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by Rauno E (NZ)
June 19th, 2019, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?
Replies: 245
Views: 14360

Re: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?

Alan - 2004 and 2007 are divisible by 3 ;) I've tried quite a few '03 Northern Rhones, including highly regarded and rated labels, but not had an encounter with the Chave. They were uniformly awful. If anyone salvaged a half-way decent wine from that vintage it could have been Chave. But I wouldn't ...
by Rauno E (NZ)
June 14th, 2019, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Went nuts and ...
Replies: 39
Views: 2320

Re: Went nuts and ...

Interesting Mark - my sampling of Cos has been pretty small too, but IIRC I picked out the 2002 and 2003 blind - i.e. they reminded me enough of Cos for me to guess that in a line up. Of course, it could be that I associated anonymity with Cos from previous tasting ;). Last time I had it was a glass...
by Rauno E (NZ)
June 13th, 2019, 10:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?
Replies: 245
Views: 14360

Re: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?

I've bought some Domaine De Chevalier (Rouge and Blanc) because I like them, PLL and Montrose. Decided I will pass on the bulk of offers - can't quite get enthusiastic about shelling out more $$$ for a vintage that I may like less than '14-'16s once I actually get to taste them. No FGs this time, an...
by Rauno E (NZ)
June 13th, 2019, 10:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Found! Burgundy Group in South Florida: Truchot, Rousseau, Coche
Replies: 15
Views: 1000

Re: Found! Burgundy Group in South Florida: Truchot, Rousseau, Coche

Not so barren when you find Truchot, Coche and Rousseau ;)! Thanks for the notes
by Rauno E (NZ)
June 13th, 2019, 4:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Best Young Beaucastel!
Replies: 19
Views: 1610

Re: The Best Young Beaucastel!

Good to hear - I've not bought for probably around 10 vintages, so could be time to dip back in
by Rauno E (NZ)
June 13th, 2019, 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Went nuts and ...
Replies: 39
Views: 2320

Re: Went nuts and ...

Out of interest, when do people think Cos "lost its way"? I think the youngest I've had were 2002 and 2003 - the former surprisingly good, and the latter also given I expected it to be pruney and awful from the vintage.
by Rauno E (NZ)
June 4th, 2019, 9:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?
Replies: 103
Views: 4124

Re: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?

FWIW, we had a tasting of six 2009s a couple of weeks back - Domaine de Chevalier, Pontet Canet, Leoville Poyferre etc. The Domaine de Chevalier was the only one that looked like it might NOT need another decade +. Personally, I found 5 out of the 6 wines still far too young and monolithic. Quite un...
by Rauno E (NZ)
May 21st, 2019, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 White Burgundy Vintage Assessment Dinners – Night Two – Feb 20, 2018 at Valentino in Los Angeles
Replies: 33
Views: 2585

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

Interesting to see your take on the Bouard Bonnefoy. I have only this year come across them, as someone I know has started importing. I've tried one of the '17 En Remillys and was thoroughly impressed, have a few more for keeping. Sounds like I shall need to check in on them quite regularly to avoid...
by Rauno E (NZ)
May 19th, 2019, 10:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1998 Chapoutier Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac
Replies: 3
Views: 267

Re: TN: 1998 Chapoutier Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac

Thanks for the note - I was intrigued whether it was a positive one or not. I tried it on release and was in a minority at the time who saw no reason to buy it. Turns out that was probably the right decision for me. Of course, I'm still hopeful on a number of Chapoutier's other '98s but I could well...
by Rauno E (NZ)
May 16th, 2019, 10:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Among the Big Houses, Who Makes the Best Corton Charlie
Replies: 34
Views: 2040

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

Yao - I really only went back to them from 2010 and have not had problems. Could be slightly earlier vintages are also fine, but I don't know.
by Rauno E (NZ)
May 16th, 2019, 5:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Among the Big Houses, Who Makes the Best Corton Charlie
Replies: 34
Views: 2040

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

Bouchard, though it has its up and downs on consistency. Boillot used to be very good, but recent vintages have aged alarmingly poorly. BdM is a benchmark and appears pretty much recovered from its premox issues.
by Rauno E (NZ)
May 13th, 2019, 3:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Important vs. Unimportant tastings
Replies: 39
Views: 1688

Re: Important vs. Unimportant tastings

John - but when Tom did that, I assumed it was in homage (hommage ;)?) to previous thread titles.
by Rauno E (NZ)
May 12th, 2019, 9:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Important vs. Unimportant tastings
Replies: 39
Views: 1688

Re: Important vs. Unimportant tastings

I thought this had come about because the French word for important actually has a broader meaning - i.e. some posters with French as their first language have transliterated their thread titles and hence ended up with "An important tasting of..." when a more appropriate translation might have been ...
by Rauno E (NZ)
May 12th, 2019, 9:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Selosse | Coche | Lafon | Ramonet | Mugneret | Hudelot | Rayas | Keller
Replies: 5
Views: 775

