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by Joshua Kates
June 18th, 2019, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine visits - Chablis, Burgundy, Northern Rhone and Barolo (Update)
Replies: 40
Views: 3211

Re: Wine visits - Chablis, Burgundy, Northern Rhone and Barolo (Update)

Thanks for the Barolo notes, Matt,
Equals of your previous ones. Rinaldi and Burlotto--doesn't get much better than that, and Vajre ain't half bad either.
by Joshua Kates
June 18th, 2019, 4:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Richebourg + RSV Dinner, with a Monty and a La Tache
Replies: 6
Views: 554

Re: TN: Richebourg + RSV Dinner, with a Monty and a La Tache

Great notes, Paul,
Thanks for posting. Richebourg is my favorite red burg GC and you capture well what is so exciting about it. (Admittedly, I don't drink much or any RSV, La Tache, or RC :)).

Cheers!
by Joshua Kates
June 16th, 2019, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Wine Would you Get?
Replies: 34
Views: 1239

Re: What Wine Would you Get?

Have my doubts about the Allemand, only because I think it would need a good bit of air to open up, at least that was my experience recently in a restaurant. Have you considered the 06 C h â t e a u S i m o n e Grand Cru? I've always wanted to try one--only GC from Provence, nice write-ups on CT and...
by Joshua Kates
June 15th, 2019, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dominique Laurent
Replies: 161
Views: 11619

Re: Dominique Laurent

FWIW, I've never gotten caramel in any of his wines, or for that matter smoke; rather, Vosne spice as I find it in other producers and other 99's, which in my experience tend to be on the big side. But it's possible this was a somewhat odd bottle and/or you're a better taster.
by Joshua Kates
June 15th, 2019, 6:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dominique Laurent
Replies: 161
Views: 11619

Re: Dominique Laurent

Based on this thread I grabbed a couple of ‘99 Laurent’s from benchmark. Last night I opened the ‘99 vosne champs perdrix. It’s tricky to try to pin a particular element in a wine to a particular winemaking technique, but I thought this showed like a 20-year old vosne that was overwhelmed by oak. N...
by Joshua Kates
June 14th, 2019, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The annoying thing about the Burghound Barzelay book
Replies: 9
Views: 1387

Re: The annoying thing about the Burghound Barzelay book

I'm sure Mark can chime in, but the book is very much about each burgundy vintage, red and white, going back to the 19th century. It gives detailed reports on weather, yields, outcomes, as well as notes on specific wines, usually those of the biggies like DRC, Rousseau, or Ponsot. But even so, it gi...
by Joshua Kates
June 14th, 2019, 1:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The annoying thing about the Burghound Barzelay book
Replies: 9
Views: 1387

Re: The annoying thing about the Burghound Barzelay book

Though not a professional, thanks Mark for prompting them to do that. It was definitely an oversight to publish it without an index. At the same time, for those who are wondering, it is an attractive book that awards thumbing through to acquaint oneself with older vintages or brush up on more recent...
by Joshua Kates
June 14th, 2019, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Ch. Calon-Ségur - what a beauty
Replies: 35
Views: 1815

Re: 2016 Ch. Calon-Ségur - what a beauty

Cool, Todd,
Please let us know how they drink.
I'm not buying (m) any futures, though I confess, I did pick up some of the Comtesse, so your remarks are welcome on that score as well, Martin, thanks!
by Joshua Kates
June 14th, 2019, 5:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Ch. Calon-Ségur - what a beauty
Replies: 35
Views: 1815

Re: 2016 Ch. Calon-Ségur - what a beauty and ready for business

Thanks, Martin,

I have a bunch, and have a drunk a bunch of the older ones. From your note, it sounds like this is in a different style (though not necessarily a "worse" style--don't want to sound like Alfert here). Is that correct, or am I not getting you?
by Joshua Kates
June 11th, 2019, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dominique Laurent
Replies: 161
Views: 11619

