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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: 10725
Views: 476484

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: 3921

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: 10725
Views: 476484

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: 757

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: 701

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: 701

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: 5005

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: 284

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: 7520

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: 24
Views: 1007

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 ...
by Mark Thompson
March 5th, 2019, 6:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1986 Château La Lagune - Stunningly Good, Almost a Fail . . . .
Replies: 24
Views: 1417

Re: 1986 Château La Lagune - Stunningly Good, Almost a Fail . . . .

I’m open to the possibility. Would have made a great April Fools Joke if someone had an observant spouse who switched it out after a couple of weeks and then poured a glass in front of the victim!!
by Mark Thompson
March 5th, 2019, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bel Air Marquis d'Aligre 1995 and 1996
Replies: 24
Views: 1007

Re: Bel Air Marquis d'Aligre 1995 and 1996

If you handn’t missed it, you could have found it! I reloaded. ;) It’ll show up eventually I’m sure. I can’t believe I’d never even heard of the stuff (at least that I can remember). Is there any other Bordeaux that is at least somewhat comparable in style? I think the part that intrigued me most i...
by Mark Thompson
March 5th, 2019, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bel Air Marquis d'Aligre 1995 and 1996
Replies: 24
Views: 1007

Re: Bel Air Marquis d'Aligre 1995 and 1996

The quintessential Wine Berserkers thread (for me at least): I miss it the first time...it gets bumped/updated and I read. I’m fascinated about a Bordeaux I’ve never tried, or even heard of (great notes btw)...I go onto WineSearcherPro and realize it is nearly impossible to find (with a couple excep...
by Mark Thompson
March 2nd, 2019, 7:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA 15% off day at Binnys Saturday
Replies: 12
Views: 805

Re: PSA 15% off day at Binnys Saturday

Futures weren’t included but I just ordered 12 Magnums of the ‘16 PLL for $320 of the website. Great price, but not so low that I’ll feel guilty if it’s a mistake. A few selling 750’s for $180 on Winesearcher Pro.
by Mark Thompson
March 2nd, 2019, 7:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1986 Château La Lagune - Stunningly Good, Almost a Fail . . . .
Replies: 24
Views: 1417

Re: 1986 Château La Lagune - Stunningly Good, Almost a Fail . . . .

Popped another last night, saved 1/3 of the bottle, and damn, it's better on night two!!! A beautiful, earthy, red-fruited Bordeaux with citrus crisp! Love it. I opened another great bottle of the 1985 two Sundays ago. Then forgot about the last glass in the bottle on the counter until tonight. And...
by Mark Thompson
March 1st, 2019, 10:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Wine Deals this year! 2019 Edition
Replies: 62
Views: 5005

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.
by Mark Thompson
February 22nd, 2019, 1:00 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: APL Los Angeles
Replies: 82
Views: 1865

Re: APL Los Angeles

Funny—I opened a ‘78 GL last night as well. Just the expected amount of brett, and not the band-aid variety that is more of a negative in my book. I wouldn’t wait though—and I like ‘em old. My first experience with Phelps Backus was the ‘99 maybe a year ago. At least slightly better than the ‘99 Ins...
by Mark Thompson
February 20th, 2019, 9:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chicago wine storage suggestions? Have to move from Kinzie Street Lock-Up
Replies: 34
Views: 1226

Re: Chicago wine storage suggestions? Have to move from Kinzie St Lock-Up

East bank has not increased for several years and you can get a 24 hour swipe card I’ve been thrilled with East Bank for a lot of the reasons mentioned and others. One correction though—unless Alan has “extra special” access, the after hours card isn’t quite 24hr—more like 9 or 9:30pm, but still ge...
by Mark Thompson
February 15th, 2019, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 10725
Views: 476484

