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Re: In honor of BWE 2015 convention, a Bordeaux tonight

The 2002 B-D was really excellent recently. Early maturity, more depth than I was expecting.
by Blanquito
on Fri May 15, 2015 11:13 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: In honor of BWE 2015 convention, a Bordeaux tonight
Replies: 5
Views: 81

Re: So what have you bought lately?

Ancient buys, delivery next week. 2009 Le Crock 750ml (QTY. 12) 2008 Chevalier, Domaine de 750ml (QTY. 3) 2009 Chateau Saint Paul 750ml (QTY. 12) 2009 La Gurgue 750ml (QTY. 12) 2008 Figeac 750ml (QTY. 6) 2010 Cantemerle 750ml (QTY. 4) There's also a case of 2010 Talbot out there. I hesitate to say ...
by Blanquito
on Fri May 15, 2015 11:11 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: So what have you bought lately?
Replies: 148
Views: 3634

Re: Wine lawyer to chase en primeur orders?

But again, presuming their business model is to buy lower later, how do they rationally price the wines for pre-arrival sales today? That's what interests me. This is a crucial question and not over-complexifying at all. If their business model really is to offer a bargain price today for something...
by Blanquito
on Fri May 15, 2015 1:45 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Wine lawyer to chase en primeur orders?
Replies: 74
Views: 577

Re: Wine lawyer to chase en primeur orders?

Maybe they "lock in" prices with suppliers but then invest our money in broader equities or bonds or currencies, and once they've made enough profit on it, they cash out and pay for the wines at that point? This way they can offer low prices while still making a profit. Of course, some of ...
by Blanquito
on Fri May 15, 2015 12:05 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Wine lawyer to chase en primeur orders?
Replies: 74
Views: 577

Re: Wine lawyer to chase en primeur orders?

Marcs, the years I list are not vintages of Bordeaux, but the actual year I made an order of any wine from PC. For example, I ordered most of my 2010 Bordeaux at PC in the calendar year 2013 (along with some other non Bordeaux wines) and I have received to date 89% of the cash value of the orders m...
by Blanquito
on Thu May 14, 2015 5:13 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Wine lawyer to chase en primeur orders?
Replies: 74
Views: 577

Re: Wine lawyer to chase en primeur orders?

Below is the percentage of my $$$ expenditures at PC (based on the year the order was made) that have been fulfilled to date. 2015 - 7% 2014 - 58% 2013 - 89% 2012 - 97% 2011 - 89% 2010 - 98% 2009 - 100% 2008 - 100% 2007 - 100% 2006 - 100% 2005 - 100% 2004 - 100% 2003 - 100% All Time - 91% For examp...
by Blanquito
on Wed May 13, 2015 5:02 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Wine lawyer to chase en primeur orders?
Replies: 74
Views: 577

Re: Wine lawyer to chase en primeur orders?

What amazes me is after all these years we still don't really know what goes on behind the curtain. No one has come forward, no former employee or insider who might shed some light on their practices. Maybe it's all innocent and PC uses its market position to leverage amazing deals from big negocian...
by Blanquito
on Tue May 12, 2015 7:14 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Wine lawyer to chase en primeur orders?
Replies: 74
Views: 577

Re: Wine lawyer to chase en primeur orders?

But there are folks who've done huge amounts of biz with PC over the decades who feel "something has changed" and they hear enough from their own sources (other ITB people etc) that they are dialing back their exposure. I've heard similar things in the last year from people "who shou...
by Blanquito
on Mon May 11, 2015 9:27 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Wine lawyer to chase en primeur orders?
Replies: 74
Views: 577

Re: Wine lawyer to chase en primeur orders?

I don't think what they are doing is illegal, because I have to believe the state would have intervened by now. It just seems like a plan that I would want no part of. I still can't believe they get away with not telling the truth to customers. I don't read other sites, can someone summarize what s...
by Blanquito
on Mon May 11, 2015 8:55 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Wine lawyer to chase en primeur orders?
Replies: 74
Views: 577

Re: Wine lawyer to chase en primeur orders?

