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by James Billy
January 16th, 2021, 10:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: best pairings
Replies: 53
Views: 1436

Re: best pairings

I'm sure someone has already said it, but blue cheese with Port, Banyuls or similar.
by James Billy
January 16th, 2021, 2:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best regions in 2021
Replies: 20
Views: 905

Re: Best regions in 2021

My experience with 2019 CdR has been very positive indeed. Rioja, too from a very limited sample.
by James Billy
January 15th, 2021, 10:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray)
Replies: 61
Views: 2182

Re: TN: 2019 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray)

Sometimes it sees Vouvray=Huet on here. What other Loire chenin producers do you guys drink?
by James Billy
January 15th, 2021, 10:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premox Update - Chablis Edition
Replies: 14
Views: 1284

Re: Premox Update - Chablis Edition

Slow ageing isn't a negative. Inconsistent ageing is because you never know where a bottle will be when you open it.
by James Billy
January 15th, 2021, 10:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How should a wine age???
Replies: 20
Views: 989

Re: How should a wine age???

Good question.
by James Billy
January 15th, 2021, 10:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 'QPR' in Vosne?
Replies: 35
Views: 2542

Re: 'QPR' in Vosne?

Bit boring this. Same old names. A new one here: Robert Sirugue. He makes wines under his own name and for another Domaine (sorry, I forget the name.) You can pick up his Vosne AC for well under $100 if you look hard enough.
by James Billy
January 15th, 2021, 10:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Wittmann Riesling Estate 2018
Replies: 8
Views: 414

Re: TN: Wittmann Riesling Estate 2018

“A hint of inflatable pool toy” Never saw that one before but can immediately imagine what you mean! 😂 Years ago I was at an offline with Russell Bevan and his comment on a dessert wine that had this character was "It smells like a blow-up doll." IVV* * in vino veritas And you've just out...
by James Billy
January 14th, 2021, 12:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How good is the 2005 Burgundy vintage
Replies: 101
Views: 6902

Re: How good is the 2005 Burgundy vintage

I would revise that and say buy earlier maturing vintages. I have found 2007 and 2017's as earlier drinking in general compared to big vintages like 2005 and 1999. "Less good" does not necessarily translate to earlier drinking, sometimes they are just not good period. Also, I would avoid ...
by James Billy
January 14th, 2021, 12:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm
Replies: 14
Views: 1017

Re: TN: 1999 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm

Arv R wrote: January 9th, 2021, 9:21 am Personally I think all these drank bast at release/young, and didn't develop well.

Don't think I have any OZ in the cellar anywhere
Is that because you think all Oz wine is from hot climates or that you don't have access to or just haven't tried their cool climate wines?
by James Billy
January 12th, 2021, 10:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray)
Replies: 61
Views: 2182

Re: TN: 2019 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray)

2019 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu - France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray (1/12/2021) Fantastic young wine. The nose is aromatic and perfumed, evocative of a fruit salad dressed with honey and lime zest. The palate is racy and fresh, with plenty of concentration. The same sensation of ho...
by James Billy
January 11th, 2021, 3:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2 Questions about aging rosé
Replies: 26
Views: 1242

Re: 2 Questions about aging rosé

Rosé wines are the only class of wine that don't generally age well in my experience. Most reds and white age remarkably well in comparison.

Of course there are exceptions listed in the previous posts. These really are the exceptions, not the norm.
by James Billy
January 8th, 2021, 10:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few good sips: fizz and burgs
Replies: 8
Views: 1051

Re: A few good sips: fizz and burgs

Yes, great sounding wines from such a humble store. I don't know Martenot so well, but Tillers is a good vineyard. Javillier has a big holding and makes good wines that cost peanuts if you buy them in Burgundy. They even have a shop in the centre of the village where you can taste and buy wines as w...
by James Billy
January 5th, 2021, 11:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few good sips: fizz and burgs
Replies: 8
Views: 1051

Re: A few good sips: fizz and burgs

Very cooperative wines!
by James Billy
January 5th, 2021, 7:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Xinomavro, Mencia, Nerello Mascalese, ???????
Replies: 51
Views: 1614

Re: Xinomavro, Mencia, Nerello Mascalese, ???????

