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by Rudi Finkler
July 27th, 2020, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN Cos d’Estournel 2009
Replies: 26
Views: 1411

Re: TN Cos d’Estournel 2009

We don’t agree. I think 2009 is a fabulous wine! It’s not for you or Alfret. But I love it! I wrote an extensive note from my last tasting in September 2019. https://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/bordeaux-wine-producer-profiles/bordeaux/st-estephe/cos-destournel/ Jeff, to give a 100 points to a wine...
by Rudi Finkler
July 13th, 2020, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you calculate your end of life when thinking about what to buy?
Replies: 50
Views: 2004

Re: Do you calculate your end of life when thinking about what to buy?

My gut instinct tells me that there is no reason for me to hoard post-2012 clarets. So be it! :-)
by Rudi Finkler
July 12th, 2020, 10:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traditional vs. Modern Bordeaux?
Replies: 525
Views: 36852

Re: Traditional vs. Modern Bordeaux?

The tried and true piece of advice still holds true. Taste, Taste, Taste. Find a group, form a group, just make sure you open a lot of bottles. Indeed, nothing can replace own experience. There is, however, a simple and effective way to significantly reduce the number of disappointments: If you are...
by Rudi Finkler
July 12th, 2020, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Pontet Canet, 2001 Fleur de Rose Sainte-Croix
Replies: 4
Views: 589

Re: TN: 1999 Pontet Canet, 2001 Fleur de Rose Sainte-Croix

Last night, we opened another 1999 Pontet-Canet. What a contrast compared to the bottle we had in September last year... The fragrance is as promising as ten months ago, but the complex fruit is very precise now: Pure Morello cherries, fine red and black currants, delicious blueberries, raspberries,...
by Rudi Finkler
July 5th, 2020, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clos du Jaugueyron "Nout" Margaux 2010
Replies: 8
Views: 438

Re: Clos du Jaugueyron "Nout" Margaux 2010

Very interesting, Julian, thanks for the note! I like Clos du Jaugueyron, but for whatever reason, I have lost sight of this formidable château in recent times. Never had the “Nout”, but your note makes me want to grab some. It appears that the name “Nout” comes from “Nut”, the Egyptian goddess of t...
by Rudi Finkler
June 27th, 2020, 8:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the meaning of your wine hobby?
Replies: 51
Views: 1889

Re: What is the meaning of your wine hobby?

Stas, for me, fine wine is an elixir, a gift from the gods to make human existence more endurable, comfortable, richer on experience, and longer… :-)
by Rudi Finkler
June 22nd, 2020, 10:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1998 Fougas Maldoror, Côtes de Bourg
Replies: 7
Views: 348

Re: TN: 1998 Fougas Maldoror, Côtes de Bourg

I had the 2000 and 2001 a few years ago and I didn’t see any signs of premature aging, but a change in style towards a bit more concentration and ‘jammy’ fruit. Both wines are delicious nonetheless and clearly on a par with most of the more prestigious wines from Pomerol and most of the classified g...
by Rudi Finkler
June 22nd, 2020, 6:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1998 Fougas Maldoror, Côtes de Bourg
Replies: 7
Views: 348

Re: TN: 1998 Fougas Maldoror, Côtes de Bourg

Thank you for your kind words, Julian! I would like to return the compliment! Indeed, Côtes de Bourg wines like Fougas Maldoror, Epicurea de Cht. Martinat, or Roc de Cambes provide great pleasure when young, but have an astonishing aging potential nonetheless. Given its relatively youthful vibe, I e...
by Rudi Finkler
June 17th, 2020, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1998 Fougas Maldoror, Côtes de Bourg
Replies: 7
Views: 348

TN: 1998 Fougas Maldoror, Côtes de Bourg

The last time, I opened a bottle of 1998 Fougas Maldoror, was about five or six years ago. The wine was splendid then. Therefore, expectations were high last night and, fortunately, we weren’t disappointed. On the exuberant nose, exotic spices, dried flowers, tobacco, and black currant in abundance....
by Rudi Finkler
June 10th, 2020, 11:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1985 Chateau Lascombes, Margaux - A Neal Mollen Wine
Replies: 10
Views: 578

