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by Ian A
June 26th, 2020, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Magdelaine (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru)
Replies: 17
Views: 562

Re: TN: 2000 Château Magdelaine (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru)

Very interesting thank you Jay and others ... I acquired a case of the 2000 not all that long ago and was not thinking of thinking about releasing it until say 2025...I just pulled my case of 1995, which is starting to emerge from a deep hibernation.
by Ian A
June 10th, 2020, 1:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Corton-Charlemagne
Replies: 18
Views: 1555

Re: TN: 2017 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Corton-Charlemagne

How is the 2011 drinking? Any recent experiences?
by Ian A
April 22nd, 2020, 3:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1984
Replies: 27
Views: 1273

Re: 1984

Côte Rotie - Jasmin is sublime...am sure the La-Las would still be kicking.
by Ian A
April 21st, 2020, 6:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anybody started trying Bordeaux 2005s? What are your views?
Replies: 120
Views: 6158

Re: Has anybody started trying Bordeaux 2005s? What are your views?

Though I am not a fan of this estate, or of glossy wines more generally, this looks good in 2005, a brash wine to shine in a vintage like this: The Château Léoville-Poyferré 2005 has a rich and opulent bouquet with lavish ripe black cherries and wild strawberry, just a touch of licorice rendering it...
by Ian A
April 10th, 2020, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anybody started trying Bordeaux 2005s? What are your views?
Replies: 120
Views: 6158

Re: Has anybody started trying Bordeaux 2005s? What are your views?

Hi Julian I missed this thread first time round but my impressions are overwhelmingly positive about the 2005 vintage even though I did not buy any ep because I thought the pricing was taking the piss. But have subsequently accumulated six cases including Belair, Beychevelle, Branaire Ducru, Clos D...
by Ian A
April 10th, 2020, 7:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anybody started trying Bordeaux 2005s? What are your views?
Replies: 120
Views: 6158

Re: Has anybody started trying Bordeaux 2005s? What are your views?

Hi Julian I missed this thread first time round but my impressions are overwhelmingly positive about the 2005 vintage even though I did not buy any ep because I thought the pricing was taking the piss. But have subsequently accumulated six cases including Belair, Beychevelle, Branaire Ducru, Clos Du...
by Ian A
April 10th, 2020, 3:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Disappointing Boozy Lunch: 2003 Saint Estephe
Replies: 39
Views: 1852

Re: A Disappointing Boozy Lunch: 2003 Saint Estephe

I had the 2003 PC a couple months ago. I did not like it at all, but some at my table that generally drink Napa Cabs, liked it very much. I have to admit, I did not much care for a recent 2004 or 2000, either, but they are both better than 2003. Total thread drift, but... I was at the big Pontet Ca...
by Ian A
April 9th, 2020, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Disappointing Boozy Lunch: 2003 Saint Estephe
Replies: 39
Views: 1852

Re: A Disappointing Boozy Lunch: 2003 Saint Estephe

It is pretty much a write off as a vintage in my opinion. Last year a 2003 Cos, a wine I considered wotv material, was similarly dysfunctional. To be fair Montrose is consistently good, but the two biggest hopes for the 2003 vintage - Latour and Lafite - by some accounts do not seem to be turning ou...
by Ian A
April 6th, 2020, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Couhins-Lurton 08, Pontet-C 03, Sociando 01, Brane 00
Replies: 11
Views: 539

Re: Couhins-Lurton 08, Pontet-C 03, Sociando 01, Brane 00

The 2009, 2015 and 2016 Brane Cantenacs are outstanding too Thanks for the fascinating write up Julian By coincidence, I have my first bottle of 2003 Pontet Canet on death row having recently taken my case out of storage. It is in the queue behind 1996 Sociando Mallet, so I might try them together, ...
by Ian A
March 23rd, 2020, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which vintage Burlotto Monvigliero to open?
Replies: 21
Views: 1114

Re: Which vintage Burlotto Monvigliero to open?

I agree the 2015 is delicious as were the other Burlotto 15s we tried a few months ago, including Cannubi which is on a par with Monvigliero. I have just started on my case of 04 Monvigliero. In a very good place.
by Ian A
March 23rd, 2020, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: How much will 2016 Lafite cost in 6 months?
Replies: 25
Views: 1836

Re: Poll: How much will 2016 Lafite cost in 6 months?

The price will fall because with 20-30% of the workforce being laid off or furloughed conspicuous consumption will be a bit out of vogue at least for the super rich with scruples.

