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by James Billy
May 19th, 2019, 4:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A FareWell to Blair...(short/boring)
Replies: 7
Views: 440

Re: No Problemo...

Markus, his friend passed and he was paying tribute to him with his wines? Your post is odd. Tom, sorry to hear about your loss of your wine friend and good on you for honoring him. No problemo, Frank. Wasn't in the least bit offended. In fact, now I know who Blair Pethel is. Tom Blair Pethel of Do...
by James Billy
May 17th, 2019, 9:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting
Replies: 32
Views: 1322

Re: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting

The workers in Socialist countries get sufficient pay as to not need a tip. [snort.gif]
by James Billy
May 17th, 2019, 6:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Gonon
Replies: 15
Views: 1349

Re: 2017 Gonon

Jayson Cohen wrote:
May 17th, 2019, 6:29 am
Claus Jeppesen wrote:
May 17th, 2019, 2:16 am
B. Buzzini wrote:
May 16th, 2019, 7:50 am
Did Fu piss you off too?
Not yet [cheers.gif]
When he does I will open a 1996 Allemand Reynard. It might now be within the window
I have a not-so-secret crush on N. Rhône wines from 1996. Sounds like a reason to travel to Orlando for the first annual F.U. Offline.
FIFY.
by James Billy
May 13th, 2019, 7:28 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Using corked wine making Coq au vin
Replies: 44
Views: 1007

Re: Coq au vin

Greg Xu wrote:
May 13th, 2019, 6:02 am
Cork-au-vin
[rofl.gif]
by James Billy
May 13th, 2019, 6:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Allemand Gets The Clape
Replies: 5
Views: 666

Re: Allemand Gets The Clape

If you're desperate!
by James Billy
May 13th, 2019, 3:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines)
Replies: 104
Views: 4056

Re: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines

Obviously! Just making a point.

All are key. You need good terroir, good winemaking and (at least) reasonable weather.
by James Billy
May 13th, 2019, 1:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines)
Replies: 104
Views: 4056

Re: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines

This is an awesome topic and I have some thoughts to consider. 1. Let's not forget how Bordeaux came up with their rankings. From most accounts, the Growths were determined simply by the powerful merchants roughly rank-ordering them (often by price) at what would today be called a "World's Fair." V...
by James Billy
May 11th, 2019, 1:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Busting terroir myths: The science of soil and wine taste
Replies: 146
Views: 4664

Re: Busting terroir myths: The science of soil and wine taste

GregT, not to make a thread drift, but green bell pepper note in reds signifies underripe fruit. Especially in Cab Franc, and Merlot. Makes id:ing Loire Cab Francs blind easy, its not the terroir that gives them away. IMHO. But I generally agree with your points, and Eric's. I think that's an opini...
by James Billy
May 10th, 2019, 5:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: An unimportant tasting of 2016 Bordeaux
Replies: 45
Views: 1971

Re: TN: An unimportant tasting of 2016 Bordeaux

Great notes. Thanks. Sounds like 2010. How would you rate these 2 vintages against each other. I didn't have enough 2010s to have a real basis for comparison. My own sense is that the fruit profile is a bit different in the '16s, and the acid may be a bit more conspicuous relative to the tannins. I...
by James Billy
May 9th, 2019, 6:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner at Wu's Wonton- Suenen, Filaine, Drouhin, Meo, Nervi, von Schubert and more
Replies: 4
Views: 638

Re: Dinner at Wu's Wonton- Suenen, Filaine, Drouhin, Meo, Nervi, von Schubert and more

Great notes. Thanks.

Are you not a fan of Meursault Les Perrieres vineyard? It's generally regarded as one of the (the?) best vineyard in the village and one of the best (white) premier cru vineyards in the whole of the Cotes de Beaune.
by James Billy
May 8th, 2019, 11:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: An unimportant tasting of 2016 Bordeaux
Replies: 45
Views: 1971

Re: TN: An unimportant tasting of 2016 Bordeaux

Great notes. Thanks.

