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by James Billy
June 16th, 2019, 3:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1954 Romanée Conti belongs to my 5 best Romanée Conti
Replies: 14
Views: 1382

Re: 1954 Romanée Conti belongs to my 5 best Romanée Conti

Poetry, pornography and the best advert for wine ever.

Merci beaucoup, François!

(BTW Have you ever had the '53? If so, how was it?)
by James Billy
June 14th, 2019, 9:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The future of Vietti
Replies: 10
Views: 1430

Re: The future of Vietti

I've now read the whole. Wow. He's very frank. I hope for his sake the owners don't sell during his lifetime.
by James Billy
June 14th, 2019, 6:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The future of Vietti
Replies: 10
Views: 1430

Re: The future of Vietti

If the Krause family decide to sell then things might not go his way. Unless he has a legal agreement not to (is that even possible?)
by James Billy
June 14th, 2019, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine to pair with Gazpacho?
Replies: 30
Views: 1523

Re: What wine to pair with Gazpacho?

Please keep us updated. Looks like a useful experiment. Enjoy!
by James Billy
June 14th, 2019, 4:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cheval Blanc 2018 - RElease price is 120 Euro's higher than other 1st Growth
Replies: 37
Views: 1870

Re: Cheval Blanc 2018 - RElease price is 120 Euro's higher than other 1st Growth

if it was me, I would go to my local store and purchase the 2015 or 2016 which are considered finer vintages and available now. Isn't that exactly what they are trying to do? Put ridiculous prices on new release wines to make back vintages (that they are struggling to offload) look cheap and theref...
by James Billy
June 11th, 2019, 9:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Case of the Clape
Replies: 29
Views: 1652

Re: TN: Case of the Clape

Please note I did praise the tasting notes.
by James Billy
June 11th, 2019, 2:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Case of the Clape
Replies: 29
Views: 1652

Re: TN: Case of the Clape

Great notes. Thanks!

The 93 point joke needs to be retired. Better no score than a distracting humourous number IMHO.
by James Billy
June 10th, 2019, 5:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?
Replies: 61
Views: 1440

Re: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?

James Billy wrote:
June 9th, 2019, 10:10 pm
Agree Russell. Hasn't anyone tried Pheasant's Tears, etc.?

In a similar vein to OP:

http://www.jeanclaudeboisset.com/en/new ... f-762.html
Any comments on Boisset's rooftop vineyard in NSG in the link?
by James Billy
June 9th, 2019, 10:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?
Replies: 61
Views: 1440

Re: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?

Agree Russell. Hasn't anyone tried Pheasant's Tears, etc.?

In a similar vein to OP:

http://www.jeanclaudeboisset.com/en/new ... f-762.html
by James Billy
June 4th, 2019, 7:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Biodynamic taste better?
Replies: 81
Views: 2742

Re: Does Biodynamic taste better?

So many wise words on here. Usually I only encounter wine trade BDBS. I politely keep my mouth shut, although I'd like to tell them what I really think.
by James Billy
May 29th, 2019, 2:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top CdB reds (Volnay, Corton, Pommard)
Replies: 9
Views: 864

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

Very interesting thread! I don't suppose anyone is promoting wines they sell on here?
by James Billy
May 28th, 2019, 10:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy treachery
Replies: 68
Views: 3773

Re: Burgundy treachery

MitchTallan wrote:
May 28th, 2019, 4:32 am
....I picked up about ten of them at $35 or so. It is drinking beautifully. Not quite intoxicating like the best,
Wine without alcohol? pileon
by James Billy
May 28th, 2019, 3:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy treachery
Replies: 68
Views: 3773

Re: Burgundy treachery

If wine is served too cold (more usually white) the last glass might be at a more ideal (warmer) temperature and therefore more enjoyable.

As reds often seem to be served to warm, the theory doesn't seem to work here.
by James Billy
May 28th, 2019, 3:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Biodynamic taste better?
Replies: 81
Views: 2742

Re: Does Biodynamic taste better?

^^^^^^
This!

^^^^^^
and this!