Re: Dominique Laurent

I guess I need to try one...? I was so turned off by 2006s, that I took them completely off of my radar. Kevin Shin has a different perspective. I own some 2006 Bonnes Mares and 2005 Chambolle-Musigny Derriere la Grange. Expectations were low when purchased and remain low. Oaky chewy dense Burgs ar...
by Joshua Kates
June 11th, 2019, 5:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Magic Night of Aged Burgundy
Replies: 19
Views: 1485

Re: Magic Night of Aged Burgundy

Yes, amazing, thanks!
by Joshua Kates
June 10th, 2019, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine with grilled octopus?
Replies: 47
Views: 1637

Re: What wine with grilled octopus?

Jud Reis wrote:
June 10th, 2019, 5:55 pm
RichardFlack wrote:
June 10th, 2019, 5:43 pm
M.Kaplan wrote:
June 10th, 2019, 5:41 pm
Assyrtiko from Santorini (Hatzidakis, Sigalas, Argyros, Gaia).
+1
Def this.
And with just a little age.
+2 - the best match with grilled octopus
+3 my first thought as well--Soave, preferably Pieropan also comes to mind.
by Joshua Kates
June 10th, 2019, 11:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dominique Laurent
Replies: 161
Views: 11619

Re: Dominique Laurent

YLee wrote:
June 10th, 2019, 6:02 am
Hey guys & gals. If I want to get a feel for this Producers wines which 1 wine should I try off Benchmarkwines to see if I like or dislike?

Thank you.
I would go for the Bonnes Mares; I've had the '96, and my note on it was "outstanding."
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by Joshua Kates
June 9th, 2019, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dominique Laurent
Replies: 161
Views: 11619

Re: Dominique Laurent

Joshua Kates wrote:
June 9th, 2019, 2:07 pm
alan weinberg wrote:
June 9th, 2019, 1:26 pm
that is a Malconsorts pictured, not Amoureuses.
Whoops, of course, you are right, Alan,
Thanks!
Both La Tache adjacent; you can see that I don't drink these often enough :)
by Joshua Kates
June 9th, 2019, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dominique Laurent
Replies: 161
Views: 11619

Re: Dominique Laurent

Reviving this thread, as I opened the 1999 D. Laurent Vosne-Romanee Les Amoreuses Serie Rare last night. Extraordinary wine. Probably the best red burgundy I've had this year (and I've been fortunate to have some good ones at La Paulee and elsewhere). Youngish looking wine, no real bricking. Nose o...
by Joshua Kates
June 9th, 2019, 2:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dominique Laurent
Replies: 161
Views: 11619

Re: Dominique Laurent

alan weinberg wrote:
June 9th, 2019, 1:26 pm
that is a Malconsorts pictured, not Amoureuses.
Whoops, of course, you are right, Alan,
Thanks!
by Joshua Kates
June 9th, 2019, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dominique Laurent
Replies: 161
Views: 11619

Re: Dominique Laurent

Reviving this thread, as I opened the 1999 D. Laurent Vosne-Romanee Aux Malconsorts Serie Rare last night. Extraordinary wine. Probably the best red burgundy I've had this year (and I've been fortunate to have some good ones at La Paulee and elsewhere). Youngish looking wine, no real bricking. Nose ...
by Joshua Kates
June 9th, 2019, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine visits - Chablis, Burgundy, Northern Rhone and Barolo (Update)
Replies: 40
Views: 3211

Re: Wine visits - Chablis, Burgundy, Northern Rhone (update) and Barolo

Thanks Matt for the new posts; I assume Barolo is next? Please keep them coming, following with interest--and thanks also for your extensive response to my questions above. Joshua, I arrange all of the visits myself. Typically, I research target visits and compile a list, and then email my top targe...
by Joshua Kates
June 8th, 2019, 11:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the Best top end non-DRC red Burgundy?
Replies: 62
Views: 3632

