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by Tom Blach
February 11th, 2020, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Dauvissat-Camus Forest
Replies: 22
Views: 858

Re: TN: 2017 Dauvissat-Camus Forest

I have never loved Dauvisssat but a 1979 Les Clos a few days ago was a youthful quintessence of Chablis, in its modest way as great a wine as wine can be.
by Tom Blach
January 19th, 2020, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: storing wines vertically?
Replies: 53
Views: 3214

Re: storing wines vertically?

I suspect that the very best way to store wine is upside down, ie with the cork at the bottom.
by Tom Blach
January 7th, 2020, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is "Down the drain" the NEW HOBBY?
Replies: 54
Views: 2813

Re: Is "Down the drain" the NEW HOBBY?

If corked wine is boiled the TCA will be driven off. If however it is added unheated to a pan in which fat is present the TCA will bind to it and be unremovable.
by Tom Blach
December 27th, 2019, 12:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Lièvre à la Royale.
Replies: 13
Views: 1003

Re: Lièvre à la Royale.

There are two completely different versions of this dish, one a rich stew and the other the boned and stuffed version referred to here. Both can be magnificent and utterly perfect with very grand old burgundy, so inevitably at least one renowned chef has served both versions on the same plate.
by Tom Blach
December 27th, 2019, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whats your top 5 Clos saint denis?
Replies: 63
Views: 3462

Re: Whats your top 5 Clos saint denis?

It's certainly not impossible but both bottles seemed to me to offer the characteristics one expects from the respective producers. The MSD Clos Sorbes that Jouan sells to Drouhin can differ very considerably too.
by Tom Blach
December 27th, 2019, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whats your top 5 Clos saint denis?
Replies: 63
Views: 3462

Re: Whats your top 5 Clos saint denis?

How do you mean? They’re from different plots, right? No, one plot, owned by Jouan. Some of the wine is then sold to Drouhin. I have only once compared the two bottlings, in the 1999 vintage, but at least in this case the wines have very little in common and the Drouhin is infinitely finer, for wha...
by Tom Blach
December 17th, 2019, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Wine to Pair with Caviar?
Replies: 61
Views: 2689

Re: Best Wine to Pair with Caviar?

The reason champagne goes with caviar is textural; both are about small bubbles bursting in the mouth, which is a unique pleasure. They taste good together too but that is almost by the by. Frozen vodka is great too, for an entirely different effect and when the caviar is not to be followed by wine....
by Tom Blach
December 16th, 2019, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Grand Rue mini-vertical
Replies: 3
Views: 455

Re: La Grand Rue mini-vertical

The 98 and 99 I drank in 2017 were really pretty good, surprisingly similar to each other in fact. Grippy and in need of time, no doubt whatever, but very serious and multi dimensional wines whose evolution had barely begun. Not La Tache, of course.
by Tom Blach
December 13th, 2019, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Faiveley Corton-Clos des Cortons, Grand Cru
Replies: 21
Views: 1330

Re: TN: 1999 Faiveley Corton-Clos des Cortons, Grand Cru

Hi Maureen, the only truly mature Faiveley CdC I have had was the 1964. Also have the 1990 in the cellar. Will try one next year as part of 30 year look back on the 1990 vintage. But my impression is that for 2006 and earlier vintages, 40-50 years from vintage is about right. Based on my own logic ...
by Tom Blach
December 10th, 2019, 3:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Faiveley Corton-Clos des Cortons, Grand Cru
Replies: 21
Views: 1330

Re: TN: 1999 Faiveley Corton-Clos des Cortons, Grand Cru

I like the Clos Des Cortons but it has long seemed to me that the fame of this very particular and quite plentiful wine has coloured the reputation of Faiveley's other wines. A 1996 Chambolle Combe D'Orveaux a few days ago had all the Musigny magic one could hope.
by Tom Blach
November 18th, 2019, 2:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN 2005 Hudelot-Noellat VR “Beaumonts”??
Replies: 8
Views: 671

Re: TN 2005 Hudelot-Noellat VR “Beaumonts”??

