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by Neal.Mollen
July 11th, 2020, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12033
Views: 449147

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1981 Montrose. On the downside? Undoubtedly, and I'd drink what you have. Fruit-shy? Sure. A joy to drink nonetheless? Without question.
by Neal.Mollen
July 10th, 2020, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanter award for Parker and interview/profile
Replies: 39
Views: 2220

Re: Decanter award for Parker and interview/profile

I agree with John and Maureen. Bob's willingness to reflect on his prior mistakes, and confess error, is refreshing and admirable. His place in the wine world is almost unequaled; if he isn't in your Wine Hall of Fame, why have one? I hope he is feeling well and enjoying his richly deserved retireme...
by Neal.Mollen
July 10th, 2020, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 13674
Views: 667148

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Craig G wrote:
July 10th, 2020, 1:00 pm
Neal.Mollen wrote:
July 10th, 2020, 12:48 pm
We're only 36 posts away from post 666666 in this thread. Whatever it is, I bet it's corked.
Where’s Ken V to check this math?
Well done
by Neal.Mollen
July 10th, 2020, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 13674
Views: 667148

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

We're only 36 posts away from post 666666 in this thread. Whatever it is, I bet it's corked.
by Neal.Mollen
July 8th, 2020, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 1109
Views: 89507

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

Astor, as mentioned above. It’s 20% off of all still French wine. I think the 10 richebourg at 2550 and 09 rsv are the best deals on drc; I reluctantly passed, though. I don't see that sale on their website https://astorwinesspirits.cmail20.com/t/r-l-jkthmly-khhjdutuli-i/ Thanks. That was entertain...
by Neal.Mollen
July 8th, 2020, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 1109
Views: 89507

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

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
July 8th, 2020, 9:22 am
Andre M wrote:
July 8th, 2020, 8:58 am
Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
July 8th, 2020, 8:34 am
09 rsv for 1759
Which store? Thanks
Astor, as mentioned above.

It’s 20% off of all still French wine.

I think the 10 richebourg at 2550 and 09 rsv are the best deals on drc; I reluctantly passed, though.
I don't see that sale on their website
by Neal.Mollen
July 6th, 2020, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A question for our elder states(men/women)
Replies: 50
Views: 2454

Re: A question for our elder states(men/women)

I've all but stopped buying. Champagne (which we will never have enough of), aged wines, and half bottles as aged as I can buy them. I buy nothing that isn't in one of those categories
by Neal.Mollen
July 6th, 2020, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1865 Lafite
Replies: 18
Views: 2230

Re: 1865 Lafite

Anton D wrote:
July 6th, 2020, 12:14 pm
I am looking forward to Francois' tasting notes.
He hasn't opened his case
by Neal.Mollen
July 6th, 2020, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 188
Views: 11376

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

Well, the tax rate for the states are one thing, but then depending on which county the buyer lives in there's often an extra tax there. As an example, here's from my tax compliance person in regards to Texas: Texas is a bit more all over with the city, county and special rates so most of our clien...
by Neal.Mollen
July 6th, 2020, 11:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed
Replies: 101
Views: 4123

Re: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed

Not in the US. The US critics -- including most prominently Parker -- called it a profoundly heterogeneous and atypical vintage, with some monumental (if unusual) wines and a lot of flawed dreck. I don't remember any of the major critics claiming it was a great or even very good vintage. I think yo...
by Neal.Mollen
July 6th, 2020, 10:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed
Replies: 101
Views: 4123

Re: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed

For a few: California 1997 Bordeaux 1995, 2003 and for me 2009 and 2010 Burgundy 1983, 1990, 1995, 1997 Germany - what are the hyped vintages? The only ones I think of as really being hyped are 1971, 1975, 1976, 1990, 2001 and 2015. All of these are fabulous vintages, at least in the case of some p...
by Neal.Mollen
July 6th, 2020, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed
Replies: 101
Views: 4123

