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by Brad Baker
April 5th, 2020, 5:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pierre Peters L'Etonnant Monsieur Victor - effect on Chetillons?
Replies: 3
Views: 264

Re: Pierre Peters L'Etonnant Monsieur Victor - effect on Chetillons?

Doug, In theory, you can say that this should affect the Les Chetillons bottling, but I haven't noticed it and not all Peters' wine from Les Chetillons goes into the Les Chetillons bottling. 'Best tank' can also mean various things especially when you have to blend. There are definitely differences ...
by Brad Baker
April 5th, 2020, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV (but 2015) Vouette et Sorbee Fidele
Replies: 10
Views: 448

Re: TN: NV (but 2015) Vouette et Sorbee Fidele

Outside of the Saignee de Sorbee, I find everything that Vouette et Sorbee makes to be very variable from bottle to bottle and release to release. It has been a while since I have had a Fidele that I enjoyed. Some bottles show volatile acidity, some bottles show oxidation/maturity, some bottles show...
by Brad Baker
April 5th, 2020, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your ten most influential wines
Replies: 149
Views: 10699

Re: Your ten most influential wines

My ten are listed below with the first nine in chronological order and covers from the 1990s to 2003. NV Mumm Napa Blanc de Noirs - My introduction into the world of sparkling wine. Piper-Sonoma Vintage Brut from the late 1980s and early 1990s (blanc and Rose) - Wow, sparkling wine can be from a sin...
by Brad Baker
March 30th, 2020, 5:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help! Please help me to accurately describe and understand a character tasted in a champagne
Replies: 21
Views: 1008

Re: Help! Please help me to accurately describe and understand a character tasted in a champagne

Blake, So it sounds like this is narrowed down to (2) particular bottles of Piper NV and (1) bottle of Bruno Paillard BdB. This happens to also represent your only experience with these wines so there is a limited sample size. I don't know if I would expect the other Bruno Paillard BdB bottle that y...
by Brad Baker
March 30th, 2020, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help! Please help me to accurately describe and understand a character tasted in a champagne
Replies: 21
Views: 1008

Re: Help! Please help me to accurately describe and understand a character tasted in a champagne

Blake, When you are referring to multiple bottles of Piper, is this is reference to just the NV or have you experienced this in any other wines in the Piper-Heidsieck range. Same for Bruno Paillard - have you found this characteristic in any other wines in his range besides this BdB? This can help e...
by Brad Baker
March 30th, 2020, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help! Please help me to accurately describe and understand a character tasted in a champagne
Replies: 21
Views: 1008

Re: Help! Please help me to accurately describe and understand a character tasted in a champagne

Blake, You got me on this one. Piper's NV and Bruno Paillard's BdB are not similar wines and while there is a chance that they may have some common Chardonnay grapes in the blend, the amount would probably be pretty minor. The only thing they really have in common is that their respective wineries a...
by Brad Baker
March 29th, 2020, 10:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New (?) Champagne Book--TERROIR CHAMPAGNE
Replies: 12
Views: 683

Re: New (?) Champagne Book--TERROIR CHAMPAGNE

Caroline Henry does good work. She is passionate about clean farming and is a great advocate for Chamapgne and the producers who follow the organic/biodynamic way. Additionaly, she also is a pretty great person in general. Her book has been out for a couple years now and she did a tour of the US in ...
by Brad Baker
March 19th, 2020, 9:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNR 2011 Pierre Peters Les Chetillons
Replies: 6
Views: 509

Re: TNR 2011 Pierre Peters Les Chetillons

The 2011 Chetillons is a very good bottle of wine and a top notch 2011, but the 2013 L'Esprit is better. 2013 is a great vintage for Cote de Blancs Chardonnay. 2011 is much more difficult unless you really waited for ripeness.
by Brad Baker
March 16th, 2020, 7:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Krug: A Grand, Grande Cuvée!
Replies: 7
Views: 926

Re: Krug: A Grand, Grande Cuvée!

