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by Rauno E (NZ)
March 22nd, 2020, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2003 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Reserva Viña Tondonia
Replies: 4
Views: 296

Re: TN: 2003 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Reserva Viña Tondonia

Great note, thanks. I'm one of those quite relaxed about oxidative notes in whites and love interesting wines like these. Would love to try this one.
by Rauno E (NZ)
March 21st, 2020, 5:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Vintage Assessment Dinners – Night Three “Mostly Montrachet” – March 27, 2019 at Spago
Replies: 44
Views: 2204

Re: 2011 Vintage Assessment Dinners – Night Three “Mostly Montrachet” – March 27, 2019 at Spago

Thanks for doing my homework Don! That’s a pretty exceptional run, especially the Montrachet and ordinary Chevalier. I would guess these have at minimum been the most consistent in providing a good / great experience (other than Coche). I feel luckier still than earlier this week that I have some :)...
by Rauno E (NZ)
March 21st, 2020, 11:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1993 Faiveley Corton-Charlemagne
Replies: 8
Views: 427

Re: TN: 1993 Faiveley Corton-Charlemagne

Fred, I concur that the 93 leflaive chevalier should be excellent. I found a couple in a Swiss shop in the late oughties that were just lovely. Drink soon and post:)!
by Rauno E (NZ)
March 21st, 2020, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Blain-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet. Not premoxed, but...
Replies: 4
Views: 309

Re: TN: 2014 Blain-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet. Not premoxed, but...

I have no Finnish whakapapa; my parents simply sought to select unusual first names for their brood!
by Rauno E (NZ)
March 20th, 2020, 5:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Vintage Assessment Dinners – Night Three “Mostly Montrachet” – March 27, 2019 at Spago
Replies: 44
Views: 2204

Re: 2011 Vintage Assessment Dinners – Night Three “Mostly Montrachet” – March 27, 2019 at Spago

Thanks for the notes, Don. I haven't checked back explicitly to the '10s and '09s events, but I recall large houses like Bouchard did very well then too. Not to disparage these wines, but it is a little surprising they would consistently do so well compared to the far more pricey "trophies" or flash...
by Rauno E (NZ)
March 20th, 2020, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Blain-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet. Not premoxed, but...
Replies: 4
Views: 309

Re: TN: 2014 Blain-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet. Not premoxed, but...

Thanks for the warning - I shall approach mine with caution, perhaps when I have a heavy cold :)!
by Rauno E (NZ)
March 14th, 2020, 10:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 White Burgundy Vintage Assessment Dinners – Night Two – March 14, 2019 at Drago Centro
Replies: 168
Views: 10098

Re: 2011 White Burgundy Vintage Assessment Dinners – Night Two – March 14, 2019 at Drago Centro

FWIW, had a “pristine” 06 Leflaive chevalier late last year, next to a dying advanced 07. I served them blind. The 06 was quite pleasant and had similarities with white Rhone. Nobody guessed grand cru, let alone a great one from a great domaine. It just wasn’t that good.
by Rauno E (NZ)
March 8th, 2020, 9:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Cote Rotie
Replies: 17
Views: 1205

Re: 2001 Cote Rotie

Interesting! I've had '95, '98, '99 and '01 Ogier in the last 6-12 months, and the latter was by far the best drinking now and relatively open. The '95 was disappointing and thin, the '98 a bit odd, the '99 still closed and big. I do like to open these at cellar temperature (i.e. pretty cool 13 C) s...
by Rauno E (NZ)
March 2nd, 2020, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 White Burgundy Vintage Assessment Dinners – Night Two – March 14, 2019 at Drago Centro
Replies: 168
Views: 10098

Re: 2011 White Burgundy Vintage Assessment Dinners – Night Two – March 14, 2019 at Drago Centro

I've experienced the "resurrection" wines, but I believe they are quite different. There are wines that are simply prematurely oxidised, and these do not come right with "more" time or aeration. There are others that are darker than you would expect, with funny aromas - similar, but not the same as ...
by Rauno E (NZ)
March 1st, 2020, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Guest etiquette: Wine glasses
Replies: 91
Views: 3899

Re: Guest etiquette: Wine glasses

Absolutely bring glasses to go with the wine. I've done that several times, never been received badly. Why would it? They know you're into wine - decent glasses are part of that.
by Rauno E (NZ)
February 17th, 2020, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 White Burgundy Vintage Assessment Dinners – Night Two – March 14, 2019 at Drago Centro
Replies: 168
Views: 10098

Re: 2011 White Burgundy Vintage Assessment Dinners – Night Two – March 14, 2019 at Drago Centro

