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by Pierfrancesco Bini
November 8th, 2019, 3:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy 2018, impressions from barrel
Replies: 83
Views: 5104

Re: Burgundy 2018, impressions from barrel

Can't remember when I saw someone without a smile in the cellar. Even when tasting 03, 04 and 08/11/13 (at the moment in my mind the most difficult vintages this is side of 2000.

As we say in Italian: "Hey Waiter, is the wine good?"

[Heading to Burgundy in 3 weeks]
by Pierfrancesco Bini
November 1st, 2019, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eleven Madison Park wine
Replies: 57
Views: 5416

Re: Eleven Madison Park wine

When you see the prices on these wine lists, you are glad you live in Europe.

Even discounting for how hard it was to put it together (it is a maginificent selection), the ***, NYC rent, they are really taking the proverbial p$$$ on most things.
by Pierfrancesco Bini
October 28th, 2019, 1:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BA First Galleries lounge LHR
Replies: 9
Views: 849

Re: BA First Galleries lounge LHR

A friend of mine kindly flew me first as much as I wanted (he has a B2B travel agency) from LHR to SFO. He was single and he did not know anything about wine. I was providing advice on wine and restaurants basically 24/7. In 2001 I remember I entered the 1st Class Lounge (back in T3 IIRC) and at 103...
by Pierfrancesco Bini
October 1st, 2019, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fourrier Bourgogne - Are there both domain and negociant versions?
Replies: 14
Views: 984

Re: Fourrier Bourgogne - Are there both domain and negociant versions?

Brady - A&B Vintners in the UK which I'm sure you'll be familiar with, only offered one BR in the most recent offer. It is listed as J.M. Fourrier in my reserves, so as it stands it's negoce. I'm fairly certain that someone told me the BR is nearly all domaine fruit nowadays. Might well have been J...
by Pierfrancesco Bini
October 1st, 2019, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fourrier Bourgogne - Are there both domain and negociant versions?
Replies: 14
Views: 984

Re: Fourrier Bourgogne - Are there both domain and negociant versions?

Domaine before then Negociant. (Tough to go the other way if you think about it) Thanks for the clarification! Since you referred to the transition occurring when more fruit became available, I thought perhaps you meant that they had purchased more vineyard land so it became a domaine bottling. Joh...
by Pierfrancesco Bini
October 1st, 2019, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fourrier Bourgogne - Are there both domain and negociant versions?
Replies: 14
Views: 984

Re: Fourrier Bourgogne - Are there both domain and negociant versions?

Domaine before then Negociant. (Tough to go the other way if you think about it)

Typo amended.

JM lamented that price for this wine was sky rocketing somewhat akin to DRC BM or his own Sentiers.
by Pierfrancesco Bini
September 30th, 2019, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fourrier Bourgogne - Are there both domain and negociant versions?
Replies: 14
Views: 984

Re: Fourrier Bourgogne - Are there both domain and negociant versions?

Used to be Domaine (and I used to know the source of the fruit which is IIRC from a single vineyard). Turned into Negociant as he had access to more fruit. There is no overlap between the two according to my records HOWEVER only an official importer could confirm this. (Just checked on my CT and how...
by Pierfrancesco Bini
June 24th, 2019, 7:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Next week Europe is going to get hammered by heat
Replies: 67
Views: 3990

Re: Next week Europe is going to get hammered by heat

Milan is routinely above 30 degrees every year from around June 1 to around Sep 15 (last year well into October). You may want to notice there is no wind whatsoever and humidity is pretty high (Milan sits in the middle of a vast plain). Another point worth notice is the minimum temperature which is ...
by Pierfrancesco Bini
May 28th, 2019, 6:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top CdB reds (Volnay, Corton, Pommard)
Replies: 9
Views: 1030

Re: Top CdB reds (Volnay, Corton, Pommard)

De Montille Rugiens Lafarge Chenes Those are the most complete IMHO. Even if Lafarge could be my all time fav producer, I still believe that De Montille's Rugiens is the best wine South of Beaune. Best = most consistent, enjoyable, reaching peaks. That said all you mention is fair game and it is nic...
by Pierfrancesco Bini
May 21st, 2019, 2:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 White Burgundy Vintage Assessment Dinners – Night Two – Feb 20, 2018 at Valentino in Los Angeles
Replies: 33
Views: 3022

