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by Mark Thompson
October 19th, 2020, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1981 Help!
Replies: 57
Views: 1911

Re: 1981 Help!

Best 1981 Bordeaux wines for me all from the last year in rough descending order (falling from mid 90’s for the HB to maybe 89 for the Branaire): Haut Brion, Conseillante, Magdelaine, Ducru, PLL, Margaux (good but handily beat by the HB in the same week), Branaire. Gruaud and Talbot were both great ...
by Mark Thompson
October 14th, 2020, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clerc Milon ? ...
Replies: 28
Views: 1639

Re: Clerc Milon ? ...

Any thoughts on 1989 Clerc? I have two left. I unfortunately haven’t tried the 1990–it seems I need to....but I think the 1989 is one of my favorite $100ish and below Bordeaux wines of all time. I pick it up whenever I get the chance. I wouldn’t hesitate to open one, though I wouldn’t feel like I h...
by Mark Thompson
October 2nd, 2020, 10:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: more Sociando (short)...
Replies: 12
Views: 926

Re: more Sociando (short)...

If it is anything like the case of 1995 Calon Segur I bought maybe 4-5 years ago, I’d bet on it improving. I frankly thought the case might have been stored poorly when I opened the first few bottles, but I’m not convinced it was just shut down. The last couple of bottles have been better, though I ...
by Mark Thompson
September 17th, 2020, 2:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two Zooms: Sociando Mallet 1982 and François Cotat Monts Damnes 2008
Replies: 10
Views: 414

Re: Two Zooms: Sociando Mallet 1982 and François Cotat Monts Damnes 2008

Excellent on the 82 SM! I've had this puppy a couple times in recent years -- both 750 and mag -- and, while your description is middle of the fairway Sociando, honestly, my 82s have been considerably more tired than what you describe. I’ve opened a couple of the 1982s, including one a few days aft...
by Mark Thompson
September 12th, 2020, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Côte de Nuits, which producers really killed it?
Replies: 39
Views: 1893

Re: 2001 Côte de Nuits, which producers really killed it?

The 2001 Meo Clos Vougeot out of magnum was my Burgundy epiphany wine a couple of years ago. That has indirectly proven to be a REALLY expensive bottle for me—even though it was “free” (brought by someone else) at the time. Adrian was kind enough to bring another example to a dinner last year that w...
by Mark Thompson
September 4th, 2020, 11:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1977 Spring Mountain Pinot Noir, Napa Valley
Replies: 17
Views: 1001

Re: TN: 1977 Spring Mountain Pinot Noir, Napa Valley

Well played, Mark! It is so fun when our gambles pay off. I've had some good luck recently with 70s/80s cabs from the classic Cali producers (and yes I would put Spring Mtn in that category), but pinot is an entirely different matter! Wish you could have joined us at Proof last weekend for gruner a...
by Mark Thompson
September 1st, 2020, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1977 Spring Mountain Pinot Noir, Napa Valley
Replies: 17
Views: 1001

Re: The Rest of the Story...

Mike Robbins bought in 1972 a small property just North of Beringer on Hwy 29 and started making wines, mostly Cab and Chard. He outgrew the wnry and it eventually became StClement Wnry. To expand, he bought the old TuburicoParrot/Miravalle Estate up on Spring Mtn Rd and restored the mansion. That ...
by Mark Thompson
August 31st, 2020, 9:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1977 Spring Mountain Pinot Noir, Napa Valley
Replies: 17
Views: 1001

TN: 1977 Spring Mountain Pinot Noir, Napa Valley

I don’t write a lot of tasting notes. I much prefer drinking wine to writing about it, though like many I am hugely indebted to the prolific wine tasting notes and other thoughts that many of you post on this forum and others (CT in particular). But hey, once in a while...... There has been a fair a...
by Mark Thompson
August 18th, 2020, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: midwest offline -- donnhoff, sociando, magdelaine, vcc, et al
Replies: 11
Views: 794

