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by Dennis Borczon
June 26th, 2020, 4:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet: Lamy & d'Auvenay (plus Leroy Musigny)
Replies: 23
Views: 1003

Re: Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet: Lamy & d'Auvenay

Again, thank goodness for actual wine writing! This should be interesting for all the wine geeks here. Don't know if this will actually make for better grapes, but the experiment is worth doing. I presume the treatment the D'Auvenay vines got before canopy management mentioned was copper sulfate, or...
by Dennis Borczon
June 25th, 2020, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3760
Views: 373285

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

M a x S w o m l e y wrote:
June 22nd, 2020, 3:23 pm
MatthewT wrote:
June 22nd, 2020, 3:06 pm
Yes. Hard pass.
Based on what I've been reading it seems like Garagiste is rarely a deal... accurate?
Last Bottle and WTSO are where there are actual deals...most of the time. But you have to sift through those carefully. Did miss the deal on Salmon Champagne yesterday on Last Bottle. Rats!
by Dennis Borczon
June 25th, 2020, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the meaning of your wine hobby?
Replies: 51
Views: 1769

Re: What is the meaning of your wine hobby?

It is traveling to a different time and place, usually a much more beautiful one, without leaving your armchair.

Lately it is also escaping all the idiotic "news."
by Dennis Borczon
June 23rd, 2020, 5:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Higher altitude vineyards in Burgundy?
Replies: 12
Views: 909

Re: Higher altitude vineyards in Burgundy?

"Pommard forms one exception, with some high points on both sides of the combe. Les Vaumurien boast a high of 360 meters. I once cycled up there, experiencing every meter in elevation with deminishing enthousiasm." I did that ride in 2016. On a really hot day. All the way up to Chamboeuf. It is a ki...
by Dennis Borczon
June 23rd, 2020, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drinking Much 2003 Red Burgundy?
Replies: 42
Views: 1557

Re: Drinking Much 2003 Red Burgundy?

Unfortunately my most recent experience has not been as positive. Has a M Ganoux Corton Reynards this past weekend and initially I got a nose of cooked prune/raisin. Gradually blew off but the profile was still dampened and the wine came across as a bit clunky and dense. Actually reminded of an aged...
by Dennis Borczon
June 23rd, 2020, 6:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8781
Views: 1292808

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Obviously the penalties for violating the court injunction must not be that severe. Or else the responsible parties must feel that they have a way out. Or maybe crime is just too addictive to stop. Perhaps they should visit Mr Fox of PC fame. Seems like the only guys who actually went to jail over t...
by Dennis Borczon
June 21st, 2020, 7:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: There is a mouse in the cellar...
Replies: 52
Views: 2812

Re: There is a mouse in the cellar...

Really, just kill it. No need for a guilty conscience. Kill them quickly or you will have a house full. Evolution is the process of critters learning what NOT to do to survive. You will not feel so kindly if a pack of mice chews through your electrical insulation and burns down your house. (a signif...
by Dennis Borczon
June 20th, 2020, 7:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dr. Ben Ichinose's cellar up for auction
Replies: 40
Views: 3165

Re: Dr. Ben Ichinose's cellar up for auction

7 bottles of 45 drc rc... I wonder how many of those they still actually have at the domaine... There's a guy in cellartracker that has 10 bottles and 3 mags of '45 La Tache that he purchased from Rudy. [cheers.gif] Here's his cellar https://www.cellartracker.com/list.asp?Table=List&iUserOverride=4...
by Dennis Borczon
June 20th, 2020, 7:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dr. Ben Ichinose's cellar up for auction
Replies: 40
Views: 3165

Re: Dr. Ben Ichinose's cellar up for auction

Wow, just the highlights are pretty unbelievable, that is if they are the real deal. Bollinger, Brut R.D. 1961 Bollinger, Brut R.D. 1961 6 magnums per lot $6000- $9000 — Château Cheval Blanc 1947 Château Cheval Blanc 1947 1 bottle per lot $8,000 - $14,000 — Château dYquem 1947 Château d'Yquem 1947 1...
by Dennis Borczon
June 18th, 2020, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which wine region would you live in?
Replies: 64
Views: 2027

Re: Which wine region would you live in?

