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by Maxwell A.
November 13th, 2019, 5:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite USA Gamay?
Replies: 39
Views: 1573

Re: Your favorite USA Gamay?

Some great producers and wines already mentioned but my choice is the Jolie Laide Gamay made with fruit from the Barsotti Vineyard. Here is my tasting from the Jolir Laide Open House this past May. "2018 Gamay Barsotti Vineyard El Dorado County: Grown at high elevation in the beautiful red granitic...
by Maxwell A.
November 7th, 2019, 6:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?
Replies: 121
Views: 3648

Re: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?

The last 1-2 years I've had a few Fevre Grand Cru 2011s that were in pristine condition.
Also, I plan on opening a Fevre Clos, Preuses, and Vaudesir, all 2011s, side by side in the not too distant future. I'll report back then.
by Maxwell A.
November 5th, 2019, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé - Controversial Producer?
Replies: 50
Views: 2845

Re: Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé - Controversial Producer?

Thanks for the responses, everyone. All these data points and thoughts are very helpful.
by Maxwell A.
November 5th, 2019, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé - Controversial Producer?
Replies: 50
Views: 2845

Re: Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé - Controversial Producer?

As a guy who would like to drink Musigny but can't afford it, I've been stocking up on Musigny-adjacent or Musigny-kinda-sorta like the Vogüé 1er and Clavelier's Combe d'Orveaux. I haven't yet drunk any of these, but I've been reading up. My understanding is that for recent vintages, the Vogüé 1er ...
by Maxwell A.
November 4th, 2019, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé - Controversial Producer?
Replies: 50
Views: 2845

Re: Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé - Controversial Producer?

As a guy who would like to drink Musigny but can't afford it, I've been stocking up on Musigny-adjacent or Musigny-kinda-sorta like the Vogüé 1er and Clavelier's Combe d'Orveaux. I haven't yet drunk any of these, but I've been reading up. My understanding is that for recent vintages, the Vogüé 1er ...
by Maxwell A.
November 4th, 2019, 6:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé - Controversial Producer?
Replies: 50
Views: 2845

Re: Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé - Controversial Producer?

Interesting question. I don't have a huge experience, but almost every bottle I've had, I've felt the wines to be a little unbalanced, a little too angular and to me a little more oak influence than I wanted. The oak thing is puzzling, because I believe the amount of new oak is not all that high. I...
by Maxwell A.
November 4th, 2019, 6:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé - Controversial Producer?
Replies: 50
Views: 2845

Re: Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé - Controversial Producer?

I know the 1990 is a notorious example of a vintage where the Musigny didn't turn out well (at least that's what most people would agree on). It seems like there was a time where some vintages the wine would turn out great and some not so great. Is there a trend of them doing better or worse than no...
by Maxwell A.
November 4th, 2019, 5:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé - Controversial Producer?
Replies: 50
Views: 2845

Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé - Controversial Producer?

Hey everyone, what are your impressions of the wines of Vogüé? I'm wondering more about the more recent vintages, say those within the last 10-15 years or so. There seems to be quite a bit of disagreement on whether this is a great Burgundy producer or not. Their vineyard holdings are most certainly...
by Maxwell A.
June 29th, 2019, 9:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How many wines a day?
Replies: 31
Views: 1887

Re: How many wines a day?

I like to have multiple bottles open to follow as they change over the course of at least a few days, so I voted "2". I love having a younger German riesling open for up to a week in the fridge. I'll have a small glass every day and see how it develops. It's nice to have such a delicious, thirst que...
by Maxwell A.
June 29th, 2019, 9:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend
Replies: 90
Views: 2930

Re: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend

It'd be interesting to see peoples' first choice along with last, or least desirable, choice.
First choice: Grand Cru Burgundy
Last choice: Pappy or other Bourbon (single malt scotch, however, would be closer to the top of my list)
by Maxwell A.
May 28th, 2019, 7:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Wines You No Longer Buy Due to Pricing
Replies: 72
Views: 4893