I would expect the 2017s to cheapen a lot over coming months.
by Ian A
March 22nd, 2020, 11:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Montrose
Replies: 31
Views: 1267

Re: TN: 2016 Montrose

This wine is a new benchmark for Montrose.
by Ian A
March 21st, 2020, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Palmer 1990
Replies: 6
Views: 349

Re: Palmer 1990

1990 Palmer has always been under-rated relative to the 1989
by Ian A
March 2nd, 2020, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Du Glana 2000 - quick TN updated with 03
Replies: 13
Views: 650

Re: Du Glana 2000 - quick TN updated with 03

Will keep a look out for it Julian.

I unearthed a 1985 in my collection, I guess I had better drink it.
by Ian A
February 16th, 2020, 3:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 White Burgundy Vintage Assessment Dinners – Night Two – March 14, 2019 at Drago Centro
Replies: 168
Views: 10645

Re: 2011 White Burgundy Vintage Assessment Dinners – Night Two – March 14, 2019 at Drago Centro

Many thanks Don for sharing this and in particular summarising you’re conclusions. Invaluable information, and clearly completely objective and impartial.
by Ian A
February 13th, 2020, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 White Burgundy Vintage Assessment Dinner No. 1 – Night One – Feb 18, 2019 at Drago Centro
Replies: 17
Views: 1649

Re: 2011 White Burgundy Vintage Assessment Dinner No. 1 – Night One – Feb 18, 2019 at Drago Centro

Thank you for that enthralling and encouraging report given the low premox rate.
by Ian A
February 11th, 2020, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1979 Ch. Figeac - a wine from another era
Replies: 46
Views: 2208

Re: 1979 Ch. Figeac - a wine from another era

La Conseillante, notably from 1981-90, occasionally has Burgundian overtones. I agree that Figeac does not, but that view could be communicated more tactfully.
by Ian A
February 9th, 2020, 6:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Brane-Cantenac and Grand Puy Lacoste 2004
Replies: 15
Views: 698

Re: Brane-Cantenac and Grand Puy Lacoste 2004

Useful reference thank you Julian. When we did a 2004 horizontal in London in April 2018 GPL was a bit of a dud too, and in its flight Batailley was better (unusually) and Lynch Bages was a lot better. We did not have Brane-Cantenac but in the Margaux flight Giscours was good but backward with Pavil...
by Ian A
January 18th, 2020, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1998 Chateau La Conseillante, Pomerol
Replies: 12
Views: 677

Re: TN: 1998 Chateau La Conseillante, Pomerol

Thanks for the notes Orlando Bob. Nearly 30% of the Conseillante vineyard is in St-Emilion according to Jeff’s website. In London we did a 1998 horizontal back in April, which highlighted what a difficult vintage it was in the Medoc, and La Conseillante and LTHB fought it out for wotn, which I thoug...
by Ian A
January 18th, 2020, 6:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN; 2014 Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas
Replies: 11
Views: 1124

Re: TN; 2014 Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas

Try it in 30 years; even the 1990 and 1991 are still backward; the 1982 otoh is drinking well.
by Ian A
December 30th, 2019, 3:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: My concerns my 1995 Bdx would never come around were unfounded
Replies: 55
Views: 2457

Re: TN: My concerns my 1995 Bdx would never come around were unfounded

Our 1995 Bordeaux dinner in London in November was a triumph, affirming my premise that most of these wines are in, or are entering, their drinking window. The naysayers, determined to prove that these wines would never come round before the fruit faded, or that this vintage is a dud, graciously co...
by Ian A
December 30th, 2019, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: My concerns my 1995 Bdx would never come around were unfounded
Replies: 55
Views: 2457

Re: TN: My concerns my 1995 Bdx would never come around were unfounded

Our 1995 Bordeaux dinner in London in November was a triumph, affirming my premise that most of these wines are in, or are entering, their drinking window. The naysayers, determined to prove that these wines would never come round before the fruit faded, or that this vintage is a dud, graciously con...
by Ian A
December 29th, 2019, 5:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Pontet-Canet 2000 vs 2005, and more
Replies: 3
Views: 622

Re: TN: Pontet-Canet 2000 vs 2005, and more

Thanks for the notes. I agree these two Pontets are fabulous. In May 2015 Alfred Tesseron invited our BWE group to lunch and after a tour and tasting he served 2000, 2003, 2005 and 2009 for lunch. For my money the 2000 and 2005 were equal first and sensationally good eclipsing the 2009 which was cle...
by Ian A
December 28th, 2019, 3:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: My concerns my 1995 Bdx would never come around were unfounded
Replies: 55
Views: 2457

Re: TN: My concerns my 1995 Bdx would never come around were unfounded

Yes I think Godot has arrived but the 1995s are very different from the 1996s more lithe and racy, less punchy/concentrated/dense/obvious but there is still a wall of denial/lot of naysayers...inevitably.

http://www.bordeauxwineenthusiasts.com/ ... f=4&t=8704
by Ian A
December 27th, 2019, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Barolo of the year ?
Replies: 78
Views: 5289

Re: What is your Barolo of the year ?