Re: Selosse | Coche | Lafon | Ramonet | Mugneret | Hudelot | Rayas | Keller

Great wines and thanks for the notes. Lafon really seems to be back on an upswing. That Perrieres has got hard to find though!
by Rauno E (NZ)
May 12th, 2019, 9:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Allemand Gets The Clape
Replies: 5
Views: 692

Re: Allemand Gets The Clape

Must be heaps of menthol if even an Aussie comments on it ;)! Thanks for the notes, I'm quite interested in how good some of the '16 Northern Rhones are though have mainly had whites myself so far. Quite different style from '15 but both vintages potentially great.
by Rauno E (NZ)
May 12th, 2019, 9:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Sake the closest thing to wine that doesn't have grapes in it?
Replies: 57
Views: 1301

Re: Is Sake the closest thing to wine that doesn't have grapes in it?

Sake does share some similarities - there are different procedures and processes the maker can apply, where the rice and water are from is important, and there are some very serious artisans out there. And many of those differences flow through into the flavours. Plus, of course, it taps into that h...
by Rauno E (NZ)
May 5th, 2019, 4:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Burgundy Retrospective - The first session.
Replies: 27
Views: 1572

Re: TN: 1996 Burgundy Retrospective - The first session.

Laurent - FWIW a 1996 Les Amoreuses from Vogue ~4 years ago is still vivid in my memory because it was soooo good. Double decanted at the time.
by Rauno E (NZ)
May 5th, 2019, 4:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are you buying white burg to cellar for 10+ yrs?
Replies: 66
Views: 2604

Re: Are you buying white burg to cellar for 10+ yrs?

Brodie - most of the wines I guess you're getting have been a bit insulated from the increases. But even five years ago, $1k got you a "serious" Montrachet such as Ramonet or Lafon. Now they are more than double AND pretty much unobtainable. Meanwhile, the "also ran" Montrachets are all $1k plus. Th...
by Rauno E (NZ)
May 4th, 2019, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are you buying white burg to cellar for 10+ yrs?
Replies: 66
Views: 2604

Re: Are you buying white burg to cellar for 10+ yrs?

I am buying white burgundy to cellar for 10 years and more. Actually enjoying quite a few 10-year old village wines, not just 1ers and GCs.
by Rauno E (NZ)
April 29th, 2019, 3:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How would you rank the five first growths
Replies: 54
Views: 2139

Re: How would you rank the five first growths

I don't have any strong view on ranking and it would change vintage by vintage. No one has consistently been great or "the best" out of vintages currently good for drinking imho. If I were asked which one I'd like to drink from a random, unknown vintage, I'd probably go for Latour.
by Rauno E (NZ)
April 5th, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux Echezeaux
Replies: 25
Views: 1402

Re: Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux Echezeaux

I've not had the Reignots, but prefer the Latricieres and sometimes the Echezeaux to the Suchots - which is just fine, more of that for the rest of you ;).
by Rauno E (NZ)
April 3rd, 2019, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: French TNs: Dujac, Voge, Mugnier
Replies: 4
Views: 634

Re: French TNs: Dujac, Voge, Mugnier

I recently had a couple of the '16 Dujac MSDs too. I'm usually quite disciplined about holding off straight after delivery, but decided one was worth a try. It was so good I had to open a second :). Your note is spot on.
by Rauno E (NZ)
March 31st, 2019, 8:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which red burg vintage (1999-2010) showing well now?
Replies: 93
Views: 3739

Re: Which red burg vintage (1999-2010) showing well now?

2001 or 2002 would be my top picks. Many '06s are also showing well, but I think those older two are better.
by Rauno E (NZ)
March 14th, 2019, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sotheby's 'Transcendent' Auction
Replies: 34
Views: 2145

Re: Sotheby's 'Transcendent' Auction

So this is the fourth installment in the Divergent series and probably features Johnny Depp...
by Rauno E (NZ)
February 24th, 2019, 1:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine drinking in France sucks
Replies: 287
Views: 14353

Re: Wine drinking in France sucks

In defence of Alan - or at least to some extent - I have seen and experienced what he's complained about. Not that I would tarnish the whole country based on that. I worked in Paris with some UK colleagues back in 2001 for a few weeks. The senior folk tended to pick out where we would eat - restaura...
by Rauno E (NZ)
February 4th, 2019, 7:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP board member Lou Kessler
Replies: 24
Views: 2310

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: 4097

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: 2763

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: 1467

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: 900

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: 117
Views: 4355

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: 743

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: 3108

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: 3108

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: 2034

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: 1172

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: 496

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: 496

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: 496

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: 1330

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: 2231

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: 4964

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: 893

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: 414

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: 847

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: 1741

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: 4508

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: 6650

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: 891

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: 885

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!

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