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Re: Neal Martin 2003 Retrospective on eRobert Parker

Thanks, David.

Did NM taste the 2003 Pontet-Canet, Calon Segur, Pichon Lalande and Sociando-Mallet?
by Blanquito
on Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:03 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Neal Martin 2003 Retrospective on eRobert Parker
Replies: 28
Views: 1239

Re: The Most "Normal" Bordeaux Vintage Is:

What's the most normal vintage of the 1990s?

1999? Maybe 1999 LB, too?
by Blanquito
on Fri Mar 22, 2013 11:08 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The Most "Normal" Bordeaux Vintage Is:
Replies: 49
Views: 1350

Re: Everything Old is New Again; Off to Bordeaux in April

I haven't been to bordeaux in 12 years, and coincidentally, my brother and I are considering a trip to Aquitaine in April as well. Maybe we can organize a meet-up dinner if we're there at the same time.
by Blanquito
on Thu Mar 21, 2013 5:48 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Everything Old is New Again; Off to Bordeaux in April
Replies: 10
Views: 219

Re: You Have Once Choice: Name Your Best QPR and Bdx QPR

How's the 05 LVC drinking these days per its tannins? I have around 2 cases but my last bottle a couple of years ago was still too tannic for current drinking.
by Blanquito
on Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:40 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: You Have Once Choice: Name Your Best QPR and Bdx QPR
Replies: 31
Views: 774

Re: Time for Jim to Change Horses . . . . Perhaps

Orlando, if I helped enable you buy some 2010 Bordeaux futures, karma has provided payback: I just pulled the trigger on some Chinon from Chambers St. I will report on some after they arrive.
by Blanquito
on Tue Mar 19, 2013 9:19 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Time for Jim to Change Horses . . . . Perhaps
Replies: 39
Views: 1013

Re: You Have Once Choice: Name Your Best QPR and Bdx QPR

Fair enough, Art. There are some solid, even good 2007 southern Rhones, but a bevy of them are like drinking a cranberry-vodka cocktail with lots of simple syrup. Nothing wrong with a cranberry-vodka cocktail once in a while, I guess, but not at $65+ a bottle. Come to think of it, 2007 southern Rhon...
by Blanquito
on Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:22 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: You Have Once Choice: Name Your Best QPR and Bdx QPR
Replies: 31
Views: 774

Re: You Have Once Choice: Name Your Best QPR and Bdx QPR

OrlandoRobert wrote:
JimHow wrote:Vieux Telegraphe is almost $100 now.


Ridiculous. I used to love this estate. Anyone want my '07s?


I'll buy your 07 VTs, but only if you buy the rest of my 07 CDPs!!! 2007, it's good for two things: degreasing engines and killing brain cells.
by Blanquito
on Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:34 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: You Have Once Choice: Name Your Best QPR and Bdx QPR
Replies: 31
Views: 774

Re: You Have Once Choice: Name Your Best QPR and Bdx QPR

DavidG wrote:Grand Veneur les Origines


Yes, excellent value, the 2000 is particularly excellent. Not sure how the new vintages taste per Parker's influence, but I got the 95-RMP-pt 2010 Grand Veneur les Origines for $35.
by Blanquito
on Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:32 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: You Have Once Choice: Name Your Best QPR and Bdx QPR
Replies: 31
Views: 774

Re: You Have Once Choice: Name Your Best QPR and Bdx QPR

I does sound like we have similar palates, Orlando. For that reason, I am hesistant to try these Chinon's you like so much, as I suspect I'd get hooked (and I'm ramping down my wine buying these days, successfully so far). That said, today I just loaded up with a mixed case of some 2009 Ridge Lytton...
by Blanquito
on Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:59 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: You Have Once Choice: Name Your Best QPR and Bdx QPR
Replies: 31
Views: 774

Re: You Have Once Choice: Name Your Best QPR and Bdx QPR

Good thread, we haven't had one of these in a while... Undoubtedly a constantly moving target as Parker's 100-point influence continues to put once reliable chateau out of reach (Duhart Milon used to be my sub-$30 Bordeaux QPR as recently as the 2003 vintage!), here's my take circa 2012. I modified ...
by Blanquito
on Mon Mar 18, 2013 9:51 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: You Have Once Choice: Name Your Best QPR and Bdx QPR
Replies: 31
Views: 774

Re: An open letter to Robert Parker: Bob, please retire.

