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by Mark Thompson
July 19th, 2019, 8:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10573
Views: 352166

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1965 Charles Krug Cab—still kickin! Ripe red fruits don’t exactly explode out of the glass, but come through with some air. A bit of eucalyptus and black truffle on the nose—a cab that could almost be mistaken for an old Pomerol. Relatively short finish but very elegant and held together well (or se...
by Mark Thompson
July 14th, 2019, 8:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit
Replies: 87
Views: 2353

Re: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit

Wine either ‘89 Haut Brion or (from my much more limited Burg experience) ‘99 Prieur Musigny. This one? [cheers.gif] AADE5CC0-AA13-4004-8807-E904EA5B82F5.jpeg I can still smell it—incredibly complex! And the ‘01 Meo Clos Vougeot and ‘96 Jadot Bonnes Mares were almost as good. I’m starting to gain a...
by Mark Thompson
July 14th, 2019, 6:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit
Replies: 87
Views: 2353

Re: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit

I think I’d go with refreshing and tropical for the beer—Corona or whatever.

Same with spirit—some good aged rum—not that picky.

Wine either ‘89 Haut Brion or (from my much more limited Burg experience) ‘99 Prieur Musigny.
by Mark Thompson
July 14th, 2019, 6:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit
Replies: 87
Views: 2353

Re: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit

David Baum wrote:
July 14th, 2019, 4:02 pm
Am I alone or with Alan?
Alan MIGHT be there. Then again he MIGHT be a volleyball. But as long as that volleyball comes with a giant bottle of DRC, you might be all good.
by Mark Thompson
July 14th, 2019, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Okay, what’s the next HOT wine?
Replies: 57
Views: 2707

Re: Okay, what’s the next HOT wine?

White Claw I’d honestly never heard of this stuff until right before the 4th—I was in a gas station in Fontana, WI and the owner was screaming the F-word every couple of seconds into his phone because he hadn’t gotten his White Claw delivery right as the lake was getting packed for the weekend. App...
by Mark Thompson
July 13th, 2019, 8:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11241
Views: 508859

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

27 Half bottles of Krug Grande Cuvée for $53.99 a piece. Random liquor store near Lake Geneva, WI—they got some kind of special purchase from their distributor for the halves and stayed with the usual mark-up. I kindly cleaned them out.
by Mark Thompson
July 12th, 2019, 9:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10573
Views: 352166

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

I’ve opened several over the last week after a (nearly) dry June. 86 Haut Brion - wrote previously on it. Austere but seems to have the goods; perhaps too early. 93-94 with possible upside. 04 Dom Rose - holy wow! The nose is incredibly complex (strawberries?). 95 86 Pichon Lalande - Mature but plen...
by Mark Thompson
July 10th, 2019, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Auction Finds
Replies: 39
Views: 2428

Re: Auction Finds

Yes, very likely birthyear. I have a friend born in 57 and there’s not much available. We had a really good Madeira, though. 56 is even worse As a 1960 myself you are one of the few people I'm inclined to feel sorry for with regards to birth year wines. I have some vintage averaging lined up for ne...
by Mark Thompson
July 9th, 2019, 8:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paris or Lyon
Replies: 33
Views: 1673

Re: Paris or Lyon

Plus the fast train ride makes the logistics quite easy... ... and could be quite fun for the 6 and almost-8 year olds since the TGV on this route reaches speeds of up to 200mph. French train tickets for kids are seriously discounted (also look into getting a Carte Advantage Famille for a 30% disco...
by Mark Thompson
July 9th, 2019, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Auction Finds
Replies: 39
Views: 2428

Re: Auction Finds

History, man, history. And perhaps it's a birthyear ?? Yes, very likely birthyear. I have a friend born in 57 and there’s not much available. We had a really good Madeira, though. 56 is even worse I seem to remember something about the “coldest weather in Bordeaux in about a quarter millennium”.
by Mark Thompson
July 8th, 2019, 8:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Auction Finds
Replies: 39
Views: 2428

