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by Rauno E (NZ)
February 4th, 2019, 7:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP board member Lou Kessler
Replies: 24
Views: 2168

Re: RIP board member Lou Kessler

RIP from me too - recall his posts and exploits on WLDG.
You mentioned Coad at the big jeeb in the sky; I had no idea Chris had passed away too. One of the greatest TN writers / jeeb documenters.
by Rauno E (NZ)
January 31st, 2019, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My First...1st Growth
Replies: 87
Views: 3992

Re: My First...1st Growth

And could everyone please keep quiet about the 1998 HB please - because it's an "average" year the prices have remained reasonable :)!!!
by Rauno E (NZ)
January 26th, 2019, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The anomaly that is Chateau Palmer.
Replies: 53
Views: 2569

Re: The anomaly that is Chateau Palmer.

Didn't used to be expensive - certainly through to the '90, Palmer was "as cheap" as other "super seconds". Haven't followed pricing since the 2000. Could it be that Ducru, LLC, PL all have excellent substitutes / next best wines in their appellations, whereas Palmer (and LMHB) are more expensive be...
by Rauno E (NZ)
January 20th, 2019, 9:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Forget sabering. We should all open champagne like this.
Replies: 32
Views: 1401

Re: Forget sabering. We should all open champagne like this.

I don't understand why people have invented so many elaborate ways of opening champagne when the "normal" way is so easy: rip off all the foil and metal cage and stuff, gently turn and lift the cork, shove your thumb in real quick ;)
by Rauno E (NZ)
January 20th, 2019, 9:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine ratings-Help me out
Replies: 26
Views: 875

Re: Wine ratings-Help me out

Price / quality really doesn't scale or work for top wines. Price is driven purely by supply / demand and there are many factors other than quality that feed into that: wines with very low production, wines with high name recognition and cachet as status symbols etc. When faced with your "dilemma": ...
by Rauno E (NZ)
January 20th, 2019, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premox'd White Burgs Turn Great? (per Jasper Morris)
Replies: 105
Views: 3476

Re: Premox'd White Burgs Turn Great? (per Jasper Morris)

Yeah, we've heard this before. Certainly, in my experience, there are some few wines where an early verdict would have been "premoxed" but they actually weren't - I'm not really up on wine chemistry, but I suspect those bottles are / were actually highly reduced. And then when you drink them now the...
by Rauno E (NZ)
January 19th, 2019, 11:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Chablis have premox issues like other white burgs?
Replies: 15
Views: 697

Re: Does Chablis have premox issues like other white burgs?

Mark - yes it does, but it seems less prevalent. For example, Kumeu River (in NZ) had issues through mid to late 90s. Screwcaps now and I've not seen or heard any problems since.
by Rauno E (NZ)
January 16th, 2019, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Le Montrachet really a notch above the other hyphenated ones?
Replies: 42
Views: 3027

Re: Is Le Montrachet really a notch above the other hyphenated ones?

BBM is blessed with basically only really good producers making it. I would tend to put it on the same level as a vineyard as Batard, and often prefer it.
by Rauno E (NZ)
January 13th, 2019, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Le Montrachet really a notch above the other hyphenated ones?
Replies: 42
Views: 3027

Re: Is Le Montrachet really a notch above the other hyphenated ones?

The simple answer is "yes". For most producers, if they make a range including Montrachet then that will be their best wine. There are some potential exceptions - e.g. Jadot Chevalier Demoiselles is probably better than their Montrachet. The pecking order you list certainly reflects pricing, but it ...
by Rauno E (NZ)
January 10th, 2019, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who are the middlemen, buying cherry Burgundies and marking them up six fold?
Replies: 25
Views: 2006

Re: Who are the middlemen, buying cherry Burgundies and marking them up six fold?

