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by julianseersmartin
October 14th, 2019, 8:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whisperkool Obsolescence
Replies: 12
Views: 1421

Re: Whisperkool Obsolescence

What do people think about CellarPro, Wine Guardian versus Whisperkool? I have a SC3000 that died and I need to decide on a replacement. CellarPro are serious bits of kit. I became quite familiar with the insides of a vinotemp unit that was on the cusp of life, which I eventually replaced with a ce...
by julianseersmartin
October 14th, 2019, 3:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1086
Views: 59875

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Eyewatering
by julianseersmartin
October 9th, 2019, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $200 Champagne-The Most Pleasure NOW...?
Replies: 23
Views: 1410

Re: $200 Champagne-The Most Pleasure NOW...?

Howard Cooper wrote:
October 7th, 2019, 4:34 pm
Get the 2006 Comte de Champagne and save some money.
+1 to this.

The 95 BdM has not got better as disgorgements have gone on. The very first ones were by far the best.
by julianseersmartin
October 8th, 2019, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fine Disregard Fall Release
Replies: 4
Views: 433

Fine Disregard Fall Release

Just received the email. Last time they are making the Lost Row Syrah :(
by julianseersmartin
October 4th, 2019, 4:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 406
Views: 19469

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Has anyone spoken to Envoyer about this?
by julianseersmartin
October 4th, 2019, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale
Replies: 67
Views: 4882

Re: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale

YLee wrote:
October 4th, 2019, 3:54 pm
Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
October 4th, 2019, 2:56 pm
It’s $20 a case for shipping.
I got quote of $30 Something for only 3 half bottles.
Order 9 more.
by julianseersmartin
October 2nd, 2019, 3:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 406
Views: 19469

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Anyone know what the exclusion of Tokaji is about?
by julianseersmartin
October 2nd, 2019, 7:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unicorn Wine: D&R Legends...Where to find?
Replies: 15
Views: 1498

Re: Unicorn Wine: D&R Legends...Where to find?

I also had an allocation. I believe purchasing a certain amount of DR wines last year offered access to it. I cannot remember how much.
by julianseersmartin
September 30th, 2019, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Dom Pérignon
Replies: 67
Views: 6156

Re: 2008 Dom Pérignon

Does anyone know which Costco locations in WLA or San Fernando Valley have the 2008 Dom? I was told a few months back by the Westlake Village location they still had more than a palate of the 2009 and would not get another shipment (he did not know if that meant the 2008 or more 2009) until those w...
by julianseersmartin
September 30th, 2019, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine fridge move
Replies: 11
Views: 612

Re: Wine fridge move

It's a good idea to wait 24hrs before restarting unit after moving, to allow refrigerant to settle. It's actually to ensure the oil is in the right place, rather than the refrigerant. Older systems can allow the oil to creep into the coils if tilted in a certain way. On more modern designs, its an ...
by julianseersmartin
September 30th, 2019, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fourrier Bourgogne - Are there both domain and negociant versions?
Replies: 14
Views: 911

Re: Fourrier Bourgogne - Are there both domain and negociant versions?

Brady - A&B Vintners in the UK which I'm sure you'll be familiar with, only offered one BR in the most recent offer. It is listed as J.M. Fourrier in my reserves, so as it stands it's negoce. I'm fairly certain that someone told me the BR is nearly all domaine fruit nowadays. Might well have been Jo...
by julianseersmartin
September 4th, 2019, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Underrated burgundy vintages
Replies: 76
Views: 3571

Re: Underrated burgundy vintages

The PC thing to say about Burgundy is how each and every vintage is lovely in its own special little way. Hardly PC though - it's entirely true. Basically every vintage has its moment. Catching it at the right time is the hard part. I don't get why people slog through a certain wine when it's not d...
by julianseersmartin
August 28th, 2019, 10:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1627
Views: 91510

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

It should be clear that this is his entry level champagne. With that in mind, it's very good, but go in with reasonable expectations. I went long because I love Hebrart.
by julianseersmartin
August 25th, 2019, 1:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux 2016 vs 2018
Replies: 33
Views: 2760

