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Re: 1996 La Lagune

I had the 04 Lagune last year. While it will continue to improve for 10-15 years, it is really good now in a primary style. It would be a big hit in a steakhouse right now with a good decant for those wanting a robust wine that's not oaky or OTT. I'm sitting on my remaining 4 bottles. Not having had...
by Blanquito
on Sat Apr 18, 2015 9:31 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 1996 La Lagune
Replies: 7
Views: 55

Re: '99 d'armailhac

I think I got my bottles of the '99 for $17.99 on sale from WineX back in 2002. Breaks thr heart a little.
by Blanquito
on Sat Apr 18, 2015 6:35 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: '99 d'armailhac
Replies: 5
Views: 44

TN: 2005 La Vieille Cure

2005 La Vieille Cure PnP. This smells good from the word go, but primary. Ripe and grapey but with lots of graphite and cedar and a signature herbal note. The palate is still really firm, almost hard, and the flavors and textures are all fleshy, tarry tannins. Gets tighter with air. Beneath all the...
by Blanquito
on Sat Apr 18, 2015 4:00 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: 2005 La Vieille Cure
Replies: 1
Views: 14

Re: '99 d'armailhac

This was terrific on release and did really well against some heavy hitters at a Pauillac tasting in 2006. I drank all my up early, glad to hear it's still going strong.
by Blanquito
on Sat Apr 18, 2015 2:31 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: '99 d'armailhac
Replies: 5
Views: 44

Re: TNs: 1988 Beychevelle, others

Yes Beychevelle. I brought the 82 to a dinner in Manhattan with Jacques and others, up against done heavyweights I thought it was the wine of the night. Tremendous bouquet. Good to know! The '82 Beychevelle isn't cheap (Parker did give 95 pts in his re-visit of the 1982's 4-5 years ago), but it is ...
by Blanquito
on Fri Apr 17, 2015 8:38 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TNs: 1988 Beychevelle, others
Replies: 16
Views: 98

Re: TNs: 1988 Beychevelle, others

JimHow wrote:The 1982 is the best Cantemerle ever.


Do you mean the 82 Beychevelle?
by Blanquito
on Fri Apr 17, 2015 8:02 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TNs: 1988 Beychevelle, others
Replies: 16
Views: 98

Re: TNs: 1988 Beychevelle, others

The 86 Beychevelle is one of favorite wines, I keep picking up a bottle here and there at auction. The 83 is also surprisingly excellent, but that's my favorite under-the-radar vintage from the 80's. I get to try the 82 for the first time next month at a tasting, can't wait. I've often wondered why ...
by Blanquito
on Fri Apr 17, 2015 5:16 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TNs: 1988 Beychevelle, others
Replies: 16
Views: 98

Re: TNs: 1988 Beychevelle, others

Beychevelle is more and more my style of Bordeaux. I know the artist formerly known as HoundSong has had a lot of success with the 88 Beychevelle too.
by Blanquito
on Fri Apr 17, 2015 1:15 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TNs: 1988 Beychevelle, others
Replies: 16
Views: 98

Re: 2008 Gloria

I've enjoyed older Glorias a lot (never had the 82), I just think the 09 and 10 are even better (without being too much).
by Blanquito
on Thu Apr 16, 2015 6:00 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2008 Gloria
Replies: 9
Views: 116

Re: 2008 Gloria

The 2009 and 2010 Glorias are very impressive, a real step up from older stuff I've had from there. Sounds like the 2008 is equally good, thanks for the note.
by Blanquito
on Thu Apr 16, 2015 12:39 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2008 Gloria
Replies: 9
Views: 116

Re: Chateau Langoa Barton 2004 and two Rhones

The Langoa showed very well at a 2008 release event, but then so did the L. Barton.
by Blanquito
on Tue Apr 14, 2015 9:30 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Chateau Langoa Barton 2004 and two Rhones
Replies: 9
Views: 116

Re: TN: '82 and '86 Cos d'Estournel

Comte Flaneur wrote:The 1989 was the proverbial ugly duckling for a long time...now it is a beautiful swan.


Does the '89 need a decant or slow-o, Ian? I plan to open my bottle soon.
by Blanquito
on Tue Apr 14, 2015 3:41 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: '82 and '86 Cos d'Estournel
Replies: 12
Views: 138

Re: TN: '82 and '86 Cos d'Estournel

Thanks, I have a few 86s.

Cos over a 15 year peroid (~1981-1996) is one of my favorites too. The 82, 85, 86, 88, 90 and 95 are each terrific.

I've not had the '89, but I recently bought a bottle on Comte de Flaneur's strong endorsement.
by Blanquito
on Sun Apr 12, 2015 7:38 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: '82 and '86 Cos d'Estournel
Replies: 12
Views: 138

Re: 2005 Monbousquet uncorked

Monbo gets a bad rap, at least with what I've tried (98, 99, 00, 01, 05).

Modern, yes. Garish, no. Appeals to most everyone, often not bad pricing if you hunt around
by Blanquito
on Mon Apr 06, 2015 8:48 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2005 Monbousquet uncorked
Replies: 4
Views: 84

Re: TN: 2005 Charmail

Parker says the 2005 Charmail is a blend of 45% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
by Blanquito
on Fri Apr 03, 2015 7:11 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: 2005 Charmail
Replies: 2
Views: 43

TN: 2005 Charmail

With Arv's comments in mind, I popped'n'poured a 2005 Charmail last night... Pleasing bouquet of grape soda, cedar, and slightly confected flowers. The palate is smooth and open, with a silky mouthfeel and good balance of acid-fruit-tannin-wood. There is a roundness to the midpalate which must come ...
by Blanquito
on Fri Apr 03, 2015 4:34 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: 2005 Charmail
Replies: 2
Views: 43

Re: The 2009 Joanin Becot has been uncorked and other ramblings.

