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by Michael S. Monie
January 20th, 2021, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?
Replies: 339
Views: 24103

Re: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?

I don't want to say anything to controversial or contribute to any thread drift - but - shouldn't we be talking about the pricing of the '08 Taittinger Comtes Rose :)? When is this coming out and at what price - that wouldn't be offensive.....? I could be missing something but have looked recently....
by Michael S. Monie
January 20th, 2021, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine rules you should break
Replies: 42
Views: 2266

Re: Wine rules you should break

This is something I’ve wondered before. I’m *not* very sensitive to TCA, but there have been wines where I’ve really wondered if they were corked, knowing that I’m not super sensitive to TCA, because of a wine feeling surprisingly muted on the nose (even after decanting/swirling) or otherwise not a...
by Michael S. Monie
January 19th, 2021, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recent Tastes: Montevertine, Les Vins de Vienne, Tofanelli
Replies: 1
Views: 126

Re: Recent Tastes: Montevertine, Les Vins de Vienne, Tofanelli

I've had both the 2011 and 2007 Pergole Torte recently and preferred the 2011, which really surprised me.
by Michael S. Monie
January 18th, 2021, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine rules you should break
Replies: 42
Views: 2266

Re: Wine rules you should break

"It's only a little corked."
by Michael S. Monie
January 18th, 2021, 2:12 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 837
Views: 57862

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

Any thoughts on Linkwood 15 year old bottled by Gordon & MacPhail?
by Michael S. Monie
January 16th, 2021, 4:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Roses de Jeanne / Cédric Bouchard Champagne Blanc de Noirs Côte de Val Vilaine
Replies: 11
Views: 672

Re: TN: 2018 Roses de Jeanne / Cédric Bouchard Champagne Blanc de Noirs Côte de Val Vilaine

Is there a difference between V18 and 2018 ? Do both exist ? I just got about a case of them with V17 I assumed that was the 2017 "vintage" ? thx. What really makes it confusing is that he puts the year it was disgorged on the back label. For instance, the v16 which is the 2016 vintage ha...
by Michael S. Monie
January 15th, 2021, 7:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Roses de Jeanne / Cédric Bouchard Champagne Blanc de Noirs Côte de Val Vilaine
Replies: 11
Views: 672

Re: TN: 2018 Roses de Jeanne / Cédric Bouchard Champagne Blanc de Noirs Côte de Val Vilaine

B. Buzzini wrote: January 15th, 2021, 7:18 pm
Michael S. Monie wrote: January 15th, 2021, 6:24 pm If you will indulge me, did the back label have 2018 or v18?
V18
Thanks. It is a beauty! I like it so much I bought 18 bottles.
by Michael S. Monie
January 9th, 2021, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First Date Wines
Replies: 54
Views: 2562

Re: First Date Wines

Rose Champagne. No need to spend a lot; Camille Saves will do.
by Michael S. Monie
January 5th, 2021, 2:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Glantenay, Glantenay, and Glantenay?
Replies: 14
Views: 1064

Re: Glantenay, Glantenay, and Glantenay?

I am pretty sure that Georges Glantenay, and Bernard and Thierry Glantenay are two separate domaines. Someone who visits both would need to provide details though. Indeed - let me complicate that for you. Domaine Georges Glantenay used to be called Domaine Pierre Glantenay - there have been more th...
by Michael S. Monie
January 5th, 2021, 2:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: 2007 Comtes de Champagne--$114.95
Replies: 7
Views: 1062

PSA: 2007 Comtes de Champagne--$114.95

Woodland Hills.....No dog in this hunt. https://whwc.com/taittinger-brut-blanc-de-blancs-comtes-de-champagne-2007/?utm_source=winesearcher&utm_medium=shoppingengine&utm_campaign=feeds&utm_content=Taittinger%20Brut%20Blanc%20de%20Blancs%20Comtes%20de%20Champagne%202007&utm_source=Wood...
by Michael S. Monie
January 4th, 2021, 4:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?
Replies: 339
Views: 24103

Re: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?

I think half of the entertainment offered up here at Wine Berserker is the ranting, complaining, dissing, bitching and moaning about the rising cost of drinking some of the world's rarest and most luxurious tipples. Truly a First world problem with a pretty simple answer. Please continue the entert...
by Michael S. Monie
January 4th, 2021, 10:43 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Has Anyone Had Meiyo?
Replies: 2
Views: 250

Has Anyone Had Meiyo?

