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by Julian Marshall
February 28th, 2021, 7:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 494
Views: 28993

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

Had a very good Savennières Domaine Belargus Gaudrets 2018 yesterday … a discovery for me. Thanks, that's good to know, it's going to be an address to follow - although not all that cheap, I fear. Having not much experience with Loire Reds the worked out classifacation is really helpful for me. Bei...
by Julian Marshall
February 28th, 2021, 2:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Court rules against accusations of toxic elements in wine
Replies: 8
Views: 549

Re: Court rules against accusations of toxic elements in wine

Julian, Jonahan Hesford is an Englishman who makes wine in the South of France (Domaine Treolar). This is what he wrote on another forum : "I'm glad they got fined. But the discussion I've seen on French FB pages suggests that the damage has already been done. The aim was to rubbish the HVE ce...
by Julian Marshall
February 28th, 2021, 12:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Assorted French wines last weekend
Replies: 12
Views: 862

Re: TNs: Assorted French wines last weekend

Glad you enjoyed the Couly-Dutheil Crescendo 96! Coincidentally I opened a 97 last night - a wonderful wine I found at auction a couple of years ago, at a ridiculously low price. Compared to Bordeaux, these are of course great value, but they are also within the Chinon appellation - Couly-D's reput...
by Julian Marshall
February 27th, 2021, 2:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Thibaud Boudignon Anjou (France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Anjou)
Replies: 14
Views: 533

Re: TN: 2018 Thibaud Boudignon Anjou (France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Anjou)

Thanks Ilkka - I was toying with the idea of getting some of these so you have convinced me to do so. Have you ever tried his Savennières?
by Julian Marshall
February 27th, 2021, 2:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Assorted French wines last weekend
Replies: 12
Views: 862

Re: TNs: Assorted French wines last weekend

Glad you enjoyed the Couly-Dutheil Crescendo 96! Coincidentally I opened a 97 last night - a wonderful wine I found at auction a couple of years ago, at a ridiculously low price. Compared to Bordeaux, these are of course great value, but they are also within the Chinon appellation - Couly-D's reputa...
by Julian Marshall
February 26th, 2021, 8:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Court rules against accusations of toxic elements in wine
Replies: 8
Views: 549

Re: Court rules against accusations of toxic elements in wine

Actually, I find the verdict quite shocking, having read the original article. What was said about the HVE "label" was shocking and very much worth knowing about. As to the chemical studies of the wines in the study, it looked convincing but I'm not a scientist. As for money, considering t...
by Julian Marshall
February 24th, 2021, 6:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine's naturalistic fallacy
Replies: 146
Views: 5555

Re: Wine's naturalistic fallacy

A great piece and something I can agree with fully. However, what struck me weird here was the use of the word "patina". To my understanding, "patina" is used in French as it is in Finnish - an effect that is brought by the passage of time. That's why the use of "patina&quo...
by Julian Marshall
February 24th, 2021, 3:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine's naturalistic fallacy
Replies: 146
Views: 5555

Re: Wine's naturalistic fallacy

Thanks William for such a thought-provoking essay. I can't help finding it deliciously ironic that it should be published by TWA, whose former owner some would hold responsible for "bland, commercial conformity"! Marcus's skiing analogy is excellent - every winemaker anywhere is creating s...
by Julian Marshall
February 22nd, 2021, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best value elite Bordeaux?
Replies: 96
Views: 10013

Re: Best value elite Bordeaux?

Here's what the original Robert P. said on the 2009: Dominated by Merlot (95%) blended with a small amount of Cabernet Franc (5%), with 14.5% natural alcohol, it exhibits an opaque blue/purple color as well as a bouquet reminiscent of blueberry pie intermixed with espresso beans, black raspberries,...
by Julian Marshall
February 22nd, 2021, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: variety of Loire tasting notes with a new baby
Replies: 12
Views: 761

Re: TNs: variety of Loire tasting notes with a new baby

Thanks for the notes, Aleks, hope the nights are not too bad!
by Julian Marshall
February 21st, 2021, 3:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Clos Larrouyat Jurançon Sec Météore
Replies: 10
Views: 307

