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by Alain M
October 18th, 2019, 12:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to correctly pronounce Piper Heidsieck in French?
Replies: 39
Views: 2044

Re: How to correctly pronounce Piper Heidsieck in French?

Not really proud to say this, but I would bet a good bottle that most French people who don't actually know how it is pronounced would butcher it. You could go from "Pee-perrr Hide-sickkkkk" to "Piii-pair Hid-sec" depending on the folks. Edit: so the good news is you can't really be wrong when talki...
by Alain M
August 13th, 2019, 1:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The ultimate in excessibe ballerness
Replies: 35
Views: 3045

Re: The ultimate in excessibe ballerness

For those who can read French, there's an interesting thread on La Passion du Vin forum on Liber Pater. Loic Pasquet participated in it initially, but stopped responding when the hard questions came up.
Guy is a fraud, pure and simple.

Alain
by Alain M
July 24th, 2019, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A great week-end (in french) : Rousseau, Groffier, Molitor, Beauséjour-Bécot, Pierre Morey, ...
Replies: 10
Views: 846

Re: A great week-end (in french) : Rousseau, Groffier, Molitor, Beauséjour-Bécot, Pierre Morey, ...

Hi Laurent! So you did notice it's an English speaking forum, right? What's the point of this yet another "Hey look at me, I drink great wines! But f*ck you if you think I'm gonna bother translating all that sh*t!", huh? Don't get enough likes or whatever on other social media? Need to get more expo...
by Alain M
July 21st, 2019, 2:44 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 218
Views: 16116

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)

We're going to try to book L'Abri for late September. Unfortunately currently I have no idea how to do so as I've never been able to reach them to book a reservation. :) Hi Andrew, Any idea what week you'll be there? Or even some days when you'd be available? I'm going next week so I'll try to book...
by Alain M
July 15th, 2019, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Quick thoughts on a Chevillon sale - other producers added
Replies: 29
Views: 1465

Re: Quick thoughts on a Chevillon sale - other producers added

^ Crazy good pricing for the Rully. Is that some wholesale deal or they're closing business?
Michel Gros is very good, if you have the cash I'd say go ahead because VR 1er Cru @110 will seem like a bargain 5 years from now.
And Bourgogne blanc @20?! Buy everything.

Alain
by Alain M
July 15th, 2019, 6:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Quick thoughts on a Chevillon sale - other producers added
Replies: 29
Views: 1465

Re: Quick thoughts on a Chevillon sale

Buy everything you can from 2015/16 at those prices. Chevillon wines need time but they are still enjoyable at 8-10 years imo.

Alain
by Alain M
June 30th, 2019, 1:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What meals did you grow up on
Replies: 72
Views: 3933

Re: What meals did you grow up on

Potatoes. Sautéed, rösti, mashed... any kind, any time. A few years ago we went skiing in Switzerland while at my parents for xmas near the border, I had rösti for breakfast at Mövenpick, saucisse and fries at lunch, and tartiflette (potatoes, roblochon, bacon and onions backed in the oven) for dine...
by Alain M
June 25th, 2019, 3:27 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 218
Views: 16116

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)

It has historically been near impossible to reserve. I had a friend who would have another friend who knew the Chef go to the restaurant to make a reservation. Has this changed? We're going to try to book L'Abri for late September. Unfortunately currently I have no idea how to do so as I've never b...
by Alain M
June 24th, 2019, 12:16 pm
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: 1120

Re: Dinner with 06 de Venoge Rose/Dom, 3 white Burgs, 4 Zins,97 Dal Forno Valpo, 04 Foradori, 00 Arnaldo-Caprai,09 P+S,

^ I believe what is meant is that De Venoge is a very generic brand, which entry cuvée can be had around 25€ or so. Not bad but very generic indeed. I guess they make some other cuvées as well to explain the $250 price tag comments.

Alain
by Alain M
June 24th, 2019, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Un très beau repas (Dom Pérignon 1970, Ca d'Morissio 2003, Dow's 1985, ...)
Replies: 19
Views: 1351

Re: Un très beau repas (Dom Pérignon 1970, Ca d'Morissio 2003, Dow's 1985, ...)

