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by Julian Marshall
February 25th, 2020, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1990 Sociando-Mallet
Replies: 9
Views: 514

Re: TN: 1990 Sociando-Mallet

Sounds good, Jozef, and you got a good price too! I had a 90 last year which tasted as you describe - it was very youthful. The only point which has stopped me buying any more is that the 01 is at least as good, but cheaper - there's plenty around so you should try one!
by Julian Marshall
February 24th, 2020, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying strategies
Replies: 29
Views: 2359

Re: Buying strategies

Andreas, obviously Jim Cowan is spot on, but I would still add the following: you're lucky and unlucky to have such a variety of choice of countries, regions and producers. Whatever you taste, there are lots of wines you won't have tasted, which you might find you like more when you do, adding to th...
by Julian Marshall
February 23rd, 2020, 11:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Château Talbot St.Julien 2001
Replies: 12
Views: 560

Re: Château Talbot St.Julien 2001

Cheers all! Yes, 2001 and 2004 are two vintages to look out for at the moment, since there are good value wines which are drinking well and which will continue to do so for several years. My only caveat is that you have to be careful which wines you choose, since there are a lot of bland 2004s and t...
by Julian Marshall
February 23rd, 2020, 1:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Château Talbot St.Julien 2001
Replies: 12
Views: 560

Château Talbot St.Julien 2001

This was a nice surprise. Typical Talbot nose with rich, ripe blackcurrant and tobacco, but without the coffee beans it suffered from in the past. Bright and cheerful attack with blackcurrants and dark cherry, then the trademark spice and somewhere in the middle some plums and cranberry, before the ...
by Julian Marshall
February 18th, 2020, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Chateau Musar 2012-1997 vertical
Replies: 43
Views: 2036

Re: TN: Chateau Musar 2012-1997 vertical

Thanks for those very detailed and informative notes, Otto - great job! I like the way you put the prices too!
by Julian Marshall
February 17th, 2020, 8:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sociando Mallet 2001 vs Cuvée Jean Gautreau 2001
Replies: 5
Views: 416

Re: Sociando Mallet 2001 vs Cuvée Jean Gautreau 2001

Thanks Arv, hope you enjoy the 2001!
by Julian Marshall
February 16th, 2020, 4:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sociando Mallet 2001 vs Cuvée Jean Gautreau 2001
Replies: 5
Views: 416

Sociando Mallet 2001 vs Cuvée Jean Gautreau 2001

I wanted to do this two weeks ago but the SM 01 was corked, so we tried again last night with some friends, this time with no mishaps. I've already posted notes about these in the past, so I won't bore you with too many details: Sociando Mallet 2001 A nose of blackberry and pencil shavings with a hi...
by Julian Marshall
February 16th, 2020, 3:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 107
Views: 5239

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

Yea 2013 is a tough vintage, but you did pick the flagship, so I’m sure it’s solid. Likewise, I really enjoyed the 2011 Rougeard Le Clos last time that I had it. Class is class. Supposedly Joguet has been killing it in recent vintages, some of which have not hit the States yet. I’m looking . . .. T...
by Julian Marshall
February 14th, 2020, 12:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 La Porte Saint Jean Saumur-Champigny
Replies: 13
Views: 274

Re: TN: 2015 La Porte Saint Jean Saumur-Champigny

Great note, Ilkka! Sounds like my sort of wine! I've never tried any of his wines yet, but on the strength of Dennis's note last year, I did get a bottle of Les Cormiers 2015. To be fair to Robert, there's so much happening in the Loire now that it's hard to keep up - even Chris Kissack makes no men...
by Julian Marshall
February 12th, 2020, 2:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Les Marsaules 2009 - Bourgueil - Domaine du Bel Air - P and R Gauthier
Replies: 4
Views: 161

Re: Les Marsaules 2009 - Bourgueil - Domaine du Bel Air - P and R Gauthier

Yes, Clos Nouveau sells for around 50€, Grand Mont for 30€. There are a couple of other wines too which don't sound as interesting. Apparently there will not be much from 2017 due to frost damage.
by Julian Marshall
February 11th, 2020, 11:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Les Marsaules 2009 - Bourgueil - Domaine du Bel Air - P and R Gauthier
Replies: 4
Views: 161