Re: TN: 2017 Clos Larrouyat Jurançon Sec Météore

Thanks for the note Ilkka - sounds excellent - after a recent first Camin Larredya Part Davant, which Sarah mentioned, I'm looking out for more modern Jurançons so I will seek some of this out!
by Julian Marshall
February 21st, 2021, 2:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sam Neill
Replies: 11
Views: 1730

Re: Sam Neill

Dale, no spoiler alert - but Dean Spanley is also about the love of Tokaij! I just found a secondhand DVD which I'm looking forward to receiving. Hope "Rams" is good!
by Julian Marshall
February 21st, 2021, 2:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corked Bottles on CellarTracker: A winemaker’s perspective
Replies: 74
Views: 3349

Re: Corked Bottles on CellarTracker: A winemaker’s perspective

Every so often I see corked bottle notes on CellarTracker about Franny Beck wines. Sometimes I’m able to figure out who the note taker is based off their handle or location. Often it’s easier when it’s someone whose bought from us for a long time and I know them, personally. I’d just like to say he...
by Julian Marshall
February 20th, 2021, 1:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sam Neill
Replies: 11
Views: 1730

Re: Sam Neill

If you like Sam Neill, you should watch this - a classic:

by Julian Marshall
February 18th, 2021, 7:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine des Roches Neuves - Saumur-Champigny - Franc de Pied 2018
Replies: 4
Views: 423

Re: Domaine des Roches Neuves - Saumur-Champigny - Franc de Pied 2018

Cheers guys! Yes, Robert, this was with you in mind, actually, after your recent disappointments! I think we will certainly have a few nasty surprises from other producers, but not this one. Steen - yes, I think you would like this sort of wine. Thierry Germain's wines can be quite a shock if you co...
by Julian Marshall
February 18th, 2021, 1:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine des Roches Neuves - Saumur-Champigny - Franc de Pied 2018
Replies: 4
Views: 423

Domaine des Roches Neuves - Saumur-Champigny - Franc de Pied 2018

I opened this to satisfy my own curiosity, but also to (hopefully) assuage doubts some have expressed about the 2018 vintage in the Loire. The nose was, unsurprisingly, primary and not very developed at this stage, with notes of juicy raspberry and herbs, a little mint but that's it. But already, th...
by Julian Marshall
February 15th, 2021, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12776
Views: 519960

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Had a very enjoyable Issan 2006 : Wonderful fresh bouquet of raspberry and spring flowers, then quite a hedonistic mouthful of raspberry, along with the blackcurrant one expects, but sufficiently elegant and restrained to avoid any syrupy feel to it. The only thing preventing it from being really ex...
by Julian Marshall
February 13th, 2021, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SW France night - Camin Larredya 19, Montus Prestige and Berthoumieu 00
Replies: 0
Views: 124

SW France night - Camin Larredya 19, Montus Prestige and Berthoumieu 00

I don't often drink wines from the South-West, but these showed me what I have been missing: Camin Larredya - La Part Davant - Jurançon 2019 I had heard about this producer (Jean-Marc Grussaute) a lot recently, from several mentions in La Revue des Vins de France, plus an excellent post by Stephan B...
by Julian Marshall
February 13th, 2021, 1:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My biggest buying and drinking change in last 5 years.
Replies: 39
Views: 2645

Re: My biggest buying and drinking change in last 5 years.

More Loire reds, unquestionably. I always liked them before, but since 2015 I have really got into them - fresh flavours, value for money, early accessibility - I'm hooked.
by Julian Marshall
February 10th, 2021, 5:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine And COVID
Replies: 2
Views: 532

Re: Wine And COVID

This confirms that my wife and I make a perfect team - she drinks lots of tea whereas I drink lots of wine. Sadly though, neither stopped us getting Covid.
by Julian Marshall
February 5th, 2021, 6:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your ideal alcohol level for a medium/full bodied red?
Replies: 168
Views: 4977

Re: Your ideal alcohol level for a medium/full bodied red?

If I could wave a magic wand and establish a cut off point, where no wine could be higher, it would be 13.5%. Absolutely, even if I prefer 12.5°. It's funny how points of view have changed over the years - it wasn't that long ago when a well-known critic lauded Bordeaux producers who "achieved...
by Julian Marshall
February 4th, 2021, 7:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 100 point scale is pretty useless.
Replies: 204
Views: 9425

Re: The 100 point scale is pretty useless.