Laurent, how hard are you trying to be the new François A.? Little substance in the tasting notes but won't miss an occasion to showboat all those great wines you drank? Also need to post how many times you had them before and all that? Nice! Sorry to others for the thread drift but it's both funny ...
by Alain M
June 24th, 2019, 10:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 218
Views: 16116

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)

I've yet to go there myself but all my drinking buddies rave about this place: L'Abri in the 10th district. Diner menu is 60€. Food is apparently great. From what I've seen, the wine list ain't shabby either. They recently got their first Michelin star so be warned to book well ahead of time.

Alain
by Alain M
May 17th, 2019, 1:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: OOPS! Diner gets wrong wine £4500 le Pin
Replies: 32
Views: 2607

Re: OOPS! Diner gets wrong wine £4500 le Pin

FYI Hawksmoor might be considered a chain restaurant but it's not a big size operation. They are actually pretty well known for their steaks (sourced from the Ginger Pig by Tim Wilson) and it's not cheap. So it's not that surprising that they have pricey items on their list.

Alain
by Alain M
May 15th, 2019, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Odoul-Coquard my favourite emerging Burgundy producer
Replies: 13
Views: 1043

Re: Domaine Odoul-Coquard my favourite emerging Burgundy producer

I've been following the domaine for a few years now, they have a booth each end of year at the "Vignerons Indépendants" Wine Fair in Paris (the largest public wine fair in France, over 1000 domaines there for 4 days), so I visit almost each year. Here's my 2cts on the wines. Pros: - Nice people, a b...
by Alain M
March 4th, 2019, 9:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gigondas is More Enjoyable than Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Fight me!
Replies: 66
Views: 3031

Re: Gigondas is More Enjoyable than Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Fight me!

Quite a few CdP have 100% Grenache and some 100% Syrah I can't recall offhand anyone doing 100% Syrah in CdP. Mourvedre, yes, but Syrah no. Who am I missing? There are a lot 100% Grenache, but few 100% Syrah indeed. A few months back, there was an article dedicated to CdP 2016 in "La Revue du Vin d...
by Alain M
February 21st, 2019, 11:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Rayas holding back wine to drive prices higher?
Replies: 49
Views: 4052

Re: Chateau Rayas holding back wine to drive prices higher?

RAYAS-2010, CdP-Reserve: https://www.vinsetmillesimes.com/en/rayas/38774-rayas-2010.html You really shouldn't use this site as a reliable indicator of prices. They are known for very high pricing, hence why they still have stocks of pretty-difficult-to-find wines. I just had a look at Ramonet: 600 ...
by Alain M
February 19th, 2019, 1:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ramonet Red Wines: Worth Pursuing?
Replies: 8
Views: 641

Re: Ramonet Red Wines: Worth Pursuing?

^ +1 Prices are ridiculously low at the domaine for the quality but if prices are high due to name then I would look at another appelation altogether. I like Chassagne rouge but it's really not in the same realm than most Côtes de Nuits. For 50-60€ at the wine shop, I would go for something else. Al...
by Alain M
December 8th, 2018, 5:13 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: MUSINGS FROM AMSTERDAM UPDATED VERSION WITH A FALL 2019 UPDATE
Replies: 65
Views: 3270

Re: MUSINGS FROM AMSTERDAM FALL 2018 UPDATED VERSION

During my latest trip to this amazing city, on a friend's advice I went to the Breda restaurant for lunch. You must go there on your next trip. Just great cooking and pretty nice wine list. Wonderful.

Alain
by Alain M
December 3rd, 2018, 7:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 M. Chapoutier St. Joseph Blanc Les Granits
Replies: 10
Views: 469

Re: TN: 2015 M. Chapoutier St. Joseph Blanc Les Granits

Had a 2007 from magnum around 3 weeks ago. Drinking very well and years to improve still.