2011 Cappellano Pie Rupestris - a real beauty That’s good to know, is it really already drinking? I guess 11 is quite a precocious vintage. Mine is the 01 Pie Franco but that may have been just over a year ago. Already good, showing much promise. All wines so far listed such youngsters. It is drink...
by Ian A
December 25th, 2019, 12:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your top 5 vintages of Pichon Baron 1990 - 2010 on?
Replies: 37
Views: 1959

Re: Your top 5 vintages of Pichon Baron 1990 - 2010 on?

Craig I am prepared to concede that I have been too willing to buy into the conventional wisdom on this late 80s transformation narrative, having myself tried an engaging and delightful 1982 and having only limited albeit mixed experiences of other pre-88 vintages. I drank through a case of the 1988...
by Ian A
December 25th, 2019, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your top 5 vintages of Pichon Baron 1990 - 2010 on?
Replies: 37
Views: 1959

Re: Your top 5 vintages of Pichon Baron 1990 - 2010 on?

Pichon Baron, conspicuously unlike Pichon Lalande, was punching well below its weight until the 1988 vintage when the quality stepped up, and there was another step up in quality in 2000. We attended a vertical tasting with Christian Seely in London in November 2017, and he recounted how the propert...
by Ian A
December 24th, 2019, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your top 5 vintages of Pichon Baron 1990 - 2010 on?
Replies: 37
Views: 1959

Re: Your top 5 vintages of Pichon Baron 1990 - 2010 on?

In my mind there is no question that 2010 is the finest wine this estate has ever made, not unrelated to Latour doing likewise..after that the pecking order on that 1990-2010 span would be 2005, 2000 then 1990. The non-trophy vintages are worth a look and in my experience the 2002 comes up trumps a...
by Ian A
December 23rd, 2019, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your top 5 vintages of Pichon Baron 1990 - 2010 on?
Replies: 37
Views: 1959

Re: Your top 5 vintages of Pichon Baron 1990 - 2010 on?

In my mind there is no question that 2010 is the finest wine this estate has ever made, not unrelated to Latour doing likewise..after that the pecking order on that 1990-2010 span would be 2005, 2000 then 1990. The non-trophy vintages are worth a look and in my experience the 2002 comes up trumps ah...
by Ian A
October 23rd, 2019, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: seems like 06 red burgs have tightened up lately...
Replies: 23
Views: 1568

Re: seems like 06 red burgs have tightened up lately...

Next time we cross paths Jay I will have one in my suitcase. I was in NYC last week but for less than a day.
by Ian A
October 23rd, 2019, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: seems like 06 red burgs have tightened up lately...
Replies: 23
Views: 1568

Re: seems like 06 red burgs have tightened up lately...

Some 06s are drinking well like some of the villages wines and even a few 1er Crus like the Marquis D’Angerville 1er Cru Volnays but they are more the exception, and I would not go anywhere near any of the Grands Cru for a decade. Here in the UK, foolishly, I released some 2006 Chevillon NSG 1er Cru...
by Ian A
October 16th, 2019, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Barolo of the year ?
Replies: 78
Views: 5289

Re: What is your Barolo of the year ?

Diane Kessler wrote:
October 16th, 2019, 6:30 pm
2011 Cappellano Pie Rupestris - a real beauty
That’s good to know, is it really already drinking? I guess 11 is quite a precocious vintage.

Mine is the 01 Pie Franco but that may have been just over a year ago. Already good, showing much promise. All wines so far listed such youngsters.
by Ian A
October 7th, 2019, 2:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Haut Brion retrospective
Replies: 14
Views: 1372

Re: Haut Brion retrospective

Congratulations Carlos ... what a fabulous tasting...and to think the 1984 and 1987 showed so well...in the UK Haut-Brion is the favourite first growth according to a poll I conducted, even though it is is the least expensive of the first growths.
by Ian A
August 29th, 2019, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anybody tasted the Chateau Grillet Renaissance 1969?
Replies: 2
Views: 470

Re: Has anybody tasted the Chateau Grillet Renaissance 1969?

