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by Mark Golodetz
November 15th, 2019, 2:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy 2018, impressions from barrel
Replies: 48
Views: 3221

Re: Burgundy 2018, impressions from barrel

Howard, there are plenty of 2003 Left Bank Bordeaux of very good quality and even fine wines from the Right Bank do exist. Therefore the statement that 2003 Bordeaux is crap is misleading and improper wine criticism. IMO. One may not like the style of that vintage but even that is no basis for bash...
by Mark Golodetz
November 13th, 2019, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 2008 Champagne Are You Buying?
Replies: 83
Views: 3182

Re: What 2008 Champagne Are You Buying?

Mainly because I have enough Champagne to last me for years, and if I get the buying urge, I can always get the 2007 Rose for $10 more, which I rated at 97, and more importantly, my wife loves it.
by Mark Golodetz
November 13th, 2019, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 2008 Champagne Are You Buying?
Replies: 83
Views: 3182

Re: What 2008 Champagne Are You Buying?

The Cristal is utterly brilliant, and while it needs a few years, it is perhaps one of the most exciting Champagnes I have ever tasted. Nothing I have tasted from the vintage comes close, so I will allocate my dollars to this. However, I suspect will also grab some Taittinger Comtes when it is rele...
by Mark Golodetz
November 13th, 2019, 7:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy 2018, impressions from barrel
Replies: 48
Views: 3221

Re: Burgundy 2018, impressions from barrel

I have yet to taste an ‘03 Burgundy that I would buy over its 1999 equivalent. The 2015s have been variable, as winemakers are learning how to deal wit global warming, and some really excellent wines came from it. Sounds as if 2018 will be the same; the good news is that there is plenty of wine left...
by Mark Golodetz
November 12th, 2019, 5:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 2008 Champagne Are You Buying?
Replies: 83
Views: 3182

Re: What 2008 Champagne Are You Buying?

The Cristal is utterly brilliant, and while it needs a few years, it is perhaps one of the most exciting Champagnes I have ever tasted. Nothing I have tasted from the vintage comes close, so I will allocate my dollars to this. However, I suspect will also grab some Taittinger Comtes when it is relea...
by Mark Golodetz
November 12th, 2019, 5:15 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: A great food book
Replies: 1
Views: 149

A great food book

I was looking for something to read, and saw this at the bottom of kitchen bookcase. I was immediately enthralled. "Arthur Shwartz's New York food" traces the history of food, in a fun if not particularly scholarly way, you may want to check out As the leading edge of our melting pot, New York's foo...
by Mark Golodetz
November 11th, 2019, 6:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 839
Views: 55021

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Saturday night at a friend's birthday party I had a 2006 Taittinger Comte de Champagne and a NV Krug. Both excellent wines, I probably preferred the Taittinger. Stylistically of course two very extreme Champagnes. I prefer the Taittinger style, in fact, I can’t think of a single circumstance where ...
by Mark Golodetz
November 9th, 2019, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1976 Mouton, 1988 Cos d’Estournel
Replies: 34
Views: 1547

Re: TN: 1976 Mouton, 1988 Cos d’Estournel

It wouldn’t be the first time a nice Jewish boy became head of the Christian church.
by Mark Golodetz
November 9th, 2019, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Deal or No Deal? 2001 VCC
Replies: 26
Views: 1235

Re: Deal or No Deal? 2001 VCC

John,
The magnum was beautiful, as was a bottle about three years ago. It is at perfect maturity, and should be lovely. Not surprised by your 1986 experience; based on a 1986 Lafleur and La Conseillante, the Pomerols are not pretty wines, but as you say do their job.
by Mark Golodetz
November 9th, 2019, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1976 Mouton, 1988 Cos d’Estournel
Replies: 34
Views: 1547

Re: TN: 1976 Mouton, 1988 Cos d’Estournel

La Mission, which you may argue is not a super second, but if Haut Brion is a First Growth, then LMHB undoubtedly should have been considered for elevation. As long as you are correcting things, LMHB cannot be elevated as it is not part of the 1855 Classification neener Of course it can be elevated...
by Mark Golodetz
November 9th, 2019, 4:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Deal or No Deal? 2001 VCC
Replies: 26
Views: 1235

