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by JLee
September 6th, 2019, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Crush Wine Progressive Sale
Replies: 11
Views: 1166

Crush Wine Progressive Sale

I thought this sale deserved a thread. It consistently has the best prices of any regular sale that I know of (if you know of a better one, please let me know!). 20%+ next WS low in some cases. If you're not signed up for the email list you should get on it. Crush is a first rate retailer in all oth...
by JLee
September 3rd, 2019, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Piper rare 2002
Replies: 13
Views: 1060

Re: TN: Piper rare 2002

I'm a fan of this one as well. I've had one off bottle in four or five and that may have been questionable storage. I had to bury my last few because I know I'll regret it when they're gone. I do feel like an idiot when sitting with the garish bottle in a restaurant but it's not the most tactless th...
by JLee
September 1st, 2019, 2:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Brian Devine Cellar
Replies: 43
Views: 3434

Re: The Brian Devine Cellar

William Kelley wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 6:57 pm
Makes one wonder, what exactly is wrong with the 2005 vintage?
The price? :p
by JLee
August 30th, 2019, 5:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday poll: Bordeaux Rouge vs. Burgundy Rouge
Replies: 52
Views: 1778

Re: Friday poll: Bordeaux Rouge vs. Burgundy Rouge

I chose Burgundy, assuming that price has not disappeared as a consideration.

I think it outperforms Bordeaux at $50 and under with the right vintage. The value proposition can be awful in Burgundy at the higher price points but one can always pick and choose.
by JLee
August 26th, 2019, 9:10 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: World Famous Pizza Joint and Wine Offline destination is shuttered.
Replies: 52
Views: 2803

Re: World Famous Pizza Joint and Wine Offline destination is shuttered.

I've been multiple times, the last probably over five years ago. The place has a good story, because you can go and see the same guy, but that doesn't make the pizza taste any better, at least to me. I've also seen the reviews, as has nearly anyone who's been there. Why else would they go all the wa...
by JLee
August 26th, 2019, 10:57 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: World Famous Pizza Joint and Wine Offline destination is shuttered.
Replies: 52
Views: 2803

Re: World Famous Pizza Joint and Wine Offline destination is shuttered.

To echo some of the prior posts: this place has/had the most overrated food in New York.
by JLee
August 16th, 2019, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday poll: is '08/'09 Cristal or '06 Taittinger BdB
Replies: 44
Views: 1512

Re: Friday poll: is '08/'09 Cristal or '06 Taittinger BdB

I prefer '09 Cristal to '06 Taittinger by a fair margin but I'd be hard pressed to say it's "worth it" to pay an extra $100/bottle.
by JLee
August 5th, 2019, 4:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Domaine Martelet de Cherisey Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Hameau de Blagny
Replies: 10
Views: 490

Re: TN: 2014 Domaine Martelet de Cherisey Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Hameau de Blagny

The chalumeaux from this vintage is also very good. However this producer has one of the worst premox records of any I have had. I've had advanced wines 6 years from vintage.
by JLee
July 24th, 2019, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Older Bordeauxs 50+ years vs newer <50 year old?
Replies: 37
Views: 2440

Re: Older Bordeauxs 50+ years vs newer <50 year old?

First, Canlis is a restaurant that should be better known by wine lovers. The cellar is amazing and as I recall, the prices are quite fair. I haven't been there for a while. Is there a restuarnat like this in California?? One that has, for example, multiple vintages of both Washington and Napa cabe...
by JLee
July 15th, 2019, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite ACTUAL pizza and wine pairings
Replies: 53
Views: 2717

Re: Favorite ACTUAL pizza and wine pairings

It's not cheap but Krug GC with NY style pizza is one of my all time favorite pairings.
by JLee
July 11th, 2019, 10:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Generally speaking, what type of wine is the best food wine?
Replies: 46
Views: 1689

Re: Generally speaking, what type of wine is the best food wine?

I don't question the conventional wisdom that Champagne is the most flexible pairing.

However, if the question is what wine benefits the most from being paired with food, I find that food improves white burgundy and other high acid dry whites the most.
by JLee
July 2nd, 2019, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Salon
Replies: 67
Views: 4999

2008 Salon

https://www.instagram.com/p/BzbDATQlXy_/?igshid=5yecq37rpdrw According to Peter Liem's post, 2008 Salon will only be sold in boxed sets including late disgorged 2004, 2006, and 2007 Salon. From the picture it looks like 6 bottles of other wines to purchase one mag of the 2008. I probably wasn't in t...
by JLee
June 4th, 2019, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?
Replies: 130
Views: 7083

Re: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?

