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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?
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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: 234

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: 3
Views: 145

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
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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?
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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: 73

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: 265

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: 393

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: 234

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: 89

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
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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: 112

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
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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: 120

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: 120

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
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TNs 3 BDX
Replies: 5
Views: 166

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: 215

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

Re: A Médoc from 2010

There were just several different vintages of Ridge York Creek Cabernet Franc on Winebid!: http://www.winebid.com/BuyWine/Item/5152767

That was one I'd not seen before, even as an ATP bottling.
by Blanquito
on Mon Jul 13, 2015 7:25 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: A Médoc from 2010
Replies: 6
Views: 110

Re: TN: 95 Croix du Casse [Pomerol]

20 years old. Hard to believe.
by Blanquito
on Mon Jul 13, 2015 12:37 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: 95 Croix du Casse [Pomerol]
Replies: 5
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Re: When Donald Trump is elected president in 2016….

DavidG wrote:Who?

Yes, vaguely...

Which is really your point, isn't it?


Exactly...

I still like that joke from correspondents' dinner 4 years ago (with Trump in the audience): "I hear Donald Trump is running as a Republican. That's funny, cause I thought he was running as a joke".
by Blanquito
on Fri Jul 10, 2015 11:33 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: When Donald Trump is elected president in 2016….
Replies: 12
Views: 143

Re: 1985 Bordeaux 30 years on

Great tasting, Ian. I haven't had many 1985s -- from memory, just Canon, Leoville Poyferre, Gruaud Larose, Tablot, Haut Bages Liberal, Belair, and a fantastic bottle of La Mission Haut Brion provided generously by Chris Bublitz -- but I really love their style and pure drinkability right now. Perfec...
by Blanquito
on Fri Jul 10, 2015 10:20 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 1985 Bordeaux 30 years on
Replies: 17
Views: 198

Re: 1985 Bordeaux 30 years on

Blind tasting really focuses the mind. Also makes it clearer what is really good to an individual. Blind tasting has it's uses, especially for rating wines and sharpening one's evaluation skills. But that same focus brought into play during blind tasting can, under some circumstances, detract from ...
by Blanquito
on Fri Jul 10, 2015 10:16 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 1985 Bordeaux 30 years on
Replies: 17
Views: 198

Re: When Donald Trump is elected president in 2016….

Remember when Herman Cain had a big (though spectacularly short lived) lead in the Republican primary polls just about at this point in the last nomination contest?
by Blanquito
on Fri Jul 10, 2015 3:15 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: When Donald Trump is elected president in 2016….
Replies: 12
Views: 143

Re: TN: 03 Grand Puy Lacoste [Pauillac]

Ok, time for a GPL vertical ("What is this GPL?", asked Alfred).
by Blanquito
on Fri Jul 10, 2015 3:54 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: 03 Grand Puy Lacoste [Pauillac]
Replies: 24
Views: 290

Re: TN: 03 Grand Puy Lacoste [Pauillac]

JimHow wrote:HWSRN rates it 95. In five years he'll give it 91, maybe 92.


After most of it has sold through...
by Blanquito
on Fri Jul 10, 2015 1:22 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: 03 Grand Puy Lacoste [Pauillac]
Replies: 24
Views: 290

Re: TN: 03 Grand Puy Lacoste [Pauillac]

That said, Neal Martin loves the 05 GPL, giving it 97 pts as recently as February of this year and saying " Is it the best 2005 of the vintage? Not quite, but it belongs in the top tier. And factor in value for money, I would be happy sitting on a big pile of this in my cellar to drink over the...
by Blanquito
on Thu Jul 09, 2015 12:55 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: 03 Grand Puy Lacoste [Pauillac]
Replies: 24
Views: 290

Re: TN: 03 Grand Puy Lacoste [Pauillac]

Parker downgraded the 2005 GPL, from 95 to 92 pts. FWIW. But looks like he agrees more with your assessment of the 05 than mine, Jim.
by Blanquito
on Thu Jul 09, 2015 12:47 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: 03 Grand Puy Lacoste [Pauillac]
Replies: 24
Views: 290

Re: Happy Independence Day

Yeah, if you must drink CA cabs, those are the ones to have! We had a vertical of Ridge Lytton: '96 Lytton Estates and '01, '02, '03, ''05 Lytton Springs. We also drank a Lorimar Red blend and a Copain Rhone blend from Washington. We started with a mag of sparkly from our oldest ally; it was a Phil...
by Blanquito
on Tue Jul 07, 2015 12:29 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Happy Independence Day
Replies: 12
Views: 158