It's fairly ironic that first Decanter and now, very recently, La Revue des Vins de France have started using the 100 point scale, after criticizing it for decades. I've never felt entirely comfortable with it, but put scores on CT. In my case, they don't really mean much because when I like a wine,...
by Julian Marshall
February 4th, 2021, 1:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 La Grange Tiphaine Côt Touraine Vieilles Vignes
Replies: 28
Views: 1045

Re: TN: 2018 La Grange Tiphaine Côt Touraine Vieilles Vignes

Jeff I make an exception for the Baudry cuvees as well, I’ve had them in ripe years before, they know how to handle the heat. I bought 2018 Les Grezeaux but have not tried them yet. Will buy Croix Boissee and likely Guillot as well. Prolly Plouzeau’s Franc de Pied as well. Not familiar with Plouzea...
by Julian Marshall
February 2nd, 2021, 12:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 La Grange Tiphaine Côt Touraine Vieilles Vignes
Replies: 28
Views: 1045

Re: TN: 2018 La Grange Tiphaine Côt Touraine Vieilles Vignes

I'm sorry to hear that, all the more since I've got some of both. Oh well, I could always blend some with a 2013.
by Julian Marshall
February 2nd, 2021, 12:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines you have trouble buying because of the name
Replies: 109
Views: 5650

Re: Wines you have trouble buying because of the name

Names have the opposite effect on me - who wouldn't like to serve a glass of Pisse-Vieille to ones' in-laws?

This one sounds fun too:

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by Julian Marshall
January 29th, 2021, 6:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Bordeaux 2018 from bottle
Replies: 30
Views: 3817

Re: TN: Bordeaux 2018 from bottle

Damn, TWA review on the Sociando sounds terrible, Suckling adores it of course.... Parker : 85-87 / 100 J. Suckling : 94-95 / 100 Wine Advocate-Parker : The deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Sociando-Mallet has a nose of baked fruits, stewed plums , earth and herbs with a waft of menthol. The palate ...
by Julian Marshall
January 28th, 2021, 1:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12776
Views: 519960

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

A belated Happy Birthday Steen - what have you got planned for Saturday?
by Julian Marshall
January 27th, 2021, 2:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dom. de la Cotelleraie - L'Envolée - St.Nic de Bourgueil 2006 + Joguet 2017 prices
Replies: 2
Views: 164

Dom. de la Cotelleraie - L'Envolée - St.Nic de Bourgueil 2006 + Joguet 2017 prices

Domaine de la Cotelleraie, St.Nicolas de Bourgueil, L'Envolée 2006 https://cdn.ct-static.com/labels/4e911d89-7828-4a15-99c5-be4cc400b413.jpg I posted about the 2011 in June, which I enjoyed a lot, but this was even better. The nose was quite similar to the 2011 - full of bright, ripe loganberries, ...
by Julian Marshall
January 26th, 2021, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sociando-Mallet 01 and 04, S-M Cuvée Jean Gautreau 03
Replies: 6
Views: 384

Re: Sociando-Mallet 01 and 04, S-M Cuvée Jean Gautreau 03

Julian, thank you for the note! Have you guys had either '98 or '99 Cuvée Jean Gautreau by any chance? Would like to get them, but couldn't really find any notes to decide whether they'd be worth pulling the trigger for. Thanks - but sorry, Mike, I've never tried either. If I saw some myself, depen...
by Julian Marshall
January 26th, 2021, 5:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sociando-Mallet 01 and 04, S-M Cuvée Jean Gautreau 03
Replies: 6
Views: 384

Re: Sociando-Mallet 01 and 04, S-M Cuvée Jean Gautreau 03

Cheers Robert - I think the JG 03 also suffered in comparison to the other two. On its own I got the cool SM background better, but with the others it tasted a little awkward. I was hoping for better but it may just have been having a sulk - it happens. Yes, ironic that the 00 should have that much ...
by Julian Marshall
January 26th, 2021, 2:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sociando-Mallet 01 and 04, S-M Cuvée Jean Gautreau 03
Replies: 6
Views: 384

