune has also been drinking fantastically for at least 5 years. A recent bottle was one of the best and much like you describe the 79 (which I don't think I've had). These aren't quite as cheap as 20 Euros here but I've scored the 78 for $35-$40 over the last 5 years at auction. I just have...
by Blanquito
on Sat Jul 18, 2015 12:47 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2004 La Lagune: Undrinkable?
Replies: 13
Views: 217

Re: 1986 Beychevelle

I don't have enough tries under my belt to say anything definitive. That said, I've really loved the 66, 70, 82, 83, 86, and 88. The only disappointment was the 89, which was certainly very good but a letdown in context, but I've only had it once so who knows if my bottle was representative. That sa...
by Blanquito
on Sat Jul 18, 2015 12:41 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 1986 Beychevelle
Replies: 6
Views: 121

1986 Beychevelle

1986 Château Beychevelle PnP. Heavenly throwback bouquet of fire-roasted poblano, whiffs of menthol, lots of charming green (pine-juniper-wintergreen). With air aromas of old leather and some purple sweetness come out. Tannins are in a great place right now, resolved yet intact. Overall, enchanting ...
by Blanquito
on Fri Jul 17, 2015 12:31 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 1986 Beychevelle
Replies: 6
Views: 121

Re: TNs 3 BDX

Gracias for this looksees. You know, I've become a real fan of some green notes in my red wines. Like most things, too much is unpleasant but gosh I've really find the pepper, piney things in a cab refreshing and engaging. And I like how it morphs with age, becoming more like smoke and tobacco. Of c...
by Blanquito
on Fri Jul 17, 2015 12:24 am
 
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Topic: TNs 3 BDX
Replies: 5
Views: 171

Re: 2004 La Lagune: Undrinkable?

Wine Advocate #171 Jun 2007 Robert M. Parker, Jr. Drink: 2007 - 2021 $49-$120 (31) A sleeper of the vintage, this sexy, charming, Burgundian-styled wine offers fleshy black cherry notes intermixed with camphor, flowers, and pain grille. Supple tannin, velvety texture, and luscious aromatics as well ...
by Blanquito
on Tue Jul 14, 2015 11:28 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2004 La Lagune: Undrinkable?
Replies: 13
Views: 217

Re: 2000 Meyney

The 88 Meyney has been sensational since 2008, it's finally starting to fade but it might be my favorite along with the 86. I used to find the 89 thrilling, but it has not moved me of late.
by Blanquito
on Tue Jul 14, 2015 12:50 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2000 Meyney
Replies: 18
Views: 257
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