Re: Les Marsaules 2009 - Bourgueil - Domaine du Bel Air - P and R Gauthier

Cheers Ilkka - yes, I got some Clos Nouveau 2014 too and I'm looking forward to trying one. It's very hard to find, and like Domaine du Collier, it has been touted as a cheaper alternative to Clos Rougeard. Anyway, on the basis of this bottle of Les Marsaules, it's definitely a domain to follow.
by Julian Marshall
February 10th, 2020, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Brane-Cantenac and Grand Puy Lacoste 2004
Replies: 15
Views: 626

Re: Brane-Cantenac and Grand Puy Lacoste 2004

Thanks Brad, good suggestion.

Kris, it was just one bottle and just my taste! I'm a fan too, although not at all of the 03, which I think they blew, so the 04 was disappointing.
by Julian Marshall
February 10th, 2020, 6:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Brane-Cantenac and Grand Puy Lacoste 2004
Replies: 15
Views: 626

Re: Brane-Cantenac and Grand Puy Lacoste 2004

Thanks David, that one is in my pipeline for later this year.
by Julian Marshall
February 10th, 2020, 4:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Les Marsaules 2009 - Bourgueil - Domaine du Bel Air - P and R Gauthier
Replies: 4
Views: 161

Les Marsaules 2009 - Bourgueil - Domaine du Bel Air - P and R Gauthier

In the recent thread about a theoretical classification of Loire reds, this estate was put among the "Third Growths". I suggested putting it there myself on the basis of reputation alone, since I had never tried any of their wines, and since nobody questioned the idea, that's where it stayed. The do...
by Julian Marshall
February 10th, 2020, 4:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Brane-Cantenac and Grand Puy Lacoste 2004
Replies: 15
Views: 626

Re: Brane-Cantenac and Grand Puy Lacoste 2004

Steen - thanks, that's very interesting - I have never tried either of those two so I shall look out for some. Robert - thanks for the thumbs down about Montrose - I was toying with the idea of getting a bottle. Sadly, Ducru is out of my budget these days, as is VCC, but good to read how great they ...
by Julian Marshall
February 9th, 2020, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Brane-Cantenac and Grand Puy Lacoste 2004
Replies: 15
Views: 626

Re: Brane-Cantenac and Grand Puy Lacoste 2004

Thanks Rudi - if you spot any GPL 2002 grab a bottle, it's surprisingly good and excellent value - likewise the 07 albeit in a lighter style.
by Julian Marshall
February 9th, 2020, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Larmande, Saint-Emilion
Replies: 4
Views: 153

Re: TN: 1996 Larmande, Saint-Emilion

Sounds wonderful! I like the sound of the silky freshness, which I've always associated with Larmande so thanks for the reminder. Saint Emilion went off my radar some time ago but I'll have to look out for some Larmandes.
by Julian Marshall
February 9th, 2020, 6:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Brane-Cantenac and Grand Puy Lacoste 2004
Replies: 15
Views: 626

Re: Brane-Cantenac and Grand Puy Lacoste 2004

Cheers guys - Steen, which ones have been brilliant? Ian, I did have Giscours twice, and the first bottle was a bit muted, so I'm not surprised. Good to know about the Batailley, which I will look out for, thanks. Apart from Léo-B, my winners so far have been Haut-Bailly, Domaine de Chevalier, Boyd-...
by Julian Marshall
February 9th, 2020, 2:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Brane-Cantenac and Grand Puy Lacoste 2004
Replies: 15
Views: 626

Brane-Cantenac and Grand Puy Lacoste 2004

The Brane was tasted last weekend and the GPL last night: Brane-Cantenac - Margaux - 2004 Quite a discreet nose, but some notes of blackcurrant and dark cherry. The attack is just as discreet: although soft and plump, the fruit only emerges in the middle section, spikes of cassis and dark cherry aga...
by Julian Marshall
February 5th, 2020, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 107
Views: 5239