There is a little town in Provence called Paradou. Has a lovely little wine shop and the local wines are cheap and cheerful. Close to Les Baux and Saint Remy. If it is good enough for Julia Child, it is good enough for me. Would play petanque all afternoon and drink pastis...just heaven.
by Dennis Borczon
June 18th, 2020, 10:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 18895

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

Be careful Mel. I notice you have not posted any personal photos here. Cut Jasper a break, he probably has not had a professional haircut in months. Besides that he has a British Oxfordian accent which makes him sound at least 20 points smarter that the rest of us former colonists...
by Dennis Borczon
June 16th, 2020, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Pricing at Auction - MENTAL
Replies: 138
Views: 11782

Re: Wine Pricing at Auction - MENTAL

Which ‘99 DRC hammered for $10K/bottle? 12 Btls 1999 DRC La Tache in OWC $108,800 1 Btl 2007 Keller Riesling G Max $2,048 3 Btls 2005 DRC Romanee Conti $64,000 Thanks! The DRC RC pricing doesn’t seem that egregious. But the LT and G Max are definitely [tease.gif] You cannot be serious that the 2005...
by Dennis Borczon
June 16th, 2020, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Pricing at Auction - MENTAL
Replies: 138
Views: 11782

Re: Wine Pricing at Auction - MENTAL

You know maybe we should all just stop paying attention to the hype about these wines. First it was DRC, the Rousseau, then Roumier, what next? The extra publicity just seems to feed the irrational amounts of money that get spent on these wines. Can't we just let the uber wealthy hedge fund guys go...
by Dennis Borczon
June 15th, 2020, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Covid and corkage
Replies: 21
Views: 1342

Re: Covid and corkage

What's a restaurant?
by Dennis Borczon
June 15th, 2020, 12:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Pricing at Auction - MENTAL
Replies: 138
Views: 11782

Re: Wine Pricing at Auction - MENTAL

Latest numbers from Acker in Asia. The Covid virus may be in Bejing, race riots are back in America coming to a neighborhood near you, trade wars are going nowhere, fake bottles floating around the sales room and in the middle of all this....Acker is killing it in Hong Kong. New world records for Co...
by Dennis Borczon
June 12th, 2020, 1:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 933
Views: 50339

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

Wonder how the people who bought futures last year feel about these prices? Clearly big time Bordeaux is having a "come to Jesus" moment. I confess I am out of the game but is there a feeling that in 2 years prices are going to jump back up and make these futures look cheap? ....well I don't know. H...
by Dennis Borczon
June 12th, 2020, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down
Replies: 193
Views: 6810

Re: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down

We are masters of Bordeaux, but to Burgundy merely staff. Oh, more like Bordeaux just wants to be your awesome best friend :). Your best friend whose dad is a doctor but still asks you to lend him money. He asks you to lend him a LOT of money then promises to pay it back in two years. Sometimes he ...
by Dennis Borczon
June 11th, 2020, 7:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down
Replies: 193
Views: 6810

Re: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down

? What is a vineyard but a place? It’s the “sense” part that I find bullshit. I’m not denying existence of places. This is one of those relapsing bullshit arguments where people feel compelled to choose a side when the answer is "both." Can you tell the difference between a cabernet made in the sam...
by Dennis Borczon
June 11th, 2020, 7:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: American Cancer Society - no drinking allowed
Replies: 55
Views: 2298

Re: American Cancer Society - no drinking allowed

Just wait 10 years and the research will change. Wait 6 weeks and the research will change. You mean if I stop drinking completely I'll get to live another 3-6 months? (on average). I don't know why anyone pays attention to this ridiculous back and forth anymore. Humans biologically are programmed ...
by Dennis Borczon
June 8th, 2020, 7:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Pricing at Auction - MENTAL
Replies: 138
Views: 11782

Re: Wine Pricing at Auction - MENTAL

You know maybe we should all just stop paying attention to the hype about these wines. First it was DRC, the Rousseau, then Roumier, what next? The extra publicity just seems to feed the irrational amounts of money that get spent on these wines. Can't we just let the uber wealthy hedge fund guys go ...
by Dennis Borczon
June 8th, 2020, 5:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Moving Past Veuve: Initiate Me
Replies: 70
Views: 2941

