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by Mark Golodetz
August 22nd, 2019, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which wines to bring back from Europe?
Replies: 26
Views: 1203

Re: Which wines to bring back from Europe?

Prices on most things are higher than in the US, in part because of the 17% VAT. 20%. Though that only further proves your point. Except there is no VAT if the wine is sold in Bond and brought over by an importer. Wine doesn’t have to be in bond to be exportable without paying VAT. A small percenta...
by Mark Golodetz
August 21st, 2019, 4:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Saint-Emilion classification runs into more trouble
Replies: 30
Views: 1739

Re: The Saint-Emilion classification runs into more trouble

I thought the 1855 classification was straightforwardly based on price commanded in the marketplace. While this is obviously different from a quality judgment, it is a straightforward quantification. It doesn't sound as if the St. Em. classification is the same. But my "knowledge" of the 1855 class...
by Mark Golodetz
August 21st, 2019, 6:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Saint-Emilion classification runs into more trouble
Replies: 30
Views: 1739

Re: The Saint-Emilion classification runs into more trouble

Every time a chateau is demoted, the decision will be challenged with methodology, bias etc. being scrutinized. You can’t get away with the kind of slipshod, self serving crap that has occurred the last few times. The question is if they did it perfectly, would it be enough to deal with the legal c...
by Mark Golodetz
August 21st, 2019, 3:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Saint-Emilion classification runs into more trouble
Replies: 30
Views: 1739

Re: The Saint-Emilion classification runs into more trouble

Every time a chateau is demoted, the decision will be challenged with methodology, bias etc. being scrutinized. You can’t get away with the kind of slipshod, self serving crap that has occurred the last few times. The question is if they did it perfectly, would it be enough to deal with the legal ch...
by Mark Golodetz
August 20th, 2019, 5:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Saint-Emilion classification runs into more trouble
Replies: 30
Views: 1739

Re: The Saint-Emilion classification runs into more trouble

Alex,
Can you please clarify what is happening with Bouard and Casteja. I couldn't make it out; were they cleared, and then a magistrate decided to look into it again?
by Mark Golodetz
August 20th, 2019, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK
Replies: 137
Views: 6975

Re: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK

Looking for one with good cash back on wine purchases. Most tend to try and box you into categories that are not useful.
by Mark Golodetz
August 20th, 2019, 4:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Saint-Emilion classification runs into more trouble
Replies: 30
Views: 1739

Re: The Saint-Emilion classification runs into more trouble

Robert, You have the luxury of every wine that is of interest being scored by critics. In the early eighties, Parker was just beginning, and the only other criticism was by the Brits, many of whom were merchants, which a) went to a tiny percentage of the wine buying public and b) had far too many co...
by Mark Golodetz
August 20th, 2019, 3:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK
Replies: 137
Views: 6975

Re: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK

Beware the credit card fees for currency exchange.
I was researching a new Visa, and in particular, a citibank 2% cash back. What I had to pry out of them was a 3% fee for exchanging dollars into pounds.

Amex does not, and the rate is excellent.
by Mark Golodetz
August 20th, 2019, 3:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Saint-Emilion classification runs into more trouble
Replies: 30
Views: 1739

Re: The Saint-Emilion classification runs into more trouble

Alex, You are right, it is complicated, and I am now officially as confused as the clarification itself. Were Boüard and Castéja found innocent of self dealing and then reindicted? Also, I can understand Boüard’s original indictment, but what did Castéja gain? Did he take a position in Pavie before ...
by Mark Golodetz
August 19th, 2019, 3:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tell us about your auction mistakes/mishaps!
Replies: 4
Views: 593

Re: Tell us about your auction mistakes/mishaps!