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

Eric's suggestion of 2000 CSJ Rousseau is great. Beautiful wine.1000-1600 ( cheaper availability in Europe ) To be fair, lots of good DRC Echezeaux and Grands Echezeaux available in a similar price range. Well, that's the problem with many of the responses, IMHO; the wines suggested cost nearly as ...
by Joshua Kates
June 8th, 2019, 4:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Ruppert-Leroy, Heidseick, Marc Morey, PYCM, Mouton, Pommard, By Farr, Barret, Pialade, Rhys
Replies: 5
Views: 759

Re: TN: Ruppert-Leroy, Heidseick, Marc Morey, PYCM, Mouton, Pommard, By Farr, Barret, Pialade, Rhys

Really nice notes, fun to read--thanks for posting. It's great when these older bottles of Burgundy show so well. Never heard of the estate before and it seems like it has changed hands. Finally, surprised by your preference for the Rhys San Mateo, somehow think of it as a weaker sister--not surpris...
by Joshua Kates
June 7th, 2019, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: FWG Lunch with Gaia Gaja
Replies: 9
Views: 783

Re: TN: FWG Lunch with Gaia Gaja

Great notes, Ken,

Sound like amazing wines; were they all supplied by you, except for the first?
Just an aside, and I'm sure she's a wonderful and lovely woman, but when I hear
Gaia Gaja, daughter of Angelo Gaja
I can help but think of Major Major Major Major.
by Joshua Kates
June 6th, 2019, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What happened to all the love for Anthill Farms?
Replies: 37
Views: 1825

Re: What happened to all the love for Anthill Farms?

My Anthill's were from after '08, specifically most from '09-'12. As others have said, there is just so much of this wine one can buy and then it's enough, true of Rhys and Kutch, too, imho. I own the most Rhys and have kept all of it, unlike the other two, some of which I have traded or contributed...
by Joshua Kates
June 6th, 2019, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the Best top end non-DRC red Burgundy?
Replies: 62
Views: 3632

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

Suzanne - What was that Richebourg you gave me in Chicago? that was a magnum of 2000 Denis Mugneret Richebourg- he's not a player. adding the Mugneret Gibourg Ruchottes as a generally great bottle of burgundy Of course, you're right Suzanne, but I think Denis' Richebourgs are the real deal, though ...
by Joshua Kates
June 4th, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Berlin: Week of June 23rd
Replies: 4
Views: 338

Re: Berlin: Week of June 23rd

Many thanks again, Mike!
by Joshua Kates
June 4th, 2019, 4:02 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Berlin: Week of June 23rd
Replies: 4
Views: 338

Re: Berlin: Week of June 23rd

Mike Stoneking wrote:
June 1st, 2019, 12:23 pm
Pm'd you the numbers for a friend that will be back there at weeks end. He lives there and is up for a dinner and can give you some suggestions on other things to do.
Thanks for this, Mike,

Very much, but neither a PM nor an email has come through to date. Perhaps, try again, please?
by Joshua Kates
June 2nd, 2019, 4:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine visits - Chablis, Burgundy, Northern Rhone and Barolo (Update)
Replies: 40
Views: 3211

Re: Wine visits - Chablis, Burgundy, Northern Rhone and Barolo

Yes, Matt, Thanks for the write-up and the pics. I've had already Genot-Boulanger's that i've liked (and too bad about Droin, one of my favorites when sound). I rarely get a chance to drink top end Meo wines with age, so the ones I've had have tended to be a little on the simple side, if that's the ...
by Joshua Kates
May 31st, 2019, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decent Chardonnay reccos?
Replies: 38
Views: 1929

Re: Decent Chardonnay reccos?

Oregon: Walter Scott La Combe Vert, can be found <$30. Best single chard I've had at this price range.
by Joshua Kates
May 30th, 2019, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A legit wine for Neal Mollen!
Replies: 13
Views: 1300

Re: A legit wine for Neal Mollen!