Generally no, but there are probably some that require at least 20 years. Well stored back vintages of Bordeaux are also widely available, including late releases from negociants, so if you want a 20 year old wine you don't necessarily have to wait. If you want specific examples I thought 2001 Rauza...
by JLee
May 18th, 2019, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why don't I buy more Louis Michel Chablis?
Replies: 36
Views: 2180

Re: Why don't I buy more Louis Michel Chablis?

I haven't had the Vaudesir but I've found their wines unremarkable except the Grenouilles.
by JLee
May 6th, 2019, 10:50 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: 98 Jamet, 14 Sauzet Chevalier, 99 Dujac Combottes, & more
Replies: 2
Views: 720

98 Jamet, 14 Sauzet Chevalier, 99 Dujac Combottes, & more

Edit for sold and added a few more Name, Quantity, Price per single 750ml 1998 Jamet Cote Rotie x 1 - $325 2014 Sauzet Chevalier x 1 - $440 1999 Dujac Combottes x 2 - $325 2015 Hubert Lignier Charmes Chambertin x 1 - $260 2016 Hudelot Noellat Clos Vougeot x 1 - $175 Buyer pays shipping, assumes risk...
by JLee
April 3rd, 2019, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Salon worth the entry cost ?
Replies: 58
Views: 3515

Re: Is Salon worth the entry cost ?

Scott I dont find DP that creamy and the mousse to me is not fine enough for a premium Champagne Which Champagne(s) have you drunk that have met your standards for "premium Champagne"? Dom Ruinart, older Krug ( not so much recent cuvees ) Bollinger GA Did not like DP and Comtes Have you tried other...
by JLee
March 19th, 2019, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Choosing an expensive wine for a special occasion
Replies: 53
Views: 2330

Re: Choosing an expensive wine for a special occasion

I would purchase champagne. Assuming provenance is ok, I find it to be a more consistent product. It doesn't "shut down" as much as some other wines, most houses simply don't produce tete de cuvees in poor vintages so there's less vintage variation at the bottom end, and it ages very reliably. There...
by JLee
March 14th, 2019, 11:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Château Pontet-Canet (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 4
Views: 504

Re: TN: 2001 Château Pontet-Canet (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

2001 Rauzan Segla is also in a good place.
by JLee
March 5th, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: China is the #2 export market for French wine
Replies: 26
Views: 1098

Re: China is the #2 export market for French wine

https://www.wineinstitute.org/resources/statistics

Germany and China both consume much more wine than they produce. France is the second largest producer of wine in the world. This chart would probably look different if it was for classified growth bordeaux.
by JLee
January 30th, 2019, 9:32 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: 2015 Chateau Canon for sale or trade
Replies: 1
Views: 378

2015 Chateau Canon for sale or trade

3 Bottles, $260 each. Buyer pays shipping and assumes risk upon shipment. I'm located in Seattle. Willing to trade for interesting champagne.
by JLee
December 18th, 2018, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: “Speculators are ruining it for everybody”
Replies: 191
Views: 9006

Re: “Speculators are ruining it for everybody”

What did Vinculum own from 2011 to 2014 that caused their entire portfolio to -30%? My understanding is since 2011, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Piedmonte, Rhone and California prices have only gone up, up and up? Would an entire portfolio of Sauternes (weighted towards Yquem presumably) even be down 30% ov...
by JLee
December 5th, 2018, 9:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Consumption if wine had no alcohol
Replies: 46
Views: 1759

Re: Consumption if wine had no alcohol

As of this moment, there are 56 liars on this poll. [cheers.gif] I am almost at the same place as you, Anton. I find the responses of no change or an increase very surprising, almost incomprehensible. I am tempted to make some facetious comments about denial, delusion and the effects of alcohol on ...
by JLee
November 26th, 2018, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Jean Grivot Vosne Romanee
Replies: 10
Views: 580

Re: TN: 2015 Jean Grivot Vosne Romanee

I had the 09 last night, no decanting. Thought it was mediocre (shut?) and possibly a little advanced.
by JLee
October 30th, 2018, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Safest White Burgs
Replies: 87
Views: 4601

Re: The Safest White Burgs

I know the topic of premox has been discussed a million different ways and is covered in great detail between the white burg premox wiki and the Don Cornwell annual white burg vintage dinners. But after reading a few recent threads I wanted to ask the question in a slightly different way. If you we...
by JLee
October 22nd, 2018, 8:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Ampeau et Fils Tasting
Replies: 10
Views: 706