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

Jozef, I have read nothing on this and this is pure speculation, but I would expect it to be at least quite good. I'm a little worried about rain during the harvest, but I know too that they needed some rain, so I suspect it will be ok. But unless it's a really good deal, why not get something from ...
by Julian Marshall
February 5th, 2020, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Adding Port to Wine
Replies: 42
Views: 1421

Re: Adding Port to Wine

Jennifer, you're not the first to do this! We Brits are necrophiliacs when it comes to wine, but sometimes in the olden days before wine was "ripe", old bottles were just a little too old - so adding a dash of port is a well-known remedy to liven up an old claret. I think I read about this first in ...
by Julian Marshall
February 5th, 2020, 12:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High alcohol wines and aging
Replies: 150
Views: 6734

Re: High alcohol wines and aging

I'm not sure what to make of those statements. Leve, whose info is usually pretty detailed, doesn't mention anything about them ceasing the practice. A handout from Robeson, a London retailer , for a tasting in 2011 mentions that LLC uses RO in some vintages: There is a very flexible approach to vi...
by Julian Marshall
February 4th, 2020, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High alcohol wines and aging
Replies: 150
Views: 6734

Re: High alcohol wines and aging

William, Do you know how long they have been using concentrators and reverse osmosis in Bordeaux? Wondering about post 2000 data... Cheers. Leoville las Cases began using reverse osmosis in 1987, according to Jeff Leve's website . As I recall, they were a very early adopter. When I visited the regi...
by Julian Marshall
February 4th, 2020, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High alcohol wines and aging
Replies: 150
Views: 6734

Re: High alcohol wines and aging

Thank you William for those fascinating figures - I cannot remember seeing anything like that before and it's extremely good of you to post them here - I do feel rather sorry for the poor owners of those bottles!
by Julian Marshall
February 2nd, 2020, 4:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Chateau Canon, St. Emilion
Replies: 8
Views: 402

Re: TN: 2004 Chateau Canon, St. Emilion

Personally, I think 2004 and 2001 fooled many of the critics. I think they were too enamored with 2000, 2003 and 2005, and these got lost in the traffic. These are very good vintages, and while they will mature earlier than 2005 and 2000, that does not mean they are luncheon clarets. Heck, I just d...
by Julian Marshall
January 30th, 2020, 11:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another one bites the dust...Noon Eclipse 2001
Replies: 36
Views: 1455

Re: Another one bites the dust...Noon Eclipse 2001

I don't get it. Why buy these or any wines if you didn't like them? There's no particular thrill in buying things. I don't know that they were all that new - Burge, which makes Draycott, has been around since the 1800s, while Greenock has been around since the 1970s. I was hypnotized by the Svengal...
by Julian Marshall
January 29th, 2020, 1:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves
Replies: 194
Views: 5796

Re: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves

I frequently put "same as last bottle" - because I can't be bothered to repeat myself! My notes don't have any particular value anyway and I'm always amused to read that I've contradicted myself. If I have a peeve, it's that too many people use pseudonyms - there are lots of tasters I have lots of r...
by Julian Marshall
January 29th, 2020, 12:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dom. de Chevalier 01 vs Cuvée JG Sociando-Mallet 01
Replies: 10
Views: 464

Re: Dom. de Chevalier 01 vs Cuvée JG Sociando-Mallet 01

Mark Golodetz wrote:
January 28th, 2020, 11:51 am
Not surprised by how well both wines showed, as so many wines from the vintage are surpassing expectations.
Delightful notes.
Thanks, Mark - I've always been a fan of 2001, but some, like the Giscours tasted recently, are starting to fade. Which affordable 2001s would you recommend?
by Julian Marshall
January 28th, 2020, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dom. de Chevalier 01 vs Cuvée JG Sociando-Mallet 01
Replies: 10
Views: 464

Re: Dom. de Chevalier 01 vs Cuvée JG Sociando-Mallet 01

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
January 28th, 2020, 9:42 am
Let’s all be clear, the 2001 Sociando Mallet normale is excellent in its own right, one of my favorites vintages over the last twenty years.
Indeed!
by Julian Marshall
January 28th, 2020, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 107
Views: 5239