For me, it's a simple proposition: Parker's influence ("Parkerization") has made more regions and wineries unpalatable to me than he has opened new regions and wineries to me that I like. We can talk all day long about how much better Bordeaux is today, how so many chateau are making their...
by Blanquito
on Mon Mar 18, 2013 9:12 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: An open letter to Robert Parker: Bob, please retire.
Replies: 88
Views: 3282

Re: TN: the 2009 Grand Puy Lacoste doesn't suck

I've been resisting trying any Chinon (I don't need any new wine regions together excited about), but this 09 GPL makes me reconsider that.
by Blanquito
on Sat Mar 16, 2013 1:02 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: the 2009 Grand Puy Lacoste doesn't suck
Replies: 10
Views: 369

Re: TN: the 2009 Grand Puy Lacoste doesn't suck

The 2009 might not be my bag in general, at least right now. I just expected more of the GPL, especially after the awesome 05.
by Blanquito
on Sat Mar 16, 2013 12:49 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: the 2009 Grand Puy Lacoste doesn't suck
Replies: 10
Views: 369

Re: TN: the 2009 Grand Puy Lacoste doesn't suck

JimHow wrote:Geez, Patrick, only 90-92 points, not a wow wine, split personality, lack of GPL typicity... Doesn't sound like a $150 wine to me. Nor does it sound anything close to the great GPLs of the past!


I agree on all accounts, though I paid $70 (still too high unless DavidG's optimism proves correct).
by Blanquito
on Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:53 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: the 2009 Grand Puy Lacoste doesn't suck
Replies: 10
Views: 369

Re: New interview with Derenoncourt

I've still never had a true epiphany red burgundy. White burgundy, yes, red burgundy, no. There's a wine guy in Colorado who's main passion is red burg. He's opened many high end red burgs for us that just haven't done much for me. The only red burg that I've really been impressed by was a 2005 that...
by Blanquito
on Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:18 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: New interview with Derenoncourt
Replies: 7
Views: 163

Re: TN: the 2009 Grand Puy Lacoste doesn't suck

Jacques, I think we actually tasted a similar wine, except thankfully I just didn't get the new oak (which by itself could muster a 75 points from me). When I first opened the 09 GPL, it seemed seriously over-ripe and indeed showed traits that reminded me of some inexpensive South American wines. I ...
by Blanquito
on Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:12 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: the 2009 Grand Puy Lacoste doesn't suck
Replies: 10
Views: 369

Re: TN: the 2009 Grand Puy Lacoste doesn't suck

Pomilion, thanks for the input. I hope you are right!

I find myself appreciating your point of view, but I don't know who are you and what your biosketch is. Care to give the board a brief bio? I suspect I read your stuff on other "true names" wine boards.
by Blanquito
on Fri Mar 15, 2013 6:18 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: the 2009 Grand Puy Lacoste doesn't suck
Replies: 10
Views: 369

TN: the 2009 Grand Puy Lacoste doesn't suck

2009 GPL Test-Drive It has a big, expressive bouquet with notes of uber-ripe black currants (think Ribena), violets, dust, cinnamon, and menthol with no obvious new oak. To taste, there's lots of iodine and minerals, very cassis, spicy, with a good pop of lemony acidity despite the ripeness giving ...
by Blanquito
on Fri Mar 15, 2013 3:11 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: the 2009 Grand Puy Lacoste doesn't suck
Replies: 10
Views: 369

Re: Noted: Interest spiking for 2010 Cantemerle!

