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by Julian Marshall
November 22nd, 2019, 5:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Weightless, Red Fruited and Pure....Name Your Poison
Replies: 21
Views: 553

Re: Weightless, Red Fruited and Pure....Name Your Poison

Clos du Jaugueyron in Margaux (or the Haut-Médoc bottling), plus other newer organic estates, such as Grand Launay, which I posted on a while ago, which is organic and sulphur-free. Closeries des Moussis also in Margaux. All the Loire reds mentioned.
by Julian Marshall
November 22nd, 2019, 2:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Day out in Sauternes Nov. 2019 - 12 châteaux
Replies: 2
Views: 120

Re: Day out in Sauternes Nov. 2019 - 12 châteaux

Great report, Alex - well done and thanks!
by Julian Marshall
November 21st, 2019, 1:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Château Meyney - Saint Estèphe - 2003
Replies: 6
Views: 360

Re: Château Meyney - Saint Estèphe - 2003

Hubert de Bouard now involved Ah. Have you tried any vintages since he started consulting? The 03 was much better the second night, by which time it had loosened up, tasting pretty well like any other ripe vintage and with a less concentrated, longer finish, so now I would in fact happily go back f...
by Julian Marshall
November 20th, 2019, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Château Meyney - Saint Estèphe - 2003
Replies: 6
Views: 360

Re: Château Meyney - Saint Estèphe - 2003

Cheers Mike - santé! I know a lot of people here like Meyney, and they're right - it's still excellent value - you can see why they decided to stop being a Cru Bourgeois, but unlike Phelan, for example, it hasn't yet reached CC prices, whilst producing wines which are as good, if not better.
by Julian Marshall
November 20th, 2019, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Château Meyney - Saint Estèphe - 2003
Replies: 6
Views: 360

Château Meyney - Saint Estèphe - 2003

The recent cud chewing about Bordeaux 2003 made me feel like trying one, so I fished my last bottle of Meyney out, mindful of Chris Seiber's advice to drink a 2003 without prejudice. The last time I tried it was five years ago and it was quite tight, but enjoyable. Nothing much has changed - it was ...
by Julian Marshall
November 19th, 2019, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2003 Château Gruaud Larose (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien)
Replies: 10
Views: 388

Re: TN: 2003 Château Gruaud Larose (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien)

Chris, I think you're right, but I would liken it to a trip to the dentist - bad previous experiences make one expect the worst! A lot depends on the appellation - I bought lots of second and third tier Margaux at EP, not suspecting how bad they would be - simply because there had never, ever, been ...
by Julian Marshall
November 19th, 2019, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2003 Château Gruaud Larose (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien)
Replies: 10
Views: 388

Re: TN: 2003 Château Gruaud Larose (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien)

Thanks Jeff - I'm a great fan of Gruaud but for some reason I've never tasted an 03, so your note inspired me to track some down. Greg, it's been a few years since I last tried it, but I never found Calon to be over-alcoholic, OTOH I certainly agree it wasn't very good, and even at the time, rather ...
by Julian Marshall
November 19th, 2019, 7:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Léoville-Poyferré 2003
Replies: 15
Views: 1088

Re: Léoville-Poyferré 2003

Laurent - BAMA comes as a semi-surprise, since so many Margaux were abject failures that year - I shall look out for some. Jürgen - most of those I have liked too, apart from Giscours, so that's a pleasant surprise, although the last I tried was a long time ago. Yes, my abiding memories of most 2003...
by Julian Marshall
November 18th, 2019, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When your partner/SO goes dumpster diving in “your” cellar . . . .
Replies: 64
Views: 4345

Re: When your partner/SO goes dumpster diving in “your” cellar . . . .