Impressive winery. 150 year old ungrafted vines (for red wine.)
by James Billy
January 5th, 2021, 7:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: 2007 Comtes de Champagne--$114.95
Replies: 7
Views: 1061

Re: PSA: 2007 Comtes de Champagne--$114.95


Load up? :)
by James Billy
January 5th, 2021, 6:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Xinomavro, Mencia, Nerello Mascalese, ???????
Replies: 51
Views: 1614

Re: Xinomavro, Mencia, Nerello Mascalese, ???????

Someone should invent a wine version of Pandora; if you like Pinot Noir you will like these other varieties. CellarTracker has millions of data points it could use to power that algorithm and probably nail some recs to a way more specific level than grape variety.. I find even professional TNs vary...
by James Billy
January 5th, 2021, 6:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Xinomavro, Mencia, Nerello Mascalese, ???????
Replies: 51
Views: 1614

Re: Xinomavro, Mencia, Nerello Mascalese, ???????

You may or not see any similarities between these grapes, but which one(s) do you prefer and why? Is there another a similar grape that you like. I see them as similar in some respects to pinot, nebbiolo and gamay, but, especially the first two, are still a bit niche compared to pinot and nebbiolo....
by James Billy
January 5th, 2021, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Xinomavro, Mencia, Nerello Mascalese, ???????
Replies: 51
Views: 1614

Re: Xinomavro, Mencia, Nerello Mascalese, ???????

You may or not see any similarities between these grapes, but which one(s) do you prefer and why? Is there another a similar grape that you like. I see them as similar in some respects to pinot, nebbiolo and gamay, but, especially the first two, are still a bit niche compared to pinot and nebbiolo....
by James Billy
January 4th, 2021, 11:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottom Feeder Wines of the Major European Regions
Replies: 81
Views: 5569

Re: Bottom Feeder Wines of the Major European Regions

Chave Mon Coeur may be best in class', but as reported elsewhere, the 2019 St Cosme CdR I had recently was really good. Definitely a good choice if the Chave isn't available. I'm guessing this is a big volume wine.
by James Billy
January 4th, 2021, 11:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Saint Cosme Côtes du Rhône
Replies: 13
Views: 1058

Re: TN: 2015 Saint Cosme Côtes du Rhône

Just had a 2019 vintage of this for research purposes. Fantastic for the small money. Balanced, juicy and reasonable depth.
by James Billy
January 4th, 2021, 11:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Xinomavro, Mencia, Nerello Mascalese, ???????
Replies: 51
Views: 1614

Re: Xinomavro, Mencia, Nerello Mascalese, ???????

Isn't "herbal' just a polite way to describe underripe flavours. [wink.gif]

I love cab franc, too. [cheers.gif]
by James Billy
January 4th, 2021, 4:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Xinomavro, Mencia, Nerello Mascalese, ???????
Replies: 51
Views: 1614

Re: Xinomavro, Mencia, Nerello Mascalese, ???????

Commonalities? None by taste, but geographically they all come from Mediterranean countries, so would tend to have a sunny disposition :) Tongue-in-cheek, I know, but a good excuse to go into some level of detail on this... Sure, Sicily is right in the middle of the Mediterranean, but the climate a...
by James Billy
January 4th, 2021, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Xinomavro, Mencia, Nerello Mascalese, ???????
Replies: 51
Views: 1614

Re: Xinomavro, Mencia, Nerello Mascalese, ???????

I agree on the Nebbiolo comparison with xinomavro (I made the comparison above before seeing your reply) and that NM is quite distinctive. I do find mencia hard to nail down. You mention pinot and gamay, I've also heard it being compared with syrah. Commonalities? None by taste, but geographically ...
by James Billy
January 4th, 2021, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottom Feeder Wines of the Major European Regions
Replies: 81
Views: 5569

Re: Bottom Feeder Wines of the Major European Regions

Happy New Year, bottom feeders. I've uplated the list: Champagne - Moutard Grande Cuvee Brut NV $25 Rhone - Chave Mon Coeur $15 (catagory closed) Bordeaux - Senejac $15 Loire Red - Baudry - Les Granges $20 (catagory closed) Loire Chenin - Marc Bredif Vouvray Classic Loire - Sauvignon - François Chid...
by James Billy
January 4th, 2021, 12:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "a crisis unlike anything the Champagne region has ever seen"
Replies: 46
Views: 3671

Re: "a crisis unlike anything the Champagne region has ever seen"

It's a tough time for a heck of a lot of people!
by James Billy
January 3rd, 2021, 11:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Xinomavro, Mencia, Nerello Mascalese, ???????
Replies: 51
Views: 1614

Re: Xinomavro, Mencia, Nerello Mascalese, ???????

