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by Michael S. Monie
January 17th, 2020, 2:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does The 164 EME Edition Of Grande Cuvée Represent A Stylistic Shift For Krug?
Replies: 41
Views: 2830

Re: Does The 164 EME Edition Of Grande Cuvée Represent A Stylistic Shift For Krug?

Since the origin of this thread, 4 additional Grande Cuvées have been released. I'm curious how they compare stylisticly to the 164 eme.
by Michael S. Monie
January 15th, 2020, 7:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Preferred Brand for Cellar Vapor Barrier
Replies: 19
Views: 687

Re: Preferred Brand for Cellar Vapor Barrier

Disclaimer: No expertise in building or construction. I wrapped the exterior with Tyvek and filled the interior walls with closed cell foam. I see no downside to having moisture on the outside of the foam permeate through the Tyvek to the exterior wall. The problem with plastic is with time it becom...
by Michael S. Monie
January 15th, 2020, 5:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greenock Creek Creek Block
Replies: 18
Views: 802

Re: Greenock Creek Creek Block

I bought my share of the "Parker babies" back in the day, and to be honest felt lucky to find and get them at the price point that they were available. My experience with the entry level Marquis-Phillips wines was that the almost syrup-like profile tamed down considerably with a few years in the bot...
by Michael S. Monie
January 15th, 2020, 3:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Mascarello Monprivato
Replies: 13
Views: 1110

Re: TN: 1999 Mascarello Monprivato

I've been drinking my way through a 12 bottle case of the 2003. They have shown elegant and balanced especially considering the nature of the vintage.
by Michael S. Monie
January 13th, 2020, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Pecorino prognostications
Replies: 12
Views: 908

Re: TN: Pecorino prognostications

Don't know what the Pepe is selling for but if it's anything like the Trebbiano, it's not cheap. I'm a big fan of the Tiberio wines and they are significantly less than Pepe's.
by Michael S. Monie
January 12th, 2020, 2:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12514
Views: 603411

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Three bottles Terlano Nova Domus.
by Michael S. Monie
January 11th, 2020, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12514
Views: 603411

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Neal.Mollen wrote:
January 11th, 2020, 7:50 am
Against better judgement, in violations of house rules, I bought ONE bottle of 2008 Bollinger GA. ALL future 2008 champagne offers are invisible to me.
This has probably already been asked and answered, but does this mean no 2008 Comtes for you?
by Michael S. Monie
January 10th, 2020, 6:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 32
Views: 1946

Re: 2007 Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Sushi
by Michael S. Monie
January 9th, 2020, 3:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chardonnay recommendations
Replies: 28
Views: 1184

Re: Chardonnay recommendations

Hartford Court Four Hearts and Ferrari-Carano Tre Tere.
by Michael S. Monie
January 6th, 2020, 5:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Bourbon Impacted Your Wine Spending?
Replies: 99
Views: 2813

Re: Has Bourbon Impacted Your Wine Spending?

Got an Old Rip VanWinkle 10yr today for suggested retail of $75. And no, I'm not going to flip it for an 800% profit. It's good to be a regular with a local retailer.
by Michael S. Monie
January 6th, 2020, 5:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Help
Replies: 21
Views: 1095

Re: Champagne Help

First let me say, Brad, you are one of the last people with whom I would want to be adversarial. I've had the 08 twice and the 09 once, so I do have limited first hand experience. But when the chef de caves says that the 2008 Cristal is the best he has made in 30 years, I'll roll with that.
by Michael S. Monie
January 6th, 2020, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Help
Replies: 21
Views: 1095

Re: Champagne Help

I respect Brad's opinions (as I know most here do) but I find that he often has contrarian opinions as when he said that he prefers the 2009 Cristal to the 2008, for both the near and LONG term. It's all on the palate of the imbiber.
by Michael S. Monie
January 6th, 2020, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Help
Replies: 21
Views: 1095