I would think it's partly down to each of the middlemen - and the more middlemen, the more likely the end price will be close to "market" or even "market leading". I would think the model has at least three parts: - Importers / distributors with good, regular and exclusive allocations: sell majority...
by Rauno E (NZ)
December 20th, 2018, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle Dinner (1978, '82, '83, '85, '88, '90, '95, '97, '98, '99, 09)
Replies: 27
Views: 1125

Re: TN: Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle Dinner (1978, '82, '83, '85, '88, '90, '95, '97, '98, '99, 09)

Excellent notes and data points thanks. I opened my first '98 with some trepidation, just last week actually. Glad I had held off - it's developing nicely now, though of course clearly below par for a "great vintage".
by Rauno E (NZ)
December 16th, 2018, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 Francois Carillon Puligny-Montrachet Les Referts
Replies: 13
Views: 453

Re: 2010 Francois Carillon Puligny-Montrachet Les Referts

Rich - I have pretty positive experience with Carillon (Louis and Jacques) across many many bottles, and the other '05s recently have all been excellent. Hopefully your 2010s should be all good.
by Rauno E (NZ)
December 14th, 2018, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 Francois Carillon Puligny-Montrachet Les Referts
Replies: 13
Views: 453

Re: 2010 Francois Carillon Puligny-Montrachet Les Referts

Grrr - the '05 was oxidising, drinkable but not good.
by Rauno E (NZ)
December 13th, 2018, 7:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 Francois Carillon Puligny-Montrachet Les Referts
Replies: 13
Views: 453

Re: 2010 Francois Carillon Puligny-Montrachet Les Referts

Ouch :(. Opening a Louis version from 2005 tonight, which has been consistently young and lovely over the last couple of years.
by Rauno E (NZ)
December 12th, 2018, 6:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PH Does RSV
Replies: 26
Views: 1218

Re: PH Does RSV

Thread-drift for sure: I'm pretty confident Marcus is right, and the yellow fortunes will turn around soon enough. Given they've put Langer in charge of turning around a team culture of arrogance, hypocrisy, winning at all costs and cheating, we can be confident they shall be very gracious winners i...
by Rauno E (NZ)
December 12th, 2018, 3:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your personal Top10 Bordeaux Left bank
Replies: 57
Views: 1922

Re: Your personal Top10 Bordeaux Left bank

Haut Brion
Margaux
Latour
Mouton
Lafite
Palmer
Leoville Lascases
Montrose
Pichon Lalande
Cos d'Estournel
by Rauno E (NZ)
December 11th, 2018, 3:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker archetypes
Replies: 121
Views: 4760

Re: Cellar Tracker archetypes

The critic critic: "I can see why [insert name of critic] gave this a 96, but for me it's really more of a 95"
by Rauno E (NZ)
December 11th, 2018, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Keller and Prum 15s, Arnoux CV 02
Replies: 27
Views: 824

Re: TNs: Keller and Prum 15s, Arnoux CV 02

I like the Hudelot Noellat Clos Vougeot - but of course it's not as good as the RSV and Richebourg. Liger Belair is making one now - I haven't tried it but bet it's good.
by Rauno E (NZ)
December 6th, 2018, 6:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Grosset Riesling Polish Hill Clare Valley
Replies: 9
Views: 376

Re: TN: 2002 Grosset Riesling Polish Hill Clare Valley

Great note on a great wine. The '02 is one of my favourites.
by Rauno E (NZ)
December 6th, 2018, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN's: Krug, Cristal, Leflaive... at Marea
Replies: 16
Views: 745

Re: TN's: Krug, Cristal, Leflaive... at Marea

Thanks for the notes - I've not had a convincing Leflaive '04 yet, so perhaps they just wanted some time. How many of those darn '83 Margauxs are corked grrrr!
by Rauno E (NZ)
December 3rd, 2018, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How Long Lived Are Top Brunellos From Outstanding Vintages?
Replies: 42
Views: 1600

Re: How Long Lived Are Top Brunellos From Outstanding Vintages?

