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by Brad Baker
January 23rd, 2020, 6:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Marc Hébrart Champagne Premier Cru Brut Rosé (France, Champagne)
Replies: 10
Views: 582

Re: TN: NV Marc Hébrart Champagne Premier Cru Brut Rosé (France, Champagne)

Great note. Hebrart continues to be a very overlooked producer across the range. Prices are reasonble and quality is astoundingly high and is still going higher.
by Brad Baker
January 20th, 2020, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1029
Views: 68868

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Frank, Great note. I really like the 2012 Terre de Vertus too. I think this is mostly or all oak as steel and enamel lined tanks have slowly been phased out. The oak is from Stockinger and is of various sizes (barrels and foudres) and ages (nothing new) so more of a subtle touch, but you can tell. I...
by Brad Baker
January 7th, 2020, 11:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Help
Replies: 29
Views: 1694

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. Michael...
by Brad Baker
January 6th, 2020, 3:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Help
Replies: 29
Views: 1694

Re: Champagne Help

Michael, Too much emphasis is put on acidity in Champagne equalling long term potential/improvement and overall quality. The perception of acidity is one aspect, but not the most important. Also, while hard to believe, most 2009s have a slightly lower though quite similar acidity level to their 2008...
by Brad Baker
January 6th, 2020, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Help
Replies: 29
Views: 1694

Re: Champagne Help

If you can only pick one, I would go 2007 Dom Ruinart BdB. I think it actually drinks the best right now of all of the wines listed. It has plenty of flavor and structure to satisfy a variety of drinkers - those who want something flavorful, who want something that tastes crisp and clean, and who wa...
by Brad Baker
December 20th, 2019, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mod selection champagne
Replies: 5
Views: 576

Re: Mod selection champagne

This is the musician Drake's 'Champagne'. I find it to be more like Mariah Carey's Champagne attempt with Angel than Ace of Spades. Cattier already had what would become Ace of Spades in the works prior to the Jay-Z deal. They weren't sure what to do with it or exactly where it would fit in the port...
by Brad Baker
December 17th, 2019, 4:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Dom Perignon
Replies: 10
Views: 1192

Re: 2012 Dom Perignon

The problem in 2010 was a lot of mold/rot. Most folks did a great job sorting, but the end quality was a bit heavy and boring for most. Good wines were made from certain sites and in smaller volume, but getting a large quantity of top quality grapes was difficult. In my opinion, the best 2011s are b...
by Brad Baker
November 13th, 2019, 7:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Fete du Champagne 2019
Replies: 30
Views: 2244

Re: La Fete du Champagne 2019

Thanks for your take on 2011 Brad. Any generalisations on 2013? 2013 is a great vintage for the Cote des Blancs and a good vintage elsewhere. In general, the Cote des Blancs did better in 2013 than it did in 2012 and everywhere else did better in 2012 than it did in 2013. An easy cheat sheet on 201...
by Brad Baker
November 13th, 2019, 7:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Fete du Champagne 2019
Replies: 30
Views: 2244

Re: La Fete du Champagne 2019

I'd rather have the best 2011s in my cellar than any 2010. That's quite a statement Brad. Certainly you know a lot more than us. Do you feel Bereche Le Cran 2011 is better than the 2010 version? I do. I think the 2011 is a bit more balanced and expressive with a lot of fruity, honeyed apples and to...
by Brad Baker
November 12th, 2019, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Fete du Champagne 2019
Replies: 30
Views: 2244

Re: La Fete du Champagne 2019

Did anyone attend the Prevost dinner and try the Climax? My note from tasting this late last year is below; I am a fan of this wine and that is said with the fact that I am not much of a fan of most recent regular release Prevosts: This is a late-disgorged version of the original release of the 201...
by Brad Baker
November 12th, 2019, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Trying to find Mumm Cordon Rouge disgorgement date
Replies: 4
Views: 355

Re: Trying to find Mumm Cordon Rouge disgorgement date

John, Depending on how old the bottle is, this may or may not work, but it should work for just about anything released since the late-90s. How to decode the disgorgement date from a bottle of Mumm or Perrier-Jouet (any cuvee) 1. On each bottle, there is a lot number printed on the glass. It is norm...
by Brad Baker
November 12th, 2019, 8:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Fete du Champagne 2019
Replies: 30
Views: 2244