Re: Champagne Help

If you have any doubts regarding the 06 CdC, this critique might convince you: 97 points Decanter: "The 2006 brings back all the wonder of classic Comtes: the innocence of a joyful childhood, a free-as-air dash through endless blue daylight and a breathless plunge into an icy mountain rock pool. A w...
by Michael S. Monie
January 6th, 2020, 7:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Compare And Contrast Champagne Vintages 2008 And 2012
Replies: 10
Views: 907

Re: Compare And Contrast Champagne Vintages 2008 And 2012

With all of the accolades with the 2002 vintage, I don't remember hearing at the time of release about concerns with some of the Chardonnay produced. Are there similar concerns with some of the Chardonnay from 2008 and/or 2012?
by Michael S. Monie
January 6th, 2020, 7:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Help
Replies: 21
Views: 1095

Re: Champagne Help

Just had the 2006 CdC and it continues to be glorious. Assuming that 3 bottles will serve everyone, why not get 3 08 Dom and 3 06 CdC?
by Michael S. Monie
January 5th, 2020, 5:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Bourbon Impacted Your Wine Spending?
Replies: 99
Views: 2813

Re: Has Bourbon Impacted Your Wine Spending?

Most know that Blanton's is allocated. If sold at suggested retail it's about $60. Winesearcher (not pro) starts at $119 and goes up significantly from there.
by Michael S. Monie
January 5th, 2020, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Compare And Contrast Champagne Vintages 2008 And 2012
Replies: 10
Views: 907

Re: Compare And Contrast Champagne Vintages 2008 And 2012

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
January 5th, 2020, 11:59 am
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.
It's worth remembering that a lot of the production decisions made with 2008 were due to the economy at the time.
by Michael S. Monie
January 5th, 2020, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Bourbon Impacted Your Wine Spending?
Replies: 99
Views: 2813

Re: Has Bourbon Impacted Your Wine Spending?

Scotch never did but Bourbon is.
by Michael S. Monie
January 5th, 2020, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Compare And Contrast Champagne Vintages 2008 And 2012
Replies: 10
Views: 907

Compare And Contrast Champagne Vintages 2008 And 2012

There was quite a bit of comparing of Champagne vintages 2008 and 2009. Although both are quite good, the two vintages are significantly different. It would seem that 2008 and 2012 are more similar in style and quality. As with 2002, there are apparently issues with some of the Chardonnay from both ...
by Michael S. Monie
December 31st, 2019, 8:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Year's Eve Champagne?
Replies: 65
Views: 2030

Re: New Year's Eve Champagne?

Craig Williams wrote:
December 31st, 2019, 6:25 pm
2008 Bollinger
1996 Krug
2010 Ultramarine Rose
Nice lineup!
by Michael S. Monie
December 31st, 2019, 8:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée Edition 168eme (France, Champagne)
Replies: 10
Views: 1102

Re: TN: NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée Edition 168eme (France, Champagne)

Back when there was a lot of discussion regarding the 164 eme, I posted a thread inquiring as to perhaps this was the genesis of a new style for Krug MV. The idea was largely rejected but it seems I'm seeing a lot less reference to "oxidative notes" in the critiques of the last few releases. Kind of...
by Michael S. Monie
December 31st, 2019, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s your definite do NOT buy in 2020
Replies: 44
Views: 3072

Re: What’s your definite do NOT buy in 2020

Ofer Refaeli wrote:
December 31st, 2019, 1:53 pm
Michael S. Monie wrote:
December 28th, 2019, 5:38 pm
Bartolo Mascarello
Why, if I may ask ?
I'm not a balla. I have 2005-2013. The price has gotten higher than I am willing to pay.
by Michael S. Monie
December 31st, 2019, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your favorite wine with seared foie gras?
Replies: 36
Views: 997

Re: What is your favorite wine with seared foie gras?

Point of interest (at least to me) is in Andrea Immer's "Great Tastes Made Simple", she recommends rustic Pinot Noir and red Burgundy with cooked foie gras. She pairs sweet wines with foie gras terrines.
by Michael S. Monie
December 31st, 2019, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your favorite wine with seared foie gras?
Replies: 36
Views: 997

Re: What is your favorite wine with seared foie gras?

