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by Robert Panzer
August 20th, 2020, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordelet offer
Replies: 11
Views: 595

Re: Bordelet offer

Thanks for the plug, Chris.
Yeah, he is a special dude making special nectar.
I am curious to see how far along the Chateau has come since my visit several years ago.
Has anyone been there recently?
Santé à tous
by Robert Panzer
August 12th, 2020, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1438
Views: 87474

Re: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment

So bottom line, no change for wines?
That was my guess as to what was going to happen.
by Robert Panzer
July 29th, 2020, 5:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Bürklin-Wolf „Forst“ Village Riesling
Replies: 10
Views: 393

Re: TN: 2019 Bürklin-Wolf „Forst“ Village Riesling

I can't speak for the entire US, Howard.
I imagine that there are some folks holding the wines in bond in Europe or the US, waiting for the tariffs to pass.
by Robert Panzer
July 29th, 2020, 4:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Bürklin-Wolf „Forst“ Village Riesling
Replies: 10
Views: 393

Re: TN: 2019 Bürklin-Wolf „Forst“ Village Riesling

I will offer the Forster Ortswein '19 soon, with the '19 PC wines.....gotta go for it....
;0
by Robert Panzer
July 28th, 2020, 5:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Bürklin-Wolf „Forst“ Village Riesling
Replies: 10
Views: 393

Re: TN: 2019 Bürklin-Wolf „Forst“ Village Riesling

I have been debating whether or not to offer the 2019 PC wines, as the tariffs make expensive wines in the US even more expensive. They are consistently of the finest dry Rieslings in Germany, and many of the PCs offer arguably the best values in the range, as the GCs have gotten very expensive. It ...
by Robert Panzer
July 20th, 2020, 5:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has KLWM Lost Their Collective Minds?
Replies: 149
Views: 9552

Re: Has KLWM Lost Their Collective Minds?

Lots of good input and understandable differences of opinion. I personally quite intentionally do not choose the path of "take what the market will bear" top dollar gouging for the category of speculation level wines that Coche etc fall under. For me, enough is enough, and I prefer to favor loyalty/...
by Robert Panzer
July 15th, 2020, 5:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Albert Boxler Riesling Sommerberg (France, Alsace, Alsace Grand Cru)
Replies: 19
Views: 879

Re: TN: 2016 Albert Boxler Riesling Sommerberg (France, Alsace, Alsace Grand Cru)

The Boxler Riesling wines (like many producers' Rieslings in Alsace) vary from vintage to vintage in terms of sugar. So you very much need to know the details of the vintage in question to know what you're getting into. If you want pretty much bone dry Alsatian riesling, try Kientzler. Their '16s ar...
by Robert Panzer
July 2nd, 2020, 7:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Importer of Joh Jos Prum. How to buy on release?
Replies: 37
Views: 2608

Re: Importer of Joh Jos Prum. How to buy on release?

My 2019 offer is in the pipeline.....coming soon......
by Robert Panzer
June 12th, 2020, 6:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sub $15 whites
Replies: 42
Views: 1260

Re: Sub $15 whites

Collestefano Verdicchio.

(disclaimer, I import it).
by Robert Panzer
June 3rd, 2020, 2:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Awesome Bourgogne Blanc
Replies: 48
Views: 3238

Re: Awesome Bourgogne Blanc

I'm talking in elevage, not in bottle.
Interesting if my simple logic is off base, but I thought that that was sort of a common sense real thing.....
Any winemakers want to chime in?
by Robert Panzer
June 2nd, 2020, 5:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Awesome Bourgogne Blanc
Replies: 48
Views: 3238

Re: Awesome Bourgogne Blanc

Another nice note, Jeremy.... I'm convinced that long slow elevage is a key ingredient to getting such intensely crystalline whites....long ageing sur lie, naturally protected from oxygen as long as there is outbound gas. I asked Seb when tasting with him if he has ever met Mounir Saouma, whose slow...
by Robert Panzer
June 2nd, 2020, 5:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Markus Molitor Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett
Replies: 9
Views: 331

Re: TN: 2016 Markus Molitor Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett

Ah, yes, the green capsule wines, love love love those wines. Feinherb is a very underrated category. More a victim of difficulty of classification (say what? another aspect of german nomenclature for the consumer to be confused about?) than any qualitative consideration. Fwiw, the gold capsule wine...
by Robert Panzer
June 2nd, 2020, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Dönnhoff Felsenberg Riesling Großes Gewächs (Germany, Nahe)
Replies: 11
Views: 505