Re: midwest offline -- donnhoff, sociando, magdelaine, vcc, et al

What a great time!—I had a blast with you guys and the wines were awesome. I was originally going to guess ‘85 Pichon Lalande for the Sociando. It was a beautiful wine that was every bit as good as the other two Bordeaux in my book. It also blew away a very good ‘85 I opened a few months ago. I can’...
by Mark Thompson
June 13th, 2020, 9:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1978 Haut Bailly and Kind of a Funny Story
Replies: 0
Views: 217

1978 Haut Bailly and Kind of a Funny Story

I’ve been sitting on a 1978 Haut Bailly I picked up for a song ($55 hammer on Winebid last Sept I think—supposedly past seepage but I’m not seeing that; I normally avoid those bottles but occasionally overzealously bid without noticing). The label was badly stained but the cork was one of the best 4...
by Mark Thompson
June 7th, 2020, 10:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aged Cali Cab
Replies: 227
Views: 19297

Re: Aged Cali Cab

I buy the ‘92 Togni whenever I see it at a decent price...for me, Togni is one of the few CA Cabs that evolves and significantly improves and develops complexity with age. And the ‘92 is at the top of that short list. A man of rare taste and intelligence. champagne.gif I had almost 2 years ago Togn...
by Mark Thompson
June 1st, 2020, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BEST Echezeaux and Grands-Echezeaux producers (for the money)
Replies: 95
Views: 10569

Re: BEST Echezeaux and Grands-Echezeaux producers (for the money)

The Jayer-Gilles Eschezeaux has been reliably excellent over the years. The winery and vineyards were purchased in 2017 by Andre Hoffman, and the wines are now produced by a new team under the name Hoffman-Jayer. Mr. Jayer Gilles passed away a couple of years ago, sorry to say. If anyone has visite...
by Mark Thompson
May 16th, 2020, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Pricing at Auction - MENTAL
Replies: 138
Views: 12194

Re: Wine Pricing at Auction - MENTAL

I know its a great wine but I just now watched an owc of six 1989 LMHB magnums sell for more than $39k in the Acker auction . . . zowie That first collection really did well. But keep in mind that it is an increasing rarity at auction- verified one-owner since release for wines that are fully matur...
by Mark Thompson
March 31st, 2020, 8:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Questions about the 1990 Tardy Boudots I’m drinking tonight
Replies: 4
Views: 243

Re: Questions about the 1990 Tardy Boudots I’m drinking tonight

alan weinberg wrote:
March 31st, 2020, 8:27 pm
so it wasn’t tardy at all—you opened it on time!
I was “tardy” to the Talbot, unfortunately.
by Mark Thompson
March 31st, 2020, 8:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Questions about the 1990 Tardy Boudots I’m drinking tonight
Replies: 4
Views: 243

Questions about the 1990 Tardy Boudots I’m drinking tonight

I’ve generally leaned toward opening better than normal bottles during “stay-at-home”. In that spirit I opened the oldest dry red I own—a 1949 Talbot. Unfortunately, the cork had shrunk and the wine was oxidized. So I opened a 1990 Tardy Les Boudots. The wine took a little while to open but continue...
by Mark Thompson
March 26th, 2020, 6:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vintages that have surprised you to the upside
Replies: 58
Views: 2148

Re: Vintages that have surprised you to the upside

Totally agree on 78’s. 81’s as well. I’ve had a bit less luck with the 79’s other than Figeac and Gruaud, but not with a big sample size.
by Mark Thompson
March 26th, 2020, 3:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vintages that have surprised you to the upside
Replies: 58
Views: 2148

Re: Vintages that have surprised you to the upside

Howard, I wouldn’t think 1985 Bordeaux would qualify as a real surprise. Maybe that such a forward vintage would age so well and become so interesting? I’ve had many excellent examples in the last few years that I felt are on a long plateau of deliciousness. Real surprises for me to the upside amon...
by Mark Thompson
March 23rd, 2020, 7:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserkers Video Social Meet/Tasting #4 - TODAY, 5:30pm PDT
Replies: 28
Views: 821