Sounds like 2010. How would you rate these 2 vintages against each other.
by James Billy
May 8th, 2019, 4:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement
Replies: 237
Views: 9704

Re: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement

As I said, that wasn't necessarily my opinion. I agree that chemical farming could produce large yields in the short term, but can cause long term problems.
by James Billy
May 7th, 2019, 11:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement
Replies: 237
Views: 9704

Re: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement

I'm not Eric, but I think he means it is low yielding. Also it's risky as it difficult to combat pests and diseases without the aid of chemicals. Result low or sometimes no yield for a given area of land. With the relative shortage of land and the growing global demand due to rising population, low ...
by James Billy
May 6th, 2019, 11:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Asimov: is it time to go to the can?
Replies: 15
Views: 1082

Re: Asimov: is it time to go to the can?

Great way to end the dreaded pox. Montrachet under ringpull.
by James Billy
May 4th, 2019, 5:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are you buying white burg to cellar for 10+ yrs?
Replies: 66
Views: 2551

Re: Are you buying white burg to cellar for 10+ yrs?

Yes , because I am a fool . Only this week : Meursault Charmes 2008 Roulot : premox . Montrachet Jadot 2010 premox and Montrachet H Boillot 2010 : drink up . At the same dinner , we had a Meursault Genevrieres 1973 from Morey which was still excellent . So I keep on hoping with a lot of frustration...
by James Billy
April 20th, 2019, 9:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Drinking In Burgundy Is Good
Replies: 62
Views: 4438

Re: Wine Drinking In Burgundy Is Good

What are peoples thoughts on the other Rion (Armelle et Bernard)?
by James Billy
April 17th, 2019, 9:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...
Replies: 161
Views: 4124

Re: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...

I'll attempt a serious answer to the question posed. Every internet message board I've seen has a zeitgeist, which is the prevailing / fashionable opinion on there. If you're on a college football message board, it might be that the current offensive coordinator sucks and is the reason the team isn...
by James Billy
April 16th, 2019, 11:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: April Frost in Burgundy
Replies: 64
Views: 3821

Re: April Frost in Burgundy

I think I'd better make it clear that I do agree with Alan when it comes to top producers with huge amounts of top Cote d'Or vineyards. They'll be ok losing some grapes. On the other hand I do feel for, for example, a small grower with a few rows in Mercurey who lives from hand to mouth. Of course p...
by James Billy
April 16th, 2019, 11:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...
Replies: 161
Views: 4124

Re: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...

Sure, we can all pile on a bag on a clearly over-the-top wine like an out-of-balance, high RS, fake oak mess and agree. There seems to be joy to be found by some, though, in being heavily critical (and going out of the way to be so) of many widely-regarded and well-made new world wines. My question...
by James Billy
April 15th, 2019, 9:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: April Frost in Burgundy
Replies: 64
Views: 3821

Re: April Frost in Burgundy

Well said, Alan.

Also, many of the winemakers only have their job because of family connections. It's all very incestuous.
by James Billy
April 15th, 2019, 12:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: April Frost in Burgundy
Replies: 64
Views: 3821

Re: April Frost in Burgundy

I was in the Loire valley a few days ago, visiting producers in the savennieres and Anjou area (some world class wines being produced there those days). They’ve lost 100pc of the potential 2019 harvest to frost. And that’s after losing a bunch of the 2017 harvest to frost. That’s incredibly tough f...
by James Billy
April 14th, 2019, 9:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Bourgogne (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne)
Replies: 36
Views: 1582

Re: TN: 2015 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Bourgogne (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne)

Funny thing is, I wasn't giving an opinion on two board favourite Domaines, just giving two personal data points on wines that many may be interested in but not had chance to taste yet. Total overreaction to an opinion on 2 bottles of wine. Your opinion is your opinion. I am a big fan of the wines ...
by James Billy
April 14th, 2019, 3:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Drinking In France Sucks
Replies: 55
Views: 4454

Re: Wine Drinking In France Sucks

You had me until Neil Diamond 😀
by James Billy
April 14th, 2019, 2:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Drinking In France Sucks
Replies: 55
Views: 4454

Re: Wine Drinking In France Sucks

Vantre in the 11th, has one of the best playlists I have encountered. The wine list and food are pretty handy too. 2015 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Corton-Charlemagne, Grand Cru . It was expressive and generous but possessed a lovely cool character. There were notes of white flowers, wet stones, crisp ...
by James Billy
April 14th, 2019, 12:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Bourgogne (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne)
Replies: 36
Views: 1582

Re: TN: 2015 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Bourgogne (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne)

Actually, it didn't taste corked. That was just a hypothesis.
by James Billy
April 13th, 2019, 9:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Bourgogne (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne)
Replies: 36
Views: 1582

Re: TN: 2015 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Bourgogne (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne)

Funny thing is, I wasn't giving an opinion on two board favourite Domaines, just giving two personal data points on wines that many may be interested in but not had chance to taste yet.