The 2004 is quite breathtakingly beautiful.
by Tom Blach
November 15th, 2019, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ponsot...in general
Replies: 36
Views: 2485

Re: Ponsot...in general

I don't know about recent wines but bottles from 'off' vintages in the 1980s-80, 81, 82, 86, 87- have in recent years been just heartbreakingly wonderful, in narrative terms really as good as burgundy gets. Perhaps they just need time, though I suppose things have changed there in the meantime just ...
by Tom Blach
October 24th, 2019, 5:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which grand cru
Replies: 16
Views: 1842

Re: Which grand cru

Mongeard-Mugneret. The Lambrays is fully ready but not very good.
by Tom Blach
September 7th, 2019, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Underrated burgundy vintages
Replies: 76
Views: 3876

Re: Underrated burgundy vintages

92,97,98,04,06. And now 95.
by Tom Blach
August 17th, 2019, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: '99 Barthod - Chambolle-Musigny - Beaux Bruns
Replies: 12
Views: 751

Re: TN: '99 Barthod - Chambolle-Musigny - Beaux Bruns

I do decant when the wine is old enough for the sediment to be troublesome.
by Tom Blach
August 17th, 2019, 3:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: '99 Barthod - Chambolle-Musigny - Beaux Bruns
Replies: 12
Views: 751

Re: TN: '99 Barthod - Chambolle-Musigny - Beaux Bruns

Barthod's wine do not conform to the generally mistaken characterisation of Chambolle as light and feminine. Any particular reason for decanting? I think it's a mistake unless there are serious reduction or sediment issues. Actually, we decanted a 2011 Barthod les cras (opened before the concert, d...
by Tom Blach
August 17th, 2019, 3:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: '99 Barthod - Chambolle-Musigny - Beaux Bruns
Replies: 12
Views: 751

Re: TN: '99 Barthod - Chambolle-Musigny - Beaux Bruns

Barthod's wine do not conform to the generally mistaken characterisation of Chambolle as light and feminine. Any particular reason for decanting? I think it's a mistake unless there are serious reduction or sediment issues. A mistake for Barthod? Burgundy? Wines in general? It might not have been n...
by Tom Blach
August 16th, 2019, 9:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: '99 Barthod - Chambolle-Musigny - Beaux Bruns
Replies: 12
Views: 751

Re: TN: '99 Barthod - Chambolle-Musigny - Beaux Bruns

Barthod's wine do not conform to the generally mistaken characterisation of Chambolle as light and feminine.
Any particular reason for decanting? I think it's a mistake unless there are serious reduction or sediment issues.
by Tom Blach
July 13th, 2019, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Lafon with joy as I drink this one—1999 Volnay Santenots
Replies: 13
Views: 933

Re: TN: Lafon with joy as I drink this one—1999 Volnay Santenots

It's the vineyard, Santenots has little to do with Volnay back over the border. A great wine, I agree, but extremely masculine.
by Tom Blach
July 1st, 2019, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Burgundy Retrospective - The Third Session
Replies: 9
Views: 1342

Re: TN: 1996 Burgundy Retrospective - The Third Session

It was a terrible time for corks, I'm afraid.
Generally the grand crus aren't really ready but some 1ers and village wines are becoming fantastically enjoyable, the perceived excess acidity having mostly become a non issue.
by Tom Blach
April 28th, 2019, 1:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1993 Domaine Michel Gaunoux Beaune (France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Beaune)
Replies: 5
Views: 394

Re: TN: 1993 Domaine Michel Gaunoux Beaune (France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Beaune)

I've had some phenomenal old bottles from here, including a truly great 59 Rugiens, but the Beaune has never been any better than one can expect from the village appellation.
by Tom Blach
February 14th, 2019, 5:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy: Morey
Replies: 28
Views: 1291

Re: Burgundy: Morey

Do you not mean Paul Pernot, William?
by Tom Blach
November 24th, 2018, 10:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Safest White Burgs
Replies: 87
Views: 4787

Re: The Safest White Burgs

There are two producers who claim that they can substitute CO2 for SO2 to prevent oxidation (Fourrier and LeMoine). This is absolutely wrong from a science standpoint and it is a little bit like believing that the earth is flat. [If you haven't already noticed, you'll find that the reds from both p...
by Tom Blach
November 24th, 2018, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Safest White Burgs
Replies: 87
Views: 4787

Re: The Safest White Burgs

There are two producers who claim that they can substitute CO2 for SO2 to prevent oxidation (Fourrier and LeMoine). This is absolutely wrong from a science standpoint and it is a little bit like believing that the earth is flat. [If you haven't already noticed, you'll find that the reds from both p...
by Tom Blach
November 11th, 2018, 3:17 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Efficient garlic/salt shaker ideas for cooking
Replies: 16
Views: 652

Re: Efficient garlic/salt shaker ideas for cooking

Garlic powder seems to me an abysmal sulphurous tainter of good food. Why not use the stuff fresh? though you can't shake it, I guess.
by Tom Blach
November 11th, 2018, 3:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Hainanese Chicken Rice
Replies: 30
Views: 1617