Re: Berserkers Video Social Meet/Tasting #4 - TODAY, 5:30pm PDT

I had suggested a Berserker Day XI wines theme, but open to anything. That's right! You called it, I'll make it so, as I promised Wednesday, in honor of my birthday, shall be deemed 'One of Your Top 5' - either producers, specific wines, vineyards, etc. Gotta be a favorite. I'm not yet sure what I'...
by Mark Thompson
March 22nd, 2020, 12:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help with this burgundy list...
Replies: 20
Views: 1237

Re: Help with this burgundy list...

I can’t speak to much of that list but I would jump at the Meo Clos Vougeot.
by Mark Thompson
March 15th, 2020, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best overperforming wine you’ve ever had
Replies: 98
Views: 5595

Re: Best overperforming wine you’ve ever had

This is really difficult. 1970 Lanessan maybe?
by Mark Thompson
March 14th, 2020, 10:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Time to treat ourselves. Open a precious bottle
Replies: 160
Views: 11368

Re: Time to treat ourselves. Open a precious bottle

1982 La Lagune - top shoulder fill, corked soaked and crumbly, wine sherry liked and seems to have been heat damaged (picked a few of these us a couple years ago .... :(. ) My evening started curiously similar to Jeff’s. I opened a 1964 Trotanoy with much anticipation. The color looked almost too g...
by Mark Thompson
March 7th, 2020, 8:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1979 Ch. Figeac - a wine from another era
Replies: 46
Views: 2248

Re: 1979 Ch. Figeac - a wine from another era

Just opened a bottle of the 1979 Figeac—really beautiful nose with some green notes that (for me) go great with everything else—loads of tobacco and black fruit. Not all that dissimilar from the 1978 I opened several weeks ago, though the Cabernet Franc is perhaps a bit more front and center here. S...
by Mark Thompson
February 24th, 2020, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anything good from '81?
Replies: 54
Views: 2046

Re: Anything good from '81?

Another vote for La Conseillante. I’ve been on a bit of an ‘81 Bordeaux kick lately and that has probably been my favorite thus far. Ducru also pretty solid, as are the Cordier wines. Branaire Ducru started out ok (88?) but actually put on a bit of weight with air. The Mouton can be really good as w...
by Mark Thompson
February 12th, 2020, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1979 Ch. Figeac - a wine from another era
Replies: 46
Views: 2248

Re: 1979 Ch. Figeac - a wine from another era

Final note while we are on the subject- the 1971 Figeac is drinking beautifully now and very much worth the effort to seek out. I have always been more of a fan than most of the 1971s, and while I have not had all of the great wines of that vintage- for me Figeac and Petrus are the greatest example...
by Mark Thompson
January 29th, 2020, 4:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Value of knowing the date of disgorgement?
Replies: 43
Views: 1726

Re: Value of knowing the date of disgorgement?

I’ve wondered this as it relates to some 1996 Duval-Leroy ‘Femme’ I picked up. I’ve seen disgorgement dates listed online ranging from 2004-2017. I’ve also noticed different labels on various bottles. Similar to tastings of Dom P2 or P3 versus the original bottling I think it would be interesting to...
by Mark Thompson
January 27th, 2020, 10:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12441
Views: 481446

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1985 Sociando—exactly what one would hope: Still tons of (cassis) fruit, a moderate amount of tannins, and a subtle (for Sociando) green streak. A fine example of when the house style pairs well with the vintage. In my opinion, this wine is at its apex, though many good years remain. 92+ (it may hav...
by Mark Thompson
January 27th, 2020, 9:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12441
Views: 481446

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

With dinner last night just to try out. Decanted for sediment (quite a bit considering it’s just a shade over 14 years) and aeration around 3 hours total. Still very primary, and the oak yet needs a lot of integration. That said, it’s structure and body are quite impressive. It’s not my type of Bdx...
by Mark Thompson
January 27th, 2020, 9:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Lynch Bages
Replies: 6
Views: 415

