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by Eric Egan
September 15th, 2019, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo Sediment
Replies: 51
Views: 1544

Re: Barolo Sediment

A few years ago I made a shelf like an angled library bookshelf to hold bottles at an angle such that the bottom of the cork is in contact with the wine and the sediment collects at the bottom of the bottle. Mine is a few feet long and can hold lots of bottles. Sounds like a sensible idea. I actual...
by Eric Egan
September 15th, 2019, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your thoughts on these old wines
Replies: 26
Views: 1924

Re: Your thoughts on these old wines

Had the 2000 Daumas Gassac the other day. A very good wine with decades left in it. Had it alongside the '83, which was also in great condition! (Though I've had a bit of bottle variations with the '83s lately, ranging from superb to shot.)
by Eric Egan
August 24th, 2019, 10:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?
Replies: 147
Views: 6405

Re: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?

The only issue with Chardonnay is that it is grown outside Burgundy and Chablis. Also it can be grown in Champagne I'd say the problem's not so much that it's grown outside of Burgundy (or Champagne - or the Jura!) but with the people who decide that this is the variety they want to grow, wherever ...
by Eric Egan
August 18th, 2019, 2:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11710
Views: 559196

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

How did you manage a typo of Bouchard and Faiveley? Agree that crappy labels often produce stellar wines Haha, I was typing (and bidding - a hair-raising experience) on a small phone screen on a train, with patchy internet. Copy paste of the line above I think - deleted Latricieres but forgot to ch...
by Eric Egan
August 17th, 2019, 2:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11710
Views: 559196

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Moratorium over so went bargain-hunting at auction: 12 x Piesporter Goldtropfchen 1975 Riesling Auslese, Josef Kettern-Sonntag @ £5 12 x Mettenheimer Schlosberg 1971 Beerenauslese, Philipp Wibmann @ £9 12 x Graacher Domprohst 1971 Auslese Eiswein, D. Licht Bergweiler Erben @ £9 6 x Faiveley, Clos d...
by Eric Egan
August 15th, 2019, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11710
Views: 559196

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Moratorium over so went bargain-hunting at auction: 12 x Piesporter Goldtropfchen 1975 Riesling Auslese, Josef Kettern-Sonntag @ £5 12 x Mettenheimer Schlosberg 1971 Beerenauslese, Philipp Wibmann @ £9 12 x Graacher Domprohst 1971 Auslese Eiswein, D. Licht Bergweiler Erben @ £9 6 x Faiveley, Clos d...
by Eric Egan
August 15th, 2019, 7:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11710
Views: 559196

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Moratorium over so went bargain-hunting at auction: 12 x Piesporter Goldtropfchen 1975 Riesling Auslese, Josef Kettern-Sonntag @ £5 12 x Mettenheimer Schlosberg 1971 Beerenauslese, Philipp Wibmann @ £9 12 x Graacher Domprohst 1971 Auslese Eiswein, D. Licht Bergweiler Erben @ £9 6 x Faiveley, Clos de...
by Eric Egan
June 30th, 2019, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sunday discussion time only $17.73 to spend today.
Replies: 38
Views: 1372

Re: Sunday discussion time only $17.73 to spend today.

17.73 = cocaine and a hooker. Where can you still get a hooker for those prices??? It really pisses me off - since we started going on about it on this bloody board, there is literally nowhere left where you can get some limp pleasure for 15 bones any more (let alone coke for $2.23 a line). Please ...
by Eric Egan
June 29th, 2019, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend
Replies: 90
Views: 2855

Re: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend

I went for Burg but change my vote. Don't like to pay the current price but in this scenario I'd love a half of Egon Muller gold cap.
by Eric Egan
June 27th, 2019, 12:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11710
Views: 559196

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Some nice old Burgundy:

3x Romanee-Saint-Vivant 1964 | Marey-Monge (Remoissenet labels)
3x Musigny 1961 | Pierre Ponnelle
2x Corton Marechaudes 1959 | Doudet-Naudin
3x Savigny-les-Beaune 1961 | Ponnelle
by Eric Egan
June 26th, 2019, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pescatarian/Vegetarian Pairings with aged Bordeaux
Replies: 36
Views: 1168

Re: Pescatarian/Vegetarian Pairings with aged Bordeaux

Pizza pizza pizza! I know it's from the other place but a bean cassoulet work's spectacularly well. I almost never eat meat and I drink a lot of aged Bordeaux; with grilled aubergines/peppers, ratatouille, quorn or other vegan meat replacements cooked in standard meat based dishes, portabello mushro...
by Eric Egan
June 26th, 2019, 2:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...
Replies: 145
Views: 6911

Re: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...

A bit of a tricky thread to follow as it seems to be branching off in a bunch of different directions. I agree that 14%+ alcohol wines give me more of a hangover - even if I drink substantially less of it than a 13% wine. I don't know why this is but I've certainly noticed it. Add to that that I gen...
by Eric Egan
June 25th, 2019, 10:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux Futures - What Did Everyone Buy?
Replies: 78
Views: 3943

Re: 2018 Bordeaux Futures - What Did Everyone Buy?

Dow Jones 1100 when 82 was offered. Dow Jones 27000 today Perhaps the most telling argument from this discussion. It has become more about investment than pleasure. From an investment perspective: the way this is going, given the likely factor that a lot of these wines won't last (or at least impro...
by Eric Egan
June 23rd, 2019, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux Futures - What Did Everyone Buy?
Replies: 78
Views: 3943

Re: 2018 Bordeaux Futures - What Did Everyone Buy?

Nothing. I'm sure there are some decent wines but the styles of most chateaux are now way too modern for me. I would also seriously worry that the most of the high-alcohol early drinking wines won't hold together for the long haul - if there's any doubt about that I'm out. Classic vintages is still ...
by Eric Egan
June 23rd, 2019, 1:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Ch. Calon-Ségur - what a beauty
Replies: 49
Views: 4056

Re: 2016 Ch. Calon-Ségur - what a beauty

Yep, this is in a pretty good spot right now. I certainly wouldn't hesitate to open them - in fact, they won't be getting any better so might as well drink them soon;-)
by Eric Egan
June 22nd, 2019, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DELETE THREAD
Replies: 32
Views: 2413

Re: DELETE THREAD

I just ordered some Lebanese food and drinking some mighty fine beer, perched at the top of the stairs on the top floor of our flat (it's where we get the last of the evening sun). What's with all this wine stuff anyway?
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by Eric Egan
June 21st, 2019, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DELETE THREAD
Replies: 32
Views: 2413

Re: DELETE THREAD

I was looking for a different wine from Argentina! Found it, finally. FYI, Mr. Delete here came on, posted twice, and sent a PM AND and email asking to have his account deleted and 'obliterate me' - I guess not getting his answer right away really bothered him? That seems both odd any annoying. Let...
by Eric Egan
June 21st, 2019, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Half-Bottles
Replies: 18
Views: 1112

Re: Aging Half-Bottles

No problem at all ageing halves in my experience. One of the best wines I ever tried was a half of Belgrave 1945 - once it blew away a bunch of other more reputable wines at the same sitting, including several first/second growths from exceptional vintages. With riesling I wouldn't worry in the slig...
by Eric Egan
June 18th, 2019, 5:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another restaurant wine list query
Replies: 14
Views: 1515

Re: Another restaurant wine list query

Egon Muller's 1995 Scharzhofberger Auslese for €298 is a pretty good deal...
by Eric Egan
June 16th, 2019, 2:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Happy Father's Day - whatcha drinkin'?
Replies: 50
Views: 1788

Re: Happy Father's Day - whatcha drinkin'?

