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Re: Chateau Cantemerle dinner

Great notes Ian. Jacques and I were at big Cantemerle and La Lagune verticals two years ago at Dale's, and I came away super impressed by Cantemerle. I liked this 5th Growth before this tasting, but that night made me realize I hadn't given it its due. Sounds like overall you guys were equally impre...
by Blanquito
on Thu Jun 30, 2016 11:27 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Chateau Cantemerle dinner
Replies: 7
Views: 132

Re: Chateau Cantemerle dinner

You didn't get any of the 89 in DC, Bill? It was in excellent, truly outstanding form that night, right in its sweetspot. I've been looking for more at auction.
by Blanquito
on Thu Jun 30, 2016 3:12 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Chateau Cantemerle dinner
Replies: 7
Views: 132

Re: President Trump

Interesting, I wonder why there's so much noise in the polls. Also, whatever one thinks of 538 (I'm still a big fan, even if their fallibility was confirmed this year), Nate Silver released his first general election model results, giving Hillary an 80% chance of winning: http://projects.fivethirtye...
by Blanquito
on Wed Jun 29, 2016 9:03 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 650
Views: 10872

Re: President Trump

Hillary is ahead of Trump in the last 10 national polls taken (and maybe more, I stopped counting at 10), with an average lead of 6.5 points. Such a lead translates into a roughly 323 v 215 victory in the Electoral College for Hillary: http://www.electiongraphs.com/2016ec/
by Blanquito
on Tue Jun 28, 2016 4:24 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 650
Views: 10872

Re: TN: 2002 Gloria - UPDATED w/ a DC haul bottle

It so strange for me now to go into wine stores, and see Gloria now placed on the upper level shelves. I drank just tons of the stuff over the years, so I don't feel too sad though. I used to think of Gloria as an easy drinking Cru bourgeois-type claret. Based on the 2002, I underestimated it, even...
by Blanquito
on Sat Jun 25, 2016 9:53 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: 2002 Gloria - UPDATED w/ a DC haul bottle
Replies: 27
Views: 424

Re: TN: Atlanta OL at Cooks and Soldiers, a few 1995 right bankers and more

Great line up and notes. I missed these when you first posted somehow. Was the Pol Roger part of the PC order? I had one of those recently and it was flat out fabulous (unlike some fairly dull earlier bottles). I am now a full believer in 1995 RB and even many LB are beginning to show signs of event...
by Blanquito
on Sat Jun 25, 2016 7:51 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: Atlanta OL at Cooks and Soldiers, a few 1995 right bankers and more
Replies: 5
Views: 99

Re: TN: 2002 Gloria - UPDATED w/ a DC haul bottle

I finally cracked one from my half-case of 2002 Gloria acquired for a song (and a cab ride) at MacAuthurs during the DC Convention... If anything, this showed younger than my original bottle detailed above. This new one had a spinning capsule, a just-bottled fill, perfect cork with nearly no stain, ...
by Blanquito
on Sat Jun 25, 2016 5:41 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: 2002 Gloria - UPDATED w/ a DC haul bottle
Replies: 27
Views: 424

Re: TN 2010 Cantemerle

I'm still in shock that it passed. I bet Scotland leaves the UK now (eventually).
by Blanquito
on Fri Jun 24, 2016 11:32 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN 2010 Cantemerle
Replies: 13
Views: 209

Re: TN 2010 Cantemerle

My money is on the 89, Ian. But the 83 and 96 are also fantastic right now. I'll be curious what you think of the 2000, a debated vintage of Cantemerle. Will you guys still be allowed to drink 'European' wine after Brexit? Btw, the 2015 Cantemerle was released at $32-$33 in the USA-- tempting, thoug...
by Blanquito
on Fri Jun 24, 2016 9:10 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN 2010 Cantemerle
Replies: 13
Views: 209

Re: 2015 Futures Offer Crazy!!

2015 Cantemerle available for $32, I see.
by Blanquito
on Fri Jun 24, 2016 8:00 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2015 Futures Offer Crazy!!
Replies: 11
Views: 236

Re: Anniversary Dinner

Nice milestone, Rob and Susan. Hope the Montrose keeps up with the Calon.
by Blanquito
on Thu Jun 23, 2016 6:29 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Anniversary Dinner
Replies: 15
Views: 171

Re: TN 2010 Cantemerle

Best ever? Yeah, the '10 didn't standout at that big vertical (and I brought that bottle), I thought it was mostly about potential then. It showed better in DC this April than it did at the vertical, but still is better enjoyed on its own right now (or with a whoopie pie) than against wines with 20-...
by Blanquito
on Thu Jun 23, 2016 3:08 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN 2010 Cantemerle
Replies: 13
Views: 209

Re: People starving in Biafra, and '15 Haut Brion selling for $524.98

AKR wrote:Image

My Spanish is a little rusty, but I think Hugo Chavez is promising the proletariat that Haut Brion will never cost more than $100


You know, that looks a little like Jim giving his annual address at the BWE Convention!
by Blanquito
on Thu Jun 23, 2016 12:22 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: People starving in Biafra, and '15 Haut Brion selling for $524.98
Replies: 51
Views: 551

Re: People starving in Biafra, and '15 Haut Brion selling for $524.98

Interesting thread, lots of good stuff. Minor addition -- rising incomes at the top hasn't historically caused unrest by itself, I believe. Rather, the problem is when the lower tiers are standing still or losing ground (or perceive themselves to be) while the rich are getting richer. Second minor t...
by Blanquito
on Wed Jun 22, 2016 9:45 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: People starving in Biafra, and '15 Haut Brion selling for $524.98
Replies: 51
Views: 551

Re: So what have you bought lately?