Re: Moving Past Veuve: Initiate Me

NV Delamotte. I can crush this stuff all day. good choice at an excellent price. Expand your horizons. $42.95 at JJ Buckley ( I have no affiliation) Baby brother to Salon and worth every penny. More complex than the simpler styles of Champagne. I think they tend to get overlooked because of Salon f...
by Dennis Borczon
June 5th, 2020, 5:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine tasting at home - how to store unfinished bottles
Replies: 24
Views: 706

Re: Wine tasting at home - how to store unfinished bottles

You might be missing something if you are too hasty. Just drank a young Pernand Vergelesses (2017 Clos de la Chappelle) and consumed over three days with just corking and cold refrigeration. Last 1/3 of bottle was fantastic, stretched out with nutmeg, sexy vanilla undertones and spicy finish. Some y...
by Dennis Borczon
June 3rd, 2020, 5:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Essential Books on Burgundy?
Replies: 42
Views: 2618

Re: Essential Books on Burgundy?

for all the attention it draws these days,it is interesting that almost all the relevant books are 10+ years old. Cote D'Or by Raymond Blake is copyright 2017. Pleasant enough if not nearly comprehensive. Pearl of the Cote by Allen Meadows is also pretty good, although obviously of most interest to ...
by Dennis Borczon
June 2nd, 2020, 6:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finger Lakes and NOTL trip/suggestions
Replies: 31
Views: 1141

Re: Finger Lakes and NOTL trip/suggestions

I have a couple of comments, having spent a good deal of time in both regions. First, if you are only allowing one day in NOTL you are really missing it. The area is hardly just about the wineries and there are extremely charming attractions in the area that will provide a lot of diversity for a tri...
by Dennis Borczon
May 29th, 2020, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recovering from Covid-19, and rediscovering wine
Replies: 3
Views: 608

Re: Recovering from Covid-19, and rediscovering wine

Nice topic. Well written. Don't understand the perspective of some comments that feel guilty about focusing on these smaller issues in life. Yes loss of sense of smell is not the end of the world. Yes people die of covid. But it is sometimes the little things that enrich living, and are still worthy...
by Dennis Borczon
May 29th, 2020, 7:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone tasted wines from Trump Winery
Replies: 67
Views: 2768

Re: Has anyone tasted wines from Trump Winery

Hi Kelly It's rare for "celebrity wines" to be taken seriously by the sorts of people who frequent this board. I would be surprised if people here have ever bothered to taste Trump winery wines, nor Greg Norman's etc. So you may not get any real answers here. That might come off a bit snobby, but I...
by Dennis Borczon
May 29th, 2020, 7:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Caymus cries foul
Replies: 48
Views: 2361

Re: Caymus cries foul

I'm surprised that no one has brought up the absurdity of this lawsuit and how Newsom is being negatively impacted by this too...???? https://www.plumpjack.com/team For real? Typical, virtue signaling. I do't think people really get it yet. This virus in NOT going away, unless we get a really effec...
by Dennis Borczon
May 22nd, 2020, 6:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pinot Noir vine genetics in Burgundy: some photos
Replies: 34
Views: 1865

Re: Pinot Noir vine genetics in Burgundy: some photos

it seems William is in the avant-garde of wine Thanks for the kind words! Though I should warn you that my palate was recently described as "bourgeois" by a US importer. champagne.gif Meaning you like what lots of people who understand wine tend to like? I thought that was your job. Maybe importers...
by Dennis Borczon
May 22nd, 2020, 6:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $225 Cab discussion
Replies: 99
Views: 5389

Re: $225 Cab discussion

I've mostly stopped buying wines from the winery that later show up cheaper on the secondary market. Shafer is a good example of that. The downside is if they pop out an RP Hundo then the price doubles but hey, lots of good wine out there. Their wines should either be in high enough demand that the...
by Dennis Borczon
May 21st, 2020, 5:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: An article on Cédric Bouchard...
Replies: 26
Views: 1389

Re: An article on Cédric Bouchard...