Re: Bordeaux 2016 vs 2018

I'm surprised the consensus is that 2018 is on the same level as 2016. The weather describes a very different outcome, and the alcohol levels in 2018 are a good tell. Not for me, and I doubt anyone that likes restrained BDX will do well out of this latest vintage.
by julianseersmartin
August 23rd, 2019, 2:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 82
Views: 2461

Re: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

HBL has long been an underachiever. The idea that a 2000 cru classe is at peak right now tells you all you need to know. Most of the higher quality wines still have quite a bit of development to go through.
by julianseersmartin
August 21st, 2019, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK
Replies: 140
Views: 8196

Re: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK

And I'll say it again: Transferwise. It's really not that complicated.
by julianseersmartin
August 21st, 2019, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lopawines.com Thread
Replies: 67
Views: 5191

Re: Lopawines.com Thread

The lopa wines vs envoyer battle properly begins, with Envoyer coming in $15 cheaper on '17 Germain Meusault 1er Charmes.....
by julianseersmartin
August 20th, 2019, 7:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK
Replies: 140
Views: 8196

Re: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK

dbailey wrote:
August 20th, 2019, 7:29 am
Again, check out revolut...
Not openly available in the US yet Dan, it's currently on a waitlist. Might be somewhat of an intellectual over-extension, too.
by julianseersmartin
August 16th, 2019, 8:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Shafer HSS offer
Replies: 45
Views: 4522

Re: 2015 Shafer HSS offer

There's a bottle of 1996 available for $249 right now at K&L.
by julianseersmartin
August 15th, 2019, 7:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best recent Bourgognes
Replies: 24
Views: 1614

Re: Best recent Bourgognes

16 Voillot and 15 Montille were both very good last weekend. Easy re-buys.
by julianseersmartin
August 13th, 2019, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: South African Cabs really a contender?
Replies: 39
Views: 1467

Re: South African Cabs really a contender?

Pinotage is the last place to start. It's an intensely divisive varietal that many people really do not like, and it's not a quality issue IMO. In answer to the general question, yes SA is producing some top class wine, and has long been a source of great value BDX blends. Chenin and increasingly Ch...
by julianseersmartin
August 9th, 2019, 4:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Fall 2019 release
Replies: 68
Views: 3768

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Fall 2019 release

I went in for a second order out of FOMO. No self control here at all.
by julianseersmartin
August 9th, 2019, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Fall 2019 release
Replies: 68
Views: 3768

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Fall 2019 release

Jonathan Sirot wrote:
August 9th, 2019, 12:59 pm
Based on the name and the timing of the release is this a sparking wine, and is it a new bottling ? I cant recall hearing of it before.
Happy to be corrected but I expected this is a special namesake bottling (magnuming?) in honour of Hardy's second child.
by julianseersmartin
August 9th, 2019, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 champagne question
Replies: 46
Views: 3705

Re: 2008 champagne question

Pol Roger is on a bit of a weird journey these days and the straight vintage bottlings are a dangerous buy. I was wondering if you could elaborate on this a little more? champagne is definitely not my area of strongest knowledge and I hadn't heard this. It's a widely reported situation on wine page...
by julianseersmartin
August 8th, 2019, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 champagne question
Replies: 46
Views: 3705

Re: 2008 champagne question

Pol will take some time before it sells out, but I understand the 2nd tranche release already has a greater price. CdG is most likely to have a quick meteoric rise in price in my view, but it will plateau until its consistency is clear (there have been bottle variation issues in the past). Pol Roger...
by julianseersmartin
August 8th, 2019, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 champagne question
Replies: 46
Views: 3705

Re: 2008 champagne question

What's the context of the purchase - is it for immediate consumption? There's a few defining features of each wine. Dom's production is gargantuan. Far outweighs the other two combined. It is typically around a 50/50 blend with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir but it's never formally disclosed. It is major...
by julianseersmartin
August 8th, 2019, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1086
Views: 59875

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

2008 Veuve is magnificent. It was the first major vintage of their newer winemaker, Dominique Demarville (who's now off to Laurent Perrier I think?), and he seriously knows what he's doing. The yellow label improved in quality considerably, too. I wouldn't hesitate, and it's an okay price for these ...
by julianseersmartin
August 7th, 2019, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The ultimate in excessibe ballerness
Replies: 35
Views: 2994

