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by Mike Hawkins
August 5th, 2020, 10:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where's The 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne BdB?
Replies: 111
Views: 5066

Re: Where's The 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne BdB?

So in the UK, no one I've spoken to has any idea of pricing yet. So I would suggest that any idea of Taittinger deciding to "reposition" Comtes might well be merely speculative... let's see! Pierre Emmanuel has told me on a couple of occasions that he wants to keep the pricing accessible to long te...
by Mike Hawkins
July 19th, 2020, 5:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The world's finest Grenache is from ...
Replies: 163
Views: 5749

Re: The world's finest Grenache is from ...

markjchambers wrote:
July 19th, 2020, 2:33 pm
Forgot to mention Torbreck Les Amis. Serious OV Grenache. The 2003 can hold it's ground with the best CdPs. Not a whole lot cheaper than Rayas. I haven't had any recently.
And there’s many vintages even better than the 2003! Lots of 100+ year old vines producing great wines in Oz
by Mike Hawkins
July 9th, 2020, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed
Replies: 116
Views: 5975

Re: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed

2007 Chateauneuf 1998 Barossa Shiraz I respectfully disagree David. Having had many of the better Shiraz from 98 on multiple occasions, they are just entering their drinking window if well cellared. Rockford Basket Press and their SVS’s, Yalumba Octavius (Though too much oak), St Hallett Old Block ...
by Mike Hawkins
July 9th, 2020, 7:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed
Replies: 116
Views: 5975

Re: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed

2007 Chateauneuf 1998 Barossa Shiraz I respectfully disagree David. Having had many of the better Shiraz from 98 on multiple occasions, they are just entering their drinking window if well cellared. Rockford Basket Press and their SVS’s, Yalumba Octavius (Though too much oak), St Hallett Old Block ...
by Mike Hawkins
July 4th, 2020, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1392
Views: 93276

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

2013 Lilbert BdB.... way to young. Opening it was a mistake on my part. Lots of mineralogy and salinity, long acid spine. Like most wines from this producer, it needs many years to reach its apogee. Lilbert doesn't get much talk on this board, nice to see a note. Would you say their NV Grand Cru Pe...
by Mike Hawkins
July 3rd, 2020, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Grosset Polish Hill Riesling
Replies: 16
Views: 814

Re: TN: 2018 Grosset Polish Hill Riesling

Any thoughts on drinking windows for the 2011? I've had a half case in storage for a bit and know that I'm better going long than short, but would 2025 put them in a good place for opening? Appreciate any views. While that vintage had extreme challenges, anywhere from 2022 to 2025 would be a good w...
by Mike Hawkins
July 3rd, 2020, 8:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Grosset Polish Hill Riesling
Replies: 16
Views: 814

Re: TN: 2018 Grosset Polish Hill Riesling

I'm glad you enjoy this and didn't find it too austere, Adam. I had the 2019 earlier this year and found it incredibly austere and tight. 2018 could be a different story, but I'm definitely not looking to try it again without extensive cellaring. Fortunately in Australia it is not that hard to find...
by Mike Hawkins
July 3rd, 2020, 8:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1392
Views: 93276

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

2013 Lilbert BdB.... way to young. Opening it was a mistake on my part. Lots of mineralogy and salinity, long acid spine. Like most wines from this producer, it needs many years to reach its apogee.
by Mike Hawkins
July 1st, 2020, 6:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Grosset Polish Hill Riesling
Replies: 16
Views: 814

Re: TN: 2018 Grosset Polish Hill Riesling

Kent Comley wrote:
July 1st, 2020, 2:46 pm
Agreed Mike - slip of the memory!! The Lodge Hill is still tidy for the money.
Absolutely. Cheap as chips too
by Mike Hawkins
July 1st, 2020, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where's The 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne BdB?
Replies: 111
Views: 5066

Re: Where's The 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne BdB?

There’s a real problem for Taittinger with Comtes. Quality is high and production is reasonably big (well over a large Bordeaux estate). The wine is only sold to winos and restaurants. Never in airplanes (back when they were still a thing - imagine how much DomP Emirates got through daily pre-covid...
by Mike Hawkins
July 1st, 2020, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Grosset Polish Hill Riesling
Replies: 16
Views: 814

Re: TN: 2018 Grosset Polish Hill Riesling

Yes, Grosset Polish Hill is a great place to start. The Watervale is a bit less austere and approachable young. Other Clare Rieslings to look out for, many are less expensive Pikes Merle Rieslingfreak Clos Clare Jim Barry Lodge Hill O'Leary Walker Polish Hill Tim Adams Crawford River from Henty is ...
by Mike Hawkins
June 29th, 2020, 6:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where's The 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne BdB?
Replies: 111
Views: 5066

Re: Where's The 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne BdB?