Re: Hainanese Chicken Rice

You mean Liaw's trick? yes, the ice shocking will do it. I'd not heard of salting the water but maybe it's a good idea. It's a quick poached squid or shrimp kind of crispness rather than a potato chip kind. Chinese cuisines understand the essential pleasures of complex and surprising texture far mor...
by Tom Blach
November 11th, 2018, 7:16 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Hainanese Chicken Rice
Replies: 30
Views: 1617

Re: Hainanese Chicken Rice

It is the tender/crisp texture of the carefully poached and ice refreshed skin that is the most important aspect of this dish and it takes some skill to cut it in such a way that each piece has its skin intact. Nowadays taking the bones out when cutting is quite normal but I think it's a shame. The ...
by Tom Blach
July 16th, 2018, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Domaine Denis Bachelet Côte de Nuits Villages
Replies: 8
Views: 695

TN: 2005 Domaine Denis Bachelet Côte de Nuits Villages

Exactly that. Lower appellations are best in lesser vintages, somewhat counterintuitively but nevertheless easily demonstrably. Critics never get this because they never drink the wines a few years down the line.
by Tom Blach
July 30th, 2014, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Maison Roche de Bellene Collection; deal or no deal?
Replies: 19
Views: 1159

Maison Roche de Bellene Collection; deal or no deal?

D. Zyl3rb3rg wrote:Are these the Remy wines that were kept after the sale to Leroy in the 80s?
EDIT: <jinx to the post above>
The chronology doesn't work, if you look at the vintages offered.
by Tom Blach
July 30th, 2014, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Maison Roche de Bellene Collection; deal or no deal?
Replies: 19
Views: 1159

Maison Roche de Bellene Collection; deal or no deal?

These are great wines. Unfortunately they have been recorked and the failure rate is enormous. An absolute disgrace.
by Tom Blach
July 25th, 2014, 12:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Operation on a serious bottle
Replies: 19
Views: 1539

Operation on a serious bottle

I don't like travelling with old wine either, but it seems to me that recorking in this manner kills the wine, though not stone dead. It is possible for them to recover given a few years, but given that the best thing to do with an old wine after arrival is to leave it for a few years anyway I don't...
by Tom Blach
July 16th, 2014, 1:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Miles of Musigny
Replies: 32
Views: 1931

Miles of Musigny

I've never had a great bottle of Mugnier Musigny either but those who drink more grandly than I tell me that the wine from 2001 onwards is an entirely different proposition. A bottle of Vogue 97 last night was very grand but very backward with a massive structure that needs to yield considerably, a ...
by Tom Blach
July 3rd, 2014, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2002 red Burgundy : a great vintage ?
Replies: 29
Views: 2112

2002 red Burgundy : a great vintage ?

I think it's a very good vintage, currently showing a rather roasted ripeness which makes it far closer to 2003 than one would have thought possible. Gerard Mugneret is indeed a great address. Even though prices have doubled recently they are still inexpensive compared to those other, often overrate...
by Tom Blach
June 25th, 2014, 1:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations for "representative" widely available Burgundies
Replies: 38
Views: 1302

Recommendations for "representative" widely available Burgundies

Burgundian dishes with red wine sauce garnished with champignons de paris, lardons and small onions-meurette, coq au vin, bourguignon etc.-are very much local dishes, made and drunk with the most modest wines of the region, hautes-cotes, passetoutgrains, grand ordinaire etc. Historically the grander...
by Tom Blach
June 5th, 2014, 12:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "The perversion that is scoring wine" - Elitistreview NAILS it!
Replies: 377
Views: 18103

"The perversion that is scoring wine" - Elitistreview NAILS it!

On the one hand wine has nothing whatever to with art, it is a drink, but on the other it has in common with music the fact that it is fundamentally about the passage of time-although one at rather a slower pace than the other. Schoenberg's works, like those of Beethoven or anyone else for that matt...
by Tom Blach
May 31st, 2014, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "The perversion that is scoring wine" - Elitistreview NAILS it!
Replies: 377
Views: 18103

"The perversion that is scoring wine" - Elitistreview NAILS it!

It's quite hard to respond to the last post without being very rude indeed, so I won't, because life is too short.
by Tom Blach
May 31st, 2014, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "The perversion that is scoring wine" - Elitistreview NAILS it!
Replies: 377
Views: 18103

"The perversion that is scoring wine" - Elitistreview NAILS it!

