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by Matthew King
February 25th, 2021, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chenin Blanc for less than $100 --- who do you go to?
Replies: 102
Views: 4127

Re: Chenin Blanc for less than $100 --- who do you go to?

Not French, but I just got some Enfield bottles I’m eager to try.

Will report back.
by Matthew King
February 23rd, 2021, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your top five German wine producers
Replies: 109
Views: 3205

Re: Your top five German wine producers

1. Schaefer-Frohlich (by a reasonable distance) 2. Willi Schaefer 3. Selbach Oster 4. von Schubert 5. Probably Donnhoff, but recent vintages of Weiser-Kunstler may change that. I don’t have Keller here mostly because I’ve not had enough of it to be able to definitively place it in my hierarchy as I...
by Matthew King
February 23rd, 2021, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your top five German wine producers
Replies: 109
Views: 3205

Re: Your top five German wine producers

Keller
Donnhoff
Prum
Rings (!)
Schaefer Frolich
by Matthew King
February 19th, 2021, 7:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rioja
Replies: 56
Views: 2737

Re: Rioja

I hear you. But sometimes I struggle with the sweet American oak notes, which can be too vanillin and distracting at times. Don’t want to sound like AFWE snob. It’s all about balance. Ridge wines often push the oak envelope for me but I love them! Many Riojas play in the same danger zone for me. Gre...
by Matthew King
February 19th, 2021, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Hubert Lamy Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly
Replies: 30
Views: 2408

Re: TN: 2015 Hubert Lamy Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly

Jeremy Holmes wrote: February 19th, 2021, 7:00 pm That is a very good price Chris. Not that far off what wholesale is here, and we get a measly single bottle allocated. You guys tend to "whine like a Chevy diff" about pricing without realising how lucky you
Jeremy, “fair” is not printed on your birth certificate! neener
by Matthew King
February 14th, 2021, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine Roulot Bourgogne Blanc (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne Blanc)
Replies: 19
Views: 1016

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine Roulot Bourgogne Blanc (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne Blanc)

OK, circling back with TN. I had the Domaine labeled bottling last night and my impressions mirror those of OP. It tastes like a Roulot -- full but airy, bit of reduction and smoke. Chalky and persistent for a BB. Hits a small hole in the middle palate, but its a BB after all. I don't get anything t...
by Matthew King
February 13th, 2021, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No wine in my cellar is safe from getting its cork pulled
Replies: 86
Views: 4254

Re: No wine in my cellar is safe from getting its cork pulled

I recently conducted a significant cellar thinning due to the embarrassing amount of cardboard boxes piling up on my smallish home cellar. My wife would open the door and gasp, as if we were a couple on one of those hoarding shows on cable TV. I went full-on Marie Kondo: culling bottles that didn't ...
by Matthew King
February 12th, 2021, 2:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine Roulot Bourgogne Blanc (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne Blanc)
Replies: 19
Views: 1016

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine Roulot Bourgogne Blanc (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne Blanc)

In fairness, I've not seen a bottle of this actually say "Domaine Roulot" on the label. Wine were all labelled "Jean-Marc Roulot". It's poor form that many retailers did not notate that distinction. I believe there was Macon fruit mixed into it. That, combined with the already p...
by Matthew King
February 10th, 2021, 3:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing suggestions — cioppino?
Replies: 17
Views: 925

Re: Pairing suggestions — cioppino?

