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by Andy Sc
April 18th, 2021, 9:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2020 Bordeaux
Replies: 20
Views: 1416

Re: 2020 Bordeaux

The first scores for the first growths are in - from JM Quarin, the french Bdx wine critic:

Lafite 98
Mouton 97
HB, Latour, Margaux 96

Quite good scores but not quite on the level of 16, 18 or 19.
by Andy Sc
April 15th, 2021, 11:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (butter-softened herbs on fudge cake)
Replies: 1471
Views: 71496

Re: It's critic bingo! (butter-softened herbs on fudge cake)

This La Gaffeliere is exactly why you should follow critics! . . . I'm not a fan of the winery either Let me get this straight, you should follow critics so you can follow their recommendations to buy wines you're not a fan of? It was more a general statment. If you like St. Emillion (I'm not the b...
by Andy Sc
April 15th, 2021, 7:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What happened to Robert Parker? State of Wine Criticism in 2018
Replies: 132
Views: 12797

Re: What happened to Robert Parker? State of Wine Criticism in 2018

That would be an awesome app (or better a feature embedded in CT). With Parker and his authority gone, there is a flurry of critics with new critics all the time and an ever growing field. To get to know which critic best aligns with you would be great for all wine lovers.
by Andy Sc
April 15th, 2021, 1:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LT Robert Parker LB red Bdx scores
Replies: 71
Views: 4278

Re: LT Robert Parker LB red Bdx scores

I am not convinced....do we have another critic confirming this? If we do I will drop my conspiracy theory :) To set the record straight... What is this "Scandal" you refer to? This is the first I've heard of it. What I can say is that the initial blend Pavie sent out to critics, (includi...
by Andy Sc
April 14th, 2021, 9:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (butter-softened herbs on fudge cake)
Replies: 1471
Views: 71496

Re: It's critic bingo! (butter-softened herbs on fudge cake)

A 99-point St Em not called Cheval Blanc raises major red flags to me. A modern critics’ darling raises major red flags for me. This is a pretty glossy Chateau. Look who owns it. This is precisely why not to listen to many critics, especially the one that wrote this pretty bad note. Robert, of cour...
by Andy Sc
April 14th, 2021, 9:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: yet another post on wine glasses
Replies: 37
Views: 1809

Re: yet another post on wine glasses

J@hn, As an experiment, take a wine, pour it into three different glasses, and try from each one. Pour some into your mouth, and hold the wine in your mouth for a few seconds. Breathe in and out, deeply, through your nose a couple times while holding the wine in your mouth. Then, taste the wine. It...
by Andy Sc
April 14th, 2021, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (butter-softened herbs on fudge cake)
Replies: 1471
Views: 71496

Re: It's critic bingo! (butter-softened herbs on fudge cake)

But in general this is a good example of why I just don't trust critics. Show of hands for anyone who really believes that the 2018 La Gaffeliere is a 99 point wine that is "hands down one of the wines of the vintage" -- which I interpret as meaning on some kind of comparable level with L...
by Andy Sc
April 14th, 2021, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting Advice on 2008 Dominus?
Replies: 11
Views: 421

Re: Decanting Advice on 2008 Dominus?

I will try to include that into my notes too (the sediment thing).
by Andy Sc
April 14th, 2021, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines that make you go "hmmmm..."
Replies: 22
Views: 1105

Re: Wines that make you go "hmmmm..."

I'm usually the guy doing the dubious look! +1 While I do enjoy wines in general and such wines on an intellectual level, I don't buy these kinds of wines anymore. I prefer wines which I give me intellectual pleasure AND hedonistic pleasure. Still have to find one which would do that for me in this...
by Andy Sc
April 14th, 2021, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (butter-softened herbs on fudge cake)
Replies: 1471
Views: 71496

Re: It's critic bingo! (butter-softened herbs on fudge cake)

2018 La Gaffelière, St-Emilion 99 points Vinous: "The 2018 La Gaffelière is hands down one of the wines of the vintage. Towering in its stature and vertical lift, the 2018 dazzles right out of the gate . Inky dark fruit, mocha, spice, licorice and leather all run through this deep, wonderfully...
by Andy Sc
April 14th, 2021, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LT Robert Parker LB red Bdx scores
Replies: 71
Views: 4278