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Depending on price, I might have been all over that! My note from last year: This was out of 375, but I have a couple of '75s out of 375 last year as well. Wish I had bought 50% or more of my Bordeaux in that format. I think the 82 Branaires were $55/375 and 83 Cantemerles were $24ish. I’ve had bot...
by Mark Thompson
February 14th, 2019, 6:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Gruaud Sassicaia Gloria La Pointe St Cosme Warres
Replies: 3
Views: 260

Re: TN: Gruaud Sassicaia Gloria La Pointe St Cosme Warres

That is my kind of tasting. The 76 Gruaud I tried recently was shot, but most other vintages from 75 on have been solid to great.
by Mark Thompson
February 13th, 2019, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 10725
Views: 476484

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

I won’t bother to walk through the whole purchase, but suffice it to say it included 32x 375’s of ‘82 Branaire Ducru and 19x 375’s of ‘83 Cantemerle...It is certainly one of the strangest wine purchases I’ve made. Depending on price, I might have been all over that! My note from last year: 1983 Cha...
by Mark Thompson
February 12th, 2019, 8:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 10725
Views: 476484

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Damn that's a lot of the same wines/vintage. Sure seems like it, but I guess technically only a little over a case equiv for the Branaire and less for the Cantemerle since they are all 375s. You might be right though, maybe a bit excessive? [headbang.gif] This IS the group therapy thread for addict...
by Mark Thompson
February 12th, 2019, 8:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 10725
Views: 476484

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

I won’t bother to walk through the whole purchase, but suffice it to say it included 32x 375’s of ‘82 Branaire Ducru and 19x 375’s of ‘83 Cantemerle...It is certainly one of the strangest wine purchases I’ve made.
by Mark Thompson
February 11th, 2019, 7:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 817
Views: 37388

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Thanks guys. All I need is another list to tempt my wine buying Mr. Hyde.
by Mark Thompson
February 10th, 2019, 4:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 10725
Views: 476484

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
February 10th, 2019, 3:24 pm
2 x 2014 Chateau Figeac
2 x Petit Gravet Aine Saint Emilion

Continue my pattern of violating my buying freeze.
But you at least avoided clearing out the market for 2004 VCC. [thumbs-up.gif]

I guess relative to the 1998 going for $225+ the going prices on the ‘04’s could be worse.
by Mark Thompson
February 9th, 2019, 8:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1990 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 7
Views: 412

Re: TN: 1990 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

Mark, I have some of the 2000 also and was thinking about trying one, but agree, those bottles need to sleep a long time. Cheers, Doug Still—VERY good today—unlike some other 2000’s that just aren’t ready. If I only had a couple I’d hold, but I also tend to like things more evolved. I promise you w...
by Mark Thompson
February 9th, 2019, 7:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10371
Views: 335886

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Turn 43 tomorrow: ‘76 SLV ‘76 SLV Lot B ‘76 Cheval Blanc Both Stag’s Leaps led with eucalyptus, but also fairly youthful with plenty of fruit. Lot B slightly more concentrated. Cheval great and improved over time but trailed last night’s mini-horizontal of ‘82 Calon Segur and Certan De May that wer...
by Mark Thompson
February 9th, 2019, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1990 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 7
Views: 412

Re: TN: 1990 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

I’ve had some bottle variation in a case I’m working through—one example with pretty strong Brett and one other that wasn’t quite as stunning as the rest, but all have been enjoyable. The best bottles are incredible and could go for decades. Tasted one bottle against a 2000 that was just about as go...
by Mark Thompson
February 8th, 2019, 8:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10371
Views: 335886

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Turn 43 tomorrow: ‘76 SLV ‘76 SLV Lot B ‘76 Cheval Blanc Both Stag’s Leaps led with eucalyptus, but also fairly youthful with plenty of fruit. Lot B slightly more concentrated. Cheval great and improved over time but trailed last night’s mini-horizontal of ‘82 Calon Segur and Certan De May that were...
by Mark Thompson
February 4th, 2019, 3:18 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Pichon Baron Vertical: Sun May 5th Avert West Htfd: 2 spots open
Replies: 3
Views: 345

Re: Any interest in a Pichon Baron Vertical in Ct ?