Re: Favorite Wines You No Longer Buy Due to Pricing

As someone that has only been buying wine for only 5 years, a lot of these numbers are eye opening...It's hard for me to imagine that a lot of these wines were once fairly accessible. It's so interesting for me to hear these former prices. back in the day the wines were available and inexpensive. 9...
by Maxwell A.
May 28th, 2019, 7:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Wines You No Longer Buy Due to Pricing
Replies: 72
Views: 4893

Re: Favorite Wines You No Longer Buy Due to Pricing

As someone that has only been buying wine for only 5 years, a lot of these numbers are eye opening...It's hard for me to imagine that a lot of these wines were once fairly accessible. It's so interesting for me to hear these former prices. I think it's very enriching and healthy for my wine buying ...
by Maxwell A.
May 28th, 2019, 6:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Wines You No Longer Buy Due to Pricing
Replies: 72
Views: 4893

Re: Favorite Wines You No Longer Buy Due to Pricing

As someone that has only been buying wine for only 5 years, a lot of these numbers are eye opening...It's hard for me to imagine that a lot of these wines were once fairly accessible. It's so interesting for me to hear these former prices. I think it's very enriching and healthy for my wine buying p...
by Maxwell A.
May 28th, 2019, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Wines You No Longer Buy Due to Pricing
Replies: 72
Views: 4893

Re: Favorite Wines You No Longer Buy Due to Pricing

Thanks for the responses so far. We all know there are a lot of common favorites that have become so incredibly expensive (1st Growths, tons of Burgundy, cult Napa stuff etc.) and I'm interested in hearing which you've stopped buying, but I think it might be most interesting hearing at what price po...
by Maxwell A.
May 28th, 2019, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Wines You No Longer Buy Due to Pricing
Replies: 72
Views: 4893

Favorite Wines You No Longer Buy Due to Pricing

Hey Everyone, I know topics related to increasing prices of wines are not uncommon, but I thought this might be an interesting way to present it and see a lot of perspectives: Throughout your wine buying career, what favorite wine(s) or producer(s) do you no longer buy (regularly or at all) due to t...
by Maxwell A.
April 18th, 2019, 5:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Michelin restaurants and fabulous wines: Inside the secret team dinners that have built the Spurs' dynasty
Replies: 29
Views: 2394

Re: Michelin restaurants and fabulous wines: Inside the secret team dinners that have built the Spurs' dynasty

fun read, thanks for posting. I worked with a guy that used to sell Popovich wine but I didn't realize how significant his wine interest was until reading that.
by Maxwell A.
March 31st, 2019, 9:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tn: 2016 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py
Replies: 50
Views: 4662

Re: Tn: 2016 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py

The 2017 Côte du Puy just hit the shelves here in Beaune, and I have a bottle open in front of me. It's richer than the 2016, showing warmer, sunnier fruit tones on the nose—strawberry preserve, dark cherries and licorice—though some lovely floral top-notes are emerging with air. The tannins seem j...
by Maxwell A.
March 3rd, 2019, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are you Buying - Germany 2017
Replies: 30
Views: 2887

Re: What are you Buying - Germany 2017

2017 JJ Prums have recently become available to me and I'm deciding which to buy... Any recommendations within the 2017 Prum lineup aside from the usual of buying whichever Pradikat level you're most interested in? Anyone tasted these yet? What I've been able to buy so far: I've done my best to load...
by Maxwell A.
February 28th, 2019, 8:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The search for a “wow” Rosé
Replies: 129
Views: 5460

Re: The search for a “wow” Rosé

Surprised this one has not been named, yet. It’s by far the best Rose I’ve ever tasted and I think its the highest rated Rose by the “pro critics”, as well. Chateau d'Esclans Rose Garrus. The 2016 was given 97 points by Decanter. I had this served to me by Claude Blankiet at a tasting where he was ...
by Maxwell A.
February 11th, 2019, 9:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Understanding the Producers of Volnay
Replies: 115
Views: 5544

Re: Understanding the Producers of Volnay

not on the list, but Lafon may be worth mentioning in the Volnay conversation...
by Maxwell A.
January 31st, 2019, 10:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine Ghislaine Barthod / Barthod-Noëllat Bourgogne Les Bons Bâtons
Replies: 15
Views: 1152

