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by Lee Barnard
June 25th, 2020, 6:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 988
Views: 57500

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

I’m wondering what people think about the wines in the $40-$70ish price range. Seems like a relative bargain but I have tasted only a few of these from recent vintages (and certainly not 17/18/19 which are not out yet). I’d love to hear comments from people who have tasted the finished wines from 2...
by Lee Barnard
June 24th, 2020, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 988
Views: 57500

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

TW has PLL up. I'm sure it will go quick. I'm passing. Oof at $150. I backfill 80s-90s Lalande at or close to that price. Buying some as a YOLO. I bought. Wine-Searcher low on the 2016 is $220 right now. Best price I saw on release was $180. I think $150 will end up looking like a pretty good price...
by Lee Barnard
June 24th, 2020, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 988
Views: 57500

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

TW has PLL up. I'm sure it will go quick. I'm passing.
by Lee Barnard
June 24th, 2020, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 988
Views: 57500

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

US doubling-down on tariffs? https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/24/us-assessing-3point1-billion-in-tariffs-on-france-germany-spain-the-uk.html?fbclid=IwAR2dZDC8puHuNlC4XS2tLCn3AJVGX3FrnHut8YpIV5DHY-nIIEXGEEfJrL8 Yes, but also the whole list is under reconsideration (both categories and tariff percentage)...
by Lee Barnard
June 24th, 2020, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 988
Views: 57500

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

Back to wine... Anyone else pick up Carmes? $90 is a pretty good price, although most big outlets running at $100. I wasn't going to based on the style change, which I haven't personally had the opportunity to try but it didn't seem like what I'd want. But then Alfert tasted the 2016 and said Leve ...
by Lee Barnard
June 24th, 2020, 5:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Bordeaux suggestions
Replies: 58
Views: 3438

Re: 2019 Bordeaux suggestions

Interested to see if Robert is buying, but I'll throw out what I've gotten so far: Montrose Palmer (small quantity) Haut Brion (small quantity) Lynch Bages Pontet Branaire Ducru Malartic-Lagraviere Pavie Macquin - A bit of a flyer, but people I trust have told me it has changed much for the better s...
by Lee Barnard
June 24th, 2020, 3:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1416
Views: 85526

Re: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment

Published last night. Looks like list is up for reconsideration. So <14% wine could be removed, not changed or even increased to 100% tariff if I read this correctly. Also looks like additional wine categories could be added (>14%, large formats..). https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/enforcement/3...
by Lee Barnard
June 23rd, 2020, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (striding confidently when not prancing)
Replies: 1147
Views: 53465

Re: It's critic bingo! ('19 Haut Brion threatens to "go atomic")

Now we have some prancing Black Forest cake. And some cinnamon toast and preserves. Rolland wuz here. 98-100 Points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate: "The 2019 Figeac is composed of 30% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon and 36% Cabernet Franc, harvested from the 13th of September to the 7th of Octob...
by Lee Barnard
June 23rd, 2020, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 988
Views: 57500

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

What Total has done is reverse 180 degrees the elements of their program that made it worth considering (well, all but one). The idea of futures has always been: buy now and lock in the price, with the risk of currency fluctuations, changes to taxes and tariffs, increased demand for the wine etc. b...
by Lee Barnard
June 23rd, 2020, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 988
Views: 57500

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

Oddly, I'm considering buying some second wines, like La Chapelle HB or Reserve Lalande. Typically not a buyer and would spend on other producers instead, but the prices aren't bad and they could make for interesting defenders. Anyone else? Could also be boredom from looking at the same listings ov...
by Lee Barnard
June 23rd, 2020, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 988
Views: 57500

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

All this futures currency talk is why I was confused when ‘17 futures hit and we were asked to pay tariffs as well. I’ve always pictured it works like this: You buy a future to lock in the current price, whatever it is offered by the retailer. at that point you have entered into an agreement with t...
by Lee Barnard
June 23rd, 2020, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 988
Views: 57500

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

[/quote] No, because it's already been bought and paid for. [/quote] They key part is that is that it has been bought and paid for 100% by you . Whether people realize it or not, you are taking 100% of the foreign currency risk when you buy EP and pay up front. In two years, you will have either pai...
by Lee Barnard
June 23rd, 2020, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 988
Views: 57500

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

Oh, you actually think that the negociant is allowing total wine to pay only 50% up front? No, and that's exactly the point. TW has already paid 100% of it, and they're booking their future 50% of your payment assuming today's currency price. So if your 50% payment is devalued in EUR terms, they th...
by Lee Barnard
June 23rd, 2020, 7:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: There is a mouse in the cellar...
Replies: 54
Views: 3255

Re: There is a mouse in the cellar...

