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by Chris V.
September 18th, 2020, 5:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Jean Bourdy Côtes du Jura Rouge (France, Jura, Côtes du Jura)
Replies: 7
Views: 235

Re: TN: 2006 Jean Bourdy Côtes du Jura Rouge (France, Jura, Côtes du Jura)

Sounds awesome. We visited the tiny cellar last summer and were welcomed by one of the Bourdy brothers. Dank and cobwebby, gnarly looking barrels, all sorts of old stuff for sale. Wines all tasted pristine. Walked out with a vin jaune but would have bought a couple cases if it was feasible to lug b...
by Chris V.
September 11th, 2020, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Château Rayas Côtes du Rhône La Pialade
Replies: 20
Views: 703

Re: TN: 2012 Château Rayas Côtes du Rhône La Pialade

These wines are totally singular. The combination of spice, bright red fruit and citrus give them a real Burgundian appeal. I'm also saddened by what has happened to the price as when I was first buying Pialade 10ish years ago it was ~$30USD and I would buy as much as I could. The new normal of $100...
by Chris V.
September 4th, 2020, 6:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Quinta Do Mondego Dão (Portugal, Beiras, Dão)
Replies: 3
Views: 131

Re: TN: 2012 Quinta Do Mondego Dão (Portugal, Beiras, Dão)

Agreed Thomas. The average dry Douro red I've had has been quite overripe, though of course there are exceptions. This was quite nice and encourages further exploration for me.
by Chris V.
September 3rd, 2020, 8:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Quinta Do Mondego Dão (Portugal, Beiras, Dão)
Replies: 3
Views: 131

TN: 2012 Quinta Do Mondego Dão (Portugal, Beiras, Dão)

2012 Quinta Do Mondego Dão - Portugal, Beiras, Dão (9/3/2020) Pours somewhere between pale and medium ruby with the faintest hint of bricking at the rim. The lovely nose is pleasantly restrained in terms of fruit ripeness compared to what I often perceive coming out of Portugal. Also no discernible...
by Chris V.
August 22nd, 2020, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Domaine de l'Ecu / Les Temps des Copains tasting
Replies: 12
Views: 511

Re: TN: Domaine de l'Ecu / Les Temps des Copains tasting

Thanks for these notes. I have to say that l'ecu makes my favorite Muscadet. Even more so than what I've had from Pépière, which I think is a minority opinion in this board. But that's fine by be as they're easier to source. Coincidentally I have 6 bottles of the '18 Granite arriving for me soon and...
by Chris V.
July 25th, 2020, 5:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone from Quebec, Canada?
Replies: 5
Views: 316

Re: Anyone from Quebec, Canada?

I've seen a few folks post from Montreal. A bunch of of from Ontario on here too.
by Chris V.
July 21st, 2020, 7:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1998 Domaine Duclaux (Famille Quiot) Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 5
Views: 289

Re: TN: 1998 Domaine Duclaux (Famille Quiot) Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Thanks for the pointers. Doesn't really give me a lot of confidence they're still being made in this style.
by Chris V.
July 17th, 2020, 7:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1998 Domaine Duclaux (Famille Quiot) Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 5
Views: 289

TN: 1998 Domaine Duclaux (Famille Quiot) Châteauneuf-du-Pape

1998 Domaine Duclaux (Famille Quiot) Châteauneuf-du-Pape - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (7/17/2020) [Tasted Double Blind] Pours fairly light in the glass, transparent, pale garnet with medium bricking. The nose is immediately appealing and rustic, undoubtedly some brett which ...
by Chris V.
July 9th, 2020, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 J.A. Ferret Pouilly-Fuissé
Replies: 14
Views: 548

Re: 2017 J.A. Ferret Pouilly-Fuissé

I think I found that as I worked my way up the ladder I actually liked the wines less. In my view they became too large scaled, and I actually liked this entry level bottling best. Interesting to hear you say this. Which vintage was being shown? While the wines certainly do gain in texture and conc...
by Chris V.
July 8th, 2020, 5:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 J.A. Ferret Pouilly-Fuissé
Replies: 14
Views: 548

Re: 2017 J.A. Ferret Pouilly-Fuissé

One of my favorite estates in the Macon. When Madame Jeanne Ferret owned the estate (20+ years ago) we used to visit regularly. Her single vineyard wines were a revelation to taste - and she was something special. Haven't had any of the wines since Jadot purchased the firm, good to see the wines ar...
by Chris V.
July 4th, 2020, 6:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Raffault Chinon Les Picasses
Replies: 13
Views: 514