Re: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed

The British critics by and large were very negative about 2003 in Bordeaux in the early stages. This is absolutely true, but did anyone care at the time? Not in the US. The US critics -- including most prominently Parker -- called it a profoundly heterogeneous and atypical vintage, with some monume...
by Neal.Mollen
July 6th, 2020, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed
Replies: 101
Views: 4123

Re: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed

Ed Steinway wrote:
July 5th, 2020, 5:18 pm
Howard Cooper wrote:
Bordeaux 1995, 2003 and for me 2009 and 2010
Agree on 1995 and 2003, with a few exceptions. Not sure about 2009 yet for Bordeaux but I love the 2010 vintage, at least in the Left Bank.

Ed
2003 was not a hyped vintage, at least by anyone I can recall
by Neal.Mollen
July 5th, 2020, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12033
Views: 449147

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1996 Heitz Napa last night ('Mercan wine!) and will take a Josè Michel Rosè to a friend's house for an outdoors, socially distant get together this afternoon. First time we've really gotten together with friends since the plague hit.
by Neal.Mollen
July 5th, 2020, 8:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Taittinger Comtes 2006 has five bottles in a sealed six pack
Replies: 29
Views: 1964

Re: Taittinger Comtes 2006 has five bottles in a sealed six pack

Paul Jaouen wrote:
July 5th, 2020, 5:33 am
Hmmmm.....I wonder how that happens.

I have 8 six packs. Opened 3 so far and all good. Now I feel like checking the others but I'm probably too lazy.
This is why I always open packages when they arrive, even if it is just to seal them back up and bury them. You never know. Mistakes happen
by Neal.Mollen
July 4th, 2020, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 786
Views: 41740

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Consumed: some
Purchased: just a few
Remaining: still too many

(math is not my thing)
by Neal.Mollen
July 3rd, 2020, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12033
Views: 449147

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Cool stuff, Brian, thanks for sharing! +1. Just bought a bunch of of the '15 in halves, and am hoping I don't have to wait forever for them. Speaking of "forever," I just pulled the cork on a 88 Trotanoy to celebrate my continued existence on this side of the dirt for another year. Cork was relucta...
by Neal.Mollen
July 3rd, 2020, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12033
Views: 449147

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Ramon C wrote:
July 3rd, 2020, 9:45 am
Neal.Mollen wrote:
July 1st, 2020, 1:17 pm
Ramon C wrote:
June 28th, 2020, 6:29 am
2000 Ch. Du Tertre, Margaux


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And?
I've had 3 or 4 of these since release and I'd have rated them an average of B+. Last one was about 5 years ago.

This bottle, from same lot as earlier ones, I would have rated at B.
thanks
by Neal.Mollen
July 2nd, 2020, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Searcher Pricing
Replies: 15
Views: 695

Re: Wine Searcher Pricing

Just an example.SQN Lightmotif. Lowest price shows $135. Click on any store and the lowest price is $165. Tough to price wines with prices showing lower then being offered. People think I’m overpricing you should definitely contact WS. They've been eager to hear about stuff like that in the past.
by Neal.Mollen
July 1st, 2020, 1:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12033
Views: 449147

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Ramon C wrote:
June 28th, 2020, 6:29 am
2000 Ch. Du Tertre, Margaux


D00A612F-2B05-420B-8D57-8A7E578AF378.jpeg
And?
by Neal.Mollen
July 1st, 2020, 1:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12033
Views: 449147

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Continuing my Bordeaux adventures. Opened a 2016 La Dame de Montrose, as a peek into what the grand vin could be like (I'd love to buy a bottle or two of 2016 and/or 2019 Montrose, but not willing to commit infanticide). Quite open with a short decant, muscular and slightly animalistic, with cassis...
by Neal.Mollen
July 1st, 2020, 7:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux 2010 - 10 years - 61 reds
Replies: 9
Views: 1019

Re: Bordeaux 2010 - 10 years - 61 reds

Clos Manou! Wow! I'm sure Robert is going to run out to get cases. Lol, I did check WineSearcher. And Leve. It’s a Leve 88 so I would prolly love it. Never tried it before. Extremely well-done notes. Helpful reference on some wines I have. I knew that I should have bought more 2010 VCC. I have 2005...
by Neal.Mollen
July 1st, 2020, 6:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux 2010 - 10 years - 61 reds
Replies: 9
Views: 1019

Re: Bordeaux 2010 - 10 years - 61 reds

Clos Manou! Wow! I'm sure Robert is going to run out to get cases.