Re: La Fete du Champagne 2019

Reminds me good a producer Bereche is, if they managed to turn out something great in 2011. 2011 is unfairly judged as many have blindly jumped on the bandwagon that it is a bad, bad vintage. It really isn't and quite a few folks did well. Overall, it should have been a lot better than it was. Too ...
by Brad Baker
November 8th, 2019, 4:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Louis Roederer Brut Nature Starck - new vintage out in regular and rose
Replies: 13
Views: 575

Re: Louis Roederer Brut Nature Starck - new vintage out in regular and rose

The 2012 Stark Brut Nature wines are the best yet in the series (better than the 2006 and 2009) and, for 2012, the Rose is a step ahead of the Blanc in my book. A really, really nice wine. This pair isn't as good as the 2012 Cristal Duo, but it is not supposed to be. The Brut Natures are fun and com...
by Brad Baker
October 29th, 2019, 8:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First 2012 cristal offering i've seen
Replies: 27
Views: 2153

Re: First 2012 cristal offering i've seen

2012 Cristal is damn good. Better than the 2008 right now and a kind of cross between 2008 and 2009 as it has great structure and length, but also is very approachable and fruity. 2008 has a slight bit more potential, but the 2012 is very, very, very good.
by Brad Baker
October 28th, 2019, 7:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Advice on producers I should try at La Fete du Champagne?
Replies: 35
Views: 1737

Re: Advice on producers I should try at La Fete du Champagne?

Jay, In order, I would hit: Etienne Calsac: This is a rising star who still seems to be under the radar. Everything he makes is good, crisp, clean, and expressive of the place or places it comes from. His Les Rocheforts Chardonnay is a wonderful example of Bisseuil and his Clos des Maladries is one ...
by Brad Baker
October 20th, 2019, 7:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Krug event impressions: 06 vintage and some older wines
Replies: 25
Views: 1663

Re: Krug event impressions: 06 vintage and some older wines

There is no 2012 straight vintage Krug. The statement from Krug on this is that they didn't feel they had enough high quality grapes to support both the Grande Cuvee needs and the volume they wanted to make a vintage wine at. The still wines from 2012 were very, very good and I don't agree with this...
by Brad Baker
October 9th, 2019, 5:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Salon
Replies: 149
Views: 12651

Re: 2008 Salon

To address a couple of non-Salon comments in this thread: - Like Ray, I have never heard that there won't be a 2008 Krug. I haven't asked about this in years, but am pretty sure this was made. The troublesome economic year for bottling wines (not buying grapes or making wine, but bottling) was 2009....
by Brad Baker
September 27th, 2019, 5:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Disgorgement and ID codes for Vilmart Rubis NV?
Replies: 7
Views: 595

Re: Disgorgement and ID codes for Vilmart Rubis NV?

James, It is a 2014 based wine with reserves from 2013. In general Cuvee Rubis disgorgements from Vilmart in the Aug-Dec timeframe have a base vintage of two years prior - so your Dec 2016 disgorgement is a 2014 base. The wine normally sits close to a year post disgorgement before release so the 201...
by Brad Baker
September 2nd, 2019, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1029
Views: 68868

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

I've had really, really good wines from Rodez, some flawed/weird wines from Rodez, and a number of boring bottles too. Overall, I've found that from year to year and cuvee to cuvee, the wines are inconsistent. When you get a good one though, they are really nice stuff.
by Brad Baker
August 17th, 2019, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 champagne question
Replies: 46
Views: 4016

Re: 2008 champagne question

Jayson, I was a fan of the 88 SWC when it was young and thought it had loads and loads of potential. It started to age a little irregularly in the 2005-2010 timeframe and I find a lot of the bottles now quite mature and they never reached the peak I thought they would. The 88 isn't as bad as the 90 ...
by Brad Baker
August 17th, 2019, 6:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help please--L-P Grand Siecle MV Champagne--Which Vintages?
Replies: 13
Views: 1047

Re: Help please--L-P Grand Siecle MV Champagne--Which Vintages?