Re: TN: 1985 Chateau Lascombes, Margaux - A Neal Mollen Wine

Thanks for the nice note, Robert! Because prices were very reasonable, I bought Lascombes fairly regularly in the eighties and nineties. I can’t recall ever having had an extraordinary Lascombes, but their wines from vintages like '85, '89, '90, and even '93 and '97 were excellent -neither massive n...
by Rudi Finkler
June 6th, 2020, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Quinault L'Enclos
Replies: 9
Views: 471

Re: TN: 2000 Château Quinault L'Enclos

Sorry Robert. I, too, have not drunk any post-2005 releases and I’m feeling too old to buy recent vintages. Maybe some others can answer your question, maybe Leve? :-)
by Rudi Finkler
June 5th, 2020, 11:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Marquis de Terme
Replies: 2
Views: 242

Re: TN: 2000 Marquis de Terme

Tanks for the note, Lee! For me, Marquis de Terme, along with Château Pouget, always has been the most disappointing classified growth from Margaux. Two decades ago, I gave up buying their wines. Hopefully things have turned for the better in the meantime.
by Rudi Finkler
June 5th, 2020, 10:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Quinault L'Enclos
Replies: 9
Views: 471

Re: TN: 2000 Château Quinault L'Enclos

Tanks for the nice note, Jordan! It looks like the amount of Cab. Sauvignon and Cab. Franc is not higher than usual. According to wine.com, the 2000 Quinault L’Enclos is a blend of 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Cabernet Franc. I had an impressive 2001 and an extraordinary elegant 2004 ...
by Rudi Finkler
June 2nd, 2020, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1988 Rauzan-Segla & 1995 Clerc Milon
Replies: 6
Views: 363

Re: TN: 1988 Rauzan-Segla & 1995 Clerc Milon

I remember well the 1988 Rausan-Ségla in its youth. Similar to the 1986, the 1988 was a tannic beast, but less complex and concentrated. Nice to see that it has evolved so nicely. Thanks for the note, Lee!
by Rudi Finkler
June 2nd, 2020, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Du Tertre, Margaux
Replies: 6
Views: 479

Re: TN: 1999 Du Tertre, Margaux

I think so, Joshua. I cannot remember ever having had the 2000, but the lovely 2001 is at least as good as the 1999. And both are not too modern to my taste.
by Rudi Finkler
June 1st, 2020, 11:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Du Tertre, Margaux
Replies: 6
Views: 479

Re: TN: 1999 Du Tertre, Margaux

I too think that 1999 is indeed a rather underrated vintage with regard to quality and strorage life, Peter. All 1999s I’ve drank in recent times –Du Tertre, Malescot, Kirwan, Rauzan-Gassies, D’Issan, Palmer, Lynch-Bages, Beau-Séjour Bécot, Moulin Haut-Laroque, D’Aiguilhe, and Fontenil, to name e fe...
by Rudi Finkler
May 31st, 2020, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1998 Les Carmes Haut Brion
Replies: 7
Views: 435

Re: 1998 Les Carmes Haut Brion

I have no experience with recent vintages. Thanks for the info, Robert!
by Rudi Finkler
May 31st, 2020, 7:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1998 Les Carmes Haut Brion
Replies: 7
Views: 435

Re: 1998 Les Carmes Haut Brion

Thanks for the nice note, Kelly! Les Carmes Haut-Brion is one of the wines that I do not want to miss in my cellar. A true pearl among the fine wines of Graves. I drank 2000, 2001, and 2006 in recent years, each one better than the next.
by Rudi Finkler
May 30th, 2020, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Du Tertre, Margaux
Replies: 6
Views: 479

TN: 1999 Du Tertre, Margaux

Last night: The intense fragrance of dark fruits, exotic spices, and spring flowers is stunning. On the palate, expansive, ripe berry fruit, especially blueberries, cinnamon, leather, earth, truffle, minerals, dried herbs, and tobacco notes. Lovely balance, long lasting, spicy finish. This is a lavi...
by Rudi Finkler
May 26th, 2020, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most beautiful wine labels?
Replies: 130
Views: 5550

Re: Most beautiful wine labels?