Poison inside the tubes I mentioned isn't harmful to any other animals/pets as they can't get at it. The mice die together quickly as a group and they don’t leave carcasses in my experience as they shrivel up and disintegrate very quickly. Trying to pick them off one by one with traps won’t eradica...
by Lee Barnard
June 23rd, 2020, 6:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 988
Views: 57500

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

The currency fluctuation note is the part that bothers me the most. I don’t think the tariffs are an issue in 2+ years. It makes total sense from their perspective. They're tying up capital and essentially giving you free financing as an incentive to buy. There's a real cost to that. There's also a...
by Lee Barnard
June 20th, 2020, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Bordeaux suggestions
Replies: 58
Views: 3438

Re: 2019 Bordeaux suggestions

Would suggest reading through the EP thread for thoughts and then posting there for advice. Maybe mods can consolidate. Also, other than the first growths, should give examples of Bordeaux you like (or stylistic preference).

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by Lee Barnard
June 18th, 2020, 7:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 988
Views: 57500

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

The Calon Segur has been getting lots of positive reviews. Looks like it is now starting to sell through quickly after Galloni named it one of the top wines of the vintage. Did they have a recent style change that I missed? Opulent, decadent, dripping with lush fruit, smooth and polished. Not things...
by Lee Barnard
June 17th, 2020, 2:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 988
Views: 57500

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

Has anyone pulled the trigger on lower-end stuff? There's some pretty amazing QPR out there... In the $20-30 range: Cantemerle Meyney Marquis de Calon Sociando Laroque $30- $40: Gloria Branaire Ducru Croix de Beaucaillou Langoa Barton Phelan Segur Batailley Of those, I’ve grabbed a 6 pack of Branai...
by Lee Barnard
June 16th, 2020, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (striding confidently when not prancing)
Replies: 1147
Views: 53465

Re: It's critic bingo! ('19 Haut Brion threatens to "go atomic")

I've tried to hold off on commenting in this thread, but just can't resist. How are so many so insistent on being annoyed by a person's descriptors and prose in a tasting note on a wine? This stuff is decidedly subjective and one person's black forest cake is another person's cocoa-powder-dusted ch...
by Lee Barnard
June 13th, 2020, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (striding confidently when not prancing)
Replies: 1147
Views: 53465

Re: It's critic bingo! ('19 Haut Brion threatens to "go atomic")

Bingo bonus points here, there are so many cliches. However, "provocatively graceful" is new, I think. Whatever that means. 2019 Chateau La Mission Haut Brion The 2019 La Mission Haut-Brion is composed of 53% Merlot, 39.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7.5% Cabernet Franc, harvested from the 11th of Septe...
by Lee Barnard
June 13th, 2020, 4:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Bordeaux tonight?
Replies: 7
Views: 335

Re: Which Bordeaux tonight?

The 03 Pontet a Canet, which was quite open and enjoyable from 2010 - 2015, seems to have firmed up considerably over the last several years. At least that has been my experience. So I’d double decant a couple hours in advance if you go with the PC. Agree. Had the 2003 PC a year ago and thought was...
by Lee Barnard
June 12th, 2020, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 de Fieuzal
Replies: 0
Views: 134

TN: 2000 de Fieuzal

Ripe red berries with a touch of smoke, gravel and spice on the finish. Tannins well integrated and the ripe fruit is well supported by the acid, providing a nice structural bite. There really is no complexity or depth, but the fruit is delicious, if one dimensional. Probably has reached early matur...
by Lee Barnard
June 12th, 2020, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 988
Views: 57500

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

Wonder how the people who bought futures last year feel about these prices? Clearly big time Bordeaux is having a "come to Jesus" moment. I confess I am out of the game but is there a feeling that in 2 years prices are going to jump back up and make these futures look cheap? ....well I don't know. ...
by Lee Barnard
June 12th, 2020, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 988
Views: 57500

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

curious about the comment about TW's coupons earlier. Their coupons never worked on prices ending in 7, which almost all futures's prices end in that number. Did people use the coupon when TW charge the remaining 50%? (I'm assuming that's the case, but they also have restrictions like winery direct...
by Lee Barnard
June 11th, 2020, 3:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 988
Views: 57500

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

Appreciate it. Both usually outside my comfort range, but smart enough pricing that it makes it tempting.