Re: Robert Ampeau et Fils Tasting

Courtier was, and may be still, selling back vintages of Ampeau whites that I believe are ex-cellar. I like them a lot, although they can be variable. Never liked the reds as much but don't think I've ever had any in this lineup.
by JLee
October 17th, 2018, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Weekly Wine Consumption Poll
Replies: 30
Views: 1313

Re: Weekly Wine Consumption Poll

I'm at less than one. I like wine but my mind and body function better on a limited alcohol intake. Also popping fewer bottles makes opening a pricier bottle once in a while seem less extravagant. Downside is I don't taste as widely as some but I'm ok with that and the experience of this board help ...
by JLee
October 9th, 2018, 5:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Master Somm Invalidation
Replies: 207
Views: 16257

Re: Master Somm Invalidation

This is really unfortunate for anyone who legitimately passed the test. That said, (and forgive me for stating the obvious) given the massively disproportionate number of candidates who passed this year, one can't help but suspect that many may have gone into the tasting portion with some sort of in...
by JLee
August 24th, 2018, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zero tolerance: no safe level of alcohol, study says
Replies: 70
Views: 3229

Re: Zero tolerance: no safe level of alcohol, study says

No one really disputes that alcohol has a negative effect on one's physical well-being, right? Understanding of course that one's an adult and can make one's own decisions, there's more to life than just keeping oneself alive and in good health, and moderation can make a difference in the effects, e...
by JLee
August 20th, 2018, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dönnhoff Norheimer Kirschheck Riesling Spätlese and how tastes change
Replies: 59
Views: 2302

Re: TN: Dönnhoff Norheimer Kirschheck Riesling Spätlese and how tastes change

It's really interesting to read the views in this thread. I prefer Donnhoff. It is more complete for my palate than any Mosel wine - though I also like Prum and Schaefer. I agree Mosel wines have a more pronounced acidity. I generally drink Spats, sometimes a Kab. I don't drink the stickies or the d...
by JLee
August 11th, 2018, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: QPR Benchmark wines
Replies: 40
Views: 3125

QPR Benchmark wines

For my tastes Donnhoff's Niederhauser Hermannshohle Spatlese is the best QPR I can think of at its price point or higher. Admittedly its more expensive than many of its peers.

It's certainly not under the radar, but it is a benchmark for its grape and region.
by JLee
April 24th, 2018, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fantes Champagne Stopper
Replies: 13
Views: 779

Fantes Champagne Stopper

Wow - lots of options.

Would love to always finish the bottle but not realistic for me. Can't believe I never heard of any of these, will be buying some immediately.
by JLee
April 23rd, 2018, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fantes Champagne Stopper
Replies: 13
Views: 779

Fantes Champagne Stopper

Has anyone used this / have any thoughts on it? https://www.amazon.com/Fantes-Champagne-Stopper-Italian-Original/dp/B0042KX7MC/ref=as_at?creativeASIN=B0042KX7MC&linkCode=w61&imprToken=C5SNh3xZwozDFyPT3JEVWA&slotNum=7&ascsubtag=[]st[p]cjg6tzuk60043nsy67xuk1fpk[i]TSmZ10&tag=thestrategistsite-20 I own ...
by JLee
April 17th, 2018, 6:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need a 2015 for the long haul
Replies: 55
Views: 2141

Need a 2015 for the long haul

For red Bordeaux, 2015 Rauzan Segla tastes promising and can be found for just under $100. I see a few mags on wine-searcher for about $200.

2015 was a great year in red burgundy but pricing is out of control.
by JLee
April 1st, 2018, 2:05 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Trip to Seattle
Replies: 46
Views: 1620

Trip to Seattle

If there is a spot available I would like to attend. I don't have much Rhone at home but I can bring a white burgundy, champagne, or a non-Rhone red.

Thanks!
by JLee
March 18th, 2018, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggestions for well aged vertical.
Replies: 54
Views: 1391

Suggestions for well aged vertical.

You can do this with a 3 bottle vertical of Gruaud Larose. It is a Bordeaux (one of the most widely aged wines in production), a classified growth (second growth), a good example of a wine from one of Bordeaux major subregions (St. Julien), and is reasonably consistent across a wide period of time. ...
by JLee
March 17th, 2018, 12:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Krug 165?
Replies: 60
Views: 3973

Krug 165?

I also like 164 and prefer 165 to 164. I don't have Brad's experience but for me 165 is the best young grand cuvee I have had.
by JLee
February 9th, 2018, 9:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: '15 Northern Rhones (Souhaut, Faury, Paris, Balthazar ...) - Can you say ripe?
Replies: 42
Views: 3856

TN: '15 Northern Rhones (Souhaut, Faury, Paris, Balthazar ...) - Can you say ripe?