Thanks for posting. Sounds like a great tasting. You managed to task a ton of wines I don't own, even though I own a bunch of 2000s!
by Neal.Mollen
June 28th, 2020, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer Check: The Wine Club (SF)
Replies: 14
Views: 868

Re: Retailer Check: The Wine Club (SF)

A few transactions, all seamless.
by Neal.Mollen
June 27th, 2020, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine and Sleep (or Lack Thereof)
Replies: 48
Views: 2514

Re: Wine and Sleep (or Lack Thereof)

last call in our house is 9:30, and we never drink more than a bottle between us. Has worked for years, but in COVID time, my sleep has been awful. Erratic, interrupted, and filled with the most ridiculously ridiculous dreams evah.
by Neal.Mollen
June 27th, 2020, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 13674
Views: 667148

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

97 Cos
by Neal.Mollen
June 26th, 2020, 2:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 946
Views: 51986

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

Interesting article in The Economist. This chart pretty well sums up why I hadn’t purchased futures since the ‘09 vintage. Basically, if you bought futures of the reds in the Liv-ex Bordeaux 500 index 2010 - 2017, they were worth less than what you paid for them upon delivery, every year except 201...
by Neal.Mollen
June 26th, 2020, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 946
Views: 51986

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

Interesting article in The Economist. This chart pretty well sums up why I hadn’t purchased futures since the ‘09 vintage. Basically, if you bought futures of the reds in the Liv-ex Bordeaux 500 index 2010 - 2017, they were worth less than what you paid for them upon delivery, every year except 201...
by Neal.Mollen
June 26th, 2020, 1:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 946
Views: 51986

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 Neal.Mollen
June 24th, 2020, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 946
Views: 51986

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 I'm quoting Robert here so he doesn't miss the opportunity to shame me. I bought. Branaire Du...
by Neal.Mollen
June 24th, 2020, 1:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 946
Views: 51986

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 I'm quoting Robert here so he doesn't miss the opportunity to shame me. I bought. Branaire Du...
by Neal.Mollen
June 23rd, 2020, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 946
Views: 51986

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

It's nice to see sub-$80 Leo Barton.
by Neal.Mollen
June 23rd, 2020, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 946
Views: 51986

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 Neal.Mollen
June 23rd, 2020, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 946
Views: 51986

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. bo...
by Neal.Mollen
June 22nd, 2020, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19105

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

R M Kriete wrote:
June 22nd, 2020, 12:15 pm
Neal.Mollen wrote:
June 22nd, 2020, 12:10 pm
Anton D wrote:
June 22nd, 2020, 6:59 am


Jeremiah, is he that guy they named one of those big bottles after?
Nah. He was a bullfrog, I think.
Actually, was a good friend of mine!
bet you helped him drink his wine too
by Neal.Mollen
June 22nd, 2020, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19105

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

I’m reminded of Jeremiah 17:9- The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? Each and everyone of you who has boycotted anything is rightfully the subject of the same if your deeds and thoughts were exposed. You are no better than the person or organization you cho...
by Neal.Mollen
June 21st, 2020, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1975 Ducru-Beaucaillou⁣
Replies: 22
Views: 826

Re: 1975 Ducru-Beaucaillou⁣

Lovely scene, lovely wine, lovely note. Well done.
by Neal.Mollen
June 20th, 2020, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 13674
Views: 667148

