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by IlkkaL
September 15th, 2019, 9:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have offsite storage, how many bottles do you keep at home
Replies: 32
Views: 1166

Re: If you have offsite storage, how many bottles do you keep at home

Around 160-170 normally. My strategy is to take all the bottles I am going to cellar for at least 5 years to the offsite.
by IlkkaL
September 15th, 2019, 1:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Dönnhoff Norheimer Kirschheck Riesling Spätlese (Germany, Nahe)
Replies: 0
Views: 145

TN: 2012 Dönnhoff Norheimer Kirschheck Riesling Spätlese (Germany, Nahe)

It is a true mystery why I have not opened a single bottle of Dönnhoff since 2016, until now. The sheer pleasure this one provided is something that is not easy to find in a sub-20 € bottle of wine, outside of German Riesling in general, that is. Happy to see the light again. 2012 Dönnhoff Norheimer...
by IlkkaL
September 15th, 2019, 12:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How German Wine Found Its Sweet Spot
Replies: 42
Views: 1624

Re: How German Wine Found Its Sweet Spot

I'm just curious if anyone has tried Eva Fricke's wines. Ive gotten a couple offers for them but don't know much about them. Thoughts? I know a few people whose palates I respect and who prefer dry Riesling who really like the wines, but personally they come off as somewhat shrill and I don’t reall...
by IlkkaL
September 14th, 2019, 5:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines for 25+ years of aging
Replies: 39
Views: 1620

Re: Wines for 25+ years of aging

Just about any red from Italy should work. but especially wines from the Piedmont, and it was a good year there. also second reccs for classified Bordeaux, but some of the good outsiders like cantemerle are always good too. Northern rhone and burgs for sure as well... and RIESLING! riesling lives f...
by IlkkaL
September 14th, 2019, 12:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines for 25+ years of aging
Replies: 39
Views: 1620

Re: Wines for 25+ years of aging

Prädikat Rieslings, traditional Barolo/Barbaresco, Taurasi, Demi-Sec/Moelleux Chenin, Tokaji.
by IlkkaL
September 13th, 2019, 3:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How German Wine Found Its Sweet Spot
Replies: 42
Views: 1624

Re: How German Wine Found Its Sweet Spot

I suppose that's my problem then. If RS can be labeled as dry and still have 4g/l or more, then we have a fundamental problem. That is crazy sweet. We need a new official classification, Bone Dry in that case. Bone Dry: less than 1g/l. I'm might be wrong but it really seems like you are confusing g...
by IlkkaL
September 13th, 2019, 3:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting in Burgundy/Rhone
Replies: 113
Views: 3151

Re: Tasting in Burgundy/Rhone

James Billy wrote:
September 13th, 2019, 2:13 am
For a business to refuse customers is to cut off their nose to spite their face.
Well, I kind of understand the thinking behind it but still it seems to be a very French phenomenon that they choose who can buy what. Not to say that it would not happen elsewhere, but to lesser extent.
by IlkkaL
September 13th, 2019, 1:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting in Burgundy/Rhone
Replies: 113
Views: 3151

Re: Tasting in Burgundy/Rhone

Finally, even to the extent you cannot get into smaller growers, you can taste and buy wines from smaller producers in the Caveaus in various towns. The Caveau de Chassagne Montrachet is esp. good. http://www.caveaudechassagne.com/ This was unfortunately a disappointment for us when we visited in J...
by IlkkaL
September 12th, 2019, 10:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two nice ones from steep hillsides and a fail
Replies: 0
Views: 314

TN: Two nice ones from steep hillsides and a fail

My second vintage from Dumas and damn, we have a superstar in the making. Without any exaggeration I do not know a Saint Joseph rouge that drinks better at age three. Note to self: buy all you can while it's still available and cheap. 2016 François Dumas St. Joseph - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, S...
by IlkkaL
September 12th, 2019, 1:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting in Burgundy/Rhone
Replies: 113
Views: 3151