I can’t wait to read the notes on this—I’d be all over it if it were here (Chicago), and the oldest bottle I own (of ANYTHING) happens to be a ‘55 PB.
by Mark Thompson
February 2nd, 2019, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ferragamo at the Grocery Store - Il Borro
Replies: 13
Views: 625

Re: Ferragamo at the Grocery Store - Il Borro

Mark Thompson wrote:
February 2nd, 2019, 7:01 pm
Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
February 2nd, 2019, 6:46 pm
Ian S wrote:
February 2nd, 2019, 6:12 pm


Helicopters are dead at retail.

Only for Millenial lawyers.
Which is in and of itself unfair. There are new statistics that by 2030 only one in a million law firm associates will ever make partner. I read it on Buzzfeed.

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by Mark Thompson
February 2nd, 2019, 7:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ferragamo at the Grocery Store - Il Borro
Replies: 13
Views: 625

Re: Ferragamo at the Grocery Store - Il Borro

They did have an airstrip for their private planes and it can probably accommodate a helicopter if someone wanted to visit. Helicopters are dead at retail. Only for Millenial lawyers. Which is in and of itself unfair. There are new statistics that by 2030 only one in a million law firm associates w...
by Mark Thompson
February 1st, 2019, 6:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: passive cellar too cold?
Replies: 33
Views: 1583

Re: passive cellar too cold?

This may be a dumb question, but I’ll risk it to satisfy my curiosity. Shouldn’t the temperature variability of a passive cellar be heavily linked to whether it is sealed/insulated vs the rest of the basement? So it would in the former generally mirror the floor temperature which should be more stab...
by Mark Thompson
January 30th, 2019, 7:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My First...1st Growth
Replies: 87
Views: 4059

Re: My First...1st Growth

This was a great thread for me for a few reasons. I missed it the first time around so I’m thrilled you came in with an update. I’ve had a few vintages of HB, but have never tried the ‘86. You immediately caught my attention when you mentioned the wine—I just bought a few bottles a few weeks ago so ...
by Mark Thompson
January 26th, 2019, 6:42 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 10 (as featured in Forbes!) Master Thread - MASSIVE RECORDS SET!!!
Replies: 219
Views: 13803

Re: BerserkerDay 10 Master Thread (as featured in Forbes!) - PREVIEW DAY HAS ENDED!

I've started to prepare my wife for the reality of a steady stream of wine deliveries over the next 3 months. Last year she was on a first name basis with the UPS and FedEx delivery folks. This is why we have offsite wine storage. They sign for all the deliveries, and storage is in my name, so my S...
by Mark Thompson
January 25th, 2019, 7:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Real or Fake? ‘82 Ch Canon
Replies: 8
Views: 940

Re: Real or Fake? ‘82 Ch Canon

I just unloaded a case of this in my offsite a few hours ago—would have checked. That said, several of the 70’s and 80’s Bordeaux’s I have at home right now combine the importer info and the main label. You are safe!
by Mark Thompson
January 23rd, 2019, 7:01 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: 2015 Dujac Charmes-Chambertin—Price Update
Replies: 25
Views: 1157

Re: FS: 2015 Dujac Charmes-Chambertin—Price Update

This somehow turned into a great thread. Kudos to all.
by Mark Thompson
January 23rd, 2019, 6:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 10725
Views: 476484

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

fell off wagon very hard. In fact, I can’t even see the wagon now: 2016 PYCM MP and a single b of 86 BdM CC Me too. One .375 of 1982 Branaire Ducru. I was chatting with François-Xavier Maroteaux at the 2016 UGC tasting in Chicago this evening—he was lamenting the fact that there wasn’t a lot of the...
by Mark Thompson
January 23rd, 2019, 5:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 10725
Views: 476484

