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by Rauno E (NZ)
January 26th, 2020, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you had to pick 2 Champagne Producers......
Replies: 68
Views: 1757

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: 104
Views: 4189

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: 104
Views: 4189

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: 104
Views: 4189

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: 3491

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: 852

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: 668

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: 2129

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: 668

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: 2129

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: 3413

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: 3799

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: 3019

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: 3799

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: 1635

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: 1637

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: 897

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: 3282

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: 3282

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: 1880

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: 14799

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: 5687

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: 3799

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: 1880

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: 3799

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: 1880

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: 5687

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: 2092

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: 5687

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: 1220
Views: 66652

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: 12595

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: 12595

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: 12595

Re: 2008 Salon

Why won't there be any 2008 Krug, Brian? I hadn't heard!!
by Rauno E (NZ)
September 26th, 2019, 12:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tell me about Vougeraie wines
Replies: 13
Views: 1175

Re: Tell me about Vougeraie wines

Tom - which wines and vintages have you had poor experiences with?
by Rauno E (NZ)
September 26th, 2019, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tell me about Vougeraie wines
Replies: 13
Views: 1175

Re: Tell me about Vougeraie wines

Great to hear Bill - I do not have them in my clutches yet, but will soon. Did you have a favourite out of the trio?
by Rauno E (NZ)
September 25th, 2019, 1:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tell me about Vougeraie wines
Replies: 13
Views: 1175

Re: Tell me about Vougeraie wines

From my limited perspective, the wines (reds and whites) are continuing to improve. The Bonnes Mares used to be an absolute bargain, which isn't quite the case anymore sadly. Some interesting whites - Charlemagne is very nice and decently priced (now that everyone else has raised theirs!), an intere...
by Rauno E (NZ)
September 23rd, 2019, 3:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Salon
Replies: 149
Views: 12595

Re: 2008 Salon

I don't know anyone buying at that level either, but with "only" 8000 cases I can absolutely see enough people pulling the trigger. I'm far from suggesting it's a great investment and expect to see quite a bit of Salon 07 selling for a discount at auction soon ;)
by Rauno E (NZ)
September 23rd, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Salon
Replies: 149
Views: 12595

Re: 2008 Salon

I'm not surprised at all. Rousseau Chambertin "retails" for $3-4,000 in many places, so if you love Champagne and think of Salon as at that level, in a very limited vintage, and you have the money, you pay. Lots of conditions in that sentence, but I'm not that surprised many people meet them :)
by Rauno E (NZ)
September 23rd, 2019, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Dom Henri Boillot Puligny-Montrachet "Clos de la Mouchere"
Replies: 12
Views: 825

Re: TN: 2010 Dom Henri Boillot Puligny-Montrachet "Clos de la Mouchere"

Paul - I've seen it quite a few times that the Moucheres is "younger" than stablemates, including the GCs. Even the '06 has held up well. This year, I'm cutting down my Boillot purchases to only Moucheres for this very reason!
by Rauno E (NZ)
September 22nd, 2019, 6:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 7
Views: 590

Re: TN: 2009 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

That sounds pretty grim. I've not tried the '09 but it certainly doesn't seem like a "typical" showing. Could it be low-level TCA? Or, of course, Beaucastel is just not that good in '09! The youngest I've had recently was 2000,which is showing very nicely.
by Rauno E (NZ)
September 19th, 2019, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 23,000 Leflaive GC and Pucelles bottles pre 2014 reconditioned at the Domaine...
Replies: 32
Views: 3187

Re: 23,000 Leflaive GC and Pucelles bottles pre 2014 reconditioned at the Domaine...

And what a shame that Pierre Morey hasn't been able to replicate the previous quality of Leflaive with his own wines.
by Rauno E (NZ)
September 19th, 2019, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Domaine Jacques Carillon Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet
Replies: 19
Views: 720

Re: TN: 2012 Domaine Jacques Carillon Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet

I only have a couple of 1ers left from 2007, so will line them up soon. In some ways, the BBM can age less well than the 1ers, which are done in a leaner style. But I also believe it can appear somewhat advanced simply because of its fruit weight rather than oxidation as such. The 2005 is very inter...
by Rauno E (NZ)
September 19th, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some 2003 (yes 2003) Chateauneuf du Pape
Replies: 33
Views: 1859

Re: Some 2003 (yes 2003) Chateauneuf du Pape

Every time I try a 2003 Rhone I get the impression it was a worse vintage than 2002, at least for reds. Yet to have the Chave Hermitage though!
by Rauno E (NZ)
September 18th, 2019, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will there ever be another vintage like 1992 White Burgundy?
Replies: 19
Views: 1627

Re: Will there ever be another vintage like 1992 White Burgundy?

Ian - I can highly recommend Sauzet, Carillon, Roulot and Ramonet. The "92-character" is possibly most obvious on the Roulots (cf other vintages) but also there (respectively) in the Combettes & Chevalier; Perrieres & Village (of course the BBM is ALWAYS honeyed, and possibly not a much superior win...
by Rauno E (NZ)
September 18th, 2019, 2:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 23,000 Leflaive GC and Pucelles bottles pre 2014 reconditioned at the Domaine...
Replies: 32
Views: 3187

Re: 23,000 Leflaive GC and Pucelles bottles pre 2014 reconditioned at the Domaine...

Gosh - so it will be worth buying again, except of course that the Chevalier is now north of $1000 ;)!!!
by Rauno E (NZ)
September 17th, 2019, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will there ever be another vintage like 1992 White Burgundy?
Replies: 19
Views: 1627

Re: Will there ever be another vintage like 1992 White Burgundy?

The 92s were very early in my white burgundy experience, and they certainly aged very well. I'm finding some similar characters in 2008 personally, so surprised that hasn't come up. Roulots have some exoticism / sweetness (quite different from their surrounding vintages) and quite a few other wines ...
by Rauno E (NZ)
September 17th, 2019, 12:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pichon Lalande 1961-2000
Replies: 18
Views: 1668

Re: Pichon Lalande 1961-2000

Thanks for the notes, Mark. Sounds like - at best - the jury is out on the '96. I thought it might turn into a great wine, but your note suggests otherwise. I had the 1990 not that long ago and it was lovely, yes, a green note but not in any harsh way but rather providing complexity on the nose. A s...
by Rauno E (NZ)
September 10th, 2019, 9:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No One Knows
Replies: 14
Views: 1682

Re: No One Knows

Just imagine if they had mixed it up with the Ports as well ;)! I've had too much trouble with Bouchard 2007s - that vintage has been consistently advanced across a range of their wines. Odd, as I've had no troubles with '05, '04 and '08s. What did you think of the Sauzet and Boillot '14 Chevalier h...
by Rauno E (NZ)
September 10th, 2019, 7:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Francois Carillon Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Referts
Replies: 4
Views: 471

Re: TN: 2010 Francois Carillon Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Referts

Nice note Brian - I have the Jacques version, which is nearly always exceptionally good. The Francois wines don't make it over here afaik. Come over to NZ sometime and we'll do a comparison or vertical :)!
by Rauno E (NZ)
September 10th, 2019, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Postponed releases - RAYAS, OGIER, MUGNIER etc.
Replies: 57
Views: 3923

Re: Postponed releases - RAYAS, OGIER, MUGNIER etc.

Robert - I can see it making a difference to those customers who currently have a direct cost/wholesale plus mark-up allocation for those wines. I can count on the fingers of one thumb the number of people I know who are lucky enough to get Rayas and Mugnier in that way ;)! Even for most of us hunti...

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