Re: Deal or No Deal? 2001 VCC

Where is Golodetz!? I had my first/only VCC (2006) a few weeks ago and it was amazing. I felt it was a bit too young, but still very much enjoyed it. I am on the look out for future bottles to procure at good prices... Here I am. My last note on this was from 2016, as part of a Right Bank 2001 hori...
by Mark Golodetz
November 9th, 2019, 3:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1976 Mouton, 1988 Cos d’Estournel
Replies: 34
Views: 1547

Re: TN: 1976 Mouton, 1988 Cos d’Estournel

1976 was hot in Europe, very hot. I remember taking a lot of cold baths in England to keep cool. The winemakers did not really know how to cope with the conditions, and only the wealthy had cooling on their tanks, so fermentation temperatures were high. Many wines showed jam initially with low acidi...
by Mark Golodetz
November 8th, 2019, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beychevelle 2010
Replies: 3
Views: 505

Beychevelle 2010

Served with a gorgeous rib cap medallion. I wanted something younger with freshness to work with the richness of the beef. And it showed beautifully. Lovely cassis,spices, andless full bodied than most 2010 Medocs, but with tremendous concentration and a very fine finish. This is really good, and al...
by Mark Golodetz
November 8th, 2019, 5:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2012
Views: 169811

Re: Steak Porn

Quite possibly the best beef I have ever tasted.
by Mark Golodetz
November 8th, 2019, 2:55 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2012
Views: 169811

Re: Steak Porn

Waygu rib cap medallions from Flannery.
by Mark Golodetz
November 7th, 2019, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 507
Views: 27235

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

Interesting! Apparently Large formats (more than 2 liters) are exempt.
by Mark Golodetz
November 6th, 2019, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to Explain Auction Prices of Terrible Wines?
Replies: 31
Views: 2038

Re: How to Explain Auction Prices of Terrible Wines?

I understand the demand for prestigious wines, but the weird thing is the demand for the others. In the past, auction houses over here sold mixed cases, in which there were good wines and some real stinkers, the point being that when bidding, you didn't include any cost for them. Sometimes they tur...
by Mark Golodetz
November 6th, 2019, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux with 10-20 years and < $100
Replies: 45
Views: 2006

Re: Bordeaux with 10-20 years and < $100

I am getting 2004 Haut Bailly for $65 in the UK and 2008 for $85. Lowest US price is $80 and $100 respectively. Given the shipping cost and uncertainty on tax, it’s not enough difference to import. The Haut Bailly 2008 is one of the wines of the vintage. Hits the criteria, and from bottle , at the ...
by Mark Golodetz
November 5th, 2019, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12089
Views: 579554

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

If you are buying multiple bottles of Champagne you should order from UK or France. You can save $30-50 per bottle including shipping cost. Example, 06 Taittinger Comtes BdB. 06 comtes for $60/btl? 80. It costs me about $120 if I bought it domestic with shipping. Basically the three tier system at ...
by Mark Golodetz
November 4th, 2019, 7:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 839
Views: 55021

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Louis Roederer brut nv
Recent release. Hit all the boxes for a solid entry level Champagne, but nothing special. Got a few of these; will treat it as a good weekday white.
by Mark Golodetz
November 3rd, 2019, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Using old decanters
Replies: 20
Views: 1017

Re: Using old decanters

YLee wrote:
November 3rd, 2019, 9:37 am
Mark Golodetz wrote:
November 3rd, 2019, 8:23 am
Hope this takes
Very cool. Is it small? Judging by the pic it looks like it cant hold a standard. Or maybe a standard would completely fill the decanter?
Holds a full bottle relatively easily.
by Mark Golodetz
November 3rd, 2019, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Using old decanters
Replies: 20
Views: 1017

Re: Using old decanters

Walrus is fantastic I love Egbert. Always used for what I think will be the best wine. But a pain to clean. There was a pair of monkeys from the same maker at auction which went for three times the number I was prepared to go. The lead question is interesting. Definitely not something I would store...
by Mark Golodetz
November 3rd, 2019, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Using old decanters
Replies: 20
Views: 1017

Re: Using old decanters

Mike Reff wrote:
November 3rd, 2019, 9:23 am
Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
November 3rd, 2019, 8:53 am
Mark Golodetz wrote:
November 3rd, 2019, 8:23 am
Hope this takes
Walrus is fantastic
Is it a walrus or a dog, or a dogalrus?
Mike,
Nothing doggie about it. It is pure walrus, and I think you need your eyes tested. [snort.gif]
by Mark Golodetz
November 3rd, 2019, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Using old decanters
Replies: 20
Views: 1017

