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by Brad Baker
October 22nd, 2020, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?
Replies: 278
Views: 16345

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

I don't think you can blame the greedy three tier system or importers on this one. They may be taking a bigger cut than in the past, but Taittinger has decided to try and up the price by quite a bit. If first tranche pricing in the UK was £535 for a fairly limited amount and it is now £675 in the se...
by Brad Baker
October 22nd, 2020, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN - 2010 Dom Perignon - the doomed middle sibling of 2008 and 2012 is a real beauty
Replies: 11
Views: 678

Re: TN - 2010 Dom Perignon - the doomed middle sibling of 2008 and 2012 is a real beauty

Tom, Great note and I am in complete agreement with you on this wine. DP did wonders with the vintage and overachieved like I never would have imagined. While it doesn't have quite the potential of the 08 and 09 and isn't as classically structured in its youth, it is delicious already. I'd rather dr...
by Brad Baker
October 21st, 2020, 7:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?
Replies: 278
Views: 16345

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

Mike, I do think that is part of it. The sale and buyback were 2005/2006 timeframe and then the crisis of 2008/2009 hit, but I honestly believe that Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger wanted to hold the price back. To make it affordable first, but also as you allude to, to move volume year-after-year. As I ...
by Brad Baker
October 21st, 2020, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?
Replies: 278
Views: 16345

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

If you look back historically, DP, Cristal, and Comtes were always within 10% of each other up until the late 80s/early 90s (not vintages, but timeframe). At that point, Cristal started to accelerate, Comtes went up a bit and DP kind of stayed flat. By the late 90s/early 00s (again timeframe and not...
by Brad Baker
October 21st, 2020, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?
Replies: 278
Views: 16345

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

Brad, I don't understand why the challenging economy in 2009 influenced Taittinger not to make a CdC. I would have thought that this economy would have made it harder to sell Champagne and make it more advantageous to hold some back for later sale (as CdC is released years later). Less opportunity ...
by Brad Baker
October 19th, 2020, 8:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?
Replies: 278
Views: 16345

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

Taittinger have already started making promises to UK merchants that the 2011 will be released mid-2021 leaving them to infer (wrongly) that Taittinger won't keep dribbling 2008 on to the market. Taittinger are still dribbling 2005 Comtes on to the market (and trying to set prices in the secondary ...
by Brad Baker
October 9th, 2020, 6:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 Dom Perignon?
Replies: 2
Views: 567

Re: 2010 Dom Perignon?

This is a very good wine and showing great right now. Very forward, yet with structure to age and develop further in the classical DP style. Will it be as good as 2008 or 2009 turn out to be? Probably not, but I enjoy drinking it more right now than either of those. This is the best 2010 I have had ...
by Brad Baker
October 5th, 2020, 6:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?
Replies: 278
Views: 16345

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

Comtes BdB is not a small prestige wine. It is actually one of the biggest after DP. DP towers over everyone by about a factor of ten, but after that you have a number of folks that tend to sit around 500k bottles per vintage. On average, when both are released, Comtes BdB and Rose come in at aroun...
by Brad Baker
October 4th, 2020, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?
Replies: 278
Views: 16345

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

Comtes BdB is not a small prestige wine. It is actually one of the biggest after DP. DP towers over everyone by about a factor of ten, but after that you have a number of folks that tend to sit around 500k bottles per vintage. On average, when both are released, Comtes BdB and Rose come in at around...
by Brad Baker
September 25th, 2020, 6:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2000 Cristal
Replies: 13
Views: 636

Re: 2000 Cristal

The 99 is an extremely showy Cristal and was current winemaker Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon's first effort as Chef de Cave. He hit it out of the ballpark and as a youngster, this was amazing with loads of fruit, cream, and a touch of vanilla spice. It has calmed down over time and still drinks well, but ...
by Brad Baker
September 15th, 2020, 6:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1566
Views: 104710

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Blake,

Great note. I love the wines of Bonville. For some reason they remain overlooked in the Champagne world, but the entire range is dynamite and very well priced. Let's hope it stays that way for at least a little while longer.
by Brad Baker
September 15th, 2020, 6:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: 2009 Vilmart & Cie Les Blanches Voies Premier Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut
Replies: 6
Views: 686