Re: LT Robert Parker LB red Bdx scores

ah members only unfortunately Basically they sent out two EP samples one for Galloni and one for Lisa...it seems they were both different..Pavie said it was a mistake, but still. It makes you wonder if they blended a wine based on individual styles. Read the text above carefully. The wines send to ...
by Andy Sc
April 14th, 2021, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LT Robert Parker LB red Bdx scores
Replies: 71
Views: 4278

Re: LT Robert Parker LB red Bdx scores

I wouldn't call it a scandal as they send out the second bottle to all the critics and to all the critics it was a different wine than the first bottle (which was missing one plot in the blend). Here's what happend, narrated by LPB We are all managing the very best that we can in order to continue b...
by Andy Sc
April 14th, 2021, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LT Robert Parker LB red Bdx scores
Replies: 71
Views: 4278

Re: LT Robert Parker LB red Bdx scores

Thanks for the Input. London isn't really an option for me. I have to feed my retailers/distributors in my home market (to get allocations on the highly wanted wines like DRC, Rousseau and the likes). But anyway, I'm not really into investing in wine (there is already enough capital in my wine cella...
by Andy Sc
April 14th, 2021, 7:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting Advice on 2008 Dominus?
Replies: 11
Views: 421

Re: Decanting Advice on 2008 Dominus?

Tom R W wrote: April 14th, 2021, 7:10 am https://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp? ... aa5fc5bae6

Good info in here.
It's just a pity that most of the users don't add any decanting information at all.
by Andy Sc
April 14th, 2021, 7:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LT Robert Parker LB red Bdx scores
Replies: 71
Views: 4278

Re: LT Robert Parker LB red Bdx scores

ex-London the last couple of vintages have been about £22,000/12. I paid an average of about £6175 for 3 2019, £6750 for 3 2018. The lowest release I've ever seen on Le Pin was £24,000/12 in 19, and that was a one off price. I'm not sure if that's just secondary pricing from my merchant, or if they...
by Andy Sc
April 14th, 2021, 6:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LT Robert Parker LB red Bdx scores
Replies: 71
Views: 4278

Re: LT Robert Parker LB red Bdx scores

Good for you! Seems to be a great pick as of those who had it, it was in the top group. I've tried two vintages (09/10) before but never purchased any (and never saw an offer for any). What is the Primeur price for Le Pin? My guess has always been that in good vintages it must be around 2750 USD and...
by Andy Sc
April 14th, 2021, 6:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?
Replies: 355
Views: 26172

Re: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?

Thanks, good to know. That gives me hope that there will be better offers for magnums.
by Andy Sc
April 14th, 2021, 6:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LT Robert Parker LB red Bdx scores
Replies: 71
Views: 4278

Re: LT Robert Parker LB red Bdx scores

Here's another, more recent view (I think I've posted it before). Average scores for the most important Chateauxs for the 2015 to 2019 vintages. The scores come from 14 critics I track. The list is sorted by highest average score over the period (I included a column with the average 2015-2018 which...
by Andy Sc
April 14th, 2021, 5:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?
Replies: 355
Views: 26172

Re: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?

I wouldnt see it as averaging down, which is something I dont really believe in anyway (i find it a bit of a fools fallacy tbh) - but see it as a discount on an asset ;-) True. I don't plan to sell my bottles anyway. I got the first offer for Magnums of the 2008 on the weekend too. Taxes incl. it s...
by Andy Sc
April 14th, 2021, 3:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?
Replies: 355
Views: 26172

Re: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?

HenryB wrote: April 14th, 2021, 3:04 am thats below the original ex-London release price (£545/6). I'd encourage you to buy every bottle you can afford to.
True, true but I guess there will be very limited availability. But would be great to average down.
by Andy Sc
April 14th, 2021, 3:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?
Replies: 355
Views: 26172

Re: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?