Re: TN: 2014 Raffault Chinon Les Picasses

eweininger wrote:
July 3rd, 2020, 8:09 am
Chris V. wrote:
July 3rd, 2020, 7:33 am
Assuming this is Olga Raffault, and not JM Raffault?
JM is no substitute for Olga.
I agree, but the note didn't specify.
by Chris V.
July 3rd, 2020, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Raffault Chinon Les Picasses
Replies: 13
Views: 514

Re: TN: 2014 Raffault Chinon Les Picasses

Assuming this is Olga Raffault, and not JM Raffault?
by Chris V.
June 25th, 2020, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monbousquet 1994
Replies: 4
Views: 307

Re: Monbousquet 1994

I happened to buy the '94 on the secondary market about 8 years ago and really enjoyed it. Had many of the traditional bordeaux elements. I figured they hadn't gone fully modern yet.
by Chris V.
June 23rd, 2020, 7:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Domaine de la Pépierè Clos des Briords
Replies: 16
Views: 694

Re: TN: 2017 Domaine de la Pépierè Clos des Briords

Nice note Sean. I have a single bottle of this I picked up a few years back when traveling to NY. I feel like I saw this on a pricelist of an agent, but I forget which one.
by Chris V.
June 17th, 2020, 7:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No, the other Noellat (not Charles or Alain)
Replies: 17
Views: 794

Re: No, the other Noellat (not Charles or Alain)

I took a flyer on a bottle of 1998 Domaine Michel Noëllat Morey St. Denis at a shop in Beaune. Very boring. Realized why this producer is a not so famous Noellat. Maybe they've improved?
by Chris V.
June 12th, 2020, 6:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Pearl Morissette Cuvée Roselana Rosé
Replies: 1
Views: 155

Re: TN: 2019 Pearl Morissette Cuvée Roselana Rosé

Good to know. Thanks for sharing. I noticed this offer but generally buy Provence Rosé. I had some of the Roselana's they did a few years back. Interesting but not terribly compelling.
by Chris V.
June 12th, 2020, 5:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Domaine Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Boudriotte
Replies: 12
Views: 391

Re: TN: 2017 Domaine Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Boudriotte

Did you buy it from the agent here? I presume you must have with the lack of recent travel. I was tempted but these sure aren't cheap. I did get some '17 Ramonet whites.
by Chris V.
June 12th, 2020, 5:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me pick wines off a wine list
Replies: 39
Views: 1566

Re: Help me pick wines off a wine list

I remember what it was like you be in your shoes. First getting into wine and eager to try classic reference point stuff. You want to try good stuff, yet are still somewhat more price sensitive than others on here. This place looks awesome. As others have pointed out there are some high end selectio...
by Chris V.
June 11th, 2020, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux - WOW WOW
Replies: 42
Views: 1826

Re: TN: 2010 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux - WOW WOW

Thanks for sharing, Robert.

Good news is I have two of these. The bad news is I only have two of these.
by Chris V.
June 11th, 2020, 5:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--10 Poggio Al Vento Brunello Riserva, 11 Rhys Alpine Chard, 17 Roche Aux Moines Savennieres
Replies: 1
Views: 169

Re: TNs--10 Poggio Al Vento Brunello Riserva, 11 Rhys Alpine Chard, 17 Roche Aux Moines Savennieres

Sounds like a good time, Mike.

If it is in fact Domaine Aux Moines the agent is That's Life Gourmet. They actually had some inventory of the '99 available at a reasonable price last year that I picked up and it's drinking really nicely.
by Chris V.
June 8th, 2020, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Levet fans - please help me understand
Replies: 29
Views: 1713

Re: Levet fans - please help me understand

Chris, I'm assuming you already know this but they're repped here by Burgundy-Direct. Prices are a bit higher than the US, but close enough that I've bought the last few vintages.
by Chris V.
June 4th, 2020, 6:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Domaine Bernard Defaix Chablis 1er Cru Côte de Léchet
Replies: 12
Views: 624

Re: TN: 2005 Domaine Bernard Defaix Chablis 1er Cru Côte de Léchet

Great note. This was recently released here. A steal at $60 CAD. I've had two and loved it each time.
by Chris V.
May 13th, 2020, 7:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains
Replies: 23
Views: 923

Re: TN: 2011 Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains

I had the pleasure of tasting this wine on Mount Eden's porch and I remember thinking it was fabulous. Sadly I don't think it was ever released here, or maybe I missed it. I own and have tasted some of the '09, which IMO is more flabby and rich than the '11, perhaps a tad tropical. I remember the '...
by Chris V.
May 12th, 2020, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains
Replies: 23
Views: 923

Re: TN: 2011 Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains

I had the pleasure of tasting this wine on Mount Eden's porch and I remember thinking it was fabulous. Sadly I don't think it was ever released here, or maybe I missed it. I own and have tasted some of the '09, which IMO is more flabby and rich than the '11, perhaps a tad tropical. I remember the '1...
by Chris V.
May 8th, 2020, 5:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to share the same bottle of wine with friends across the West Coast - Covid 19 style
Replies: 46
Views: 2783