Re: 2005 - Parker's biggest losers & gainers

Scores are silly on some level, useful on another. In my scoring universe, there is a really big difference in a 94 pt vs a 90 pt wine, both when I rate them and when I'm drinking ones rated by Parker. So, Alex is right on that level- Parker had a wine that he thought he loved (or would love) and 10...
by Blanquito
on Fri Jul 03, 2015 2:20 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2005 - Parker's biggest losers & gainers
Replies: 24
Views: 433

Re: 2005 - Parker's biggest losers & gainers

I really don't have a "score" above 95 in my ratings, it's all 96 and up. But maybe it's because I don't drink enough 100 pt wine to tell these incredible wines apart!
by Blanquito
on Thu Jul 02, 2015 2:35 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2005 - Parker's biggest losers & gainers
Replies: 24
Views: 433

Re: 2005

So one of the things that struck me as odd regarding the scores was how 10 of his 12 perfect wines came from the right bank (Angelus, Ausone, Bellevue Mondotte, Cheval Blanc, L'Eglise Clinet, Lafleur, Larcis Ducasse, Pavie, Peby Faugeres and Troplong Mondot) with the remaining 2 coming from Graves ...
by Blanquito
on Wed Jul 01, 2015 9:17 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2005
Replies: 35
Views: 387

Re: 2005

Jeff Leve wrote:
AlohaArtakaHoundsong wrote:Looks like a clown show to me.


Huh? Can you explain what this means?


I assume this is just Art's inner psyche responding viscerally to this viniferous version of the Rorschach test (now deleted). Personally, I saw the ennui of the universe in that wine blot.
by Blanquito
on Wed Jul 01, 2015 7:44 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2005
Replies: 35
Views: 387

Re: 2005

Comte Flaneur wrote:What do those numbers on the right signify?


Estimated current pricing of said wine.
by Blanquito
on Tue Jun 30, 2015 9:24 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2005
Replies: 35
Views: 387

Re: 2005 - Parker's biggest losers & gainers

Biggest Winners - Wines Upgraded in 2015 vs 2008 Lafleur +5 pts Peby Faugeres +5 pts Cheval Blanc +4 pts Clinet +4 pts Faugeres +4 pts De Fieuzal +4 pts Latour a Pomerol +4 pts Bahans-Haut-Brion +4 pts Clos du Clocher +4 pts La Fleur de Bouard +4 pts Haut Marbuzet +4 pts La Mission Haut Brion +3 pt...
by Blanquito
on Tue Jun 30, 2015 8:47 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2005 - Parker's biggest losers & gainers
Replies: 24
Views: 433

2005 - Parker's biggest losers & gainers

A few comparisons from RMP's 2005 rates (or, how to waste time on a Tuesday afternoon)... Biggest Losers - Wines Downgraded in 2015 vs 2008 Messile-Aubert (Montagne St Emilion) -10 pts Lascombes - 7 pts Clos St Julien -6 pts Quinault l'Enclos -6 pts Bellegrave -5 pts Larmande -5 pts Grand-Pontet -4 ...
by Blanquito
on Tue Jun 30, 2015 8:44 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2005 - Parker's biggest losers & gainers
Replies: 24
Views: 433

Re: The 1994 Chateau Angelus has been unplugged...

I had some really lovely 92s as well. The 92 Talbot was fantastic for years, but it was dead by 2005/6.
by Blanquito
on Tue Jun 30, 2015 4:46 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The 1994 Chateau Angelus has been unplugged...
Replies: 20
Views: 155

Re: 2005

Looks like Parker marginally down graded many wines from his last set of scores issued in 2008, especially on the Left Bank. Not a big downgrade, but lots of wines dropped 1-4 pts in this retrospective. He doesn't acknowledge it, but he seriously upped the drinking windows on most of these wines fro...
by Blanquito
on Tue Jun 30, 2015 2:33 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2005
Replies: 35
Views: 387

Re: 2 Early Maturing 5th Growth Pauillac

For me, 2000 vintage has been a disappointment so far... Not impressed with the wines I had so far... Me too although I have not opened any of my more highly praised Left Bank bottles yet. Yes, me three. At least compared to the hype, I'm let down by year 2000. Some really excellent wines were made...
by Blanquito
on Sun Jun 28, 2015 4:08 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2 Early Maturing 5th Growth Pauillac
Replies: 13
Views: 133
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