I bet in 5+ years, the "94+-Parker-Points-2010-Cantemerle!!!" will go for $50.
by Blanquito
on Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:31 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Noted: Interest spiking for 2010 Cantemerle!
Replies: 17
Views: 544

Re: Noted: Interest spiking for 2010 Cantemerle!

I hear you, Hound, but I don't know how I feel about your ambivalence. :)

But never fear, you can make money now flipping 'em if you don't like packed finesse.
by Blanquito
on Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:06 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Noted: Interest spiking for 2010 Cantemerle!
Replies: 17
Views: 544

Re: Calling Jacques: the 2009 GPL is "awful"?

Thanks for confirming, Jacques. I've had enough wines side by side with you to know that our palates are at least pretty well aligned, so I take your note seriously as there is little I dislike more than excessive and candy-vanilla oak. I have half bottles of the 09 GPL in my cellar, ITNOS I will op...
by Blanquito
on Thu Mar 14, 2013 8:24 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Calling Jacques: the 2009 GPL is "awful"?
Replies: 29
Views: 997

Re: Calling Jacques: the 2009 GPL is "awful"?

Here's the notes of the vertical I was referring to. http://www.cellartracker.com/event.asp?iEvent=16943 ." Interesting notes, Hound. One comment made -- "The post-'96 wines certainly seemed to be more "international" in style, lacking some of the Bdx character/t...
by Blanquito
on Thu Mar 14, 2013 7:09 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Calling Jacques: the 2009 GPL is "awful"?
Replies: 29
Views: 997

Re: Calling Jacques: the 2009 GPL is "awful"?

That's certainly an outlier score. Most people on CT seem to like it. Of course, they're not professional wine critics. But the BWE mantra is that the pro critics have nothing on the Everyman who knows his own palate. Or are all those folks on CT just parroting the critics? It is an outlier score a...
by Blanquito
on Thu Mar 14, 2013 3:30 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Calling Jacques: the 2009 GPL is "awful"?
Replies: 29
Views: 997

Calling Jacques: the 2009 GPL is "awful"?

Jacques, Is this your Cellar Tracker note on the 2009 GPL? If it is, this is terrible! 2009 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac) 1/16/2013 Jal Vanilla, oak, jammy hot and sweet. Absolutely disgusting. Where are the high ratings coming from? This wine is modern, resembles in ...
by Blanquito
on Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:17 pm
 
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Topic: Calling Jacques: the 2009 GPL is "awful"?
Replies: 29
Views: 997

Re: Are post-1994 Bordeauxs just not aging interestingly?

OrlandoRobert wrote:I do not think 2000 has lived up to the hype, but these are all still babes in the woods.


+1
by Blanquito
on Wed Mar 13, 2013 5:25 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Are post-1994 Bordeauxs just not aging interestingly?
Replies: 18
Views: 585

Re: Lemming I Remain: 2010 GPL for $80

Nicklasss wrote:Even If BobbyG likes pants drop, I don't want to see "THAT" picture of me here. I do not allow it.

Nic


+1!!!
by Blanquito
on Tue Mar 05, 2013 7:50 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Lemming I Remain: 2010 GPL for $80
Replies: 58
Views: 2123

Re: 2010 Le Dame de Montrose?

Orlando, psst... 2010 Montrose... 99 points RMP... $195...
by Blanquito
on Tue Mar 05, 2013 7:17 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2010 Le Dame de Montrose?
Replies: 12
Views: 674

Re: Poll... In light of HWSRN scores, is 2010 a disappointment?

"Parkerized mechanics are certainly imposing. But an inner voice tells me that it is not the real thing. The Parker theory says a lot -- green harvesting, stricter selection, minimum manipulation, ultra-low oxygen in elevage, etc. --, but does not really bring us any closer to the secret of the...
by Blanquito
on Tue Mar 05, 2013 3:42 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Poll... In light of HWSRN scores, is 2010 a disappointment?
Replies: 26
Views: 2558

Re: Has anyone seen . . .