Q1 2018 would be a 2006/2004/2002 blend. With the blend just released onto the market (2007/2006/2004), LP has finally given in and provided a way to tell what the wine in the bottle is. Each blend now has its own number (following what many other producers such as Krug have done). The 2007/2006/200...
by Brad Baker
August 15th, 2019, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Marguet Le Parc Grand Cru brut nature
Replies: 51
Views: 2452

Re: 2014 Marguet Le Parc Grand Cru brut nature

Frank, Sorry I should have been more specific on what I meant by 5-8 years out. I meant post-release and not post-vintage. As the 2012s were released 1.5-2 years ago, I think they still have 3-6 years of good drinking and maybe more; only time will tell. With a lot of the low sulfur Champagnes, the ...
by Brad Baker
August 15th, 2019, 8:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Marguet Le Parc Grand Cru brut nature
Replies: 51
Views: 2452

Re: 2014 Marguet Le Parc Grand Cru brut nature

Frank, Some things just don't make a lot of sense when it comes to vineyard plots. You can have one plot right next to another plot with the same vine type, vine age, farming practices, basic exposition, soil analysis , and winemaking and one can consistently taste better than the other. Benoit woul...
by Brad Baker
August 15th, 2019, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Marguet Le Parc Grand Cru brut nature
Replies: 51
Views: 2452

Re: 2014 Marguet Le Parc Grand Cru brut nature

Thx Brad for the info. What's the maximum age you would keep these for? I honestly don't know as we are all learning about how Benoit's wines are handling age and he is also improving his winemaking. Right now, I'm not sure I would take these more than 5-8 years out and I would expect some bottle v...
by Brad Baker
August 12th, 2019, 7:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Marguet Le Parc Grand Cru brut nature
Replies: 51
Views: 2452

Re: 2014 Marguet Le Parc Grand Cru brut nature

Brad, I had wondered whether Egly was using the same plot. In that vineyard, is that owned by rows or does one person own it and then allow the other vintners to have the designated fruit? Also, Brad, I find it interesting that for Marguet, the Les Bermonts plot is actually on the south side of D19...
by Brad Baker
August 12th, 2019, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Marguet Le Parc Grand Cru brut nature
Replies: 51
Views: 2452

Re: 2014 Marguet Le Parc Grand Cru brut nature

On the Dethune and Marguet topic, the Dethune BdN is all Les Crayeres (soon to be clearly labeled as such) and the two make an interesting comparison of the plot. For even more fun, add in the Egly Ouriet Les Crayeres.
by Brad Baker
August 12th, 2019, 6:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 champagne question
Replies: 46
Views: 4016

Re: 2008 champagne question

The 1999 Churchill is one of the better wines of the vintage and I prefer it over its 1996 and 1998 vintages which in theory should have been better wines than the 1999. I wouldn't hold the 1999 long term, but any time over the next decade should see it drink really nice. The 2006 Chruchill is the b...
by Brad Baker
August 12th, 2019, 5:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 champagne question
Replies: 46
Views: 4016

Re: 2008 champagne question

Brodie, The 04 Winston Churchill is a nice wine. It is brighter than normal which I attribute to the vintage characteristics. It also has a biscuity, slightly honeyed richness which gives it a fuller, rounder profile that that wine is most well known for. It should continue to age well though can be...
by Brad Baker
August 11th, 2019, 7:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 champagne question
Replies: 46
Views: 4016

Re: 2008 champagne question

The 2008 Bollinger Grande Annee is a step back in the right direction for Bollinger compared to other recent releases as they are using some sulfur again. It is still a big, rich, zesty, nutty, wine that is tasty now, but it does not show the same early maturing characters as other recent vintages. ...
by Brad Baker
August 10th, 2019, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Marguet Le Parc Grand Cru brut nature
Replies: 51
Views: 2452

Re: 2014 Marguet Le Parc Grand Cru brut nature

Marguet's 2014s are very, very good across the range. At the village level, the Chouilly and Cramant are both really nice and the Avize & Cramant bottling is even a further notch above. For the Ambonnay single parcels, Le Parc (Chardonnay) is amazingly pure and really gains in richness as it has tim...
by Brad Baker
August 9th, 2019, 6:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 champagne question
Replies: 46
Views: 4016

Re: 2008 champagne question

These are three very different wines. With the Dom Perignon, you have a smooth, creamy, zesty, young wine that is enjoyable now for its youthful citrus profile, but has a ton of potential for improvement and should age for a long time. The Clos des Goisses is a bigger wine even though its blend of P...
by Brad Baker
July 13th, 2019, 8:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Brut champagne dying out?
Replies: 71
Views: 3181

Re: Is Brut champagne dying out?