Re: Tasting in Burgundy/Rhone

That said this particular shop had very little to offer when it comes to any kind of known quantities. I occasionally get a list of the wines that the Caveau has sent to me by email. The last time I got one (in June), it listed whites as being in stock from Bernard Moreau, Heitz-Lochardet, Joseph C...
by IlkkaL
September 11th, 2019, 4:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting in Burgundy/Rhone
Replies: 113
Views: 3151

Re: Tasting in Burgundy/Rhone

If you are going to Burgundy so that you can taste wines from "revered names", stay in your hotel during the day and sleep or something, go to one of a few restaurants that have those wines for lunch and dinner, and spend a lot of money drinking the wines. Wow, someone seems to have an attitude. I ...
by IlkkaL
September 10th, 2019, 10:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting in Burgundy/Rhone
Replies: 113
Views: 3151

Re: Tasting in Burgundy/Rhone

Finally, even to the extent you cannot get into smaller growers, you can taste and buy wines from smaller producers in the Caveaus in various towns. The Caveau de Chassagne Montrachet is esp. good. http://www.caveaudechassagne.com/ This was unfortunately a disappointment for us when we visited in J...
by IlkkaL
September 9th, 2019, 3:27 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Shopping at 520 in Epernay
Replies: 4
Views: 207

Re: Shopping at 520 in Epernay

I think it largely depends on what kinds of Champagne you prefer. The selection is quite great in size with some of the most singular producers out there. Where I to go there myself I would probably find various bottlings from Bereche, Lahaye and Marguet tempting but there are also newer interesting...
by IlkkaL
September 2nd, 2019, 9:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Vintners in Savoy?
Replies: 22
Views: 831

Re: Favorite Vintners in Savoy?

another + for Belluard. had one of their sparklers earlier this week. plus its $35 to boot! Les Perles du Mont Blanc? Looking to have that one at the end of the month, the CT notes seem very promising for what I paid 20 € for. thats the one. really enjoyed it. I tasted it a few weeks ago and when I...
by IlkkaL
September 2nd, 2019, 8:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Vintners in Savoy?
Replies: 22
Views: 831

Re: Favorite Vintners in Savoy?

Have seen very little but very much enjoyed Belluard. big +1 here from the couple of bottles I've tried another + for Belluard. had one of their sparklers earlier this week. plus its $35 to boot! Les Perles du Mont Blanc? Looking to have that one at the end of the month, the CT notes seem very prom...
by IlkkaL
September 1st, 2019, 10:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whats the Earliest White Burg PreMox?
Replies: 31
Views: 1454

Re: Whats the Earliest White Burg PreMox?

2012 Domaine Vincent et Francois Jouard Chassagne-Montrachet Vieilles Vignes was very obviously premoxed when tasted in October 2016. Lifeless and flat with a flavor profile somewhat reminiscent of Viña Gravonia.
by IlkkaL
September 1st, 2019, 10:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worst wines you've had?
Replies: 128
Views: 5953

Re: Worst wines you've had?

2006 Tikal Alma Negra - Argentina, Mendoza (1.4.2013) It is nothing short of ridiculous how heavy this bottle is; I'm sure somewhere out there is a magnum bottle that weighs less. Not surprisingly the wine is totally impenetrable in the glass. The nose is almost as massive as the bottle, showcasing...
by IlkkaL
August 31st, 2019, 12:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Vintners in Savoy?
Replies: 22
Views: 831

Re: Favorite Vintners in Savoy?

Domaine des Ardoisieres
Denis et Didier Berthollier
Chateau de la Mar
Jean-Claude Masson
Gilles Berlioz
by IlkkaL
August 20th, 2019, 10:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Domaine Huet - Vouvray Pétillant Brut (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray)
Replies: 8
Views: 424

Re: TN: 2013 Domaine Huet - Vouvray Pétillant Brut (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray)

Two times it has happened in a wine shop in very different parts of France that I have inquired about this wine and got the response of "I think there are better or more interesting buys" from the shopkeeper. Apparently it's not the favorite wine of many no matter how well-liked the still wines of H...
by IlkkaL
August 15th, 2019, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Marc Hebrart, Dubreuil-Fontaine
Replies: 0
Views: 213

