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by pnitze
November 29th, 2019, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Psa hdh
Replies: 24
Views: 1987

Re: Psa hdh

Someone needs to buy HDH out of the 2013 Sorrel Le Greal at $106 per bottle. A great price on a great wine. Currently shows 16 bottles in inventory.
by pnitze
November 23rd, 2019, 5:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Wine Advocate acquired by Michelin Guide
Replies: 1
Views: 519

The Wine Advocate acquired by Michelin Guide

Probably a sign of the almost total collapse of TWA that this news has been out for a couple days but hasn’t generated a thread yet. Broadly, would think it’s a good thing for ownership of TWA to change, in light of the current ownership’s failure to really do anything with the platform and maintain...
by pnitze
November 22nd, 2019, 8:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo PSA - 2015 Brovia normale
Replies: 1
Views: 510

Barolo PSA - 2015 Brovia normale

The 2015 Brovia base Barolo is available at the The Wine Cellarage for $37/bottle, with the possibility of additional discounts. That is a lot of wine for the money. Currently 104 bottles in stock.
by pnitze
November 10th, 2019, 2:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12213
Views: 587406

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

FWIW, I opened the 2017 PYCM Saint Aubin 1er “Hommage a Marguerite” last night. This is a smoking good wine, highly reminiscent of the 2014 En Remilly CNM, but not quite as reductive as that wine. Same cut, structure, and lemony goodness. So that would suggest the 2017 Nicholas et Mathis is well wor...
by pnitze
October 31st, 2019, 6:56 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: code 38 waiters corkscrew
Replies: 5
Views: 670

Re: code 38 waiters corkscrew

I will dissent and say I love the Code 38. The most important question is, will you lose it? If you think you can hang onto it, it is money reasonably well spent. It is by a wide margin the best screw pull in the market. And yes, I own and use a Durand as well. But a Durand takes longer to use and i...
by pnitze
October 21st, 2019, 5:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Bollinger Dinner - brief notes
Replies: 12
Views: 908

Re: Champagne Bollinger Dinner - brief notes

Thanks for these notes. The VVF is a fascinating champagne and can occasionally be spectacular (the 1996 being the example that comes to mind). The problem is that it does not even come close to warranting it’s price, IMO. I’m sure Bollinger has little difficulty selling it, but it is odd to me that...
by pnitze
August 26th, 2019, 8:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Les Bournais
Replies: 19
Views: 1078

Re: TN: 2010 François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Les Bournais

The 2010 Chidaine Clos Baudoin performed better than Roger Federer tonight. Admittedly not a high bar. Let’s hope Roger shakes off the rust in his next match. As for the Baudoin, no sign of oxidation, quite fresh actually. Low to medium acidity, some noticeable but not intrusive residual sugar, sort...
by pnitze
August 26th, 2019, 5:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Les Bournais
Replies: 19
Views: 1078

Re: TN: 2010 François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Les Bournais

Interesting notes. I don’t have a lot of experience with Chidaine, but I did stop at their wine tasting counter/retail outlet in either Montlouis or Vouvray many years ago when I was visiting Jacky Blot. I remember thinking the wines were a little “fat” and not likely to age particularly well. I hav...
by pnitze
August 13th, 2019, 6:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question re 2017 PYCM Corton Charlemagne
Replies: 4
Views: 545

Question re 2017 PYCM Corton Charlemagne

I have a question for William Kelley and others who have tracked the PYCM wines for several vintages, particularly the Corton Charlemagne. This was an amazing wine five years ago, particularly when you could get it for $80-90 per bottle. Those days are gone. My question is whether quality has slippe...
by pnitze
August 8th, 2019, 10:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Another lost Friday afternoon gathering – 88 DRCs, 90 Bordeauxs, Raveneaus, Dauvissats and etc.
Replies: 33
Views: 2453

Re: TN: Another lost Friday afternoon gathering – 88 DRCs, 90 Bordeauxs, Raveneaus, Dauvissats and etc.