This producer was my gateway drug to champagne. Great stuff...
by Dennis Borczon
May 18th, 2020, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Three adjacent parcels of Meursault Perrières this Spring
Replies: 57
Views: 2541

Re: Three adjacent parcels of Meursault Perrières this Spring

Oh my William, this is opening up the proverbial can of nematodes! You had better hope none of those Burgundian farmers have a shotgun handy when you start poking around taking pix of the vineyards. You are indeed a courageous fellow. I definitely also notice vast differences in vineyards just casua...
by Dennis Borczon
May 14th, 2020, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy
Replies: 113
Views: 4398

Re: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy

I spoke to one winemaker in Burgundy last year who claims that he can pick up a "minty" quality in whites sealed under Diam. Does not sound too terrible a contaminant, but I wondered if any other producers claim that they can taste a flavor that is imparted by this technology. If no one can discern ...
by Dennis Borczon
May 13th, 2020, 11:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Digging up a basement for a wine cellar
Replies: 51
Views: 5237

Re: Digging up a basement for a wine cellar

i assume you plan to be in this house for a long friggin' time, and recognize that this very expensive project will probably add ZERO value to your home in the event of resale. Or, you could just store wine offsite for a couple thousand years for the same money. Christ, for that kind of money, you ...
by Dennis Borczon
May 9th, 2020, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heymann-Lowenstein 2014 Uhlen L TN
Replies: 5
Views: 224

Re: Heymann-Lowenstein 2014 Uhlen L TN

Have had some screechingly high acid chardonnay and this is no guarantee of longevity. Or oxidation resistance. But that is surely part of the equation...
by Dennis Borczon
May 9th, 2020, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heymann-Lowenstein 2014 Uhlen L TN
Replies: 5
Views: 224

Re: Heymann-Lowenstein 2014 Uhlen L TN

Have had some screechingly high acid chardonnay and this is no guarantee of longevity. Or oxidation resistance. But that is surely part of the equation...
by Dennis Borczon
May 9th, 2020, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'm worried about John Gilman
Replies: 24
Views: 2578

Re: I'm worried about John Gilman

In fairness, they're kids. Personally, I'm happy John is taking a break from tweeting about politics. [stirthepothal.gif] I will second that. He has an unnatural obsession with Trump. Kind of poster for Trump derangement syndrome. Hope he tweets a bit more about wine... So you are saying he is perf...
by Dennis Borczon
May 9th, 2020, 12:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heymann-Lowenstein 2014 Uhlen L TN
Replies: 5
Views: 224

Heymann-Lowenstein 2014 Uhlen L TN

Just tasted this after 3 weeks in the fridge. Amazing fresh palate, crisp spring flowers and grassiness, crisp medium + finish. Elegant petrol nose. Really pleasant wine. Why is it these Rieslings can seemingly resist oxidation for soooo long. I have had 2 week old German Rieslings that actually tas...
by Dennis Borczon
May 5th, 2020, 4:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Have you received your DRC Allocation?
Replies: 151
Views: 10929

Re: Have you received your DRC Allocation?

How do we know if the new vintage is even any good? Maybe someone needs to Pobega one or two bottles of La Tache to let us all know....
by Dennis Borczon
April 29th, 2020, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No, the other Noellat (not Charles or Alain)
Replies: 17
Views: 761

Re: No, the other Noellat (not Charles or Alain)

Curious. They are really large landowners in both Beaux Monts and VR Suchots (second largest landowners in both I believe) and there is very little press about them. Alan Meadows barely mentions them in his Pearl book and one can only surmise there is less enthusiasm for their wines due to some dist...
by Dennis Borczon
April 29th, 2020, 8:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No, the other Noellat (not Charles or Alain)
Replies: 17
Views: 761

No, the other Noellat (not Charles or Alain)

I have noticed remarkably little chatter about a large VR Domaine Michel Noellat here on the boards. Just got an offer today from Grapes TWC with 1er crus in Vosne for what seems to be very attractive prices (sub $100.00) for Suchots and Beaux Monts. They apparently own something like a whopping 1.7...
by Dennis Borczon
April 29th, 2020, 6:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the Best top end non-DRC red Burgundy?
Replies: 89
Views: 7314

Re: What's the Best top end non-DRC red Burgundy?