TN: Marc Hebrart, Dubreuil-Fontaine

A friend is only now getting into white Burgundy and asked me to bring a bottle to drink and discuss. I chose this one from Dubreuil-Fontaine as a very well-made and classically styled representant of a "lesser" appellation. Not a showy wine but extremely drinkable and food-friendly. 2012 Marc Hébra...
by IlkkaL
August 10th, 2019, 11:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Camille Savès Champagne Grand Cru Brut Millésimé Bouzy
Replies: 0
Views: 175

TN: 2004 Camille Savès Champagne Grand Cru Brut Millésimé Bouzy

Finally got myself to buy some Zalto Universal glasses yesterday and naturally had to break them in with something decent. I suppose I will be using or at least trying them rather universally for wines of all colors but as earlier this year they had turned out to be simply excellent for the rich, vi...
by IlkkaL
August 8th, 2019, 9:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Marguet Le Parc Grand Cru brut nature
Replies: 43
Views: 1630

Re: 2014 Marguet Le Parc Grand Cru brut nature

Ikka, I have no idea what that cuvee is. I have been active in buying Marguet (and visited Benoit last year) and I have never run into that bottle. Hell, even up to what seemed like the 2014 vintage, I am not certain Le Parc was made in 750s. I wish Benoit would update his website. For all the mone...
by IlkkaL
August 8th, 2019, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Marguet Le Parc Grand Cru brut nature
Replies: 43
Views: 1630

Re: 2014 Marguet Le Parc Grand Cru brut nature

Frank Murray III wrote:
August 8th, 2019, 8:08 am
La Grand Ruelle and Les Bermonts, no? One is Pinot, the other is Chard.
Apparently there is one called Les Saints Remys as well. Damn I need to try all of these.
by IlkkaL
August 8th, 2019, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Marguet Le Parc Grand Cru brut nature
Replies: 43
Views: 1630

Re: 2014 Marguet Le Parc Grand Cru brut nature

Any idea of their single vineyards other than Le Parc and Les Crayères?
by IlkkaL
August 8th, 2019, 1:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Marguet Le Parc Grand Cru brut nature
Replies: 43
Views: 1630

Re: 2014 Marguet Le Parc Grand Cru brut nature

Thanks! For making my wallet thinner, that is [snort.gif]
by IlkkaL
August 6th, 2019, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Tenuta San Leonardo San Leonardo
Replies: 5
Views: 282

Re: TN: 1996 Tenuta San Leonardo San Leonardo

Are you talking about this very vintage or the wine in general? While I’ve not had this particular vintage the ones I’ve had have not seemed disturbingly green to me, definitely not vegetal. I was talking about the wine in general, not specific to this vintage, although I recall having a similar im...
by IlkkaL
August 5th, 2019, 10:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: -- Summer BBQ Wines
Replies: 2
Views: 369

Re: TNs: -- Summer BBQ Wines

Tran Bronstein wrote:
August 5th, 2019, 2:28 pm
Not sure what they mean by that last one.
?? An addition of red wine made from Pinot Noir grapes from the village of Bouzy.
by IlkkaL
August 5th, 2019, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Tenuta San Leonardo San Leonardo
Replies: 5
Views: 282

Re: TN: 1996 Tenuta San Leonardo San Leonardo

1996 Tenuta San Leonardo San Leonardo - Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige, Trentino, Vallagarina IGT (8/4/2019) This was very elegant and vegetal on the palate. Pretty complex with good acidity. Green peppercorn, bell pepper, and earth prominent throughout the experience. This was a very expressive and go...
by IlkkaL
August 5th, 2019, 5:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it legitimate to post about expensive wines?
Replies: 90
Views: 4432

Re: Is it legitimate to post about expensive wines?

