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Re: What’s your favorite modern Bordeaux?

This isn’t a metaphysical exercise. Modern style = defined in the eye of the drinker for current drinking, no more, no less. I consider Monbousquet an undeniably modern style wine and despite that I still really like the wine.
by Blanquito
on Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:18 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: What’s your favorite modern Bordeaux?
Replies: 4
Views: 53

Re: Giacosa at Elystan Street

That’s one tre serious tasting. Since I moved to Colorado, I’ve been fortunate to have a bunch of Giacosa baroli and Barbaresco from the 90’s and it’s a special, perhaps unique wine. Thanks for sharing theses notes and the skinny on an epic night.
by Blanquito
on Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:36 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Giacosa at Elystan Street
Replies: 2
Views: 72

What’s your favorite modern Bordeaux?

Two part query: what’s your favorite full-on modern Bordeaux? If your answer is “none”, then answer what is the most modern styled Bordeaux that you still like? On some level, I’m curious if my BWE Brethren like any fully modern Bordeaux, and if yes, which? My answer: - Monbousquet **I’ve not had an...
by Blanquito
on Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:49 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: What’s your favorite modern Bordeaux?
Replies: 4
Views: 53

Re: A dinner where none of the wines showed well

It might be considered heretical in some quarters (and surprising coming from me given my wait-5-more-years reaction to most post-1990 Bordeaux), but I think the 96 Lafon Rochet peaked 5-6 years ago. I’ve drunk nearly a case of this wine from 2004-present, and while still good when on, there’s been ...
by Blanquito
on Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:52 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: A dinner where none of the wines showed well
Replies: 6
Views: 134

Re: TN: Château Palmer Vertical

Great vertical, Stu. I haven’t had many Palmers but a bottle of the 89 that Tom W. brought to a tasting once was pretty spectacular. Good 66s in general are really good in my (limited) experience. The 82 Chateau Margaux that Ian shared 5 years ago or so was pretty awesome as well, I recall, and on t...
by Blanquito
on Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:10 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: Château Palmer Vertical
Replies: 14
Views: 171

Re: DC '18

Good luck for a safe and successful procedure, David.
by Blanquito
on Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:32 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: DC '18
Replies: 37
Views: 570

Re: It's a jolly good time to be a BWEer, pip pip..

OMG, that’s an epic line up. Wow. Sounds like a Saturday night at a BWE Convention... I hope to get to London again one of these days, or at least see Ian and Maureen in NYC. Been way too long. And hopefully the BWE Euro contingent can make it to Denver should the Convention be held in the Mile High...
by Blanquito
on Thu Oct 12, 2017 1:27 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: It's a jolly good time to be a BWEer, pip pip..
Replies: 35
Views: 591

Re: Mo's Sonoma House is no more.

I’ve not been to Mo’s house either, but living in Colorado I’ve seen a lot of friends lose their homes to wildfires. It’s an awful experience but as long as everyone is safe, the sun still rises tomorrow.
by Blanquito
on Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:19 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Mo's Sonoma House is no more.
Replies: 19
Views: 359

Re: It's a jolly good time to be a BWEer, pip pip..

Great stuff guys.
by Blanquito
on Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:05 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: It's a jolly good time to be a BWEer, pip pip..
Replies: 35
Views: 591

Re: 2011 franc petit figeac

Not heard of this one before. Sounds delicious, my kind of Rightie.
by Blanquito
on Sun Oct 08, 2017 11:09 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2011 franc petit figeac
Replies: 8
Views: 109

Re: It's a jolly good time to be a BWEer, pip pip..

Best wishes to you and your family Danny.
by Blanquito
on Sun Oct 08, 2017 4:40 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: It's a jolly good time to be a BWEer, pip pip..
Replies: 35
Views: 591

Re: TN: 2003 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Sounds terrific, David. So, no sign of the torrid vintage?
by Blanquito
on Mon Oct 02, 2017 4:15 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: 2003 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande
Replies: 3
Views: 151

Re: yay!

No dice with my brother, he’s too busy.