Re: How to share the same bottle of wine with friends across the West Coast - Covid 19 style

Thanks for sharing. Yep - figured these would be some of the issues you'd encounter.
by Chris V.
May 8th, 2020, 5:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Heaps of Burgundy, red and white (Vougeraie, Bouchard p&f, Fèvre, Defaix, Ramonet, Derain, Mikulski, Lamy etc.)
Replies: 23
Views: 1550

Re: TN: Heaps of Burgundy, red and white (Vougeraie, Bouchard p&f, Fèvre, Defaix, Ramonet, Derain, Mikulski, Lamy etc.)

Nice notes, Otto. You and I certainly have similar palates.

I imagine you brought the Daniel Etienne Defaix after your recent comment in another thread. I recently had the '05 Cote de Lechet and really enjoyed it.

I'm also a big fan of Chandon de Briailles Les Lavieres.
by Chris V.
May 2nd, 2020, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1994 Quinta do Poço do Lobo - Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva (Portugal, Beiras, Bairrada)
Replies: 7
Views: 201

Re: TN: 1994 Quinta do Poço do Lobo - Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva (Portugal, Beiras, Bairrada)

Bought a bottle of the 1990 while in Portugal last year. This makes me even more excited to try it.
by Chris V.
April 26th, 2020, 5:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Racines
Replies: 11
Views: 1482

Re: Racines

Etienne de Montille was pouring the Racines Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays alongside a few of his burgundies at an importer tasting in Toronto last fall. With a big smile he said to me that I had to try these new wines. Everything I tried was excellent. Not dissimilar from what I've had from Sandhi and...
by Chris V.
April 24th, 2020, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What red Burgundy under $150 ...
Replies: 60
Views: 2719

Re: What red Burgundy under $150 ...

Not currently available but I've recently had experiences that match your criteria with a 2001 Lignier Morey Saint Denis Villages and 1980 Drouhin Clos de Mouches. I have also bought some 2007 Lafarge Beaune-Greves 1er from Verve wine in NYC and am hopeful it will do as you say. I'm in the same posi...
by Chris V.
April 24th, 2020, 4:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thibault Liger-Belair
Replies: 7
Views: 969

Re: Thibault Liger-Belair

I just tried this producers Bourgogne rouge for the first time earlier this year and I immediately fell in love. Lighter red fruits, elegant, a little stems and a little oak, but nothing out of balance. Aromatically lifted, while remaining structured. Pricing remains attractive relative to other pro...
by Chris V.
April 21st, 2020, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Louis Jadot Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières
Replies: 3
Views: 438

Re: TN: 2017 Louis Jadot Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières

Nice note. Another one in favor of Jadot 2011 and younger.
by Chris V.
April 19th, 2020, 5:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to share the same bottle of wine with friends across the West Coast - Covid 19 style
Replies: 46
Views: 2783

Re: How to share the same bottle of wine with friends across the West Coast - Covid 19 style

Probably a bad idea, but Charlie have you tried a sparkling wine in the Boston Rounds?
by Chris V.
April 18th, 2020, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finger Lakes and NOTL trip/suggestions
Replies: 59
Views: 2546

Re: Finger Lakes and NOTLtrip/suggestions

I live about 60km from NOTL and I wouldn't visit any of the wineries you list. As others have mentioned the best wines in the region are being made further down the highway at Pearl Morissette, through even pre-COVID they were not doing visits. Best bet is to visit their fine dining restaurant for l...
by Chris V.
April 17th, 2020, 6:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Domaine Barat Chablis 1er Cru Côte de Léchet - am I missing something here?
Replies: 6
Views: 331

Re: TN: 2014 Domaine Barat Chablis 1er Cru Côte de Léchet - am I missing something here?

I've occasionally felt this way about some 2014 Chablis, though I wonder if a little more age might round some of these wines out a little.
by Chris V.
April 17th, 2020, 6:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Daniel-Etienne Defaix Chablis 1er Cru Les Lys
Replies: 14
Views: 647

Re: TN: 2004 Daniel-Etienne Defaix Chablis 1er Cru Les Lys

This came out in our market last fall and I bought a few based on this note, and William Kelleys. Just a beautiful wine. Couldn't agree more with your note. Agreed that these are attractively priced given they're late releases. A producer that doesn't get much credibility on here, but is clearly ver...
by Chris V.
April 9th, 2020, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Daniel Bouland Morgon Les Délys - Too Ripe
Replies: 92
Views: 4271

Re: TN: 2018 Daniel Bouland Morgon Les Délys - Too Ripe

I've really enjoyed your videos, William. I've also recently found a few notes of yours that have caused me to explore and enjoy producers new to me. So thank you. I know it's a topic that is loaded and has been done by others but I'd be interested in your perspective on Whole Cluster fermentation i...
by Chris V.
April 3rd, 2020, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines Popular in Europe But Not in U.S.
Replies: 60
Views: 3282

Re: Wines Popular in Europe But Not in U.S.