Re: Auction Finds

Time for a road trip to this John’s Grocery in Iowa City you mention! To this day I have no idea how “Dirty John’s” scored a case of ‘57 Lynch Bages back in about 2000. They had a great beer selection and sold tons of kegs of Old Style Light, but it must have been some random late release. I think ...
by Mark Thompson
July 8th, 2019, 7:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Auction Finds
Replies: 39
Views: 2428

Re: Auction Finds

Why is a bottle of Lynch from the mediocre 1957 vintage at $240 of interest? History, man, history. And perhaps it's a birthyear ?? Yes, very likely birthyear. I have a friend born in 57 and there’s not much available. We had a really good Madeira, though. Or, perhaps the ‘57 Lynch Bages just happe...
by Mark Thompson
July 7th, 2019, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paris or Lyon
Replies: 33
Views: 1673

Re: Paris or Lyon

Tom G l a s g o w wrote:
July 7th, 2019, 5:16 pm



You’re arranging a spa day as a trade?
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Whatever it takes!
by Mark Thompson
July 7th, 2019, 5:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paris or Lyon
Replies: 33
Views: 1673

Re: Paris or Lyon

Funny, we just booked a trip around Thanksgiving week where we will be spending a few nights in each plus Brussels. (Unfortunately?) we’ll have the 6 and almost 8 year olds which will likely put a damper on our food options—not to mention my desire to go nuts touring Burgundy. Okay okay—so I’m actua...
by Mark Thompson
July 4th, 2019, 8:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone opening good wine for the 4th, or is it a beer day ?
Replies: 56
Views: 1748

Re: Anyone opening good wine for the 4th, or is it a beer day ?

Only had French and Italian at the lake with us so I stuck with the “French helped us out” theme. ‘86 Haut Brion that is still arguably a bit young. I’ll probably wait several years to open another. It had an interesting combo of HB minerality and black fruits with the tannic style of the vintage—I ...
by Mark Thompson
July 4th, 2019, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Love for Domaine Chevalier
Replies: 148
Views: 5246

Re: Love for Domaine Chevalier

Howard Cooper wrote:
July 3rd, 2019, 2:55 pm
I have read that a group of Yaks have been to purchase the Wine Advocate. Should we expect any changes in the ratings?
The Yaks have changed the scale to top out at 105. Problem solved.
by Mark Thompson
July 2nd, 2019, 5:56 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Lisbon?
Replies: 40
Views: 3365

Re: Lisbon?

George Hejna wrote:
June 3rd, 2019, 1:58 pm
TAP just launched non-stops from O'hare to Lisbon on their new A330Neo. Time to go back. :)

George
We had a stressful connection in Boston last year when we took the kiddos. A direct flight would have been awesome given that we live 25m from ORD. And I’d love to go back!
by Mark Thompson
July 1st, 2019, 7:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Burgundy Retrospective - The Third Session
Replies: 9
Views: 1179

Re: TN: 1996 Burgundy Retrospective - The Third Session

96 Jadot Bonnes Mares was awesome a few weeks ago. Way more expressive/ready to go than a brooding 02 that may end up as good or better but could use some time. Too bad the Jadot Clos de la Roche was corked - would have been interesting to get a check in on that.
by Mark Thompson
June 26th, 2019, 6:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1982 Chateau Gruaud-Larose
Replies: 11
Views: 1017

Re: TN: 1982 Chateau Gruaud-Larose

Some of those '80's Gruauds are funkier than James Brown. When they shed it, they almost always do, they really can shine. I don’t think they shed it. If they have it, it’s there. I’m with Jurgen on that point. The 82 and 86 GL is as good as non-FG gets, with its funk. I agree—once it blooms it onl...
by Mark Thompson
June 20th, 2019, 7:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Yearly Budget
Replies: 43
Views: 1912

Re: Yearly Budget

Rationalization 101: Sure I spent X....but my actual consumption is a tiny fraction of X...
by Mark Thompson
June 18th, 2019, 5:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1986 Cabernet Suggestions
Replies: 35
Views: 1431