Re: 2010 White Burgundy Vintage Assessment Dinners – Night Two – Feb 20, 2018 at Valentino in Los Angeles

FYI no En Remilly at Maison Harbour. I was there last November. Wines are lovely albeit a little pricey. I picked some Narvaux and some Corton (unbelievable as I don't like the not so refined character of the wines from the hill, IMHO of course) Don THANK YOU for these amazing report. The amount of ...
by Pierfrancesco Bini
April 10th, 2019, 11:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Shops in Frankfurt & Milan
Replies: 14
Views: 762

Re: Wine Shops in Frankfurt & Milan

Pierfrancesco - Outstanding. Thank you much! You (or anyone) don't happen to know a wineshop/cantine in Como, do you? Thanks again. Theo Unfortunately, I don't. Re Milan I know what I know in the sense I have been living here only for 2 years after a long stint in the UK (my home country). Because ...
by Pierfrancesco Bini
April 10th, 2019, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Shops in Frankfurt & Milan
Replies: 14
Views: 762

Re: Wine Shops in Frankfurt & Milan

Cantine Isola: days in which you could have all the greats at release price have LONG gone, you could find the occasional gem. That said it is my fav wine bar/enoteca with the most ecletic selection from Italy and outside Italy. If you are used to UK wine shops (Lea and Sandeman comes to mind) and a...
by Pierfrancesco Bini
March 5th, 2018, 12:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Yvon Métras Fleurie (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Fleurie)
Replies: 19
Views: 815

TN: 2014 Yvon Métras Fleurie (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Fleurie)

Same notes here on 2014. I can't understand the Hype. Tasted three times (2 blind) with consistent notes.

Foillard is on a different planet
by Pierfrancesco Bini
March 3rd, 2018, 6:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1064 Bottles of H. Jayer wines to be auctioned in June
Replies: 95
Views: 9777

1064 Bottles of H. Jayer wines to be auctioned in June

Mattstolz wrote:is this the same lot as what Kapon has been posting about all over instagram the past week?
Yes. A con will always drink and sell some legit wines.
by Pierfrancesco Bini
January 30th, 2018, 4:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2003 JJ Prum Wehlener Sohnenuhr Auslese - What happened?
Replies: 42
Views: 1710

TN: 2003 JJ Prum Wehlener Sohnenuhr Auslese - What happened?

Russell, I would prefer to understand their preferences with respect to style and I would like to see some discrimination with ratings. A case in point it has been Schloss Lieser 2016s line up which has been underwhelming in many of the new vineyards. I guess you were at the Auctions and probably no...
by Pierfrancesco Bini
January 30th, 2018, 3:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2003 JJ Prum Wehlener Sohnenuhr Auslese - What happened?
Replies: 42
Views: 1710

TN: 2003 JJ Prum Wehlener Sohnenuhr Auslese - What happened?

David,

I meant that with Gilman you can rely on his reviews (as long as you know his palate) whilst on MFW they brand everything likable which, frankly, is close to no use to a wine lover.

I am aware that John is positive on Prum's 2003.

Regards

PF.
by Pierfrancesco Bini
January 29th, 2018, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Checking out the new Nomad hotel in LA and over-indulging sommeliers oogling Juge.
Replies: 115
Views: 7043

Checking out the new Nomad hotel in LA and over-indulging sommeliers oogling Juge.

Charlie,

is there any way you could have refused tipping on the wine from the list (Savart) and maybe part of the food to show disappointment?

You are a brave man. I would have been out of my mind.

PF
by Pierfrancesco Bini
January 29th, 2018, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2003 JJ Prum Wehlener Sohnenuhr Auslese - What happened?
Replies: 42
Views: 1710

TN: 2003 JJ Prum Wehlener Sohnenuhr Auslese - What happened?

Russell,

as you may well be aware MFW is like Burghound. You need to read through the lines. Everything with them it is always at least good or very good. They are nice guys but not really a publication a la John Gilman (voicing a strong opinion).

There is no harm in waiting 5 more years.

PF.
by Pierfrancesco Bini
January 27th, 2018, 8:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Marcel Juge Cornas (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas)
Replies: 51
Views: 3776

TN: 2015 Marcel Juge Cornas (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas)

Raveneau aint the typical Chablis producer either.