This dish is one of the few times where I think a big, semi-oaky California chard works. Think Rochioli SVD or Ridge MB Chard ... smoky notes and big fruit to play off the robust seafood. These wines also work with Dungeness crab I've found for same reason ...
by Matthew King
February 9th, 2021, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne
Replies: 40
Views: 1841

Re: TN: 2008 Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne

Opened an '11 Saturday night. No pox. Still coiled upon opening but fanned out with air. Appealing lemon curd flavors. Long and persistent.
by Matthew King
February 1st, 2021, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Dryuary (Dry January) 2021 Thread
Replies: 237
Views: 11266

Re: Official Dryuary (Dry January) 2021 Thread

Hey Patrick:

Thanks for head-manning this thread. I appreciated the "High Fidelity" music geekiness. Hope you enjoy that first one. I'm in SoCal so gotta go scratch double margarita on the rocks with salt!
by Matthew King
January 30th, 2021, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Paulee "Online and Around the World"
Replies: 12
Views: 733

Re: La Paulee "Online and Around the World"

I appreciate that they are trying to keep the spirit of the event alive during these strange, cruel times. But it's an easy pass for me. $175 to watch a Zoom conversation for 90 minutes between Veronique Drouhin and Daniel Johnnes? Nah. In the grand scheme of things that isn't probably rational. I m...
by Matthew King
January 23rd, 2021, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vermouth?
Replies: 77
Views: 2554

Re: Vermouth?

David: I'm certainly no expert. But I think your main challenge is appealing to a younger demographic. When I think of vermouth, I think of two things: a Martini and a Manhattan. Both of those speak to me of an older, more "corporate," urbane audience. I don't drink those cocktails and don...
by Matthew King
January 19th, 2021, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FINAL: My first trip to Burgundy -- tips, notes -- last update
Replies: 52
Views: 6916

Re: FINAL: My first trip to Burgundy -- tips, notes -- last update

Loved these fantastic writeups. More Matt King travel posts, please! Thanks Curtis. My fan base will have to wait until this pandemic plays out. flirtysmile But after that, it's gonna be the Roaring '20s! I hope to finally make my first trip to German wine country, a tour I had to cancel last sprin...
by Matthew King
January 18th, 2021, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top Red Burgundy vintage of the 21st century so far
Replies: 211
Views: 11216

Re: Top Red Burgundy vintage of the 21st century so far

I understand the spirit of these kinds of polls. It's the type of debate I like to have with my tasting group. But ultimately, it's sorta fruitless. Each vintage has its purpose on a given night. If you asked me today, what my favorite vintage is I'd say 2001 because those wines are drinking beautif...
by Matthew King
January 15th, 2021, 6:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Roses de Jeanne / Cédric Bouchard Champagne Blanc de Noirs Côte de Val Vilaine
Replies: 11
Views: 755

Re: TN: 2018 Roses de Jeanne / Cédric Bouchard Champagne Blanc de Noirs Côte de Val Vilaine

Michael S. Monie wrote: January 15th, 2021, 6:24 pm If you will indulge me, did the back label have 2018 or v18?
Hard to say. He didn’t have his jeweler’s loupe with him! [wow.gif]

Very evocative note Buzz. Hard to take during a dry January.
by Matthew King
January 14th, 2021, 5:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 'QPR' in Vosne?
Replies: 36
Views: 2967

Re: 'QPR' in Vosne?

Domaine Coquard Loison-Fleurot

Wines are supposedly made by Sebastián Cathiard’s bestie.
by Matthew King
January 5th, 2021, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Dryuary (Dry January) 2021 Thread
Replies: 237
Views: 11266

Re: Official Dryuary (Dry January) 2021 Thread

I’m taking the month off as well. One bit of advice that has helped me in past dry Januarys: If you take one vice away, try adding another relatively harmless one in its place. That way it’s not all about deprivation. In my case, I “treat” myself to a daily Coca Cola — an item I love but have elimin...
by Matthew King
December 15th, 2020, 5:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Littorai Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard
Replies: 14
Views: 1014

Re: TN: 2012 Littorai Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard

Great note, thanks! Have a lone bottle in the cellar from Lopa and have been slightly worried by the mixed reviews on CT, but now this has gotten me excited to try it. Any tips on decanting? I always pop and pour my Littorai. They have lots of stuffing but they unfurl nicely in the glass. I like to...
by Matthew King
December 15th, 2020, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2020 Wine Resolutions
Replies: 99
Views: 5813