Re: TN: 2007 Dönnhoff Felsenberg Riesling Großes Gewächs (Germany, Nahe)

Sounds real nice, David.
I had an '07 GG from Donnhoff a bit over a year ago, and it was glorious as well.....the Felsenturmchen, I think.
I was pleasantly surprised that it was so damn good, the track record for ageing GGs not being too established yet.....
Plenty in the tank, all on balance....
by Robert Panzer
June 2nd, 2020, 4:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Markus Molitor Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett
Replies: 9
Views: 331

Re: TN: 2016 Markus Molitor Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett

Sounds delicious. I'm guessing the Gold Capsule bottling......yeah, his '16s are gorgeously finessed to my taste. I would actually guess that the sugar is higher than you'd imagine; it just has balance working in its favor..... Ye olde disclaimer: I imported a large swath of the wines to the US for ...
by Robert Panzer
May 28th, 2020, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 German Riesling
Replies: 214
Views: 13060

Re: 2019 German Riesling

I will be quite active in offering the '19s (my first went out today), and from what I hear, lots to be excited about. Contstantin Richter told me that the profile of the wines is quite classical, a throwback to the 1990s in terms of the balance of must weight and acidity. Oliver Müller of Wagner St...
by Robert Panzer
May 28th, 2020, 8:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most beautiful wine labels?
Replies: 136
Views: 6578

Re: Most beautiful wine labels?

The Max Ferd Richter labels, from 2016 onward.
by Robert Panzer
May 28th, 2020, 3:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Awesome Bourgogne Blanc
Replies: 48
Views: 3238

Re: Awesome Bourgogne Blanc

There MAY be a US source for his '18 wines which will be released this Fall.....
;0
by Robert Panzer
May 24th, 2020, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Really eclectic tasting
Replies: 15
Views: 989

Re: TN: Really eclectic tasting

The Picaudières belongs to the Roussets now, purchased from Roure.
It is a tremendous wine in its own right.
'14-17 are all terrific.
I import them. (Chambers St was the first to do so, then me, then the Source).
by Robert Panzer
May 18th, 2020, 2:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zoom Event--Benoit Dehu of Champagne Dehu & Brad Baker--Saturday, May 16th @ 10AM PT / 1PM ET
Replies: 27
Views: 1011

Re: Zoom Event--Benoit Dehu of Champagne Dehu & Brad Baker--Saturday, May 16th @ 10AM PT / 1PM ET

Good stuff, guys. I applaud your efforts to communicate Benoît's vision/work to a broader audience, as more mainstream recognition is quite merited. As one of his chosen US importers, it miffs me as usual that the gray marketers are the ones being directly promoted here, but c'est la vie. Fwiw, I ha...
by Robert Panzer
May 4th, 2020, 5:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Northern Rhone?
Replies: 26
Views: 2296

Re: 2019 Northern Rhone?

I tasted a few '19s in barrel, Benetière, Cédric Parpette, and Clusel Roch, and they were remarkably succulent and tonic at the same time, with moderate alcohols, and no signs of overipeness or cooked/stewed fruit tones. Very promising. Same deal for some early glimpses at '19 red Burgundies. I'm gl...
by Robert Panzer
April 26th, 2020, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Is Lafouge Meursault Meix Chavaux the Perfect Birthday Wine?
Replies: 12
Views: 385

Re: TN: Is Lafouge Meursault Meix Chavaux the Perfect Birthday Wine?

Two of the three '18 Meursaults impressed me mightily as well (I only tasted two of the three), both the entry level villages and the Meix Chavaux. Quite crystalline and balanced wines with self evident class.
The '18s arrive in mid May to me, my first year working with the estate.
by Robert Panzer
April 6th, 2020, 1:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Roses de Jeanne / Cédric Bouchard Champagne Millésimé Blanc de Noirs Les Ursules
Replies: 13
Views: 577

Re: TN: 2014 Roses de Jeanne / Cédric Bouchard Champagne Millésimé Blanc de Noirs Les Ursules

Fwiw, Ursules is the parcel that got Cédric started, from old vines that his dad thought were too fussy, with lower yields than people typically shoot for in "traditional" Champagne growing.
So it is sort of the originator....
by Robert Panzer
April 3rd, 2020, 5:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine Robert Arnoux / Arnoux-Lachaux Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Reignots
Replies: 43
Views: 2273