That's the difference over here - nobody would find it odd in the slightest to crack open a bottle during working hours. Admittedly, not on a daily basis, only one day in two. My only experiences with stash nickers were twofold: my negotiating team cracked open a bottle of Toro which a hotelier had ...
by Julian Marshall
November 18th, 2019, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Léoville-Poyferré 2003
Replies: 15
Views: 1088

Re: Léoville-Poyferré 2003

Laurent, thanks for adding your note and reactivating this old thread I'd forgotten about! Cheers, Kelly, this is one of the good ones indeed! You should do fine with 08, which I suspect is much less of a minefield. Nice photo, Victor - glad your parents enjoyed it. Hi Jürgen, cheers - it always mak...
by Julian Marshall
November 17th, 2019, 1:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The polemic St-Emilion Pavie 2003
Replies: 53
Views: 2469

Re: The polemic St-Emilion Pavie 2003

Cheers Laurent, yes, I tried this last year and was agreeably surprised, it was nothing like I feared it would be, very classical and "normal", I even found it leaned more towards Pauillac flavours than the usual LP spice.
by Julian Marshall
November 17th, 2019, 1:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clos du Jaugueyron - Haut-Médoc - 2009 and 2010
Replies: 5
Views: 324

Re: Clos du Jaugueyron - Haut-Médoc - 2009 and 2010

Cheers Robert - yes, I think there's a great similarity with Loire reds of the kind you mention, but also the organic wines that have the same freshness to the fruit. I think, or rather I hope, that Michel Théron will receive the praise he is due in a few years time for the pioneering work he has do...
by Julian Marshall
November 16th, 2019, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie
Replies: 36
Views: 1105

Re: TN: 2009 Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie

What do you mean by Laporte Cab Franc?

Joguet FDP certainly is expensive - I finally managed to get one at a reasonable price this week - the 04. Fingers crossed! As for the older Joguets, FDP or not, as Thomas says, they have rocketed at auction. Even younger ones rise considerably after release.
by Julian Marshall
November 16th, 2019, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clos du Jaugueyron - Haut-Médoc - 2009 and 2010
Replies: 5
Views: 324

Re: Clos du Jaugueyron - Haut-Médoc - 2009 and 2010

Cheers Rudi - yes, we agree about the Margaux version, although I'll be trying a 2000 soon which may convince me it's worth the difference.
by Julian Marshall
November 16th, 2019, 2:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie
Replies: 36
Views: 1105

Re: TN: 2009 Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie

Basically, whether we can identify brett, pyrazines, bacteria, reduction, smoke or funk seems to be personal and subjective. I have no idea what I'm capable of identifying in that list, apart from very occasionally brett. I can certainly taste and smell oak, mocha and high alcohol! The bottom line i...
by Julian Marshall
November 15th, 2019, 5:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clos du Jaugueyron - Haut-Médoc - 2009 and 2010
Replies: 5
Views: 324

Clos du Jaugueyron - Haut-Médoc - 2009 and 2010

I was curious to try these, because Neal Martin's recent reviews of some of this domain's wines suggested that they were best drunk young. Clos du Jaugueyron - Haut-Médoc 2009 Very intense aromas of raspberry with strong hints of blackcurrant, leading into a bright mouthful of Morello cherry and ras...
by Julian Marshall
November 15th, 2019, 4:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie
Replies: 36
Views: 1105

Re: TN: 2009 Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie

Very interesting! I sometimes wonder if we don't confuse brett with funk, but I certainly don't believe I've had many Loire reds that suffer from brett, apart from Jacky Blot's wines. The reds I've had the most in recent years are the Coulys, which like the 2010 Clos de L'Echo last night, have never...
by Julian Marshall
November 14th, 2019, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines helped by climate change
Replies: 45
Views: 1332

Re: Wines helped by climate change

Hard to argue with the Loire, especially reds. I don't know if the Loire has ever had such a run of very good to great vintages, from 2014 to 2018, with 2019 to be confirmed. The only problem has been the spring frosts, which are perhaps also down to the change.
by Julian Marshall
November 14th, 2019, 1:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie
Replies: 36
Views: 1105

Re: TN: 2009 Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie

Great note, Robert - you surpassed yourself! I agree with your excellent description of the Dioterie style. I don't know the Joguet wines as well as you do, but I get the impression that they are a good place to start for those who haven't yet taken the plunge in the Loire, because of their rich, si...
by Julian Marshall
November 13th, 2019, 3:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineHunter: 1996 Domaine de l'Aigueliere Montpeyroux Cote Doree, $25
Replies: 12
Views: 687