Alain
by Alain M
October 27th, 2018, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2004 Domaine Leroy ( Declassified) Vosne-Romanee revisited
Replies: 25
Views: 1952

Re: 2004 Domaine Leroy ( Declassified) Vosne-Romanee revisited

I am not sure you get it if you did not the history behind the declassification ( which was a one off) The wines in 2004 were declassified so that the Bourgogne had wine included from ( Pommard Vignots, Savigny Narbatons, Clos de Vougeots, Clos de la Roche and Corton Renardes). So it not a standard...
by Alain M
October 26th, 2018, 3:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 6 Taittingers and a 2015 Domaine Blain-Gagnard Le Montrachet
Replies: 22
Views: 1473

Re: 6 Taittingers and a 2015 Domaine Blain-Gagnard Le Montrachet

The Blain-Gagnard Bâtard-Montrachet 2005 was my epiphany wine. It was my xmas present to my father around 10 years ago (I bought it on my first visit at the domaine and was the current release, so I guess 2007), and he opened it on xmas eve the year after that. At the time I was already drinking win...
by Alain M
October 26th, 2018, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2004 Domaine Leroy ( Declassified) Vosne-Romanee revisited
Replies: 25
Views: 1952

Re: 2004 Domaine Leroy ( Declassified) Vosne-Romanee revisited

So what do you mean by "declassified"? For Bourgogne I think I get it, but for Vosne ? Does this mean that it's a Premier Cru and ends up being sold as "village"? Thanks for the clarification! As a side note, and because I posted recently in the Travel Forum about Paris, you can find the Bourgogne 2...
by Alain M
October 25th, 2018, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Delicious Syrah from outside of Rhone- 2016 Clos Saint Joseph Syrah Côtes de Provence
Replies: 9
Views: 643

Re: Delicious Syrah from outside of Rhone- 2016 Clos Saint Joseph Syrah Côtes de Provence

Never heard of it before. I just checked and see the 2016 at 38€. I might be tempted given the TN, but it is certainly pricey especially for the AOP. At this price you have options in (really) high-end St Joseph and entry level Côte Rôtie...

Still, this TN pokes my interest... ;)

Alain
by Alain M
October 25th, 2018, 1:57 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Paris in February? Where to Stay?
Replies: 101
Views: 4607

Re: Paris in February? Where to Stay?

Food is ok but don't expect anything great. However I've not tried game meats there, I've heard it's good but cannot confirm. To be honest, I go there mainly for the Raveneau... Maybe it's 80€ and not 70€ (was 70€ last year), not sure, but in this ballpark. They have an allocation and are a known sp...
by Alain M
October 19th, 2018, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I popped a young one for fun -- no regrets
Replies: 11
Views: 1161

Re: I popped a young one for fun -- no regrets

If you only open wines at their "best" moment, you won't learn very much about how wines develop. Thing is, I already make too much "mistakes" opening some wines that are too young for my taste, so I don't need to pile on. Still, there certainly is some satisfaction with opening a young bottle when...
by Alain M
October 16th, 2018, 1:35 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Paris in February? Where to Stay?
Replies: 101
Views: 4607

Re: Paris in February? Where to Stay?

Cold season = hunting season => diner at La Biche au bois to get your annual dose of game meat and Raveneau GCs (at 70€/bottle).

Alain
by Alain M
October 15th, 2018, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Sunday in the Park
Replies: 5
Views: 413

Re: TN: Sunday in the Park

I've yet to taste Rayas 98, but from what I heard it's not ready yet. Give it at least 5+ years. Maybe due to the hot year and Emmanuel Reynaud being on his second vintage (?) at Rayas, it's also just not a great Rayas. Pialade 2009, like the Chateau des Tours from the same year, is still years from...
by Alain M
July 25th, 2018, 12:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Pierre Gaillard Cote Rotie
Replies: 17
Views: 662

TN: 2004 Pierre Gaillard Cote Rotie

I like Gaillard's Côte Rôtie and I'm pretty adverse to oak. The only thing is that they need time so that the oak integrates. It never goes away indeed, but it's not overtaking. I got a good deal on some 2007 last year and grabbed a few, very classic CR imo. Not complex or anything, but if you want ...
by Alain M
July 18th, 2018, 2:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coravin - would you buy again?
Replies: 130
Views: 14640

Coravin - would you buy again?