Re: 2020 Wine Resolutions

I’d like to be more conscious about consumption that does more harm than good, to be honest. Many of us like to say we enjoy a glass or two at night, but in reality exceed that. I don’t drink most nights but when I do ... My challenge is that one glass is not enough of a good wine, two feels great,...
by Matthew King
December 14th, 2020, 7:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vins Rare wine shop
Replies: 119
Views: 8765

Re: Vins Rare wine shop

All Bryan needed to do was say “I’m sorry” and instead ridiculed the OP and publicly disclosed his order. Seems like a dumb move to me I have no dog in this fight. But seriously tell me how the retailer “ridiculed” the OP. He offered his take on the disagreement. You can disagree with his perspecti...
by Matthew King
December 14th, 2020, 5:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vins Rare wine shop
Replies: 119
Views: 8765

Re: Vins Rare wine shop

I like to think that I’m a conscientious person. I respond promptly to my clients when I get an email from them. But the simple truth is that I sometimes forget to answer the email I DO want to respond to. I can understand that’s frustrating to the sender/client — having to hound me or track an answ...
by Matthew King
December 12th, 2020, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy vintages from recent purchase
Replies: 25
Views: 2433

Re: Burgundy vintages from recent purchase

You potentially made a wise decision in buying the 07 Volnays, depending on producer.

This village excelled that vintage. Fantastic early drinking wines.
by Matthew King
December 6th, 2020, 3:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: N.V. Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée Edition 168eme
Replies: 9
Views: 1257

Re: TN: N.V. Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée Edition 168eme

Jeremy will laugh at the idea of it, but if you open a bottle try to save some for next day.

The sheet of acids mellow a bit and you are left with sheer deliciousness... to use a very formal term!
by Matthew King
November 27th, 2020, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée Edition 168eme (France, Champagne)
Replies: 1
Views: 266

Re: TN: NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée Edition 168eme (France, Champagne)

Nice summary. I had the wine last week. The acids still a bit prickly for me. Mellowed out nicely Day 2. Will be very good with a year or two under its belt.
by Matthew King
November 19th, 2020, 3:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: God, I wish critics would stick to wines and not burden us with their musical preferences.
Replies: 102
Views: 5200

Re: God, I wish critics would stick to wines and not burden us with their musical preferences.

I have no problem with his talking about music. I like having a little more fleshed out picture of him as a person. I think it enhances his writing about wine. He posts food pictures on FB sometimes and chats about that, too. I find people talking about what they are interested in to be interesting...
by Matthew King
November 10th, 2020, 6:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Masters Champions Dinner Wines
Replies: 12
Views: 1444

Re: Masters Champions Dinner Wines

Chris Seiber wrote: November 10th, 2020, 6:02 pm Well, I think we all know what the host should have picked to go with the sushi ...
En magnum of course! [highfive.gif]
by Matthew King
November 9th, 2020, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Denis Bachelet - What am I Missing?
Replies: 59
Views: 5552

Re: Denis Bachelet - What am I Missing?

It seems unfair to make broad assertions about a producer based on a sample size of one bottle. I opened up a ‘10 Gevrey VV last month that was open, red fruited and delicious. No ash and no wall of tannin. I am a fan. As with the producers I buy regularly, most bottles sing and a few croak. That’s ...
by Matthew King
November 4th, 2020, 7:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The most helpful thing you can say in your tasting note...
Replies: 64
Views: 2861

Re: The most helpful thing you can say in your tasting note...

Whether you enjoyed the wine or not. Many notes are filled with often obscure descriptors but fail to convey if the taster actually dug the wine. It comes off more as an academic exercise than a pleasure giving activity. On a more practical level, I like Weinberg’s binary system: a wine is either a ...
by Matthew King
October 27th, 2020, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Aligoté, All Day; 1 Afternoon, 7 Aligotés
Replies: 16
Views: 949

Re: TNs: Aligoté, All Day; 1 Afternoon, 7 Aligotés

You don’t see it too often, but I like E. Rouget’s version.