Re: 1986 Cabernet Suggestions

A big +1 on both the Montelena and the Rauzan Segla. Not sure on WA options going back that far.
by Mark Thompson
June 18th, 2019, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: weekend wines - Taittinger, Pierre Morey, Margaux, Yquem, Staatsdomaine and Stony Hill
Replies: 17
Views: 997

Re: weekend wines - Taittinger, Pierre Morey, Margaux, Yquem, Staatsdomaine and Stony Hill

I haven’t had the 82 and 83 head to head, but have had them both separately. I felt that the ‘83 could have benefited from more age (or in the short-term more air) relative to the ‘82. Not sure if this explains your experience, but it was how I rationalized the 83 Brane Cantenac keeping pace with t...
by Mark Thompson
June 17th, 2019, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: weekend wines - Taittinger, Pierre Morey, Margaux, Yquem, Staatsdomaine and Stony Hill
Replies: 17
Views: 997

Re: weekend wines - Taittinger, Pierre Morey, Margaux, Yquem, Staatsdomaine and Stony Hill

I haven’t had the 82 and 83 head to head, but have had them both separately. I felt that the ‘83 could have benefited from more age (or in the short-term more air) relative to the ‘82. Not sure if this explains your experience, but it was how I rationalized the 83 Brane Cantenac keeping pace with th...
by Mark Thompson
June 13th, 2019, 8:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: '95 Leoville Las Cases; 07 Pagau CdP :( :(
Replies: 21
Views: 963

Re: TN: '95 Leoville Las Cases; 07 Pagau CdP :( :(

I’ve struggled with the ‘95 LLC as well (and some others from the vintage). Dumb phase? It just seems totally closed—and difficult to say if it will improve with age. I guess I’m inclined to give it the benefit of the doubt, but I certainly haven’t rushed out to buy more. I’m sure plenty of others o...
by Mark Thompson
June 11th, 2019, 6:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: When Tom Hill comes to town
Replies: 11
Views: 1140

Re: TN: When Tom Hill comes to town

Wow—my kind of night: wine and astronomy! I sold out during freshman year and pivoted from astrophysics to finance/investments, but have had my share of 3am star hopping adventures. We’ll definitely have to open some bottles if you guys ever get to Chicago! (Sorry about the light pollution)
by Mark Thompson
June 8th, 2019, 7:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: L'Evangile 1988, Pomerol
Replies: 8
Views: 544

Re: TN: L'Evangile 1988, Pomerol

Never had it but I've had the 1989 a few times and still have one left. It's one of my favorite Bordeaux, or at least it was. The more recent ones are a bit different in style from what I've tasted. The 1989 L´Evangile is imho head and shoulders above the 1988 - the latter quite a disapointment for...
by Mark Thompson
June 4th, 2019, 7:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: weekend wines
Replies: 10
Views: 782

Re: weekend wines

Western burbs of Chicago, but we are in Des Moines a couple of times a year to see my parents and the rest of my family.
by Mark Thompson
June 4th, 2019, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: weekend wines
Replies: 10
Views: 782

Re: weekend wines

Embarrassed to admit that despite the fact I grew up in DSM—my family is still there—I didn’t realize that’s what it was either. Good to see a fellow Berserker is representing in my hometown. By the way Kelly, while I’ve had some very good ‘88’s from the Left Bank, my favorites have been from Pomero...
by Mark Thompson
June 4th, 2019, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: weekend wines
Replies: 10
Views: 782

Re: weekend wines

Totally agree on the older Lambo’s. 99 great as well and can be had for a fraction of the Figeac.
by Mark Thompson
May 12th, 2019, 4:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are 1982 Bordeaux past peak?
Replies: 26
Views: 1621

Re: Are 1982 Bordeaux past peak?

Makes you wonder about wines that are far, far older and people almost unanimously praise them. Glorified age play? I’m sure there is some of that, and some really do prefer very mature wines. I tend to like them in the zone, but do prefer them on the back-slide more than the young side. Some recen...
by Mark Thompson
May 12th, 2019, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are 1982 Bordeaux past peak?
Replies: 26
Views: 1621

Re: Are 1982 Bordeaux past peak?