Total overreaction to an opinion on 2 bottles of wine.
by James Billy
April 13th, 2019, 7:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Bourgogne (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne)
Replies: 36
Views: 1582

Re: TN: 2015 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Bourgogne (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne)

Sarcasm James. Sarcasm. But you are pretty much at odds with the rest of the world on H-N Bourgogne, so... Single bottle experiences only. NN and Chevillon EP tasting was very positive. As was Chevillon barrel tasting at the Domaine. PS original message edited with a correction and an additional co...
by James Billy
April 13th, 2019, 5:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Bourgogne (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne)
Replies: 36
Views: 1582

Re: TN: 2015 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Bourgogne (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne)

the 2016 is a killer awesome wine The bottle I had was terrible. Totally disconnected. Bought and tasted in Burgundy in the summer so not heat affected. 2015 Chevillon BR was better, but not brilliant. May improve with time, but I wouldn't put money on it. Perhaps your palate is flawed? WTF? Upset ...
by James Billy
April 12th, 2019, 9:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Bourgogne (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne)
Replies: 36
Views: 1582

Re: TN: 2015 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Bourgogne (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne)

Michel Linden wrote:
April 12th, 2019, 4:35 pm
the 2016 is a killer awesome wine
The bottle I had was terrible. Totally disconnected. Bought and tasted in Burgundy in the summer [edit: winter] so not heat affected. [Edit: Mildly corked?]

2015 Chevillon BR was better, but not brilliant. May improve with time, but I wouldn't put money on it.
by James Billy
April 12th, 2019, 1:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Visit to Piemonte, Burgundy and Condrieu
Replies: 70
Views: 4665

Re: 2018 Visit to Piemonte, Burgundy and Condrieu

In guessing PdB!
by James Billy
April 7th, 2019, 7:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you use to monitor temp and humidly in your cellar?
Replies: 206
Views: 12533

Re: What do you use to monitor temp and humidly in your cellar?

Thanks. What are the differences in temperature between bottles stored in racks and those in boxes?
by James Billy
April 5th, 2019, 1:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage)
Replies: 4
Views: 581

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage)

Who said dropping your aitches was fine? pileon

And does Himalayan pink salt actually taste different from regular salt [smileyvault-ban.gif]
by James Billy
April 5th, 2019, 1:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: what is too hot for shipping?
Replies: 18
Views: 913

Re: what is too hot for shipping?

80 degrees and I'd start to be a bit concerned...
by James Billy
April 5th, 2019, 1:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: JamieGoode: The Privilege of Tasting BDX en Primeur
Replies: 27
Views: 1509

Re: JamieGoode: The Privilege of Tasting BDX en Primeur

There's no need to evaluate the wines, just use previous vintages as a guide to how the wine will develop. Job done. pileon
by James Billy
March 29th, 2019, 11:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgs with a couple of ring-ins
Replies: 5
Views: 676

Re: Burgs with a couple of ring-ins

Thanks Jeremy! Interesting tasting. It's always fascinating to see how (well chosen) relatively obscure wines perform in a group like this. How did your ring-ins perform within the group. I know you said something about the JW. Out of the 16 wines where did they rank in your and your group's opinion.
by James Billy
March 28th, 2019, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Louis Latour 2009 Chambertin
Replies: 24
Views: 1422

Re: Louis Latour 2009 Chambertin

Bichot with wines are good, but the wines of each of its individual Domaines taste almost identical when young, which is what LL is being accused of by some. Have you some examples of that? Almost the full range of grand crus en primeur this year. Lovely wines, but winemaking totally trumped terroi...
by James Billy
March 28th, 2019, 4:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seeking advice from Riesling fans: Mosel/Rhine Cruise
Replies: 12
Views: 614

Re: Seeking advice from Riesling fans: Mosel/Rhine Cruise

g.colangelo wrote:
March 27th, 2019, 3:32 pm
Also, don't forget to visit Weinhaus Porn in Bernkastel. Usually you can taste some wines there and you can find bottles of old vintages too.
They seem to have a knack of selecting wines for tasting that are at their (early) peak. Quite special!
by James Billy
March 28th, 2019, 4:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Louis Latour 2009 Chambertin
Replies: 24
Views: 1422

Re: Louis Latour 2009 Chambertin

Bichot with wines are good, but the wines of each of its individual Domaines taste almost identical when young, which is what LL is being accused of by some.
by James Billy
March 24th, 2019, 6:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?
Replies: 66
Views: 2477

Re: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?

