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by Ken Lamb
November 1st, 2019, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Found bottle of 1969 Dom Perignon
Replies: 9
Views: 1392

Re: Found bottle of 1969 Dom Perignon

I've been fortunate to have the 1969 P3 several times. It's an extraordinary Champagne...pretty much as great as Champagne can be. But, the P3s are recent releases of these wines from Moet and have been stored in pristine conditions. The conditions under which this bottles was stored create risk. As...
by Ken Lamb
August 1st, 2019, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Healdsburg winery and restaurant recommendations
Replies: 45
Views: 3005

Re: Healdsburg winery and restaurant recommendations

I have dined at Single Thread twice and am in complete agreement with the points made. While I found the atmosphere a bit too serious, the food was terrific, the wine list a treasure trove and the staff on top of the service side. I didn't see Barn Diva mentioned in the above posts. I've dined there...
by Ken Lamb
July 23rd, 2019, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1981 wine
Replies: 37
Views: 1503

Re: 1981 wine

I've been fortunate to drink a ton of 1981 wines, including almost everything mentioned. My favorites have consistently been (in no particular order): Unico Beaucastel Grange Krug Collection (magnum) Lopez de Heredia (slight preference for Bosconia)(Gran Reserva Blanco is also very good in 1981) Che...
by Ken Lamb
May 16th, 2019, 4:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone tried the 2004 Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires?
Replies: 7
Views: 524

Re: Has anyone tried the 2004 Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires?

I've been through several cases of the 1995. It was an incredible bargain for several years following release for those who like mature Champagne at its peak. I've tried the 2004 a couple of times and am agreement with the notes of others above. It's a beautiful Champagne but nothing like the 1995, ...
by Ken Lamb
August 27th, 2018, 1:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Last chance to see Vega Sicilia Unico 1962
Replies: 14
Views: 878

Re: Last chance to see Vega Sicilia Unico 1962

I also wasn't sure what the intent of the original post was, as there wasn't any commentary. However, now that there is some engagement, I arranged an Unico vertical among some drinking friends a few years ago in London with the stipulation that the youngest vintage was 1982. Pablo Alvarez and his w...
by Ken Lamb
May 1st, 2018, 5:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine when traveling in UK - what are my options?
Replies: 29
Views: 996

Wine when traveling in UK - what are my options?

I'm an American ex-pat who has lived in London since 2003 and, by coincidence, am moving back to the US tomorrow. You will not have any trouble using an American credit card. You'll have the FX charge that your credit card company charges for foreign purchases. Raeburn and BBR are both good choices....
by Ken Lamb
January 6th, 2018, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Durand - Where You Been All My Life?!?!
Replies: 48
Views: 2886

Durand - Where You Been All My Life?!?!

It's a clever and effective device. I've been using it for several years. I just now used one to open a bottle of '85 Cheval Blanc after the top 40% of the cork started to break off. My only quibble is that the prongs on the ah-so part tend to be somewhat brutal on the cork, and I often end up with ...
by Ken Lamb
November 6th, 2017, 12:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Fete du Champagne from across the Pond
Replies: 6
Views: 558

La Fete du Champagne from across the Pond

Hi David...if you have 750ml bottles, I would definitely open one. The 750ml was brought by the domaine. The magnum was brought by one of the attendees. The difference was dramatic. It could just be bottle variation in the 750ml format and not necessarily just the different format size but worth che...
by Ken Lamb
November 5th, 2017, 6:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Fete du Champagne from across the Pond
Replies: 6
Views: 558

La Fete du Champagne from across the Pond

The first London version of this event occurred this weekend. At the gala dinner last evening, some terrific bottles were poured. Apologies in advance for the brief notes on the wines that were particularly memorable...really only next day impressions...as the festive and frenetic atmosphere is not ...
by Ken Lamb
August 21st, 2017, 4:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Mission Haut Brion 1988
Replies: 11
Views: 765

La Mission Haut Brion 1988

On a related note, the 1988 Laville Haut Brion is super. I've had it several times in the last few years, including about a month ago. Still very fresh, as one would expect from the vintage.
by Ken Lamb
August 15th, 2017, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Brick House Visit?
Replies: 19
Views: 1351

Brick House Visit?