Re: TN: 2015 Domaine Robert Arnoux / Arnoux-Lachaux Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Reignots

My eyes bulged, too, when I saw the price increase (export price list, not private client), with the Reignots priced above the RSV. However, having tasted the range of '18s, and reflecting on the issue, it seems perfectly reasonable, in an unreasonable high-end Burgundy kind of a way. Of all of the ...
by Robert Panzer
February 14th, 2020, 3:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1438
Views: 87474

Re: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment

Dan,
Do you have a link to the announcement that you can share?
Any change from Germany?
by Robert Panzer
January 19th, 2020, 6:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alsatian Pinot Noir Recommendation ?
Replies: 20
Views: 1189

Re: Alsatian Pinot Noir Recommendation ?

Agathe Bursin.
Whom I import.
by Robert Panzer
December 7th, 2019, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1438
Views: 87474

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

I think that the source of both Champagne's initial "pass" on tariffs, and now its possible steep tariff is plainly obvious : first favor to, and then punishing incentive to motivate Bernard Arnault, owner of LVMH, the third richest person on planet Earth. He first got a pass on the tariffs thanks t...
by Robert Panzer
November 25th, 2019, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Dirler-Cade Gewurztraminer Kessler (France, Alsace, Alsace Grand Cru)
Replies: 6
Views: 247

Re: TN: 2013 Dirler-Cade Gewurztraminer Kessler (France, Alsace, Alsace Grand Cru)

The Kessler is always the richest/most opulent of the Dirler Grand cru Gewurz.
Im more a fan of the Kitterle in good years, and the Spiegel.
I will visit with the Dirlers later this week to taste the '18s.
To my taste, about as good as it gets in Alsace.
by Robert Panzer
November 16th, 2019, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy 2018, impressions from barrel
Replies: 125
Views: 9599

Re: Burgundy 2018, impressions from barrel

Greetings from Beaune. I've spent the past week and a half tasting, albeit at far slower pace than usual, as I have my wife and 7 month old daughter along for the ride, and have to split time between visits and family time. In far too reductive terms, the vintage is quite variable in red; heterogene...
by Robert Panzer
October 4th, 2019, 3:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1438
Views: 87474

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

We will have to wait and see what happens on the 14th before knowing the next steps.
by Robert Panzer
October 3rd, 2019, 5:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1438
Views: 87474

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

"In theory, once the U.S. collects $7.5 billion (on just over $30 billion worth of products), the tariffs go away. Assuming there is no negotiated settlement before they kick in (consensus is that this is unlikely), I heard estimates of from 1 – 3 months before the dollar figure is reached." Is ther...
by Robert Panzer
October 3rd, 2019, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1438
Views: 87474

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Hopefully this is like the Trump proposed Mexican tariffs that were set to kick in which, due to such pressure, led to negotiations. Maybe not. Apparently the only historical precedent is a Bush Sr era proposed tariff on white wines for something in the low teens (13%?); it was never actually put in...
by Robert Panzer
October 3rd, 2019, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1438
Views: 87474

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Going to be some complicated situations with the likes of Envoyer. They have multiple shipments of some champagnes and provisionally allocate them. Difficult conversation to say “well you had your wine but you didn’t pick it up, so we gave it to someone else and now you need to pay 25% more when th...
by Robert Panzer
October 1st, 2019, 5:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?
Replies: 403
Views: 25035

Re: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?

I have some of each, some double labelled, some not.
I've drunk two bottles, one was doubled labelled, one wasn't.
They were both damn good to my taste.
I wouldn't put too much thought into it.
by Robert Panzer
September 25th, 2019, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?
Replies: 403
Views: 25035

Re: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?

Fwiw, Envoyer has never bought wine from the Benetières, nor the CA importer la Grenouille/the Source.
by Robert Panzer
September 24th, 2019, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?
Replies: 403
Views: 25035

Re: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?

Briefly getting sucked back into this shitshow of a thread because I can't stand to keep silent.... Yaacov, you need to let your conspiracy nonsense go. Not that you will because I told you to do so, but.....You can choose not to trust me if that is your choice, but I am a straight shooter, and you ...
by Robert Panzer
September 22nd, 2019, 8:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is Fyé Gris? Anyone have insights about this wine?
Replies: 2
Views: 437

Re: What is Fyé Gris? Anyone have insights about this wine?