Cadet-Piola
by Rudi Finkler
May 26th, 2020, 3:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ferrière and Bel Air Marquis d'Aligre 2000
Replies: 14
Views: 653

Re: Ferrière and Bel Air Marquis d'Aligre 2000

That’s mainly because my favourite wine shop here in our region has been offering Ferrière at favourable prices for more than three decades - between about €30-40 per bottle. BTW, from my experience, Ferrière is always an elegantly fruited, excellently balanced, very charming, and early accessible w...
by Rudi Finkler
May 25th, 2020, 11:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ferrière and Bel Air Marquis d'Aligre 2000
Replies: 14
Views: 653

Re: Ferrière and Bel Air Marquis d'Aligre 2000

I’ve had about a dozen vintages of Ferrière over the past years and have really enjoyed each bottle. At least since the late nineties, the wines from Château Ferrière offer everything I expect from a Third Growth. Even the 2007 is an outstanding wine, but the 2005 is the most elegant and sophisticat...
by Rudi Finkler
May 24th, 2020, 8:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 86 & 89 Bordeaux
Replies: 49
Views: 4352

Re: 86 & 89 Bordeaux

1989 La Tour du Pin Figeac. Dank over 3 nights at home. I had been drinking big 15+ yr old Martinelli ant Turley Zins and pinots. I love those wines. This was first Bordeaux in a while. It was like get back together with an old friend. A big pleasure. Very much alive. Great night one after 1 hour d...
by Rudi Finkler
May 23rd, 2020, 11:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1986 Montrose
Replies: 10
Views: 637

Re: TN: 1986 Montrose

Yes, traditionally-made wines from this era are often stern, tight and tannic in their youth, especially clarets from 1986 and 1988, but many of them have a great ageing potential and are particularly elegant today.
by Rudi Finkler
May 22nd, 2020, 1:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1986 Montrose
Replies: 10
Views: 637

Re: TN: 1986 Montrose

Here a first attempt. :-)

1986-Montrose3.jpg
by Rudi Finkler
May 21st, 2020, 11:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1986 Montrose
Replies: 10
Views: 637

Re: TN: 1986 Montrose

Robert, the wine, food, and company were so fabulous two nights ago that I totally forgot to take some pictures during our outdoor dinner. But I can do a little photoshop magic on the picture if you wish. :-)
by Rudi Finkler
May 21st, 2020, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1986 Montrose
Replies: 10
Views: 637

TN: 1986 Montrose

The tannins have mellowed significantly over the last few years and this fabulous Saint-Estèphe, 12.5% alcohol, is drinking perfectly now. Exceptionally well-balanced with deliciously bracing acidity and minerality, the 1986 Montrose is one of those irresistible, classic, incredibly elegant, and sop...
by Rudi Finkler
May 10th, 2020, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1986 Palmer, 1998 Fontenil
Replies: 2
Views: 249

Re: TN: 1986 Palmer, 1998 Fontenil

I would assume that Mrs. Rolland is an emancipated wife, Julian. :-)
by Rudi Finkler
May 10th, 2020, 8:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1986 Palmer, 1998 Fontenil
Replies: 2
Views: 249

TN: 1986 Palmer, 1998 Fontenil

The cork of the 1998 Fontenil, 13% alcohol, was in perfect condition, with the wine perfectly ripe and excellently balanced. Simply delicious! The complex, impressive nose of spices, flowers, cassis and red fruits is highly promising already and the wine keeps what its fragrance promises. On the pal...
by Rudi Finkler
May 6th, 2020, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '09 Le Bon Pasteur.....here we go
Replies: 62
Views: 2234

Re: '09 Le Bon Pasteur.....here we go

No, it is the new reality. :-)
by Rudi Finkler
May 4th, 2020, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '09 Le Bon Pasteur.....here we go
Replies: 62
Views: 2234

