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by julianseersmartin
August 27th, 2020, 1:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1804
Views: 114303

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

True. It just sounded like it might be a bigger wine than the BdB; would be great to hear from someone who has had both ... I've had both multiple times. The BdB is more chalky and mineral. The selection is in my view a very complete wine but I would never call it big. It's what I think of when som...
by julianseersmartin
August 18th, 2020, 3:26 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: Cellar Clearance (West LA) updated 7/16
Replies: 11
Views: 2770

Re: FS: Cellar Clearance (West LA) updated 7/16

All gone, back in the UK now. Thanks all.
by julianseersmartin
August 4th, 2020, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SQN and hotmail
Replies: 20
Views: 2008

Re: SQN and hotmail

Hotmail/Microsoft are notorious for spurious bans of senders. Their review process is ragged and ineffective, and I am sceptical that they adhere to the IETF's RFCs on correct practice with respect to operating email servers. If you care about overall deliverability, switch to another provider. This...
by julianseersmartin
July 29th, 2020, 12:38 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: Glasses
Replies: 0
Views: 320

FS: Glasses

4 "Fusion Air" bordeaux glasses from Wine Enthusiast. No issues and comes with box. $20 ($60 RRP)

6 x Gabriel Glas Universal Standart (not Gold) $100 ($187 on amazon)

To be picked up from west LA 90403. I don't think the glasses are really shippable.
by julianseersmartin
July 26th, 2020, 9:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagnes that Age
Replies: 37
Views: 1641

Re: Champagnes that Age

I think there's a bit of a misconception of champagne ageability in general. I find essentially every bottle improves with 3 years, regardless of status. Very few are worse for 5 years. Many are very happy to go 10 and several benefit from 15+. I think it's worth putting away a spectrum of different...
by julianseersmartin
July 22nd, 2020, 10:42 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: Vinotemp 335btl Wine Cabinet w. CellarPro unit, West LA
Replies: 5
Views: 533

Re: FS: Vinotemp 335btl Wine Cabinet w. CellarPro unit, West LA

Scott - I've emailed you back, unfortunately someone slipped in just before you reached out.

This is provisionally sold.
by julianseersmartin
July 22nd, 2020, 9:34 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: Vinotemp 335btl Wine Cabinet w. CellarPro unit, West LA
Replies: 5
Views: 533

Re: FS: Vinotemp 335btl Wine Cabinet w. CellarPro unit, West LA

Thanks both.

Forgot to include...Dimensions are 80" H x 37.5" W x 28.5" D
by julianseersmartin
July 21st, 2020, 4:42 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: Vinotemp 335btl Wine Cabinet w. CellarPro unit, West LA
Replies: 5
Views: 533

FS: Vinotemp 335btl Wine Cabinet w. CellarPro unit, West LA

For sale is my wine cabinet. Fits the following: 1 magnum/irregular bottle rack under the cooler, fits about 10 mags 54 champagne/large bottle holes (3 rows of 9 holes, double depth) 280 ordinary bottle holes (14 rows of 10 holes, double depth) This is the entry level "cabinet" in that it is not at ...
by julianseersmartin
July 19th, 2020, 5:23 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: Cellar Clearance (West LA) updated 7/16
Replies: 11
Views: 2770

Re: FS: Cellar Clearance (West LA) updated 7/16

I will add some more detail in the morning, Peter. Thanks for the nudge. Sorry to put a dull tone on this thread but I desperately need to shift this wine as my father is in the last stages of life and I need to get back to the UK very badly. I will entertain basically any offer for the lot or parts...
by julianseersmartin
July 16th, 2020, 4:18 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: Cellar Clearance (West LA) updated 7/16
Replies: 11
Views: 2770

Re: FS: Cellar Clearance (West LA) updated 7/16

Some more wines added and others reduced in price. I really need these gone now so happy to listen to a bulk offer. Wine Cabinet also needs to go, would accept $1000 which is a big discount on the cooling unit alone which is only a year old. Cheapest cabinet of this size and quality in the country f...
by julianseersmartin
July 11th, 2020, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Elder-statesman" followup
Replies: 14
Views: 1187

Re: "Elder-statesman" followup

This is all well and good but the practicalities of stopping buying Bordeaux 30 years in advance of kicking the bucket seem rather unrealistic to me. 30 years is also a huge period of time in terms of changing tastes, too. It's also an extremely clinical way of buying wine - that just doesn't correl...
by julianseersmartin
July 8th, 2020, 5:15 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: Cellar Clearance (West LA) updated 7/16
Replies: 11
Views: 2770

Re: FS: Cellar Clearance (West LA) updated 7/8

Edited for additions (champagne, bojo) and removing sold.
by julianseersmartin
June 22nd, 2020, 1:32 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: Cellar Clearance (West LA) updated 7/16
Replies: 11
Views: 2770

Re: FS: Cellar Clearance (West LA)

Edited for additions and removing sold.