But a decent programmer could compile everything in a few hours or less, it seems.
by Blanquito
on Sun Oct 01, 2017 3:31 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: yay!
Replies: 6
Views: 316

Re: TN:2000 Beychevelle

Let's get another NYC tasting together one of these days, sooner than later.
by Blanquito
on Sat Sep 30, 2017 5:29 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN:2000 Beychevelle
Replies: 14
Views: 345

Re: 2014 Leoville Barton... outstanding!

Better than the 2014 Calon Segur? Or should I say, did you like it better than that excellent bottle of the 2014 Calon in SanFran?
by Blanquito
on Wed Sep 27, 2017 6:19 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2014 Leoville Barton... outstanding!
Replies: 22
Views: 454

Re: Getting impatient viz. the 95s and 96s

Good points all around. I clearly am ambivalent about the progress of these years— I remain a believer in both vintages and as Nic notes I’ve had many enjoyable bottles at tastings including at conventions. But at the same time, part of my brain says when I’m poking around the cellar, “hey, 20 plus ...
by Blanquito
on Wed Sep 27, 2017 12:23 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Getting impatient viz. the 95s and 96s
Replies: 11
Views: 236

Re: DC '18

Overall, I'm a fan of CP. My steak last year was excellent and the space can't be beat.
by Blanquito
on Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:23 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: DC '18
Replies: 37
Views: 570

Re: So what have you bought lately?

I see the 2014 Leoville Barton for $62 pre-arrival... tempting.
by Blanquito
on Tue Sep 26, 2017 6:18 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: So what have you bought lately?
Replies: 632
Views: 42053

Re: Getting impatient viz. the 95s and 96s

P.S. I don't think there are any vintages pre-1995 that aren't fully ready or mature. Even the 86s and 88s are fully mature, just in a stern style. There are individual wines which may need more time still from before 1995, like the 1986 LLC or the 1989 Lynch Bages, but these are the exceptions in m...
by Blanquito
on Tue Sep 26, 2017 6:12 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Getting impatient viz. the 95s and 96s
Replies: 11
Views: 236

Getting impatient viz. the 95s and 96s

Just had a bottle of the 96 Branaire Ducru, now a 21 year old wine. Boy, it sure showed little for a wine with 2 decades to develop. The aromas and flavors were quite earthy and subdued and the body and midpalate seemed light and a little weedy even. I suppose the tannins have softened some and the ...
by Blanquito
on Tue Sep 26, 2017 3:42 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Getting impatient viz. the 95s and 96s
Replies: 11
Views: 236

Re: A match made in heaven

Great wine. It's fun to think about the great run of Lynchs from 1982-1990. I love them all ('84 and '87 excluded), and the '85 can hold its own with any in that string.

I just scored some of the '88 Lynch on auction, another LB that I think is really terrific in a refreshingly medieval style.
by Blanquito
on Sun Sep 24, 2017 2:31 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: A match made in heaven
Replies: 8
Views: 245

Re: So what have you bought lately?

JimHow wrote:I'd like to get some 2014 Leoville Barton in that price range jckba!


Ditto that.
by Blanquito
on Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:40 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: So what have you bought lately?
Replies: 632
Views: 42053

Re: So what have you bought lately?

1983 Gruaud Larose x 2
1988 Lynch Bages x 3
by Blanquito
on Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:42 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: So what have you bought lately?
Replies: 632
Views: 42053

Re: John Fox update link.

I'm still expecting/guessing that clawbacks on individual customers will not happen, except perhaps for a few "financially viable" big fish like the Wilpons in the Madoff scheme. What's the threshold of untoward profits that the estate would pursue? Most customers were probably represent p...
by Blanquito
on Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:31 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: John Fox update link.
Replies: 10
Views: 314

Re: TN:2000 Beychevelle

80's era Beychevelle tend to be cheaper in auctions (in the USA at least) than 2000-2016 vintages. I snap up the 82, 83, 85 and 86 when I see them well priced. Not tried the 89 more than once if memory serves, but that can often be found for ~$85 all-in at auction, so I might have to give it another...
by Blanquito
on Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:55 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN:2000 Beychevelle
Replies: 14
Views: 345

Re: Is Il Poggione the best Brunello out there?