3 bottles 1995 Montrose
1 bottle 1982 Beychevelle
1 bottle 2013 V. Paris Granite 60 VV Côte Rotie
by Blanquito
on Wed Jun 22, 2016 12:47 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: So what have you bought lately?
Replies: 393
Views: 17885

Re: An alluring old school St-Emilion

Sounds like my kind of Merlot. Not sure I've ever had a Soutard, but I'll keep my eyes peeled.
by Blanquito
on Tue Jun 21, 2016 7:36 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: An alluring old school St-Emilion
Replies: 6
Views: 151

Re: Nice dinner with two Bordeaux and bubbles

Jim and Arv, the 2003 Sociando is ready for prime time. It will improve/hold for a while, but I think you both like your wines younger than me, and I have no qualms cracking one right now (I also have 25 bottles left still after drinking a case over the last 5-6 years).
by Blanquito
on Sun Jun 19, 2016 10:56 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Nice dinner with two Bordeaux and bubbles
Replies: 5
Views: 73

Re: Looking for 2005 Dom Perignon at NH liquor stores

The 2005 you brought to DC 2016 was really terrific, Jim.
by Blanquito
on Sat Jun 18, 2016 9:09 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Looking for 2005 Dom Perignon at NH liquor stores
Replies: 8
Views: 117

Re: Merlot Madness

Fantastic tasting. Love l'Evangile, never had the 82 though.
by Blanquito
on Sat Jun 18, 2016 3:43 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Merlot Madness
Replies: 9
Views: 155

Re: 2015: what are you buying?

Hmmm, I see half bottles of the 2015 Sociando Mallet for $17 and halves of the 2014 are only $14. Incidentally, Neal Martin is higher on the 14 S-M.
by Blanquito
on Fri Jun 17, 2016 3:50 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2015: what are you buying?
Replies: 43
Views: 1078

Re: 2012 Barde-Haut: Stunning.

Jim, it's likely another eight years of the Clintons. I'll be in my 50's when Bernie runs again in 2024.
by Blanquito
on Sat Jun 11, 2016 5:34 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2012 Barde-Haut: Stunning.
Replies: 12
Views: 306

Re: Here's what I'm thinking about the big BWE Bdx v Cali faceoff

Yes you are reading my mind Rob. I'm thinking the best from California versus the best from Bordeaux. Multiple vintages. None of this second tier stuff. None of this Bordeaux from 2001 nonsense. Let's match up the best versus the best. Blind. Sure, we can have some second tier stuff in there as a s...
by Blanquito
on Fri Jun 10, 2016 11:49 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Here's what I'm thinking about the big BWE Bdx v Cali faceoff
Replies: 31
Views: 338

Re: Here's what I'm thinking about the big BWE Bdx v Cali faceoff

In general, I think it makes sense to focus on Left Bank when comparing to California as there are just so few top flight merlot and cab franc in the USA to pair with the Right Bank. Of course, flavorwise you could argue that French merlot has more in common with Cali cab than the wines of the Medoc...
by Blanquito
on Fri Jun 10, 2016 5:11 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Here's what I'm thinking about the big BWE Bdx v Cali faceoff
Replies: 31
Views: 338

Re: Here's what I'm thinking about the big BWE Bdx v Cali faceoff

1995 or 1996 make sense.
by Blanquito
on Fri Jun 10, 2016 3:58 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Here's what I'm thinking about the big BWE Bdx v Cali faceoff
Replies: 31
Views: 338

Re: I mean, Jesus Christ, I'm only going to be 77 in 2035

I missed the "only" when I first quickly read this... Reads quite differently with and without it.

Good on ya, Jim.
by Blanquito
on Wed Jun 08, 2016 3:41 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: I mean, Jesus Christ, I'm only going to be 77 in 2035
Replies: 5
Views: 126

Re: TN 2004 Clos de l'Oratoire, St. Em.

AlohaArtakaHoundsong wrote:Power is not the be-all, end-all...


You clearly didn't do the assigned reading. I hereby flunk you and am putting you on the AFWE track for "slow" tasters.
by Blanquito
on Tue Jun 07, 2016 1:38 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN 2004 Clos de l'Oratoire, St. Em.
Replies: 14
Views: 250

Re: NM on the 2006's

I agree 2000 was overrated, except at the highest level.
by Blanquito
on Sun Jun 05, 2016 5:42 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: NM on the 2006's
Replies: 11
Views: 326

Re: 2015: what are you buying?