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

fell off wagon very hard. In fact, I can’t even see the wagon now: 2016 PYCM MP and a single b of 86 BdM CC Me too. One .375 of 1982 Branaire Ducru. I’ve picked up a ton of this lately—including a few in .375. Both formats drinking great—and a little less “guilt” opening regularly because of the re...
by Mark Thompson
January 23rd, 2019, 5:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mondavi Reserve 1974 in Mag
Replies: 18
Views: 708

Re: Mondavi Reserve 1974 in Mag

I had the 750 about 18m ago and was still excellent, though maybe a hair behind a ‘76 Insignia consumed the same day. I had four more of the Mondavi delivered from Winebid a couple of weeks ago so hopefully they are as good.
by Mark Thompson
January 21st, 2019, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Storage in Chicago Area
Replies: 6
Views: 195

Re: Wine Storage in Chicago Area

There are several good options with a range of service levels and associated price. I use the East Bank Storage location at 730 W. Lake. It was easily the lowest cost option: if you use the space efficiently it is around $1/bottle per year (or less if you use it REALLY efficiently!). They will put s...
by Mark Thompson
January 12th, 2019, 10:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]
Replies: 164
Views: 8957

Re: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]

Got the Cru as well. Drinking a 1985 Canon out of it tonight. The glass feels a bit lighter than the Gabriel Glas that I usually use for older Bdx, and I'm liking the wider bowl more. No comment yet on how the wine tastes out of this vs. any other stem, as I pulled the bottle out of a 55 degree fri...
by Mark Thompson
January 10th, 2019, 9:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1969 Château d'Yquem (France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes)
Replies: 12
Views: 531

Re: TN: 1969 Château d'Yquem (France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes)

Weird coincidence—I just (maybe 90m ago) used the Coravin to take a glass of the ‘76 (my birth year) from a .375. I’ve only had the chance to try 3-4 other vintages and this bottle is they oldest by quite a bit, but it still seemed like an adolescent. Anyway, huge congrats on the birthdays! The only...
by Mark Thompson
January 9th, 2019, 10:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: QPR Mixed Case of Mature Bordeaux
Replies: 11
Views: 828

Re: QPR Mixed Case of Mature Bordeaux

Howard Cooper wrote:
January 9th, 2019, 3:22 pm
These prices are better than I have seen on wine-searcher.
My theory is some of these lots fall through the cracks at auction...while at the same time the latest DRC or Rousseau lots are blowing through the top end of the estimates.
by Mark Thompson
January 9th, 2019, 10:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: QPR Mixed Case of Mature Bordeaux
Replies: 11
Views: 828

Re: QPR Mixed Case of Mature Bordeaux

Awesome price on the '83 Brane Cantenac, although I don't see that on W-S free (maybe premium). I've had it twice in 2018 and it was rockin'. Had it last night along with a few other great bottles. Held its own against an ‘83 Margaux, which is saying A LOT. Procured from Cellaraiders in the last ye...
by Mark Thompson
January 9th, 2019, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10371
Views: 335886

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Craig G wrote:
January 2nd, 2019, 7:49 pm
I’m drinking a leftover blend of Chateau Meyney 2014, 2001, 1990, 1986 and 1962 :-)
Did the ‘78 get left out of your final “blend” because it was so good you finished it or so bad you dumped it? I know the GL and Talbot’s are still holding up pretty well, but haven’t yet tried the Meyney.
by Mark Thompson
January 7th, 2019, 6:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: QPR Mixed Case of Mature Bordeaux
Replies: 11
Views: 828

Re: QPR Mixed Case of Mature Bordeaux

Fun stuff! I regularly buy mature Bordeaux that I consider great QPRs for regular drinking, so the case falls under the $1000 mark. This past year I have bought (prices reasonably approximate): 1986 Meyney under $70 1986 La Lagune $60 1990 La Louviere $55 2002 Magdelaine $45 1989 Chasse Spleen $75 ...

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