Michael, I hope you get your wine soon. I doubt PC will go under, but it is a risk just based on the (reasoned) speculation in this thread and countless others. Any business can go under via bad luck or mismanagement, so even if PC is 100% legit, the risk of parking tens of thousands of dollars in P...
by Blanquito
on Mon May 11, 2015 7:15 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Wine lawyer to chase en primeur orders?
Replies: 74
Views: 577

Re: Wine lawyer to chase en primeur orders?

JimHow wrote:There's an old adage:
"If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."


I'm 91% on that. Or maybe I mean I'm 9% on that.

I guess if I never get my remaining 9% of purchases from PC, I've still done pretty well given the many terrific deals.
by Blanquito
on Sun May 10, 2015 3:44 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Wine lawyer to chase en primeur orders?
Replies: 74
Views: 577

Re: Wine lawyer to chase en primeur orders?

Below is the percentage of my $$$ expenditures at PC (based on the year the order was made) that have been fulfilled to date. 2015 - 7% 2014 - 58% 2013 - 89% 2012 - 97% 2011 - 89% 2010 - 98% 2009 - 100% 2008 - 100% 2007 - 100% 2006 - 100% 2005 - 100% 2004 - 100% 2003 - 100% All Time - 91% For exampl...
by Blanquito
on Sat May 09, 2015 8:09 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Wine lawyer to chase en primeur orders?
Replies: 74
Views: 577

Re: Wine lawyer to chase en primeur orders?

Not sure if you ordered wines in non standard formats, but it's always half bottles that give me issues with PC prearrivals. When I've grown tired of waiting (which only happened with 05 and 09 Bordeaux half bottles, every 750 I've ordered from PC through the years has arrived in a reasonable period...
by Blanquito
on Sat May 09, 2015 6:09 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Wine lawyer to chase en primeur orders?
Replies: 74
Views: 577

Re: Wine lawyer to chase en primeur orders?

We will have our PC wine "steals" clawed back as part of a PC dissolution and settlement?
by Blanquito
on Sat May 09, 2015 2:08 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Wine lawyer to chase en primeur orders?
Replies: 74
Views: 577

Re: Wine lawyer to chase en primeur orders?

Are we definitely taking about PC here?
by Blanquito
on Sat May 09, 2015 2:04 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Wine lawyer to chase en primeur orders?
Replies: 74
Views: 577

Favorite Brunello?

I don't drink much Brunello, but a few bottles over the last year have been head-turners. In particular, Lisini has impressed me, both the single vineyard Ugolaia and the normale Brunello. I've also enjoyed Brunello from Il Poggione and Uccelleiera. The one try I had from Valdicava was impressive, t...
by Blanquito
on Fri May 08, 2015 5:59 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Favorite Brunello?
Replies: 2
Views: 46

Re: Montrose in a landslide

So no doubt, 1996 is a great vintage In the Médoc. I guess 2005 and 2010 are great too, but different, as both smell and taste just a little bit more modern. What is special with 1996, it is great, but very blackcurrant, slightly austere and structured, but also fragrant and classical. I hope you u...
by Blanquito
on Fri May 08, 2015 3:12 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Montrose in a landslide
Replies: 13
Views: 195

Re: Montrose in a landslide

One thing I really like about the 96 vintage-- it occurred in the days before spoof had really arrived and so there are really no left bankers whose style I dislike or find soulless. The quality of the material may been better in 2005 -- and I do think the 05s have better depth than just about any o...
by Blanquito
on Fri May 08, 2015 1:22 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Montrose in a landslide
Replies: 13
Views: 195

Re: Montrose in a landslide

Impressive showing for the Montrose. Is 1996 the greatest Cabernet Sauvignon vintage in Bordeaux since 1961?
by Blanquito
on Thu May 07, 2015 10:55 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Montrose in a landslide
Replies: 13
Views: 195

Re: Montrose in a landslide

Go SNP!
by Blanquito
on Thu May 07, 2015 9:47 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Montrose in a landslide
Replies: 13
Views: 195

Re: So what have you bought lately?