Howard Cooper wrote:
June 29th, 2020, 6:21 pm
We are all eagerly anticipating the 2008 CdC. Just one little question - has anyone tasted it. Does it live up to this hype? Is it better than other vintages this decade?
Yes and yes. It’s superb. At least as good as the 95 and 96 at the same age
by Mike Hawkins
June 20th, 2020, 2:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14052
Views: 683632

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Couple of cases of 2012 Vilmart Couer de Cuvée
by Mike Hawkins
June 20th, 2020, 2:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Dom Perignon Serving Suggestion
Replies: 15
Views: 578

Re: 2008 Dom Perignon Serving Suggestion

Take out of the fridge, pour into a white wine glass and then drink 20-30 mins later. If you drink it too cold the acid will be overwhelming. The air time will open it up nicely.
by Mike Hawkins
June 9th, 2020, 6:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1392
Views: 93276

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

2008:Philipponnat 1522... no real wow factor Compared to the 2002 but pleasant enough. Still very young.
by Mike Hawkins
June 6th, 2020, 6:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Moving Past Veuve: Initiate Me
Replies: 70
Views: 3102

Re: Moving Past Veuve: Initiate Me

If your wife likes the apple notes, I’d skip most of the aforementioned BDB recommendations and go for blends or Pinot dominant examples. Camille Saves and Bara (as mentioned) will give that characteristic.
by Mike Hawkins
June 3rd, 2020, 6:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most bottles of a single wine from one vintage in your cellar
Replies: 230
Views: 10029

Re: Most bottles of a single wine from one vintage in your cellar

12 cases 2004 Taittinger CDC
10 cases 1996 DP
10 cases 2008 Pierre Peters Chetillons plus some mags
by Mike Hawkins
May 25th, 2020, 2:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Pierre Peters les Chétillons Cuvée Speciale BdB
Replies: 15
Views: 994

Re: TN: 2002 Pierre Peters les Chétillons Cuvée Speciale BdB

I really like the 02 Chets, but feel the 04 is a better wine. For my palate, the 08 is better again. I’m not as enamoured with 2012 as others are.

I was at the winery during harvest in 2013 and expectations were extremely high for a good vintage. I guess it will be released soon.
by Mike Hawkins
February 8th, 2020, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Compare And Contrast Champagne Vintages 2008 And 2012
Replies: 21
Views: 1733

Re: Compare And Contrast Champagne Vintages 2008 And 2012

2008 and 2013 hog the spotlight, I'm interested to hear more about 2013. Terry Theise spoke really highly of it and referred to some of my favorite producers. Every bottling and '13 base NV I've tasted has been excellent. Chardonnay and BdBs really special. Not sure about quantities though, some gr...
by Mike Hawkins
January 24th, 2020, 5:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Australian ooze-monster wines. How are they now?
Replies: 131
Views: 9685

Re: Australian ooze-monster wines. How are they now?

Or Jay Miller did, anyway. Wasn't it he who went wild with the Aussie points rather than Parker? Parker gave high ratings to them but it was the other Jay Miller who generally went +5 on all Parker ratings. First time I tried any of these was the 2001 Marquis Philips which Parker had rated 93 / 96 ...
by Mike Hawkins
January 5th, 2020, 6:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Compare And Contrast Champagne Vintages 2008 And 2012
Replies: 21
Views: 1733

Re: Compare And Contrast Champagne Vintages 2008 And 2012

I don’t think 12 is as good a chard vintage as 08. I think it’s a great Pinot vintage, though. I believe 12 is a higher production vintage. As William said, production is actually much lower. You’re right in your comment about Chardonnay being a tad weaker. In fact, a few of the producers in the co...
by Mike Hawkins
December 3rd, 2019, 5:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Taittinger Comtes 08 $125 - $135
Replies: 63
Views: 5726

Re: Taittinger Comtes 08 $125 - $135

JLee wrote:
December 3rd, 2019, 8:25 am
I know Taittinger can do no wrong but has anyone tried this one yet? I haven't tried a single '08 Blanc de Blanc anything. Or '09 for that matter.

I tried the 08 Comtes with Pierre Emmanuel a few years back. It was the best young Comtes I’ve had
by Mike Hawkins
June 2nd, 2019, 3:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pierre Peters Les Chetillons
Replies: 6
Views: 957

Re: Pierre Peters Les Chetillons

I think the 04 is right up there with 02 and 08
by Mike Hawkins
June 2nd, 2019, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1392
Views: 93276

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

2002 Camille Saves... right in it’s sweet spot. Strawberries and apples. Superb MV Krug... bought 6 years ago so not sure what release that makes it. Getting the secondary characters I like 2009 Dom Perignon... seemed younger than other bottles. I think this is a fascinating contrast to the 2008 200...
by Mike Hawkins
May 16th, 2019, 12:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1392
Views: 93276

