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Re: What is your favourite super second?

Pichon Lalande, not really a contest for my mileage.

1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1989, 1995 and 1996. I've been lucky to try all of these, and each is tremendous in the context of the vintage.

True Bordeaux, yet with an extra panache that makes it stand out in a crowd of claret.
by Blanquito
on Sat Jan 31, 2015 10:28 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: What is your favourite super second?
Replies: 58
Views: 965

Re: 2007 Clos Dady, 2002 Ch. Troplong Mondot, and 2000 Ch. Siran

Shame about the Siran, I bought a few of the 2005 out of nostalgia. Siran was one of the first Chateau I ever visited, when I made my first pilgrimage to the Gironde in 1994.
by Blanquito
on Wed Jan 14, 2015 10:57 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2007 Clos Dady, 2002 Ch. Troplong Mondot, and 2000 Ch. Siran
Replies: 11
Views: 222

Re: Is the 2002 La Mission Haut Brion at buy at $100?

You're tempting me, guys. I admit, Parker's score made me pause, and I usually expect a fantastic wine for $100. But this could be a real sleeper.
by Blanquito
on Sun Dec 28, 2014 12:00 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Is the 2002 La Mission Haut Brion at buy at $100?
Replies: 18
Views: 284

Re: Is the 2002 La Mission Haut Brion at buy at $100?

I got the excellent 2002 Leoville Barton on the shelf for $35 back in the day.

Parker gave the 02 LMHB 'only' 89 pts (he was worried about the tannins), which means Houndsong would be all-in.
by Blanquito
on Sat Dec 27, 2014 11:27 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Is the 2002 La Mission Haut Brion at buy at $100?
Replies: 18
Views: 284

Is the 2002 La Mission Haut Brion at buy at $100?

Just found three well-stored bottles for $100 at a small, non-internet store.

Are these a buy? I'm not a label buyer (for the most part). I know these are a buy given the producer's regular prices, but what about what's in the bottle?
by Blanquito
on Sat Dec 27, 2014 8:37 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Is the 2002 La Mission Haut Brion at buy at $100?
Replies: 18
Views: 284

Re: So what have you bought lately?

Half case of the 2005 Edmunds St John Bassetti Syrah.
Half case of the 2002 Pol Roger Brut.
by Blanquito
on Fri Dec 19, 2014 12:21 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: So what have you bought lately?
Replies: 90
Views: 2038

Re: So what have you bought lately?

I just bought a few things: One case of Chateau Certan De May 2001. This is an absolute classic old style Pomerol which HWSRN didn't like, so I got them at an average of $70 a bottle Six bottles of Ch Belair 2004 @$46 pb. This wine is a beauty, it is quite tight and classic but very well made. Six ...
by Blanquito
on Wed Dec 17, 2014 5:01 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: So what have you bought lately?
Replies: 90
Views: 2038

Re: So what have you bought lately?

OTOH, I don't know if I would have been able to resist the 2002 PR Winston Churchill at a pre-arrival price of $150... Precisely why I had to unsubscribe. They owe me a lot of wine, mostly 2009 Bordeaux (now longer than my 2005 Bordeaux from PC took), various chablis and champagne. If/when most of ...
by Blanquito
on Mon Dec 08, 2014 4:47 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: So what have you bought lately?
Replies: 90
Views: 2038

Re: So what have you bought lately?

I unsubscribed to PCs emails too... Waiting until I get most of my prearrivals first.
by Blanquito
on Sun Dec 07, 2014 10:11 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: So what have you bought lately?
Replies: 90
Views: 2038

Re: 2002 Pol Roger question

I scored some 2002 P-R Brut for $59/each on a cyber Monday deal. This thread makes me glad I did.