Re: '09 Le Bon Pasteur.....here we go

Rolland is somewhat the anti-christ of this board since I was here for the first time. At least for many. I actually have tasted the 09 Le Bon Pasteur but have no detailed memory. Will look if I find the tasting note. His Fronsac Fontenil is a wine I loved in almost any vintage. And I have tasted m...
by Rudi Finkler
April 27th, 2020, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12137
Views: 454195

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Jim Brennan wrote:
April 27th, 2020, 8:56 am
2001 Malartic Lagraviere. Totally outperformed my expectations.
Indeed, a delicious wine! For me, the first really interesting wine from Malartic Lagravière in decades. The 2004 is even a little bit better for my taste.
by Rudi Finkler
April 20th, 2020, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Sociando-Mallet (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc)
Replies: 17
Views: 461

Re: TN: 2000 Château Sociando-Mallet (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc)

Kris Patten wrote:
April 20th, 2020, 8:40 am
...
If bell pepper, I'm out, but I find the savory herbal note classic in BDX.
Same here! :-)
by Rudi Finkler
April 20th, 2020, 8:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 13979
Views: 680248

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

A few bottles of 1986 Montrose and 1986 Palmer, 1996 Larmande, as well as 1999 Pontet-Canet and 1999 Lafon-Rochet… from a small wine merchant who usually delivers only wines for restaurants. I was his first customer since mid-March.
by Rudi Finkler
April 4th, 2020, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your ten most influential wines
Replies: 154
Views: 12113

Re: Your ten most influential wines

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
April 4th, 2020, 7:58 am
... If this makes any sense, I personally preferred the Cheval Blanc but would score the Haut Brion higher.
This does not make any sense…. Oh wait, except maybe that points are meaningless. :-)
by Rudi Finkler
March 21st, 2020, 11:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: VIRUS-SMELL LOSS?
Replies: 34
Views: 2445

Re: VIRUS-SMELL LOSS?

I’ve had a considerable loss of smell and taste resulting from a bad cold/flu already twice in my life and smell and taste returned after about two weeks. As far as I know, a permanent loss is extremely rare.
by Rudi Finkler
March 12th, 2020, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 13979
Views: 680248

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

1998 Fougas Maldoror and 1998 Fontenil.
Yummy, yummy!
by Rudi Finkler
March 5th, 2020, 7:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Du Glana 2000 - quick TN updated with 03
Replies: 13
Views: 651

Re: Du Glana 2000 - quick TN updated with 03

The Meffre family also owns Château Lalande, Saint-Julien and Château Bellegrave, Pauillac. I had the pleasure of drinking several vintages of all three Meffre wines, the excellent 2000 du Glana included. I can’t remember a disappointing bottle, quite the contrary. These three wines represent the be...
by Rudi Finkler
February 12th, 2020, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does fruit forward wine always mean it's "Modern" in style?
Replies: 35
Views: 1909

Re: Does fruit forward wine always mean it's "Modern" in style?

... In fact, the majority of rieslings made in Germany are dry, or very close to it. Sweet German riesling is mainly exported. Few Germans like it . I think this is just a rumor. Most people I know do not like dry Rieslings, me included. And the latest statistics show that most Germans still prefer...
by Rudi Finkler
February 11th, 2020, 10:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does fruit forward wine always mean it's "Modern" in style?
Replies: 35
Views: 1909

Re: Does fruit forward wine always mean it's "Modern" in style?