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Warren Taranow wrote:
May 14th, 2019, 9:56 pm
2004 Camille Savés Grand Cru Cuvée Anaïs Jolicoeur. This is in a very good place right now. Creamy red fruit, early mature notes. This turned out to be a superb impulsive auction purchase.
I bought a case from the winery at release. Sounds like it’s time to try one
by Mike Hawkins
April 7th, 2019, 3:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Chartogne-Taillet Fiacre Tête de Cuvée 2002
Replies: 4
Views: 403

Re: TN: Chartogne-Taillet Fiacre Tête de Cuvée 2002

I’ve had six bottles of this and was underwhelmed. I got more of the house oxidative notes than you did.
by Mike Hawkins
April 7th, 2019, 1:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Salon worth the entry cost ?
Replies: 58
Views: 3699

Re: Is Salon worth the entry cost ?

The 1996 is fantastic and may some day surpass the 95 but imo the 95 is still better, at least as of last year. Agreed and for me as of last month. I will say that the gap has closed between the two, but for me, I'm don't think the '96 will ever surpass the '95. I`m a big +1 with both assessments. ...
by Mike Hawkins
March 13th, 2019, 9:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1392
Views: 93276

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

1990 Pol Roger Brut.. excellent 1996 Dom Perignon... even better. Lives up to the hype. 1996 Henriot Enchanteleurs... this bottle seemed tired. Normally excellent. 2002 Pierre Peters Chetillons... still quite primary This weekend I was gifted a 1990 Pol Roger Brut Rose from its original owner. You ...
by Mike Hawkins
March 13th, 2019, 9:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1392
Views: 93276

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

This week I was at a group wine dinner where we had two Champagnes, a 2002 Dom Perignon and a 1996 Taittinger Comte de Champagne. The Dom was a very elegant wines. Very clean tasting with a long finish. It was a bit young and did not seem to have yet developed tertiary flavors. Still, it was smooth...
by Mike Hawkins
March 11th, 2019, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Bollinger Grande Annee
Replies: 44
Views: 3272

Re: 2008 Bollinger Grande Annee

I thought the official launch from Bollinger at the winery was next week, but they might be doing some other events prior. There have been sneak peaks and hype is high. I haven't tried it, but hope they have solved the oxidation issues (due to a mishandling of a low SO2 pursuit - especially at disg...
by Mike Hawkins
March 6th, 2019, 11:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1392
Views: 93276

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Ray, for me, the 02 Chetillons is still very primary. Lots of acid and tight fruit. I agree.. come back in a decade.
by Mike Hawkins
March 4th, 2019, 12:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Vilmart & Cie Champagne Coeur de Cuvée (France, Champagne)
Replies: 23
Views: 1245

Re: TN: 1999 Vilmart & Cie Champagne Coeur de Cuvée (France, Champagne)

Touche. Though, is 1999 really a weak vintage? I think so. A number of producers didn’t declare it a vintage year, and a few, such as DP, are a bit coarse. At any rate, 90, 95, 96 and 98 would be superior to it in most people’s opinions. Qualitatively, it’s probably equal to 1997, albeit different.
by Mike Hawkins
March 4th, 2019, 12:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1392
Views: 93276

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Cris Whetstone wrote:
March 3rd, 2019, 12:17 am
Mike Hawkins wrote:
March 2nd, 2019, 10:32 pm
2002 Pierre Peters Chetillons... still quite primary
I've always regretted not buying this back in the day and burying it.
I like the 2008 even more. You might still find some... but be patient if you do buy it.
by Mike Hawkins
March 2nd, 2019, 10:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Vilmart & Cie Champagne Coeur de Cuvée (France, Champagne)
Replies: 23
Views: 1245

Re: TN: 1999 Vilmart & Cie Champagne Coeur de Cuvée (France, Champagne)

Given the initial post was about 1999, I’m not sure why you would think I referenced 2009
by Mike Hawkins
March 2nd, 2019, 10:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Vilmart & Cie Champagne Coeur de Cuvée (France, Champagne)
Replies: 23
Views: 1245

Re: TN: 1999 Vilmart & Cie Champagne Coeur de Cuvée (France, Champagne)

Vilmart and Peters do amazingly well in weaker vintages
by Mike Hawkins
March 2nd, 2019, 10:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1392
Views: 93276

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

1990 Pol Roger Brut.. excellent
1996 Dom Perignon... even better. Lives up to the hype.
1996 Henriot Enchanteleurs... this bottle seemed tired. Normally excellent.
2002 Pierre Peters Chetillons... still quite primary
by Mike Hawkins
January 9th, 2019, 5:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Release Date For Peter's 2012 Chetillions?
Replies: 4
Views: 481

Re: Release Date For Peter's 2012 Chetillions?

