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by Mark Thompson
June 20th, 2019, 7:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Yearly Budget
Replies: 43
Views: 1588

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: 29
Views: 820

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: 833

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: 833

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: 823

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: 1047

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: 475

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: 727

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: 727

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: 727

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: 1538

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: 1538

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: 197

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: 1538

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: 1538

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: 2067

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: 1002

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: 2146

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: 758

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: 34352

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: 11117
Views: 496894

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: 4197

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: 11117
Views: 496894

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: 799

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: 721

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: 721

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: 5087

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: 289

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: 7743

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: 2027

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: 1440

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: 65
Views: 2027

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: 65
Views: 2027

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: 818

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: 1440

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: 5087

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: 2107

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: 1277

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: 11117
Views: 496894

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: 265

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: 11117
Views: 496894

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: 11117
Views: 496894

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: 11117
Views: 496894

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: 898
Views: 43388

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: 11117
Views: 496894

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: 420

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: 10521
Views: 345594

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: 420

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: 10521
Views: 345594

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...

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