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Re: GPL 2003

I love the 82 and 90 GPLs along with the 95, but I too have my doubts about whether the other well regarded vintages (96, 00, 05, 09, 10) will ever be great.
by Blanquito
on Fri Sep 30, 2016 10:21 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: GPL 2003
Replies: 13
Views: 90

Re: GPL 2003

I found it pretty awful on release circa 2006. I liked a lot more when I tried it recently.
by Blanquito
on Fri Sep 30, 2016 9:41 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: GPL 2003
Replies: 13
Views: 90

Re: President Trump

I listened on the radio while driving... and Trump came out strong, I agree. I was initially worried, but I then Trump lost it. His unhinging was a "sight" to listen to. Hillary got in some good licks, I wish she had gone after him even more. I bet the Hillary camp is very chuffed right now.
by Blanquito
on Tue Sep 27, 2016 3:00 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 1276
Views: 19444

Re: President Trump

Trump is a rabid dog.
by Blanquito
on Tue Sep 27, 2016 2:38 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 1276
Views: 19444

Re: TN: 00 Batailley [Pauillac]

I grabbed some of the 2005 en premier, as it was pretty cheap ($40?) and got much better Parker reviews than the norm (something I used to look for, when the producer is comparatively old school and not normally a Parker fave, but gets some extra love in special circumstances). Not tried one yet. So...
by Blanquito
on Sun Sep 25, 2016 4:23 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: 00 Batailley [Pauillac]
Replies: 6
Views: 84

Re: Backfilling the 90's

We can definitely get caught up in vintage hype, especially as most top vintages need lots more time to shed tannins, which also gives time for the fruit to fade, etc. The real problem with the 97s was the release pricing, as high or higher than 95 and 96 prices in many instances I recall.
by Blanquito
on Sun Sep 25, 2016 1:15 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Backfilling the 90's
Replies: 20
Views: 353

Re: 2002 Branaire

I concur all around. Definitely punches above its expectation. For my preferences, it is in early maturity and will likely get better still.
by Blanquito
on Fri Sep 23, 2016 5:44 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2002 Branaire
Replies: 5
Views: 93

Re: Some suggestions on cool places to stay in BDX

Dragon boat!

Thanks for posting this.
by Blanquito
on Tue Sep 20, 2016 9:49 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Some suggestions on cool places to stay in BDX
Replies: 3
Views: 86

Re: 2015: what are you buying?

Ordered just my second lot of 2015 futures-- 6 half bottles of the du Tertre for $19 each. I feel a little guilty but I want more du Tertre in my life.
by Blanquito
on Tue Sep 20, 2016 1:25 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2015: what are you buying?
Replies: 55
Views: 2009

Re: Backfilling the 90's

Cantemerle is a soft Bordeaux that can be compared to wines from Margaux. Sociando Mallet should be compared to northern Medoc wines. I love them both, but they are not interchangeable. What Stefan said. I find Sociando most akin to wines from St. Estephe, which makes sense since it's next door. It...
by Blanquito
on Tue Sep 20, 2016 1:38 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Backfilling the 90's
Replies: 20
Views: 353

Re: BWE has arrived in College Station, Texas...

How was the 03 Fargues? A mini d'Yquem?
by Blanquito
on Sun Sep 18, 2016 12:36 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: BWE has arrived in College Station, Texas...
Replies: 51
Views: 588

Re: BWE has arrived in College Station, Texas...

That 89 Lynch that Jim opened in DC was like a barrel sample. Crazily young.
by Blanquito
on Sun Sep 18, 2016 12:32 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: BWE has arrived in College Station, Texas...
Replies: 51
Views: 588

Re: Backfilling the 90's

The 96 Cantemerle and Lafon Rochet are both really good, can be found readily for less than $60 and both are fully mature. I also really like the 96 du Tertre, Branaire Ducru and Brane Cantenac for less than $70. The 96 Sociando is just opening up IMHO, but with a good decant it is ready to enjoy.
by Blanquito
on Sat Sep 17, 2016 3:42 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Backfilling the 90's
Replies: 20
Views: 353

Re: BWE has arrived in College Station, Texas...

That's an OMG lineup pictured there, guys.
by Blanquito
on Sat Sep 17, 2016 1:39 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: BWE has arrived in College Station, Texas...
Replies: 51
Views: 588

Re: President Trump

I heard on radio that even the "real" numbers put him just a few pounds below being classified as medically obese.
by Blanquito
on Fri Sep 16, 2016 7:08 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 1276
Views: 19444

Re: President Trump

DavidG wrote:
JimHow wrote:I did tell you guys the story about the time I took a leak with Bill Clinton, right?