I was at a Zachys auction, and they had a pre auction tasting. One of the wines was a Rousseau Chambertin 2004, and I tasted it although doubting it would be of any interest. It was sensational, and at that moment right on cue, Fritz Hatton started auctioning it. I rushed into the the auction room, ...
by Mark Golodetz
August 18th, 2019, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday poll: is '08/'09 Cristal or '06 Taittinger BdB
Replies: 44
Views: 1328

Re: Friday poll: is '08/'09 Cristal or '06 Taittinger BdB

The problem is you have to cellar it for a minimum of ten years.
by Mark Golodetz
August 17th, 2019, 7:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A wine catalog from 1996
Replies: 6
Views: 797

Re: A wine catalog from 1996

I think he has been released on parole; you can try.
by Mark Golodetz
August 17th, 2019, 5:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A wine catalog from 1996
Replies: 6
Views: 797

Re: A wine catalog from 1996

Damn spell check, fixed.
by Mark Golodetz
August 17th, 2019, 4:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A wine catalog from 1996
Replies: 6
Views: 797

A wine catalog from 1996

Some of you may have heard of Barry Silver. He ended up in prison for his Ponzi scheme with 2000 futures. However, this catalog came from long before that, courtesy of my contractor who knew I was interested in wine. Some really interesting pricing. Unlike today and the plethora of critics, only two...
by Mark Golodetz
August 17th, 2019, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11531
Views: 537920

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

[Ed. oops - typed too quickly there. the Chambertin is from Bouchard PeF, not Faiveley!] How did you manage a typo of Bouchard and Faiveley? Agree that crappy labels often produce stellar wines Haha, I was typing (and bidding - a hair-raising experience) on a small phone screen on a train, with pat...
by Mark Golodetz
August 17th, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday poll: is '08/'09 Cristal or '06 Taittinger BdB
Replies: 44
Views: 1328

Re: Friday poll: is '08/'09 Cristal or '06 Taittinger BdB

Given how good both Comtes and Cristal are, as a drinker, I find it hard to justify the cost of the super expensive cuvées such as Krug Ambonnay, Mesnil and Bollinger VV.
by Mark Golodetz
August 16th, 2019, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11531
Views: 537920

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Moratorium over so went bargain-hunting at auction: 12 x Piesporter Goldtropfchen 1975 Riesling Auslese, Josef Kettern-Sonntag @ £5 12 x Mettenheimer Schlosberg 1971 Beerenauslese, Philipp Wibmann @ £9 12 x Graacher Domprohst 1971 Auslese Eiswein, D. Licht Bergweiler Erben @ £9 6 x Faiveley, Clos d...
by Mark Golodetz
August 16th, 2019, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drinking 30 year old NV brut Champagnes
Replies: 11
Views: 809

Re: Drinking 30 year old NV brut Champagnes

Bubbles were still pretty good, the one exception Moët White Star.
I was a little surprised by Piper, but we had a bottle yesterday.it was a very good example, but I have had slightly better. Probably the lowest of my “brilliant success” but as it warmed up, there was a slight whiff of cork taint.
by Mark Golodetz
August 16th, 2019, 7:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 754
Views: 47741

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Piper 2002 Rare. Excellent, needs another decade.
by Mark Golodetz
August 16th, 2019, 7:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drinking 30 year old NV brut Champagnes
Replies: 11
Views: 809

Drinking 30 year old NV brut Champagnes

Purchased from an old cellar. Hard to know exactly when these were bottled; the only clues are in the labels which seem to point to that thirty year mark. And I think we are missing something by not holding a few bottles back. Not sure it makes financial sense, but fun to see how people who have rel...
by Mark Golodetz
August 16th, 2019, 6:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday poll: is '08/'09 Cristal or '06 Taittinger BdB
Replies: 44
Views: 1328

Re: Friday poll: is '08/'09 Cristal or '06 Taittinger BdB

I did vote for Cristal, but they are two very different wines, and I have both in my cellar.
by Mark Golodetz
August 16th, 2019, 6:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best place to buy Bordeaux futures online?
Replies: 21
Views: 856

Re: Best place to buy Bordeaux futures online?

Zachys and Morrell

Not Sherry Lehman. They get the wines eventually, but the Canon 2015 arrived long after the 2016s. Same thing with 2014 futures.