Re: The ultimate in excessibe ballerness

So the question is are billionaires/centi-millionaires really that gullible? I know there are people who will buy anything for prestige. But they usually go for something with proven track record for prestige. Le Secret des Grands Chefs (‘SGC’) is a good example of this sort of thing. As far as I c...
by julianseersmartin
August 6th, 2019, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The ultimate in excessibe ballerness
Replies: 35
Views: 2994

Re: The ultimate in excessibe ballerness

The story behind it is quite interesting. 2015 is the first vintage in which they've used varietals not approved by INAO - Castet, Marselan and Tarney Coulant. Given the step change in climate conditions between now and when they were "outlawed", can they honestly claim they're a true representation...
by julianseersmartin
August 6th, 2019, 7:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK
Replies: 140
Views: 8196

Re: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK

how do you folks purchase from the UK to avoid the credit card transaction fees? I noticed a wire I have set up for a purchase has 3% embedded in the FX rate, and a retailer says my Debit card keeps showing up as a Credit Card (with a necessary 3% fee to tack on) You can initiate a better value wir...
by julianseersmartin
August 5th, 2019, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK
Replies: 140
Views: 8196

Re: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK

On the flip side, due to this change and future uncertainty, our UK importer canceled their entire order this week. :( I am sure this is effecting other US wineries, too. Anyone itching for 2 pallets of Familiar Mourvèdre & Familiar Blanc? champagne.gif Might be able to help you with that Hardy. Sh...
by julianseersmartin
July 30th, 2019, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Reconditioned Wine
Replies: 24
Views: 1333

Re: Reconditioned Wine

The major red flag here that no-one seems to have caught is they are saying the reconditioning process involved decanting the wine? That's not how you recondition wine.
by julianseersmartin
July 27th, 2019, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1627
Views: 91510

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

The rose is normally cellar door only so that's a very interesting one from Envoyer. I've gone long.

edit: I'm wrong, confusing it with Arnould rose.
by julianseersmartin
July 13th, 2019, 9:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: EuroCave versus Vino Temp Cooler unit - any thoughts or experience to determine?
Replies: 39
Views: 2285

Re: Hisense Cooler unit - any knowledge or experience?

Do not go Vinotemp - the general feedback on their units and customer service is appalling. I recently bought a CellarPro as a replacement and was bowled over by the quality. Having got to know the insides of my vinotemp extensively during several attempts at self-repair, it's clear that CellarPros ...
by julianseersmartin
July 9th, 2019, 7:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Taste-Off: Two Inexpensive Chablis
Replies: 38
Views: 2159

Re: TN: Taste-Off: Two Inexpensive Chablis

Louis Michel is my goto value Chablis producer. His wines at every level are fantastic and reliable.
by julianseersmartin
July 4th, 2019, 9:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1627
Views: 91510

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

The offer today on the Mousse Eugene is terrific. I've had several bottles of that wine and it's good. I suspect this is a new disgorgement, as it's been many months since I had one but at $36 on 3, it's barely $125 to get those into my cellar. Excellent wine for the money, made by a guy who farms ...
by julianseersmartin
July 2nd, 2019, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Salon
Replies: 140
Views: 10154

Re: 2008 Salon

Is there any more information on the reasons behind this decision? Did they have an unusually small production or something? Salon obviously isn't massively produced but this is the equivalent of ~1300 6 bottle cases in production; not a lot at all.
by julianseersmartin
July 2nd, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Other Cellar Sidejobs
Replies: 8
Views: 1032

Re: Other Cellar Sidejobs

I've often wondered about home-made charcuterie, as the conditions are about perfect. Only issue is you can get some pretty interesting varieties of mould growth and I wasn't too sure how smart that would be around wine capsules.
by julianseersmartin
July 1st, 2019, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Love for Domaine Chevalier
Replies: 155
Views: 6575

Re: Love for Domaine Chevalier

The aspect of the wine writing being discussed in this thread that I find almost impossible to believe is that someone can declare what is currently a barrel sample as "the best wine ever made" at a given estate. How can anyone genuinely assess that at a point in time that's the furthest it'll ever ...
by julianseersmartin
June 27th, 2019, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11896
Views: 569541