Sociando-Mallet 01 and 04, S-M Cuvée Jean Gautreau 03

Last weekend was Sociando-Mallet weekend. We tasted the wines separately, then together on the third night. All three were decanted, for about four hours before tasting. Sociando-Mallet 2001 An old favourite which never disappoints - in fact it's remarkably consistent. As usual, blackberry and penci...
by Julian Marshall
January 25th, 2021, 12:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1989 Catherine et Pierre Breton Bourgueil Les Perrières
Replies: 10
Views: 500

Re: TN: 1989 Catherine et Pierre Breton Bourgueil Les Perrières

Great note, Doug, thanks for sharing. The only 89s I have tasted have been the two Clos from Couly-Dutheil - Clos de l'Olive and Clos de l'Echo, both excellent. I don't know if this happens in the US, but Couly-Dutheil do an annual library release here which has featured both these wines for the pas...
by Julian Marshall
January 22nd, 2021, 12:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: Worst Bordeaux Vintage 1980-2013
Replies: 44
Views: 2569

Re: Poll: Worst Bordeaux Vintage 1980-2013

Judging "off" vintages is a hazardous sport. As Arv rightly says, there are several in the list that many, including myself, would not consider off at all. Even the other ones had their day, so are they being judged on their merits today or on the merits they had during their drinking wind...
by Julian Marshall
January 20th, 2021, 7:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grand Puy Lacoste 1985 and 1996
Replies: 10
Views: 752

Re: Grand Puy Lacoste 1985 and 1996

Cheers Steen - if you get a chance, the 85 is certainly worth seeking out - tasting a wine from the 80s is a treat in itself and this is still relatively good value compared to others.
by Julian Marshall
January 20th, 2021, 7:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please help me love Chenin Blanc
Replies: 76
Views: 3954

Re: Please help me love Chenin Blanc

All the recs are good ones. I was a doubting Thomas until some time in the early 90s when, thanks to my wife, I tried a glass of chenin (Baumard Savennières Clos de St.Yves 96 - I remember it well!) with an assortment of goat cheeses (which I was also wary of) - it was a moment of epiphany . Simple...
by Julian Marshall
January 20th, 2021, 4:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please help me love Chenin Blanc
Replies: 76
Views: 3954

Re: Please help me love Chenin Blanc

All the recs are good ones. I was a doubting Thomas until some time in the early 90s when, thanks to my wife, I tried a glass of chenin (Baumard Savennières Clos de St.Yves 96 - I remember it well!) with an assortment of goat cheeses (which I was also wary of) - it was a moment of epiphany. Simple a...
by Julian Marshall
January 20th, 2021, 12:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grand Puy Lacoste 1985 and 1996
Replies: 10
Views: 752

Re: Grand Puy Lacoste 1985 and 1996

Cheers all! Joshua, I don't remember ever trying the 95! As to the 96, I'm glad that I was unlucky and the rest of you weren't! It could have been the bottle, it could have been a batch, who knows, but Neal Martin noticed a bit of austerity too (admittedly several years ago). If the current price dr...
by Julian Marshall
January 19th, 2021, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grand Puy Lacoste 1985 and 1996
Replies: 10
Views: 752

Grand Puy Lacoste 1985 and 1996

Just a couple of date points. I had these over three days, starting with the 96, then the 85, then both together. GPL 96 Classic Pauillac aromas of cigar box, graphite and cassis, quite a classical mouthful too, although more blackberry than blackcurrant, with a very enjoyable red berry streak midpa...
by Julian Marshall
January 16th, 2021, 7:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Progress of 2010 Bordeaux
Replies: 14
Views: 1585

Re: Progress of 2010 Bordeaux

No RBs for me at all in 2010! I've enjoyed a lot of CBs over the last few years, though some I have been slightly disappointed by recently. The best recent one was Fonréaud, very fresh for the vintage. Rollan de By was good, too. Cambon La Pelouse - hopefully will improve but chunky and monolithic L...
by Julian Marshall
January 15th, 2021, 4:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Desmirail and Siran - Margaux - 2005
Replies: 5
Views: 342

Re: Desmirail and Siran - Margaux - 2005

Cheers Steen - the citrus notes are weird, I agree - I've encountered them several times now, the last of which was the Pedesclaux 05 I had a few weeks ago. It seems to be a characteristic of the vintage, but which I think will disappear with time, as the decanting showed.
by Julian Marshall
January 15th, 2021, 1:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Desmirail and Siran - Margaux - 2005
Replies: 5
Views: 342