Is this a serious question? I think just the number of people who clearly enjoyed the second thread shows you that there is no need for any kind of a "cap".
by IlkkaL
August 5th, 2019, 4:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine Roulot Bourgogne Blanc (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne Blanc)
Replies: 22
Views: 1163

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

I really liked the two previous vintages so happily bought a bottle of this one for 35 €, have not tried yet. It probably does not sound like much compared to the US prices but then again the very solid Lamy St Aubin 1er Crus that were mentioned already can be had for just a couple of Euros more. Th...
by IlkkaL
August 3rd, 2019, 11:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Querciabella Chianti Classico Riserva
Replies: 1
Views: 196

TN: 1999 Querciabella Chianti Classico Riserva

I haven't had much Chianti this old but as I had bought this from a very reputable retailer in Torino the provenance was in all likelihood excellent. Turned out to be a very solid bottle that we emptied with pleasure, yet it is perfectly possible that I would have enjoyed it even more a few years ag...
by IlkkaL
August 2nd, 2019, 10:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: De Moor I drink their wines, the bigger fan of theirs I become
Replies: 8
Views: 637

Re: TN: De Moor I drink their wines, the bigger fan of theirs I become

alan weinberg wrote:
August 2nd, 2019, 6:55 am
Of course a premoxed bottle might DeMoor-alize you, but a nice note
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Seriously speaking though, I hope one does not have to worry about premox with this producer.
by IlkkaL
August 2nd, 2019, 10:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Joseph Colin
Replies: 15
Views: 1102

Re: Joseph Colin

There were a lot of his wines on Le Soufflot’s list when I was there a few days ago but they were not any cheaper than PYCM’s so I opted for the latter. Ilkka - Which day were you at Le Soufflot? I ate there with my wife and boys on Friday night July 5 and for lunch with my wife on Monday July 8. L...
by IlkkaL
August 2nd, 2019, 6:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Outside of the Northern Rhone Box: Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes
Replies: 25
Views: 1723

Re: Outside of the Northern Rhone Box: Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes

I am personally a fan of this appellation as many of these wines provide proper Syrah aromatics at very friendly price points. I have to agree that most are relatively light-bodied and intended for early, uncomplicated enjoyment but I posted a TN some time ago on one that is somewhat an exception: h...
by IlkkaL
August 2nd, 2019, 1:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: De Moor I drink their wines, the bigger fan of theirs I become
Replies: 8
Views: 637

Re: TN: De Moor I drink their wines, the bigger fan of theirs I become

Wow, that is quite a statement. Have to find some of those premier crus. So I guess you are putting De Moor, Raveaneau and Dauvissat above all the rest?
by IlkkaL
August 1st, 2019, 10:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: De Moor I drink their wines, the bigger fan of theirs I become
Replies: 8
Views: 637

TN: De Moor I drink their wines, the bigger fan of theirs I become

Only my second wine from this interesting natural producer. Their Aligoté was very good in a bone dry, linear and super acidic fashion - this one is very different but not any less of a wine. What I most like about these wines is that while they are of high quality and have this very authentic and u...
by IlkkaL
July 27th, 2019, 10:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Chartogne-Taillet Beaux Sens
Replies: 1
Views: 230

Re: TN: 2013 Chartogne-Taillet Beaux Sens

Agreed otherwise but ”light on the palate”? Compared to what, Selosse perhaps? :)
by IlkkaL
July 26th, 2019, 12:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dard & Ribo Hermitage in both colors
Replies: 6
Views: 512

Re: TN: Dard & Ribo Hermitage in both colors

They feel like this closure is the ideal choice for their wines as they are making wines to be enjoyed young. This may apply to their numerous bottlings from Crozes-Hermitage and Saint-Joseph but I think based on what is inside the bottle these two would both merit some good ol’ fashioned cellaring....
by IlkkaL
July 25th, 2019, 4:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Borgo del Tiglio, Miani, Radikon, Gravner, Idlewild Sunday School July 7
Replies: 4
Views: 361

Re: Borgo del Tiglio, Miani, Radikon, Gravner, Idlewild Sunday School July 7

Great post, thanks! I only learned about Borgo del Tiglio last December in an enoteca in Milan where the very knowledgeable sommelier praised them as one of the premier white wine producers of Italy. Will definitely try to taste more of their wines in the future.
by IlkkaL
July 24th, 2019, 5:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dard & Ribo Hermitage in both colors
Replies: 6
Views: 512