I can ship now - I have 12btls worth of poly carriers and some ice packs. At buyer's risk and you must provide a shipping label.
by julianseersmartin
June 16th, 2020, 7:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most disappointing 'great' wine you've ever had?
Replies: 164
Views: 5840

Re: Most disappointing 'great' wine you've ever had?

1990 Beauséjour, one of the more famous 100pt Parker calls. Absolute garbage, soupy mess in my view, but always could have been a bad bottle. More worryingly I suppose, lots of reports of variability with this wine.

A lot of 1982 BDX are pretty boring these days. Long been overpriced and overvalued.
by julianseersmartin
June 16th, 2020, 6:10 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: Cellar Clearance (West LA) updated 7/16
Replies: 11
Views: 2770

Re: FS: Cellar Clearance (West LA)

Edited to reflect price lowering and stock changes.
by julianseersmartin
June 14th, 2020, 6:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: White Bordeaux and Premox
Replies: 28
Views: 1172

Re: White Bordeaux and Premox

Glen Gold wrote:
June 13th, 2020, 10:29 pm
I'd been thinking of tracking down some Domaine de Chevalier blancs with a little age on them but this makes me cautious.
Go pre 1994 and you should be good.
by julianseersmartin
June 14th, 2020, 5:29 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: Cellar Clearance (West LA) updated 7/16
Replies: 11
Views: 2770

FS: Cellar Clearance (West LA) updated 7/16

Looking to move back to the U.K., and given that transatlantic wine transport isn't all that convenient, I've decided to offload my collection to rebuy on the other side. Storage has been in a temperature/humidity controlled wine cabinet since my acquisition. My 334 bottle wine cabinet will be for s...
by julianseersmartin
June 13th, 2020, 12:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: White Bordeaux and Premox
Replies: 28
Views: 1172

Re: White Bordeaux and Premox

Premox in white rhone is well known to "reverse" after a period of time. It's a topic that's been covered on many online forums, with general agreement, but rarely explained. I don't think the chemistry is fully understood. Ignoring that, as I don't think it's relevant as white BDX doesn't seem to h...
by julianseersmartin
June 12th, 2020, 11:55 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Bread porn -- post yours
Replies: 209
Views: 18247

Re: Bread porn -- post yours

I've been working on a pretty reliable sourdough recipe for about 3 months now. I really feel a lot of the obsessive, extremely accurate recipes across the internet are just fugazy. Bread dough is something that needs to be learned in local conditions through 5 to 10 loaves, and scaled up into the m...
by julianseersmartin
May 26th, 2020, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scam alert -- Grapeswine.com
Replies: 81
Views: 9219

Re: Scam alert -- Grapeswine.com

Total dodge for a week now and I officially raised a complaint with BBB FYI, BBB are a private organisation that "mediate" complaints. They have no clout other than publishing bad press (and monetising that process). Not to say that you shouldn't submit one to them, but don't expect them to actuall...
by julianseersmartin
May 20th, 2020, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy
Replies: 113
Views: 4599

Re: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy

I'm a little unclear on your complaint. When you say, the Mytik wines show "an overtly youthful character that is difficult to contend with let alone enjoy: stripped of fruit, very high acid and extremely effervescent" are you saying they show younger than you expect? Or is there some other change ...
by julianseersmartin
May 19th, 2020, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy
Replies: 113
Views: 4599

Re: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy

One thing I would say is that I am really not a fan of the Mytik closure for sparkling wines. I have tried multiple (40+) bottles now across different producers and regions and even bottles that are 5 years PD are consistently showing an overtly youthful character that is difficult to contend with ...
by julianseersmartin
May 18th, 2020, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy
Replies: 113
Views: 4599

Re: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy

One thing I would say is that I am really not a fan of the Mytik closure for sparkling wines. I have tried multiple (40+) bottles now across different producers and regions and even bottles that are 5 years PD are consistently showing an overtly youthful character that is difficult to contend with l...
by julianseersmartin
May 13th, 2020, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer PSA -- Los Angeles Wine Company TCA policy (Updated with Winery's response)
Replies: 108
Views: 5555

Re: Retailer PSA -- Los Angeles Wine Company TCA policy (Updated with Winery's response)

I'm just not sure what LAWC could have done here. The handling isn't great given the language around storage, but anyone going back with that period of time between purchase knows full well that the cork producer isn't going to stump up for the effect their product has had - ultimately that is who i...
by julianseersmartin
May 8th, 2020, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Store Websites Are Terrible
Replies: 49
Views: 2857

Re: Wine Store Websites Are Terrible

There's a widely used industry database of products/UPCs, no? I would think that that would allow some off-the-shelf software where the user interface could be customized for an individual store. There are in fact several but none of them cater to the weird layers of structured data to adequately d...
by julianseersmartin
May 8th, 2020, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Store Websites Are Terrible
Replies: 49
Views: 2857