Ive not drunk either the 08 or the 96 Taittinger CdeC, but I'd look at the 96 pricing at about £5000/12 (e.g. ~5x the current 08 pricing), and wonder why, in due course, the 08 doesnt get to something like half way there. Current UK pricing is circa £700/6, which already puts us at £1400/12 - with ...
by Andy Sc
April 14th, 2021, 2:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LT Robert Parker LB red Bdx scores
Replies: 71
Views: 4278

Re: LT Robert Parker LB red Bdx scores

Here's another, more recent view (I think I've posted it before). Average scores for the most important Chateauxs for the 2015 to 2019 vintages. The scores come from 14 critics I track. The list is sorted by highest average score over the period (I included a column with the average 2015-2018 which ...
by Andy Sc
April 12th, 2021, 12:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Back vintage (84/5?) dessert-wine (port/Sauternes?) recommendations
Replies: 21
Views: 554

Re: Back vintage (84/5?) dessert-wine (port/Sauternes?) recommendations

I would forget about 84/85 Why 1985? It was a great year for vintage Port. Tons of great alternatives there, most of them not even breaking the bank. I also offered some Port advice but I wouldn't go in that direction as I made the experience, that Port wine (and to an even larger extend Sherry) us...
by Andy Sc
April 11th, 2021, 11:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Back vintage (84/5?) dessert-wine (port/Sauternes?) recommendations
Replies: 21
Views: 554

Re: Back vintage (84/5?) dessert-wine (port/Sauternes?) recommendations

I would forget about 84/85 and rather focus on serving the best possible wine (which still can be old). Depending on how your budget looks like and how big the party is, nothing beats Yquem (83, 88, 90). Loire might offer some fun (Huet 1er Trie Le Haut Lieu, Huet Le Haut Lieu, Huet Clos de Bourg, a...
by Andy Sc
April 9th, 2021, 5:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2020 Bordeaux
Replies: 20
Views: 1416

Re: 2020 Bordeaux

Heard from people on the ground that 2020 is yet another very good vintage - probably not on the level of 2019 but still very good. Pricing for sure will not be on par with 2019 but higher. Yes, the hospitality industry is still in dire straits but the fine wine buying private customers are better o...
by Andy Sc
April 8th, 2021, 10:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saxum James Berry Vineyard ... Collectible ?
Replies: 41
Views: 1518

Re: Saxum James Berry Vineyard ... Collectible ?

. . . Don't get me wrong. I didn't suggest that wines in France are more complex. I specifically wrote that the Cali wines are often of highest technical pedegree (with outstanding complexity and precision in a good structural frame - I have more than 800 bottles from California in my cellar). My p...
by Andy Sc
April 8th, 2021, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saxum James Berry Vineyard ... Collectible ?
Replies: 41
Views: 1518

Re: Saxum James Berry Vineyard ... Collectible ?

My point was that the fine wine market prefers lower alcohol, lower ripeness, lower weight wines which is why the prices of Burgundy are in other spheres (as the orginal poster asked why is this 96-97 point wine for 300 to 800 bucks is more of a collectible than the 97 point wine for 89 bucks). I’d...
by Andy Sc
April 8th, 2021, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saxum James Berry Vineyard ... Collectible ?
Replies: 41
Views: 1518

Re: Saxum James Berry Vineyard ... Collectible ?

It's just a question of demand. The fine wine market is geared towards lower alcohol, lower ripeness and less weight wines. Central Californian wines do not belong in that catgory. Same for me, while I admire the occasional young Napa or Central Cali wine for its technical abilities, the complexity...
by Andy Sc
April 8th, 2021, 5:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Have the 2010 red Burgundies closed down harder than usual?
Replies: 22
Views: 1434

Re: Have the 2010 red Burgundies closed down harder than usual?

had a 2010 Dujac CDLR last month that was GLORIOUS The bottle I had half a year ago was glorious too as you could sense that there is so much of everything, such a high precision and complexity and unbelievable structure but this bottle was clearly in shutdown mode and far away from what it could be.
by Andy Sc
April 8th, 2021, 5:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saxum James Berry Vineyard ... Collectible ?
Replies: 41
Views: 1518

Re: Saxum James Berry Vineyard ... Collectible ?