Re: Using old decanters

Hope this takes Walrus is fantastic I love Egbert. Always used for what I think will be the best wine. But a pain to clean. There was a pair of monkeys from the same maker at auction which went for three times the number I was prepared to go. The lead question is interesting. Definitely not somethi...
by Mark Golodetz
November 3rd, 2019, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Using old decanters
Replies: 20
Views: 1017

Re: Using old decanters

Sorry about the photography
by Mark Golodetz
November 3rd, 2019, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Using old decanters
Replies: 20
Views: 1017

Re: Using old decanters

Hope this takes
by Mark Golodetz
November 3rd, 2019, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Using old decanters
Replies: 20
Views: 1017

Re: Using old decanters

Egbert and friends. The etched one was a Hugh Johnson selection which holds a magnum.
by Mark Golodetz
November 3rd, 2019, 7:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Using old decanters
Replies: 20
Views: 1017

Using old decanters

As I tend to collect and drink older wines, I almost invariably decant wines. Over the years I have collected older decanters including a few nineteenth century ones, mostly conventional but a few oddballs like Egbert my walrus decanter, which I will photograph later. It adds some fun when you are d...
by Mark Golodetz
November 2nd, 2019, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Taittinger Comtes Rose 2007
Replies: 2
Views: 363

Taittinger Comtes Rose 2007

I bought several cases from a UK merchant as it was going for the equivalent of $145 delivered. Friends arrived bearing Chinese food, so opened a bottle. I did not expect it to be this good, it was light, intense, with lovely fruit, and an amazing finish. The Chinese food danced together with the wi...
by Mark Golodetz
November 2nd, 2019, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1970 Château Haut-Bailly (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)
Replies: 6
Views: 385

Re: TN: 1970 Château Haut-Bailly (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)

David Glasser wrote:
November 1st, 2019, 8:14 am
Haut Bailly is probably my favorite Pessac, among those I can afford. Never had the 1970 but it sounds like I'd love it.
It’s not a Pessac. I suppose technically it is part of Leognan in the classification. Not sure why they were grouped together, they are pretty far apart.
by Mark Golodetz
November 1st, 2019, 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Peter Luger's - no corkage and bad reviews
Replies: 83
Views: 5440

Re: Peter Luger's - no corkage and bad reviews

The two best are no more. Carnegie and the one at the bottom of 666 5th Ave (the best).
Katz an also ran.
by Mark Golodetz
November 1st, 2019, 6:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Peter Luger's - no corkage and bad reviews
Replies: 83
Views: 5440

Re: Peter Luger's - no corkage and bad reviews

I agree Katz and Peter Luger are entirely different, although they share the distinction of being from another era. I loathed my meal at Katz. Pastrami was adequate, the Matzo balls could have been used by David to kill Goliath. Touristy, borderline rude certainly indifferent service. Only the pickl...
by Mark Golodetz
November 1st, 2019, 4:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?
Replies: 118
Views: 3113

Re: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?

I too gave up WB some years ago. Plenty of alternatives.
by Mark Golodetz
October 31st, 2019, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eleven Madison Park wine
Replies: 57
Views: 5253

Re: Eleven Madison Park wine

If we assume you have one of the four glasses to the bottle and three times mark up, you should have the equivalent of wines that wholesale for around $400.

Cannot believe a restaurant cannot find wines worth drinking at that price.
by Mark Golodetz
October 31st, 2019, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Peter Luger's - no corkage and bad reviews
Replies: 83
Views: 5440

Re: Peter Luger's - no corkage and bad reviews

Yes, but it gets back to whether Luger is now a charming anachronism rather than a great restaurant. I think Wells got it right, the formula is fading a little. I like restaurants with chefs doing interesting things which I can’t do at home. Do I need to spend a fortune and a lot of time for essenti...
by Mark Golodetz
October 31st, 2019, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The polemic St-Emilion Pavie 2003
Replies: 46
Views: 1786

Re: The polemic St-Emilion Pavie 2003

A friend sent me that : https://www.huffingtonpost.fr/fabrizio-bucella/bordeaux-jean-marc-quarin_b_9568222.html Excerpts : Les notes de 12 experts relatives à 122 châteaux bordelais ont été analysées sur une période de 10 ans (les millésimes 2003 à 2012). Les auteurs de l'étude affirment que ces ch...
by Mark Golodetz
October 31st, 2019, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Peter Luger's - no corkage and bad reviews
Replies: 83
Views: 5440