I've not had a lot, but Soldera and Biondi Santi Riservas at 20-30 years old are fantastic and in no way "old"
by Rauno E (NZ)
November 30th, 2018, 11:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Good news! Every single bordeaux in 2016 is perfect!
Replies: 69
Views: 4270

Re: Good news! Every single bordeaux in 2016 is perfect!

But if they're all 100 points... does that mean I should buy the cheap one or the expensive one?!? What a conundrum...
by Rauno E (NZ)
November 28th, 2018, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Keller Rieslings victims of speculation
Replies: 167
Views: 6219

Re: Keller Riesling like Louis Vuitton – I said it long ago.

Hang on, are you saying my Louis Vuitton luggage is NOT three times better than Tumi???
by Rauno E (NZ)
November 25th, 2018, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ramonet | Raveneau | PYCM
Replies: 16
Views: 841

Re: Ramonet | Raveneau | PYCM

Dream dish with those wines? I would eat one of my own kidneys to drink those wines regularly ;)!! But lobster is probably the better match, though I reckon seared tiger prawns would be even better.
by Rauno E (NZ)
November 25th, 2018, 7:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rousseau | Vogüé | Arnoux
Replies: 8
Views: 851

Re: Rousseau | Vogüé | Arnoux

Sounds like a pretty lackluster showing for the Musigny and RSV? Do you think it's a timing thing for either of those wines, or just what they are? Thanks for your recent notes btw - you've been drinking well!
by Rauno E (NZ)
November 21st, 2018, 3:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The perfect red wine glass?
Replies: 71
Views: 2585

Re: The perfect red wine glass?

Dinu - part of the confusion could be different metrics. The "imperial" fluid ounce is 28.4 ml whereas the "US" fluid ounce is 29.6 ml (IIRC). Now, that ~4% difference doesn't explain 680 ml to 765 ml but it could be one of the factors :)!
by Rauno E (NZ)
November 20th, 2018, 9:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone had 08 BdMartray Corton Charlie?
Replies: 8
Views: 475

Re: Anyone had 08 BdMartray Corton Charlie?

Had one a couple of weeks ago - all in fine shape, though not as precise as 2010. More fruit expression though.
by Rauno E (NZ)
November 11th, 2018, 7:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: a great Haut Brion 1962 from a low fill.
Replies: 2
Views: 287

Re: TN: a great Haut Brion 1962 from a low fill.

Nice! It's great when the fear at an imperfect bottle condition is overcome by the quality of the wine :)
by Rauno E (NZ)
November 11th, 2018, 7:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recent “Should’ve bought a case” wines?
Replies: 48
Views: 2644

Re: Recent “Should’ve bought a case” wines?

Two different points on the price spectrum: - Recently had a rare chance to drink Ramonet Montrachet. I bought a single bottle of 2010 at a very steep tariff but had been offered up to three bottles: I now thoroughly regret not getting that "quarter case"! It now appears pretty much unobtainable and...
by Rauno E (NZ)
November 4th, 2018, 10:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Meursault vs Puligny - Rajat Parr
Replies: 33
Views: 2306

Re: Meursault vs Puligny - Rajat Parr

I would tend to agree that many Puligny GCs are quite opulent - say even cf the 90s. But many village and 1ers continue to be lean, taut and minerally. I would also argue that given appropriate bottle age, many Meursaults still become relatively opulent. Roulot is very lean when you drink it young f...
by Rauno E (NZ)
October 31st, 2018, 10:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Most of the 2015 Northern Rhones worth a damn, blind
Replies: 107
Views: 5424

Re: TN: Most of the 2015 Northern Rhones worth a damn, blind

I would encourage everyone to spread the word on Chave nowadays - being an oaky mess that will never integrate or be as good as the non-oaky NRs. That should reduce demand... ;)
by Rauno E (NZ)
October 30th, 2018, 12:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Safest White Burgs
Replies: 87
Views: 3848