You mention pinot and gamay, I've also heard it being compared with syrah. I love me a good Northern Rhône Syrah, but haven't seen anything Syrah-like in Mencía, be it Rhône Syrah or Australian Shiraz we're comparing it to. The Mencías of Galicia (mainly Ribeira Sacra) are often very Burgundian, ma...
by James Billy
January 3rd, 2021, 10:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Xinomavro, Mencia, Nerello Mascalese, ???????
Replies: 51
Views: 1614

Re: Xinomavro, Mencia, Nerello Mascalese, ???????

Seems like a good group. All three are varietals that produce wines that are both delicious and cerebrally attractive. The best wines are extraordinary(I’m referring specifically to Mencia and Nerello Mascalese here as I have more familiarity with them). I don’t drink them nearly as often as I woul...
by James Billy
January 3rd, 2021, 10:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Xinomavro, Mencia, Nerello Mascalese, ???????
Replies: 51
Views: 1614

Re: Xinomavro, Mencia, Nerello Mascalese, ???????

Drank my last Xinomavro last night with lasagne and was to a Mencia tasting just before the new year's eve. It gas been probably more than a month since I've had a good Etna, though. I think that many a Xinomavro can be strikingly Nebbiolo-like, but there are also lots of wines that have a unique c...
by James Billy
January 3rd, 2021, 10:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Xinomavro, Mencia, Nerello Mascalese, ???????
Replies: 51
Views: 1614

Re: Xinomavro, Mencia, Nerello Mascalese, ???????

Hmm..I do not really see similarities in any of these other than they are different from most of what people drink. I am gravitated to the later two. Mencia is, from the best producers, very appealing. Nero Mascalese in the right hands can make some profound wines. Xinomavro? No experience yet that...
by James Billy
January 3rd, 2021, 9:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Xinomavro, Mencia, Nerello Mascalese, ???????
Replies: 51
Views: 1614

Xinomavro, Mencia, Nerello Mascalese, ???????

You may or not see any similarities between these grapes, but which one(s) do you prefer and why? Is there another a similar grape that you like. I see them as similar in some respects to pinot, nebbiolo and gamay, but, especially the first two, are still a bit niche compared to pinot and nebbiolo. ...
by James Billy
January 3rd, 2021, 8:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.
Replies: 252
Views: 10302

Re: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.

Sounds like what people are saying is that there's a higher variability between expectations and experience, which is probably true. I also wonder how much of this is due to Pinot's more delicate nature (storage), the price of Burgundy (if I pay a lot more I expect more) and that the most "con...
by James Billy
January 3rd, 2021, 8:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.
Replies: 252
Views: 10302

Re: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.

I know what Jürgen and Philip mean. In the last couple of months, I've opened a 2002 Chevillon Nuits - Perrières, a 2001 Roumier Clos de la Bussière and a 1996 Lamarche Vosne - Chaumes. None of them offered that much. They were all remarkably closed, even though they were decanted ahead and drunk o...
by James Billy
January 3rd, 2021, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.
Replies: 252
Views: 10302

Re: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.

But seeing vintages like 2009, 2015, 2018, and 2019, I wonder whether these vintages will produce great Burgundy or just very good Pinot Noirs. I suspect the answer is a combination of both. I haven't tasted a lot of new release Burgundy, but 2009 tastes totally like Burgundy to me and nothing like...
by James Billy
January 3rd, 2021, 4:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Banyuls: what do you all think
Replies: 21
Views: 840

Re: Banyuls: what do you all think

Thanks, Otto. How about Chapoutier? How would you rate them? It's surprisingly good, given that a) Chapoutier is a producer located in Rhône, not in Roussillon; b) I'm not the biggest fan of Chapoutier wines. At least the wine I've tasted (2012 Rimage) was surprisingly dry, spicy and bitter for a B...
by James Billy
January 3rd, 2021, 3:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Point of Vieux...
Replies: 22
Views: 1277

Re: TN: Point of Vieux...

