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by Howard Cooper
June 18th, 2019, 7:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any good Chardonnay deals out there?
Replies: 21
Views: 496

Re: Any good Chardonnay deals out there?

Look at premier cru Chablis from Christian Moreau. At a higher end (about $80), Bouchard’s 2016 Meursault Perrieres is fabulous.
by Howard Cooper
June 18th, 2019, 7:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1975 Vintage: Wine categories with good chances?
Replies: 32
Views: 632

Re: 1975 Vintage: Wine categories with good chances?

From Bordeaux, I have enjoyed Leoville las Cases and Pichon Lalande.

Years ago, I had a really wonderful 1975 Chappellet Cabernet. Any ideas on how that is doing now?
by Howard Cooper
June 18th, 2019, 4:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1986 Cabernet Suggestions
Replies: 9
Views: 192

Re: 1986 Cabernet Suggestions

Chateau Montelena did well in 1986. Don’t know current pricing.

A lot of excellent 1986 Bordeaux and they are very long lived. See the price of Rauzan Segla.
by Howard Cooper
June 17th, 2019, 5:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1975 Vintage: Wine categories with good chances?
Replies: 32
Views: 632

Re: 1975 Vintage: Wine categories with good chances?

Bordeaux or California Cabernet.
by Howard Cooper
June 17th, 2019, 4:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: weekend wines - Taittinger, Pierre Morey, Margaux, Yquem, Staatsdomaine and Stony Hill
Replies: 17
Views: 687

Re: weekend wines - Taittinger, Pierre Morey, Margaux, Yquem, Staatsdomaine and Stony Hill

Eric Ifune wrote:
June 17th, 2019, 3:44 pm

The Nahe Staatsdomaine was one of the greatest in all of Germany for many decades, until the state sold it off.
Agreed. I miss their wines.
by Howard Cooper
June 17th, 2019, 2:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: weekend wines - Taittinger, Pierre Morey, Margaux, Yquem, Staatsdomaine and Stony Hill
Replies: 17
Views: 687

Re: weekend wines - Taittinger, Pierre Morey, Margaux, Yquem, Staatsdomaine and Stony Hill

Not surprised. What really impressed me was the very strong showing for the 1986. I had the 1986 Margaux a year ago and it had a brilliant nose but was a touch austere in the mouth. I guess it just needed a bit more time to fully come round. Not sure if I missed it, but which did you prefer in the ...
by Howard Cooper
June 17th, 2019, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alcesti wines from Sicily - tasty affordable wines
Replies: 0
Views: 67

Alcesti wines from Sicily - tasty affordable wines

We usually only discuss really rare and expensive wines here, but I had some tasty wines last week at our Country Club's wine club event that were pretty cheap. The wines were from Alcesti wines in Sicily https://www.siemawines.com/alcesti and were brought into the US by Siema Wines. No, these are n...
by Howard Cooper
June 17th, 2019, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: weekend wines - Taittinger, Pierre Morey, Margaux, Yquem, Staatsdomaine and Stony Hill
Replies: 17
Views: 687

Re: weekend wines - Taittinger, Pierre Morey, Margaux, Yquem, Staatsdomaine and Stony Hill

Thanks for the note on the Stony Hill - I WISH I had kept my 3 bottles of '11 much longer. I've been good about holding on to the '11 cabs... I guess I am still learning about the proper age to drink Stony Hill (although I guess I will be doing so only with my stock on hand as they have sold out). ...
by Howard Cooper
June 17th, 2019, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: weekend wines - Taittinger, Pierre Morey, Margaux, Yquem, Staatsdomaine and Stony Hill
Replies: 17
Views: 687

Re: weekend wines - Taittinger, Pierre Morey, Margaux, Yquem, Staatsdomaine and Stony Hill

I haven’t had the 82 and 83 head to head, but have had them both separately. I felt that the ‘83 could have benefited from more age (or in the short-term more air) relative to the ‘82. Not sure if this explains your experience, but it was how I rationalized the 83 Brane Cantenac keeping pace with t...
by Howard Cooper
June 17th, 2019, 7:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: weekend wines - Taittinger, Pierre Morey, Margaux, Yquem, Staatsdomaine and Stony Hill
Replies: 17
Views: 687

Re: weekend wines - Taittinger, Pierre Morey, Margaux, Yquem, Staatsdomaine and Stony Hill