Re: The Safest White Burgs

Obviously, people are going to suggest Coche and Raveneau and Roulot though that may not be a lot of help to anyone starting out collecting WB who lacks $quillions or long-standing connections to those with serious allocations. I would suggest: - Jacques Carillon, particularly at village and 1er lev...
by Rauno E (NZ)
October 29th, 2018, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1er Cru white burg vineyards
Replies: 48
Views: 1750

Re: 1er Cru white burg vineyards

Howard - language is an imprecise thing. I happily drink a bunch of Drouhin and Bouchard, and they are lovely. They aren't Leflaive or Sauzet though.
by Rauno E (NZ)
October 28th, 2018, 3:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1er Cru white burg vineyards
Replies: 48
Views: 1750

Re: 1er Cru white burg vineyards

There's a couple of ways to think of this topic. The first is: Which 1er cru vineyards produce good wine in general? Given the importance of producer, I see that as analogous to "which vineyards do 'even' negociants and lesser producers make lovely wine from"? My views would be: - Perrieres and Gene...
by Rauno E (NZ)
October 4th, 2018, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burg to the 9s: 96 D'auvenay Folatieres, 97 DRC Montrachet, 99 Jayer Echezeaux, 09 Liger Belair La Romanee
Replies: 13
Views: 710

Re: Burg to the 9s: 96 D'auvenay Folatieres, 97 DRC Montrachet, 99 Jayer Echezeaux, 09 Liger Belair La Romanee

Excellent Fred - wines and notes. I wonder what would be left to do "Burgundy to the 10s" :)! I've only had two d'Auvenays, that same Folatieres and one Chevalier. Stunning wines, but just ridiculous pricing and availability now. Interesting observations on the LB La Romanee: are you saying this is ...
by Rauno E (NZ)
September 26th, 2018, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne: Blanc de blanc vs Blanc de noir
Replies: 46
Views: 2340

Re: Champagne: Blanc de blanc vs Blanc de noir

It's wine by wine for me - they can all be great. Probably not useful to say "Krug vintage is great" and therefore that's the best approach. What about Salon? What about Selosse single vineyards? What about Comtes? They are all great wines.
by Rauno E (NZ)
September 25th, 2018, 10:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurants Keep Destroying my Corks - Help!
Replies: 39
Views: 1262

Re: Restaurants Keep Destroying my Corks - Help!

Is it illegal for you to bring a bottle you've already opened in the safety and comfort of your own home?
by Rauno E (NZ)
September 23rd, 2018, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile (France, Alsace)
Replies: 42
Views: 1363

Re: TN: 2010 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile (France, Alsace)

Adrian - what do you mean with "I hope is not a reflection of how long it's expected this wine wine will last"? Do you mean DIAM5 is unsuitable for a couple of decades of aging?
by Rauno E (NZ)
September 15th, 2018, 11:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: | Agrapart | PYCM | Arnoux | MG | Hudelot |
Replies: 9
Views: 763

Re: | Agrapart | PYCM | Arnoux | MG | Hudelot |

I did not know that Marcus - thanks for the info
by Rauno E (NZ)
September 13th, 2018, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: | Agrapart | PYCM | Arnoux | MG | Hudelot |
Replies: 9
Views: 763

Re: | Agrapart | PYCM | Arnoux | MG | Hudelot |

Great line up and notes, thanks. Interesting you ranked the Suchots above the Latricieres, particularly in '09. I really like the latter - especially in "ripe" years - because it tends to be a bit cooler and savoury. Haven't tried the '09 though.
by Rauno E (NZ)
September 11th, 2018, 7:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do Jack
Replies: 17
Views: 931

Re: Do Jack

Thanks for the notes Jeremy, fascinating as always. How was the Echezeaux as last red? Any reasoning for its positioning after what are often considered "bigger" wines - and did it work well in that position?
by Rauno E (NZ)
September 11th, 2018, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A tale of four Charlies - by Charlie
Replies: 14
Views: 688