I agree with Kevin that the waxed Dauvissat bottles with the green French tax stamp glued to the top seem to show fresher. Don’t know why. Maybe it’s just some sort of perception or placebo effect. What I find crazy about Dauvissat is that, as John says, in the last 15 years or so there are some bad...
by pnitze
August 8th, 2019, 4:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 champagne question
Replies: 46
Views: 3857

Re: 2008 champagne question

What's the context of the purchase - is it for immediate consumption? There's a few defining features of each wine. Dom's production is gargantuan. Far outweighs the other two combined. It is typically around a 50/50 blend with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir but it's never formally disclosed. It is majo...
by pnitze
August 5th, 2019, 10:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Domaine Martelet de Cherisey Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Hameau de Blagny
Replies: 10
Views: 512

Re: TN: 2014 Domaine Martelet de Cherisey Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Hameau de Blagny

Thanks for the quick response. I did not realize Wine Searcher segregated the “Comtesse de Cherisey” label from the “Martelet de Cherisey” label.
by pnitze
August 5th, 2019, 2:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Domaine Martelet de Cherisey Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Hameau de Blagny
Replies: 10
Views: 512

Re: TN: 2014 Domaine Martelet de Cherisey Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Hameau de Blagny

Perhaps underrated in the US because unavailable? Do they have a US importer? I see a single retail listing for any of the wines in the US, for the 2016 vintage.
by pnitze
July 29th, 2019, 8:25 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Boston/Cambridge restaurant recommendations ?
Replies: 17
Views: 1996

Re: Boston/Cambridge restaurant recommendations ?

Pammy’s is excellent. And they have a fun wine program. Book well in advance, as they tend to fill up.
by pnitze
July 25th, 2019, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Hubert Lignier Morey St Denis 1er VV - best sub $200 burgundy out there?
Replies: 131
Views: 7600

Re: 2016 Hubert Lignier Morey St Denis 1er VV - best sub $200 burgundy out there?

One other wine to throw in the mix. For the first time in 2017, Henri Gouges is releasing an old vines version of Clos des Porrets labeled “Hors d’Age”. Should retail around $135. No tasting notes yet, but I bet it would give the Lignier some real competition. http://winehog.org/visit-domaine-gouges...
by pnitze
July 25th, 2019, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Hubert Lignier Morey St Denis 1er VV - best sub $200 burgundy out there?
Replies: 131
Views: 7600

Re: 2016 Hubert Lignier Morey St Denis 1er VV - best sub $200 burgundy out there?

I agree that the Lafon Santenots is “blocky.” It is a very rich wine, and so it is often a crowd pleaser, but it often presents as muddy and lacking detail. The 2010 version is an exception, and is probably the best version of that wine I’ve tried (the 2002 and 1999 are also top notch). It might hol...
by pnitze
July 11th, 2019, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Penfolds Yattarna chardonnay
Replies: 9
Views: 565

2016 Penfolds Yattarna chardonnay

Just saw an offer come through from Wally’s for this wine at $200/bottle. Looked on Wine Searcher and Wally’s is the lowest retail price in the country. But you can buy it direct from Penfolds USA for $150/bottle. This has probably been discussed before, but how can Penfolds push their wine into the...
by pnitze
July 7th, 2019, 2:49 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Flannery "rich blend" cooking question
Replies: 16
Views: 2273

Re: Flannery "rich blend" cooking question

My suggestion would be to cook the patties sous vide, and then do a quick hard sear over a burner. More work, but it would limit shrinkage. Alternately, you could start them in the oven on convection at 250 degrees, and then finish with a hard sear, but that will only make a small difference.
by pnitze
July 6th, 2019, 1:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FIVE WINOS EXCELLENT ADVENTURE , MOSTLY IN BURGUNDY - Beaune, France (6/7/2019-6/15/2019)
Replies: 52
Views: 4164

Re: FIVE WINOS EXCELLENT ADVENTURE , MOSTLY IN BURGUNDY - Beaune, France (6/7/2019-6/15/2019)