It seems like the grape is a point of pride for many winemakers interested in keeping alive its history/heritage in the region.

When you see a winemaker treat it seriously that’s a good sign for the upper echelon of his/her range.
by Matthew King
October 23rd, 2020, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You know you have too much wine when...
Replies: 59
Views: 2972

Re: You know you have too much wine when...

You respond instinctively in minutes to an offer email because you simply must have THIS highly allocated wine.

Then you find yourself pleasantly relieved when you get a response that the wine you couldn’t live without has already been sold to others.
by Matthew King
October 15th, 2020, 9:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Style of Liger-Belair wines
Replies: 18
Views: 1229

Re: Style of Liger-Belair wines

I may get in trouble here. Not a direct comparison. But I find many of Cathiard’s wines to be open, showy, lush, opulent, “sexy” (usually hate that descriptor but apt here) right out of the gate in a manner similar to LB. Both bit of a hot fudge sundae, metaphorically... Not sure why you’d get in t...
by Matthew King
October 15th, 2020, 8:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Style of Liger-Belair wines
Replies: 18
Views: 1229

Re: Style of Liger-Belair wines

I may get in trouble here. Not a direct comparison. But I find many of Cathiard’s wines to be open, showy, lush, opulent, “sexy” (usually hate that descriptor but apt here) right out of the gate in a manner similar to LB.

Both bit of a hot fudge sundae, metaphorically...
by Matthew King
October 12th, 2020, 2:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A truly exceptional wine: 2010 Ceritas Pinot Noir Escarpa Vineyard
Replies: 2
Views: 343

Re: A truly exceptional wine: 2010 Ceritas Pinot Noir Escarpa Vineyard

Nice note. The Ceritas pinots need time to blossom. Unlike Pinot from most CA producers, these are often a bit tough on release, at least to my palate.
by Matthew King
September 24th, 2020, 4:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: White Burg mini surprises: Carillon and M. Colin
Replies: 4
Views: 387

White Burg mini surprises: Carillon and M. Colin

Just a brief note on two wines opened this past week that I am entirely smitten with. These wines both came out of nowhere and grabbed me by the scruff and demanded my attention. 2015 Domaine Jacques Carillon Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Perrières Man is this chalky and dry. Nothing round and fat,...
by Matthew King
September 22nd, 2020, 6:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Couple of fancy-schmancy PN's: Ceritas, Patricia Green, Failla
Replies: 2
Views: 519

Re: Couple of fancy-schmancy PN's: Ceritas, Patricia Green, Failla

I find that Ceritas Pinots need a year or two after release to mellow out and lose that nervy, steely edge.
by Matthew King
September 12th, 2020, 10:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Côte de Nuits, which producers really killed it?
Replies: 39
Views: 1967

Re: 2001 Côte de Nuits, which producers really killed it?

Chris V. wrote: September 12th, 2020, 10:30 am Hubert Lignier
Yes! A Lignier 01 MSD VV (baby CdlR) more than held its own with an 01 Dujac CdlR drunk side by side last year...
by Matthew King
September 12th, 2020, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Côte de Nuits, which producers really killed it?
Replies: 39
Views: 1967

Re: 2001 Côte de Nuits, which producers really killed it?

I’ve always enjoyed the 01 Mugneret Gibourg wines. The CV is sublime right now.