Re: Wine Store Websites Are Terrible

I'm not trying to justify this (this is my precise area of work and expertise, so I'm as passionate as it comes), but the wine industry suffers from a couple of issues here. Namely, the convoluted data structure associated with wine - the specific datapoints you may want about a given wine vary base...
by julianseersmartin
April 6th, 2020, 12:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV (but 2015) Vouette et Sorbee Fidele
Replies: 11
Views: 625

Re: TN: NV (but 2015) Vouette et Sorbee Fidele

Amazed to hear about variability here - over 30+ bottles in the last 3 years, I haven't ever got a whiff of that. Perhaps it's just my palate, but I'm really sensitive to VA and oxidation is a well versed topic to me.
by julianseersmartin
April 5th, 2020, 1:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV (but 2015) Vouette et Sorbee Fidele
Replies: 11
Views: 625

Re: TN: NV (but 2015) Vouette et Sorbee Fidele

Popped a Fidele (also 2015) today and getting a pretty prominent sherried note on the finish and in the background on the nose that I don't recall from previous bottles. Still super acidity, lively, great yeast on the nose, but coming across as having a more substantial solera style (and "richer" t...
by julianseersmartin
March 30th, 2020, 4:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Château Carbonnieux Blanc
Replies: 25
Views: 864

Re: TN: 2017 Château Carbonnieux Blanc

It's a good thing they've switched to DIAM. Carbonnieux were long one of the worst offenders for premox in white BDX, so much so that I would caution anyone buying 1994 to at least 2010 for essentially any price. Thank you for sharing this...I have not heard this, or if I did I forgot it. It will c...
by julianseersmartin
March 30th, 2020, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Château Carbonnieux Blanc
Replies: 25
Views: 864

Re: TN: 2017 Château Carbonnieux Blanc

One other aspect to this wine is that it is under the Diamanté's 30 year cork. For me, that along with the balance and elegance that this shows...leads me to believe that this can easily last 25+ years. This is absolutely Outstanding!! I decided to buy a case of this after tasting this bottle. It's...
by julianseersmartin
February 12th, 2020, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach? [UPDATE in First Post 2/14/20]
Replies: 294
Views: 25020

Re: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach?

Exactly - her phone number was ported to another provider and the hackers just picked off one after another account with the phone number receiving the verification. She had an old yahoo mail account that she had always used fo emailed bills, etc - they were able to get into that and then use it to...
by julianseersmartin
February 12th, 2020, 2:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diam corks?
Replies: 161
Views: 6164

Re: Diam corks?

I haven't had any Champagne under Mytik, tho I can see this being an unfortunate problem. Various cork studies (esp the ones done by Aussies) have shown that bottled wine, under natural cork, get's a relatively high amount of oxygen during the ~first year in bottle. After that it settles down to a ...
by julianseersmartin
February 12th, 2020, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diam corks?
Replies: 161
Views: 6164

Re: Diam corks?

FWIW, I think the Mytik closures are pretty repugnant. Champagne does not develop in the expected way under them, and even at 5 years post disgorgement, I'm seeing stripped fruit, sky high acid and excessive effervescence. I'm no longer purchasing champagnes from producers that use them until there ...
by julianseersmartin
February 12th, 2020, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help! How to get a Vega Sicilia visit
Replies: 21
Views: 2040

Re: Help! How to get a Vega Sicilia vist

Pesquera?
by julianseersmartin
February 10th, 2020, 12:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach? [UPDATE in First Post 2/14/20]
Replies: 294
Views: 25020

Re: credit card breaches?

It's very likely one of the websites you have used is compromised. Share the list of retailers and I would imagine a common entity will emerge.
by julianseersmartin
January 25th, 2020, 5:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Rioja (between Prado Enea, Castillo Ygay, and LRA 904) would you lay down today and why?
Replies: 58
Views: 2731

Re: Which Rioja (between Prado Enea, Castillo Ygay, and LRA 904) would you lay down today and why?

Do consider CVNE Gran Reservas too: Imperial, Vina Real and Contino. All are right up there with the best with age.
by julianseersmartin
January 23rd, 2020, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1489
Views: 91283

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
January 22nd, 2020, 12:21 pm
The h-m will be interesting. I think they are pretty true to the vintages with 13 having crunchy fruit and acid driven while 14 has more Structure. Haven’t had the 11
I had a half of the 13 clos village the other day - it's good but it's pretty oaky.
by julianseersmartin
January 21st, 2020, 2:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations for Under $20 solid QPR Cabernet?
Replies: 31
Views: 2223

Re: Recommendations for Under $20 solid QPR Cabernet?