So that's it, huh? He Who Shall Remain Nameless is all done? Or is He just all done doing his comprehensive Bordeaux notes? Jeff Leve told me He's gonna be doing something on the 2005 vintage. I didn't really notice any big goodbye or anything in the Advocate, but then again, I haven't been doing m...
by Blanquito
on Thu Apr 02, 2015 8:26 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The 2009 Joanin Becot has been uncorked and other ramblings.
Replies: 40
Views: 336

Re: The 2009 Joanin Becot has been uncorked and other ramblings.

If I had to drink one of those, I might try a Tour Carnet. Also, the last time I tried the Carbonnieux rouge it was drinkable with nice aromatics (if quite primary).
by Blanquito
on Thu Apr 02, 2015 5:19 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The 2009 Joanin Becot has been uncorked and other ramblings.
Replies: 40
Views: 336

Re: The 2009 Joanin Becot has been uncorked and other ramblings.

So that's it, huh? He Who Shall Remain Nameless is all done? Or is He just all done doing his comprehensive Bordeaux notes? Jeff Leve told me He's gonna be doing something on the 2005 vintage. I didn't really notice any big goodbye or anything in the Advocate, but then again, I haven't been doing m...
by Blanquito
on Thu Apr 02, 2015 4:59 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The 2009 Joanin Becot has been uncorked and other ramblings.
Replies: 40
Views: 336

Re: TN: 09 Lanessan [Haut Medoc]

AKR wrote:I think this is an atypical year. I only opened to see if I wanted more..


I agree, and I think the 09 Lanessan is better for it as the ripe year plays well with this chateau's more austere style. That said, the last bottle I tried in Dec. seemed to be shutting down.
by Blanquito
on Wed Apr 01, 2015 4:27 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: 09 Lanessan [Haut Medoc]
Replies: 7
Views: 123

Re: TN: 09 Lanessan [Haut Medoc]

I am a big fan of the 2009 Lanessan. Might be the "best ever" from there for me. Excellent value too.
by Blanquito
on Tue Mar 31, 2015 3:09 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: 09 Lanessan [Haut Medoc]
Replies: 7
Views: 123

Re: TN: 2008 Montrose

A taste of the 08 Montrose was like drinking from the pit of despair a few years back.
by Blanquito
on Mon Mar 30, 2015 11:34 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: 2008 Montrose
Replies: 10
Views: 184

Re: The 2009 Talbot has been uncorked and other ramblings....

Parker loved the $2010 Talbot... and it was $40 at premiercru (I took delivery on it over a year ago as well), which is basically free in today's wintry bordeaux market.
by Blanquito
on Fri Mar 27, 2015 12:10 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The 2009 Talbot has been uncorked and other ramblings....
Replies: 19
Views: 194

Re: The 2009 Joanin Becot has been uncorked and other ramblings.

JimHow wrote:Paris Texas!


Ah, same year as Repo Man. 1984 was clearly a strong vintage for Harry Dean Stanton.
by Blanquito
on Sun Mar 22, 2015 3:02 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The 2009 Joanin Becot has been uncorked and other ramblings.
Replies: 40
Views: 336

Re: What is your favourite super second?

How's the 95 PLL, Ian?

I thought it tremendous at that Pauillac tasting in NYC back in 06, filled with charm and potential, and I bought 5 bottles. But that was a long time ago now, is it ready to go?
by Blanquito
on Sun Mar 22, 2015 1:22 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: What is your favourite super second?
Replies: 86
Views: 1849

Re: What is the word on 2004 Pol Roger?

stefan wrote:I stole it for $40/bottle but have not received it yet. No way it can be as good as the 2002, but it should be good.


I too hope I get my 04 Pol-Roger Brut for $40 (and my 04 Pol-Roger BdB for $50), ordered last month.
by Blanquito
on Sat Mar 21, 2015 11:31 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: What is the word on 2004 Pol Roger?
Replies: 3
Views: 63

Re: TNs: 86 L'Arrosee, 89 Pichon Lalande

1980's era l'Arrosee are terrific, old-school claret. Of course, that's true of many chateau in that era, but still...
by Blanquito
on Sat Mar 21, 2015 11:30 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TNs: 86 L'Arrosee, 89 Pichon Lalande
Replies: 8
Views: 158

Re: The 2009 Joanin Becot has been uncorked and other ramblings.

robert goulet wrote:Favorite movie all time

(1995)Dead Man starring Johnny Depp directed by Jim Jarmusch


Agreed, a fantastic movie. Gary Farmer is incredible in this...

Jim, is Repo Man your favorite movie?!
by Blanquito
on Sat Mar 21, 2015 11:27 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The 2009 Joanin Becot has been uncorked and other ramblings.
Replies: 40
Views: 336

Re: What is your favourite super second?

The 86 Mouton may be the best wine I've ever had, but the 82 PLL -- that Stuart served blind at one of the DC Conventions -- was probably the best "fully mature" wine I've ever had. The 86 PLL was sullen, even in a funk, that night at Fabio's in 2008. I don't think the 83 PLL gets enough l...
by Blanquito
on Sat Mar 21, 2015 11:09 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: What is your favourite super second?
Replies: 86
Views: 1849

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: 86
Views: 1849

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: 230

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: 332

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: 332

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: 332

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: 134
Views: 3235

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: 134
Views: 3235

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: 134
Views: 3235

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: 134
Views: 3235

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: 217

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: 265
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