Re: TN: 1999 Lynch Bages

I love Lynch Bages. The 1957 was my first “old Bordeaux” experience in the late 90’s. Also have had some awesome experiences with 1999 Bordeaux—though more on the right bank. I just haven’t loved this particular wine. I’m completely open to the idea that it will get better with time though! I think ...
by Mark Thompson
January 25th, 2020, 2:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1986 Ch Canon St Emilion
Replies: 9
Views: 481

Re: 1986 Ch Canon St Emilion

I got to try some of the 1986 Canon a few months ago and had a similar experience, though I think the ‘82 is a fair amount better. Also have enjoyed late 80’s L-P’s over the last couple of years which I find provide superb value. On a similar note, I open 1978 Canon and Figeac last night to do a lit...
by Mark Thompson
October 31st, 2019, 7:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12441
Views: 481446

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

79 Heitz Martha - Still loads of primary fruit with a healthy dose of the expected eucalyptus. Seems significantly younger.
by Mark Thompson
October 31st, 2019, 6:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14684
Views: 730107

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Got it—just saw the note
by Mark Thompson
October 31st, 2019, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14684
Views: 730107

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
October 31st, 2019, 6:32 pm
Some 2006 Chateau Beaucastel

Popped a 2016 for my wife tonight, she wasn’t digging the 1996 Sociando. I dodged a bullet there. :)
Just to be clear—you were digging the 96 SM though, right? I just bought some.
by Mark Thompson
October 27th, 2019, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1989 bordeaux
Replies: 12
Views: 885

Re: 1989 bordeaux

The 89 Clerc Milon occasionally pops up at auction and such for under $100 (sometimes well under), which makes it a really outstanding QPR. Excellent post, and fun that you were able to source magnums for all these wines!
by Mark Thompson
October 23rd, 2019, 3:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14684
Views: 730107

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

just curious. Has anyone received a bad bottle from Cellaraiders? If so, what did they do for you? No more so than any other high quality retailer/auction house. Much of what I buy is old, and I am happy to take on the risk of a handful of bad bottles (above and beyond TCA tainted ones). If I had a...
by Mark Thompson
October 23rd, 2019, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14684
Views: 730107

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

The mag of ‘71 Latour A Pomerol was an obnoxiously good deal but I missed it. Hopefully someone here got it.
by Mark Thompson
October 9th, 2019, 6:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid revised.....
Replies: 76
Views: 7077

Re: Winebid revised.....

Well played Russ.
by Mark Thompson
October 9th, 2019, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need a great American wine suggestion
Replies: 52
Views: 2544

Re: Need a great American wine suggestion

1994 Dominus 1996 Ridge Monte Bello 2002 Joseph Phelps Insignia 2002 Shafer Hillside Select Those would be the 4 US wines that I would try to find. I have had many J. Schrams now, including some of their late disgorged with nearly 20 years of age on them. I like them a lot, but think that a Napa Ca...
by Mark Thompson
October 8th, 2019, 5:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Champagne of the year?
Replies: 120
Views: 6589

Re: What is your Champagne of the year?

1996 Salon
1996 Duval-Leroy Femme (late release-2017 disgorgement I believe)
by Mark Thompson
October 7th, 2019, 5:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need a great American wine suggestion
Replies: 52
Views: 2544

Re: Need a great American wine suggestion

Birth year of a classic cab would be fun if you know it and it aligns with a decent vintage. Alternatively, while I normally wouldn’t push Opus ahead of many other alternatives, the French/American partnership is interesting. I can say definitively that in your shoes I’d spend way too much time tryi...
by Mark Thompson
October 5th, 2019, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid revised.....
Replies: 76
Views: 7077

Re: Winebid revised.....