On the Monk front, as many of you may know, Monk's middle name was Sphere. While he was alive, you could look him up in the Manhattan phone book and find his number listed across from Monk, Theolonius S. (As if there were others.) We used to love checking it out as teenagers, when first discovering ...
by Joshua Kates
May 30th, 2019, 2:53 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Berlin: Week of June 23rd
Replies: 4
Views: 338

Berlin: Week of June 23rd

I will be there, though more free M-W then thereafter. I thought I'd throw this out there in case any Berliners (residents, not donuts--shout out to JFK) or fellow WB'ers who happen to be in town (or nearby) wanted to meet up at a restaurant or elsewhere to pull some corks. Please post here if inter...
by Joshua Kates
May 29th, 2019, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Announcing the Launch of To Kalon Vineyard Company
Replies: 34
Views: 2372

Re: Announcing the Launch of To Kalon Vineyard Company

FWIW, to kalon does not mean "highest beauty," which would be more like ton kalliston; it's not a comparative, just means the beautiful or the noble.
by Joshua Kates
May 27th, 2019, 4:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Among the Big Houses, Who Makes the Best Corton Charlie
Replies: 34
Views: 2035

Re: Among the Big Houses, Who Makes the Best Corton Charlie

No one bothered by the Latour pasteurization thing--or do they not still do it? I believe they only do it for reds. And they still do. There's a 1983 NY Times article, by Frank Piral, on this (and other Burgundy topics) from reactions to Anthony Hanson's recently released, at the time, book ''Burgu...
by Joshua Kates
May 23rd, 2019, 11:25 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Berlin recommendations?
Replies: 11
Views: 336

Re: Berlin recommendations?

Reopening this thread, as I am visiting for a week end of June. I will probably be a solo diner, so Ernst apparently won't work for me, though very intriguing otherwise. I have a reservation at Facil, as well as Horvath, which is near where I am staying in Kreuzberg. Other recs are welcome, especial...
by Joshua Kates
May 23rd, 2019, 7:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most complex wines under <$50
Replies: 50
Views: 2837

Re: Most complex wines under <$50

Lots of members here seem to like Felsina Fontalloro for red.... I love Fontalloro, but absent 15-ish years of age I don't necessarily think of its strength as being "complexity" so much as consistent "deliciousness". It's tempting to me to conflate the two characteristics and ask myself, well why ...
by Joshua Kates
May 23rd, 2019, 4:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Age-worthy, classic Portugese wines, not Port?
Replies: 25
Views: 1014

Re: Age-worthy, classic Portugese wines, not Port?

Some of the wines I've mentioned are very hard to find in the States. Of those that make it, not too much more expensive in the States. Caves Sao Joao makes some good sparklers as well. If you ever visit the winery, a warren of stone bins with thousands and thousands of bottles and magnums of wine ...
by Joshua Kates
May 22nd, 2019, 3:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Age-worthy, classic Portugese wines, not Port?
Replies: 25
Views: 1014

Re: Age-worthy, classic Portugese wines, not Port?

I have a long weekend in Lisbon in July so loving these recs. Thanks all. For the wine a mentioned above, are they a lot cheaper in Portugal or similar to US pricing? I think they are at least some, and sometimes quite a bit a little less expensive. Here are links to two wine lists (the sole two st...
by Joshua Kates
May 21st, 2019, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Age-worthy, classic Portugese wines, not Port?
Replies: 25
Views: 1014

Re: Age-worthy, classic Portugese wines, not Port?

Thanks for all the suggestions, folks, Please keep them coming, new posters, or same, if others come to mind. For some reason, I always thought Colares was a sweet wine; glad to learn I'm wrong before making it over there. Barca Velha definitely has gotten expensive from what I can tell. I will look...
by Joshua Kates
May 20th, 2019, 5:18 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Paris itinerary / wine accessible restaurants
Replies: 24
Views: 896

Re: Paris itinerary / wine accessible restaurants

If you are thinking of punting L'Arpege, I would definitely consider David Toutain, best meal we had in Paris, with a serious but reasonable list. Also, Les Climats, a little picked over, but all Burgundy all the time (both one stars fwiw).
by Joshua Kates
May 20th, 2019, 5:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Age-worthy, classic Portugese wines, not Port?
Replies: 25
Views: 1014

Age-worthy, classic Portugese wines, not Port?