It's just a question of demand. The fine wine market is geared towards lower alcohol, lower ripeness and less weight wines. Central Californian wines do not belong in that catgory. Same for me, while I admire the occasional young Napa or Central Cali wine for its technical abilities, the complexity...
by Andy Sc
April 8th, 2021, 5:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saxum James Berry Vineyard ... Collectible ?
Replies: 41
Views: 1518

Re: Saxum James Berry Vineyard ... Collectible ?

It's just a question of demand. The fine wine market is geared towards lower alcohol, lower ripeness and less weight wines. Central Californian wines do not belong in that catgory. Same for me, while I admire the occasional young Napa or Central Cali wine for its technical abilities, the complexity ...
by Andy Sc
April 7th, 2021, 2:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Inside Bordeaux
Replies: 37
Views: 2004

Re: Inside Bordeaux

Are there some noteworthy estates which have migrated from a riper, oakier style towards earlier harvesting and less oak? If so, which ones? That has happened a lot in California. A significant number of wineries pushed the limits of ripeness and oak in the early 2000s vintages, and in the last dec...
by Andy Sc
April 6th, 2021, 3:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What ONE BOTTLE from your cellar will be your special occasion wine in five years?
Replies: 171
Views: 7796

Re: What ONE BOTTLE from your cellar will be your special occasion wine in five years?

I'll be 40 in 2023. I expect La Tache will be opened. Wow, killer bottle. What's your birthday? I'll also be 40 in 2023. September. Been trying to figure out what I'll want on the big day. Seems 83 wasn't a very good birth year? May 11. 83 is a great birthyear! There’s a bunch of good Bordeaux and ...
by Andy Sc
April 6th, 2021, 3:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendation for Greatness
Replies: 53
Views: 3010

Re: Recommendation for Greatness

I agree, I prefer mature wines too but he excluded that in his initial remarks.

HB 01 is indeed excellent. So is Cheval 14, 11 or Margaux 12, 08, 06. But just not on the same levels as the truly great vintages.
by Andy Sc
April 6th, 2021, 2:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendation for Greatness
Replies: 53
Views: 3010

Re: Recommendation for Greatness

Hi everyone, I've never spent more than around $200 for a bottle (and that only a few times). I've managed to have some wonderful wines and I have enjoyed immensely. But as is always the case, I've become curious about the next level up. A friend of mine and I are talking about splitting the cost o...
by Andy Sc
April 5th, 2021, 11:06 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Best wine critic for Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 15
Views: 990

Re: Best wine critic for Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Hello! I am new to The forum and just updated my collection on Cellar Tracker. I am passionate about good Napa Cabs. Who is the best critic that is affiliated with Cellar Tracker for this region? I wanted good opinions without buying multiple subscriptions. Thanks! I can only repeat what others sai...
by Andy Sc
April 1st, 2021, 12:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WS: Breathing of Wine...Fact or Fiction
Replies: 15
Views: 1233

Re: WS: Breathing of Wine...Fact or Fiction

Thanks for sharing, very interesting paper.
by Andy Sc
March 31st, 2021, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: QPR
Replies: 74
Views: 3203

Re: QPR

Off topic really of the post but I would not tell a beginner that unless they have a pretty large budget. You could end up with a bunch of bottles you never want to open or your waiting 10-15 years for the optimum drinking window. And no I've never tried to sell cheap wines. I would either give the...
by Andy Sc
March 30th, 2021, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine and Politics
Replies: 24
Views: 2188

Re: Wine and Politics

I am planning to consign the better part of my collection to a major firm. If serious political discord continues through this year would people see this as having any effect on prices realized? Thanks. “...serious political discord continues...” Am I missing something? You mean the trade tensions ...
by Andy Sc
March 30th, 2021, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Riedel Vinum XL Pinot Noir Glass?
Replies: 8
Views: 656

Re: Riedel Vinum XL Pinot Noir Glass?

