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Re: Lunch today will feature two vintages of La Lagune

Great notes, Ian. I too have really, really enjoyed the 89 Cantemerle the 3-4 times I've had it since 2014. I've managed to score nearly a case of it at auction in the last year for around $80-$85/bottle all-in. I also just won 6 bottles of the 96 Pontet Canet in auction as well, that is still quite...
by Blanquito
on Sun Apr 30, 2017 4:23 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Lunch today will feature two vintages of La Lagune
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Re: TN 06 Lagrange and the existentialism of the 90 point score.

Over the hill claret often smells of stale ashtray to me. Yuck.
by Blanquito
on Fri Apr 21, 2017 3:31 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN 06 Lagrange and the existentialism of the 90 point score.
Replies: 29
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Re: TN 1998 Ch. Ducru Beaucaillou

JimHow wrote:I thought the 1998 Ducru was nice but it lacked a wow factor.


This probably sums up the Medoc as a whole in 1998.
by Blanquito
on Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:47 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN 1998 Ch. Ducru Beaucaillou
Replies: 9
Views: 172

Re: Thoughts on the 89 Chateau Margaux?

Thanks, gents.

How's the 95 Margaux showing these days?
by Blanquito
on Sat Apr 15, 2017 2:18 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Thoughts on the 89 Chateau Margaux?
Replies: 4
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Re: The 2000 Sociando Mallet has been uncorked....

Prediction: if the 2000 merits a 94-How, the 2003 might go to 96-How!
by Blanquito
on Sat Apr 15, 2017 2:17 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The 2000 Sociando Mallet has been uncorked....
Replies: 11
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Thoughts on the 89 Chateau Margaux?

I'm looking at the 89 Margaux for a "good" price ($300) and the 95 Mouton for a bit more. I've never spent that much on a single bottle before, but I could be ready for the right wine.

Buy(s)?
by Blanquito
on Fri Apr 14, 2017 5:55 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Thoughts on the 89 Chateau Margaux?
Replies: 4
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Re: 1989 Cantemerle revisited

I had the 89 several times in 2015 and 2016, and I too thought it brilliant each time. I've managed to backfill 6-7 bottles or so, usually quite cheaply for a mature claret of such calibre.

At a big vertical in 2014, the 89 was the star, followed by the 66, 83, 82 and 96.
by Blanquito
on Fri Apr 14, 2017 2:41 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 1989 Cantemerle revisited
Replies: 4
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Re: Bon Voyage dinner for Tom and Gail (not long to be) in DC

DC's loss is Colorado's gain! Here's to a smooth transition, the 'moving' part of relocating is never fun, but hopefully we can assist in making the other parts fun. Let us know what we can do to help get you settled in. Also, the timing could be good, as I'm just now organizing an offline at my pla...
by Blanquito
on Fri Apr 14, 2017 2:33 pm
 
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Topic: Bon Voyage dinner for Tom and Gail (not long to be) in DC
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Re: 2016 Bordeaux futures - anyone biting?

Yes, but really only because it's a birthyear in the Martin household. So I'll probably aim high for a few special bottles.
by Blanquito
on Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:28 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2016 Bordeaux futures - anyone biting?
Replies: 41
Views: 684

Re: So what have you bought lately?

5 half bottles of the 95 Pichon Lalande
by Blanquito
on Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:16 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: So what have you bought lately?
Replies: 528
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Re: Seven times seven

I haven't had it, but isn't the 89 La Mission Haut Brion a living legend? I guess it could find a spot too.
by Blanquito
on Tue Apr 11, 2017 12:34 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Seven times seven
Replies: 9
Views: 215

Re: A wine that doesn't need 5+ years: 1996 Sociando Mallet

How's the 96 Poyferre, Art?
by Blanquito
on Tue Apr 11, 2017 1:45 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: A wine that doesn't need 5+ years: 1996 Sociando Mallet
Replies: 19
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Re: Seven times seven

I really can't say as I've had so few of these wines. I do often fantasize about what 20 cases of wine I'd buy as futures from the 82 vintage (if I had a time machine, as I was only 11 years old): Mouton Latour Lafite Cos Pichon Lalande Lynch Bages GPL Margaux Haut Brion La Mission HB Gruaud Larose ...
by Blanquito
on Tue Apr 11, 2017 12:15 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Seven times seven
Replies: 9
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Re: A wine that doesn't need 5+ years: 1996 Sociando Mallet

We did all love a bottle of the 96 Baron at a big Pauillac night way back in 2006.
by Blanquito
on Tue Apr 11, 2017 12:05 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: A wine that doesn't need 5+ years: 1996 Sociando Mallet
Replies: 19
Views: 316

Re: A wine that doesn't need 5+ years: 1996 Sociando Mallet

The 96 Baron was a dud at BWE DC '16.
by Blanquito
on Sun Apr 09, 2017 6:37 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: A wine that doesn't need 5+ years: 1996 Sociando Mallet
Replies: 19
Views: 316

Re: So what have you bought lately?