And got a good chuckle out of LPB - more Black Forest cake and cast iron pan.
by Lee Barnard
June 11th, 2020, 3:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 988
Views: 57500

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

Calon is out, limited decrease in price (-13.2%) compared to other Chateaux. At the same time, they remain better positioned than Cos and Montrose, so it kinda makes sense for them to try that. Haut Brion and Mission did the same as Mouton with a -30% decrease for the reds. Whites saw a much limite...
by Lee Barnard
June 10th, 2020, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 988
Views: 57500

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

TW just posted Mouton at $400 if people are looking for it still at that pricing.
by Lee Barnard
June 10th, 2020, 7:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 988
Views: 57500

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

Lynch Bages out at $99 So around 23% down from last year? I'm seeing it for cheaper (~$87), so down even a little more. And still down compared to 2015/2016. I've noticed that some of the decreases are hardly meaningful when you exclude 2018 - that is, some had such a large bump in 2018 that a decr...
by Lee Barnard
June 8th, 2020, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 988
Views: 57500

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

I just checked their concierge site and they’re only listing 10 wines. They probably won’t have everything listed for a while - they still had their 2018 futures up a week ago. Should've been clearer – I got my PC from Total Wine a couple days ago, and now it's no longer up. But yeah, their selecti...
by Lee Barnard
June 5th, 2020, 3:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Marquis de Terme
Replies: 2
Views: 242

TN: 2000 Marquis de Terme

A wonderful nose, just jumps out of the glass. Very Margaux - rose, bright red fruits and maybe a touch of blueberry, cedar and earth. Unfortunately, the nose is much better than the taste, which is not to say it is bad. Just lacking concentration and a bit foursquare - would never peg this is a 200...
by Lee Barnard
June 4th, 2020, 7:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 988
Views: 57500

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

Going back to tariffs. It seems that some deal has been made. The en primeur price for the US and the rest of the world seems to be about the same. BUT in the States, the price INCLUDES the 25% tariff, should it still be in force when the wines are shipped. So somewhere, whether it is with chateaux...
by Lee Barnard
June 3rd, 2020, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 988
Views: 57500

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

No tariffs for me, as a European. Should I sink my teeth into this? As a young wine taster who is just exploring wine, you would be much better off experimenting with many Bordeaux wines (young and old), deciding which styles you really love (if any), before you sink a bunch of money into wines tha...
by Lee Barnard
June 3rd, 2020, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14018
Views: 681770

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

3x 2017 d'Angerville Clos de Ducs
6x 2017 d'Angerville Les Champans

Loved these at La Paulee.
by Lee Barnard
June 3rd, 2020, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 988
Views: 57500

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

Interesting situation for Malescot St Exupery which is out (EUR35, -26%), not waiting on any score from critics. Or, at least, I couldn't find a single one. 2016 Malescot was a little over $50 regular price at Costco for so long. EP price from Malescot is just silly. Who wants to tie up money for 2...
by Lee Barnard
June 3rd, 2020, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Du Tertre, Margaux
Replies: 6
Views: 479

Re: TN: 1999 Du Tertre, Margaux

I too think that 1999 is indeed a rather underrated vintage with regard to quality and strorage life, Peter. All 1999s I’ve drank in recent times –Du Tertre, Malescot, Kirwan, Rauzan-Gassies, D’Issan, Palmer, Lynch-Bages, Beau-Séjour Bécot, Moulin Haut-Laroque, D’Aiguilhe, and Fontenil, to name e f...
by Lee Barnard
June 3rd, 2020, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most bottles of a single wine from one vintage in your cellar
Replies: 230
Views: 9910

Re: Most bottles of a single wine from one vintage in your cellar

2014 Sociando Mallet
2014 Pichon Lalande

2014 PLL was silly value at less than $100
by Lee Barnard
June 2nd, 2020, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1988 Rauzan-Segla & 1995 Clerc Milon
Replies: 6
Views: 366

Re: TN: 1988 Rauzan-Segla & 1995 Clerc Milon

I've drank a good amount of the '95 Clerc Milon and enjoyed all of them. I finished my last bottles about 1-2 years ago, and I agree with your note and assessment. The 2000 is drinking pretty well now if you have any... Will have to try a 2000. I've just started opening the 2000s. And I didn't mean...
by Lee Barnard
June 2nd, 2020, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1988 Rauzan-Segla & 1995 Clerc Milon
Replies: 6
Views: 366