Very Holmesque title!
by James Billy
January 3rd, 2021, 3:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Banyuls: what do you all think
Replies: 21
Views: 840

Re: Banyuls: what do you all think

I have little experience of these wines, so don't shoot me, but even Chapoutier Banyuls tastes nice to me. pileon Would you say they have any resemblance to Vintage Port at all or would you say they are a totally different catagory? Well, they're both red and fortified and usually tend to carry vin...
by James Billy
January 2nd, 2021, 7:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is wine cellar diversity all it is cracked up to be
Replies: 147
Views: 5722

Re: Is wine cellar diversity all it is cracked up to be

I’m a bit late to this thread, but as a “younger” drinker who has been v interested in wine for >10 years but only recently had the space and means to buy and hold more than 10 bottles of anything at a time, I am kind of glad that I wasn’t able to do so early in my wine explorations. I still like t...
by James Billy
January 2nd, 2021, 6:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Banyuls: what do you all think
Replies: 21
Views: 840

Re: Banyuls: what do you all think

I have little experience of these wines, so don't shoot me, but even Chapoutier Banyuls tastes nice to me. pileon

Would you say they have any resemblance to Vintage Port at all or would you say they are a totally different catagory?
by James Billy
January 2nd, 2021, 6:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is wine cellar diversity all it is cracked up to be
Replies: 147
Views: 5722

Re: Is wine cellar diversity all it is cracked up to be

The only reason I can see having diversity in the wine cellar for the sake of diversity is so that guests can drink something that may not align with your tastes. Do you eat the same food every day? :) I think that point has been made earlier in the thread, but it's a powerful one. Do you watch the...
by James Billy
January 2nd, 2021, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is wine cellar diversity all it is cracked up to be
Replies: 147
Views: 5722

Re: Is wine cellar diversity all it is cracked up to be

Over the past year or so, there has been many times I looked through our holdings and came away feeling bored; that tells me I need more diversity, so I will be looking to make diversification a buying goal of 2021. Folks should have as much, or little, diversity as pleases them, and nobody should ...
by James Billy
January 2nd, 2021, 5:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll - off vintages in Bordeaux
Replies: 61
Views: 2479

Re: Poll - off vintages in Bordeaux

I chose none of them. These are basically middle-tier vintages, except for 66 and 75 which I believe were considered first-tier vintages at the time. In the 80’s I would say the first tier was 82, 85, 86 and 89; second tier 81, 83, 88, and bottom tier 80, 84 and 87. In the 90’s first tier was 90, 9...
by James Billy
January 1st, 2021, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is wine cellar diversity all it is cracked up to be
Replies: 147
Views: 5722

Re: Is wine cellar diversity all it is cracked up to be

Over the past year or so, there has been many times I looked through our holdings and came away feeling bored; that tells me I need more diversity, so I will be looking to make diversification a buying goal of 2021. Folks should have as much, or little, diversity as pleases them, and nobody should ...
by James Billy
January 1st, 2021, 4:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is wine cellar diversity all it is cracked up to be
Replies: 147
Views: 5722

Re: Is wine cellar diversity all it is cracked up to be

Another word is eclecticism. Great discussion. I appreciate the likes of Howard and Robert with their fantastic in-depth knowledge of a handful of great regions. I just couldn't gain such expertise in many particular regions as I like so many regions, grapes and styles. I like all those regions, so ...
by James Billy
January 1st, 2021, 3:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "a crisis unlike anything the Champagne region has ever seen"
Replies: 46
Views: 3671

Re: "a crisis unlike anything the Champagne region has ever seen"

AFAIK The Champenois are cutting production to match demand.
by James Billy
December 31st, 2020, 1:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How good is the 2005 Burgundy vintage
Replies: 101
Views: 6902

Re: How good is the 2005 Burgundy vintage

J. Galang wrote: December 30th, 2020, 4:23 pm Bookmarking so I can check back on this in 2025.
Not sure how 4 years will make much difference.
by James Billy
December 29th, 2020, 8:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PYCM
Replies: 48
Views: 4224

Re: PYCM

I think this notion that they are extremely reductive is a bit of a confusion of terms, in so far that the wines have a rather smoky/nutty/toasty oak signature from Chassin and François Frères which is often mistaken for reduction, and that they often have quite high levels of free sulfites, which ...
by James Billy
December 26th, 2020, 4:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottom Feeder Wines of the Major European Regions
Replies: 81
Views: 5569

Re: Bottom Feeder Wines of the Major European Regions

Thanks. I've been a bit busy over the last few days, so haven't updated things, nor started any offshoot threads to try and have some discussion about the remaining undiscussed categories. Hopefully they will be useful references for at least a few years. Have you seen this?: https://www.wineberser...

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