Watching Inspector Montalbano alone (2 year old finally asleep), eating pizza, and drinking a bottle of 1976 Bischöfliches Priesterseminar Wiltinger Kupp Auslese. It's a stunner!
by Eric Egan
June 10th, 2019, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle condition - signs of seepage
Replies: 38
Views: 2158

Re: Bottle condition - signs of seepage

I take a risk on SOS on occasion if the colour looks good. Have had some superb seepers in my day, including some of my best wine experiences of all time, including a 1961 Gruaud Larose and a 1943 Monfrotino. Both had mid-low shoulder levels but good, clear colour. Both were superb. Also had a lot o...
by Eric Egan
June 10th, 2019, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the Best top end non-DRC red Burgundy?
Replies: 62
Views: 4264

Re: What's the Best top end non-DRC red Burgundy?

However I agree that Rossignol-Trapet Chambertin is a good value ... but there are other ones, for instance several RSV or GE ... Yes - there are definitely still some good value wines from GE. I had a a Jean-Marc Millot Grands-Echezeaux 1997 recently that was shockingly good for the price and vint...
by Eric Egan
June 10th, 2019, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: a basement discovery
Replies: 22
Views: 2798

Re: a basement discovery

I did actually come across a few bottles of the Bouchard recently. Not the '34 but an old NV probably released in the early '50s or so. It was surprisingly good. These won't be worth a lot but they should be a lot of fun to drink!
by Eric Egan
June 6th, 2019, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the Best top end non-DRC red Burgundy?
Replies: 62
Views: 4264

Re: What's the nest top end non-DRC red Burgundy?

From what's not yet been mentioned; from recent vintages I would go for La Romanee (Liger-Belair), Cros-Parantoux (Rouget) or maybe Meo-Camuzet's Richebourg. Or Leroy if they're that way inclined.

For older wines there's always Jayer...

Ed. yep - I see that some of these were already mentioned...
by Eric Egan
May 31st, 2019, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11710
Views: 559196

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Cognac!

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by Eric Egan
May 26th, 2019, 8:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My Top Wines of 2019 and Possibly My Top Wines Ever
Replies: 19
Views: 2468

Re: My Top Wines of 2019 and Possibly My Top Wines Ever

Ah yes, but what are the low (non) premox years? 1993 and before? And which are the low premox producers? Coche, Raveneau, pre-2002 Leflaive, Leroy, and perhaps Roulot...all of which are now absurdly priced. Aye, there’s the rub. I would add 92 and before Bonneau du Martray, Robert Ampeau, PYCM, Ja...
by Eric Egan
May 23rd, 2019, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who’s the REDDEST of red fruit Burgundy?
Replies: 51
Views: 3302

Re: Who’s the REDDEST of red fruit Burgundy?

Weirdly, the glass in my hand, a Vallet Freres Clos Saint-Jacques 1988, is seriously red(!)
Perhaps not the most potent red fruit perfume I've encountered but it has some very serious redcurrent, red cherry, pomegranate pow...
by Eric Egan
May 21st, 2019, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 14 Portuguese wines, not Port?
Replies: 30
Views: 1478

Re: Age-worthy, classic Portugese wines, not Port?

The two best are probably: Alexandre d'Almeida Buçaco Reservado (old vintages if you can find them - both red and white are superb with extended age). Ferreirinha (Barca Velha of course, but also the Reserva Especial). There's also a bunch of very good, relatively unknown producers - if you can find...
by Eric Egan
May 18th, 2019, 3:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?
Replies: 113
Views: 4052

Re: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?

I'm well into four figures and don't use cellartracker, or any other form of cataloguing system because I find it tedious - both to update and to keep a running tally. I find cellartracker's design about as compelling as a toad biscuit. Also, I keep having to enter in new wines and vintages (I guess...
by Eric Egan
May 16th, 2019, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the most meaningful glass of wine you've shared with someone?
Replies: 45
Views: 2956

Re: What's the most meaningful glass of wine you've shared with someone?