Good store, like the people, but they seem to be playing futures differently to others.
by Mark Golodetz
August 15th, 2019, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m New and have 1,000 Questions
Replies: 108
Views: 4995

Re: I’m New and have 1,000 Questions

First of all, Clay, thank you for bringing a dose of reality to this forum. We talk about wines that are at price points which make non wine friends and family shake their heads in disbelief. Same as I did when a friend was showing off his $55k Hi Fi system. The vast majority of people who drink win...
by Mark Golodetz
August 15th, 2019, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Ridge MonteBello '85...(short/boring)
Replies: 2
Views: 347

Re: TN: Ridge MonteBello '85...(short/boring)

This is a wine I can and have recognized blind. It has this incredibly distinctive oyster shell flavor.
by Mark Golodetz
August 15th, 2019, 3:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK
Replies: 137
Views: 6975

Re: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK

Thanks everybody. I love spending other people’s money. I was comparing Champagne prices, and that looks like a strong contender if you are looking to buy. Retailers don’t have to deal with the three tier system; they buy from the agent and keep markups relatively small. I bought my Cristal 2008 at ...
by Mark Golodetz
August 14th, 2019, 7:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best recent Bourgognes
Replies: 24
Views: 1367

Re: Best recent Bourgognes

Fourrier 2014
by Mark Golodetz
August 14th, 2019, 7:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK
Replies: 137
Views: 6975

Re: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK

Bought some Cristal, old Magdelaine and Figeac

Champagne is much cheaper, you lose at least one tier of the three tier distribution system, and the markup at most merchants is half of what the retailer demands. And of course there is that eviscerated pound.
by Mark Golodetz
August 14th, 2019, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales
Replies: 105
Views: 9966

Re: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales

Bryant could simply re-brand unsold stock on the QT as needed to pay the bills without diluting the brand. Happens all the time. Let's say they mark it down 90% and create some new 'brand' that has never been heard of before. Are they still going to be able to peddle that at $40 or whatever? I don'...
by Mark Golodetz
August 14th, 2019, 10:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK
Replies: 137
Views: 6975

Re: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK

Just got an e mail from a London merchant Fine and Rare, basically echoing my first post. Interesting
by Mark Golodetz
August 14th, 2019, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2004 krug buy more st 209.99 ?
Replies: 51
Views: 2826

Re: 2004 krug buy more st 209.99 ?

It ends up as deciding whether I would prefer Cristal 2008 or the Krug 2004. I think the Krug is excellent, but potentially the Cristal is better. I drank my last bottle of the 2002 Cristal recently, and did not feel like repurchasing at double the money. But the 2008 is potentially as good or bett...
by Mark Golodetz
August 14th, 2019, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2004 krug buy more st 209.99 ?
Replies: 51
Views: 2826

Re: 2004 krug buy more st 209.99 ?

It ends up as deciding whether I would prefer Cristal 2008 or the Krug 2004. I think the Krug is excellent, but potentially the Cristal is better. I drank my last bottle of the 2002 Cristal recently, and did not feel like repurchasing at double the money. But the 2008 is potentially as good or bette...
by Mark Golodetz
August 13th, 2019, 8:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains
Replies: 32
Views: 1698

Re: TN: 2002 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains

maureen nelson wrote:
August 13th, 2019, 6:48 pm
Mark Golodetz wrote:
August 13th, 2019, 1:36 pm
cheesehead The wine elite doesn't believe in premier crus.
Yes I do.


Oh, you were being sarcastic when you referred to the wine “elite.”
More ironic than sarcastic. Besides I like Nuits, and I would be stuck without Premiers.
by Mark Golodetz
August 13th, 2019, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains
Replies: 32
Views: 1698

Re: TN: 2002 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains

We had the 1996 Vaucrains recently. It is drinking perfectly now, with the fruit red, crunchy and very fresh.
by Mark Golodetz
August 13th, 2019, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The ultimate in excessibe ballerness
Replies: 35
Views: 2840

Re: The ultimate in excessibe ballerness

Thanks
by Mark Golodetz
August 13th, 2019, 6:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The ultimate in excessibe ballerness
Replies: 35
Views: 2840

Re: The ultimate in excessibe ballerness

Alain, can you post a link please. Could not find it when I googled.
by Mark Golodetz
August 12th, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Krug and Taittinger Comtes
Replies: 2
Views: 545