Re: A tale of four Charlies - by Charlie

I'm glad there was a picture that disambibuated 2001 + 10 + 4 = ??? ;) The 2011 was very good when I had it last year, but sadly 2012 and 2010 this year were underwhelming, early-stage rapid-aging onset or - benefit of the doubt - just a bit too closed up. Shame BdM have increased their pricing, bec...
by Rauno E (NZ)
September 9th, 2018, 10:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Petrus And Tax
Replies: 75
Views: 3419

Re: Petrus And Tax

Linda I don't think those advising you to be cautious are just trying to "get" you. I'm not American but have been on this board long enough to see many sorry tales of the difficulties and legalities of shipping wine into and around the US. I would take the cautions at face value. Sure, MOST of the ...
by Rauno E (NZ)
September 9th, 2018, 10:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1998 Ch. de Beaucastel CdP Rouge (375ml)
Replies: 7
Views: 347

Re: TN: 1998 Ch. de Beaucastel CdP Rouge (375ml)

I've had three bottles (750s) of this in the last nine months, ranging from really good to excellent. Mostly rather elegant, rather than what I would usually associate with a CNdP mess (and I've had a few). Sure, there's some hints of prune in the fruit flavours, but enough of everything else to bal...
by Rauno E (NZ)
September 6th, 2018, 10:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 White Burgundy Vintage Assessment Dinners – Night Two – Feb 20, 2018 at Valentino in Los Angeles
Replies: 24
Views: 1655

Re: 2010 White Burgundy Vintage Assessment Dinners – Night Two – Feb 20, 2018 at Valentino in Los Angeles

Jason - also see the discussion on Boillot on the Night 1 thread. I have not had a premoxed bottle of the Moucheres, which is unusual given the frequency with their other wines. Perhaps there's something in the viti or viniculture of that wine that makes it non-susceptible... which raises the questi...
by Rauno E (NZ)
September 5th, 2018, 7:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 White Burgundy Vintage Assessment Dinners – Night Two – Feb 20, 2018 at Valentino in Los Angeles
Replies: 24
Views: 1655

Re: 2010 White Burgundy Vintage Assessment Dinners – Night Two – Feb 20, 2018 at Valentino in Los Angeles

Thanks for great notes again, Don. These tastings and reports are always very informative. Just wanted to check on format and pour - I imagine you use only a single bottle of each wine and it's around 50ml per person?
by Rauno E (NZ)
September 5th, 2018, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 White Burgundy Vintage Assessment Dinners – Night One – Feb 7, 2018 at Valentino
Replies: 45
Views: 2169

Re: 2010 White Burgundy Vintage Assessment Dinners – Night One – Feb 7, 2018 at Valentino

Greg - if it's any consolation, I've had the BdM 2010 CC maybe six times, and it's been consistently lovely
by Rauno E (NZ)
September 4th, 2018, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 White Burgundy Vintage Assessment Dinners – Night One – Feb 7, 2018 at Valentino
Replies: 45
Views: 2169

Re: 2010 White Burgundy Vintage Assessment Dinners – Night One – Feb 7, 2018 at Valentino

Sadly, Boillot has been showing a high incidence of advanced or oxidised wines - probably more so with the CC in my experience. However, I've had not a single PM Moucheres unduly advanced, let alone oxidised. Zip. Zero. So that strikes me as rather odd, given that the bottling process, corks and a l...
by Rauno E (NZ)
August 30th, 2018, 9:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Selling Wine
Replies: 105
Views: 5995

Re: Selling Wine

Well, if this IS a con and Linda is just baiting good luck to her. I would be amazed if any regular poster - even reader - of this forum would go for it. So many threads on risks of fakes etc etc. And if it's NOT a con: Welcome Linda :)!! I would say your uncle was quite unwise gifting you guys the ...

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