I'm drinking the Paris Granit 30 right now. I echo John's notes on the Granit 60. The Granit 30 is good but it's surprisingly ripe.

I had a 2012 Chave Crozes just a few days ago and the Paris wine is clearly jammier.
by JLee
January 12th, 2018, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2009 Dom Perignon Hit The Shelf Locally Today
Replies: 28
Views: 1938

2009 Dom Perignon Hit The Shelf Locally Today

It was a little tight for my tastes when I tried it. I would lay it down. It will definitely age - whether it will for several decades I couldn't say. For drinking now, I prefer 2002 champagnes (no comment on 02 DP) - many of these are still priced similarly to new releases and drink much better.
by JLee
December 6th, 2017, 7:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy 2014 vs 2015?
Replies: 49
Views: 3777

Burgundy 2014 vs 2015?

While there are certainly plenty of lovely 2014s, and it is a vintage I purchased for my own cellar, re-tasting them extensively from bottle (250 or so this year) has been a little surprising, as the succulent fruit and classical profile that made them so appealing from barrel is, in some cases, gi...
by JLee
November 30th, 2017, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oh How the (once) Mighty Has Fallen > Schrader
Replies: 44
Views: 3680

Oh How the (once) Mighty Has Fallen > Schrader

Schrader is a young winery (first vintage ~2000 I believe), with a high production compared to other pricey Cali cults, and makes a wine that is good but that I personally found to be similar to some other wines which were cheaper. I'd seen Schrader available at retail for $400+ and in some cases $6...
by JLee
November 28th, 2017, 7:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Anyone tried d'Artagnan green circle chicken?
Replies: 34
Views: 2945

Anyone tried d'Artagnan green circle chicken?

I ordered some of the frozen heritage birds. I like them but didn't think they were better than my farmer's market chicken, which to be fair is really good. Haven't tried the non-heritage birds. Will probably order them to try.
by JLee
November 27th, 2017, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNR: Krug Grand Cuvée NV: 164th Edition-2008 Base
Replies: 239
Views: 17913

TNR: Krug Grand Cuvée NV: 164th Edition-2008 Base

As a PSA, Flatiron Wines NY has a Cyber Monday sale with 15% off 12 bottles or more using code cyber15. That puts their Krug 164 (priced at 170), at just over $145 with the case discount. Free shipping to tri-state area.
by JLee
November 15th, 2017, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Weird Customer Service Experience
Replies: 60
Views: 4160

Super Bizarre Customer Service Experience

Well my reply came after our phone conversation, which was much less courteous. I know business have the right to choose who to sell to, which I totally respect, but I just do not see the cause here. Fair. If you think it was completely irrational I would just ascribe it to general weirdness you fi...
by JLee
November 15th, 2017, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Weird Customer Service Experience
Replies: 60
Views: 4160

Super Bizarre Customer Service Experience

Your experience is unusual but generally, businesses can choose not to deal with specific customers. Whether you agree with their judgment or not, its the business' decision. It looks like their communication was more courteous than your reply.
by JLee
November 12th, 2017, 8:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premox is still with us big time
Replies: 17
Views: 1498

Premox is still with us big time

I'm sorry to hear these reports. I like some others producers at least as much as PYCM but often opted to buy his wines because I thought they had a better premox record and I could cellar them. I'm probably not the only one.
by JLee
November 9th, 2017, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Found a decent deal on a Ridge Monte Bello at a restaurant
Replies: 21
Views: 1466

Found a decent deal on a Ridge Monte Bello at a restaurant

I think the wine is a strong relative value at the price. I'm surprised to see that it's hit 240 already, it was significantly lower just a year or so ago.
by JLee
November 5th, 2017, 10:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 red Burgundies are plain gorgeous
Replies: 78
Views: 5598

2016 red Burgundies are plain gorgeous

In all sincerity, I wonder sometimes how I can post anything positive about a region/producer that I work with and not be criticized as acting in self-interest. Simply giving the caveat that I am ITB or represent a certain producer doesn't seem to be enough. Do please let me know what way to do so ...
by JLee
October 31st, 2017, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WARNING – ZACHY’S WINE AUCTIONS IS NOW OFFERING WINES FROM FRAUDSTER ERIC GREENBERG
Replies: 73
Views: 11898

WARNING – ZACHY’S WINE AUCTIONS IS NOW OFFERING WINES FROM FRAUDSTER ERIC GREENBERG

This is probably not new to most of you, but I found this excerpt from Don's earlier linked-to post regarding Greenberg's statements hilarious: "He said if he had counterfeit wine, he could always sell it through Acker Merrall because John Kapon would take anything." [Jamie Ritchie Depo, p. 236, lin...

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