The 2 posts above by Alan and Wes are spot on!
by James Billy
May 27th, 2019, 10:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Leaving wine overnight versus aging
Replies: 37
Views: 1764

Re: Leaving wine overnight versus aging

For context at the same tasting/flight, a 2011 Bartolo was considered by (more than a few others, albeit not all) to be the worst of the flight, for exhibiting some of the sweet traits of the Cappellano. It had the same treatment. Ie, I don’t think folks considered the cappellano to be a flawed bot...
by James Billy
May 27th, 2019, 10:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Leaving wine overnight versus aging
Replies: 37
Views: 1764

Re: Leaving wine overnight versus aging

There is no doubt that leaving a wine open uneducated will 'open up' a wine compared to pop and pour. And I generally find that if you open a wine and do not decant it, but then have a glass on day 2 or 3, this is 'somewhat indicative' of how the wine may evolve over time. Do I have 'scientific dat...
by James Billy
May 27th, 2019, 6:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine searcher
Replies: 30
Views: 2258

Re: Wine searcher

Phew!
by James Billy
May 27th, 2019, 3:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine searcher
Replies: 30
Views: 2258

Re: Wine searcher

Boo!
by James Billy
May 24th, 2019, 2:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is Sauv Blanc so much cheaper ?
Replies: 37
Views: 1444

Re: Why is Sauv Blanc so much cheaper ?

Also, it grows on terroir where you can't produce decent cabernet. You can grow sauvignon (or similar) or you can leave the land empty. Any profit is better than nothing.

Also, there is a demand for it, so why not meet it? Not everyone like/wants to drink cab (all the time.)
by James Billy
May 24th, 2019, 2:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is Sauv Blanc so much cheaper ?
Replies: 37
Views: 1444

Re: Why is Sauv Blanc so much cheaper ?

In the past my asking this question was answered with the response that the yield of SB is much greater than with Cab so per ton cost is 1/2 to 1/3. Add the difference between oak and stainless steel (in most cases) + time to market and it starts to make sense....... assuming all that is true. Soun...
by James Billy
May 22nd, 2019, 7:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Throwback - Glory of Aged White Burgs
Replies: 9
Views: 1073

Re: TN: Throwback - Glory of Aged White Burgs

Raveneau does often age glacially!
by James Billy
May 22nd, 2019, 7:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bandol (rouge) drinking windows
Replies: 11
Views: 1223

Re: Bandol (rouge) drinking windows

Thanks Gerhard! Taste very traditional to me! So 10-20 years is ideal I guess from what you've said.

It's a pity the bottles are so ugly, though!
by James Billy
May 22nd, 2019, 4:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bandol (rouge) drinking windows
Replies: 11
Views: 1223

Re: Bandol (rouge) drinking windows

How about Ott?
by James Billy
May 21st, 2019, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most Underrated Bordeaux?
Replies: 44
Views: 2240

Re: Most Underrated Bordeaux?

Phelan Segur gets high scores on CT, but I don't think anyone mentioned it here. Why is that? TIA!
by James Billy
May 20th, 2019, 7:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So this premox thing is real?!
Replies: 11
Views: 1139

Re: So this premox thing is real?!

Jeremy, what's your opinion on DIAM? Many people seem to think it's as good as screwcap.
by James Billy
May 20th, 2019, 5:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: GG's - What to drink young and what to age
Replies: 90
Views: 3253

Re: GG's - What to drink young and what to age

Sorry, I wasn't sure if you were making some kind of strange joke.

BTW It's troCken not troken!
by James Billy
May 20th, 2019, 12:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: which syrahs are retirement worthy?
Replies: 43
Views: 2421

Re: which syrahs are retirement worthy?

And while the good folks on this board tend to stick with CA and France, you don't need to do that. There's really good Syrah made all over the world these days - South Africa, Chile, Australia, Spain, Hungary, Austria, also Washington State as you know since you're buying Cayuse. That’s not been m...
by James Billy
May 19th, 2019, 11:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: GG's - What to drink young and what to age
Replies: 90
Views: 3253

Re: GG's - What to drink young and what to age

GG is the equivalent to Grand Cru in Burgundy.

Trocken just means (relatively) dry (ie. Just a few grams of residual sugar.)

GGs are always trocken
by James Billy
May 19th, 2019, 4:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A FareWell to Blair...(short/boring)
Replies: 7
Views: 536

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: 44
Views: 2293

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: 48
Views: 3291

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: 1121

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: 692

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: 4332

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: 4332

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: 4700

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: 2007

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: 645

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: 2007

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: 9841

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: 9841

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: 1093

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: 2604

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: 4489

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: 4192

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: 3837

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: 4192

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: 3837

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: 3837

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...

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