Re: TN: 2015 Domaine Ghislaine Barthod / Barthod-Noëllat Bourgogne Les Bons Bâtons

For it's level I have no doubt, but what about it's $50 price? I realize it's half the price of Leroy Bourgogne but... 1. Thanks for the tasting note. I came across this bottle recently and was thinking about buying some. 2. I've only seen Leroy Bourgogne for $45-55. That's including the 2015 curre...
by Maxwell A.
January 30th, 2019, 1:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Jolie-Laide Syrah Halcon Vineyard. A Mistake Is a Win!
Replies: 7
Views: 479

Re: TN: 2015 Jolie-Laide Syrah Halcon Vineyard. A Mistake Is a Win!

Thanks for the post! I've had this wine, same vintage, and loved it. So much character and very tasty.
by Maxwell A.
January 30th, 2019, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1991 Musar
Replies: 16
Views: 696

Re: TN: 1991 Musar

Thanks for the tasting note, Lee. I'm familiar with but haven't had many Musar wines. As this is a birth year vintage for me, I'll have to look out for some! Maxwell, Snap these up now...they seem to get exponentially more expensive over time. I remember when the '95 went from $92 to $157 overnight...
by Maxwell A.
January 27th, 2019, 5:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Leaking 2015 Leroy?
Replies: 74
Views: 3754

Re: Leaking 2015 Leroy?

I've encountered many "leaking" Maison Leroy bottles but have had no issues with the quality of any. I have heard multiple reasons as to why this happens, usually overfilling or cork soaking. I don't know what is true but as long as the wine is good it's just a minor annoyance to me. I've recently h...
by Maxwell A.
January 25th, 2019, 9:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1991 Musar
Replies: 16
Views: 696

Re: TN: 1991 Musar

Thanks for the tasting note, Lee. I'm familiar with but haven't had many Musar wines. As this is a birth year vintage for me, I'll have to look out for some!
by Maxwell A.
January 11th, 2019, 9:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great wines, fugly labels
Replies: 68
Views: 3458

Re: Great wines, fugly labels

I never posted my favorites, so here they are: Clape Raveneau Arnot Roberts Ceritas Domaine de la Cote (I really like the maps on the back) Hofgut Falkenstein Lafarge Hudelot Noellat Rousseau Chambertin Dagueneau Blanc Fume de Pouilly (music score label) Willi Schaefer Good list. I forgot about Wil...
by Maxwell A.
January 11th, 2019, 9:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who are the middlemen, buying cherry Burgundies and marking them up six fold?
Replies: 25
Views: 2160

Re: Who are the middlemen, buying cherry Burgundies and marking them up six fold?

In many cases, producers are trying to be loyal to long time customers. Producers need someone to buy their 2007, 2011, etc. at a similar price to surrounding vintages. Same with distributors to retailers/restaurants. The current prices of many Burgundies do not reflect the wholesale prices through...
by Maxwell A.
January 11th, 2019, 9:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great wines, fugly labels
Replies: 68
Views: 3458

Re: Great wines, fugly labels

I never posted my favorites, so here they are:

Clape
Raveneau
Arnot Roberts
Ceritas
Domaine de la Cote (I really like the maps on the back)
Hofgut Falkenstein
Lafarge
Hudelot Noellat
Rousseau Chambertin
Dagueneau Blanc Fume de Pouilly (music score label)
Willi Schaefer
by Maxwell A.
January 11th, 2019, 9:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great wines, fugly labels
Replies: 68
Views: 3458

Re: Great wines, fugly labels

Terrible labels: Jadot Bouchard Grivot Pacalet Guillaume Gilles Alzinger Mikulski Dublere Guigal (anything) Best Labels: Roumier Jayer Rousseau Chambertin Chavez Hermitage Ridge Lopez de Heredia Hudelot Noellat Dom Perignon Knoll I like the Jadot labels. Bouchard actually just changed their labels,...
by Maxwell A.
January 11th, 2019, 8:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine Bachelet-Monnot Maranges 1er Cru La Fussière
Replies: 3
Views: 223