Subscribers paid for the numbers. But then retailers always seem to have them first. Come sir, this is the Wine Advocate we speak of here!!! There is no greater friend of the little wine consumer. Indeed RMP is a swashbuckling advocate out braving the slings and arrows of nefarious wine imperialist...
by Blanquito
on Sat Mar 02, 2013 12:33 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Has anyone seen . . .
Replies: 24
Views: 1002

Re: The feeding frenzy commences... RMP rates 2010

I remain the proud owner of ZERO 2010 Bordeaux, futures or otherwise. If these wines become drinkable in my lifetime, I'll sponge off of all of my BWE brethren. I'm sure I can find something worthy to open in return. We'll all bring some 2010 to your next anniversary dinner (given what was opened t...
by Blanquito
on Sat Mar 02, 2013 12:02 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The feeding frenzy commences... RMP rates 2010
Replies: 33
Views: 684

Re: The feeding frenzy commences... RMP rates 2010

Talbot 2010... 94 pts... The Bob...

He shoots, he scores!
by Blanquito
on Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:12 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The feeding frenzy commences... RMP rates 2010
Replies: 33
Views: 684

Re: The feeding frenzy commences... RMP rates 2010

RDD wrote:
Blanquito wrote:I admit it, I bought a few bottles of the greatest Cantemerle since the late Pleistocene...

I just bought a case. I've been a fan since 1989 and the 1996 is special to Susan and me.


The 1996 Cantemerle is very fine indeed, holding together very well.
by Blanquito
on Fri Mar 01, 2013 8:38 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The feeding frenzy commences... RMP rates 2010
Replies: 33
Views: 684

Re: The feeding frenzy commences... RMP rates 2010

pomilion wrote:only 57 wines rated 96 or above
only 79 wines rated 95 or above

Should disprove all the cranks who think Parker's a grade inflator.


I assume this observation is tongue-in-cheek, i.e. "only"?
by Blanquito
on Fri Mar 01, 2013 8:37 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The feeding frenzy commences... RMP rates 2010
Replies: 33
Views: 684

Re: The feeding frenzy commences... RMP rates 2010

JimHow wrote:We already picked Cantemerle as a wine of the year, Patrick, as usual we are about five years ahead of the experts. Is there anything else they would like to know?


True that!
by Blanquito
on Fri Mar 01, 2013 7:52 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The feeding frenzy commences... RMP rates 2010
Replies: 33
Views: 684

Re: The feeding frenzy commences... RMP rates 2010

I admit it, I bought a few bottles of the greatest Cantemerle since the late Pleistocene...
by Blanquito
on Fri Mar 01, 2013 7:01 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The feeding frenzy commences... RMP rates 2010
Replies: 33
Views: 684

Re: The feeding frenzy commences... RMP rates 2010

2010 Cantemerle, the "finest Cantemerle I have encountered in my professional career of tasting young vintages (dating back 34 years now)", says RMP.

More hype-tastic grade inflation or the next BWE Wine of the Year?
by Blanquito
on Fri Mar 01, 2013 6:59 pm
 
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Topic: The feeding frenzy commences... RMP rates 2010
Replies: 33
Views: 684

Re: The feeding frenzy commences... RMP rates 2010

And the 2010 Cantemerle, the Bob put a 94+ on that wine.

I know points suck, but wow!
by Blanquito
on Fri Mar 01, 2013 6:58 pm
 
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Topic: The feeding frenzy commences... RMP rates 2010
Replies: 33
Views: 684

The feeding frenzy commences... RMP rates 2010

Sounds like it is nuts out there! PremierCru has sold out on most of it's 2010 Bordeaux. The 2010 GPL is all gone, they had 24+ bottles just a few days ago, BWE strikes again.
by Blanquito
on Fri Mar 01, 2013 6:57 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The feeding frenzy commences... RMP rates 2010
Replies: 33
Views: 684

Re: Lemming I Remain: 2010 GPL for $80

This is a good thread, a BWE thread.
by Blanquito
on Thu Feb 28, 2013 5:30 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Lemming I Remain: 2010 GPL for $80
Replies: 58
Views: 2123
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