Yup, Fié Gris, aka Sauvignon Gris.
It has a particularly exotic aromatic range, is not quite as acidic as Sauvignon blanc.
Goisot makes a particularly good one from Saint Bris that is his Saint Bris Corps de Garde bottling.
by Robert Panzer
September 21st, 2019, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy 2019 report
Replies: 29
Views: 4655

Re: Burgundy 2019 report

Pierre Duroché is excited about the potential, 12.5-13.2% alc, better acidity than '18....
by Robert Panzer
September 20th, 2019, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy 2019 report
Replies: 29
Views: 4655

Re: Burgundy 2019 report

Another vintage, this century, Nikos. Like every vintage, different, with lots of great wines made. One doesn't need any of them. One doesn't need any wine at all. But are there going to be nice experiences in store for those who wish to enjoy them? Yes, just like every year. As to pricing, on my si...
by Robert Panzer
September 20th, 2019, 2:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy 2019 report
Replies: 29
Views: 4655

Re: Burgundy 2019 report

Elaborating on the theme of the 2019 burgundy harvest outside of things Ente, Michel Mallard told me today that although yields are quite low due to the general lack of water throughout the season, what little there is has tremendous potential. Everything in red between 13.2-13.4% alcohol, with craz...
by Robert Panzer
September 6th, 2019, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?
Replies: 403
Views: 25035

Re: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?

A few things. Firstly, I fear that by giving so much attention to elements of the discussion here, that I am in a certain way validating speculation, like some kind of pandora's box of potential issues/conspiracies. Secondly, there is no auxiliary storage area. It is the same space in his cuverie as...
by Robert Panzer
September 5th, 2019, 5:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?
Replies: 403
Views: 25035

Re: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?

'13 Dolium tastes pretty damn good right now.
by Robert Panzer
September 5th, 2019, 5:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?
Replies: 403
Views: 25035

Re: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?

I don't have the energy at the moment to give a more detailed reply (which is warranted), but to answer briefly, Pierre's cuverie has only heat (a furnace), no AC. It is well insulated.
Both Polaner's and my wines left the week before the crazy high temps of this past June.
by Robert Panzer
September 5th, 2019, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?
Replies: 403
Views: 25035

Re: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?

Hillebrand picked up my load and Polaner's load at the same time, in a reefer truck. My load was sent across the Atlantic in a reefer container. I have to imagine that Polaner does nothing but reefer, but am not certain. It is the case that one needs to request the type of truck one wants to pay for...
by Robert Panzer
September 4th, 2019, 6:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Max Ferd. Richter - Veldenzer Elisenberg Riesling Kabinett (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)
Replies: 30
Views: 1247

Re: TN: 2016 Max Ferd. Richter - Veldenzer Elisenberg Riesling Kabinett (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)

And I just MAY have offered the full range of '18s over the past few days, including the TBAs.....!
;0
by Robert Panzer
September 2nd, 2019, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?
Replies: 403
Views: 25035

Re: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?

Wine can be allocated and sold any time, but the wines cannot leave the estate whilst in tax arrears. When you sell off in bulk to the distillery or sell in bulk to other growers, it is a different consideration than selling estate produced/bottled wine. The idea of a tax loophole is not appropriate...
by Robert Panzer
September 2nd, 2019, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?
Replies: 403
Views: 25035

Re: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?

They were able to grow and vinify wine all of that time. They were able to sell wine when in good standing with their tax liabilities. When not in good standing, they could not sell a single bottle, that is to say have a single bottle leave the estate. (as best I understand). I am not sure how much ...
by Robert Panzer
September 2nd, 2019, 6:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Max Ferd. Richter - Veldenzer Elisenberg Riesling Kabinett (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)
Replies: 30
Views: 1247

Re: TN: 2016 Max Ferd. Richter - Veldenzer Elisenberg Riesling Kabinett (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)

He says that AP 40 and 27 are the same juice, with the 40 bottled days later.
One other about AP numbers is that they correspond w bottling dates.
by Robert Panzer
September 2nd, 2019, 6:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Max Ferd. Richter - Veldenzer Elisenberg Riesling Kabinett (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)
Replies: 30
Views: 1247

Re: TN: 2016 Max Ferd. Richter - Veldenzer Elisenberg Riesling Kabinett (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)

The AP #s are unique to each house, in each vintage.
They represent the order that the wines are presented to the government.

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