Keith, I really haven't paid much attention to which ones, as I would drink them extremely rarely (usually on somebody else's dime because I wasn't buying them). Bottom line is, I frequently get instant headache when drinking Champagne --- not always, but more often than not --- but it's never happ...
by Brad Baker
July 11th, 2019, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Brut champagne dying out?
Replies: 71
Views: 3181

Re: Is Brut champagne dying out?

How much of all Champagne is Brut? 80%? More probably? Russell, Don't start bringing facts into the conversation. champagne.gif It is kind of similar to the grower/small producer movement. Most of the small stuff is actually quite bad, but it never leaves Champagne or even its local village. Most o...
by Brad Baker
July 11th, 2019, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Brut champagne dying out?
Replies: 71
Views: 3181

Re: Is Brut champagne dying out?

I don't think Brut Champagne is dying. Dosage has definitely come down from those who used to dose in the 10-12 g/L range, but it has also come up from a lot of folks who used to dose in the 0-2 g/L range. What we are seeing now is a lot of wines in the 3 g/L - 9 g/L range. There are certainly a lot...
by Brad Baker
July 7th, 2019, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone buying '08 Bollinger Grand Annee?
Replies: 8
Views: 1029

Re: Anyone buying '08 Bollinger Grand Annee?

The 2008 Grande Annee is a big step in the right direction for Bollinger compared to other recent vintages/releases and is worth the price of admission. The wine is fruity, rich, balanced, and has a nice mineral edge. It does come across as slightly forward, but nowhere near the early maturing, oxid...
by Brad Baker
July 5th, 2019, 8:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1029
Views: 68868

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Robert, They normally always come wrapped in paper/plastic combo and then are inserted into a straw holder with the booklet in between. All bottles get it whether packed in a six pack (normally wooden) or a single wooden box. Each booklet corresponds to a particular bottle number in that release of...
by Brad Baker
July 3rd, 2019, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Salon
Replies: 149
Views: 12651

Re: 2008 Salon

For as treasured a wine as Salon is, it has had a hard time moving in many vintages. It entered back into the US market with the 1979 and was cold until the 1990 and 1995 vintages when it finally starting moving in the $150-$200 range. Next came the white hot 1996 vintage when it was easy to find i...
by Brad Baker
July 3rd, 2019, 10:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Salon
Replies: 149
Views: 12651

Re: 2008 Salon

Salon began rolling this packaging out publicly this week and I'm a little shocked at the magnums only being sold with the bottles. They swear they are not going to break the packages up and the entire 8,000 magnum release will only be sold this way. Each magnum of 2008 is packaged with (2) bottles ...
by Brad Baker
June 30th, 2019, 7:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner with 06 de Venoge Rose-updated info/Dom, 3 white Burgs, 4 Zins,97 Dal Forno Valpo, 04 Foradori, more
Replies: 17
Views: 1143

Re: Dinner with 06 de Venoge Rose-updated info/Dom, 3 white Burgs, 4 Zins,97 Dal Forno Valpo, 04 Foradori, more

Paul, 1993 was the last vintaged version of Princes. It essentially became Louis XV starting with the 95 vintage and the Princes has now developed into its own NV range of Extra Brut, Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs, and Rose. This range sits between the basic offerings and the Louis XV wines. It st...
by Brad Baker
June 25th, 2019, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1029
Views: 68868

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

1985 Jacquesson Degorgement Tardif: disgorged 2010; a promising, tantalizingly forward mature nose, all honeyed and yeasty with a touch of lemon, which combines nicely with the creamy mousse; then crushing disappointment as the palate drops out and you’re left with shrill acidity and not enough sub...
by Brad Baker
June 25th, 2019, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1029
Views: 68868