One of the biggest observations when in more rural parts of Europe is how most people drink what is local (ie. produced within their region). Or if the local wine isn't suitable for a dish they'll often drink a wine that is from their own country. Whereas in the US, while most consumption made up of...
by Chris V.
March 31st, 2020, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone Still Drink Mondavi Reserve Cab?
Replies: 41
Views: 2192

Re: Anyone Still Drink Mondavi Reserve Cab?

I love old Mondavi PR. Had many great bottles from the 80's and 90's. The new ones I've had on release don't give me the impression that they'll quite age the same as the older ones. As others have noted they're somewhere between fully traditional and fully modern. I've found the wines extracted and...
by Chris V.
March 29th, 2020, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux
Replies: 117
Views: 5626

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux

As one of the WBers your reference I'm glad I could point you to this wine. It's great! So delicious today and I have no doubt it'll age for the long haul.
by Chris V.
March 28th, 2020, 5:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clos de L'Olive - Chinon - 1989 - Couly-Dutheil
Replies: 24
Views: 870

Re: Clos de L'Olive - Chinon - 1989 - Couly-Dutheil

I once did a tasting of these wines with someone from the winery at K&L in SF. I also found them really variable. The best bottles we're lovely and classic. Some seemed very tired, some overly lean and green, and some deep, ripe, and extracted.
by Chris V.
March 23rd, 2020, 5:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A bunch of Coteaux Champenoises
Replies: 11
Views: 778

Re: TN: A bunch of Coteaux Champenoises

Really neat experience with the Paul Bara. Have never had it. I saw the current release here is 2012. Does that mean someone in your group had the foresight to age this for ~10 years? Or was is sourced in the secondary market?
by Chris V.
March 21st, 2020, 8:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Vintage Assessment Dinners – Night Three “Mostly Montrachet” – March 27, 2019 at Spago
Replies: 44
Views: 2732

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

As always, thanks for doing this and posting such detailed information, Don. What an endorsement for Jadot. I've tasted some whites from them post-2011 that I've really loved. This really validates that their quality is rising and that it might make sense to actually age them them rather than pound ...
by Chris V.
March 3rd, 2020, 6:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 vintage in France. Buyer beware?
Replies: 20
Views: 2203

Re: 2018 vintage in France. Buyer beware?

Thanks for the comments. My thoughts were mostly directed at Bordeaux, the Loire and the Rhone. Perhaps the better Champagne and Burgundy producers have avoided the heat wave.
by Chris V.
March 2nd, 2020, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 vintage in France. Buyer beware?
Replies: 20
Views: 2203

2018 vintage in France. Buyer beware?

I'm curious to get the board's collective wisdom on the 2018 vintage throughout France. Media reports seem to be trumpeting the greatness of the vintage, though I'm reading in some regions how it is the second hottest vintage after 2003 (which I'm aware 2019 will trump). Thus far I've completed two ...
by Chris V.
February 23rd, 2020, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tinned Fish & Wine Pairing (Conservas)
Replies: 13
Views: 1214

Re: Tinned Fish & Wine Pairing (Conservas)

Thanks for the responses. I hadn't considered fino. Coastal and Volcanic wines for sure.
by Chris V.
February 22nd, 2020, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tinned Fish & Wine Pairing (Conservas)
Replies: 13
Views: 1214

Tinned Fish & Wine Pairing (Conservas)

My wife and I had a great trip to the Azores to celebrate her 30th in November and while there fell in love the Portuguese tradition of tinned fish. Those who have only have North American grocery store tuna in water really need to try to source some of this. I also recently caught this article on t...
by Chris V.
February 7th, 2020, 5:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Desert Island Wine Region...
Replies: 15
Views: 652

Re: Desert Island Wine Region...

Loire. So much variety.

Rosé
Sparkling
Vouvray
Savennieres
Chaume
Sancerre
Muscadet
Chinon
Samur
by Chris V.
January 22nd, 2020, 3:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Pearl Morissette Violette Cabernet Franc, Niagara.
Replies: 18
Views: 1066

Re: TN: 2018 Pearl Morissette Violette Cabernet Franc, Niagara.

It's interesting because in a cryptic kinda way they released this wine as a dark rosé of sorts at the beginning of last summer. I quite liked it in a juicy, refreshing kind of way. It was $32CAD here and easy to drink in the warm months with a light chill on it. Herbal, red fruit, but I found a nic...

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