7 half-bottles of the 1990 Grand Puy Lacoste
3 bottles 2008 Pichon Lalande
1 bottle 1983 Climens (never had this one before)
Some Cali Syrah and Chardonnay for the scorching summer that awaits us in Denver.
by Blanquito
on Sat Apr 08, 2017 4:34 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: So what have you bought lately?
Replies: 528
Views: 32191

Re: The 2014 Ridge Lytton Springs has been uncorked....

I also prefer my Ridge on the younger side. But as 2013 was so bad in Bordeaux, I'm looking at alternative wines from the 2013 vintage (Béatrice birthyear) to keep. I thought the 2013 Geyserville would be fine. Nic I laid down some 2013 Ridge Monte Bello for my son's birthyear. I have nearly a case...
by Blanquito
on Sat Apr 08, 2017 4:29 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The 2014 Ridge Lytton Springs has been uncorked....
Replies: 15
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Re: The 2014 Ridge Lytton Springs has been uncorked....

When I first read this I thought you said you'd drink them all over the next week or two. Lol.
by Blanquito
on Sat Apr 08, 2017 1:41 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The 2014 Ridge Lytton Springs has been uncorked....
Replies: 15
Views: 179

Re: Cru Bourgeois

1991 was good in Rioja too.
by Blanquito
on Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:45 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Cru Bourgeois
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Views: 430

Re: Pape Clement @ the Musket Room 4/3

Tom-in-DC/now-Denver brought a bottle of the 86 Pape Clement to a tasting in DC a few years ago. We also had the 1970 Haut Brion, the 83 Pichon Lalande, the 85 La Mission Haut Brion (that Winona Chief brought), and the 83 Leoville Las Cases that night. The 85 La Miss was everyone's WOTN, but the 86 ...
by Blanquito
on Fri Apr 07, 2017 12:50 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Pape Clement @ the Musket Room 4/3
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Re: Pape Clement @ the Musket Room 4/3

WARNING-PRICE NOSTALGIA POST: I got 6 of the 96 Pape Clement for $35/each (in stock) from Premier Cru in 12/2003. I also got some 96 GPL for $40 and the 96 Lafon Rochet for $28 with that order. That was my first PC purchase and I was hooked.
by Blanquito
on Fri Apr 07, 2017 12:46 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Pape Clement @ the Musket Room 4/3
Replies: 11
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Re: Pape Clement @ the Musket Room 4/3

I remember that epic thread you posted about the changes at Pape Clement on the old BWE MSN site, Ian.
by Blanquito
on Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:35 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Pape Clement @ the Musket Room 4/3
Replies: 11
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Re: Drinking Well

Funny you should ask! I had the 90 Lagrange just last night. It was in fine fettle, quite delicious, fully mature but with probably 10-15 years of peak drinking ahead of it. You know, it has often occurred to me that I could be wrong about Another-5-Years and that the real issue is I really only lov...
by Blanquito
on Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:30 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Drinking Well
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Re: Drinking Well

I was also underwhelmed by a recent bottle of the 2000 Lagrange.
by Blanquito
on Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:17 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Drinking Well
Replies: 4
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Re: Sauternes lovers: wassup with the 2001s?

Fun to revive this thread. I've had the 01 de Malle and Coutet in the intervening years, and they've both snapped out of their funks of 7 years ago. The 01 de Malle is especially good at present, in a darker, richer caramelly way.

And yes, the 03 LTB is in terrific form. Had it last month.
by Blanquito
on Sun Apr 02, 2017 7:49 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Sauternes lovers: wassup with the 2001s?
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Re: TN: 1996 Lagrange

The 1996 Lagrange was excellent in its youth. This is another reason why most Bordeaux should be consumed on the younger side rather than later. I have a case of 2006 Lagrange that I think I'll crack open soon. This is a wine I agree with Jim on aging-- at least so far, I preferred the 96 Lagrange ...
by Blanquito
on Sun Apr 02, 2017 6:54 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: 1996 Lagrange
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Re: 2017 BWE SF: Saturday

I'm with Chris, the 89 Conseillante was my WOTN Thursday and the 82 l'Evangile was my WOTN Saturday. And my Friday WOTN, the 92 Dominus, was made by the famed Pomerol family of Moueix.
by Blanquito
on Sun Apr 02, 2017 3:21 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2017 BWE SF: Saturday
Replies: 13
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Re: 2014 Ridge Geyserville has been uncorked and other ramblings

Some of the greatest cali cabs I've had have been various Ridge Jimsomare and York Creek bottlings from 1978-1991. For whatever reason, I've not the same success with Ridge Monte Bello cabs.
by Blanquito
on Sat Apr 01, 2017 4:41 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2014 Ridge Geyserville has been uncorked and other ramblings
Replies: 22
Views: 350

Re: 2002 Leoville Barton has been uncorked and other ramblings.