Time for an alternate view. I attach scores to all of my notes. Do I do it for you? No. I do it for me. The score reminds me of my overall impression and gives me a data point about opening another bottle, or buying another bottle, or buying a later vintage of the same wine. It's just a data point....
by Tom Blach
May 28th, 2014, 3:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Maison Ilan (and other Maison Ilan / Ray Walker discussion)
Replies: 5538
Views: 557703

2011 Maison Ilan

Well said Alan.
by Tom Blach
May 16th, 2014, 4:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are the five greatest wines you have had from vintages 2000 and after.
Replies: 24
Views: 1206

What are the five greatest wines you have had from vintages 2000 and after.

2000 Dujac Bonnes Mares,2007 Faiveley Musigny,2005 Faiveley Clos De Beze,2004 Hudelot-Noellat Malconsorts, 2005 Coche-Dury Corton-Charlemagne. The Musigny and the Coche both at the table of a most generous and notable oenophile.
by Tom Blach
April 18th, 2014, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting Notes on the Top 2004 Red Burgundies -- A Ten Year Review
Replies: 106
Views: 7530

Tasting Notes on the Top 2004 Red Burgundies -- A Ten Year Review

Thanks Don. No doubt Paul H Galli will be along to correct your impressions.
by Tom Blach
April 13th, 2014, 4:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1993 Corked Red Burgundies?
Replies: 32
Views: 1192

1993 Corked Red Burgundies?

Hi Stuart, it's not a particular vintage problem but a problem with these two wines. Both the Chevillon Vaucrains and the Ampeau Santenots are usually corked. I don't know about Rion but 6 out of 6 Clos Vougeot and 6 out of 6 Beaux Monts were fine.
by Tom Blach
February 20th, 2014, 4:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 12 Angry men: Who Are They
Replies: 313
Views: 30258

12 Angry men: Who Are They

I'm sure Ray is a delightful fellow but I do seem to remember him being astonishingly rude to me several years ago on the Parker board when I suggested that the late night consumption of rare old vintages of Romanee Conti with takeaway pizza was a little on the vulgar and hubristic side. Luckily it...
by Tom Blach
February 20th, 2014, 4:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The ultimate wine/food pairing
Replies: 17
Views: 824

The ultimate wine/food pairing

Joe S. wrote:Seared foie gras and 25 yr old sauterne. [cheers.gif]
Or foie gras terrine and 50 year old sauternes!
Shellfish with tannic red wine is better than one would think.
by Tom Blach
February 20th, 2014, 4:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing Question: Chinese Food
Replies: 107
Views: 2174

Pairing Question: Chinese Food

Alsatian usually loves Chinaperson. Condrieu is a surprisingly good choice too. Cali Pinot and pig or duck are two that I've liked to put together in the past. Make sure you report, Corey! And Kung Hei Fa Choi. (miss you lot, BTW, I may try to get back to Chicago in November or before). Mike I will...
by Tom Blach
February 19th, 2014, 4:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing Question: Chinese Food
Replies: 107
Views: 2174

Pairing Question: Chinese Food

It's a great opportunity for Oloroso, Palo Cortado and Amontillado, these being so close to the traditionally served rice wines , and they go marvellously well. I'm not sure if the Cantonese traditionally drank rice wine (mijiu/meizhou) with food; I could be wrong. The other provinces and Taiwan on...
by Tom Blach
February 19th, 2014, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to taste the aging ability of young wine
Replies: 27
Views: 1016

How to taste the aging ability of young wine

With Burgundy you have to go on past performance, you can't tell from tasting, although it all lasts, even the bad stuff. I am perfectly well that I am contradicting myself but that's what burgundy is all about
by Tom Blach
February 19th, 2014, 3:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 12 Angry men: Who Are They
Replies: 313
Views: 30258

12 Angry men: Who Are They

I'm sure Ray is a delightful fellow but I do seem to remember him being astonishingly rude to me several years ago on the Parker board when I suggested that the late night consumption of rare old vintages of Romanee Conti with takeaway pizza was a little on the vulgar and hubristic side. Luckily it ...
by Tom Blach
February 19th, 2014, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing Question: Chinese Food
Replies: 107
Views: 2174

Pairing Question: Chinese Food

It's a great opportunity for Oloroso, Palo Cortado and Amontillado, these being so close to the traditionally served rice wines , and they go marvellously well.
by Tom Blach
February 18th, 2014, 3:24 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anyone have a home sparkling / soda maker?
Replies: 32
Views: 1269

Anyone have a home sparkling / soda maker?

It's cheaper to buy the water here than use a sodastream.
by Tom Blach
February 18th, 2014, 3:19 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Pork with white beans (looking for recipes)
Replies: 11
Views: 354

Pork with white beans (looking for recipes)

It is astonishing how much additional liquid cooked beans will absorb during a long stay in a slow oven. Make that liquid full of flavour, don't stint of the pork or duck fat, and you'll have something delicious.

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