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2015 Dame de Montrose in .375. A year after my supposed cutoff but the halves are going faster than expected.
by Neal.Mollen
June 20th, 2020, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 946
Views: 51986

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

nobody's reading EP notes unless they're making EP buys. I've been enjoying the back and forth too, and while I am generally more aligned with Keith's POV, I can personally attest to the fact that this clause is incorrect. I've read more than a few 2019 EP TNs because I am kinda interested in what ...
by Neal.Mollen
June 19th, 2020, 4:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19105

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

But as a minority person, I personally don't care to be lectured at on racial support and equality by Caucasian people who cannot have possibly experienced a lack of it themselves due to their race as my family and I have. Unless they have also suffered discrimination and hate and prejudice because...
by Neal.Mollen
June 19th, 2020, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 946
Views: 51986

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

For all the younger folk obsessively comparing the points from the dozen or so publications trying to fill Parker's shoes: don't waste your time. Bordeaux really isn't that complicated. The hierarchy doesn't change much from year to year. The list of the best 2019s is going to look a lot like the l...
by Neal.Mollen
June 19th, 2020, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 946
Views: 51986

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

I cant seem to make up my mind on whether to purchase a 6 pack of Lynch-Bages, or Leoville Barton. Whats your thoughts on these comparisons? Thanks https://i.imgur.com/XRVLeUa.png Historical data from bordoverview.com - The 2019 difference is actually almost equal to the historical mean difference ...
by Neal.Mollen
June 19th, 2020, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 13674
Views: 667148

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

A few bottles of the Jose Dhondt Champagne Rosé de Saignée offered by envoyer. Has anyone had the wine? I have enjoyed Dhondt wines in the past and love me some rosé at a price.
by Neal.Mollen
June 19th, 2020, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19105

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

But as a minority person, I personally don't care to be lectured at on racial support and equality by Caucasian people who cannot have possibly experienced a lack of it themselves due to their race as my family and I have. Unless they have also suffered discrimination and hate and prejudice because...
by Neal.Mollen
June 19th, 2020, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19105

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

That’s a fair point Neal. I should have stated that the issues with racism in the US can’t be solved by black people alone. We all, or at least a high percentage of us, need to commit to not sucking in regards to prejudice. And on my best days, I am definitely no more than a work in progress. You a...
by Neal.Mollen
June 18th, 2020, 12:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19105

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

[ Jeff, I see the moderators have removed my original post that called you a racist . I’m okay with that. You’re right I don’t know you. Nevertheless, if the Email (it’s not like he called you on your phone) from Pax offering support and information about BLM so offended you that you have decided t...
by Neal.Mollen
June 18th, 2020, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 946
Views: 51986

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
June 18th, 2020, 11:15 am
DanielP wrote:
June 18th, 2020, 11:13 am
Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
June 18th, 2020, 6:51 am
I’m a bit jelly, Neal. The heart wants in, the brain says no!
A strapping young lad like yourself should be buying mags
Ha!

Well, I did just get some Maggies of 2017 Pegau....
Bruh, you need to get you some of that Capbrun Jeff is touting -- 15.1%!!
by Neal.Mollen
June 18th, 2020, 6:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 946
Views: 51986

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

I just bought a case of half bottles of Langoa. Always reliable, and stuck in the shadow of its big brother, so almost always a deal. Paid around $20 a half. I agree, I loaded up on the 2014 for about the same price. I'd have been all over the 14 halves. I bought a fair number of 14 halves and am r...
by Neal.Mollen
June 17th, 2020, 4:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No, the other Noellat (not Charles or Alain)
Replies: 17
Views: 773

Re: No, the other Noellat (not Charles or Alain)

What is Grapes TWC? Im hoping its not Grapes Wine.com . See entire threads on that (or institutionwine.com) this is my question. looks like there's not much press because across the range of 6-7 bottlings on W-S they're all only at maybe 1 or 2 shops in the US. the CT notes are good though! Grapes ...

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