TN: 1988 Rauzan-Segla & 1995 Clerc Milon

Two quick notes from the past weekend. 1988 Chateau Rauzan-Segla This was an gorgeous bottle of Bordeaux. Fully mature, but surprisingly fresh with air. This needs time in the decanter - upon opening it was overly green with slightly drying tannins - maybe what you'd expect from a 1988. But with an ...
by Lee Barnard
June 2nd, 2020, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 988
Views: 57500

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

I've seen no reason to buy futures in any recent vintage, but think this may be the year. I'm still surprised the Bordelais are really reducing pricing.
by Lee Barnard
March 8th, 2020, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My thoughts about the Paulee Grand Tasting this year
Replies: 20
Views: 2370

Re: My thoughts about the Paulee Grand Tasting this year

Thanks for the note Howard. Was just going through mine so will type my thoughts out. Overall: A very enjoyable vintage for the reds and right in my wheel house. Agree with you that the Volnays were the star. The whites were outstanding across the board - I really liked the 2017 Meursaults and while...
by Lee Barnard
February 27th, 2020, 5:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 1291
Views: 109828

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

Dennis Atick wrote:
February 27th, 2020, 5:17 am
Rakuten 5% back on wine.com
How does Rakuten work? I have an account, but never used. How would I get my 5% back?
Once a quarter they send you your accumulated cash back - can receive as a check, via paypal or in Amex points.
by Lee Barnard
February 21st, 2020, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: HDH Auction Move
Replies: 39
Views: 3180

Re: HDH Auction Move

Is the wine being shipped from Delaware? If the wine is sold in Delaware, it could be to avoid sales taxes. Guess I should have read closer. Not shipped at all. To be honest, this is great news for me - local pickup with no taxes. • HDH does not ship any wine, spirit, or alcoholic beverage product....
by Lee Barnard
February 21st, 2020, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: HDH Auction Move
Replies: 39
Views: 3180

Re: HDH Auction Move

Likely I just missed an email, but looking at the Feb 28-29 auction, where do you see anything about Delaware?
by Lee Barnard
February 19th, 2020, 1:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine prices are falling
Replies: 40
Views: 5332

Re: Wine prices are falling

better tell Burgundy prices are falling. Did you see recent Arnoux pricing—$1000 for Reignots and $500 for Suchots 18. I got chest pain. I laughed and immediately deleted the email. The Suchots is is 2-2.5x times recent auction prices. The Reignots is 5x recent release prices I think? I assume they...
by Lee Barnard
February 14th, 2020, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?
Replies: 446
Views: 36982

Re: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?

This is so dangerous. With the $100 off $300, 14% cash back and free shipping, each order is 3x Krug 168 .375 and 1x 2016 Produttori for $183. And there are so many coupons I can continue to use...
by Lee Barnard
February 7th, 2020, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12147
Views: 454754

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2008 Haut Bailly - still a star of the 2008 vintage, but think a bit in a transitory period right now. Not going to open another for 5 years. 2017 Kutch Sonoma Coast Chard - has lost the baby fat and settled into a real nice place. Absurdly good value and the only CA chard or Pinot producer I really...
by Lee Barnard
February 4th, 2020, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pacific NW Cabs/blends vs California - at the $50 price point
Replies: 45
Views: 3144

Re: Pacific NW Cabs/blends vs California - at the $50 price point

I really like the Andrew Will wines, although a warning that they require time and definitely are traditionally styled. You can usually find some bottlings for around $50 (or less).
by Lee Barnard
January 30th, 2020, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Consolidated off-the-beaten-path Burgundy TNs
Replies: 319
Views: 33444

Re: Consolidated off-the-beaten-path Burgundy TNs

2014 Meo-Camuzet Fixin (Negociant) I’ve tasted many examples of the Bourgogne and this is the exact opposite. Dense, meaty/gamey, smokey, ripe and juicy blackberry on the nose. Just slightly rustic and the oak spice is noticeable, but everything is well balanced and great acidity keeps it from being...
by Lee Barnard
January 30th, 2020, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: QPR Burgundy?
Replies: 87
Views: 4848

Re: QPR Burgundy?

Would start by reading this thread, which reminds me I really should be posting notes to it: https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=119762 Hudelot-Noellat Bourgogne is always a good deal. Best bet is to put together a mixed case of Bourgogne/Village level wine from different produc...

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