Re: WineHunter: 1996 Domaine de l'Aigueliere Montpeyroux Cote Doree, $25

It's very cheap for such a fine wine, but too risky. One of the most elegant wines from that region.
by Julian Marshall
November 11th, 2019, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Chateau Dauzac 1983
Replies: 4
Views: 319

Re: TN: Chateau Dauzac 1983

Nice to see the old label again! Good to read that the 83 is still holding up well. I've always enjoyed Dauzac, of which the first I had was the 82, but I think my favourite surprisingly perhaps was the 98.
by Julian Marshall
November 11th, 2019, 7:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Domaine de Roches Neuves Clos de L'échelier rouge (Saumur Champigny)
Replies: 12
Views: 680

Re: TN: 2012 Domaine de Roches Neuves Clos de L'échelier rouge (Saumur Champigny)

As luck would have it, Mémoires is the only one I don't have - I shall look out for a bottle. BTW I did have a very interesting Joguet last week - Les Varennes 2003 (not the FDP one). I was very impressed by the elegance and the freshness of the fruit, ripe but not overripe, one of only a small numb...
by Julian Marshall
November 11th, 2019, 1:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Boyd-Cantenac 2001 and 2002
Replies: 14
Views: 605

Re: Boyd-Cantenac 2001 and 2002

I tried the 2004 this weekend - it's a typical Boyd, opening up nicely after a sulky adolescence. Beautifully balanced between body and fruit intensity, with intense red cherry at first over a thick, fleshy attack, followed by a pure middle section of blackcurrant and a searing finish of both flavou...
by Julian Marshall
November 11th, 2019, 1:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Domaine de Roches Neuves Clos de L'échelier rouge (Saumur Champigny)
Replies: 12
Views: 680

Re: TN: 2012 Domaine de Roches Neuves Clos de L'échelier rouge (Saumur Champigny)

Thanks for the update - I have a bottle of this so will wait a bit longer. I've only ever tried a Marginale 08 from this producer and was only partly convinced - I liked the bright, crunchy red fruit, which was just as you describe, but I got bored after the second glass. I've got a case of various ...
by Julian Marshall
November 9th, 2019, 1:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Berserker Abroad...
Replies: 19
Views: 1176

Re: A Berserker Abroad...

Excellent report, Anton, sounds like you had a wonderful time!
by Julian Marshall
November 8th, 2019, 6:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Château Sociando-Mallet (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc)
Replies: 6
Views: 431

Re: TN: 2014 Château Sociando-Mallet (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc)

Thanks David, good to know - SM 2014 seems to please everyone. Just out of interest, what were the other wines which fared less well?
by Julian Marshall
November 6th, 2019, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to Explain Auction Prices of Terrible Wines?
Replies: 31
Views: 2055

Re: How to Explain Auction Prices of Terrible Wines?

Mark, I could be wrong but I think it was actually 1983, 1984 and 1985 which were withdrawn when the Gardiniers took over. But it’s really not important!
by Julian Marshall
November 6th, 2019, 12:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to Explain Auction Prices of Terrible Wines?
Replies: 31
Views: 2055

Re: How to Explain Auction Prices of Terrible Wines?

I understand the demand for prestigious wines, but the weird thing is the demand for the others. In the past, auction houses over here sold mixed cases, in which there were good wines and some real stinkers, the point being that when bidding, you didn't include any cost for them. Sometimes they turn...
by Julian Marshall
November 3rd, 2019, 7:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1990 Raffault "Les Picasses"
Replies: 18
Views: 1202

Re: 1990 Raffault "Les Picasses"

Normally it's the other way round, so no complaints, but it is quite ironic! Even more recent vintages appear later on their site than elsewhere - the most recent available is the 2014. It's certainly weird that London should be ignored too!
by Julian Marshall
November 3rd, 2019, 7:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Planning a trip to the Loire Valley
Replies: 16
Views: 907

Re: Planning a trip to the Loire Valley

All good advice - I agree about visiting châteaux if you have never been there before. As to visiting wineries, it is always better to book - where depends on which wines you like, but one address is quite useful - La Cave Insolite at Montlouis, which is a shop owned by the Chidaines and run by Manu...
by Julian Marshall
November 1st, 2019, 6:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Château Sociando-Mallet Cuvée Jean Gautreau, Haut-Medoc
Replies: 24
Views: 820