Spirit made from 100% Rice aged in Bourbon barrels. Thanks.
by Michael S. Monie
January 3rd, 2021, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Glantenay, Glantenay, and Glantenay?
Replies: 14
Views: 1064

Re: Glantenay, Glantenay, and Glantenay?

Bringing back up hopefully for clarification.
by Michael S. Monie
January 3rd, 2021, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How good is the 2005 Burgundy vintage
Replies: 104
Views: 7283

Re: How good is the 2005 Burgundy vintage

2005 Mugnier Marechale is showing beautifully right now. I've had this wine a few times recently, and compared to Mugnier's Chambolle it's still pretty tight to me. But then, it's Mugnier; post 2000, it's incredibly rare to have a closed bottle. A bit like Fourrier in that regard. The one I had tod...
by Michael S. Monie
January 3rd, 2021, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ceritas Charles Heintz Chardonnay
Replies: 5
Views: 646

Re: 2018 Ceritas Charles Heintz Chardonnay

Classy critique!
by Michael S. Monie
January 3rd, 2021, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How good is the 2005 Burgundy vintage
Replies: 104
Views: 7283

Re: How good is the 2005 Burgundy vintage

2005 Mugnier Marechale is showing beautifully right now.
by Michael S. Monie
January 2nd, 2021, 8:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Point of Vieux...
Replies: 22
Views: 1283

Re: TN: Point of Vieux...

Had this from magnum about 6 weeks ago and it is indeed a beautiful wine right now.
by Michael S. Monie
January 2nd, 2021, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long can you go till you buy wine in 2021?
Replies: 204
Views: 7473

Re: How long can you go till you buy wine in 2021?

Out! 12 bottles V-18 Val Vilaine.
by Michael S. Monie
January 2nd, 2021, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1996 Krug
Replies: 0
Views: 227

1996 Krug

This was the fourth bottle of six, purchasd upon release and kept at 55 degrees. I had not had one in about 5 years and really didn't know what to expect. After reading about Blake's recent experiences and Brad's stated concerns about some of the Pinot Noir from 1996, I was hoping for the best. And ...
by Michael S. Monie
January 2nd, 2021, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Older Champagne Best Enjoyed In A Flute?
Replies: 18
Views: 1400

Is Older Champagne Best Enjoyed In A Flute?

The trend to drink Champagne in a larger glass (which I do and recommend) is obviously to be able to more fully aerate the wine. And with younger Champagnes this usually makes for a more enjoyable experience. But conversely, with older Champagne, the extra aeration seems to make the experience less ...
by Michael S. Monie
January 1st, 2021, 3:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you want to try in 2021????
Replies: 100
Views: 3480

Re: What do you want to try in 2021????

Red: A 1993 Red Burg from a good producer that's been kept well. Or, a Monfortino with at least 25 years of age.

White: Montrachet from a good producer.

Dessert: Yquem at least 30 years old.
by Michael S. Monie
January 1st, 2021, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your cellar's core strength?
Replies: 104
Views: 4587

Re: Your cellar's core strength?

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote: January 1st, 2021, 10:58 am I don't have one. Red Burgundy, Champagne, Piedmont and German Riesling are all consistently between 15-20%. Getting to this point has been at least partly a conscious effort.
This pretty much mirrors what I have, along with a healthy dose of Vintage Ports and Sauturnes.
by Michael S. Monie
December 31st, 2020, 8:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne
Replies: 4
Views: 981

Re: TN: 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne

Did you really lay out $8000 for that Salon package? I wouldn't open that mag until at least age 20. You have to include Cristal in the running for best 2008, unless you are restricting it to BdB's.
by Michael S. Monie
December 30th, 2020, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Green hue in my Chardonnay - what does it mean?
Replies: 18
Views: 1565

Re: Green hue in my Chardonnay - what does it mean?

Luck of the Blarney Stone?
by Michael S. Monie
December 29th, 2020, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?
Replies: 339
Views: 24103

Re: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?