Charles Smith/Substance Cabernet Sauvignon should be a pretty safe bet.
by julianseersmartin
January 17th, 2020, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Bordeaux at Trader Joe's
Replies: 9
Views: 2837

Re: Bordeaux at Trader Joe's

cjsadler wrote:
January 17th, 2020, 9:12 am
Magnums of 2017 Labastide Dauzac Margaux for $40 at my Trader Joe's. Seems like a deal?
I wouldn't say it's a "deal" - that's about or just above fair value for that wine. I don't think it'll be that rewarding and it's certainly a questionable vintage.
by julianseersmartin
January 17th, 2020, 9:21 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Florida “Fish” of the Week - Revisited
Replies: 18
Views: 2506

Re: Florida “Fish” of the Week - Revisited

Pan definitely too crowded there, I would do no more than 1/2 of that volume, maybe 1/3.

Thanks for the post though, not every day you get to read about someone cooking frog's legs!
by julianseersmartin
January 13th, 2020, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Dujac vs. Dujac Fils & Pere
Replies: 26
Views: 1994

Re: Domaine Dujac vs. Dujac Fils & Pere

I buy the Dujac F&P chambolle religiously every year. Just a wonderful, pure little chambolle at a great price if you get it on release.. I don't agree at all that the Domaine village wines are that much better. But even if we agree for argument's sake that they are marginally superior, they're als...
by julianseersmartin
January 9th, 2020, 3:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chardonnay recommendations
Replies: 28
Views: 1357

Re: Chardonnay recommendations

Arterberry Maresh?
by julianseersmartin
January 9th, 2020, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Dujac vs. Dujac Fils & Pere
Replies: 26
Views: 1994

Re: Domaine Dujac vs. Dujac Fils & Pere

Per Jeremey Seysses.. the wine making is identical once fruit arrives into the Domaine.. (oak/barrel treatment can be different based on wine maker decision of course). Domaine Dujac = fruit owned by the domaine = 100% decision/action on the fruit/vineyard treatment F & P = negotiant fruit, though ...
by julianseersmartin
January 9th, 2020, 1:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Joseph Voillot?
Replies: 13
Views: 1389

Re: Joseph Voillot?

Very elegant old school cote de beaune producer. A variety of excellent Pommard and Volnay wines, and his Bourgogne Rouge is probably one of my favourites. I've never been disappointed.
by julianseersmartin
January 9th, 2020, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Dujac vs. Dujac Fils & Pere
Replies: 26
Views: 1994

Re: Domaine Dujac vs. Dujac Fils & Pere

Per Jeremey Seysses.. the wine making is identical once fruit arrives into the Domaine.. (oak/barrel treatment can be different based on wine maker decision of course). Domaine Dujac = fruit owned by the domaine = 100% decision/action on the fruit/vineyard treatment F & P = negotiant fruit, though ...
by julianseersmartin
January 9th, 2020, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Dujac vs. Dujac Fils & Pere
Replies: 26
Views: 1994

Re: Domaine Dujac vs. Dujac Fils & Pere

Can someone explain the general relationship/difference between the two labels? Other than one being better and more expensive than the other, why are there the two labels, and what do the two different labels mean? For example, is one estate vineyards and the other purchased fruit, or do they have...
by julianseersmartin
January 2nd, 2020, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '04 Comtes has got it going on
Replies: 12
Views: 845

Re: '04 Comtes has got it going on

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
January 2nd, 2020, 4:50 am
Probably should have gotten some although I’m really not a fan of the 04 vintage in general. The only champs I’ve liked from 04 has been krug.
Out of interest Michael, what aspects of 2004 don't jive with you?
by julianseersmartin
January 1st, 2020, 12:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée Edition 168eme (France, Champagne)
Replies: 33
Views: 4102

Re: TN: NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée Edition 168eme (France, Champagne)

Back when there was a lot of discussion regarding the 164 eme, I posted a thread inquiring as to perhaps this was the genesis of a new style for Krug MV. The idea was largely rejected but it seems I'm seeing a lot less reference to "oxidative notes" in the critiques of the last few releases. Kind o...
by julianseersmartin
December 17th, 2019, 10:27 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: SOLD 2009 Mayacamas Cabernet
Replies: 6
Views: 999

Re: FS: 2009 Mayacamas Cabernet

Where are you based, Billy?
by julianseersmartin
December 15th, 2019, 7:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy 2018 Chalone AVA MSG Release
Replies: 11
Views: 1285

Re: Dirty and Rowdy 2018 Chalone AVA MSG Release

H Wallace Jr wrote:
December 10th, 2019, 5:58 am
Jason T wrote:
December 7th, 2019, 5:16 pm
Hardy, do you distribute to the UK?
Not currently. I hope that changes [cheers.gif]
I think I mentioned it before Hardy but I might have someone on the UK side who could be interested in this.

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