I’ve tasted with Kevin dozens of times and never found him to be a sucker for high alcohol wines, or wines that display high concentration. What I have found him to be is open-minded about a range of styles. He calls them like he sees them. A couple of years ago we tasted a bottle of 2003 Pavie blin...
by pnitze
July 1st, 2019, 6:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Love for Domaine Chevalier
Replies: 155
Views: 6689

Re: Love for Domaine Chevalier

From the tenor of the discussion it doesn’t sound like too many minds are open to change, but let me offer some personal perspective on DDC. I’ll say right off the bat that I think the wines are both good currently, and better than they’ve ever been in the past, at least when you take a multi-vintag...
by pnitze
June 26th, 2019, 3:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 174
Views: 9453

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

The details certainly matter here. I agree that a state can likely ban shipment by mail of alcoholic beverages without running afoul of this ruling. States can also impose a licensing fee to in-state or out-of-state retailers, so long as there is approximate parity in the licensing regime. However, ...
by pnitze
June 26th, 2019, 7:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 174
Views: 9453

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

The “highly attenuated” language from Alito is very helpful. He is saying that there must be real substance to the purported health and safety interest. It can’t be manufactured to conceal an otherwise protectionist intent.
by pnitze
June 26th, 2019, 7:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 174
Views: 9453

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

I am no lawyer, nor smart, but I read this as curbing state powers not only in discriminating against non state players, but also for consumers to be able to ship into the state. Is this a narrow decision or a wide one? In the context of the current Court, which tends to be very narrow gauge in its...
by pnitze
June 26th, 2019, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 174
Views: 9453

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

My very quick and superficial take is that the fight over interstate shipment is going to be about whether there is a legitimate health and safety interest in states prohibiting importation of alcohol from out of state retailers. The good news for consumers is that the Tennessee wholesalers and reta...
by pnitze
June 26th, 2019, 7:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 174
Views: 9453

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

A big win. Justice Alito uses fairly expansive language in the opinion, and it will provide substantial ammunition to attack interstate shipment restrictions imposed by the states. The big distributors and wholesalers will spend millions defending shipment restrictions, and the fight will not be eas...
by pnitze
June 24th, 2019, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 174
Views: 9453

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

Justice Kennedy is a member of the DC chapter of the Tastevin, and hosted Tastevin events at the Court from time to time. Justice O’Connor is also a member.
by pnitze
June 24th, 2019, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 174
Views: 9453

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

The main reason I suspect Justice Alito will side with consumers in this case is that, of all the conservatives on the Court, he is the least concerned with protecting state sovereignty. At heart he is a federalist who is comfortable with federal legal supremacy. He sides with the federal government...
by pnitze
June 24th, 2019, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 174
Views: 9453

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

ScotusBlog was engaging in reasoned speculation this morning that the opinion will be written by Justice Alito, because he is the sole justice not to have authored any opinions from the January term, and this is the last January case outstanding on the docket. My hunch is that an Alito-authored opin...
by pnitze
June 22nd, 2019, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7025
Views: 594567

Re: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

“Yes, except priority limit was $2,775 at the time of the bankruptcy filing (and when claims were filed). The trustee has also filed a final report and some other documents, but need a PACER account to access them. -Al” This now makes sense. I was wondering how 2,150 claims could be valued at only $...
by pnitze
June 20th, 2019, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Auction slowdown? (HDH today)
Replies: 66
Views: 3269

Re: Auction slowdown? (HDH today)

Acker also soft today. The German collection went high, as expected due to rarity and provenance. But everything else was notably soft. Not a firesale, but soft. Not sure what to make of it. Need more data points before calling a trend.
by pnitze
June 20th, 2019, 4:46 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: 98 Jamet, 14 Sauzet Chevalier, 99 Dujac Combottes, & more
Replies: 2
Views: 734

Re: 98 Jamet, 14 Sauzet Chevalier, 99 Dujac Combottes, & more

1999 Dujac Combottes is a killer wine. I think the best version of that wine I’ve ever tasted.
by pnitze
June 19th, 2019, 7:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7025
Views: 594567