For me (*i don't drink all that much brunello), yes (*along with Lisini which is often $40-$45 too).
by Blanquito
on Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:25 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Is Il Poggione the best Brunello out there?
Replies: 2
Views: 116

Re: Offline in Denver

The champagne we had was the Calsac Champagne Extra Brut L'échappée Belle.
by Blanquito
on Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:01 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Offline in Denver
Replies: 14
Views: 187

Re: Offline in Denver

AlohaArtakaHoundsong wrote:Was this the same place we went a couple of years ago, Patrick?


Yes, the ole standby where you, Tom in-DC-now-Denver and a few locals gathered way back in 2010!

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by Blanquito
on Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:56 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Offline in Denver
Replies: 14
Views: 187

Re: Offline in Denver

Nice Riesling.
by Blanquito
on Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:35 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Offline in Denver
Replies: 14
Views: 187

Re: Offline in Denver

Another:
by Blanquito
on Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:34 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Offline in Denver
Replies: 14
Views: 187

Re: Offline in Denver

Some pics.
by Blanquito
on Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:33 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Offline in Denver
Replies: 14
Views: 187

Re: Two Sexy PLLadies

Man, I sure hope the 2000 PLL can give the 1982 a run for its money, Danny. I've got 4-5 of the 2000 in the cellar.
by Blanquito
on Tue Sep 19, 2017 3:34 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Two Sexy PLLadies
Replies: 11
Views: 251

Re: Dinner at Jean-Fred

Great notes, Nic. I really enjoyed hearing about the get together. I still have 3-4 of the 90 Sociando, I'll think about opening one soon.

Give my best to Jean-Fred, it was a lot of fun meeting him on the dock of the bay.
by Blanquito
on Tue Sep 19, 2017 1:15 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Dinner at Jean-Fred
Replies: 4
Views: 109

Re: TN:2000 Beychevelle

Thanks Ian, I keep trying to score some of the 2000 at auction but the price always seems to go a bit nutty. I think I've got all of 1 or 2 bottles of it, so I'll hold them for a while. I did recently get a good amount of the 2009 Beychevelle however, I hope it shows as well as your 2000 eventually.
by Blanquito
on Tue Sep 19, 2017 1:13 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN:2000 Beychevelle
Replies: 14
Views: 345

Re: Offline in Denver

I started writing up some notes, but Jacques has fulfilled the mission. Well done... It was so much fun to see Jacques and Jill again, it felt like one of their famous pool parties had only been a few months earlier. The BWE time warp strikes again. I thought the food was excellent as always and we ...
by Blanquito
on Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:06 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Offline in Denver
Replies: 14
Views: 187

Re: Have a safe Irma

With Tom and Gail in Denver these days, we can put together a mini BWE night in the Rockies pretty much anytime (vagaries of everyone's schedules notwithstanding).
by Blanquito
on Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:47 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Have a safe Irma
Replies: 17
Views: 303

Re: Have a safe Irma

Sounds like you guys did pretty well given the dire predictions. Really good to hear.

Jacques, look me up if you're in Denver.
by Blanquito
on Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:45 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Have a safe Irma
Replies: 17
Views: 303

Re: Ordering from St. Innocent.

I am big fan of the wines here too, but I much prefer them with a good 10-15 years of age. They're good young, but in general I get a lot more out of them when mature and these age very well.
by Blanquito
on Sun Sep 10, 2017 4:46 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Ordering from St. Innocent.
Replies: 7
Views: 137

Re: So what have you bought lately?

I had a 2005 Newton Unfiltered Cab recently and it was hard work to drink.
by Blanquito
on Fri Sep 08, 2017 3:40 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: So what have you bought lately?
Replies: 632
Views: 42053

Re: TN: 05 Tour St Bonnet [Medoc]

When I was 23 years old, the 1989 Tour St Bonnet was my first ever case purchase, along with a case of the 1990 Belgrave Haut Medoc, from Century Liquours in Rochester NY. I've had a soft spot for this Medoc ever since. In real dollars, the price has gone down a tad from what I paid for the 89. I'm ...
by Blanquito
on Thu Sep 07, 2017 7:17 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: 05 Tour St Bonnet [Medoc]
Replies: 7
Views: 182
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