A few bottles each of 1995 l'Evangile, 1995 Leoville Poyferre, 1995 Magdelaine,1989 Cantemerle, 1999 Monbousquet, 2005 Sociando Mallet.
by Blanquito
on Thu May 07, 2015 4:50 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: So what have you bought lately?
Replies: 148
Views: 3634

Re: Wines that taste like Bordeaux

I concur on Dominus and Togni. A few older vintages of Ridge Monte Bello I've had were dead ringers for claret. Also Mayacamas cabs. 80's Phelps Insignia.

I had a Montevetrano from Campania rcently that could pass for a semi modern Bordeaux.
by Blanquito
on Wed May 06, 2015 2:39 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Wines that taste like Bordeaux
Replies: 11
Views: 224

Buying Advice: these wines a buy?

Buying Advice: these wines a buy? I consider these prices "high" for wine in general, so I'd buy if BWE thinks one (or all) of these are/will be really stellar.

-2000 Calon Segur for $100
-2009 Calon Segur for $100
-2010 Beychevelle for $80
-2009 Beychevelle for $89

???
by Blanquito
on Mon May 04, 2015 10:28 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Buying Advice: these wines a buy?
Replies: 3
Views: 105

Re: 2003 Sociando

Drank the 1996 this weekend (long weekend here in the UK). It started off very promising, spectacular. Then it got really high toned and tetchy. That was the last bottle out of the first case. Two more to go. A wine I have never got along with. I think it hasn't settled down yet. I have had the 96 ...
by Blanquito
on Mon May 04, 2015 10:11 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2003 Sociando
Replies: 16
Views: 197

Re: 2003 Sociando

I'm drinking the 03 S-M tonight from 375... Lovely stuff, quite expressive, but for my tastes this has plenty left in the tank. It won't be the longest lived S-M by any means, but there's lots of gritty tannin to resolve and I see upside. So it comes down to how you like your claret, and I prefer my...
by Blanquito
on Mon May 04, 2015 5:11 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2003 Sociando
Replies: 16
Views: 197

Re: TN: 96 Lafon Rochet [St Estephe]

My favorite vintage of Lafon Rochet.
by Blanquito
on Mon May 04, 2015 4:55 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: 96 Lafon Rochet [St Estephe]
Replies: 4
Views: 85

Re: TN: 3 wines including 2000 Monbousquet

The 2000 Monbo was thrilling the one time I had it in 2007. Definitely new wave but lots of character and interest.
by Blanquito
on Sun May 03, 2015 4:41 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: 3 wines including 2000 Monbousquet
Replies: 3
Views: 66

Re: 2010 Fleur Cardinale: Stunning.

The 03 F-C was a train wreak.
by Blanquito
on Sun May 03, 2015 4:28 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2010 Fleur Cardinale: Stunning.
Replies: 16
Views: 210

Re: TN: 03 Lanessan [Haut Medoc]

I liked this a lot on release when it was $13 per 750ml, seemed better balanced than the average 2003.
by Blanquito
on Fri May 01, 2015 3:54 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: 03 Lanessan [Haut Medoc]
Replies: 1
Views: 54

Re: TN: 1975 Chateau Pipeau Saint Emilion

^That's funny. I like and often find black tea in RBs especially, and sometimes sweet tea in older wines. Cellar floor, well that's different. Forest floor, that I can go for. I really like that black tea note in a fully mature claret. I recall you using that descriptor for one of the wines we have...
by Blanquito
on Thu Apr 30, 2015 10:20 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: 1975 Chateau Pipeau Saint Emilion
Replies: 15
Views: 133

Re: 2004 Ch. du Tertre

The (real) 1996 du Tertre is drinking really well right now. The 2000 is quite excellent as well
by Blanquito
on Thu Apr 30, 2015 3:21 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2004 Ch. du Tertre
Replies: 8
Views: 80