J.Durham wrote:
May 12th, 2019, 4:03 pm
I have VCC and Canon set for my 40th later this year. I certainly hope that aren’t (much) past peak!
The Canon’s are awesome. Haven’t had the VCC.
by Mark Thompson
May 12th, 2019, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 98 Canon-Gaf, 01 Meo Clos Vougeot, 98 Musar, 97 Faiveley Corton Clos des Cortons
Replies: 2
Views: 208

Re: TNs: 98 Canon-Gaf, 01 Meo Clos Vougeot, 98 Musar, 97 Faiveley Corton Clos des Cortons

Great notes. On the Canon-la-Gaffeliere...have you tried the ‘99? For the style, it is one of the best Bordeaux QPRs I’ve had. For context, I’m a bit of a “political” moderate as it relates to classical vs modern Bordeaux style. The 2001 Meo Clos Vougeot was my “Holy Crap” Burgundy experience - the ...
by Mark Thompson
May 12th, 2019, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are 1982 Bordeaux past peak?
Replies: 26
Views: 1621

Re: Are 1982 Bordeaux past peak?

If we think that the wines won’t get better, would it make sense to store them at very cold temperature (~40 or so) to keep them at peak as long as possible? Funny you say that. I’ve thought about that with regard to some of my wines that most likely need to be consumed soon. I saw an interview wit...
by Mark Thompson
May 12th, 2019, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are 1982 Bordeaux past peak?
Replies: 26
Views: 1621

Re: Are 1982 Bordeaux past peak?

The vast majority of bottles I’ve had over the last couple years have been beautiful. Were they better a few years ago? I’m probably not in as good a position as others to comment as I haven’t really followed any long enough to have a longitudinal context from which to draw. I suspect the answer wou...
by Mark Thompson
May 11th, 2019, 5:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Bordeaux non vintage of the century
Replies: 69
Views: 2210

Re: Favorite Bordeaux non vintage of the century

I'm sure an outlier on this, but I really liked the 1999's. The dollar was strong and the Bordelais were weak, so I ended up with lots of wines purchased indent, for cheap. They were quaffed with little concern (or even understanding) that I would chuckle at now. There was an easy drinking, early g...
by Mark Thompson
April 30th, 2019, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coravin old bottle
Replies: 20
Views: 1066

Re: Coravin old bottle

I’ve had a better experience than most with 30-50 year old wines, but I’ve had enough failures that I’m more careful now. I take into account value of the bottle and time between first access and expected opening now. That said the vast majority of old bottles have been fine for months. Sample size ...
by Mark Thompson
April 29th, 2019, 7:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How would you rank the five first growths
Replies: 54
Views: 2332

Re: How would you rank the five first growths

A. So wrote:
April 28th, 2019, 8:09 pm
Mouton still a 2eme in my mind
First I am. Second I used to (and probably still should) be. Mouton does not change.
by Mark Thompson
April 28th, 2019, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dom and Bordeaux
Replies: 8
Views: 772

Re: Dom and Bordeaux

Awesome lineup Jerry - I kind of felt like we missed the prime window of the ‘83 Margaux by finishing it within a few hours of opening earlier this year. Still brooding for a couple of hours but nevertheless stunning. It seems like most of the ‘95’s I’ve opened have had the same issue as the GPL you...
by Mark Thompson
April 23rd, 2019, 5:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 786
Views: 35884

Re: It's critic bingo! ("pixelated fruit")

Otto Forsberg wrote:
April 23rd, 2019, 5:09 am
But that pixelated red fruit note.

Just what.
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by Mark Thompson
April 17th, 2019, 9:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11241
Views: 508859

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

1985 Certan de May, Pomerol - $115 per all in Awesome pick-up. I’ve been able to track down a ton of ‘82 and ‘88, both of which are superb, but for some reason have struggled to find 85’s. The 1988 is lovely, but I do prefer the 85. Never had the pleasure of the 82! I suspect the ‘85 then would be ...
by Mark Thompson
April 17th, 2019, 8:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...
Replies: 161
Views: 4507

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

Neal.Mollen wrote:
April 17th, 2019, 2:10 pm

Maybe I am internetting wrong
I think we’ve gotten to the heart of the problem.