Re: TN: 1996 Château Sociando-Mallet Cuvée Jean Gautreau, Haut-Medoc

Something I forgot to add - you're right about the higher proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon, which even reached 100% in the case of the 2010. In 1996, they used 73% of CS as opposed to 53% for the normal cuvée. Not many critics have ever reviewed the JG - in fact the only report I have ever read was ...
by Julian Marshall
November 1st, 2019, 6:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Château Sociando-Mallet Cuvée Jean Gautreau, Haut-Medoc
Replies: 24
Views: 820

Re: TN: 1996 Château Sociando-Mallet Cuvée Jean Gautreau, Haut-Medoc

I imagine also that the reason they make so little noise about it in terms of publicity and marketing is that JG is a double-edged sword - they have 400K bottles of the normal wine to sell, so they have no interest in detracting from its reputation. Nor would I want them to, Sociando is Sociando. ”...
by Julian Marshall
November 1st, 2019, 5:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1990 Raffault "Les Picasses"
Replies: 18
Views: 1202

Re: 1990 Raffault "Les Picasses"

It's weird how Raffault favours the US market. Totally unfair!! There are never library releases over here!
by Julian Marshall
November 1st, 2019, 1:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Château Sociando-Mallet Cuvée Jean Gautreau, Haut-Medoc
Replies: 24
Views: 820

Re: TN: 1996 Château Sociando-Mallet Cuvée Jean Gautreau, Haut-Medoc

Sounds wonderful - and looks incredibly young, too. It's funny how the flavour profile of SM can change according to the vintage and cuvée. The JG 01 is just like yours, very Pauillac, whereas the normal 01 and the normal 97 are more Margaux-like, and the normal 96 last weekend was like a Moulis. Al...
by Julian Marshall
November 1st, 2019, 1:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1990 Raffault "Les Picasses"
Replies: 18
Views: 1202

Re: 1990 Raffault "Les Picasses"

Great stuff, Kelly - lucky you! I've only tasted this once, a long time ago - it was my first and still my best experience of Chinon. It's impossible to find over here.
by Julian Marshall
October 31st, 2019, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The polemic St-Emilion Pavie 2003
Replies: 53
Views: 2469

Re: The polemic St-Emilion Pavie 2003

A friend sent me that : https://www.huffingtonpost.fr/fabrizio-bucella/bordeaux-jean-marc-quarin_b_9568222.html Excerpts : Les notes de 12 experts relatives à 122 châteaux bordelais ont été analysées sur une période de 10 ans (les millésimes 2003 à 2012). Les auteurs de l'étude affirment que ces ch...
by Julian Marshall
October 30th, 2019, 4:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The polemic St-Emilion Pavie 2003
Replies: 53
Views: 2469

Re: The polemic St-Emilion Pavie 2003

For me, the problem with divisive wines like Pavie is not their perceived quality, which is clearly subjective, but their price. Taking EP prices, Pavie 03 would have set you back 126€, three times more than less polemical wines like Barton or Poyferré. If you turned out to like it, fine, if not, th...
by Julian Marshall
October 29th, 2019, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sociando Mallet 1996 and 1997, plus Clinet 2004
Replies: 9
Views: 539

Re: Sociando Mallet 1996 and 1997, plus Clinet 2004

Rudi, funny you should mention that Charmail. I agree it's really good, like many vintages from that era, before the change of owner. Although Olivier Sèze is still part of the team, the wines do not taste the same at all and I miss the less opulent style of the past. I remember visiting the estate ...
by Julian Marshall
October 29th, 2019, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sociando Mallet 1996 and 1997, plus Clinet 2004
Replies: 9
Views: 539

Re: Sociando Mallet 1996 and 1997, plus Clinet 2004

As for getting older, I feel your pain, Jürgen! I couldn't agree more about the 2001, it's my favourite SM at the moment by a long way. I was surprised that it tasted at least as good as the 1990 at a lot cheaper.
by Julian Marshall
October 28th, 2019, 8:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sociando Mallet 1996 and 1997, plus Clinet 2004
Replies: 9
Views: 539