... In fact, the majority of rieslings made in Germany are dry, or very close to it. Sweet German riesling is mainly exported. Few Germans like it . I think this is just a rumor. Most people I know do not like dry Rieslings, me included. And the latest statistics show that most Germans still prefer...
by Rudi Finkler
February 9th, 2020, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNS: 1998 Chateau Trotanoy, 2005 Chateau Montrose - Phenomenal Wines
Replies: 12
Views: 526

Re: TNS: 1998 Chateau Trotanoy, 2005 Chateau Montrose - Phenomenal Wines

Great notes, Robert! Sounds wonderful! BTW, not only wine itself can be art, but also enjoying fine wine, as well as writing adequate notes. :-)
by Rudi Finkler
February 9th, 2020, 8:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Larmande, Saint-Emilion
Replies: 4
Views: 186

Re: TN: 1996 Larmande, Saint-Emilion

No clue regarding current releases, Robert, but besides the decidedly elegant 1996 I had excellent bottles of their 2001 and 2005 in recent years. Unlike in earlier times, I cold not detect any rustic elements.
by Rudi Finkler
February 9th, 2020, 7:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Larmande, Saint-Emilion
Replies: 4
Views: 186

TN: 1996 Larmande, Saint-Emilion

From my experience, you can hardly go wrong with any of the lesser-known classified growths from Saint-Émilion – at least if the wine is made in traditional style. More often than not those wines come very close in quality to the far more expensive and prestigious First Growths, the sophisticated 19...
by Rudi Finkler
February 9th, 2020, 7:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Brane-Cantenac and Grand Puy Lacoste 2004
Replies: 15
Views: 703

Re: Brane-Cantenac and Grand Puy Lacoste 2004

Excellent notes as always, thanks Julian! Expectations were high before I opened a bottle of the 2004 Brane-Cantenac a while ago. But the wine did not deliver what the nose suggested. Indeed, a disappointment. Not so the impressive 2004 Giscours, which is one of the finest Margaux I have tasted in r...
by Rudi Finkler
February 1st, 2020, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves
Replies: 194
Views: 6867

Re: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves

Cris Whetstone wrote:
January 31st, 2020, 10:43 pm
On topic:

Notes that contain the phrase "For someone like me, a wine blogger,...".
Indeed, a real pet peeve! :-)
by Rudi Finkler
January 31st, 2020, 3:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism, Post-Modernism and Perhaps Deconstructivism in the Characterization of Wine
Replies: 121
Views: 3239

Re: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism, Post-Modernism and Perhaps Deconstructivism in the Characterization of

Lets take Old World vs. New World, not in terms of geography, but in terms of wine style. I consider Old World style to be lower in ABV with more elegance and nuance, whereas New World style (Parkerization) to be higher ABV and more extracted. If we call New World style to be "modern" do we then ca...
by Rudi Finkler
January 29th, 2020, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism, Post-Modernism and Perhaps Deconstructivism in the Characterization of Wine
Replies: 121
Views: 3239

Re: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism, Post-Modernism and Perhaps Deconstructivism in the Characterization of

... I do look for beauty in wine. Otherwise it is just fermented grape juice, no? Not all wine is art just as not all paintings are art. Yes, sometimes wine is craft and sometimes wine is art. I, too, do look for beauty in wine and for emotional power. Without beauty and emotional power wine it is ...
by Rudi Finkler
January 28th, 2020, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Domaine de Chevalier vertical with Olivier Bernard
Replies: 7
Views: 1000

Re: TN: Domaine de Chevalier vertical with Olivier Bernard

Your notes about the 2001, 2005, and 2006 correspond very well with my impressions of them. However, the 2005 and the 2006 are still too young to show their full potential… Thanks for the interesting notes, Kevin!
by Rudi Finkler
January 28th, 2020, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dom. de Chevalier 01 vs Cuvée JG Sociando-Mallet 01
Replies: 10
Views: 497

Re: Dom. de Chevalier 01 vs Cuvée JG Sociando-Mallet 01

Quelle surprise! I had never thought that Sociando-Mallet could outdistance Domaine de Chevalier, but I’ve never had the 2001 Cuvée Jean Gautreau, though. Thanks for the exciting notes, Julian!
by Rudi Finkler
January 28th, 2020, 12:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Lynch Bages
Replies: 6
Views: 407

Re: TN: 1999 Lynch Bages

Except the almost impenetrable 1999 Lafite, which was excellent but still relatively closed about ten years ago, all 1999s I’ve opened has always been beautiful right from the start. As a result, I too underestimated the aging potential of this vintage, but that changed when I opened a superb 1999 R...

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