Mark Golodetz wrote:
June 17th, 2019, 7:28 am
It did show well last time I had itat one of our SOBER dinners.It was served blind against the 1986 Rauzan Segla, and the Rauzan was the clear and unanimous winner
I very much like the 1986 Rauzan. That would be an interesting comparison.
by Howard Cooper
June 17th, 2019, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: weekend wines - Taittinger, Pierre Morey, Margaux, Yquem, Staatsdomaine and Stony Hill
Replies: 17
Views: 687

Re: weekend wines - Taittinger, Pierre Morey, Margaux, Yquem, Staatsdomaine and Stony Hill

Mark Golodetz wrote:
June 17th, 2019, 5:52 am
Nice. The 1982/3 Margaux match up is always interesting, and they keep changing places.
Not surprised. What really impressed me was the very strong showing for the 1986.
by Howard Cooper
June 17th, 2019, 5:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: weekend wines - Taittinger, Pierre Morey, Margaux, Yquem, Staatsdomaine and Stony Hill
Replies: 17
Views: 687

weekend wines - Taittinger, Pierre Morey, Margaux, Yquem, Staatsdomaine and Stony Hill

Went to a friend's house Saturday night with two other couples where we had a bevy of wonderful wines. We started with a 2006 Taittinger Comte de Champagne. This was a wonderful wine with both fruit and secondary flavors. Nice acidity. Probably still too young. I think this will continue to develop ...
by Howard Cooper
June 16th, 2019, 12:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 08`Legras & Haas BdB, Girardin Corton,Dublere Volnay, lots of Guigals incl Hermitage, Vieux Telegraphe,St. Joseph
Replies: 6
Views: 603

Re: 08`Legras & Haas BdB, Girardin Corton,Dublere Volnay, lots of Guigals incl Hermitage, Vieux Telegraphe,St. Joseph

2009 DOMAINE DUBLERE les PITURES 1er Cru VOLNAY- Magnum; violets and red rose petals are first noticed in the aromatics, then ripe red plum and red cherry breaks through and a nice streak of spice and cinnamon blends in; it had wonderful feel, was seamless and had a long, satisfying finish that beg...
by Howard Cooper
June 16th, 2019, 4:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Wine Would you Get?
Replies: 34
Views: 1239

Re: What Wine Would you Get?

If I went white and was looking at PYCM, I'd probably kick the extra $30 in and get the Raveneau and skip dessert. Interesting. I would have used basically the same words but substitute Ramonet for Raveneau 13 vintage Ramonet was what swayed me to Raveneau. I have not had Ramonet in 2013, but I hav...
by Howard Cooper
June 15th, 2019, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Wine Would you Get?
Replies: 34
Views: 1239

Re: What Wine Would you Get?

For red, the Baudry looks interesting.
by Howard Cooper
June 15th, 2019, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Wine Would you Get?
Replies: 34
Views: 1239

Re: What Wine Would you Get?

Kris Patten wrote:
June 14th, 2019, 8:12 pm
If I went white and was looking at PYCM, I'd probably kick the extra $30 in and get the Raveneau and skip dessert.
Interesting. I would have used basically the same words but substitute Ramonet for Raveneau
by Howard Cooper
June 15th, 2019, 4:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Went nuts and ...
Replies: 39
Views: 2295

Re: Went nuts and ...

.. bought two Leoville Las Cases 05s on sale and in bottle for $265. Absurd price for a single bottle of wine, but then again, a great wine. And a competitive price. Getting back to the original post, Panos, LLC is one of my very favorite Bordeaux estates and has been as long as I can remember. Of ...
by Howard Cooper
June 13th, 2019, 2:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Went nuts and ...
Replies: 39
Views: 2295

Re: Went nuts and ...

Mike Grammer wrote:
June 13th, 2019, 12:38 pm
I get first dibs--Panos is still holding my bottle of 2009 Mugneret-Gibourg Chambolle Feusselottes hostage---this would be a lovely wine to pair with that one [grin.gif]

Great work, amigo!
We could do a Feusselottes tasting instead.
by Howard Cooper
June 13th, 2019, 6:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Went nuts and ...
Replies: 39
Views: 2295

Re: Went nuts and ...

I've had 9 bottles of 2005 Cos because I have no problem killing em young. It's sensational. Ignore this "spoof" bullshit. That wine is big, I'll readily admit, but it's Bordeaux, it is not syrupy, and it is super complex and aromatic. I'll bring a 2005 Le Dome if you guys want to do this. KIDDING!...
by Howard Cooper
June 13th, 2019, 6:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Went nuts and ...
Replies: 39
Views: 2295

Re: Went nuts and ...