I totally get your point given your consumption habbits, but for me the interest was more in poking through lots of bottles over 6-12 months. That's assuming I could drink at least half or two third of a bottle before I had to open it, and during this period there'd be no oxydation. But clearly base...
by Alain M
July 18th, 2018, 1:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cote Rotie recommendation
Replies: 30
Views: 2169

Cote Rotie recommendation

I know it is not Côte Rôtie, but for around the same price (35-40€) as some CR I think the Clos des Grives (Combier) or La Guiraude (Graillot) in Crozes Hermitage offer better value. I'd rather have them than most entry level CR.

Alain
by Alain M
July 17th, 2018, 7:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coravin - would you buy again?
Replies: 130
Views: 14640

Coravin - would you buy again?

So most would buy again despite: - Leakage if the bottle is stored horizontally without tookpick/wax/etc. to seal the supposedly tiny hole - Often getting some oxydation after only a few weeks - Having issues with older wines (corks and sediment) - High prices for refills - ... Is that it? I can und...
by Alain M
July 17th, 2018, 1:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Northern Rhones - what are you drinking?
Replies: 28
Views: 2525

2016 Northern Rhones - wbat are you drinking?

I've bought a lot of 2015 compared to 2016 (at least so far), based on reviews and comments by friends. I thought 2016 was for early/earlier drinking, but after a few bottles I'm not so sure... All the wines I've had have shown very mature fruit, sometimes even more so than the 2015 versions, with l...
by Alain M
July 14th, 2018, 3:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: One of your regular bottles jumps in value.
Replies: 137
Views: 6053

One of your regular bottles jumps in value.

Selling because you don't like the wine is not so much an economic decision...even if it results in a profit. Now buying 15-20 bottles of a wine you have never tried, that's a different problem. Actually first time I had a Clos Rougeard was at a blind tasting maybe 8 years ago, when I hadn't even h...
by Alain M
July 12th, 2018, 5:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: One of your regular bottles jumps in value.
Replies: 137
Views: 6053

One of your regular bottles jumps in value.

^^ +1

I have bought 15-20 bottles of Clos Rougeard some time back, based on reputation and unique caracter, but after trying a few I've realized it's just not my thing.

Why wouldn't I sell them at the current, crazy prices?! Because otherwise that would mean I'm not a wine lover? I call BS.

Alain
by Alain M
July 11th, 2018, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best 2015 No. Rhône to Stock Up on? Jamet or Juge?
Replies: 23
Views: 2005

Best 2015 No. Rhône to Stock Up on? Jamet or Juge?

Out of curiosity, what are the current US prices for those 3 ? If it is any consolation, Jamet 2015 is pretty hard to find in France. If you find it, it most likely won't be below 75€. I bought just 3 bottles at 80€ (started buying at well below 50€ not that long ago so I'm reaching my limit), and t...
by Alain M
July 2nd, 2018, 10:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on 2005 Red Burgundy
Replies: 38
Views: 2344

Thoughts on 2005 Red Burgundy

James Billy wrote:
Jeremy Holmes wrote:They still need plenty of time. '08's are starting to drink really well. Drink them while you wait Brad.
I find 2008s still closed and acidic. Only some BGO have started to mature IME.
I'm afraid this acidity won't disappear even with more time. We'll see.

Alain
by Alain M
June 12th, 2018, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pignan or Pialade x4?
Replies: 23
Views: 1030

Pignan or Pialade x4?

IMO if you wanna go solely by QPR, then you'd only buy the VdP because most of the aromatics that you find in all Rayas/Tours are there. You don't get the complexity, the length etc. but vs. Fonsalette at 5-6x, Rayas at 10-12+x, QPR cannot be beat. Pialade 2007 is not too shabby either, same for 200...
by Alain M
June 11th, 2018, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pignan or Pialade x4?
Replies: 23
Views: 1030

Pignan or Pialade x4?

Pialade is 17-18€ at the domaine. CdR 14-15€. VdP 9-10€. 2008 is possibly the best Pialade vintage I've had. Have yet to try Pignan. CdR was fantastic as well. Depending on how much other Reynaud wines I'd have, I'd certainly go for the Pialade. Its drinking window might be shorter than the CdR, but...
by Alain M
June 6th, 2018, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 White Burgundy
Replies: 41
Views: 2732

2015 White Burgundy

I think I prefer 2014 for good villages or 1er Crus, but in 2015 some lesser known AOC like Macon and such have better wines than 2014 or 2016. imo.