Desmirail and Siran - Margaux - 2005

At last, signs that the 05s may be coming out to play - not before time! I tried these two together out of curiosity since they cost the same at release (22€). Both were decanted for four hours, which in fact was not nearly enough - and they were much better the second night. Château Siran - Margaux...
by Julian Marshall
January 15th, 2021, 12:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12776
Views: 519960

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

And now for something completely different ! Kayra Buzbag Rezerv Oküzgözü Bogazkere 2008 (Turkey) https://us.v-cdn.net/5020913/uploads/editor/a4/tlf5apwbsz3r.jpg I discovered this in a corner of my cellar and opened it, since it was bottle collection day and I wanted to fill the container before it ...
by Julian Marshall
January 14th, 2021, 7:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Ch. Peybonhomme Les Tours
Replies: 10
Views: 464

Re: TN: 2009 Ch. Peybonhomme Les Tours

Tried the 2015 a couple of months ago after having tasted the 2005, 06 and 07 some years ago. All these vintages were very good to outstanding. The recently tasted 2015 was certainly no exception flirtysmile . The Vignobles Huberts even began following me on instagram, possibly after seeing my revi...
by Julian Marshall
January 14th, 2021, 7:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Ch. Peybonhomme Les Tours
Replies: 10
Views: 464

Re: TN: 2009 Ch. Peybonhomme Les Tours

I’ve never tried it but as I was reading this, this month’s copy of La Revue des Vins de France opened on the page where this domain’s 2018 got a good write up and 91 pts! It’s biodynamic and sounds quite good in fact! No doubt it could be....but whatever happened pre or post bottling to the wine I...
by Julian Marshall
January 13th, 2021, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Ch. Peybonhomme Les Tours
Replies: 10
Views: 464

Re: TN: 2009 Ch. Peybonhomme Les Tours

I’ve never tried it but as I was reading this, this month’s copy of La Revue des Vins de France opened on the page where this domain’s 2018 got a good write up and 91 pts! It’s biodynamic and sounds quite good in fact!
by Julian Marshall
January 13th, 2021, 12:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1998 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion
Replies: 10
Views: 588

Re: TN: 1998 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion

Sounds good for a Monday night wine!
by Julian Marshall
January 7th, 2021, 8:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines with damaged labels...should they sell for a discount?
Replies: 36
Views: 1811

Re: Wines with damaged labels...should they sell for a discount?

I actually am happy to see older bottles with signs of mold, etc. on the label. Suggests to me the potential for having been stored properly. Absolutely - if the level is good and the label is damaged by damp, it's an excellent sign. Some of my best buys have been wines like that, precisely because...
by Julian Marshall
January 7th, 2021, 3:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What will the future's mature wines be like?
Replies: 16
Views: 1271

Re: What will the future's mature wines be like?

Actually, the Bordeaux 1982 example is a good one. Many people correlated early accessibility with a short life, which is not at all what happened. Unlike subsequent vintages, I think it was nature's accident rather than Man's design - which probably accounts for a lot. Looking at more recent ripe B...
by Julian Marshall
January 7th, 2021, 12:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 La Grange Neuve de Figeac, Saint-Emilion n/k/a Petite Figeac
Replies: 1
Views: 348

Re: TN: 2000 La Grange Neuve de Figeac, Saint-Emilion n/k/a Petite Figeac

January has always struck me as an odd time to go dry, since it's such a horrible time of the year - now in high summer, I can understand! But I always admire those that do. Sounds like a great way of easing back into the saddle! I've never tried this wine - oh well, another on the shopping list! Ho...
by Julian Marshall
January 6th, 2021, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How would we rate 1982 Bordeaux if they were released today?
Replies: 102
Views: 4766

Re: How would we rate 1982 Bordeaux if they were released today?

The comparisons of 2016 and 1982 seem weird to me. 2016 seems like a very good vintage but not a historic one. How many people would confidently say that the 2016s stand head and shoulders above 2009, 2010, 2015, 2018, and 2019? To say nothing of 2000 and 2005. As I understand it 1982 was just &quo...

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