We'll be travelling there this summer, and I have looked at some of the threads in the other forums, as well as consulted some books, though the few I could find were pretty old. In any case, I'm wondering what the great non-port wines of Portugal are considered to be? What , if any, are up there wi...
by Joshua Kates
May 20th, 2019, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most complex wines under <$50
Replies: 50
Views: 2837

Re: Most complex wines under <$50

Chablis would also fit In our market, you'll find some pleasant swallowable Lieux-dits around $30, but you can fuhgeddabout 1er Cru [unless you extend your budget from $50 out towards the $75+ range]. I don't know where you're market is, Nathan, But almost at random, here are some below from Chicag...
by Joshua Kates
May 20th, 2019, 3:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most complex wines under <$50
Replies: 50
Views: 2837

Re: Most complex wines under <$50

I think this is the definition of wine I'm trying to shop for. I feel like I've been drinking too many 'easy drinkers' or crowd pleaser wines, but I'm looking for some wines that I can really savor and enjoy, open hours in advance and keep tasting from it to see how it evolves. This is an interesti...
by Joshua Kates
May 18th, 2019, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Christophe Roumier Ruchottes-Chambertin
Replies: 14
Views: 707

Re: TN: 1999 Christophe Roumier Ruchottes-Chambertin

Brig, FWIW, all Roumier's wines are reputed to take a long time to open, and most of my '99 (not Roumier) are still not ready to go. I know some will say this the standard Burgundy "spin," but the Roumiers I've had when on are extraordinary and nicer than the Sandler I've had, though I like Sandler,...
by Joshua Kates
May 18th, 2019, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rue Chottes-- the hippest street in town....
Replies: 3
Views: 431

Re: Rue Chottes-- the hippest street in town....

Yes, I think you're right that it's not a true Clos. I have a Mazy from '08 that I am giving more time to rest, so we'll see how that goes. Enjoy!
by Joshua Kates
May 18th, 2019, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Château Haut-Bergey (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)
Replies: 7
Views: 301

Re: TN: 2014 Château Haut-Bergey (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)

Yes, do, David,
I'd be curious how it is faring. Less time I checked in, I was kind of underwhelmed.
by Joshua Kates
May 17th, 2019, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rue Chottes-- the hippest street in town....
Replies: 3
Views: 431

Re: Rue Chottes-- the hippest street in town....

Nice notes, and an interesting comparison, Stuart, thanks, FWIW, I think the two are in different parts of the climat, the Rousseau from Ruchottes Dessus and the other from Ruchottes du Bas (from Winehog); apparently the former has more limestone (see Neal Martin tasting Vinous: https://vinous.com/...
by Joshua Kates
May 17th, 2019, 11:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Among the Big Houses, Who Makes the Best Corton Charlie
Replies: 34
Views: 2035

Re: Among the Big Houses, Who Makes the Best Corton Charlie

No one bothered by the Latour pasteurization thing--or do they not still do it?
by Joshua Kates
May 17th, 2019, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kinsman Inaugural Release
Replies: 49
Views: 3633

Re: Kinsman Inaugural Release

Yep, I hear you, Jay, I need it like a hit in the head, as well...but you never know.
by Joshua Kates
May 16th, 2019, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: OOPS! Diner gets wrong wine £4500 le Pin
Replies: 32
Views: 2394

Re: OOPS! Diner gets wrong wine £4500 le Pin

What about the fact that they tried to order a second bottle? For 2 people at the bar? Makes me think they must have known; I have to admit, I'd have been tempted, though probably would not have pulled the trigger.

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