You guys just need to live close enough that you can pick up your wines at the Napa facility. Saves a lot on shipping costs. No matter that housing prices here are hundreds of thousands more. If you buy enough wine, though, it all evens out... I’m already good at rationalizing wine and real estate ...
by Mark Thompson
October 5th, 2019, 11:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How can I track the temperature along a shipping route?
Replies: 52
Views: 2069

Re: How can I track the temperature along a shipping route?

Another factor I’ve worried about with ground shipping is how much hotter might the inside of a semi trailer get in the sun versus ambient? Am I killed into a false sense of security if the “worst” weather is 78 and sunny on the way from CA, but that could really mean 100? I’d view the risk as low i...
by Mark Thompson
October 5th, 2019, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is 2000 Bordeaux actually approachable now?
Replies: 45
Views: 1608

Re: Is 2000 Bordeaux actually approachable now?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
October 5th, 2019, 11:30 am
Craig G wrote:
October 5th, 2019, 11:03 am
D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
October 5th, 2019, 11:01 am
Coincidentally not ironically.
Coincidentally, it rained on his wedding day.
David pisses on everyone. I only see his posts if he’s quoted.
That makes it Craig’s fault. [rofl.gif]
by Mark Thompson
October 5th, 2019, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid revised.....
Replies: 76
Views: 7077

Re: Winebid revised.....

What ticks me off a bit about this is the decision without notice just before main shipping season starts. In fact, D&R held shipments from Napa this week because of unseasonably high temps. And I usually plan to ship in November as a precaution. I appreciate that the shipping fees may have been su...
by Mark Thompson
September 26th, 2019, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1994 Château Rauzan-Ségla (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux)
Replies: 16
Views: 1081

Re: TN: 1994 Château Rauzan-Ségla (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux)

Opened a bottle maybe four years ago and was mighty impressed. It really stood out given the vintage.
by Mark Thompson
September 25th, 2019, 4:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sane, old-school Napa Valley Cab producers
Replies: 76
Views: 4981

Re: Sane, old-school Napa Valley Cab producers

I’ve found a lot of the wines referenced above as fitting the criteria—except for $100-150 release prices—can be picked up at auction for under $100. This applies to both recent release and good older vintages. I guess this gets in on a technicality, but it’s one worth exploiting as a practical matt...
by Mark Thompson
September 24th, 2019, 9:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do I need to be drinking my Bordeauxs younger?
Replies: 54
Views: 2550

Re: Do I need to be drinking my Bordeauxs younger?

David Glasser wrote:
September 24th, 2019, 5:43 am
For my palate, the highs are higher but less frequent as you go from 20-25 years to 30-35 years.
So kind of like drinking Burgundy of any age. (I agree with you by the way).
by Mark Thompson
September 19th, 2019, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Domaine Jacques Carillon Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet
Replies: 19
Views: 756

Re: TN: 2012 Domaine Jacques Carillon Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet

[/quote] Well... considering I bought a case of 2007 and only posted 2 notes.... [/quote] Flawed Flawed Flawed Flawed Flawed Flawed Flawed Flawed Flawed Flawed. Ouch. (I just bought I high-end mag of Bordeaux yesterday and didn’t notice SPS until after the auction closed so I’m already anticipating ...
by Mark Thompson
September 19th, 2019, 6:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Domaine Jacques Carillon Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet
Replies: 19
Views: 756

Re: TN: 2012 Domaine Jacques Carillon Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet

I thought the ‘13 was very good when I first tried it, but with air it blossomed into possibly the most aromatically complex dry white I’ve ever had. Granted, the sample size is probably 5% of the red sample size at this point, but there are a few really good wines in there. To Alan’s point though, ...
by Mark Thompson
September 16th, 2019, 5:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life
Replies: 72
Views: 5467

Re: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life

I should have closed with cautionary advice: Don't Uber home sober-drunk (allegedly) at midnight after a night at Bern's and jump on WineBid. I bid on multiple wines, as if I need more. I just checked to see if you bid against me on ‘82 Maggies. I promise I’ll share if I win! [truce.gif] I love tho...

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