Apparently it never ends, David.
by Blanquito
on Tue Dec 02, 2014 4:35 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2002 Pol Roger question
Replies: 10
Views: 213

Re: Denver and Region

Also Chris (or anyone else watching at home), if you happen to be in Denver on Oct. 25th, there's a wine dinner in the works for that night. PM me if interested.
by Blanquito
on Tue Oct 14, 2014 3:45 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Denver and Region
Replies: 14
Views: 232

Re: Denver and Region

Chris, good beer choices! Have you tried Epic's beers? They're new to Colorado. Also, Vine Street Pub is a terrific brew pub in Denver. If you haven't yet, check out the truly micro-brewery scene the next time you're in Fort Collins. There is now like 6-7 brewery/brew pubs in town there that have a ...
by Blanquito
on Tue Oct 14, 2014 3:40 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Denver and Region
Replies: 14
Views: 232

Re: Denver and Region

I live in Denver these days, so I might be of some help (though Tom's suggestions are pretty thorough). BYOB is a problem in Colorado, unless you've real connections with a restaurant. It's taken me a while to break into this scene, but there are now a few establishments where I am a known entity. B...
by Blanquito
on Sun Oct 12, 2014 5:39 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Denver and Region
Replies: 14
Views: 232

Re: Neal Martin 2003 Retrospective on eRobert Parker

Thanks, David.

Did NM taste the 2003 Pontet-Canet, Calon Segur, Pichon Lalande and Sociando-Mallet?
by Blanquito
on Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:03 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Neal Martin 2003 Retrospective on eRobert Parker
Replies: 28
Views: 1774

Re: The Most "Normal" Bordeaux Vintage Is:

What's the most normal vintage of the 1990s?

1999? Maybe 1999 LB, too?
by Blanquito
on Fri Mar 22, 2013 11:08 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The Most "Normal" Bordeaux Vintage Is:
Replies: 49
Views: 1892

Re: Everything Old is New Again; Off to Bordeaux in April

I haven't been to bordeaux in 12 years, and coincidentally, my brother and I are considering a trip to Aquitaine in April as well. Maybe we can organize a meet-up dinner if we're there at the same time.
by Blanquito
on Thu Mar 21, 2013 5:48 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Everything Old is New Again; Off to Bordeaux in April
Replies: 10
Views: 259

Re: You Have Once Choice: Name Your Best QPR and Bdx QPR

How's the 05 LVC drinking these days per its tannins? I have around 2 cases but my last bottle a couple of years ago was still too tannic for current drinking.
by Blanquito
on Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:40 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: You Have Once Choice: Name Your Best QPR and Bdx QPR
Replies: 31
Views: 1597

Re: Time for Jim to Change Horses . . . . Perhaps

Orlando, if I helped enable you buy some 2010 Bordeaux futures, karma has provided payback: I just pulled the trigger on some Chinon from Chambers St. I will report on some after they arrive.
by Blanquito
on Tue Mar 19, 2013 9:19 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Time for Jim to Change Horses . . . . Perhaps
Replies: 39
Views: 1530

Re: You Have Once Choice: Name Your Best QPR and Bdx QPR

Fair enough, Art. There are some solid, even good 2007 southern Rhones, but a bevy of them are like drinking a cranberry-vodka cocktail with lots of simple syrup. Nothing wrong with a cranberry-vodka cocktail once in a while, I guess, but not at $65+ a bottle. Come to think of it, 2007 southern Rhon...
by Blanquito
on Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:22 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: You Have Once Choice: Name Your Best QPR and Bdx QPR
Replies: 31
Views: 1597

Re: You Have Once Choice: Name Your Best QPR and Bdx QPR

OrlandoRobert wrote:
JimHow wrote:Vieux Telegraphe is almost $100 now.


Ridiculous. I used to love this estate. Anyone want my '07s?