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
June 13th, 2019, 6:04 am
It was
I seem to recall from prior discussions that you also are not a huge LLC fan.
by Howard Cooper
June 13th, 2019, 5:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another stupid poll about wine drinking
Replies: 56
Views: 1885

Re: Another stupid poll about wine drinking

Chris Foley wrote:
June 12th, 2019, 3:47 am
Stupid poll.
I never drink wine to "chill out and destress after a shitty day."
+1
by Howard Cooper
June 13th, 2019, 5:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Went nuts and ...
Replies: 39
Views: 2295

Re: Went nuts and ...

I have the 05 Cos. When do we meet? I can bring Montrose Seriously, Howard?! We have LLC and Montrose, and you are including Jay and his milkshake?! [wow.gif] I like the Puerto Rico angle. Carlos is VIP down there. Cos and Montrose are the two historic superstar estates of the Medoc. One has lost i...
by Howard Cooper
June 13th, 2019, 4:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Went nuts and ...
Replies: 39
Views: 2295

Re: Went nuts and ...

J a y H a c k wrote:
June 12th, 2019, 2:52 pm
I have the 05 Cos. When do we meet?
I can bring Montrose
by Howard Cooper
June 12th, 2019, 4:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine visits - Chablis, Burgundy, Northern Rhone and Barolo (Update)
Replies: 40
Views: 3213

Re: Wine visits - Chablis, Burgundy, Northern Rhone (update) and Barolo

It was good but she had to run after about 75 minutes to meet with Steen from WineHog. Very passionate and humble. Her place is tiny. We tasted through all of her 2018’s except for the Rosé. Our favorites were her new wines - Volnay Village Grand Champs (still going through Malo; beautiful color), ...
by Howard Cooper
June 11th, 2019, 4:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: need evidence that these famous critics were fooled
Replies: 40
Views: 2800

Re: need evidence that these famous critics were fooled

Anecdote. When in Bordeaux in 2014, we visited Mouton. During the tasting part of the visit, we also had barrel samples of the d’Armailhac and Clerc Milon, which are owned by the same owners. The d'Armailhac had some of the power of the Mouton and the Clerc Milon had some of the finesse. I horrified...
by Howard Cooper
June 11th, 2019, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine visits - Chablis, Burgundy, Northern Rhone and Barolo (Update)
Replies: 40
Views: 3213

Re: Wine visits - Chablis, Burgundy, Northern Rhone (update) and Barolo

Matt, Great report! We just returned from Europe last week and had a similar itinerary - Burgundy, Rhone then over to Piemonte. We overlapped on Amiot, Bouchard and Drouhin (ITB arranged) in Burgundy, Gilles in Rhone, and Burlotto in Piemonte. Where we differ....Y. Clerget, MC Thiriet, Marchand-Taw...
by Howard Cooper
June 11th, 2019, 4:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Ridge East Bench Zin
Replies: 3
Views: 526

Re: 2016 Ridge East Bench Zin

I love Ridge Zins, but mostly buy Geyserville (or sometimes Lytton Springs) and Three Valleys for a less expensive wine.
by Howard Cooper
June 10th, 2019, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1500
Views: 74999

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Mike Maguire wrote:
June 5th, 2019, 4:42 pm
Frank Murray III wrote:
June 5th, 2019, 12:20 pm
Terry is great, and she has been in Envoyer as long as I have been a customer, way back to the days when they were off Oso and I-5 in South OC. She works the back of the business, so all of the shipping, order fulfillment, etc. She's terrific.
A big +1
Another +1
by Howard Cooper
June 10th, 2019, 4:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Ramonet Puligny-Montrachet
Replies: 5
Views: 550

Re: TN: 2014 Ramonet Puligny-Montrachet

alan weinberg wrote:
June 9th, 2019, 8:31 pm
a couple of us have been touting the praises of 14 Ramonet—overperforming. Sounds great.
Ramonet made great 14s, as did a number of other producers. 2014 seems like a truly fabulous white Burgundy vintage and Ramonet really hit a home run with the vintage.
by Howard Cooper
June 10th, 2019, 4:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decent Chardonnay reccos?
Replies: 38
Views: 1929

Re: Decent Chardonnay reccos?