Hudelot-Noellat Romanee St Vivant 2009 or 2010. If there is a more perfumed GC Burgundy that is reasonably accessible and likely to be genuine on the market, I don't know what it is. trying to source some of these older Burgs at auction now is probably fraught with some risk. Does anyone believe tha...
by Dennis Borczon
April 29th, 2020, 6:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8781
Views: 1292808

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Don, Your work was tireless and extraordinary. Thank you. How much longer has Rudy got to serve? Don’s post in 8494 By the way, Rudy Kurniawan, now age 43, was transferred from the Federal prison near Taft California to the Reeves I & II prison facility, which is operated by a Federal contractor, i...
by Dennis Borczon
April 27th, 2020, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What else do you keep in your wine cellar?
Replies: 54
Views: 2023

Re: What else do you keep in your wine cellar?

Cigars Don't think the temps are too low? Perhaps slightly. Though I have not noticed any issues. But i think the constant high humidity is more important. FWIW I have a few cigars remaining that are close to 20 years old and they’re beautiful smokes... Second that. Read a bit of information about ...
by Dennis Borczon
April 25th, 2020, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What red Burgundy under $150 ...
Replies: 60
Views: 2551

Re: What red Burgundy under $150 ...

Look, you don't need to go crazy with this, or spend that much money. Just drank a 2012 Drouhin Chambolle Musigny that has a lovely crushed strawberry fruit, attractive eathiness, not tremendous depth or complexity but just a lovely bottle of village Bourgogne. This is pretty much a maturing village...
by Dennis Borczon
April 25th, 2020, 7:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Faiveley and Drouhin holdings?
Replies: 51
Views: 2320

Re: Faiveley and Drouhin holdings?

Jasper, noticed one missing piece of the Faiveley jigsaw puzzle... Domaine Chazan/Zibetti – (0.12 ha) (Domaine Faiveley in fermage)...from Winehog article Faiveley does make an Amoureuses bottling. Presumably this is the source? And Mel Knox, by the time Jasper finishes his book, there may not be ph...
by Dennis Borczon
April 21st, 2020, 6:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Faiveley and Drouhin holdings?
Replies: 51
Views: 2320

Re: Faiveley and Drouhin holdings?

Faiveley has been quite active since the Hanson book was written. Jasper seems to be busy with his zoom tastings etc. Since there are no bookstores, it's hard to imagine him working on the book with a deadline in mind. If you are stuck inside in rural France long enough, with no restaurants or wine...
by Dennis Borczon
April 21st, 2020, 6:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PLCB turning off the lights...
Replies: 51
Views: 3370

Re: PLCB turning off the lights...

The real question is ...When were the lights really on?
by Dennis Borczon
April 20th, 2020, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: HDH Burgundy Auction
Replies: 57
Views: 3691

Re: HDH Burgundy Auction

"The two day sale brought in $7.6 million against a pre-sale estimate of $4.8-7.3 million. Bidders from five continents participated and 62% of the lots sold at or above the high end of the estimates. All of the 2,513 lots sold, and many set new world records." You cannot tell me that everyone buyi...
by Dennis Borczon
March 22nd, 2020, 5:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help with this burgundy list...
Replies: 20
Views: 1189

Re: Help with this burgundy list...

To be a contrarian, where are all these producers going to sell their wine if the bottom drops out of the global economy in 6 months? Not to mention retailers. I for one, am waiting. The old saw of "you can't catch a falling knife" in the stock market does not apply when this is a guillotine.
by Dennis Borczon
March 20th, 2020, 4:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYT on Drinking Wine Alone...Now
Replies: 36
Views: 2171

Re: NYT on Drinking Wine Alone...Now

Art R wrote:
March 19th, 2020, 6:40 am
I thought a bottle a night was normal, with people or alone.
If you want to preserve your monocyte function, (white blood cells that fight infections) a bottle is really too much. Not judging, but conveying facts. Your desire to stay alive is a personal decision....

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