Alain
by Alain M
May 31st, 2018, 7:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy is always a mine field
Replies: 30
Views: 2624

Burgundy is always a mine field

Not sure you can call the Ramonet 96 "premoxed" as it is 20+ years old.

Alain
by Alain M
May 31st, 2018, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Must visit wineries near Montpellier France ?
Replies: 11
Views: 457

Must visit wineries near Montpellier France ?

Off the top of my head: - Pic Saint Loup: Ermitage du PSL (beautiful location as well), Christophe Peyrus - Aniane, Puéchabon, Montpeyrous: Grange des Pères (you can try your luck, getting entry is based mostly on luck since getting an appointment is nearly impossible), Mas de la Séranne (the nicest...
by Alain M
May 12th, 2018, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tell me about DRC Marc de Bourgogne
Replies: 7
Views: 1193

Tell me about DRC Marc de Bourgogne

60 is reasonable depending on the release. More a curiosity to me than a really fine spirit at the price point. Fun to try if you’ve never had This. I paid 30€ in a Paris restaurant maybe 5 years ago, I guess it would be closer to 50€ now. Nothing to write home about, just fun to drink a DRC label ...
by Alain M
April 13th, 2018, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN--2008 Jamet Cote Rotie
Replies: 8
Views: 858

TN--2008 Jamet Cote Rotie

Only had this once maybe 3 years ago and compared to other vintages I've had, it was clearly a step below. Maybe it has improved since or was in a bad period then.

Alain
by Alain M
April 13th, 2018, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly
Replies: 26
Views: 2185

TN: 2014 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly

There is a bunch of great Q/P in St Aubin (and also Rully) at the moment. I buy stuff at the "Vignerons Indépendants" wine fair, and there are great things below 20€. Sadly, C-M wines are difficult to find in France, sell out very quickly and prices have shot up. I have a single St Aubin Le Banc 201...
by Alain M
April 7th, 2018, 6:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '09 Cru Beaujolais; where are they now?
Replies: 114
Views: 6020

'09 Cru Beaujolais; where are they now?

I would suggest slow ox on the Lapierre 2009 for a good 12 hours, maybe 24. Lots of VA/reduction.

Alain
by Alain M
January 10th, 2018, 1:30 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2012
Views: 170440

Steak Porn

Also picked up some pork chops that had been dry marinated in piment d'espelette which were fantastic. I do need to get used to the way they butcher pork chops in France; the butcher usually carves out small triangles in the fat to increase surface area for seasoning/fat melt. Looks weird to me. Se...
by Alain M
December 18th, 2017, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 N Rhône: pick your poison
Replies: 15
Views: 1590

2015 N Rhône: pick your poison

I love Jamet but no way I'd put $180 for the regular release, let alone recent one. I've tried a few Barge and though not in my top producers, I find that either the Cuvée du Plessy with some age on it, or the Côte Brune is better value, esp. the latter. Plessy is pretty simple wine but if you can s...
by Alain M
December 6th, 2017, 12:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: GRATIN aux DEUX POMMES
Replies: 3
Views: 369

GRATIN aux DEUX POMMES

GP. I'm not a big fan of gratin with cheese on top (used to be, but the taste from strong cheeses such as Comté sometimes takes over the rest, so now I just prefer "gently burnt" cream). I would also add some onions or schallots, but to each his own. One great-on-paper addition would be some boudin ...
by Alain M
December 6th, 2017, 12:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Type 2 diabetes reversed in UK diet trials
Replies: 8
Views: 631

Type 2 diabetes reversed in UK diet trials

One word: fasting.

Check out Intermittent Fasting and Eat.Stop.Eat.

Alain
by Alain M
September 1st, 2017, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alt Nautral wine with a dope label 2015 Hirotake Ooka Cornas (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas)
Replies: 67
Views: 3547

Alt Nautral wine with a dope label 2015 Hirotake Ooka Cornas (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas)

I only had his wines a few times, I bought a few at a small tasting at the caves Augé in Paris (he was right next to Thierry Allemand as they are friends) a few years ago. All the wines tasted funky to me, I bought the few which had a lot of CO2 but no "goût de souris" in the hope that it would go a...

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