Don't tell me, he was trying to light a cigarette and asked you to hold it for him?


Lol.
by Blanquito
on Fri Sep 16, 2016 6:30 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 1276
Views: 19444

Re: President Trump

So we now know that Trump is medically obese and has a weakness for hamburgers.
by Blanquito
on Fri Sep 16, 2016 6:29 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 1276
Views: 19444

Re: 2005 Boyd-Cantenac

I have a bunch of this, but I've not tried one yet. Marguax did so well in 2005 and it was $40 as futures, so I bought a case.
by Blanquito
on Mon Sep 12, 2016 5:25 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2005 Boyd-Cantenac
Replies: 7
Views: 160

Re: 1998 Pape Clement, hearing aids, Red Sox, and more….

Who is the youngest active BWE member? Do we need a recruiting effort to stock the minor leagues?
by Blanquito
on Sat Sep 10, 2016 3:52 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 1998 Pape Clement, hearing aids, Red Sox, and more….
Replies: 24
Views: 277

Re: 1998 Pape Clement, hearing aids, Red Sox, and more….

JimHow wrote:Recommended reading:
"George F. Kennan: An American Life"
If you like biography/history, this is biography at its best.


I read the autobiographical Sketches from a Life by George F. Kennan as a freshman in college and I was quite taken by it.
by Blanquito
on Sat Sep 10, 2016 3:50 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 1998 Pape Clement, hearing aids, Red Sox, and more….
Replies: 24
Views: 277

Re: Waterloo Sunset: Mature St-Julien tasting dinner

Ok, the 83 Talbot last night was very good... but definitely drying up some since my last throw with it 2 years ago. Last night's bottle looked perfect- perfect fill a half inch into the neck, as near perfect a cork as you can find on a 33 year old wine, etc. So assuming it was treated as well as it...
by Blanquito
on Sat Sep 10, 2016 3:17 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Waterloo Sunset: Mature St-Julien tasting dinner
Replies: 18
Views: 243

Re: Zachys: Can you stop trying to bullshit me?

Why wine-searcher doesn't kill stores like Zachys is a continual mystery to me. Maybe they get enough foot traffic and people buying 1-3 bottles and so don't want to ship.
by Blanquito
on Fri Sep 09, 2016 5:36 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Zachys: Can you stop trying to bullshit me?
Replies: 12
Views: 191

Re: Zachys: Can you stop trying to bullshit me?

It was really nice to see John there. The first time I went to the store in like 2005, I'd never met John in person before but I knew he worked there from BWE. I asked him a generic question or two about some wine, and in short order he somehow divined that I was from BWE! I spent a very enjoyable 3...
by Blanquito
on Fri Sep 09, 2016 1:26 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Zachys: Can you stop trying to bullshit me?
Replies: 12
Views: 191

Re: Waterloo Sunset: Mature St-Julien tasting dinner

Drinking an 83 Talbot tonight.
by Blanquito
on Fri Sep 09, 2016 4:13 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Waterloo Sunset: Mature St-Julien tasting dinner
Replies: 18
Views: 243

Re: Zachys: Can you stop trying to bullshit me?

Their prices do suck. And they ship in the middle of heat waves, without permission from the buyer.
by Blanquito
on Fri Sep 09, 2016 1:51 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Zachys: Can you stop trying to bullshit me?
Replies: 12
Views: 191

Re: In 30 words or less, describe your wine epiphany.

1971 was a great, great year. Historic really.
by Blanquito
on Thu Sep 08, 2016 11:42 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: In 30 words or less, describe your wine epiphany.
Replies: 20
Views: 361

Re: Waterloo Sunset: Mature St-Julien tasting dinner

AKR wrote:That 86 Talbot is something else. I think it was actually better than Gruaud that year.


I've come to this view as well in his last 5-6 years. I used to prefer the Gruaud up through 2008.
by Blanquito
on Thu Sep 08, 2016 11:04 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Waterloo Sunset: Mature St-Julien tasting dinner
Replies: 18
Views: 243

Re: Waterloo Sunset: Mature St-Julien tasting dinner

I've had some otherworldly bottles of the 86 Talbot, like Winona's bottle in DC this past Spring, and some less impressive ones that seemed much softer and diffuse. Even the soft bottles are still outstanding, but at the top of its game like in DC, the 86 Talbot is a 95+ wine. I've had some terrific...
by Blanquito
on Thu Sep 08, 2016 9:46 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Waterloo Sunset: Mature St-Julien tasting dinner
Replies: 18
Views: 243