Paul, the MATTHIASSON Linda Vista from Napa is excellent, usually around 28-30 bucks. It's made in a crisper cleaner style, sans all the vanilla, glycerine and junk like that. Here is a link if you want to see the wine I am talking about.... https://www.matthiasson.com/wines/detail?item=2017-matthi...
by Howard Cooper
June 10th, 2019, 4:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine visits - Chablis, Burgundy, Northern Rhone and Barolo (Update)
Replies: 40
Views: 3213

Re: Wine visits - Chablis, Burgundy, Northern Rhone (update) and Barolo

Matt Mauldin wrote:
June 9th, 2019, 9:08 pm
The visits were to Massolino, Vajra, Rinaldi and Burlotto. I hope to get that posted next weekend.
Hope the visits were a fabulous as this sounds.
by Howard Cooper
June 9th, 2019, 7:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Inexorable Rise of Wine Prices
Replies: 30
Views: 2447

Re: The Inexorable Rise of Wine Prices

So, if someone looks at a bottle of Romanee Conti (let us say at 1000 bottles sold in the US) at $20,000 a bottle and another mass produced wine (say selling two million bottles in the US) at say $3 a bottle, the average price of wine is $10,000 a bottle? Wow!!!!
by Howard Cooper
June 9th, 2019, 6:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine visits - Chablis, Burgundy, Northern Rhone and Barolo (Update)
Replies: 40
Views: 3213

Re: Wine visits - Chablis, Burgundy, Northern Rhone (update) and Barolo

Three suggestions about getting into wineries in Burgundy: 1. https://www.bourgogne-wines.com/our-expertise/passionate-men-and-women/the-producers-behind-the-reputation-of-the-wines-of-bourgogne,2507,9363.html Tons of names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of domaines in Burgundy comple...
by Howard Cooper
June 9th, 2019, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?
Replies: 103
Views: 4097

Re: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?

Nevertheless, when to drink wines is unquestionably subjective (for perspective, the 2011s are now being poured in mass at restaurants in Bordeaux) Restaurants in the US are probably pouring 2015s - I would not say in mass as I doubt Bordeaux is poured that often anymore at restaurants in the US. I...
by Howard Cooper
June 9th, 2019, 6:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert A. Alfert, Jr., was right
Replies: 48
Views: 1884

Re: Robert A. Alfert, Jr., was right

Dali liked soft clocks. I like fast clocks. I love this topic.....math! If a clock worked perfectly but was set incorrectly it will never be right! If a clock were only slightly broken, it could run years and never be right. And, one of my favorite sayings: A man with two clocks in never sure of th...
by Howard Cooper
June 9th, 2019, 6:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert A. Alfert, Jr., was right
Replies: 48
Views: 1884

Re: Robert A. Alfert, Jr., was right

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
June 8th, 2019, 6:41 pm
Dali liked soft clocks.

I like fast clocks.
That way you can bill for an hour with a half hour of work.
by Howard Cooper
June 9th, 2019, 5:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine visits - Chablis, Burgundy, Northern Rhone and Barolo (Update)
Replies: 40
Views: 3213

Re: Wine visits - Chablis, Burgundy, Northern Rhone (update) and Barolo

Thanks for the great notes and pictures ! We have an afternoon in Beaune in a few weeks, and I'm trying to decide between Bouchard and Drouhin. Which would you recommend if you could only visit one ? I like the wines at both wineries a good bit - Bouchard's wines are richer and Drouhin's more elega...
by Howard Cooper
June 9th, 2019, 5:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine visits - Chablis, Burgundy, Northern Rhone and Barolo (Update)
Replies: 40
Views: 3213

Re: Wine visits - Chablis, Burgundy, Northern Rhone (update) and Barolo

In the tradition of Howard Cooper’s excellent and very informative travelogue posts, I’m compiling notes from my (all too quick) visits to Burgundy, the Northern Rhone and Barolo from May 6th to the 10th on this thread. I hope you enjoy. Thanks for the very kind words. [thankyou.gif] I have always ...
by Howard Cooper
June 9th, 2019, 4:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the Best top end non-DRC red Burgundy?
Replies: 62
Views: 3634

Re: What's the Best top end non-DRC red Burgundy?

Also a fan of Rossignol Trapet, one of the few bargains left in Burgundy. However I prefer the Trapet wines which have more depth, and are still within Jay’s price range. I know a lot of people agree with you and love the wines from Trapet. For me, when I have tasted them, I have found that they ar...
by Howard Cooper
June 9th, 2019, 4:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the Best top end non-DRC red Burgundy?
Replies: 62
Views: 3634

Re: What's the Best top end non-DRC red Burgundy?