I think it would probably be the plastic cup of local muscat that I shared with my girlfriend at the market in Octon, over a dozen Agde oysters, on our first holiday together (wine came free with the oysters). To turn this on its head though, perhaps my most memorable glass is one that I never drank...
by Eric Egan
May 16th, 2019, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11710
Views: 559196

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

A full case of Mas de Daumas Gassac 1983, 'cause it's Thursday.
by Eric Egan
May 16th, 2019, 12:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: OOPS! Diner gets wrong wine £4500 le Pin
Replies: 32
Views: 2584

Re: OOPS! Diner gets wrong wine £4500 le Pin

For those of you in the UK, this might be the best part of the whole story...
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by Eric Egan
May 16th, 2019, 6:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Preparing (and tasting) a 1966 Château Cos d'Estournel
Replies: 10
Views: 499

Re: Preparing a 1966 Château Cos d'Estournel

I'd personally just open it (slowly, allowing the pressure to gradually release) at lunch time and leave it undisturbed until dinner, then decant it gently about 15 minutes before serving. I'd actually be careful double decanting as pouring the wine back into the bottle will give it a lot more oxyge...
by Eric Egan
May 16th, 2019, 6:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most Underrated Bordeaux?
Replies: 44
Views: 2575

Re: Most Underrated Bordeaux?

Poujeaux perhaps? Amazing quality for the price.
by Eric Egan
May 15th, 2019, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Give up salt or give up wine?
Replies: 52
Views: 1823

Re: Give up salt or give up wine?

Appears it's the exclusive beetroot and Beaujolais diet for me from here on out!
by Eric Egan
May 15th, 2019, 6:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Give up salt or give up wine?
Replies: 52
Views: 1823

Re: Give up salt or give up wine?

I presume we're not including the salt that you find naturally in pretty much all fresh ingredients, including water? If that's the case, then the question becomes rather academic, as you'd need to remove salt from everything before you eat it, then die from a lack of some of them. If we restrict it...
by Eric Egan
May 15th, 2019, 1:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Huet 2010 Le Mont Sec and a fantastic 1970 Rioja GR
Replies: 11
Views: 739

Re: Huet 2010 Le Mont Sec and a fantastic 1970 Rioja GR

1970 was a great Rioja year. I've had fabulous 1970 CVNE Real GR within the past couple of years, and I have a couple of bottles of CVNE Imperial waiting in the cellar. John, I agree. I haven't met a '70 Rioja I didn't like. I still have a few; a CVNE Imperial GR and a Viña Real GR, a Muga GR Prado...
by Eric Egan
May 15th, 2019, 1:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Huet 2010 Le Mont Sec and a fantastic 1970 Rioja GR
Replies: 11
Views: 739

Re: Huet 2010 Le Mont Sec and a fantastic 1970 Rioja GR

Shhhh, let's not spread the word too much;-) I've been buying old Rioja from Spain for a few years now and have had some utterly outstanding bottles; recently Murrieta Etiqueta Blanca '54 and '81 were both outrageously good (not to mention the Tondonia Blanco from the 60s). Top producers are very re...
by Eric Egan
May 14th, 2019, 4:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial
Replies: 5
Views: 269

Re: TN: 2009 Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial

Got to love Murrieta. You can still get older bottles of Ygay for a fraction of a wine of that quality from anywhere else in the world (perhaps apart from Germany). I've recently bought Etiqueta Blanca from '54, '64, and '81 for less than you'd pay for the '09 Reserva Especial. Though the latter is ...
by Eric Egan
May 14th, 2019, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Failed Master of Wine Dissertations (from Hosemaster of Wine)
Replies: 41
Views: 2266

Re: Failed Master of Wine Dissertations (from Hosemaster of Wine)

The Harvest Yogurt; Effects of the Bearded Vigneron's Microbacterial Cultures on the Fermentation Process.
by Eric Egan
May 14th, 2019, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 R. López de Heredia Rioja Rosado Viña Tondonia
Replies: 26
Views: 1168