Re: Waterloo Sunset: Mature St-Julien tasting dinner

I wish we still had the posts from the old forum, sigh... All of it is online, it just needs someone with the computer/programming skills to collate it and make it searchable. I asked my brother to do this, but he's too busy. We did check what's online though, and it looks like the entire contents ...
by Blanquito
on Thu Sep 08, 2016 9:39 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Waterloo Sunset: Mature St-Julien tasting dinner
Replies: 18
Views: 243

Re: Mature St-Julien tasting dinner

Ah, whither the 96 Lagrange? My most recent experience mirrored Gary's -- lean and weedy on day 1, deeper and richer on Day 2 -- which made me resolve to leave my remaining bottle alone a bit longer. It's odd because the wine doesn't appear closed or tannic, but it seems to be in a awkward stage for...
by Blanquito
on Thu Sep 08, 2016 6:26 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Waterloo Sunset: Mature St-Julien tasting dinner
Replies: 18
Views: 243

Re: What are your top 3 Bordeaux Properties?

If we did this exercise for wines from the 80's, my list would be: Left Bank : Pichon Lalande (terrific in 80-83, 85-86, 88-89), Gruaud Larose (terrific in 82-83, 85-86, good in 88-89), Rausan Segla (terrific in 82-83, 85-86, excellent in 88-89) Right Bank : Canon (love the 82-83, 85-86, 89), l'Evan...
by Blanquito
on Tue Sep 06, 2016 9:03 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: What are your top 3 Bordeaux Properties?
Replies: 15
Views: 275

Re: In 30 words or less, describe your wine epiphany.

Christmas 1990, my father's house in Westport, dinner, 1975 Lascombes, intoxicating bouquet, liquid silk, full-on Margauxberries. I didn't know wine could do that. I've loved old claret ever since.
by Blanquito
on Tue Sep 06, 2016 3:23 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: In 30 words or less, describe your wine epiphany.
Replies: 20
Views: 361

Re: What are your top 3 Bordeaux Properties?

Pichon Lalande, Sociando Mallet, Beychevelle

Honorable Mentions
Cantemerle
Canon
by Blanquito
on Mon Sep 05, 2016 5:14 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: What are your top 3 Bordeaux Properties?
Replies: 15
Views: 275

Re: 03 Lilian Ladouys v. 02 Sociando Mallet

Yes, you and Hound were high on the 03 L-L back in 2006, I recall. It was available quite inexpensively at PJs (<$20) at the time and as I was still based in NYC, I went through 3-4 bottles at the time.
by Blanquito
on Sat Sep 03, 2016 2:13 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 03 Lilian Ladouys v. 02 Sociando Mallet
Replies: 8
Views: 135

Re: 2000 Roc de Cambes, 2006 Les Carmes Haut-Brion

Most Australian wines are verboten in my house, so I hardly ever drink them. And I complain about them as well.
by Blanquito
on Fri Sep 02, 2016 9:39 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2000 Roc de Cambes, 2006 Les Carmes Haut-Brion
Replies: 33
Views: 409

Re: NM on Figeac

Where does he come down on the new directions/hiring Rolland at Figeac?
by Blanquito
on Fri Sep 02, 2016 3:14 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: NM on Figeac
Replies: 4
Views: 122

Re: 03 Lilian Ladouys v. 02 Sociando Mallet

Ah, the age-old question, when does a bottle just need more time or when is it starting on the backside of the curve?
by Blanquito
on Fri Sep 02, 2016 4:45 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 03 Lilian Ladouys v. 02 Sociando Mallet
Replies: 8
Views: 135

Re: 2000 Roc de Cambes, 2006 Les Carmes Haut-Brion

Thanks for the great notes. You really loved these wines. Which is great as I have 4-5 bottles of the 00 Roc de Cambes. Sounds like I should open one soon.
by Blanquito
on Thu Sep 01, 2016 5:08 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2000 Roc de Cambes, 2006 Les Carmes Haut-Brion
Replies: 33
Views: 409

Re: NYC visit 7-8 October

I'm at 25% possible. If I can swing it, I'm up for meeting both Friday and Saturday nights.
by Blanquito
on Wed Aug 31, 2016 6:53 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: NYC visit 7-8 October
Replies: 16
Views: 358

Re: 2010 Poujeaux

Whiskey barrel, not my thing...

I checked, and I have 6 bottles of the 09 Poujeaux and 3 of the 09 Chasse spleen. I'd be up for a virtual tasting.
by Blanquito
on Tue Aug 30, 2016 9:03 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2010 Poujeaux
Replies: 16
Views: 327
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