I'll buy your 07 VTs, but only if you buy the rest of my 07 CDPs!!! 2007, it's good for two things: degreasing engines and killing brain cells.
by Blanquito
on Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:34 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: You Have Once Choice: Name Your Best QPR and Bdx QPR
Replies: 31
Views: 1597

Re: You Have Once Choice: Name Your Best QPR and Bdx QPR

DavidG wrote:Grand Veneur les Origines


Yes, excellent value, the 2000 is particularly excellent. Not sure how the new vintages taste per Parker's influence, but I got the 95-RMP-pt 2010 Grand Veneur les Origines for $35.
by Blanquito
on Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:32 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: You Have Once Choice: Name Your Best QPR and Bdx QPR
Replies: 31
Views: 1597

Re: You Have Once Choice: Name Your Best QPR and Bdx QPR

I does sound like we have similar palates, Orlando. For that reason, I am hesistant to try these Chinon's you like so much, as I suspect I'd get hooked (and I'm ramping down my wine buying these days, successfully so far). That said, today I just loaded up with a mixed case of some 2009 Ridge Lytton...
by Blanquito
on Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:59 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: You Have Once Choice: Name Your Best QPR and Bdx QPR
Replies: 31
Views: 1597

Re: You Have Once Choice: Name Your Best QPR and Bdx QPR

Good thread, we haven't had one of these in a while... Undoubtedly a constantly moving target as Parker's 100-point influence continues to put once reliable chateau out of reach (Duhart Milon used to be my sub-$30 Bordeaux QPR as recently as the 2003 vintage!), here's my take circa 2012. I modified ...
by Blanquito
on Mon Mar 18, 2013 9:51 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: You Have Once Choice: Name Your Best QPR and Bdx QPR
Replies: 31
Views: 1597

Re: An open letter to Robert Parker: Bob, please retire.

For me, it's a simple proposition: Parker's influence ("Parkerization") has made more regions and wineries unpalatable to me than he has opened new regions and wineries to me that I like. We can talk all day long about how much better Bordeaux is today, how so many chateau are making their...
by Blanquito
on Mon Mar 18, 2013 9:12 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: An open letter to Robert Parker: Bob, please retire.
Replies: 88
Views: 5401

Re: TN: the 2009 Grand Puy Lacoste doesn't suck

I've been resisting trying any Chinon (I don't need any new wine regions together excited about), but this 09 GPL makes me reconsider that.
by Blanquito
on Sat Mar 16, 2013 1:02 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: the 2009 Grand Puy Lacoste doesn't suck
Replies: 10
Views: 412

Re: TN: the 2009 Grand Puy Lacoste doesn't suck

The 2009 might not be my bag in general, at least right now. I just expected more of the GPL, especially after the awesome 05.
by Blanquito
on Sat Mar 16, 2013 12:49 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: the 2009 Grand Puy Lacoste doesn't suck
Replies: 10
Views: 412

Re: TN: the 2009 Grand Puy Lacoste doesn't suck

JimHow wrote:Geez, Patrick, only 90-92 points, not a wow wine, split personality, lack of GPL typicity... Doesn't sound like a $150 wine to me. Nor does it sound anything close to the great GPLs of the past!


I agree on all accounts, though I paid $70 (still too high unless DavidG's optimism proves correct).
by Blanquito
on Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:53 pm
 
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Topic: TN: the 2009 Grand Puy Lacoste doesn't suck
Replies: 10
Views: 412

Re: New interview with Derenoncourt

I've still never had a true epiphany red burgundy. White burgundy, yes, red burgundy, no. There's a wine guy in Colorado who's main passion is red burg. He's opened many high end red burgs for us that just haven't done much for me. The only red burg that I've really been impressed by was a 2005 that...
by Blanquito
on Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:18 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: New interview with Derenoncourt
Replies: 7
Views: 180

Re: TN: the 2009 Grand Puy Lacoste doesn't suck

Jacques, I think we actually tasted a similar wine, except thankfully I just didn't get the new oak (which by itself could muster a 75 points from me). When I first opened the 09 GPL, it seemed seriously over-ripe and indeed showed traits that reminded me of some inexpensive South American wines. I ...
by Blanquito
on Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:12 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: the 2009 Grand Puy Lacoste doesn't suck
Replies: 10
Views: 412

Re: TN: the 2009 Grand Puy Lacoste doesn't suck

Pomilion, thanks for the input. I hope you are right!