I have both versions as well as the Conterno. They are good glasses and the Restaurant version a bit shorter and stronger. I use the mainly for PN The Conterno is an altogether different beast and I love it. Perfect for Nebbiolo, mainly for me Barbaresco and Barolo. This glass is pricey and to me, ...
by Andy Sc
March 29th, 2021, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: QPR
Replies: 74
Views: 3203

Re: QPR

Loading up is simply a dangerous thing to do for a beginner, regardless of whether you're talking about "high end" wines or "value wines" (acknowledging that some on this thread will argue that "high end" is subjective and therefore meaningless). The reality is that ev...
by Andy Sc
March 29th, 2021, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: QPR
Replies: 74
Views: 3203

Re: QPR

The opposite is just as true. Load up on a particular area and high/higher end wines and as your palate changes you no longer enjoy them nearly as much as you did in the past. The single biggest mistake one can make when beginning to collect wine is to load up on "value" wines that they m...
by Andy Sc
March 29th, 2021, 5:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Embrace your cellar diversity
Replies: 117
Views: 5428

Re: Embrace your cellar diversity

57% France (increasing due to focus on Burgundy and Champagne, which are only at 10% and 6% yet, Bordeaux at 35%; N Rhone and S Rhone at 4% each) 19% USA (shrinking, was once at 50%+, mostly Napa, still buy some selective wines from favorite wineries) 9% Italy (4% Super Tuscans, 3% Barolo, 1.5% Sang...
by Andy Sc
March 25th, 2021, 12:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1995 and 1996 Bordeaux at 25: worth the hype?
Replies: 77
Views: 3367

Re: 1995 and 1996 Bordeaux at 25: worth the hype?

It's always interesting to check what the broad fine wine drinking community thinks. Below are the top 20 wines for each vintage on Cellartracker for 1995, 1996 and the good/great vintages before. As you can see in the table below, the perception of 1996 and 1995 is closer to the good but not great ...
by Andy Sc
March 23rd, 2021, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Latour released... Any takers?
Replies: 51
Views: 3061

Re: 2013 Latour released... Any takers?

None of the first growths' prices make sense compared to other Bordeaux of similar scores. I agree with that for lesser or off vintages. In great vintages it's a different story and a premium is often justified. this is where points often fails to really describe wines in an appropriate quality. A ...
by Andy Sc
March 23rd, 2021, 8:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Latour released... Any takers?
Replies: 51
Views: 3061

Re: 2013 Latour released... Any takers?

crickey wrote: March 23rd, 2021, 7:12 am None of the first growths' prices make sense compared to other Bordeaux of similar scores.
I agree with that for lesser or off vintages. In great vintages it's a different story and a premium is often justified.
by Andy Sc
March 23rd, 2021, 7:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Latour released... Any takers?
Replies: 51
Views: 3061

Re: 2013 Latour released... Any takers?

The Liv-Ex article pointed to the "paucity" of scores. Three more came out yesterday. AG: 92 NM: 91 LPB: 93 Based on the curve in the Liv-Ex article, $480 unfortunately seems about correct based on their more recent methodology. If they followed the older methodology (using Neal Martin's ...
by Andy Sc
March 23rd, 2021, 6:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Latour released... Any takers?
Replies: 51
Views: 3061

Re: 2013 Latour released... Any takers?

One for restaurants and non-knowledgeable drinkers only.
by Andy Sc
March 22nd, 2021, 11:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me pick a Champagne for my wife's birthday
Replies: 28
Views: 1365

Re: Help me pick a Chamagne for my wife's birthday

They just emailed me. They're out of the LP Grand Siecle 23. The have the 24, but while it's a great wine, that's 2007, 2006 and 2004. That's fallen off my list. Cheers, Warren I would agree with that, not the same quality level. I've had it twice in the past 12 months and it begged for more cellar...
by Andy Sc
March 22nd, 2021, 6:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Cellartracker still the go-to for managing cellar?
Replies: 111
Views: 4883

Re: Is Cellartracker still the go-to for managing cellar?

But to get all the beautiful graphics, all the stats, all the search and sort functions which are so much more extensive than with all other apps, you have to type in all information yourself (as the automatic database is not overly accurate). I don't care to do that as I'm a wine freak anyway and ...

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