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

Tracy, I had a normal bottle last year, which was beginning to tire, but a great magnum in 2018, so fingers crossed! I have pushed Coulaine up and inserted Fabien Duveau - I did think of putting Amirault back to the 3rds too after a wonderful Quartiers 2008 last night, but left him in the 4ths for n...
by Julian Marshall
January 28th, 2020, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dom. de Chevalier 01 vs Cuvée JG Sociando-Mallet 01
Replies: 10
Views: 464

Re: Dom. de Chevalier 01 vs Cuvée JG Sociando-Mallet 01

Cheers all - Rudi, sorry but yes, this is another for you to track down! I was only half surprised before opening them but the Domaine de Chevalier was so good that it still shocked me. Kelly - actually the first one I tried was even more Margaux-like! Dead right about 2001 Bordeaux, which by and la...
by Julian Marshall
January 28th, 2020, 6:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dom. de Chevalier 01 vs Cuvée JG Sociando-Mallet 01
Replies: 10
Views: 464

Re: Dom. de Chevalier 01 vs Cuvée JG Sociando-Mallet 01

Cheers Robert - I read on Chris Kissack's site that Jean Gautreau's ambition was to challenge Giscours. Chris thought that he could set himself much higher targets. Having had Giscours 01 only last week, I can confirm that he certainly passed that test with honours, since both the normal and the Cuv...
by Julian Marshall
January 28th, 2020, 1:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dom. de Chevalier 01 vs Cuvée JG Sociando-Mallet 01
Replies: 10
Views: 464

Dom. de Chevalier 01 vs Cuvée JG Sociando-Mallet 01

I had planned on trying the Cuvée JG with a normal SM 2001, but the bottle of the latter was corked, so we had a Domaine de Chevalier instead. I opened them at the same time and decanted them. Domaine de Chevalier 2001 One of my favourite vintages of DdeC, better IMO than the 00s I've had so far, th...
by Julian Marshall
January 27th, 2020, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Lynch Bages
Replies: 6
Views: 373

Re: TN: 1999 Lynch Bages

Sounds great, Rudi! The last time I tried one was in 2012 - I remember well the silky elegance you describe, but I must admit I didn't expect it to last so well! Actually, that just proves how little I know, no longer a surprise! I'm looking forward to knowing how those two in the background turned ...
by Julian Marshall
January 25th, 2020, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism, Post-Modernism and Perhaps Deconstructivism in the Characterization of Wine
Replies: 121
Views: 2861

Re: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism and Post-Modernism in the Characterization of Wine

Actually Robert, thinking more about it and re-reading your first post: wines made in the most recent style (i.e. not Rollland/Magrez/whoever else-made) are minimalist - less intervention, less tweaking, less this, less that, purer, uncluttered - so why couldn't they just be "minimalist"? The Nought...
by Julian Marshall
January 25th, 2020, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism, Post-Modernism and Perhaps Deconstructivism in the Characterization of Wine
Replies: 121
Views: 2861

Re: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism and Post-Modernism in the Characterization of Wine

Wow, what did you have for breakfast this morning?!! I can't comment much on the architectural analogies, but I do get your point - which is certainly not dribble. Finding the right terminology is tough. What is traditional, what is modern, what is old-fashioned? You're quite right that when I write...
by Julian Marshall
January 25th, 2020, 1:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Domaine des Roches Neuves Saumur-Champigny Les Mémoires
Replies: 9
Views: 459

Re: TN: 2014 Domaine des Roches Neuves Saumur-Champigny Les Mémoires

That's really interesting, thanks for posting. You describe the sensations well - on the basis of the three (other cuvées, other vintages) I've tried so far, I totally agree with you. I suppose you could say Roches-Neuves wines are post-modern, in that they're not oaky and sweet at all, but not trad...
by Julian Marshall
January 24th, 2020, 12:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 107
Views: 5239