Thanks once again, Don, for the excellent and informative notes. I must say, it's disappointing to see there are those with the hubris and rudeness to critizise your approach and comments. This is the best, broadest survey of each white burgundy vintage publicly available. Is it "statistically signi...
by Rauno E (NZ)
February 3rd, 2020, 11:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Chave Hermitage Blanc
Replies: 38
Views: 1626

Re: TN: Chave Hermitage Blanc

Glad it was, Craig, and that won’t be the first or last time Chave outperformed the vintage. But 02s are probably second weakest behind 03s in over 20 years.
by Rauno E (NZ)
February 3rd, 2020, 8:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Chave Hermitage Blanc
Replies: 38
Views: 1626

Re: TN: Chave Hermitage Blanc

Low risk off a restaurant list, so go for it. Very poor / challenging year (probably more so for the reds) but should be very interesting. And if it's completely poked you can send it back :)
by Rauno E (NZ)
January 30th, 2020, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: QPR Burgundy?
Replies: 87
Views: 4405

Re: QPR Burgundy?

I would heartily recommend Guillemot's single vineyard Savigny wines (particularly Serpentieres) as excellent QPR, punching well above most Bourgogne and Village wines from the CdN. Spending a bit more, perhaps look to Pommard (Violot Guillemard, Comte Armand etc).
by Rauno E (NZ)
January 29th, 2020, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Revisiting 1990 Bordeaux
Replies: 26
Views: 1800

Re: Revisiting 1990 Bordeaux

Thanks for the notes. I reckon 25 years ago the odds of someone preferring the Lalande to the Baron round about now didn't look great - just goes to show the magic of bottle age.
by Rauno E (NZ)
January 29th, 2020, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grand Cru White Burgundy
Replies: 7
Views: 934

Re: Grand Cru White Burgundy

Great wines and great notes, thanks. That's certainly a good cross section of very nice WBGCs :)!
by Rauno E (NZ)
January 28th, 2020, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coravin and premox
Replies: 22
Views: 1449

Re: Coravin and premox

Surely you have recourse with the retailer on an issue like that?!?
by Rauno E (NZ)
January 26th, 2020, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you had to pick 2 Champagne Producers......
Replies: 80
Views: 2625

Re: If you had to pick 2 Champagne Producers......

Krug and Pol Roger - both pretty decent across their whole range!
by Rauno E (NZ)
January 23rd, 2020, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top three white Burgundy producers in your cellar
Replies: 107
Views: 5704

Re: Top three white Burgundy producers in your cellar

Interesting how much producers' relative prices differ between regions! Of course, availability at various price points is also very variable.
by Rauno E (NZ)
January 22nd, 2020, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top three white Burgundy producers in your cellar
Replies: 107
Views: 5704

Re: Top three white Burgundy producers in your cellar

PYCM is sadly very expensive, at least in my market. Meursault 1ers for more than Roulot or Lafon. Chassagne 1ers for more than leading Puligny 1ers. Corton Charlemagne has shot up in price across most producers, but more expensive now than some Chevaliers. The regional wines provide better value, a...
by Rauno E (NZ)
January 17th, 2020, 11:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top three white Burgundy producers in your cellar
Replies: 107
Views: 5704

Re: Top three white Burgundy producers in your cellar

Carillon (Louis & Jacques)
Roulot
Boillot / Sauzet (toss up)
by Rauno E (NZ)
January 14th, 2020, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir over Winemaking Technique (Using Burg as an example)
Replies: 89
Views: 3603

Re: Terroir over Winemaking Technique (Using Burg as an example)

A bit late to this conversation, but I see the OP question as being about how narrow the quality gap can get. Nothing about this undermines the notion of terroir in my mind, but I would think it's pretty obvious that great care and attention lavished on "lesser" sites can close the gap to a sliver. ...
by Rauno E (NZ)
December 5th, 2019, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Art Series
Replies: 8
Views: 864

Re: TN: 2016 Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Art Series

I tend to find the Giaconda consistently more exotically flavoured with age. An '05 Giaconda over the last couple of nights was perhaps more like a Criots, whereas a '99 Leeuwin I served blind to knowledgable folk a couple of months ago had two of them in Chevalier and one in Meursault :). In my vie...
by Rauno E (NZ)
November 24th, 2019, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Choosing between Cristal '08 and Egly-Ouriet Millésimé '09
Replies: 11
Views: 680

Re: Choosing between Cristal '08 and Egly-Ouriet Millésimé '09

The Egly Ouriet if you want to drink over next 1-8 years, the Cristal if you're cellaring long term
by Rauno E (NZ)
November 18th, 2019, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Corton-Charlemagne as grand a Grand Cru as the others? Please discuss!
Replies: 36
Views: 2197

Re: Is Corton-Charlemagne as grand a Grand Cru as the others? Please discuss!