Re: PSA: 2009 Vilmart & Cie Les Blanches Voies Premier Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut

Without regard to the price, this is a really, really pretty wine, but also the tightest, youngest tasting 2009 that I have tried. Right now, blind, it fits the profile of a 2008 more than a 2009 with its raciness and concentration. When compared to the Coeur de Cuvee, the pure Chardonnay and lower ...
by Brad Baker
September 13th, 2020, 6:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coteaux Champenois Vintage with Age?
Replies: 5
Views: 303

Re: Coteaux Champenois Vintage with Age?

I have had a few of these that have been really, really good between 20 and 40 years old and some that were still good at 50+ years old (though past their peak). The problem IMO isn't that they can't age, but that most still wines from Champagne really are not all that good - especially when consder...
by Brad Baker
September 2nd, 2020, 7:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: French Champagne Suppliers Cut Harvest Quotas
Replies: 13
Views: 984

Re: French Champagne Suppliers Cut Harvest Quotas

Smaller, high quality producers were not having any problems with sales. Folks like Agrapart, Selosse, Chartogne-Taillet, Billiot, Lilbert, Savart, Vilmart, Egly, etc... are fine. The demand is there and they easily could have made more wine, but, to be honest, that is the case every year no matter ...
by Brad Baker
September 1st, 2020, 8:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: French Champagne Suppliers Cut Harvest Quotas
Replies: 13
Views: 984

Re: French Champagne Suppliers Cut Harvest Quotas

A few quick comments on this years Champagne Yield situation: - This is all about protecting the current price level of NV Champagne - especially with mass market bottlings in Europe - Cellars in Champagne are already full and if they keep filling up with bottles, something has to give and that is ...
by Brad Baker
August 30th, 2020, 6:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Champagne Côte des Blancs Study
Replies: 13
Views: 659

Re: TN: Champagne Côte des Blancs Study

Michael, Just like any large region that grows multiple types of grapes, you are going to have vintage variations that turn the stereotypical or generalized view on its head. It is rare to have a year where all grape varieties do very, very well everywhere. 1988 comes to mind and so does 2019. There...
by Brad Baker
August 30th, 2020, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Champagne Côte des Blancs Study
Replies: 13
Views: 659

Re: TN: Champagne Côte des Blancs Study

So, Brad, let me see if I understand. In many cases you prefer the more generous and welcoming 2009s over the more structured and classical 2008s. But you prefer the more structured and classical 2013s over the more generous and welcoming 2012s. Do I have this right? Michael, I don't think I have e...
by Brad Baker
August 30th, 2020, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Taittinger Comtes
Replies: 18
Views: 1167

Re: TN: 1996 Taittinger Comtes

Blake,

You will be fine with Blanc de Blancs or Chardonnay heavy wines from 1996. The worries and variability are with those that involve a good helping of Pinot grapes.
by Brad Baker
August 30th, 2020, 8:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Champagne Côte des Blancs Study
Replies: 13
Views: 659

Re: TN: Champagne Côte des Blancs Study

That is one fun and pretty awesome tasting. 88 Krug Clos du Mesnil is one of the all-time-greats. Give it seven stars! For what has been released so far or tasted as a still wine, Robert Moncuit's Chetillons has never moved me in the same way that Peters' has and doesn't seem to have the same potent...
by Brad Baker
August 28th, 2020, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1566
Views: 104710

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Agrapart actually made some very nice 2011s. A step up from his 2010s and I have seen some folks prefer his 2011s to his 2012s (I am not one of them). Don't avoid Agrapart in 2011. Of recent releases, the star is 2013, but, really, 2010 was the only year that I thought the wines were a bit boring. A...
by Brad Baker
August 26th, 2020, 8:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Mousse Fils
Replies: 15
Views: 739

Re: Champagne Mousse Fils

Sean, In general, yes, most producers keep their reserves in tank regardless of whether they ferment and/or age in oak for the first part of their life. That being said, large wood foudres are becoming more and more common for aging reserve wines and keeping a perpetual reserve. Some folks like to m...
by Brad Baker
August 26th, 2020, 7:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Mousse Fils
Replies: 15
Views: 739

Re: Champagne Mousse Fils

Otto, I'm not 100% on anything Selosse as sometimes Anselme says one thing on one visit and something different on the next (to keep me on my toes), but the last time I visited, I talked with Guillaume about Substance and whether it was a true Solera as this always seemed a bit of a mystery to me. G...
by Brad Baker
August 26th, 2020, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What other Champagnes are similar to Krug?
Replies: 35
Views: 2922

Re: What other Champagnes are similar to Krug?