Btw I am with you on Juge AND, to a certain extent, Allemand.
by Pierfrancesco Bini
January 27th, 2018, 12:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2003 JJ Prum Wehlener Sohnenuhr Auslese - What happened?
Replies: 42
Views: 1710

TN: 2003 JJ Prum Wehlener Sohnenuhr Auslese - What happened?

John, I hear you about Prum but you need to put things in context. Clearly it is not a great vintage. Clearly it is a vintage in which the vine did shut down leading to light wines with green notes and overripe flavours (a classic of super hot vintages). That said I was present at a Dinner with Kath...
by Pierfrancesco Bini
January 24th, 2018, 3:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Keller taking over 0,7 ha of Piesporter Schubertslay
Replies: 21
Views: 1152

Keller taking over 0,7 ha of Piesporter Schubertslay

From VDP website (http://www.vdp.de/en/vdp/klassifikation/the-refined-vdpclassification/vdpgrosse-lage/): A dry wine from a VDP.GROSSE LAGE© is designated VDP.GROSSES GEWÄCHS© and is bottled in a special bottle embossed with the “GG” logo. The use of the adjective trocken is mandatory. It looks to m...
by Pierfrancesco Bini
January 23rd, 2018, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lots of Vatan (2002, 2004-12)
Replies: 40
Views: 1199

Lots of Vatan (2002, 2004-12)

There is no doubt that Neore is the greatest Sancerre out there. Ironically enough it achieves this without almost any of the typical notes of SavBlanc. People go gaga for a wine which only mildly display how it should. In my experience it also clocks above 13.5% way too frequently, as many noted on...
by Pierfrancesco Bini
November 8th, 2017, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A chance to sample the Veronelli cellar (very old Giacosa, Braida, G. Mascarello, Felsina ....)
Replies: 24
Views: 2055

TN: A chance to sample the Veronelli cellar (very old Giacosa, Braida, G. Mascarello, Felsina ....)

Nathan Smyth wrote:Is she single?

She's about the cutest girl I've seen in the wine world since Enrica Scavino.
Dating a London-based architect.
by Pierfrancesco Bini
October 7th, 2017, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The "Regions" of Barolo
Replies: 60
Views: 4190

The "Regions" of Barolo

Most vineyards in Barolo or Barbaresco are pretty big thanks to the MGA reform. However if you pick classic enough examples and if you have enough experience (not a lot), you can identify Regions pretty easily as most have said above. Picking a Barolo vs a Barbaresco is also not too much of a diffic...
by Pierfrancesco Bini
September 1st, 2017, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Neal Martin on Natural Wines
Replies: 49
Views: 1998

Neal Martin on Natural Wines

OMG, a little bit of a bias against natural wines.

That's ought to be terrible.

newhere
by Pierfrancesco Bini
June 23rd, 2017, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: When wines deceive - Faiveley, G Conterno, Mondavi Reserve, Willi Schaefer
Replies: 40
Views: 2315

TN: When wines deceive - Faiveley, G Conterno, Mondavi Reserve, Willi Schaefer

I don't think you can generalize about the vineyard that way. Yes, Prum's WS sometimes are very shut down early on, but I don't think that's necessarily true of other producers' renditions (Schaefer and Richter come to mind). And in recent years, I've tasted a number of young Prums that showed good...
by Pierfrancesco Bini
June 23rd, 2017, 4:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: When wines deceive - Faiveley, G Conterno, Mondavi Reserve, Willi Schaefer
Replies: 40
Views: 2315

TN: When wines deceive - Faiveley, G Conterno, Mondavi Reserve, Willi Schaefer

Correct my mistake. However the quantities are tiny.