Re: TN: 1975 Chateau Pipeau Saint Emilion

We drank a whole case of the 00 somewhat after release. It was great. I didn't get the sense it would make old bones, even in a peak vintage, but Bordeaux can surprise you. You know, this was killer on release, but I held on to a stash thinking it would get even better. It hasn't, but I haven't giv...
by Blanquito
on Tue Apr 28, 2015 9:38 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: 1975 Chateau Pipeau Saint Emilion
Replies: 15
Views: 133

Re: TNs: 88 PLL, 96 Montrose, 02 d'Issan, 02 Leoville Barton

My favorite Sauternes vintage is probably 1986, at least for the 8-10 chateau that I focus on year after year in that region.
by Blanquito
on Tue Apr 28, 2015 7:45 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TNs: 88 PLL, 96 Montrose, 02 d'Issan, 02 Leoville Barton
Replies: 14
Views: 188

Re: TNs: 88 PLL, 96 Montrose, 02 d'Issan, 02 Leoville Barton

It's been a crazy good decade plus for Sauternes. People have gotten blase about them. Count me among them. It seemed like the right thing at the time but I seem to have more than I will ever drink. Plus I can't say I've been too thrilled with the near-term evolution, as they seem increasingly flab...
by Blanquito
on Tue Apr 28, 2015 5:46 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TNs: 88 PLL, 96 Montrose, 02 d'Issan, 02 Leoville Barton
Replies: 14
Views: 188

Re: Rigorous training for BWE Bordeaux 2015

Ch. Gloria 2009 Excellent, rich and exuberant. 92 (sadly the 2008 was not shown) Ch. Grand Puy Lacoste 2005 I think this wine has gone into its shell, and it tasted a little bit flat compared to some other 2005s. It does have the attributes to develop into a fine wine. 91 on the night, but will be ...
by Blanquito
on Mon Apr 27, 2015 9:39 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Rigorous training for BWE Bordeaux 2015
Replies: 10
Views: 171

Re: Sunny SD

Art, you're back in CO? Wine tasting next Thursday in Denver if you want to join in, informal gathering of 5-6 wine guys.
by Blanquito
on Sat Apr 25, 2015 2:53 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Sunny SD
Replies: 25
Views: 213

Re: My BWE 2015 WOTY

If truth be told, I am hesitate to buy more from PC until I get some of what I have already purchased delivered. I have open orders of 350 bottles of which only 6 bottles(!) are ready for shipping. One order of 6 bottles goes back to 2010, but all the others are 2012 and later. I have no reason to ...
by Blanquito
on Fri Apr 24, 2015 7:20 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: My BWE 2015 WOTY
Replies: 41
Views: 351

Re: My BWE 2015 WOTY

I know I've asked this question a hundred times but: Where exactly do these PC "prearrivals" sit for three, four, five or more years at a time? The reason why someone at PC can't just pick up a phone to arrange for shipping in a timely manner us WHAT again? One more point. A Ponzi/Pyramid...
by Blanquito
on Fri Apr 24, 2015 12:50 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: My BWE 2015 WOTY
Replies: 41
Views: 351

Re: My BWE 2015 WOTY

And the difference between what PC does and what Bernie Madoff did is WHAT? Does a first time buyer of "prearrivals" from PC know that they are paying for something that PC MAY get their hands on at some undetermined date in the future? Or are they led to believe that PC has accessed thes...
by Blanquito
on Fri Apr 24, 2015 2:44 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: My BWE 2015 WOTY
Replies: 41
Views: 351

Re: My BWE 2015 WOTY

Just got off the horn today with PC. They are swapping out all of my 2009 half bottles with 750s of the same wine. For my trouble, I'm getting a 26% increase in the total volume of wine in the swaps (27 half bottles becoming 17 full bottles) and almost all of the equivalent 750s are in stock.
by Blanquito
on Fri Apr 24, 2015 12:13 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: My BWE 2015 WOTY
Replies: 41
Views: 351
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