Mitch, Are you asking about second fermentation aging (8 years vs. 3 years) or reserves in the blend (8 years worth of reserves vs. 3 years worth of reserves)? I just want to make sure I understand the question. With Charles Heidsieck, the big change has been the time aging on the lees during the se...
by Brad Baker
August 24th, 2020, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Mousse Fils
Replies: 15
Views: 739

Re: Champagne Mousse Fils

Had the L'Or d'Eugene a month or so back, was pretty darn lovely stuff. Good balance with youthful zingy fruit and more mature characteristics from the perpetual blend. However, I wouldn't say perpetual reserve is the same thing as solera, because they really are not - just as any oak barrel isn't ...
by Brad Baker
August 23rd, 2020, 6:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Sparkling Wine not named Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 49
Views: 2256

Re: What Sparkling Wine not named Champagne are you drinking?

Great topic, but some memories that I wish were still here. I have dozens of suggestions and comments, will limit myself and return to this in another post. Roederer Estate is as wonderful as everybody says. Departed: Mountain Dome out of Washington is no longer produced, IMO they were the single b...
by Brad Baker
August 19th, 2020, 6:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What other Champagnes are similar to Krug?
Replies: 35
Views: 2922

Re: What other Champagnes are similar to Krug?

Emile, I view the Champagne region as one where there is a finite amount of the best land and when farmed right, this best land really can shine. It can expand or contract all it wants, but this is not likely to have any effect on the best of the best. Of course, you can overachieve and grow great g...
by Brad Baker
August 19th, 2020, 5:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging champagnes/ buying drinking aged champagnes- help please
Replies: 88
Views: 4119

Re: Aging champagnes/ buying drinking aged champagnes- help please

In reference to Jim's question on the cork and Otto's comments, I would add the following: 1) On a traditional Champagne cork, aging normally compacts the cork down to the point where the bottom/neck of the cork doesn't expand out much when you open the bottle. In general, the longer the cork is in ...
by Brad Baker
August 19th, 2020, 12:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging champagnes/ buying drinking aged champagnes- help please
Replies: 88
Views: 4119

Re: Aging champagnes/ buying drinking aged champagnes- help please

I also want to point out that my list is mostly focused on producers who have shown a good track record going back to at least the 1980s and most much, much further back than that. I'm sure there are many more producers that will prove themselves out over the coming decades.
by Brad Baker
August 19th, 2020, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging champagnes/ buying drinking aged champagnes- help please
Replies: 88
Views: 4119

Re: Aging champagnes/ buying drinking aged champagnes- help please

Emil, Everyone has there preferences, but the first 25 favorite producers that come to my mind are below. I purchase all of these with the intent to age them as I believe they improve tremendously over time. This is not to say these are my favorite 25 producers or wines, just those that are favorite...
by Brad Baker
August 17th, 2020, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What other Champagnes are similar to Krug?
Replies: 35
Views: 2922

Re: What other Champagnes are similar to Krug?

Emile, No, sales were never planned to be under 1M bottles a year. If things had gone as planned, Charles Heidsieck sales would have climbed back towards 3.5-4M bottles in the 1990s. The original dip in volume in the late 1980s and early 1990s was to build up reserve stock. The hope was that once th...
by Brad Baker
August 17th, 2020, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What other Champagnes are similar to Krug?
Replies: 35
Views: 2922

Re: What other Champagnes are similar to Krug?