If we limit the very top vineyards for reds in Burgundy to Romanee Conti, la Tache, Musigny, Richebourg, Romanee St. Vivant, Grands Echezeaux, Chambertin and Clos de Beze, IMHO, the best value in wine from any of these vineyards is Rossignol-Trapet Chambertin. ... You´ve forgotten La Romanée ... ! ...
by Howard Cooper
June 8th, 2019, 4:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the Best top end non-DRC red Burgundy?
Replies: 62
Views: 3634

Re: What's the Best top end non-DRC red Burgundy?

If we limit the very top vineyards for reds in Burgundy to Romanee Conti, la Tache, Musigny, Richebourg, Romanee St. Vivant, Grands Echezeaux, Chambertin and Clos de Beze, IMHO, the best value in wine from any of these vineyards is Rossignol-Trapet Chambertin. https://www.wine-searcher.com/find/dom+...
by Howard Cooper
June 8th, 2019, 1:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert A. Alfert, Jr., was right
Replies: 48
Views: 1884

Re: Robert A. Alfert, Jr., was right

Richard Albert wrote:
June 8th, 2019, 8:07 am
Next, step aside Mr Peck, we have the real McCoy, a Southern lawyer who drinks wine and knows things.
Will we now call him Tyrion Alfert?
by Howard Cooper
June 7th, 2019, 8:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?
Replies: 103
Views: 4097

Re: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?

Provocative NYT article from 1987... WINE; A MUSTY MYTH THE ONLY THING HARDER than getting people to accept a good idea is getting them to abandon a bad one. A relevant example: the almost universal reverence for old wines. Let's suppose for a moment that we're eavesdropping on a small gathering of...
by Howard Cooper
June 7th, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?
Replies: 103
Views: 4097

Re: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?

I think a lot of this thread suffers from a 'Loaded Question' scenario. Before you answer the question of does Bordeaux need 20 years of aging to drink well, you have to ask yourself what the question itself means. What does drinking well mean TO YOU? If you like to drink your Bordeaux young and at...
by Howard Cooper
June 7th, 2019, 4:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the Best top end non-DRC red Burgundy?
Replies: 62
Views: 3634

Re: What's the nest top end non-DRC red Burgundy?

If someone wants to try a top of the line red burgundy at a ridiculous price to see what all the fuss is about but doesn't want to pay the DRC ticket, what producer should he look at? Asking for a friend. Really! What do you mean by the DRC ticket? Any DRC or just the Romanee Conti? I don't know. H...
by Howard Cooper
June 6th, 2019, 4:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales
Replies: 64
Views: 5563

Re: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales

People love to predict apocalyptic endings to successes like Napa, and extrapolate massively from one (unclear) data point. I will take the opposite tack. Napa is here to stay and will be a premium wine region for the rest of our lives (absent some hideous externality like a world war or some such)...
by Howard Cooper
June 6th, 2019, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the Best top end non-DRC red Burgundy?
Replies: 62
Views: 3634

Re: What's the Best top end non-DRC red Burgundy?

Truchot Clos de la Roche
Mugneret-Gibourg Echezeaux
Hudelot-Noellat Richebourg (richer) or Romanee St. Vivant (more seductive)
Ponsot Clos de la Roche
Musigny by Roumier, Mugnier or Drouhin
by Howard Cooper
June 6th, 2019, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses
Replies: 39
Views: 1391

Re: TN: 2014 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
June 6th, 2019, 7:45 am
Howard Cooper wrote:
June 6th, 2019, 7:29 am
What 2014 Loire reds have you bought?
From memory:

All Baudry cuvees
Raffault Les Picasses
Breton Franc de Pied
Germain Franc de Pied, Memoires and Clos de l'Echelier
Plouzeau Franc de Pied and various other cuvees
Guion Cuvee Prestige

And I know a few others, need to check.
Thanks
by Howard Cooper
June 6th, 2019, 7:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses
Replies: 39
Views: 1391

Re: TN: 2014 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses

OK. I think I had some '07 Raffault at some point, but I don't really have a sense of that vintage, or '14, in the Loire. Sounds like '14 might have been warmer relative to the norm than it was in Bordeaux . Is that right? Actually, to me, that statement would be more correct for 2015. The ripeness...

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