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

alan weinberg wrote:
June 23rd, 2019, 10:38 am
A Songeur wrote:
June 23rd, 2019, 10:20 am
Plenty of PYCM 2018... Are they any good?...
18? Top 17s not out yet.
It is if you know where to look.
by julianseersmartin
June 26th, 2019, 5:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eto - a new way to preserve wine
Replies: 57
Views: 3744

Re: Eto - a new way to preserve wine

That's the airspace above the bottom of the seal. There's a decent gap in their and the sealing ball needs to push up, too.
by julianseersmartin
June 25th, 2019, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eto - a new way to preserve wine
Replies: 57
Views: 3744

Re: Eto - a new way to preserve wine

Just spit balling here.... Julian, you are implying above (and please correct me as I don't want to put words in your mouth) that there is limited oxygen introduced into a wine during a decant, and thus the ETO works by limiting surface area/evaporative contact. But then earlier in the thread, John...
by julianseersmartin
June 25th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eto - a new way to preserve wine
Replies: 57
Views: 3744

Re: Eto - a new way to preserve wine

If you are pouring the entire wine bottle into the Eto, aren't you oxygenating the entire bottle of wine? Isn't that the most violent act you can do to a wine, which is pour it into a decanter? If you seal the decanter off air going forward, wouldn't this still be less ideal than say a Coravin? Or ...
by julianseersmartin
June 25th, 2019, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eto - a new way to preserve wine
Replies: 57
Views: 3744

Re: Eto - a new way to preserve wine

Are there more people who had the opportunity to test eto ? Everyone who has one is satisfied ? I'm thinking of buying one. I use mine a lot. It does a good job upto the 7-10 day mark which is about all the preservation I ever need to do. Very happy and I'm considering a second so I have red+white....
by julianseersmartin
June 24th, 2019, 5:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Value BDX Futures / Farming Technique
Replies: 14
Views: 898

Re: 2018 Value BDX Futures / Farming Technique

Good point about the economics. As for the vintage quality, can you please expand on why you believe the vintage is not excellent? I must be reading the wrong reviews?! Well, it was a uniformly hot vintage, rather than warm. Alcohol levels are they highest they've been in quite some time. But 80% o...
by julianseersmartin
June 24th, 2019, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Value BDX Futures / Farming Technique
Replies: 14
Views: 898

Re: 2018 Value BDX Futures / Farming Technique

Since 2018 was a warmer year with excellent quality Is 2018 regarded as having excellent quality?! News to me. For your overall plan, I think once taking into account storage charges, going in at this point on lower level wines will work out more expensive than patiently picking up wines on your hi...
by julianseersmartin
June 21st, 2019, 8:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1627
Views: 91510

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Yeah I'm wondering the same. Not a producer I've heard of but pretty big claims on the fruit source. Of course the magic of Selosse is all in the winemaking so I'm not being immediately persuaded. Edit: a decent PDF which summarizes the production is available here: https://static1.squarespace.com/s...
by julianseersmartin
June 20th, 2019, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1627
Views: 91510

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Has anyone had experience with Gaston Chiquet's Blanc de Blancs d'Aÿ? I had no idea they did a BdB Those mags were a pretty unusual offering. I think it's extended beyond the 2008 vintage now but it was a somewhat special wine at the time. I have some of it but I've yet to try it. It was widely dru...
by julianseersmartin
June 19th, 2019, 8:55 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WTB Single bottle of older cali cab or zin in west LA
Replies: 1
Views: 311

WTB Single bottle of older cali cab or zin in west LA

I'm after a bottle of something as high end as possible, in the $100-150 range to take back to the UK with me for a lunch with wine friends. Doesn't have to be a big name label - I'm just after a good, mature bottle. Pretty open - could go for something straightforward like Mondavi Reserve, maybe an...
by julianseersmartin
June 18th, 2019, 3:55 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2201
Views: 130966

Re: New York City Restaurants

Another resounding vote for the bar at Ko. Tried it last week and it was unilaterally outstanding.

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