I'd go with the 02 Baumard QdC.
by Michael S. Monie
December 31st, 2019, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1964 Cote-Rotie: John Harvey and Sons Limited (N.Rhone, France).
Replies: 13
Views: 745

Re: TN: 1964 Cote-Rotie: John Harvey and Sons Limited (N.Rhone, France).

Your wines and therefore your posts are very sui generis. Wish they made corks like they used to. Happy New Year!
by Michael S. Monie
December 31st, 2019, 6:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Year's Eve Champagne?
Replies: 65
Views: 2030

New Year's Eve Champagne?

Dinner: 1995 Heidsieck Blanc des Millenaires. Midnight: 2006 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne. Happy New Year!
by Michael S. Monie
December 29th, 2019, 7:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Should Newly Releasd Wines Cost More Than 18 Year Old Whisky?
Replies: 43
Views: 1835

Re: Why Should Newly Releasd Wines Cost More Than 18 Year Old Whisky?

Back around 2009, at the worst of the economic downturn, 2002 Cristal was available locally for $130. In fact, most high end wines available locally were severely discounted. There has been almost a decade of economic prosperity. When the next recession takes place, I won't at all be surprised to se...
by Michael S. Monie
December 29th, 2019, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Should Newly Releasd Wines Cost More Than 18 Year Old Whisky?
Replies: 43
Views: 1835

Re: Why Should Newly Releasd Wines Cost More Than 18 Year Old Whisky?

It seems to me that the real commodity, the largest investment, is time. While it's obviously true that grapes are more expensive than grain, there is no shortage or lack of availability of either. Just because chicken is cheaper than beef, it doesn't keep restaurateurs from charging comparable pric...
by Michael S. Monie
December 28th, 2019, 5:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s your definite do NOT buy in 2020
Replies: 44
Views: 3072

Re: What’s your definite do NOT buy in 2020

Bartolo Mascarello
by Michael S. Monie
December 28th, 2019, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Barolo of the year ?
Replies: 78
Views: 4844

Re: What is your Barolo of the year ?

A. So wrote:
December 27th, 2019, 3:48 pm
2013 Monfortino
I prefer Barolo to be 20 years or older before I drink them.
by Michael S. Monie
December 28th, 2019, 11:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Should Newly Releasd Wines Cost More Than 18 Year Old Whisky?
Replies: 43
Views: 1835

Re: Why Should Newly Releasd Wines Cost More Than 18 Year Old Whisky?

Roy Piper wrote:
December 28th, 2019, 11:17 am
Michael S. Monie wrote:
December 28th, 2019, 11:14 am
Let me reemphasize, I'm not judging artisan or producers with extremely small productions.
You probably should. [rofl.gif]
You have to sell a lot of $10 bottles of wine to reach $47 billion.
by Michael S. Monie
December 28th, 2019, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Should Newly Releasd Wines Cost More Than 18 Year Old Whisky?
Replies: 43
Views: 1835

Re: Why Should Newly Releasd Wines Cost More Than 18 Year Old Whisky?

Let me reemphasize, I'm not judging artisan or producers with extremely small productions.
by Michael S. Monie
December 28th, 2019, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Should Newly Releasd Wines Cost More Than 18 Year Old Whisky?
Replies: 43
Views: 1835

Re: Why Should Newly Releasd Wines Cost More Than 18 Year Old Whisky?

I've also heard that because of the new American oak, 8-12 years is the sweet spot for Bourbon.
by Michael S. Monie
December 27th, 2019, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Should Newly Releasd Wines Cost More Than 18 Year Old Whisky?
Replies: 43
Views: 1835

Re: Why Should Newly Releasd Wines Cost More Than 18 Year Old Whisky?

Kelly Walker wrote:
December 27th, 2019, 5:45 pm
Have you seen the prices of top shelf aged whiskey and single-malt?
I recently bought a Signatory bottling of 25 year old Ben Nevis for less than a bottle of "Kravitz" Dom Perignon.
by Michael S. Monie
December 27th, 2019, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Should Newly Releasd Wines Cost More Than 18 Year Old Whisky?
Replies: 43
Views: 1835

Why Should Newly Releasd Wines Cost More Than 18 Year Old Whisky?