Had the 1972 which was sadly doing its Norwegian Blue impersonation.
by Ian A
August 27th, 2019, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Calon Segur 1996
Replies: 19
Views: 1865

Re: Calon Segur 1996

My unopened case of 1995 is coming out too
by Ian A
August 27th, 2019, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1985 ch. Canon length of decant?
Replies: 6
Views: 440

Re: 1985 ch. Canon length of decant?

Not having had this recently if I was in your shoes, without better advice, I would stand up in a cool dark place for a few days then pop it and start pouring after half an hour and take it from there.
by Ian A
August 27th, 2019, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Calon Segur 1996
Replies: 19
Views: 1865

Re: Calon Segur 1996

Thanks for the note Mark, before I saw this I had decided to take my remaining ten bottles out of storage, so doubly excited now.
by Ian A
July 30th, 2019, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN:1990 Cantemerle
Replies: 16
Views: 846

Re: TN:1990 Cantemerle

Yes the 1996 is shaping up promisingly still youthful with notable mid-palate density...in a few years it will be ready to take over the mantle of standard bearer for this estate from the 1989...for the very long haul my money would be on the 2010 Has any one has the 14/15/16? I purchased 16s in 375...
by Ian A
July 27th, 2019, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine pairing with Turkish food?
Replies: 12
Views: 1150

Re: Wine pairing with Turkish food?

Chateau Musar
by Ian A
July 27th, 2019, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN:1990 Cantemerle
Replies: 16
Views: 846

Re: TN:1990 Cantemerle

Interesting and thanks Ramon, have been hunting down the 1989 in recent years, which of course was released for a song iirc Farr Vintners released at something like £130ib in Blighty, but it didn’t even really occur to me that the 1990 would be so good.
by Ian A
July 20th, 2019, 4:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1970 La Fleur-Pétrus.
Replies: 12
Views: 674

Re: 1970 La Fleur-Pétrus.

Many thanks Jeff, fascinating.

I got ten of these for £100 at auction, here in the UK a few weeks ago.

The first bottle was tired but by no means kaput.
by Ian A
July 20th, 2019, 1:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1970 La Fleur-Pétrus.
Replies: 12
Views: 674

Re: 1970 La Fleur-Pétrus.

Sorry I should have asked Jeff Leve, Jeff if you are watching? I am sure Jeff would know, and what’s with the St-Emilion on the label?
by Ian A
July 20th, 2019, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1970 La Fleur-Pétrus.
Replies: 12
Views: 674

Re: 1970 La Fleur-Pétrus.

Mark (G) any thoughts on this? Apologies in advance for the thread drift.
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Picked up v cheaply at auction recently. Not bad but pretty tired.
by Ian A
July 17th, 2019, 2:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1966 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage)
Replies: 6
Views: 703

Re: TN: 1966 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage)

We had this wine last year and for 45 minutes it was spectacular as Jeremy described, but then like a shooting star petered out.
by Ian A
June 17th, 2019, 11:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2000 Magdelaine
Replies: 71
Views: 3508

Re: 2000 Magdelaine

Give it another five years?
by Ian A
June 17th, 2019, 3:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2000 Magdelaine
Replies: 71
Views: 3508

Re: 2000 Magdelaine

I purchased a case of the 1995 Magdelaine a couple of weeks ago in Blighty, which worked out at about $75 a bottle all in.
by Ian A
May 30th, 2019, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1990 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Gallina di Neive
Replies: 6
Views: 955

Re: TN: 1990 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Gallina di Neive

Thanks for your succinct and informative note Jeremy. Was that a red or white label? ‘Drinking right in the zone’ In your opinion is this zone a long one and has the wine recently entered it? Some of my most memorable experiences with Barolo and Barbaresco have been 40-50 year old wines. I have a co...
by Ian A
May 30th, 2019, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Low fill DRC - Drink or sell?
Replies: 67
Views: 4675

Re: Low fill DRC - Drink or sell?

Drink.

Based on my (limited...and very recent) experience that you are over compensated for buying low ullage wines.

Thus you are likely to be over penalised for selling a low ullage wine. Especially DRC. And you will go to your grave regretting that you never opened it.
by Ian A
May 28th, 2019, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1998 Bel Air-Marquis d'Aligre
Replies: 15
Views: 1475

Re: 1998 Bel Air-Marquis d'Aligre

Interesting Kelly. We all sing the praises of the 1998 right banks and Pessacs but in the Medoc 1998 was actually a very difficult vintage. That actuality was brought home to me at a recent tasting here in London. The Cabernet got waterlogged from late September on. The top estates still managed to ...

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