John - I had the '06 LL Montrachet just a couple of weeks ago, and it was good - particularly for the vintage. Not as good as a Carillon '05 BBM preceding, but a fine Montrachet nonetheless.
by Rauno E (NZ)
November 17th, 2019, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN 2005 Hudelot-Noellat VR “Beaumonts”??
Replies: 8
Views: 678

Re: TN 2005 Hudelot-Noellat VR “Beaumonts”??

Interesting - I quite like the HN Beaumonts and often prefer it to the Malconsorts. Had this and the '05 Malconsorts side by side last year, and they were both discernably Vosne in character though really really young still. Consensus was they were definitely 1ers rather than GCs (blind) so interest...
by Rauno E (NZ)
November 17th, 2019, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Corton-Charlemagne as grand a Grand Cru as the others? Please discuss!
Replies: 36
Views: 2197

Re: Is Corton-Charlemagne as grand a Grand Cru as the others? Please discuss!

I would say "yes". Sure, outside Coche & Co it doesn't reach the heights of great Montrachet, but there's plenty of Batard and Criots that is no better than a decent CC. I tend to find relatively consistently that CC has added intensity and potential complexity over most good Puligny 1ers.
by Rauno E (NZ)
November 17th, 2019, 10:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there objectively good and bad wines?
Replies: 100
Views: 3478

Re: Are there objectively good and bad wines?

Yes. And part of understanding wine is to learn the difference between what might be objectively good vs what you like to drink. It's similar to recognising a Rousseau Chambertin 2018 drunk now is a great wine (objectively) but actually you'd get more pleasure right now from a '99 or '02 Roumier Vil...
by Rauno E (NZ)
November 11th, 2019, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?
Replies: 121
Views: 3886

Re: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?

Clearly it's not "just the corks" or we would see far more widespread premox including more in new world wines. But the evidence does suggest they are an enabler - as someone pointed out above, sufficient vs necessary conditions.
by Rauno E (NZ)
November 11th, 2019, 6:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 2017 White Burg are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 44
Views: 3113

Re: What 2017 White Burg are you drinking tonight?

Kris & Jeremy - I too buy the J Carillon Pulignys from Village to BBM. The standout of the 1ers is generally the Referts for me, though it's really splitting hairs with the Perrieres. The Champ Canet is a good wine but clearly third out of the 1ers. Village ages well too.
by Rauno E (NZ)
November 7th, 2019, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?
Replies: 121
Views: 3886

Re: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?

Stuart - I'm not sure anyone can give you a definitive answer, but in my experience there are related flaws that present in different ways. One is the wine oxidising very quickly (and usually faster than the first 7 years) and the other is the wine aging more rapidly than it should / other bottles, ...
by Rauno E (NZ)
November 7th, 2019, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So what do we know about Burgs this year and the Hospices de Beaune auction?
Replies: 23
Views: 1668

Re: So what do we know about Burgs this year and the Hospices de Beaune auction?

Geoff - in terms of whites, the vintage run has been rather incredible. The last quite dodgy vintage was 2006, before that 2003.
by Rauno E (NZ)
November 6th, 2019, 8:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine de Chevalier (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)
Replies: 28
Views: 1669

Re: TN: 2015 Domaine de Chevalier (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)

LOL - I've started buying only in recent vintages and have not tried those yet, but did so on a couple of old vintage examples. Sounds like the style has changed and I won't get what I thought... but it will still be delicious :)!
by Rauno E (NZ)
November 5th, 2019, 6:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Space aging wine? NASA
Replies: 19
Views: 917

Re: Space aging wine? NASA

I cannot see how they could have involved anyone actually credible in the aging of wines in designing the experiment like this. For most of us, of course, the right answer is to accelerate the person through space, returning having subjectively aged only a year while their recently acquired wines ar...
by Rauno E (NZ)
November 5th, 2019, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé - Controversial Producer?
Replies: 51
Views: 3359

Re: Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé - Controversial Producer?

Not sure what pandemic of vinfanticide you mean in this thread, Nathan, but whatever you do don't go looking at the 2019 WOTY thread ;)!
by Rauno E (NZ)
November 5th, 2019, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé - Controversial Producer?
Replies: 51
Views: 3359

Re: Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé - Controversial Producer?