Brad, while not exactly 1/3rd the price, what’s your view on 2008 Charles Heidsieck? Dinesh, I like the 2008 and think it is quite young now, but will develop very well over the next decade. Today, the wine shows lots of citrus on the nose, has a red citrus palate with touches of cream and bitterne...
by Brad Baker
August 17th, 2020, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What other Champagnes are similar to Krug?
Replies: 35
Views: 2922

Re: What other Champagnes are similar to Krug?

Mr. Baker, Up until the last handful of years, Charles Heidsieck was roughly 700,000 total bottles, correct? While this is certainly 15X higher production than Growers like Selosse as an example, it is merely a fraction of the production of other houses which are often, and possibly erroneously, re...
by Brad Baker
August 16th, 2020, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What other Champagnes are similar to Krug?
Replies: 35
Views: 2922

Re: What other Champagnes are similar to Krug?

Taittinger's reserve wines are predominatnly only 1-2 years older than the base vintage and usually make up only 20%-30% of the final blend (with closer to 20% being more common). A lot of producers don't hold their reserve wines separately all that long (cost, space) or choose to start a perpetual ...
by Brad Baker
August 16th, 2020, 2:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What other Champagnes are similar to Krug?
Replies: 35
Views: 2922

Re: What other Champagnes are similar to Krug?

Nothing is all that similar to Krug especially when you consider that they use all three of the main grape types, grow/source from all over the region, and use a very large amount of reserves across numerous years. You are not going to find many small producers capable of doing that and the larger p...
by Brad Baker
August 16th, 2020, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 is the greatest vintage in champagne since . . . (talk among yourselves)
Replies: 8
Views: 937

Re: 2008 is the greatest vintage in champagne since . . . (talk among yourselves)

Blake, Yes, I traditionally visit in the November/early December time frame to taste the wines after fermentation has finished (sometimes it hasn't for some wines) and then in April to taste the wines before bottling and often as final blends. I feel that you can really get a gauge on the wines, whe...
by Brad Baker
August 16th, 2020, 10:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where's The 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne BdB?
Replies: 137
Views: 7923

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

Have they ever priced north of Dom? That would be bold... Why? It's smaller production and often better. Is there any tete de cuvée that has a larger production than DP? Knowing that many producers cut back production of their 2008's because of the economy at the time, does anyone know what the qua...
by Brad Baker
August 16th, 2020, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 is the greatest vintage in champagne since . . . (talk among yourselves)
Replies: 8
Views: 937

Re: 2008 is the greatest vintage in champagne since . . . (talk among yourselves)

You can get a fairly good feel for the vintage by the spring of the following year just before the wines are bottled. Of course, no one ever knows exactly where the wines will end up, but by tasting in the fall after harvest and in the spring before bottling, you can get a pretty good view on things...
by Brad Baker
August 16th, 2020, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 is the greatest vintage in champagne since . . . (talk among yourselves)
Replies: 8
Views: 937

Re: 2008 is the greatest vintage in champagne since . . . (talk among yourselves)

Jay, I would say it is the best since 1996 though I am not convinced it will be a true classic or all-time great type of vintage like 1988, 1982, 1976, 1964, etc... You are betting on potential with 2008 and in most wines it is clearly there, but as with 1996, there were some mistakes made. A number...
by Brad Baker
August 15th, 2020, 7:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging champagnes/ buying drinking aged champagnes- help please
Replies: 88
Views: 4119

Re: Aging champagnes/ buying drinking aged champagnes- help please

Blake, Both your bottles to me sound like they were not stored properly and had heat damage. The wines probably sat somewhere where the temperature was too warm for parts of many years. I have had numerous old Champagnes like this - even when they looked perfect before opening the bottle, they didn'...
by Brad Baker
August 14th, 2020, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where's The 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne BdB?
Replies: 137
Views: 7923

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

The problem with the 2008 Dom (and a lot of Dom when young) is that the Dom character rules out. Do a blind tasting of 2008 vs. 2009 Dom alongside a blind tasting of 2008 vs. 2009 Cristal. It is very easy to pick out the vintage of Cristal as the vintage character is strong and the Cristal character...
by Brad Baker
August 14th, 2020, 3:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging champagnes/ buying drinking aged champagnes- help please
Replies: 88
Views: 4119