I second in hoping that the visit happens. I've been fortunate to visit more wineries in the US and Europe than I can count, and a visit with Doug Tunnell a few years ago is one of my fondest memories.
by Ken Lamb
April 26th, 2017, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kickstarter Campaign for new Wink Lorch Book on the Wines of Savoie & Bugey
Replies: 6
Views: 539

Kickstarter Campaign for new Wink Lorch Book on the Wines of Savoie & Bugey

I had met Wink at wine events several times before her first Kickstarter campaign and supported her last campaign by plopping for the three-day trip in the Jura with her. It's a region that my wife and I had always wanted to visit. We decided that it was worth the price to have someone like her arra...
by Ken Lamb
April 23rd, 2017, 1:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Trimbach Frédéric Emile 375eme
Replies: 18
Views: 1071

TN: 2001 Trimbach Frédéric Emile 375eme

Still have some bottles of this wine and this post inspired me to open one last night. I have had some bottle variation in the past few years. While not past their optimal drinking window, some bottles have been fully mature. The bottle last night (depending on your taste preferences) showed the pot...
by Ken Lamb
December 28th, 2016, 3:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Bollinger Special Cuvée
Replies: 12
Views: 889

Aging Bollinger Special Cuvée

For the last few years, Tom Stevenson has had a very different view of Bollinger's ability to age due to a movement to no/low SO2 at disgorgement. See his comments below from December 2013 on Wine Searcher. It's terrific that you've had such great success despite the concerns Tom has raised. "THE 5 ...
by Ken Lamb
December 27th, 2016, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ranking Burgundy vintages from the 90s
Replies: 45
Views: 4179

Ranking Burgundy vintages from the 90s

***** 1999 **** 1990, 1991, 1993, 1996 *** 1995, 1997, 1998 ** 1992 * 1994 I am fortunate to have drinking buddies with good Burgundy cellars and to have drunk more than my fair share of Burgundies from the 90's. In my experience, Keith has nailed it. 1999 has almost been uniformly very good to exc...
by Ken Lamb
December 12th, 2016, 11:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1982 Ch. La Conseillante
Replies: 15
Views: 716

1982 Ch. La Conseillante

No disagreement on the '89. The '89 is phenomenal and, according to the father, the greatest wine made during his era running the winemaking, not just the decade. Still, the price on the '82 is a fair one and, when the bottles have held up, the '82 is terrific.
by Ken Lamb
December 10th, 2016, 12:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1982 Ch. La Conseillante
Replies: 15
Views: 716

1982 Ch. La Conseillante

I hadn't had this wine for at least five years but decided to open one three days ago. It was fantastic. I was a bit surprised, as I've had it a couple of times before with the owners of La Conseillante and Jean-Michel Laporte (the former winemaker) before he left. On those occasions, we drank it ou...
by Ken Lamb
December 3rd, 2016, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday night lights: 85 veuve, 85 Krug, 85 La Mouline and a 72 Dujac Echezeaux
Replies: 11
Views: 592

Friday night lights: 85 veuve, 85 Krug, 85 La Mouline and a 72 Dujac Echezeaux

Opened the '85 La Mouline for Thanksgiving this year along with '85 La Turque. Had not had either for many years. Both were terrific wines and in very good places, but La Mouline was the easy favorite. Seamless while La Turque's structure couldn't match La Mouline's seductive character. 1972 is my w...
by Ken Lamb
October 21st, 2016, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Book on Champagne
Replies: 102
Views: 8186

Book on Champagne

While it's not a book, Peter Liem's site, champagneguide.net, is loaded with very useful producer profiles, articles and tasting notes. The articles tend to be on one-off topics but the profiles and tasting notes usually have what I'm seeking. While I have Tom Stevenson's and Michael Edwards' books ...
by Ken Lamb
October 19th, 2016, 3:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 Batard Montrachet Domaine Leflaive : from magnum
Replies: 29
Views: 1466

2007 Batard Montrachet Domaine Leflaive : from magnum

We opened the 2007 magnum of Les Pucelles last night. Brilliant bottle...still some green tinge to color. Very fresh.
by Ken Lamb
October 18th, 2016, 12:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 Batard Montrachet Domaine Leflaive : from magnum
Replies: 29
Views: 1466

2007 Batard Montrachet Domaine Leflaive : from magnum

I have had a 50/50 hit rate on 2002 Leflaive in the past three years and have given up on that vintage. 2000, on the other hand, has been consistently great. Half a dozen bottles of the Grand Crus in the past three years and all singing. I don't expect the wines to become better but they are showing...
by Ken Lamb
October 17th, 2016, 1:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 Batard Montrachet Domaine Leflaive : from magnum
Replies: 29
Views: 1466

2007 Batard Montrachet Domaine Leflaive : from magnum

Am at a dinner tomorrow night where a magnum of '07 Pucelles will be opened. Color looks good as far as one can tell from a bottle with colored glass. Will report back on Wednesday. Even if that bottle is fine, obviously that doesn't mean the next one will be fine. Such a shame that what was once a ...
by Ken Lamb
October 17th, 2016, 3:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Produttori del Barbaresco Riserva and Riserva Speciale
Replies: 35
Views: 2111