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

David VS, Otto, Howard, etc - perhaps it might be a good idea to start a thread about Bandols? Robert A - I'll ask Chris Kissack if he would like to comment - it would be wonderful to get his input. Jason - how would you rate Fabien Duveau's wines in relation to the other producers? I've never heard...
by Julian Marshall
January 23rd, 2020, 12:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 107
Views: 5239

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

To return to the initial discussion, I have updated my original post, based on everyone's ideas and suggestions, moving some up, some down and adding some. It seemed easier than copying it out at the foot of the thread. I added one of my own to the "5ths" after a bottle last night - Domaine de la Co...
by Julian Marshall
January 22nd, 2020, 1:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 107
Views: 5239

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

Finally, Lambert in (Saumur) merits mention. His Breze bottlings would be in the conversation for me. Do you mean the white or the red? I know the white is supposed to be good, but I've also been told that Clos Mazurique, the red Brézé is good too, so I got some recently. I think you're right about...
by Julian Marshall
January 22nd, 2020, 12:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Léoville Barton, 1996 Bel Air-Marquis d’Aligre
Replies: 10
Views: 725

Re: TN: 1996 Léoville Barton, 1996 Bel Air-Marquis d’Aligre

Great notes, Rudi! I'm pleased your first experience of a mature BAMA was a success! Quite a baptism of fire, too, with LB 96, especially considering that today, one is probably double the price of the other.
by Julian Marshall
January 21st, 2020, 5:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 107
Views: 5239

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

Markus - Re Guiberteau - yes, this is just a chat about reds. We could start one about whites?

Howard - you're absolutely right that Pinot Noir wines are not included, like other reds. Frankly, I know nothing about any top-notch PNs from the Loire. Which ones would be worth putting in?
by Julian Marshall
January 21st, 2020, 4:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 107
Views: 5239

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

Clau de Nell - that's another interesting idea. Never tried it yet and perhaps one would need to see how the wines will be post-Anne Leflaive. Joguet - It took me a while, but after tasting a lot of older vintages I'm in no doubt as to the quality. The Varennes 02 and 03 tasted recently were stunnin...
by Julian Marshall
January 21st, 2020, 2:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 107
Views: 5239

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

Alliet - yes, that's interesting - I've been dipping into older vintages of Coteau de Noiré: 08, 04 and last night, 03. I'm not completely convinced yet - I put Alliet high up based on price and reputation here, but perhaps Third would be more fair. Breton - you know better than me so why not a Thir...
by Julian Marshall
January 21st, 2020, 1:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 107
Views: 5239

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

Thanks for all the input, all very interesting! Lots of great suggestions. Howard makes a good point - when I was thinking about the idea of a "classification", the basis was whichever wine, or wines, is, are or were the producer's best. For example, for obvious reasons FDP cuvées come and go. Likew...
by Julian Marshall
January 20th, 2020, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 107
Views: 5239

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

Robert - each to their own! I stopped buying RBs (well, especially St.Emilions) when their taste changed to something I didn't like.

Troy - no idea, I've never tried his wines - what do you think compared to the others?

Glen - never tried that either, great idea!
by Julian Marshall
January 20th, 2020, 8:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 107
Views: 5239

What would your classification of Loire reds be?

There has never been a classification of Loire wines and there probably never will be, which is just as well for our wallets. I chose reds, rather than whites, because I'm increasingly turning to them as an alternative to Bordeaux, but we could of course have the same chat about whites in another th...
by Julian Marshall
January 20th, 2020, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The repositioning of L’Evangile
Replies: 13
Views: 1213

Re: The repositioning of L’Evangile

Very intriguing - thanks for bringing it up. I haven't heard any such rumours but I had assumed they had already done this anyway. The 2018 is double the price of the 2014, the 2016 and 2017 were almost double the price. They're all three times more than the 2008, which was the last vintage I actual...
by Julian Marshall
January 17th, 2020, 3:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Thomas Batardière Vin de France Clos des Cocus (France, Vin de France)
Replies: 4
Views: 202

Re: TN: 2015 Thomas Batardière Vin de France Clos des Cocus (France, Vin de France)

Great notes and very interesting, thanks Ilkkal, I'll look out for his wines. I love the name, which loosely translates as "Cuckolds' Corner"!

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