Krug and Taittinger Comtes

Seems like they are at two ends of the spectrum, both brilliant and yet so different. Taittinger is light bodied, incredibly fragrant and has a delightfully long finish. Equally long finish with the Krug, but richer, more brioche, and more palate presence. We made the mistake yesterday of beginning ...
by Mark Golodetz
August 12th, 2019, 7:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan
Replies: 45
Views: 1727

Re: TN: 2016 Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan

LCHB.
Haut Bailly really nailed it in 2014.
by Mark Golodetz
August 12th, 2019, 6:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My go to wine
Replies: 2
Views: 898

Re: My go to wine

Bandol. Such joy in a bottle and so good when you feel down.
by Mark Golodetz
August 12th, 2019, 3:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11531
Views: 537920

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Giscours 1975 and 1982
Haut Bailly 1978
by Mark Golodetz
August 11th, 2019, 7:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan
Replies: 45
Views: 1727

Re: TN: 2016 Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan

I’m more concerned about the state of Roberto’s cellar. What the hell is he doing drinking 2016 Bordeaux? Even in the tropics we know that the stuff needs to be aged. In our wine circle it is frowned upon if a Bordeaux from this century is opened. By this century, are you including 2000? Beginning ...
by Mark Golodetz
August 11th, 2019, 6:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on making this Crude Basement space a cellar
Replies: 14
Views: 841

Re: Thoughts on making this Crude Basement space a cellar

When I first got interested in wine in the mid eighties, I became part of a wine group where people had been collecting for years. Most of the cellars were passive, with the same temperature fluctuation you mention. There, wines had been stored from the fifties and sixties on. The labels were often ...
by Mark Golodetz
August 10th, 2019, 8:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11531
Views: 537920

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

YLee wrote:
August 9th, 2019, 4:44 pm
Mark Golodetz wrote:
August 9th, 2019, 4:24 pm
I should demand a bottle as commission
Envoyer purchase. [snort.gif]
Apparently, the UK shop sold out.
Yeah sorry about that.
I don’t know if he still has any, but he had a good deal on the 2008 Cristal.
by Mark Golodetz
August 10th, 2019, 8:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan
Replies: 45
Views: 1727

Re: TN: 2016 Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan

As we’ve lamented many a time, who’s left in Bordeaux making wine with a sense of tradition, place, individuality? Sociando Mallet, maybe some Pomerol, GPL (?), who else? The ranks are thin these days. I am pretty fond of the 2008 Haut Bailly, and recently had it from both bottle and magnum. The ma...
by Mark Golodetz
August 10th, 2019, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What red/white blends have you tried?
Replies: 54
Views: 1243

Re: What red/white blends have you tried?

As well as Champagne, Cote Rotie and a few Australian blends. Clonakilla uses Viognier. I am sure there are others.
by Mark Golodetz
August 10th, 2019, 5:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better
Replies: 88
Views: 3001

Re: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better

Last year I visited DC to go to a good friend's Halloween party (he posts here on occasion). To celebrate, he popped a bottle of 2009 Pavie and told me it was a Robert Owlfert wine. When I explained that Bobby hates on Pavie, he said without a trace of irony, "yeah, but if you read his tasting note...
by Mark Golodetz
August 10th, 2019, 5:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1969 Mayacamas Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 20
Views: 1154

Re: TN: 1969 Mayacamas Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

If I may Robert, what is truly amazing is how well it did show, given that it had been on two plane trips the same week.
by Mark Golodetz
August 10th, 2019, 5:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan
Replies: 45
Views: 1727

Re: TN: 2016 Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan

Given I have a limited number of dollars, delicious alone will never cut it. There are plenty of other wines which show terroir and taste good at the same price, Haut Bailly for one. I have not tasted the 2016, but have tasted both the 2014 and 2015. They fit your description, a certain richness but...
by Mark Golodetz
August 9th, 2019, 4:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11531
Views: 537920

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

I should demand a bottle as commission
by Mark Golodetz
August 9th, 2019, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11531
Views: 537920

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

YLee wrote:
August 9th, 2019, 12:24 pm
Mark Golodetz wrote:
August 9th, 2019, 11:27 am
Some Cristal 2008.
Looking forward to getting some Taittinger Comtes but a little concerned at the pricing.
I requested '06 Comtes and was told you took them all. pileon
I bought the 2006 Rose from him, not the regular.

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