Kabinett 1998-2008
Spatlese 1997/03/05-07/09-11
Auslese 1995/2015

- = from and including to and including
/ = and
by Pierfrancesco Bini
June 23rd, 2017, 12:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: When wines deceive - Faiveley, G Conterno, Mondavi Reserve, Willi Schaefer
Replies: 40
Views: 2315

TN: When wines deceive - Faiveley, G Conterno, Mondavi Reserve, Willi Schaefer

I hear all you guys re ageing Kabinett but I get more excited by the nuances of aged Spatlese and Auslese. They just take much longer to come around...
by Pierfrancesco Bini
June 23rd, 2017, 12:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: When wines deceive - Faiveley, G Conterno, Mondavi Reserve, Willi Schaefer
Replies: 40
Views: 2315

TN: When wines deceive - Faiveley, G Conterno, Mondavi Reserve, Willi Schaefer

I don't think you can generalize about the vineyard that way. Yes, Prum's WS sometimes are very shut down early on, but I don't think that's necessarily true of other producers' renditions (Schaefer and Richter come to mind). And in recent years, I've tasted a number of young Prums that showed good...
by Pierfrancesco Bini
June 22nd, 2017, 11:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Yvon Metras Fleurie VV label help
Replies: 17
Views: 1115

Yvon Metras Fleurie VV label help

Steve,

as others said there is only 1 Fleurie. I never ever seen a VV on a label. Pretty much like Fourrier (although there all of the wines are VV but some retailers don't list them as such).

P.
by Pierfrancesco Bini
June 21st, 2017, 11:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: When wines deceive - Faiveley, G Conterno, Mondavi Reserve, Willi Schaefer
Replies: 40
Views: 2315

TN: When wines deceive - Faiveley, G Conterno, Mondavi Reserve, Willi Schaefer

2015 Willi Schaefer - Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese: Very pale color, almost clear. A trace of sulfur on the nose. In the mouth, the body is lightly sweet, and plainly riesling. Some white beach flavors but not a lot -- or enough -- acid at this stage. A bit of honey. The sweetness seemed like Kabinet...
by Pierfrancesco Bini
June 5th, 2017, 1:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dujac Pere et Fils 2013 Chambolle-Musigny
Replies: 12
Views: 764

TN: Dujac Pere et Fils 2013 Chambolle-Musigny

+1 and the Pere bottling has a lot less stems and much gentler/shorter extraction. I don't wanna say apples and oranges but quite... And neither 00 or 08 have been particularly enjoyable in my book in the medium term: the 00 is probably one of the weakest vintage of the last 20 years (if you leave ...
by Pierfrancesco Bini
June 4th, 2017, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dujac Pere et Fils 2013 Chambolle-Musigny
Replies: 12
Views: 764

TN: Dujac Pere et Fils 2013 Chambolle-Musigny

IMO the Pere et Fils bottling is usually much less concentrated and intense than then Domaine bottling. It's a striking difference actually and the pricing isn't too different. The 2010 Domaine Chambolle Musigny is gorgeous and while priced like a 1er it also drinks at a top 1er level. +1 and the P...
by Pierfrancesco Bini
March 9th, 2017, 2:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Anyone Still Buy Aldo Conterno Barolo?
Replies: 39
Views: 3805

Does Anyone Still Buy Aldo Conterno Barolo?

Funny no one is mentioning that from 95 or 96 onwards they used small oak, rotofermenters and all sort of crap... Not sure when the trend was reversed but any wine from 96 to 00/01 is tough to handle. That said wines of the 70/80s and ealry 90s are truly magnificent with 89 Granbussia as serious ref...
by Pierfrancesco Bini
October 31st, 2016, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top Five Producers in Your Cellar
Replies: 339
Views: 16522

Top Five Producers in Your Cellar

Fourrier and Prum by a wide margin
Mugneret Gibourg and Schaefer very close to each other
Roumier, Tremblay and Roulot
Dauvissat, Gouges (not buying much lately but this will change), Haag (not buying much since 2008)
by Pierfrancesco Bini
October 30th, 2016, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2065
Views: 208214

Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates, July '16 (the saga continues)

I thought his '14 and '15 would be imported by Wilson Daniels.

Am I mistaken ?

newhere
by Pierfrancesco Bini
October 23rd, 2016, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cantina Roberto Voerzio Sold?
Replies: 14
Views: 1364

Cantina Roberto Voerzio Sold?

Pernod Ricard is the rumor here...

Source not entirely reliable though...
by Pierfrancesco Bini
October 22nd, 2016, 3:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traditional vs. Modern Barolo / Barbaresco
Replies: 395
Views: 73243

Traditional vs. Modern Barolo / Barbaresco

Pat,

great job here but maybe too much work went into this. Take the Galloni's scores on Barbaresco 2013/2014 and pick the top 20 wines. Those are all modernists. Fatto. No sweat. The guy has no shame.
by Pierfrancesco Bini
October 20th, 2016, 5:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12235
Views: 588432

What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Ex Cellar...