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine Bachelet-Monnot Maranges 1er Cru La Fussière

man, you've been speaking very highly of Bachelet-Monnot. You're making me want to go out and buy their wines when I can't afford to right now!
by Maxwell A.
January 11th, 2019, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great wines, fugly labels
Replies: 68
Views: 3458

Re: Great wines, fugly labels

also, I think the outer-space looking Laurent Ponsot labels are horrible.
by Maxwell A.
January 11th, 2019, 8:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great wines, fugly labels
Replies: 68
Views: 3458

Re: Great wines, fugly labels

I kinda like the Keller labels...and I actually really like the Ridge labels.

In some cases, I think a producer and or specific wine being great sometimes makes me develop a liking for the label, even if it's "fugly"

Oh, so one label I do not like at all - Grivot.
by Maxwell A.
January 8th, 2019, 10:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker Scoring Methodology
Replies: 35
Views: 1438

Re: CellarTracker Scoring Methodology

Marcus Dean wrote:
January 8th, 2019, 3:41 pm

I dont know, I found a note the other day and the comment was "best wine I have ever had" and then the score was 83.
83 points... [rofl.gif] I love the honesty.
by Maxwell A.
January 8th, 2019, 10:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: how has atrial fibrillation affected your wine activities
Replies: 27
Views: 2034

Re: how has atrial fibrillation affected your wine activities

Brian, sorry to hear about your current struggles with AF. I had my first experience with AF when I was 20 (I'm 27 now). I ended up having a chemical cardioversion later that day. I don't have anything structurally wrong with my heart but I've had bouts of AF since, about every 1-2 years, usually la...
by Maxwell A.
January 8th, 2019, 9:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Revue du Vin de France on Ripeness in White Wine
Replies: 43
Views: 1952

Re: Revue du Vin de France on Ripeness in White Wine

Thanks for posting the article, William. It was an interesting read and this is a healthy perspective to consider. Do any of the producers you visit seem to think this is a troubling trend? Is it common that many don't realize they've gone a tad too far or are moving in that direction and in danger ...
by Maxwell A.
January 8th, 2019, 9:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine Bachelet-Monnot Puligny-Montrachet
Replies: 18
Views: 876

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine Bachelet-Monnot Puligny-Montrachet

So I was inspired to seek out a bottle of this to try for myself. I opened it yesterday, drank some, and I'm enjoying it tonight as well. Definitely a lovely wine, and Kirk's description pretty accurately describes what I've found. What's stood out to me a bit has been the compact nature of the wine...
by Maxwell A.
January 7th, 2019, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Ceritas 2014 Pinot Noir Costalina
Replies: 8
Views: 485

Re: TN: Ceritas 2014 Pinot Noir Costalina

Great note. Just picked up a bottle of the '15 recently and discovered it has some pretty disappointing notes on CT. Curious to see if it shakes out as well as yours did. I have drank a bottle of the 2015 and have a few more. I thought it was very nice. I'm not sure why it has the poor scores and r...
by Maxwell A.
January 1st, 2019, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations for Mosel Producers
Replies: 44
Views: 1982

Re: Recommendations for Mosel Producers

Taken in sum, this thread so far lists just about every Mosel producer I see with any regularity in the US marketplace. For my part, Willi Schaefer, Fritz Haag, JJ Prum and Von Schubert are the four Mosel producers I most closely follow, and I think it is safe to say I have a more rabid passion for...
by Maxwell A.
January 1st, 2019, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine Bachelet-Monnot Puligny-Montrachet
Replies: 18
Views: 876

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine Bachelet-Monnot Puligny-Montrachet

Kirk, have you tasted 2015 for this wine or any of the other Bachelet Monnot wines from the 2016 vintage? The 2016 Folatières was really excellent. They made a very strong set of reds and whites in 2016. 2015 turned out well too, not too extreme. Very strong for their reds. Thank you for the notes!...
by Maxwell A.
December 30th, 2018, 9:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine Bachelet-Monnot Puligny-Montrachet
Replies: 18
Views: 876