I’m told there’s also a 2012 Les Montjolys which I imagine will be expensive. I’m keen to find out more about it..
by Mike Hawkins
January 2nd, 2019, 4:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1392
Views: 93276

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

2004 Charlemagne Mesnillesime.. just starting to get the secondary characters I like in BDB.. honey and toast. Great future. 2004 Taittinger Comte BDB... better version of the above, but perhaps a tad more youthful. 2002 Camille Saves... in a great spot and right at its peak for my tastes. Thankfull...
by Mike Hawkins
January 2nd, 2019, 3:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut (France, Champagne)
Replies: 19
Views: 1365

Re: TN: 2008 Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut (France, Champagne)

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
January 2nd, 2019, 5:27 am
Interesting; I’ve heard a lot of talk about 12 being the miracle vintage where it all came together.
It was... it was going to be a nightmare until the last month or so. I was in Champagne at the time and I remember the amazement from some of the wine makers, particularly those with Pinot.
by Mike Hawkins
January 2nd, 2019, 2:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut (France, Champagne)
Replies: 19
Views: 1365

Re: TN: 2008 Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut (France, Champagne)

The big q will be how 2012 and 2008 compare I agree. In the relatively "early" stages of the best wines from growers and top quality NMs, this is shaping up to be a fun and fascinating comparison. My early take is that 12 has blossomed more early (like a more interesting 09 - not that I don't respe...
by Mike Hawkins
December 20th, 2018, 11:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Henriot Cuvee des Enchanteleurs 1996
Replies: 10
Views: 548

Re: TN: Henriot Cuvee des Enchanteleurs 1996

I had magnums of the 59, 78 and 88 last year and they were stellar. Time to pull the cork on a 96 after reading the Comments above
by Mike Hawkins
December 19th, 2018, 8:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru Coeur de Cuvée
Replies: 12
Views: 754

Re: TN: 2006 Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru Coeur de Cuvée

I’m drinking the 06 Cellier now and it’s in a really good spot. I won’t look at the Couers for a few years
by Mike Hawkins
December 18th, 2018, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Cristal - nectar of the gods
Replies: 39
Views: 3158

Re: 2008 Cristal - nectar of the gods

Will be interesting to see the quality of '08 CdC. There will be no '08 Dom Ruinart and more than one winemaker has told me that they were not thrilled with the Chardonnay quality in the vintage I tried it with Pierre Emmanuel two years ago... best young Comtes I’ve ever had. At this stage it will ...
by Mike Hawkins
December 7th, 2018, 1:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Grosset Riesling Polish Hill Clare Valley
Replies: 9
Views: 536

Re: TN: 2002 Grosset Riesling Polish Hill Clare Valley

Thanks for the note. I’m down to the last case (of many) and every one has been sensational
by Mike Hawkins
December 5th, 2018, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cristal Vertical at Atera
Replies: 29
Views: 1669

Re: Cristal Vertical at Atera

I note your comment regarding the performance in weaker years. While I understand where you’re coming from (although not having had all those vintages), I really think Goisses is the king of ‘off vintages’, and perhaps underperforms in the heralded years.

Cheers

Mike
by Mike Hawkins
November 29th, 2018, 10:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2006 Dom Perignon
Replies: 20
Views: 1406

Re: 2006 Dom Perignon

I’m pleased others like this, but I guess my tastes differ.

Having had many bottles of the 2006, the most recent one being Sunday, I think it is the weakest DP, along with the 2003, since the 1993. To me it, it comes across as a straightforward Champagne with no wow factor.
by Mike Hawkins
July 6th, 2018, 3:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barossa Valley visit. Need some advice.
Replies: 17
Views: 2059

Barossa Valley visit. Need some advice.

Go to Artisans both days as the wines on tasting change. Also, it is one of the last to close, so a good place to finish up each day
by Mike Hawkins
July 6th, 2018, 3:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1392
Views: 93276

Which Champagne are you drinking?

The past ten days have included - '90 Henriot Cuvee Enchanteleurs Mag - A Tete du Cuvee that rarely gets love. A delicious Champagne showing a wealth of fruit with a bit of smoke along with a mature flavor of caramel giving it good complexity. Staggering minus Enchanteleurs are frequently outstandi...
by Mike Hawkins
June 14th, 2018, 2:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Taittinger Comtes Thread
Replies: 93
Views: 8187

The Taittinger Comtes Thread

I tried the 07 a few years ago with Pierre Emmanuel. Good for the vintage, but qualitatively on par with the 2005. That said, please buy lot of 2007, as it will hasten the release of the 2008 ! (An unbelievably great wine).
by Mike Hawkins
June 10th, 2018, 5:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1392
Views: 93276

Which Champagne are you drinking?

2002 Vilmart Couper de Cuvée... just starting to enter its long drinking window for my tastes. Oak is less pronounced than last time.. will be excellent

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