2009 Graacher Himmelreich Spätlese [04 16] Magnums x 3
2004 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese [20 14] Bottles x 6
2005 Graacher Himmelreich Auslese GK [07 07] Bottles x 6
2007 Bernkasteler Badstube Auslese [14 08] Bottles x 6
2007 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese [34 08] Bottles x 6
by Pierfrancesco Bini
October 9th, 2016, 12:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 Martinelli Zio Tony PInot and a tangent...
Replies: 8
Views: 375

2005 Martinelli Zio Tony PInot and a tangent...

I know that in burgundy, many red appellations allow for Chardonnay, although few (if any) do so. What happens it is that some white grapes which are grown alongside the red ones may end up in the tank (field blend). In general Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris "sont autorisés uniquement en mé...
by Pierfrancesco Bini
October 2nd, 2016, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drinking German Riesling Young vs Old
Replies: 41
Views: 2260

Drinking German Riesling Young vs Old

I have heard that one can drink German Rieslings very young for the freshness or older, but not in between as it goes into a dead stage. Is this really true? And if so, how many years is considered, young and what ages should I avoid? I don't know where you heard that. I don't think any riesling lo...
by Pierfrancesco Bini
September 26th, 2016, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Germany 2015 really that great
Replies: 270
Views: 19392

Germany 2015 really that great

What Lars says. I am referring to the wines as heavy in the context of Riesling. And in particular of the lightest of them all: MSR Riesling. Hence my words need to be take with a pinch of salt.
by Pierfrancesco Bini
September 25th, 2016, 6:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Germany 2015 really that great
Replies: 270
Views: 19392

Germany 2015 really that great

Enjoying this thread. Love Rieslings but don't drink them that often and I don't obsess over them as much as I do with other regions. I find myself stocking up every 5 years or so to keep some in the pipeline. It's that time again... I've bought some Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich and Keller Limesto...
by Pierfrancesco Bini
September 23rd, 2016, 11:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Germany 2015 really that great
Replies: 270
Views: 19392

Germany 2015 really that great

Thank you for your thoughts, Pierfrancesco, very interesting. I am only puzzled by your statement that the wines of this vintage "will take time to reveal terroir", because this was not my impression. Differences among the wines I have tasted were very clear. I would agree that given the density an...
by Pierfrancesco Bini
September 22nd, 2016, 7:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Germany 2015 really that great
Replies: 270
Views: 19392

Germany 2015 really that great

Just My 0.02c: - Egon's Kabinett Auction is NOT forward and not showing much fruit by any stretch of imagination. It is a very tightly knit wine with a very strong backbone. It will take time to crack. It is of very good quality and IMHO matched by Von Schubert's whose Kabinett closed at 4- vs 54 of...
by Pierfrancesco Bini
September 20th, 2016, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Yet another visit to Piemonte with thoughts, tasting notes
Replies: 154
Views: 12939

Yet another visit to Piemonte with thoughts, tasting notes

I assume the road is now paved so the Mercs and BMWs can make it down the hill. It’s the season for posting notes on one’s summer visit to Piemonte, so here are mine, which complement Two non-wine observations: • Bleached blond has gone out of fashion among Italian women. This is good. • Italy has ...
by Pierfrancesco Bini
September 20th, 2016, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Yet another visit to Piemonte with thoughts, tasting notes
Replies: 154
Views: 12939

Yet another visit to Piemonte with thoughts, tasting notes

Anders, mind you, Oliver is in the business hence he knows very well that all producers know what they are talking about.
by Pierfrancesco Bini
August 5th, 2016, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is There World Class Italian Chardonnay?
Replies: 27
Views: 1637

Is There World Class Italian Chardonnay?

For a country in the top #3 for wine production, we have been able to find 5/10 producers. There are more notewhorthy producers in Rully or Pernand. I wish Chardonnay was a star in Italy but it simply does not work.
by Pierfrancesco Bini
July 14th, 2016, 1:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 297
Replies: 13
Views: 1363

297

If a '99 Rousseau CSJ is past its peak, then it means an unlucky or badly stored bottle. '99s, even Villages, are still away from maturity.

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