Re: Peter Luger's - no corkage and bad reviews

I don’t think it has dropped at all, at least in the ~20 or so years I’ve been going there. One of the reasons I like it is because of the lack of change. It’d certainly be a different restaurant if they took credit cards and had a more diverse menu and wine list, with likely a different clientele;...
by Mark Golodetz
October 31st, 2019, 8:33 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Peter Luger NYT review.
Replies: 63
Views: 2241

Re: Peter Luger NYT review.

The Locol question is a test for one's views on what Wells should be doing. In my opinion, Wells absolutely should be writing about places like Locol -- places that are important to the narratives surrounding food and dining nationally. Locol obviously is an innovative project by high-profile peopl...
by Mark Golodetz
October 30th, 2019, 5:36 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: White truffles already?
Replies: 12
Views: 1285

Re: White truffles already?

Just bought a 2 oz truffle from D’Artagnan. Delicious.
by Mark Golodetz
October 29th, 2019, 7:25 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Peter Luger NYT review.
Replies: 63
Views: 2241

Re: Peter Luger NYT review.

I like Peter Luger, and would happily return there, but it has major faults. The steaks do not seem quite as good as yesteryear, but still very good. The wine list is poor, and they don’t offer BYO, and if there is anything worth drinking, I have never found it. And of course seriously overpriced. S...
by Mark Golodetz
October 29th, 2019, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 507
Views: 27235

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

I gather there is no dialogue. Disgusting given the impact on some business’ and how capricious was the choice of products to target.
by Mark Golodetz
October 29th, 2019, 9:01 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2260
Views: 134356

Re: New York City Restaurants

I was curious which steak houses he feels are better.

Probably deserves a thread of its own.
by Mark Golodetz
October 27th, 2019, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The polemic St-Emilion Pavie 2003
Replies: 46
Views: 1786

Re: The polemic St-Emilion Pavie 2003

Last time I had the 2003 about five years ago, it was still overextracted, overripe and had no counterbalancing acidity.
by Mark Golodetz
October 27th, 2019, 3:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You’re being evacuated from your home, what wine do you grab?
Replies: 84
Views: 2770

Re: You’re being evacuated from your home, what wine do you grab?

Most of my wine is stored off site, but I have a bottle of 1961 Latour which I put aside to share with a friend in a couple of weeks. Assuming the fire comes after that, as much old Cognac as I can carry.
by Mark Golodetz
October 27th, 2019, 3:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1989 bordeaux
Replies: 12
Views: 786

Re: 1989 bordeaux

Nice notes Jorge. Thanks.
by Mark Golodetz
October 27th, 2019, 3:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1989 bordeaux
Replies: 12
Views: 786

Re: 1989 bordeaux

The muted Ducru could well be TCA just under detection level, '89 was certainly subject to it, unless this was a recently reconditioned bottle I really am a fan on 1989 Bordeaux, though most aren't quite at peak yet. That's exactly what I was thinking. 86-90 Ducru is sadly a minefield with more mis...
by Mark Golodetz
October 26th, 2019, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dom Perignon 2006 and Palmer 1966
Replies: 5
Views: 528

Dom Perignon 2006 and Palmer 1966

The Dom was lovely, as usual. It has been described many times on this board, and it is a beautifully made complex Champagne, and not that far behind the amazing 2008. Palmer was a very different animal. The fruit had all but gone, and the wine was tiring, but still hanging on. The tertiary flavors ...
by Mark Golodetz
October 26th, 2019, 6:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eleven Madison Park wine
Replies: 57
Views: 5253

Re: Eleven Madison Park wine

Thank you all for your input. Unfortunately, my wife and I were underwhelmed by the wine pairing at Eleven Madison Park. She had the regular pairing for $180 and I had the reserve pairing for $335. None of the wines were great with most being just "eh". I wish I had just ordered a bottle from the m...
by Mark Golodetz
October 25th, 2019, 2:49 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best American cheese I have tasted.
Replies: 63
Views: 1949

Re: Best American cheese I have tasted.

I just bought some Stilton under the wire, but my favorite cheese shop is focusing on American cheeses. The switch may become permanent.

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