FWIW, I have yet to have a mature bottle of the Musigny, having had '90, '91, '93 and '96 all with 20+ years' age. Quite recently, an Amoreuses from '96 stole the show ahead of the '96 Musigny and the '96 Mugnier Musigny. The Bonnes Mares also requires less time to be really pleasurable. Are they co...
by Rauno E (NZ)
November 1st, 2019, 9:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best red Burgs for 2019
Replies: 25
Views: 1902

Re: Best red Burgs for 2019

LOL - fair point Nathan: now show us your tasting notes ;)
by Rauno E (NZ)
November 1st, 2019, 5:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2019 Edition--TABULATIONS COMPLETE (OP)
Replies: 193
Views: 15347

Re: WOTYs--2019 Edition--and your Discovery of the Year

Champagne: Selosse Bout de Clos White Burgundy: Ramonet Montrachet 2008 Red Burgundy: Rousseau Chambertin 1993 (and overall WOTY) Italy: Gaja Barolo Sperrs 1989 (and overall 2nd) Bordeaux: LLC 1986 A bit early to declare these as WOTYs or best in class, but I shall be extremely lucky to do any bette...
by Rauno E (NZ)
November 1st, 2019, 4:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eleven Madison Park wine
Replies: 57
Views: 5996

Re: Eleven Madison Park wine

Geranium has some excellent by-the-glass matches - but boy do you pay for it :)!!!
by Rauno E (NZ)
October 31st, 2019, 5:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?
Replies: 121
Views: 3886

Re: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?

Chris - I believe most of the Bouchard range is under DIAM. I thought I had heard the same re Jadot, but have not bought or seen them in my market for ages.
by Rauno E (NZ)
October 31st, 2019, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best red Burgs for 2019
Replies: 25
Views: 1902

Re: Best red Burgs for 2019

IMHO it was ready but still maturing. That extra decade + of aging has really helped. A great bottle.
by Rauno E (NZ)
October 31st, 2019, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?
Replies: 121
Views: 3886

Re: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?

Absolutely, though I admit I'm not sure exactly what your question is trying to get at ;)! Firstly, that Fevre should not yet have had sherry notes. There will be sound bottles of that wine which do not, though to an extent I think '04s are weaker as a vintage than some thought originally. A 1994 ta...
by Rauno E (NZ)
October 31st, 2019, 1:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best red Burgs for 2019
Replies: 25
Views: 1902

Re: Best red Burgs for 2019

I'll get into the spirit of this with a lazy Rousseau Chambertin 1993: 19.995/20 :)!
by Rauno E (NZ)
October 31st, 2019, 1:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eleven Madison Park wine
Replies: 57
Views: 5996

Re: Eleven Madison Park wine

Wow - that sounds pretty bad Glenn. I think "somm's matches" tend to be very luck-dependent, mood etc. I've been massively lucky once (last year) at another NYC establishment (pours included chassagne 1er, chambolle lieu dit, Cos and d'Yquem) but I'm pretty sure that was purely the guy's discretion ...
by Rauno E (NZ)
October 24th, 2019, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vinous 2016 Burgundy Report / Neal Martin vs. Stephen Tanzer
Replies: 13
Views: 2125

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

FWIW I've found Neal's notes quite out of line with my tastes for whites, whereas Tanzer's are a lot closer and therefore more reliable for me. I also have the sense Neal is generally less consistent at reading very young Burgundy than Tanzer, though of course that's a dark art where everyone makes ...
by Rauno E (NZ)
October 7th, 2019, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eleven Madison Park wine
Replies: 57
Views: 5996

Re: Eleven Madison Park wine

Lots of good stuff on the list, so why throw yourself at their mercy? Some of it is even "reasonably priced".
by Rauno E (NZ)
October 2nd, 2019, 6:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1314
Views: 76481

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Hopefully this lowers demand from the USA for a bunch of wines I want, making it easier for me ;)! I sympathise with you guys in the US though, at least those of you who didn't bring this on yourselves.
by Rauno E (NZ)
September 26th, 2019, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Salon
Replies: 149
Views: 12758

Re: 2008 Salon

I'd never really thought of Krug as basically a jumped up negociant before :)!
by Rauno E (NZ)
September 26th, 2019, 1:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Salon
Replies: 149
Views: 12758

Re: 2008 Salon

Ray - maybe he's just spreading a rumour so he can corner that market for himself ;)
by Rauno E (NZ)
September 26th, 2019, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Salon
Replies: 149
Views: 12758

Re: 2008 Salon

Why won't there be any 2008 Krug, Brian? I hadn't heard!!

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