TN: Dard & Ribo Hermitage in both colors

This producer is somewhat divisive and when it comes to their more affordable reds the style is not exactly my preferred one, even if I am perfectly capable of appreciating them for what they are. That said I was still looking very much forward to the opportunity to try both their red and white Herm...
by IlkkaL
July 22nd, 2019, 10:01 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Provence trip
Replies: 16
Views: 1295

Re: Provence trip

Parc Naturel des Alpilles was a very beautiful area and we enjoyed experiencing the hilltop town of Les Baux de Provence (although the amount of tourists probably goes up huge in the high season). There are at least three interesting wineries in this area: Domaine Hauvette, Mas de Gourgonnier and He...
by IlkkaL
July 19th, 2019, 10:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Domaine Delaporte Sancerre (France, Loire Valley, Upper Loire, Sancerre)
Replies: 0
Views: 290

TN: 2017 Domaine Delaporte Sancerre (France, Loire Valley, Upper Loire, Sancerre)

This was surprisingly serious for an entry level Sancerre. The label states a somewhat high 13,5 % ABV but this is not apparent in the wine, at least in any negative way. A little bit was left for day 2 and the wine had not lost one step. If I were to consume any more than a couple of bottles of San...
by IlkkaL
July 18th, 2019, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Château Léoville Poyferré (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien)
Replies: 30
Views: 1336

Re: TN: 2014 Château Léoville Poyferré (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien)

Having a single bottle of 2008 Poyferré sleeping in the cellar I wonder whether that vintage represents the current or the old style of this château. Hard to say for sure based on the CT notes that more than anything underline the wine's apparently notable tannins. Current. One could debate when th...
by IlkkaL
July 18th, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Château Léoville Poyferré (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien)
Replies: 30
Views: 1336

Re: TN: 2014 Château Léoville Poyferré (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien)

Having a single bottle of 2008 Poyferré sleeping in the cellar I wonder whether that vintage represents the current or the old style of this château. Hard to say for sure based on the CT notes that more than anything underline the wine's apparently notable tannins.
by IlkkaL
July 18th, 2019, 6:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about Burgundy Vineyards
Replies: 17
Views: 1008

Re: Question about Burgundy Vineyards

I wonder what is of more importance to a winery when it comes to owning a piece of a legendary vineyard: A) being seen as a more respectable operation due producing a Grand Cru or B) whatever profit might come from those few hundred/thousand bottles it gives. Obviously I am not talking about the sta...
by IlkkaL
July 17th, 2019, 10:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Quick notes on wines from my French holiday
Replies: 2
Views: 392

Re: Quick notes on wines from my French holiday

scamhi wrote:
July 17th, 2019, 9:17 am
Ilkka,
nice notes, it might be easier to read of you bold the name of the wine
Done!
by IlkkaL
July 17th, 2019, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Quick notes on wines from my French holiday
Replies: 2
Views: 392

Quick notes on wines from my French holiday

I just returned from an awesome three week road trip in France and might at some point post something on the Travel Forum but since that may either take a lot of time or never actually happen I thought I would write shortly about the wines tasted/enjoyed during the trip, somewhat in the style of Jim...
by IlkkaL
July 15th, 2019, 10:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 PY Colin-Morey Meursault Charmes
Replies: 4
Views: 486

Re: TN: 2005 PY Colin-Morey Meursault Charmes

Just had the 2016 in a restaurant. Obviously crazy young but this was the sommelier's rec when asked which of their PYCMs would deliver the most pleasure right now and boy it did. No alcohol nor fatness there but instead very bright, electric and chiselled.
by IlkkaL
July 14th, 2019, 10:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 TN: A non-Cornas-like Cornas from Gilles
Replies: 12
Views: 968

Re: 2016 TN: A non-Cornas-like Cornas from Gilles

I bought a few bottles of a new vigneron's 2017 VdF Syrah which was sold as something that will be Cornas in future vintages. It drinks very much like what you describe here but was priced at 16.50 € a bottle which seems somewhat reasonable, although of course one can get really serious and structur...
by IlkkaL
July 12th, 2019, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Joseph Colin
Replies: 15
Views: 1102

Re: Joseph Colin

There were a lot of his wines on Le Soufflot’s list when I was there a few days ago but they were not any cheaper than PYCM’s so I opted for the latter.

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