I was very impressed by the 96 Montrose that Arv brought to Saturday night. I will look for some.
by Blanquito
on Sat Apr 01, 2017 2:22 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2002 Leoville Barton has been uncorked and other ramblings.
Replies: 17
Views: 242

Re: LYNCH vs. BARON IV: EARTHQUAKE IN SAN FRANCISCO

The 89 Conseillante was my red wine of the night, and I think we all agreed that it was fully mature but not fading in the least bit. The 89 Trotanoy was served too cold (my fault) and it suffered next to more exotic Conseillante, but boy was it good as it got air and warmed up. As noted by others, ...
by Blanquito
on Fri Mar 24, 2017 9:38 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: LYNCH vs. BARON IV: EARTHQUAKE IN SAN FRANCISCO
Replies: 53
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Re: Pre dinner apperitive Friday

Blanquito and Herman will attend. Merci.
by Blanquito
on Fri Mar 24, 2017 8:18 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Pre dinner apperitive Friday
Replies: 3
Views: 87

Re: LYNCH vs. BARON IV: EARTHQUAKE IN SAN FRANCISCO

Great write up, Bill. As much as I loved the 86 Climens last night, the 95 d'Yquem was amazing and had another gear that the other 2 Sauternes lacked.
by Blanquito
on Fri Mar 24, 2017 4:07 pm
 
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Topic: LYNCH vs. BARON IV: EARTHQUAKE IN SAN FRANCISCO
Replies: 53
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Re: LYNCH vs. BARON IV: EARTHQUAKE IN SAN FRANCISCO

All 3 were great wines. The Lynch suffered by being the least ready. The Baron had the best bouquet, classic and cool, and I thought the Lalande had the best palate of the 3.
by Blanquito
on Fri Mar 24, 2017 3:25 pm
 
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Topic: LYNCH vs. BARON IV: EARTHQUAKE IN SAN FRANCISCO
Replies: 53
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Re: LYNCH vs. BARON IV: EARTHQUAKE IN SAN FRANCISCO

Better wake that Lunch Bags up, Jim, he's sleepy and young, like a teenager at 7 am, and the Comtesse will awe him into a humble silence with her beauty and charm, her elegance and sophistication, her poise and balance, her utter perfection.
by Blanquito
on Thu Mar 23, 2017 10:53 pm
 
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Topic: LYNCH vs. BARON IV: EARTHQUAKE IN SAN FRANCISCO
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Re: LYNCH vs. BARON IV: EARTHQUAKE IN SAN FRANCISCO

7 PM, Bob's Steakhouse attached to the Omni Hotel.

The tension mounts. The corkscrews are ready. The city holds its breath. It's on.
by Blanquito
on Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:35 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: LYNCH vs. BARON IV: EARTHQUAKE IN SAN FRANCISCO
Replies: 53
Views: 740

Re: LYNCH vs. BARON IV: EARTHQUAKE IN SAN FRANCISCO

Winona Chief wrote:Meanwhile the 1989 Pichon Lande is relaxing by the pool with a smile.

Chris Bublitz


It's good to be the king.
by Blanquito
on Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:04 pm
 
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Topic: LYNCH vs. BARON IV: EARTHQUAKE IN SAN FRANCISCO
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Re: BWE'17 - Wednesday night at Ed's

Great opening night, thanks to Lisa and Ed for welcoming us into their beautiful home. The wines showed very well by and large and the bread really was a treat. I was higher on the two Bordeaux than Ed, and I enjoyed the 2 burgundies a lot. We finished off the 96 Lynch at the after party and it was ...
by Blanquito
on Thu Mar 23, 2017 3:40 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: BWE'17 - Wednesday night at Ed's
Replies: 38
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Re: UPDATED: BWE 2017 Wine Flight Organizer Thread

Updated with latest wines... I have adjusted my wines slightly to adapt to the changing picture (lots of reds, not many whites, etc.)...
by Blanquito
on Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:54 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: UPDATED: BWE 2017 Wine Flight Organizer Thread
Replies: 45
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Re: LYNCH vs. BARON IV: EARTHQUAKE IN SAN FRANCISCO

As judge of procedure (not outcome), I hearby announce that three famed chateau from the peerless commune of Pauillac from the heralded vintage of 1989 will square off in a blind flight at BWE SF 2017. The contestants: 1989 Pichon Lalande, 1989 Pichon Baron, and the 1989 Lynch Bages. Sniffs will be ...
by Blanquito
on Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:55 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: LYNCH vs. BARON IV: EARTHQUAKE IN SAN FRANCISCO
Replies: 53
Views: 740

Re: UPDATED: BWE 2017 Wine Flight Organizer Thread

More updates...
by Blanquito
on Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:16 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: UPDATED: BWE 2017 Wine Flight Organizer Thread
Replies: 45
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