Louisiana law dictates that retailers markup wine a minimum 6% over wholesale price. There is a local retailer that I've done a lot of business with over the years and they occasionally extend me the courtesy of selling me a bottle with just the 6% markup. A recent example was a 2016 Bartolo Mascare...
by Michael S. Monie
December 27th, 2020, 4:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut (France, Champagne)
Replies: 11
Views: 975

Re: TN: 2002 Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut (France, Champagne)

True confession: the only Salon that I've ever had was the 96 upon release. I was relatively new to Champagne but I remember thinking that it was incredibly austere and offered little pleasure. It's reputation was lost on me and the idea of potential was not something that I could evaluate at the ti...
by Michael S. Monie
December 25th, 2020, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dauvissat - Premox?
Replies: 26
Views: 1768

Re: Dauvissat - Premox?

ybarselah wrote: December 24th, 2020, 4:43 pm dauvissat-camus (same) had oxed 2010s and 2012s.
The question that I would like answered is why the hell didn't they do like Fevre and start using Diam.
by Michael S. Monie
December 24th, 2020, 9:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Dom, 2012 Cristal
Replies: 2
Views: 635

Re: TN: 2010 Dom, 2012 Cristal

Thanks for this useful report. I know that you drink enough of these to know what you are saying is accurate.
by Michael S. Monie
December 23rd, 2020, 6:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Pouring/Serving Temperature
Replies: 16
Views: 1105

Re: Champagne Pouring/Serving Temperature

Sparklers are the one category of wines that I like to start with at refrigerator temperature and let warm a little in the glass as I drink.
by Michael S. Monie
December 23rd, 2020, 6:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1736
Views: 118228

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Warren,
Laurent Perrier Grand Siecle is a great Champagne but suffers the prejudice of a MV wine. I have bottles that were acquired 15+ years ago that are drinking beautifully. When considering how many mediocre vintage Champagnes there are, it's a shame how often Grand Siecle is overlooked.
by Michael S. Monie
December 22nd, 2020, 3:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1736
Views: 118228

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Happy Birthday, Sarah!
by Michael S. Monie
December 22nd, 2020, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Cedric Bouchard Val Vilaine
Replies: 46
Views: 2480

Re: TN: Cedric Bouchard Val Vilaine

Just went to visit Cédric yesterday. As well as a vertical of Creux d'Enfer, a stunning magnum of 2008 Ursules (the best mature Bouchard wine I ever tasted, surpassing high expectations), and a few other bottles, we tried the newly-released 2018 Val Vilaine. It's super demonstrative and fleshy, whi...
by Michael S. Monie
December 20th, 2020, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Obnoxious Video and Audio Pop-ups on the Site Now
Replies: 7
Views: 736

Re: Obnoxious Video and Audio Pop-ups on the Site Now

Well, Larry, you're only a Berserkerbusiness. You really need to improve your bona fides around here.
by Michael S. Monie
December 18th, 2020, 2:27 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 4108
Views: 234470

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Has anyone had the Belle Meade XO Cognac finished? I just ordered a bottle of the Cask Strength Reserve for pickup and while searching saw that the Cognac-finished is available local-ish for $70. Bit of a drive though so not as likely to make the trip without some positive feedback. Single Barrel i...
by Michael S. Monie
December 18th, 2020, 2:24 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 4108
Views: 234470

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Bad news and good news to report here on the Bourbon Thread. Bad news is that I have depleted my entire bottle of Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 25 already via various cocktails and straight sipping and am going through serious Bourbon withdrawal. I should have showed some restraint and made it last but da...
by Michael S. Monie
December 15th, 2020, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Chardonnay Can Age Beautifully
Replies: 31
Views: 2512

California Chardonnay Can Age Beautifully

2004 Hartford Court Three Jacks Vineyard Chardonnay got pushed to the back of storage and I really did not know what to expect. Light golden color it did not exhibit any overt oak. The profile was one of honeyed tropical fruit. A real delight to experience. I have been a fan of Hartford Court Chardo...
by Michael S. Monie
December 13th, 2020, 7:58 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 837
Views: 57862

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

Caol Ila 17 yr unpeated. Surprisingly smokey but quite delicious.
by Michael S. Monie
December 12th, 2020, 7:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvee Edition 169eme (France, Champagne)
Replies: 7
Views: 1220