Re: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

One other thing I found interesting. The Kasolas declaration defines "Customer Claims" to exclude (1) claims by businesses for undelivered wine, and (2) claims by individuals for undelivered wine intended for non-personal use. Perhaps this is covered earlier in this (very long) thread, but does this...
by pnitze
June 19th, 2019, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7025
Views: 594567

Re: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

So I'm just reading through today's filings in the bankruptcy proceeding, dealing with the priority status of customer claims. The declaration of the trustee states that the total value of the approximately 2,150 customer claims is approximately $3.9 million. It further states that the trustee antic...
by pnitze
May 28th, 2019, 5:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top CdB reds (Volnay, Corton, Pommard)
Replies: 9
Views: 1017

Re: Top CdB reds (Volnay, Corton, Pommard)

Since 2008 he has labeled it “Rugiens-Bas” to brand it as coming from what he believes (understandably) is the best part of Rugiens.
by pnitze
May 28th, 2019, 6:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top CdB reds (Volnay, Corton, Pommard)
Replies: 9
Views: 1017

Re: Top CdB reds (Volnay, Corton, Pommard)

I don’t think JM Bouley makes a Clos des Ducs, unless it was a one-off? His Pommard Rugiens and Volnay Chenes are both very fine, IMO, and his recent vintages are even better than the wines from 5 years ago. The “top” current release red wine from CdB, in terms of price and maybe quality, is DRC’s r...
by pnitze
May 27th, 2019, 6:36 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Bar Harbor, Maine / Acadia National Park
Replies: 9
Views: 2711

Re: Bar Harbor, Maine / Acadia National Park

Second the recco for Isle au Haut. It is so beautiful there. Make it a day trip, get a picnic lunch in Stonington, take the mail boat, and spend a few hours hiking the trails around Duck Harbor. Also highly recommend the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller gardens. They are amazing. Need to make a reservation ...
by pnitze
May 21st, 2019, 11:59 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Killer Red Burgundy for sale
Replies: 3
Views: 1420

Re: Killer Red Burgundy for sale

I’m not a buyer, but I will chime in to say that the 1996 Claude Dugat Griotte is an insanely delicious bottle of red burgundy. Surely the best Griotte I’ve ever tasted (though the 2002 Claude Dugat Griotte is a close second). Kevin S, myself, and a few others had it two weeks ago and it was killer....
by pnitze
May 16th, 2019, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Among the Big Houses, Who Makes the Best Corton Charlie
Replies: 34
Views: 2311

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

Faiveley is really dialing it in. At the La Paulee walk around two years ago I thought their Corton Charlemagne and Batard were at the same level of quality for my taste. They don’t have a huge holding and they ask a lot for it, but the quality is high IMO. Also like the Bouchard a lot, but not as m...
by pnitze
May 2nd, 2019, 7:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement
Replies: 237
Views: 11247

Re: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement

I would add that I see a vast difference between recent high end Chapoutier and recent La La’s. Something has gone seriously wrong at Maison Chapoutier and they don’t seem to be trying to fix it. The wines are lifeless, seem to be excessively filtered, and are on a terrible trajectory. IMO they shou...
by pnitze
May 2nd, 2019, 7:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement
Replies: 237
Views: 11247

Re: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement

Count me in the camp of those who think La La’s are now underrated relative to the quality of the wine. It’s a harder call to say they are “underpriced” because they remain quite expensive. But among groups of highly knowledgeable wine collectors, I find that most people now fall into one of two cam...
by pnitze
April 19th, 2019, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: anyone have a copy of "Pomerol" by Neal Martin they don't need anymore?
Replies: 13
Views: 1237

Re: anyone have a copy of "Pomerol" by Neal Martin they don't need anymore?