Produttori del Barbaresco Riserva and Riserva Speciale

Thanks Dale. I have a bottle standing up with a fill into the lower neck and will try it this week. Perhaps I'll double decant 3-4 hours ahead given the bit of volatility that you noted as time went on.
by Ken Lamb
October 15th, 2016, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Produttori del Barbaresco Riserva and Riserva Speciale
Replies: 35
Views: 2111

Produttori del Barbaresco Riserva and Riserva Speciale

I opened it about an hour ahead of time. Based on the advice that I've seen on this board, I've started opening Barolos/Barbarescos even earlier, but this particular Produttori bottle opened up very nicely.
by Ken Lamb
October 15th, 2016, 4:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Produttori del Barbaresco Riserva and Riserva Speciale
Replies: 35
Views: 2111

Produttori del Barbaresco Riserva and Riserva Speciale

I've also just sent to Ken V pictures of the front and back of the 1964 regular and Riserva Speciale bottles that I have, the latter has a red neck label that says Riserva Speciale.
by Ken Lamb
October 15th, 2016, 4:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Produttori del Barbaresco Riserva and Riserva Speciale
Replies: 35
Views: 2111

Produttori del Barbaresco Riserva and Riserva Speciale

Ken V is obviously the man on this subject, but I have all three bottlings and, earlier this year, sent him a picture of the "Riserva" because I couldn't find it on his site (at the time, he had the regular and "Riserva Speciale"). The picture of the "Riserva" on his site is the one that I opened. I...
by Ken Lamb
September 4th, 2016, 2:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Parker Sake Rankings
Replies: 184
Views: 14857

Parker Sake Rankings

For those based in the NYC metropolitan area or who will be there on September 16, there is an event from 6:30-9:30 p.m. called "The Joy of Sake" featuring 408 Sakes along with some restaurants participating. If of interest, you can find out the details on the sake-world website.
by Ken Lamb
September 3rd, 2016, 12:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Parker Sake Rankings
Replies: 184
Views: 14857

Parker Sake Rankings

One of the world's most knowledgeable Sake experts is John Gauntner. He's lived in Kamakura, Japan for many years, has written some very helpful books and has an informative website as well.
by Ken Lamb
August 30th, 2016, 3:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYTimes: Asimov on FrankCornelissen
Replies: 56
Views: 3918

NYTimes: Asimov on FrankCornelissen

Pointing to Marcus' post above, the commentary on this subject became a rewarding and constructive one as the number of posts increased, after a few initial posts that were neither enlightening nor helpful. I am generally not a fan of no or low sulphur wines, as most that I've had were not enjoyable...
by Ken Lamb
August 28th, 2016, 2:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Is this the best vintage of Drouhin Clos des Mouches ever?
Replies: 21
Views: 1631

TN: Is this the best vintage of Drouhin Clos des Mouches ever?

The '88 Drouhin Clos des Mouches Blanc is also still going strong. Not quite the '85 but very fine.
by Ken Lamb
August 28th, 2016, 2:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vega Sicilia Unico Question
Replies: 16
Views: 1318

Vega Sicilia Unico Question

Ken[/quote]
I was always under the impression Unicos do not throw off a lot of sediment.[/quote]

Your impression is an accurate one. Because the elevage is so long, they don't have tons of sludge, but they typically still have enough sediment that I prefer to decant them.
by Ken Lamb
August 27th, 2016, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vega Sicilia Unico Question
Replies: 16
Views: 1318

Vega Sicilia Unico Question

Hi Peter, Yes...I've had the 1981 many times. By Unico standards, it's not as powerful as other vintages but elegant. It's lovely and I'm always looking for more. At the 150th anniversary of the bodega a couple of years ago, that was one of the three vintages of Unico that they served. If it's a goo...
by Ken Lamb
August 27th, 2016, 2:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vega Sicilia Unico Question
Replies: 16
Views: 1318

Vega Sicilia Unico Question

I have an '86 that is standing upright I plan to have over Labor Day weekend. Any serving suggestions? I planned to decant but not much ahead of drinking. Hi Robert. I'm fortunate to have drunk a lot of Unico, as it's been one of my favorite wines from when I first became interested in wine. I had ...
by Ken Lamb
August 26th, 2016, 3:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYTimes: Asimov on FrankCornelissen
Replies: 56
Views: 3918