[rofl.gif] [rofl.gif] neener

(We should all be using internetting as a verb!)
by Mark Thompson
April 15th, 2019, 9:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11241
Views: 508859

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

A S K R O B A C K wrote:
April 15th, 2019, 6:01 pm
1985 Certan de May, Pomerol - $115 per all in
Awesome pick-up. I’ve been able to track down a ton of ‘82 and ‘88, both of which are superb, but for some reason have struggled to find 85’s.
by Mark Thompson
March 26th, 2019, 5:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oily substance on top of wine?
Replies: 18
Views: 815

Re: Oily substance on top of wine?

Jim Stewart wrote:
March 26th, 2019, 4:44 pm
You may have bigger problems than oil . . . there appears to be some kind of ghostly creature relaxing in your wine with its elbow propped up.
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My kids would happily spend an hour glued to the TV watching a show about this apparition.
by Mark Thompson
March 25th, 2019, 5:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1982 Chateau Beychevelle
Replies: 17
Views: 744

Re: TN: 1982 Chateau Beychevelle

Over in the Right Bank, the ‘82 La Dominique is an even better value at that quality level at just over $100. I just experimented with an '82 La Dominique a couple of weeks ago. I loved it. For my palate, it was declining, well into tertiary territory, unlike this '82 Beychevelle. But, I loved the ...
by Mark Thompson
March 24th, 2019, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1982 Chateau Beychevelle
Replies: 17
Views: 744

Re: TN: 1982 Chateau Beychevelle

If you like the ‘82 Beychevelle, try the ‘82 Branaire Ducru. Comparable quality for ‘82 St. Julien at roughly a 40% discount. My favorite Left Bank wine of the vintage (so far) under $150. (Though the even cheaper Meyney is very good) Over in the Right Bank, the ‘82 La Dominique is an even better va...
by Mark Thompson
March 22nd, 2019, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Wine Deals this year! 2019 Edition
Replies: 62
Views: 5250

Re: Best Wine Deals this year! 2019 Edition

An HDH auction lot of 8 ‘86 Rausan-Segla’s and 3 ‘86 Palmer’s for $1000 + the 19.5% vig. Seems like it should have been twice that but they set the range low and no one seemed to notice. Great deal The Rauzan is a great wine, and I have twice paired it against the Margaux blind and it was an almost...
by Mark Thompson
March 20th, 2019, 4:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1982 Chateau la Dominique
Replies: 9
Views: 298

Re: TN: 1982 Chateau la Dominique

Opened a bottle Monday night (along with same vintage of Figeac and Branaire Ducru). All were in a great place, with the La Dominique showing a moderate amount of Brett that I didn’t view as a problem at all. If this type of wine is your preference, I think it is a superb QPR at around the $100 rang...
by Mark Thompson
March 9th, 2019, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does anyone drink Sauvignon Blanc anymore?
Replies: 211
Views: 8062

Re: Does anyone drink Sauvignon Blanc anymore?

I’m not a big Sauvignon Blanc fan, but my wife had consumed 1/2 a bottle of the 2013 Accendo with a friend about a month ago. I pulled the remains out of the fridge last night expecting to dump it, but it was actually very good—so of course I finished the bottle. I think this was the Araujo family’s...
by Mark Thompson
March 6th, 2019, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bel Air Marquis d'Aligre 1995 and 1996
Replies: 65
Views: 2226

Re: Bel Air Marquis d'Aligre 1995 and 1996

I forgot - Mark, you asked if there were other wines comparable in style. Well, I heard from a reliable source about another wine, produced in a similar style by someone just like J-P Boyer. It's called Domaine de Jaugaret , in St.Julien. It's tiny - 2.5 acres, so probably produces 250 cases or so ...

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