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

1985 Jacquesson Degorgement Tardif: disgorged 2010; a promising, tantalizingly forward mature nose, all honeyed and yeasty with a touch of lemon, which combines nicely with the creamy mousse; then crushing disappointment as the palate drops out and you’re left with shrill acidity and not enough sub...
by Brad Baker
June 20th, 2019, 11:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pol Roger/Winston Churchill Dinner @ Atera
Replies: 29
Views: 2920

Re: Pol Roger/Winston Churchill Dinner @ Atera

Wonder what happened with the 96? Any clue why the oxidation issues ray? A number of houses that produce pinot dominated Champagnes have some issues with pre-mox in 1996. Not sure of the reason but it seems to be limited to that particular vintage. As far as anyone can determine it had to due with ...
by Brad Baker
June 16th, 2019, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1996 Clos des Goisses and Krug
Replies: 6
Views: 646

Re: 1996 Clos des Goisses and Krug

David, Glad you enjoyed the 96 Clos des Goisses. I think my biggest problem with it is that it showed better and had immense potential as a youngster that will never be fulfilled. Not a bad wine, but nowhere near the top of vintage which is where it once was at. There is also some bottle variation w...
by Brad Baker
June 13th, 2019, 8:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Philipponnat Champagne Brut Clos des Goisses (France, Champagne)
Replies: 10
Views: 626

Re: TN: 1999 Philipponnat Champagne Brut Clos des Goisses (France, Champagne)

David, the April 2006 is the best disgorgement of this wine IMO so you will be tasting what I feel is the best release of the 96 CdG.
by Brad Baker
June 13th, 2019, 6:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Philipponnat Champagne Brut Clos des Goisses (France, Champagne)
Replies: 10
Views: 626

Re: TN: 1999 Philipponnat Champagne Brut Clos des Goisses (France, Champagne)

Sounds great. Anyone know how the 1996 Clos des Goisses is drinking? I have been very disappointed in the way this wine has developed over the last 3-5 years. For a while I kept hoping it was in a strange spot, but now believe it has fallen victim to the Pinot Noir under-ripe phenolic issue that ha...
by Brad Baker
June 4th, 2019, 8:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 02 dp p2 $399-thoughts?
Replies: 44
Views: 2962

Re: 02 dp p2 $399-thoughts?

Thank you John and Brad for the additional insights. This just hit Dallas and I was able to get 4 bottles for under $400 each- which from a view of WS looks like about as good as the price will ever get stateside- so based on your raves I went ahead and locked them in. One follow-up question since ...
by Brad Baker
May 28th, 2019, 8:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Changes Afoot in NM: Gruet/NoisyWater
Replies: 9
Views: 940

Re: Changes Afoot in NM: Gruet/NoisyWater

I followed Gruet from the beginning (sorry, couldn't resist). I met the family when they were pouring at Zachy's in 2001. The story they told me was that they were vacationing in NM. The kids really liked the US and wanted to stay. The father was looking around and saw a high plateau and said, "Tha...
by Brad Baker
May 26th, 2019, 8:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1990 Duval-Leroy Elegance de Champagne
Replies: 10
Views: 467

Re: 1990 Duval-Leroy Elegance de Champagne

Wow! Thank you so much for all of this information Brad. We haven't opened it yet, but I'm anticipating sometime in the next couple of months. I did read somewhere where this was a blend of 5 Grand Cru vineyards; do you know if that is correct? Thomas, I really don't know. The Chardonnay they used ...
by Brad Baker
May 21st, 2019, 7:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1969...DP, Heitz, Freemark Abbey, Yquem
Replies: 25
Views: 1352

Re: TN: 1969...DP, Heitz, Freemark Abbey, Yquem

If it was foil and not the old plastic capsules, then it wasn't an original disgorgement. Any DP pre-1970 that has foil isn't an original disgorgement even though it doesn't say RD, or Oenotheque etc. I don't know exactly when they started stamping the labels with R.D. but there were quite a few ye...
by Brad Baker
May 16th, 2019, 3:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 02 dp p2 $399-thoughts?
Replies: 44
Views: 2962

Re: 02 dp p2 $399-thoughts?

John, Great post. The only other thing I will add is that DP has dialed in the Oenotheque/P2 program quite a bit when compared to the late releases that they offered for sale in the 1980s and 1990s (normally vintages between 1959-1980). A lot of those were just kind of released whenever without a hu...

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