Re: Sociando Mallet 1996 and 1997, plus Clinet 2004

Jürgen, I hope you're wrong because I have a few left! Comparisons are always killers and on its own, the 96 would have been better. In case you're interested, iDealwine has loads of 97s which they are selling for 29€ a bottle, and they export to Germany at a reasonable rate. At that price, it's rea...
by Julian Marshall
October 28th, 2019, 3:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sociando Mallet 1996 and 1997, plus Clinet 2004
Replies: 9
Views: 539

Sociando Mallet 1996 and 1997, plus Clinet 2004

We drank these three with friends at dinner on Saturday. Sociando Mallet 1996 Blackberries, forest fruits, a touch of eucalyptus and maybe some liquorice on the nose. The attack of plum and blackberry is fresh, not green, but slightly muted, before a searing streak of blackcurrant in the middle sect...
by Julian Marshall
October 27th, 2019, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The polemic St-Emilion Pavie 2003
Replies: 53
Views: 2469

Re: The polemic St-Emilion Pavie 2003

Thanks, Laurent, your description corresponds to my impressions when I tasted it once eight or nine years ago. I thought I was tasting a Languedoc VDP Merlot from a hot year. Each to their own, I suppose.
by Julian Marshall
October 24th, 2019, 11:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2002 Léoville Barton
Replies: 25
Views: 2180

Re: 2002 Léoville Barton

As Ian says, there are lots of good Left Bank 2002s - the vintage was underrated at release, so very cheap, and in many cases the prices have not caught up since. In my experience the lesser names have been better than the big guns. I finished most of mine by last year, but these should still be goo...
by Julian Marshall
October 24th, 2019, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vinous 2016 Burgundy Report / Neal Martin vs. Stephen Tanzer
Replies: 13
Views: 2012

Re: Vinous 2016 Burgundy Report / Neal Martin vs. Stephen Tanzer

Shaun, it's an interesting question which I'm incapable of answering, but why don't you just ask them yourself on Vinous?
by Julian Marshall
October 23rd, 2019, 12:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 03 Pavie Macquin
Replies: 20
Views: 726

Re: 03 Pavie Macquin

The most important thing is that Steve enjoyed it - which is the whole point. Whether others have or would is another matter, of course. Whatever one's opinion about the strengths or weaknesses of 2003, it continues to be the most divisive Bordeaux vintage ever. Personally, I like about a dozen and...
by Julian Marshall
October 23rd, 2019, 12:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 03 Pavie Macquin
Replies: 20
Views: 726

Re: 03 Pavie Macquin

We all feared at the time that 2003 was the first of many such vintages - luckily that hasn't happened yet. Was there a reason for this fear? Well, yes - whether one likes or dislikes the 2003 vintage, it is certainly different to any previous one and the fear was that it could become the norm, whi...
by Julian Marshall
October 22nd, 2019, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 03 Pavie Macquin
Replies: 20
Views: 726

Re: 03 Pavie Macquin

The most important thing is that Steve enjoyed it - which is the whole point. Whether others have or would is another matter, of course. Whatever one's opinion about the strengths or weaknesses of 2003, it continues to be the most divisive Bordeaux vintage ever. Personally, I like about a dozen and ...
by Julian Marshall
October 20th, 2019, 3:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2002 Léoville Barton
Replies: 25
Views: 2180

Re: 2002 Léoville Barton

Just to add another angle to Rudi's excellent note, we tried side by side the L-B 01 and 02 last night, which was interesting. Léoville-Barton has a distinctive taste and the actual fruit impressions were much the same, typical St.Julien spice with that hint of Xmas cake Bartons usually have. There'...
by Julian Marshall
October 19th, 2019, 3:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to correctly pronounce Piper Heidsieck in French?
Replies: 39
Views: 2009

Re: How to correctly pronounce Piper Heidsieck in French?

Most French people would just say Peepur or Peepair, not daring to try the Heidsieck bit, it's far too tricky!
by Julian Marshall
October 7th, 2019, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living
Replies: 93
Views: 3778

Re: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living

Bordeaux, well the Médoc, is as flat as a pancake and I'm sure the two areas are different in lots of other ways - my original musing was simply that far from wanting to live there, most people don't unless they have to. Having lived for several years further south in Les Landes, I can well imagine ...

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