The obvious answer is because it can. But after willfully ignoring this for more than 20 years, it's been on my mind. No, I'm not talking about Burgs with a 50 case production. I've been buying Tignanello for at least 15 years. It's a very large production wine and is now up to $129 retail locally. ...
by Michael S. Monie
December 12th, 2019, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 946
Views: 63393

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

R@y.Tupp@+sch wrote:
December 12th, 2019, 7:24 pm
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Some brief notes and comments tomorrow.
I'll give you killer on the presentation alone!
by Michael S. Monie
December 12th, 2019, 7:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Château Sociando-Mallet Cuvée Jean Gautreau
Replies: 30
Views: 1568

Re: 2001 Château Sociando-Mallet Cuvée Jean Gautreau - INSANE

Yeah, but that damn green pepper!
by Michael S. Monie
December 10th, 2019, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Cristal giftbox with 2 flutes, worth it?
Replies: 13
Views: 979

Re: 2008 Cristal giftbox with 2 flutes, worth it?

Gift pack containing one bottle of 2008 Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne, and two Champagne glasses. The special Cristal glass was co-designed by Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon, Cellar Master of Louis Roederer and Philippe Jamesse, Head Sommelier at Les Crayères in Reims. It is produced in limited edition ...
by Michael S. Monie
December 9th, 2019, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Wine to Pair with Caviar?
Replies: 61
Views: 2641

Re: Best Wine to Pair with Caviar?

Kelly Walker wrote:
December 9th, 2019, 6:08 pm
BdB works best imho. Salon is perfect and if going all out with osetra why not. Krug Mesnil if you want to go to 11 👌
Us non-balla's down here in the bayou eat Choupique.
by Michael S. Monie
December 9th, 2019, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Wine to Pair with Caviar?
Replies: 61
Views: 2641

Re: Best Wine to Pair with Caviar?

How about Muscadet? If it works with oysters it should work with caviar.
by Michael S. Monie
December 8th, 2019, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Philipponnat Clos de Goisses
Replies: 16
Views: 841

Re: 2001 Philipponnat Clos de Goisses

Makes one question the wisdom of single vineyard Champagne. Makes one question the wisdom of over-generalization. Let me be more specific: I'll choose higher quality over a so called expression of terroir every time. In the rare case that both are available in the same bottle, wonderful, as long as...
by Michael S. Monie
December 8th, 2019, 5:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Pierre Peters Les Chetillons BdB
Replies: 8
Views: 1006

Re: 2012 Pierre Peters Les Chetillons BdB

I've been a fan since the 2000 vintage. Feel fortunate to have mags of 06, 08, 09, 11, and 12.
by Michael S. Monie
December 8th, 2019, 5:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Philipponnat Clos de Goisses
Replies: 16
Views: 841

Re: 2001 Philipponnat Clos de Goisses

Makes one question the wisdom of single vineyard Champagne.
by Michael S. Monie
December 7th, 2019, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Pierre Peters Les Chetillons BdB
Replies: 8
Views: 1006

Re: 2012 Pierre Peters Les Chetillons BdB

Time will surely be rewarded.
by Michael S. Monie
December 7th, 2019, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Pierre Peters Les Chetillons BdB
Replies: 8
Views: 1006

2012 Pierre Peters Les Chetillons BdB

Decided to do a test bottle of the 2012 Chetillons. Poured into a Chablis glass and the initial whiff was almost like the effect of smelling salts. This is a dense, powerful Champagne. It has a citrus, saline aroma that is quite intoxicating. Loaded with citrus flavor, it has racy acidity and good m...
by Michael S. Monie
December 2nd, 2019, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Piper Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 2
Views: 523

2011 Piper Cabernet Sauvignon

Had this recently with Colorado lamb chops. The 2011 is very different stylisticly than the 2012 that I had last, but equally delicious. I'm reluctant to refer to Cali. Cabs. as Bordeaux like, but that was my impression with the 2011. Beautifully structured, with no residual sweetness, this is an el...

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