I find myself appreciating your point of view, but I don't know who are you and what your biosketch is. Care to give the board a brief bio? I suspect I read your stuff on other "true names" wine boards.
by Blanquito
on Fri Mar 15, 2013 6:18 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: the 2009 Grand Puy Lacoste doesn't suck
Replies: 10
Views: 412

TN: the 2009 Grand Puy Lacoste doesn't suck

2009 GPL Test-Drive It has a big, expressive bouquet with notes of uber-ripe black currants (think Ribena), violets, dust, cinnamon, and menthol with no obvious new oak. To taste, there's lots of iodine and minerals, very cassis, spicy, with a good pop of lemony acidity despite the ripeness giving ...
by Blanquito
on Fri Mar 15, 2013 3:11 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: the 2009 Grand Puy Lacoste doesn't suck
Replies: 10
Views: 412

Re: Noted: Interest spiking for 2010 Cantemerle!

I bet in 5+ years, the "94+-Parker-Points-2010-Cantemerle!!!" will go for $50.
by Blanquito
on Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:31 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Noted: Interest spiking for 2010 Cantemerle!
Replies: 17
Views: 628

Re: Noted: Interest spiking for 2010 Cantemerle!

I hear you, Hound, but I don't know how I feel about your ambivalence. :)

But never fear, you can make money now flipping 'em if you don't like packed finesse.
by Blanquito
on Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:06 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Noted: Interest spiking for 2010 Cantemerle!
Replies: 17
Views: 628

Re: Calling Jacques: the 2009 GPL is "awful"?

Thanks for confirming, Jacques. I've had enough wines side by side with you to know that our palates are at least pretty well aligned, so I take your note seriously as there is little I dislike more than excessive and candy-vanilla oak. I have half bottles of the 09 GPL in my cellar, ITNOS I will op...
by Blanquito
on Thu Mar 14, 2013 8:24 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Calling Jacques: the 2009 GPL is "awful"?
Replies: 29
Views: 1881

Re: Calling Jacques: the 2009 GPL is "awful"?

Here's the notes of the vertical I was referring to. http://www.cellartracker.com/event.asp?iEvent=16943 ." Interesting notes, Hound. One comment made -- "The post-'96 wines certainly seemed to be more "international" in style, lacking some of the Bdx character/t...
by Blanquito
on Thu Mar 14, 2013 7:09 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Calling Jacques: the 2009 GPL is "awful"?
Replies: 29
Views: 1881

Re: Calling Jacques: the 2009 GPL is "awful"?

That's certainly an outlier score. Most people on CT seem to like it. Of course, they're not professional wine critics. But the BWE mantra is that the pro critics have nothing on the Everyman who knows his own palate. Or are all those folks on CT just parroting the critics? It is an outlier score a...
by Blanquito
on Thu Mar 14, 2013 3:30 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Calling Jacques: the 2009 GPL is "awful"?
Replies: 29
Views: 1881

Calling Jacques: the 2009 GPL is "awful"?

Jacques, Is this your Cellar Tracker note on the 2009 GPL? If it is, this is terrible! 2009 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac) 1/16/2013 Jal Vanilla, oak, jammy hot and sweet. Absolutely disgusting. Where are the high ratings coming from? This wine is modern, resembles in ...
by Blanquito
on Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:17 pm
 
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Topic: Calling Jacques: the 2009 GPL is "awful"?
Replies: 29
Views: 1881

Re: Are post-1994 Bordeauxs just not aging interestingly?

OrlandoRobert wrote:I do not think 2000 has lived up to the hype, but these are all still babes in the woods.


+1
by Blanquito
on Wed Mar 13, 2013 5:25 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Are post-1994 Bordeauxs just not aging interestingly?
Replies: 18
Views: 638

Re: Lemming I Remain: 2010 GPL for $80

Nicklasss wrote:Even If BobbyG likes pants drop, I don't want to see "THAT" picture of me here. I do not allow it.

Nic


+1!!!
by Blanquito
on Tue Mar 05, 2013 7:50 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Lemming I Remain: 2010 GPL for $80
Replies: 58
Views: 3137
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