Probably a 2001 base, but could also be the tail end of the 2000 base. Both have aged wonderfully.
by Brad Baker
March 16th, 2020, 6:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Laurent-Perrier: A Grand, Grand Siecle "La Cuvée"
Replies: 7
Views: 422

Re: Laurent-Perrier: A Grand, Grand Siecle "La Cuvée"

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March 16th, 2020, 2:35 pm
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by Brad Baker
March 16th, 2020, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Laurent-Perrier: A Grand, Grand Siecle "La Cuvée"
Replies: 7
Views: 422

Re: Laurent-Perrier: A Grand, Grand Siecle "La Cuvée"

Michael, It would pre-date 1996 as a base. If you purchased it 15 years ago with the heart shaped label, the current release would have been 1995/1993/1990 although there was still 1993/1990/1988, 1990/1988/1985, and 1988/1985/1982 floating around too. The wine wasn't a huge seller in the US in the ...
by Brad Baker
March 15th, 2020, 7:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best overperforming wine you’ve ever had
Replies: 98
Views: 5067

Re: Best overperforming wine you’ve ever had

1988 Heidsieck Monopole Diamant Rose - One of the last great wines from a house that lost its way and greatness in the era when Mumm owned it and only got worse once Vranken took over. This drank brilliant into the late 2000s. It is tired now, but I still have a bottle left to track how it evolves o...
by Brad Baker
March 15th, 2020, 7:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Laurent-Perrier: A Grand, Grand Siecle "La Cuvée"
Replies: 7
Views: 422

Re: Laurent-Perrier: A Grand, Grand Siecle "La Cuvée"

Michael,

What label does this wine have - the older styled heart shaped label or the newer oval shape? Did you purchase this in the US? This can help determine what might be in the bottle. If you have the cork, the code on it is also helpful.
by Brad Baker
March 10th, 2020, 8:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Cristal Mags--disgorgement video
Replies: 5
Views: 704

Re: 2008 Cristal Mags--disgorgement video

I don't expect any type of special premium on the 2008 Magnums as it will be the original release of the wine. The premium is normally on any later released magnums and then on the Vinotheque releases.
by Brad Baker
March 8th, 2020, 7:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Last up: 2009 Cristal - Champagne-logue. Ongoing account of vacation wines.
Replies: 24
Views: 1798

Re: Champagne-logue. Ongoing account of vacation wines. First up, Vilmart and Pol Roger

Warren, Looks like you are going to have a fun time. Pol Roger's Blanc de Blancs tends to go very creamy in a doughy, toasty, yeasty, honeyed way around 12-15 years old. It also can gain a bit or a buttery or mushroomy edge too. Lately, a number of the Pol Roger vintage releases have been a bit unpr...
by Brad Baker
March 7th, 2020, 8:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1112
Views: 76023

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Warren, It changes over time based on supply and demand. Back in that timeframe, it was five to six for halves and six to seven for full bottles. Always great information! champagne.gif Warren, I should add that this timeframe does seem to be Krug's preference for aging prior to disgorgement, but, ...
by Brad Baker
March 6th, 2020, 8:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1112
Views: 76023

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Warren,

It changes over time based on supply and demand. Back in that timeframe, it was five to six for halves and six to seven for full bottles.
by Brad Baker
March 6th, 2020, 6:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1112
Views: 76023

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Half bottle of MV Krug with Fu's Schrenckii caviar (hey, it's Wednesday and it's been a rough half week). I thought this was one of the newer releases, but there's no ID, and the cork code is V642. I think that's a base vintage of 1999. This must be at its apogee; I can't fathom it being better. A ...
by Brad Baker
March 6th, 2020, 5:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2002 p2
Replies: 6
Views: 774

Re: 2002 p2

William, I think the 2002 P2 is quite a different wine from the original release. Personally, I never found the 2002 original release to be a great DP though I know many did. To me, the shortcomings of the original release show next to the P2. The original release is currently dominated by the fatne...
by Brad Baker
February 23rd, 2020, 10:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Taittinger Comtes de Champagne - any copycats?
Replies: 24
Views: 1470

Re: Taittinger Comtes de Champagne - any copycats?

Yaacov, The closest comparison I can think of is Pierre Peters Chetillons (Special Club or just Cuvee Speciale for older bottles) with two to three decades of age. When young, the Peters wine isn't all that similar, but as it ages, it kind of takes a stylistic place right between Comtes and Krug Clo...
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: 12
Views: 902

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: 1112
Views: 76023

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: 1855

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: 1855

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: 1855

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: 580

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: 1263

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: 2307

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: 2307

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: 2307

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: 402

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: 2307

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: 588

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: 2199

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: 1777

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: 1685

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: 12759

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: 604

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: 1112
Views: 76023

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: 4091

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: 1079

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: 2489

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: 2489

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: 2489

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: 2489

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: 2489

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: 4091

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: 4091

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: 4091

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. ...

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