But that’s like saying you like vintage Porsches or Hermès! No surprise.
by Matthew King
September 5th, 2020, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How good is the 2008 vintage in BURGUNDY
Replies: 56
Views: 4487

Re: How good is the 2008 vintage in BURGUNDY

I do think that certain producers just killed it in '08. Dujac's top wines are brilliant. So is Ponsot's Clos de la Roche. I've enjoyed Chevillon's top wines. Etc etc. 08 Rousseau Chambertin and CSJ are open and youthful as one would expect. The 08 Rousseau Ruchottes is drinking excellently now as ...
by Matthew King
September 4th, 2020, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top Cellar Holdings by Producer and Some Thoughts on how/why that's Changed
Replies: 101
Views: 7298

Re: Top Cellar Holdings by Producer and Some Thoughts on how/why that's Changed

Thanks everyone, especially those with notes about how things have or haven't changed. So often, when new wine collectors ask for advice about what to buy or cellar, they hear "be careful, your tastes may change," which is absolutely true, but that just touches the surface of how things c...
by Matthew King
August 31st, 2020, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Domaine du Pelican Savagnin Arbois "Ouille" (France, Jura, Arbois)
Replies: 19
Views: 974

Re: TN: 2017 Domaine du Pelican Savagnin Arbois "Ouille" (France, Jura, Arbois)

Has the winemaking changed much since the first couple of vintages? I found them to be almost 'sterile' in comparison to a lot of the other jura wines I was drinking 5 years ago (puffeney, tournelle, gahier, bourdy). While I remember them being tasty, they were more expensive than their counterpart...
by Matthew King
August 28th, 2020, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When Your Neighbor Asks if You Like Wine
Replies: 39
Views: 2776

Re: When Your Neighbor Asks if You Like Wine

To paraphrase the great poet Robert Frost:

Good Dujacs make good neighbors!
by Matthew King
August 20th, 2020, 10:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Trio of aged Ramonet GCs
Replies: 16
Views: 1152

Re: TN: Trio of aged Ramonet GCs

Jeremy Holmes wrote: August 20th, 2020, 5:29 pm I gave my Coravin away.
Bless you sir.

I may burn my candles at both ends, but ah what a bright light!
by Matthew King
August 16th, 2020, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opinions on the 325 CE vintage? World's oldest bottle of wine
Replies: 31
Views: 1117

Re: Opinions on the 325 CE vintage? World's oldest bottle of wine

Anton D wrote: August 16th, 2020, 11:07 am
Craig G wrote: August 16th, 2020, 9:35 am Decant or slow-ox?
Stand it up for twenty years, then pop and pour.
That’s funny!
by Matthew King
August 15th, 2020, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale
Replies: 33
Views: 1680

Re: TN: 2005 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale

By chance I opened up the 12 last night. A touch foursquare when opened but unfurled a bit after four hours in decanter. Begging for 5 more years of slumber.

These are NSGs made by a Chambolle master. Cherry and a touch of smoke is how I’d describe the Marechale.
by Matthew King
August 14th, 2020, 9:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two white burgs and a ringer
Replies: 4
Views: 647

Re: Two white burgs and a ringer

Lamy is creeping up in price. But his St Aubins still represent some of the best value in white Burgundy. Very consistent and unfussy wines.
by Matthew King
August 7th, 2020, 7:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any Pinot Blanc fans here?
Replies: 53
Views: 1833

Re: Any Pinot Blanc fans here?

Cedric Bouchard Roses de Jeanne La Boloree.

100% Pinot Blanc Champagne!
by Matthew King
August 7th, 2020, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine d'Auvenay's Puligny-Montrachet Les Enseignères
Replies: 5
Views: 621

Re: Domaine d'Auvenay's Puligny-Montrachet Les Enseignères

William: I really dig your “show, don’t tell” journalism here. You may have been on a guided tour, but there’s a hidden camera quality about these posts that I find engrossing. I keep waiting for some functionary to pop out of the bushes and shoo you away! I love that common people, not just esteeme...
by Matthew King
August 5th, 2020, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chardonnay - why so hard to pair with food?
Replies: 50
Views: 2118

Re: Chardonnay - why so hard to pair with food?

[worship.gif] Ok now we’re talking! None of this scallops and butter or shucked oysters. Too obvious!

But homemade chicken/bacon fat jam for the win! I can imagine that spread on a quality baguette with a glass of Lamy St. Aubin.

I bow down to you sir.

As usual, all roads lead back to bacon.

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