Re: TN: 2009 R. López de Heredia Rioja Rosado Viña Tondonia

Cracked and got another two cases of the 2008 at £39 a bottle. I really like the wine and am getting a bit uneasy about what's happening with the prices on the secondary market. Christ knows we've seen enough crazy price-hikes on wines that in the past would only have been sought out by a few oddbal...
by Eric Egan
May 14th, 2019, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11710
Views: 559196

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Another 26 bottles of LdH Vina Tondonia Rosado 2008. I really, really like this, and though I have another few cases in the cellar already, I worry that the price on the secondary market is getting ridiculous. Who knows what will happen with the 2010 when they release it. Another wine doomed for sma...
by Eric Egan
May 14th, 2019, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wines since the beginning of 2019
Replies: 139
Views: 9643

Re: Best wines since the beginning of 2019

Got to update this with a few bottles from last week: 1973 Krug, which was outstanding. 1970 Figeac, a savoury ambrosia. 1959 Moulin Touchais, a stunning ageless wine, served after 1988 Mas de Daumas Gassac Blanc, which also blew me away. 1997 Jean-Marc Millot Grands Echezeaux, in a beautiful spot r...
by Eric Egan
May 14th, 2019, 7:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 R. López de Heredia Rioja Rosado Viña Tondonia
Replies: 26
Views: 1168

Re: TN: 2009 R. López de Heredia Rioja Rosado Viña Tondonia

Just got a bottle for $40. Pretty excited to try it. Wonder if I should let it age though? It ages so slowly that unless you got a bunch of them you might as well drink it now. I've got a few cases and plan to drink a few bottles this summer, then forget about the rest til the 50s. They really do b...
by Eric Egan
May 14th, 2019, 7:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 R. López de Heredia Rioja Rosado Viña Tondonia
Replies: 26
Views: 1168

Re: TN: 2009 R. López de Heredia Rioja Rosado Viña Tondonia

Anybody with thoughts on why this would be in the $250 range here. I've tasted different vintages during a few visits at the winery and, while I think they are good wines, and I recall that they were selling them for mid Euro 30s. Irrational speculation? Just down to demand I imagine - they don't m...
by Eric Egan
May 13th, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are 1982 Bordeaux past peak?
Replies: 26
Views: 1727

Re: Are 1982 Bordeaux past peak?

Excellent question. I do wonder if not many of them have been on their way down for a while now, though it's a slow decline so wouldn't feel any stress to drink them immediately. In comparison, I think there are a lot of '85s, 86s, and 88s that are still on their way up. In 20 or 30 years' time, we ...
by Eric Egan
May 12th, 2019, 1:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Bordeaux non vintage of the century
Replies: 69
Views: 2477

Re: Favorite Bordeaux non vintage of the century

Last century - 1962, 1966, 1970, 1986, 1996 I agree - these are excellent vintages. Perhaps even vintages of the century;-) I was going for less heralded vintages but you're right of course, I don't think any of these were touted as VOTC at the time. Though if any of these seasons had taken place s...
by Eric Egan
May 11th, 2019, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Bordeaux non vintage of the century
Replies: 69
Views: 2477

Re: Favorite Bordeaux non vintage of the century

2004 from this millennium.

From the past I favour 1994, 1983, 1971, and 1962. Of the outliers I have had great experiences with 1973 (with surprisingly few bad bottles). I guess you could also add 1952, 1948, 1933, and 1923 to that list. Not to forget the lovely 1842s - now all but forgotten!
by Eric Egan
May 6th, 2019, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Two unique wines.
Replies: 6
Views: 675

Re: TNs: Two unique wines.

Recent 1971 Moulin Touchais was young and licking that depth you write about. Maybe needs more time. Perhaps indeed - I had a '64 a little while ago that also seemed to be a little on the young side(!) Certainly seemed like it had more to reveal. The back label does mention the 'privilege' of drink...

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