(So far)
Siran

(Might get)
Du Tertre
Beychevelle
Cantemerle
Lanessan

(Others?)

Should be a light futures year for me as I am mostly done with these...
by Blanquito
on Thu Jun 02, 2016 1:30 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2015: what are you buying?
Replies: 43
Views: 1078

Re: TN: 00 RBs - Barde Haute, Marsau, St Colombe, Haut Chaigneu

I bought some 2005 Marsau for like $11-12. Parker said drink by 2010, but my bottles are still too young (tried last year), but it always seems to have excellent stuffing. These notes make me glad I have more still, but I'll probably wait a bit longer.
by Blanquito
on Thu Jun 02, 2016 5:39 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: 00 RBs - Barde Haute, Marsau, St Colombe, Haut Chaigneu
Replies: 12
Views: 315

Re: FYI: '98 Tertre Roteboeuf

I haven't checked in a couple of years, but golly most high end 98 RB are hard, tannic wines. Maybe they've opened up since 2013-14? I am still a believer but many seemed like they'd need 20 years when I last gave a look-see. I should add that I've not tried the 98 Tertre Roteboeuf, so my comment is...
by Blanquito
on Wed Jun 01, 2016 10:32 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: FYI: '98 Tertre Roteboeuf
Replies: 6
Views: 114

Re: Dinner with Michael P in Manhattan

Piccolo Fiore on E. 44th (where all the big Ian events occurred, though Ramon, who used to live in the neighborhood, was our original "in" with Fabio) used to be called Fabio's Piccolo Fiore. At some point in 2014, Fabio left Piccolo Fiore and opened his own place 8 blocks north of Piccolo...
by Blanquito
on Sun May 29, 2016 5:01 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Dinner with Michael P in Manhattan
Replies: 15
Views: 332

Re: TN 2000 Grand Corbin Despagne

Per Wine Searcher (not pro), the cheapest price in the US for any vintage of this is $30.59 (which happens to be the 2005).
by Blanquito
on Sun May 29, 2016 4:19 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN 2000 Grand Corbin Despagne
Replies: 13
Views: 162

Re: TN 2000 Grand Corbin Despagne

robertgoulet wrote:2012 here locally $15


That's basically free. Do you need to open a checking account or some such to get that price?
by Blanquito
on Sun May 29, 2016 4:08 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN 2000 Grand Corbin Despagne
Replies: 13
Views: 162

Re: TN 2000 Grand Corbin Despagne

Sounds delightful, right up my alley. How's the 05, 09 and 10? Still as old school?
by Blanquito
on Sat May 28, 2016 7:00 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN 2000 Grand Corbin Despagne
Replies: 13
Views: 162

Re: So what have you bought lately?

Either the 2004 Felsine Rancia needs more time or it was overrated on release. I just had a half bottle that was still a tannic beast, and it lacked freshness/the fruit was highly extracted and a bit pruney. It may blossom with more time and Rancia is known for needed ages, but I would hold off unle...
by Blanquito
on Fri May 20, 2016 10:01 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: So what have you bought lately?
Replies: 393
Views: 17885

Re: President Trump

Thursday, May 19 - General Election: Trump vs. Clinton - CBS News/NY Times - Clinton 47, Trump 41 - Clinton +6 Let's get serious here. Barring a new scandal or indictment, Trump won't win. ~40% of Republican primary voters a general election majority does not make. Trump has nothing new to throw at...
by Blanquito
on Fri May 20, 2016 9:54 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 650
Views: 10872

Re: President Trump

This could be a very low turnout presidential election, with the far left and far right both turned off by their candidates. Turnout will only be high if the parties can turn this into a contest about their opponents.
by Blanquito
on Wed May 18, 2016 6:08 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 650
Views: 10872

Re: President Trump

It is all-too-easy to underestimate Trump, and I think we all agree that Hillary has a heckuva fight coming (and the end game with Bernie is not helping).

I'm just saying I think she's more likely to beat Trump than Sanders.
by Blanquito
on Wed May 18, 2016 3:12 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 650
Views: 10872

Re: President Trump

Yes, and Hillary has barely gone after Sanders (by usual standards) in the hope of winning his supporters over in the general. I bet she regrets that now, given his unexpectedly long legs. But seriously, is the USA electorate really ready to elect president a self-avowed socialist in his late 70's w...
by Blanquito
on Wed May 18, 2016 1:46 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 650
Views: 10872

Re: President Trump

Lol, Jim! Are you in favor of an orderly convention? Bernie is coming off badly IMHO, claiming and implying repeatedly that the nomination process is rigged, and he's only helping Donald Trump in the process (because why would his voters turn out for the other Democrat if their guy tells them they w...
by Blanquito
on Tue May 17, 2016 10:19 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 650
Views: 10872
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