Re: Aging champagnes/ buying drinking aged champagnes- help please

I've always thought that cristal has the most dramatic (and graceful) transformation with age. Would Brad or anyone else know if there is anything particularly distinctive about the dosage regimen (or otherwise) that might cause this? In regards to the regular release Cristal (and most of the other...
by Brad Baker
August 14th, 2020, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging champagnes/ buying drinking aged champagnes- help please
Replies: 88
Views: 4119

Re: Aging champagnes/ buying drinking aged champagnes- help please

A couple of comments on low to non dosage wines and how they age in my experience: - As more and more producers began to move towards low and no-dosage wines with the mid-90s vintages, we are already seeing the effects. It is vintage dependent, but a lot are not aging all that well or are not changi...
by Brad Baker
August 13th, 2020, 6:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging champagnes/ buying drinking aged champagnes- help please
Replies: 88
Views: 4119

Re: Aging champagnes/ buying drinking aged champagnes- help please

I think William has done a good job at describing multiple aspects of buying, drinking, and enjoying aged Champagne. I'll try to list some brief thoughts below: 1) Not everyone is going to like the flavors that aging a Champagne brings and what is aged to one person is young to another. I really don...
by Brad Baker
August 12th, 2020, 7:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1566
Views: 104710

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Just wait for the 2019 Cristal.... It will be a number of years, but I think it will be better than the 2012 (which I think is slightly better than the 2009.... which I think is slightly better than the 2008). Best young Cristal I have ever tasted is the 2019 and the next best (2012) is not all tha...
by Brad Baker
August 5th, 2020, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mysteries solved re Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose and Brut Sous Bois
Replies: 18
Views: 976

Re: Mysteries solved re Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose and Brut Sous Bois

Blake, You should have tracked down an older Sous Bois bottle just to complete the label triumvirate. I absolutely hated the initial label this wine was launched with. It gave me a headache just to look at it. The new wooden label is quite nice and I think they finally got it right as even the dark ...
by Brad Baker
August 1st, 2020, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Article: The era of grower Champagnes is over
Replies: 113
Views: 6246

Re: Article: The era of grower Champagnes is over

Mr. Baker, what are your thoughts regarding Fallet-Prevostat(Fallet-Crouzet, Fallet-Gouron, Fallet-M) regardless if Producer fits nicely into your described waves or not? Thank you for your contributions. I enjoy the wines and they are held in high regard by many in Champagne. For a long time, they...
by Brad Baker
July 31st, 2020, 7:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Selosse 2008?
Replies: 5
Views: 622

Re: Selosse 2008?

Evan, Looking through my notes, I have not sampled the 2008 pre-release, but note that it is a planned release. This is also shown on the 2007 Millesime bottle where the label shows future vintages. I would expect it to be a normal release and not just magnum only although I have learned to never as...
by Brad Baker
July 31st, 2020, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Article: The era of grower Champagnes is over
Replies: 113
Views: 6246

Re: Article: The era of grower Champagnes is over

Nathan, Ledru really doesn't fit nicely into the picture as she flew under the radar for too long, but you could put her into the 3rd wave as an honorary member. Marie-Noelle and her wines really started to get a lot of attention around the same time as what I called the 3rd wave did and a lot of th...
by Brad Baker
July 31st, 2020, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Personal Favorites With The Cedric Bouchard Lineup?
Replies: 23
Views: 929

Re: Personal Favorites With The Cedric Bouchard Lineup?

I wonder if Cedric kept any of his Coteaux Champenois wines at all. It would be interesting to see how they aged. I believe he ended up selling most of the still wine he made off to negociants who used it as reserve wine for Champagne.
by Brad Baker
July 31st, 2020, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Personal Favorites With The Cedric Bouchard Lineup?
Replies: 23
Views: 929

Re: Personal Favorites With The Cedric Bouchard Lineup?

Thanks Brad. Very interesting on the Coteaux Champenois, have you had the opportunity to try it? Would be interested to know the style of the wine produced. Hopefully someone has some insight to the original question, otherwise, please let me know should have have the chance to enquire in the futur...

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