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine Bachelet-Monnot Puligny-Montrachet

Kirk, have you tasted 2015 for this wine or any of the other Bachelet Monnot wines from the 2016 vintage?
by Maxwell A.
December 30th, 2018, 4:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux
Replies: 2
Views: 215

Re: TN: 2010 François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux

If you had only one more bottle, when would you open it?
by Maxwell A.
December 30th, 2018, 4:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Why I would French kiss Kermit Lynch
Replies: 15
Views: 1623

Re: TN: Why I would French kiss Kermit Lynch

AlexS wrote:
December 30th, 2018, 1:32 pm
Rick Allen wrote:
December 30th, 2018, 1:00 pm
Wait, I thought Burgundy was dead at retail... [berserker.gif]
Would be sooooooooooooooo epic if Mark bought it from Binny's...WB might break!
[winner.gif] Take a look at the receipt in his picture. [rofl.gif]

Sorry, Mark, haha.
by Maxwell A.
December 29th, 2018, 9:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: ’13 M. Niellon Les Chaumées Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru
Replies: 8
Views: 391

Re: TN: ’13 M. Niellon Les Chaumées Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru

1. I've had good luck with 2013 white burgundy. I think a lot of people have a very negative impression due to the very difficult weather conditions and the fact that it's an unpopular style in that it's leaner and more high acid. Yes, you still have to be selective as a lot depends on the vineyard ...
by Maxwell A.
December 29th, 2018, 9:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Why I would French kiss Kermit Lynch
Replies: 15
Views: 1623

Re: TN: Why I would French kiss Kermit Lynch

Ah, I see you found this bottle at your favorite Burgundy retailer [wink.gif] Joking aside, I agree. This is a fantastic bottle for under $30. I didn't get the impression that it was quite as mind-blowing and age worthy as your write-up, but I think it's worth seeking out and I'm sure it'll have no ...
by Maxwell A.
December 26th, 2018, 12:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Loire is dead at retail
Replies: 56
Views: 2866

Re: Loire is dead at retail

"Loire is dead at the retail store I go to" [winner.gif] The selection of Loire wines varies greatly at different Binny's locations. There are other good wine stores in the Chicago area other than Binny's that have nice Loire selections. Loire wines doesn't seem to be one of the most popular catego...
by Maxwell A.
December 26th, 2018, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy is dead at retail
Replies: 91
Views: 6776

Re: Burgundy is dead at retail

The selection of wines at different Binny's locations varies greatly, especially with Burgundy. Even the locations that have much more Burgundy can have much more or less depending on the time of year. There's a good chance if you were shopping in the last few days a lot of the Burgundy selection wa...
by Maxwell A.
December 7th, 2018, 3:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Angerville
Replies: 35
Views: 1988

Re: Angerville

I may give the 08 fremiets a shot soon. I had a bottle of the 08 Fremiets within the last year and was not impressed. Not very expressive, I was guessing it was in a closed period and needed more time. It is possible that the bottle wasn't stored perfectly but I didn't identify any faults. Also, I'...
by Maxwell A.
December 6th, 2018, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Angerville
Replies: 35
Views: 1988

Re: Angerville

I may give the 08 fremiets a shot soon. I had a bottle of the 08 Fremiets within the last year and was not impressed. Not very expressive, I was guessing it was in a closed period and needed more time. It is possible that the bottle wasn't stored perfectly but I didn't identify any faults. Also, I'...
by Maxwell A.
November 29th, 2018, 9:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Toddlering" dot com - yes, 2013 Ridge Monte Bello...had to do it, and NOT disappointed
Replies: 60
Views: 2476

Re: "Babykilling" dot com - yes, 2013 Ridge Monte Bello...had to do it, and NOT disappointed

Thanks for the Monte Bello notes, everyone. This is on my list of wines to try/buy but I haven't pulled the trigger yet. It's getting tougher as I saw the price increase almost $50 for the 2015 (750) and $20 for the 375s where I usually shop...

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