That is a dilemma, but I try to look at my cost versus current value. While a bottle might have appreciated significantly over the years, my “actual cost” is what I paid, not what someone else is willing to pay. Additionally, today’s value can evaporate quickly, so I try not to get caught up in auc...
by James Billy
March 24th, 2019, 6:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?
Replies: 66
Views: 2477

Re: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?

I thought you were generalising from your situation. Saying that , if you think in that way, there's no point cellaring ANY wine as it will ALWAYS become to expensive to drink.

Now I know you weren't....
by James Billy
March 24th, 2019, 6:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?
Replies: 66
Views: 2477

Re: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?

There is an aspect to this that has not been discussed. I like drinking wines with age on them. To do that, one must either buy the wine young and age it yourself or buy on the auction market. There are storage and other risks from buying older wines on the auction market. So, the less risky (altho...
by James Billy
March 24th, 2019, 1:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?
Replies: 66
Views: 2477

Re: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?

That is a dilemma, but I try to look at my cost versus current value. While a bottle might have appreciated significantly over the years, my “actual cost” is what I paid, not what someone else is willing to pay. Additionally, today’s value can evaporate quickly, so I try not to get caught up in auc...
by James Billy
March 23rd, 2019, 11:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Farr Vintners retastes 2009 Bordeaux 10 years on.
Replies: 40
Views: 3330

Re: Farr Vintners retastes 2009 Bordeaux 10 years on.

I think 2009 was a good year if you were careful. You really had to taste before buying. Many wines were horribly secondary and/or hot (often both.) But many wines were very nice in a semi-New World style. If you have Catholic tastes, it's definitely a vintage worth having (in small quantities.) Say...
by James Billy
March 17th, 2019, 3:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Farr Vintners retastes 2009 Bordeaux 10 years on.
Replies: 40
Views: 3330

Re: Farr Vintners retastes 2009 Bordeaux 10 years on.

From the 10-year tasting reports of Lisa and Neal re: 2009 Bordeaux... "A number of wines across varieties and communes seem to be prematurely oxidizing." LPB "Especially at the Southwold tasting, I was not the only person concerned about the number of bottles showing signs of oxidation" NM Maybe t...
by James Billy
March 8th, 2019, 10:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYTimes: Asimov on Oz Nebbiolo
Replies: 4
Views: 698

Re: NYTimes: Asimov on Oz Nebbiolo

Great PR for a wine a decade or two away. Who knows how good it will be?!
by James Billy
March 7th, 2019, 3:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: JF Mugnier vs Chevillon Styles - newbie question
Replies: 41
Views: 2307

Re: JF Mugnier vs Chevillon Styles - newbie question

It's not 'Robert Chevillon' anymore. It's 'Denis & Bertrand Chevillon.' Yes. In 2001, before a visit to the domaine, we bumped into Robert Chevillon and his wife having lunch at a place in Nuits (La Tour). When I asked Bertrand if he felt like he was going to miss his father's guidance and reputati...
by James Billy
March 6th, 2019, 9:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Le Clos Guillot
Replies: 16
Views: 610

Re: TN: 2014 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Le Clos Guillot

Had 2015 Les Granges recently. Very glossy, heavy and dark fruited for a CF. Definitely needs some time.
by James Billy
March 6th, 2019, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: China is the #2 export market for French wine
Replies: 26
Views: 973

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

More like countries that don't make enough wine for their own consumption need to import more.
by James Billy
March 6th, 2019, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: JF Mugnier vs Chevillon Styles - newbie question
Replies: 41
Views: 2307

Re: JF Mugnier vs Chevillon Styles - newbie question

It's not 'Robert Chevillon' anymore. It's 'Denis & Bertrand Chevillon.'

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