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Re: What is (are) your favourite vintage(s) of Pichon Baron?

The 89 is pretty awesome.
by Blanquito
on Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:14 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: What is (are) your favourite vintage(s) of Pichon Baron?
Replies: 8
Views: 128

Re: What is your favourite vintage of Sociando-Mallet?

Good bottles of the 82 are incredible. That's easily my top vintage. After that I'd rank them in order: 90, 96, 03 (but it could surpass the 96 in time), 01, 02, 00. I've not had any younger than the 03, and I don't think I've had a sound bottle of the 86 or 89, so judgment reserved there. Anyone ha...
by Blanquito
on Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:55 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: What is your favourite vintage of Sociando-Mallet?
Replies: 16
Views: 241

Re: What's your worst Bordeaux label?

This.
by Blanquito
on Mon Aug 07, 2017 2:43 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: What's your worst Bordeaux label?
Replies: 15
Views: 268

Re: The 2012 Brunello Argiano has been uncorked....

Best brunello I've had has consistently been from Lisini especially the Ugolaia vineyard bottling. There's other good ones like Il Poggione, and Uccelliera,

But I'm with Arv-- I usually prefer good chianti to Brunello and once price is factored in, fugetabotit!
by Blanquito
on Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:12 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The 2012 Brunello Argiano has been uncorked....
Replies: 12
Views: 181

Re: TN: A Few 2014 White Bordeaux

Count me as a big fan of white Bordeaux too. My only complaint is I just don't drink it often enough.

Thanks for the notes, I'll will seek these 2014s as my stash is running low.
by Blanquito
on Mon Jul 24, 2017 3:10 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: A Few 2014 White Bordeaux
Replies: 4
Views: 101

Re: what is your favorite movie?

JimHow wrote:You guys are pathetic.
One lousy rule.

ONE fucking movie!

Jesus Christ.


The Big Chill (you should try it).
by Blanquito
on Sun May 14, 2017 3:44 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: what is your favorite movie?
Replies: 20
Views: 295

Re: So what have you bought lately?

Will do, Gerry. FWIW, I've had the 89 Branaire 4-5 times over the last 10 years and I've always found it at least good.
by Blanquito
on Thu May 11, 2017 1:28 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: So what have you bought lately?
Replies: 594
Views: 37379

Re: So what have you bought lately?

A case of the 1989 Canon.

Not cheap, but the bottles look pristine, I love this chateau in the 80's (though I've never had the '89), and I find various CellarTracker notes on this wine irresistible (mostly DaleW and Salil's).
by Blanquito
on Wed May 10, 2017 10:51 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: So what have you bought lately?
Replies: 594
Views: 37379

Re: 2000 vs. 2003 Sociando Mallet

I've acquired 7 bottles of the 2005 over the last few years, mostly due to Ian's endorsement (it was one of the few 2005s I didn't buy as futures or on release). I haven't even remotely considered opening one yet though. I had an 82 S-M at Christmas that truly blew me away. One of those near-religio...
by Blanquito
on Wed May 10, 2017 10:47 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2000 vs. 2003 Sociando Mallet
Replies: 7
Views: 174

Re: 2015 vintage discussion

So far, I've got 9 bottles of 2015 on order, and zero 2016. But based on the vintage descriptions, I assume I'll like the 2016s more than the 2015 due to the lower alcohol, cooler vintage traits ascribed to 2016. All things being equal. But things are rarely equal, and any significant price differen...
by Blanquito
on Sun May 07, 2017 4:29 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2015 vintage discussion
Replies: 94
Views: 4941

Re: Dinner with Alfred

Btw, Parker isn't correct with 1994, as Alfred Tesseron arrived at PC in 2000 and this is his first vintage. This contradicts the stories Alfred shared with us at the Pontet Canet dinner in NYC around 2008. In fact, Alfred's accounts made it sound like he and his father had engaged in a friendly de...
by Blanquito
on Sat May 06, 2017 4:08 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Dinner with Alfred
Replies: 24
Views: 519

Re: Dinner with Alfred

FWIW, Parker re-rated the 2000 94+ pts in 6/2010: Upgraded in score over my original rating, which was several points lower, Alfred Tesseron has done a remarkable job since 1994 with Pontet-Canet, which has been hitting first-growth levels since 2003. But the 2000 also shows exceptionally well. In n...
by Blanquito
on Fri May 05, 2017 2:13 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Dinner with Alfred
Replies: 24
Views: 519

Re: Dinner with Alfred

Great report Ian. As mentioned in another thread, I also am quite high on the 96 but it still needs time or a long decant to show it's best. I could see it going to a 94 someday. Good to hear about the 03, that wine has shown oddly at points in its evolution, almost like it was hibernating even thou...
by Blanquito
on Fri May 05, 2017 2:01 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Dinner with Alfred
Replies: 24
Views: 519

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
Replies: 11
Views: 290

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
Views: 570

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: 191

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
Views: 125

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
Views: 125

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
Views: 118

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
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Bon Voyage dinner for Tom and Gail (not long to be) in DC
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Views: 267

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: 144
Views: 4476

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: 594
Views: 37379

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: 250

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
Views: 250

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: 404

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: 404

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: 594
Views: 37379

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
Views: 229

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: 229

Re: Cru Bourgeois

1991 was good in Rioja too.
by Blanquito
on Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:45 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Cru Bourgeois
Replies: 16
Views: 502

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
Replies: 11
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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
Views: 247

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
Views: 247

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
Replies: 5
Views: 223

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: 5
Views: 223

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?
Replies: 20
Views: 1305

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
Replies: 10
Views: 540

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
Views: 259
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