Not an immediate solution, but Neal said on the Vinous forum that he is planning to do an updated second edition sometime in the medium term, perhaps next two years. Presumably with a larger print run.
by pnitze
April 16th, 2019, 6:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Madeira question
Replies: 20
Views: 1041

Re: Madeira question

Agree with Eric. My guess is late 60’s to mid-70’s, tinta negra mole dominant blend, possibly with some other grapes as components. Probably a mid-range blended wine. Assuming it has been in glass since then, could use 24 hours in a decanter before drinking.
by pnitze
February 19th, 2019, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay
Replies: 20
Views: 900

Re: TN: 2016 Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay

Attended a Penfolds dinner outside Boston two months ago and the lineup included the 2016 Yattarna and 2018 Bin 51 Eden Valley riesling. Both wines were outstanding. The Yattarna had impeccable balance, was very light on new oak, and struck me as a wine that will make it to age 30 without difficulty...
by pnitze
February 13th, 2019, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Foillard Morgon 3.14 release date, recent vintages
Replies: 6
Views: 665

Re: Foillard Morgon 3.14 release date, recent vintages

Thanks for this answer William. Makes sense. No wine = none for sale. However, there’s conflicting information on the web about whether 3.14 has been replaced for good with the “Athanor” cuvée. This thread from last year suggests that 2015 Athanor was a one-off cuvée of particularly ripe grapes in M...
by pnitze
February 12th, 2019, 8:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Foillard Morgon 3.14 release date, recent vintages
Replies: 6
Views: 665

Foillard Morgon 3.14 release date, recent vintages

Does anyone have intelligence on the release of the 2015 or 2016 vintages of 3.14 for the US market? Has Kermit Lynch not distributed them? CellarTracker shows hundreds of bottles of the 2014 in cellars, but only 4 pending bottles of the 2015 and no bottles of the 2016. If I recall, the 2014 was ava...
by pnitze
February 6th, 2019, 6:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Rayas holding back wine to drive prices higher?
Replies: 49
Views: 4052

Re: Chateau Rayas holding back wine to drive prices higher?

2008 Rayas is the 1998 Cheval Blanc of chateauneuf. The gap between the early reviews and the liquid in the bottle is laughable. I struggle to think of other wines that so clearly outperformed their initial scores. And I generally agree with the critics.
by pnitze
February 6th, 2019, 2:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Rayas holding back wine to drive prices higher?
Replies: 49
Views: 4052

Re: Chateau Rayas holding back wine to drive prices higher?

This doesn’t give me any joy to say, but I think Rayas is underpriced in the market. It will be a $2000 bottle for a good recent vintage very soon. It is one of the world’s greatest, most unique wines. The discussion of Rayas pricing reminds me of the discussion of La Tache pricing about 10 years ag...
by pnitze
January 26th, 2019, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The anomaly that is Chateau Palmer.
Replies: 53
Views: 3071

Re: The anomaly that is Chateau Palmer.

I agree with Kevin. I think Palmer’s price is well earned. IMO the three top super seconds by quality are LMHB, Palmer, and LLC. But LLC will continue to sell for less than Palmer and LMHB, because it is a stricter, more linear wine, and because it shuts down very hard. It is also from a commune tha...
by pnitze
January 24th, 2019, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Mostly Radio-Coteau...(long/boring)
Replies: 8
Views: 346

Re: TN: Mostly Radio-Coteau...(long/boring)

I have a different take on the 2013 Lemorel. One of Eric’s best wines IMO, and possibly a 30 year wine. Though the 2015 is strong competition. Had a bottle of the 2013 late last year and it was just beginning to hit its stride. Reminds me of a more refined version of the Sky Zins from the 1990’s.
by pnitze
January 23rd, 2019, 1:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Boston Dining
Replies: 61
Views: 3122

Re: Boston Dining

For those of you looking for a nice wine dinner in Boston this month, my friend Ian Calhoun is putting on a wine dinner next Tuesday the 29th at his restaurant Mooncusser Fish House. Cost is $225/person. Restaurant is on Stuart St in Back Bay. I’m coordinating the wine and it’s a great lineup of pri...

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