Re: TN: NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvee Edition 169eme (France, Champagne)

Nicolas G. wrote: December 12th, 2020, 3:07 pm Ive never experienced Krug before but just picked up a 166. How does this one compare with other editions and is it in a good drinking window yet ?
The base year for the 166 is 2010 which is generally regarded as a weak year for Champagne. But this doesn't mean that it is not an enjoyable wine.
by Michael S. Monie
December 11th, 2020, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Neophyte's Inquiry Of Cedric Bouchard
Replies: 18
Views: 1315

Re: A Neophyte's Inquiry Of Cedric Bouchard

To get a better sense of him, I’d recommend picking up Bursting Bubbles and reading the Bouchard chapter and/or some of William Kelley’s pieces (hopefully he’ll chime in). In regards to when to enjoy, it’s al relative to your tastes. I absolutely love the purity and vibrancy of the fruit in his win...
by Michael S. Monie
December 11th, 2020, 11:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Neophyte's Inquiry Of Cedric Bouchard
Replies: 18
Views: 1315

Re: A Neophyte's Inquiry Of Cedric Bouchard

You certainly made a big investment in a wine you are unsure about! Why not pop a couple of those bottles now to find out how you like them yourself? Not something that I generally do at this stage of the game but I must admit being caught up in a combination of the hype, widespread availability, a...
by Michael S. Monie
December 10th, 2020, 5:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Neophyte's Inquiry Of Cedric Bouchard
Replies: 18
Views: 1315

A Neophyte's Inquiry Of Cedric Bouchard

I'm new to Bouchard's Champagnes. But I've made a commitment to the tune of 36 bottles spread out over different wines from multiple vintages. I get the single vineyard, single variety aspect of his winemaking but what has me puzzled is how quickly after the vintage date they come to market. And I s...
by Michael S. Monie
November 30th, 2020, 1:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Immense Pleasure Or Profundity?
Replies: 18
Views: 1051

Re: Immense Pleasure Or Profundity?

Well, at least 11 are desirous of having a "Babette's Feast" experience!
by Michael S. Monie
November 29th, 2020, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Immense Pleasure Or Profundity?
Replies: 18
Views: 1051

Re: Immense Pleasure Or Profundity?

Also, the wine in question retails at between $300-$400. At this price point, would a wine need to be profound to justify the expense?
by Michael S. Monie
November 29th, 2020, 8:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Immense Pleasure Or Profundity?
Replies: 18
Views: 1051

Immense Pleasure Or Profundity?

A wine that is a current subject of discussion here was described as, "delivering immense pleasure but lacking in profundity". So, if you had to choose one, which would it be?
by Michael S. Monie
November 27th, 2020, 2:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1803
Views: 99611

Re: What did you cook tonight?

That's a beautiful cake, Abbie. And I like the ideas of less sugar and rum soaked raisins.
by Michael S. Monie
November 26th, 2020, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 Dom Perignon { compared to 08` Taittinger Comtes de Champagne}
Replies: 19
Views: 1613

Re: 2010 Dom Perignon { compared to 08` Taittinger Comtes de Champagne}

I too like Brad, respect his knowledge, and enjoy his contributions. He has recently taken some contrarian positions to the popular concensus. I haven't had either of these wines but would have no trouble believing that the Dom is currently drinking better than the Comtes. I didn't have a problem be...
by Michael S. Monie
November 26th, 2020, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most impractical wine in the cellar?
Replies: 77
Views: 3674

Re: Most impractical wine in the cellar?

Kirk.Grant wrote: November 25th, 2020, 2:10 pm Any half bottle of Champagne...

Any wine in a plastic bag...
Definitely agree with the half bottles of Champagne; always a craps shoot.
by Michael S. Monie
November 26th, 2020, 9:37 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Forgive me WB...for I have sinned. I'm mailing it in for Thanksgiving
Replies: 49
Views: 2086

Re: Forgive me WB...for I have sinned. I'm mailing it in for Thanksgiving

Jay Miller wrote: November 25th, 2020, 11:43 am also dialing it in. Ordered the Thanksgiving dinner from Atoboy.

But I will be baking a Mama Fleming's pecan pie.
Based on my one meal at Atoboy around this time last year, I can't imagine that this will be anything less than fantastic.

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