NYTimes: Asimov on FrankCornelissen

My wife and I first tried Frank's wines 7-8 years ago. We had a Magma at Saturne in Paris. We've had many of his other wines since, have had dinner with him a couple of times in London and have even visited the vineyards and winery with Frank on Etna when we went to Sicily for my wife's birthday a c...
by Ken Lamb
August 14th, 2016, 2:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1986 Ch. Lynch Bages - at a nice moment in its life
Replies: 13
Views: 590

TN: 1986 Ch. Lynch Bages - at a nice moment in its life

Opened an '86 Beychevelle last night that was also in a very good place. Very fragrant, minty, cassis nose. Similar on the palate. Elegant, midweight wine. Fully resolved tannins. Fresh acidity. At its plateau. No signs of tiring. Blind, could easily be mistaken for a California Cab from the '70s. L...
by Ken Lamb
January 7th, 2016, 4:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1983 Château Margaux
Replies: 13
Views: 731

TN: 1983 Château Margaux

A great wine. I am opening a magnum next week at a dinner for 12 of us.

I would also add 1986 to Carlos' list of great Margaux in the 80's. Had a bottle for Christmas dinner with roasted goose in Zermatt. Both the wine and the goose were fantastic!
by Ken Lamb
November 7th, 2015, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Clos Rougeard "Les Poyeux"
Replies: 10
Views: 657

TN: 1995 Clos Rougeard "Les Poyeux"

I was in Paris a couple of weeks ago and dined at La Tour d'Argent. Had never dined there and had heard they had picked up their game recently. We had the 1989 Clos Rougeard Le Bourg...it was ethereal...incredibly scented wine...lots of cherries, floral scents and eucalyptus...tannins very well inte...
by Ken Lamb
August 20th, 2015, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile 375eme Anniversaire
Replies: 14
Views: 611

TN: 2001 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile 375eme Anniversaire

I have had this wine over a dozen times and it never disappoints. We had a wine dinner with very experienced wine lovers a couple of years ago where this wine and the 2001 Clos Ste Hune were served blind and the CFE was the consensus winner by close to unanimous decision. The "regular" bottling of t...
by Ken Lamb
July 1st, 2015, 4:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 10' Trinity Hill 'Homage' Syrah
Replies: 3
Views: 127

TN: 10' Trinity Hill 'Homage' Syrah

Jason...I'm an American ex-pat living in London (and friends with Matthew Hemming as well). You are spot on. I had this wine about 18 months ago at an NZ tasting with Michael Schuster (some of you in the US may have seen articles by Michael in World of Fine Wine or Decanter)...thought the wine was b...
by Ken Lamb
May 30th, 2015, 4:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: IYHO, what is the best Italian white with seafood?
Replies: 35
Views: 2190

IYHO, what is the best Italian white with seafood?

Alto Adige wines offer a lot of good options here, even (gasp!) the best Pinot Grigio's and Sauvignon Blanc's. Cantina Terlano produces wines of consistent quality across price and varietal spectrums. Cantine San Michele Appiano is also reliable. Pieropan La Rocca and Calvarino are excellent suggest...
by Ken Lamb
April 9th, 2015, 2:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Neal Martin's WA Oregon Report, your thoughts?
Replies: 97
Views: 7480

Neal Martin's WA Oregon Report, your thoughts?

I'm an American ex-pat who moved from San Francisco to London in 2003. I met Neal in 2004 when he was a poor, starving wine blogger writing out of passion for wine and music. I've been to dozens of wine tastings and wine dinners where he has been in attendance. He has always been a humble and friend...
by Ken Lamb
March 27th, 2015, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Domaine Perrot-Minot Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes
Replies: 10
Views: 558

TN: 2004 Domaine Perrot-Minot Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes

Hi Peter...noting your reference to this producer being a "concentrator" or "extractor," Christophe Perrot-Minnot admits that he used to approach winemaking in that manner but changed his approach about 10 years ago. You can really see the difference in wines before and after. He now has a light tou...
by Ken Lamb
March 3rd, 2012, 3:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8478
Views: 1231810

Re: URGENT WARNING--RUDY KURNIAWAN IS TRYING TO AUCTION MORE WINES

Thanks Anthony. I'm an American who has lived in London for nine years and did not run across this site until the recent excitement involving the Spectrum/Vanquish auction. Good to see some healthy discussions on this topic, as the legal framework in the UK has made it much more muted than on this l...
by Ken Lamb
March 3rd, 2012, 12:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8478
Views: 1231810

Re: URGENT WARNING--RUDY KURNIAWAN IS TRYING TO AUCTION MORE WINES

Kudos to Jancis Robinson for her article in today's (Saturday's weekend) edition of the Financial Times on fake wines being sold in China and the seeming rise of questionable wines being sold by retailers and at auction. And Kudos to Maureen Downey and Don Cornwell who receive well deserved, promine...

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