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by Jan Janas
November 22nd, 2020, 2:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8965
Views: 1353181

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

This is incredible work, Don! However, it is laughable that auction houses and the series of professional authenticators let slip 100 lots of fake wines to be checked, photographed, cataloged, and sold. What a world, jeez.
by Jan Janas
November 22nd, 2020, 12:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia
Replies: 15
Views: 983

Re: TN: 2007 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia

Thanks for sharing, Matt! I just opened a 2005 from 375ml bottle and must say that your note is pretty much spot-on! Mine is still developing in the glass (poured through the Coravin's aerator) but is showing beautiful red berry fruits and red cherries on the palate, and similar aromatics: dried thy...
by Jan Janas
November 22nd, 2020, 12:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: “The Myth of Old World Wine”
Replies: 5
Views: 1040

Re: “The Myth of Old World Wine”

I couldn't really get what he was trying to argue. The fact that winemaking, even in the Old World, constantly changed, does not refute the view of profound differences between the two - especially if viewed from shorter timeframes, and in practical terms (how does the wine smell and taste). The fac...
by Jan Janas
November 13th, 2020, 12:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1607
Views: 108093

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Laherte Freres Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature NV 11/19 Deg. - This was a great showing from a grower that more and more climbs to the highest echelon in my mind. I couldn't believe this was non-dose, as it was perfectly balanced as is, generous and giving already despite the young age. Complex aromatic...
by Jan Janas
November 8th, 2020, 12:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas)
Replies: 8
Views: 595

Re: TN: 2007 Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas)

Just won a 2001 of this on auction right now - hoping for it to be much more open for business. Can't wait to try! It's going to be my first Clape Cornas.
by Jan Janas
November 3rd, 2020, 2:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If only one country...
Replies: 103
Views: 3387

Re: If only one country...

Arras is the big gun of Tasmanian sparkling. Their current Late Disgorged is 2002!!!! Over 10 years on lees. Thanks, I will try to pick up the NV before deciding if I want to go deeper into their portfolio. I live in Australia and I see 2005 late disgorged for A$180, which veers into higher-end Cha...
by Jan Janas
November 2nd, 2020, 4:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If only one country...
Replies: 103
Views: 3387

Re: If only one country...

For me it would be Australian. Have had some amazing Tasmanian sparkling wines (champagne caliber) and they offer such breadth of selection among both red and white varietals. And I have almost no experience with South American / South African / Portuguese wine. What tasmanian sparklers did you lik...
by Jan Janas
October 30th, 2020, 4:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Value Santorini Assyrtiko: Sigalas or Hatzidakis?
Replies: 56
Views: 1745

Re: Best Value Santorini Assyrtiko: Sigalas or Hatzidakis?

To answer the OP: IMO, the best value Santorini Assyrtiko is currently Argyros, following the death of Haridimos Hatzidakis. This is what I was trying to tell right from the start. I really don't see how Sigalas could be of great value from the first place and why everybody was voting it. Probably ...
by Jan Janas
October 28th, 2020, 11:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Champagne under $40
Replies: 102
Views: 5603

Re: Best Champagne under $40

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:
October 28th, 2020, 1:58 pm
Just picked-up one bottle of the Lahert Freres to try. $40.
Good choice! Loads of character - I love that he works with unheralded terroir and churn out such good Champagnes with distinctive individuality. Let us know how you like it!
by Jan Janas
October 27th, 2020, 11:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Champagne under $40
Replies: 102
Views: 5603

Re: Best Champagne under $40

If the Vilmart Grand Cellier were in the $40 bracket, it would be a serious contender and arguably walk away with the trophy, but the Grand Reserve, albeit a good wine, is not really 'better' than many of the wines mentioned in the thread. Also, an interesting thing with Champagne is that there are ...
by Jan Janas
October 24th, 2020, 4:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Legendary QPR Wine from each Major European Region
Replies: 95
Views: 5298

Re: The Legendary QPR Wine from each Major European Region

A couple more:

Burgundy: Hudelot Noellat Bourgogne Rouge
Champagne: Laherte Freres Ultradition NV
Trentino-Alto Adige: Terlan Vorberg Riserva Pinot Bianco

[Edit: removed Australian picks after seeing EU only in title]
by Jan Janas
October 13th, 2020, 4:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you buying for November?
Replies: 13
Views: 882

Re: Which Champagne are you buying for November?

October was

NV Vilmart Cuvee Rubis
NV Laherte Freres Ultradition
NV Bereche Brut Reserve
NV Chartogne-Taillet Cuvee St Anne

Not sure about November yet, I will see if some interesting offers pop up
by Jan Janas
October 10th, 2020, 6:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Cedric Bouchard Val Vilaine
Replies: 18
Views: 1086

Re: TN: Cedric Bouchard Val Vilaine

Vilaine for $80 is one of the all time champagne steals for the quality. This hurts so much - in Australia the price is A$170 (US$123), with the Les Ursules at A$230, similar markups for Egly-Ouriet, which turns me off to try their wines. Can't wait to travel to Europe and go deep into all these be...
by Jan Janas
October 10th, 2020, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Cedric Bouchard Val Vilaine
Replies: 18
Views: 1086

Re: TN: Cedric Bouchard Val Vilaine

Vilaine for $80 is one of the all time champagne steals for the quality. This hurts so much - in Australia the price is A$170 (US$123), with the Les Ursules at A$230, similar markups for Egly-Ouriet, which turns me off to try their wines. Can't wait to travel to Europe and go deep into all these be...
by Jan Janas
October 10th, 2020, 4:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Cedric Bouchard Val Vilaine
Replies: 18
Views: 1086

Re: TN: Cedric Bouchard Val Vilaine

Just went to visit Cédric yesterday. As well as a vertical of Creux d'Enfer, a stunning magnum of 2008 Ursules (the best mature Bouchard wine I ever tasted, surpassing high expectations), and a few other bottles, we tried the newly-released 2018 Val Vilaine. It's super demonstrative and fleshy, whi...
by Jan Janas
October 2nd, 2020, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 PYCM
Replies: 8
Views: 2085

Re: 2018 PYCM

Anyone here knows how PYCM’s Bourgogne Blanc compares in 2018 vs 2016? I have tried neither but notes on CT seem to suggest the former is very big and ripe and the latter a bit austere.

If I had to buy one to drink now which vintage would you recommend?
by Jan Janas
September 7th, 2020, 1:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Mugneret-Gibourg Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Les Chaignots
Replies: 67
Views: 3455

Re: TN: 2014 Mugneret-Gibourg Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Les Chaignots

How far is Robert Chevillon’s Le Chaignots from M-G in terms of quality? While recent vintages have crept up in price too, older ones are available for half the price of M-G. I find MG to be a far superior producer in general across the board, and I find the MG Chaignot specifically to be a far sup...
by Jan Janas
September 5th, 2020, 5:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Mugneret-Gibourg Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Les Chaignots
Replies: 67
Views: 3455

Re: TN: 2014 Mugneret-Gibourg Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Les Chaignots

How far is Robert Chevillon’s Le Chaignots from M-G in terms of quality? While recent vintages have crept up in price too, older ones are available for half the price of M-G.
by Jan Janas
August 30th, 2020, 2:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Spain 6-pack offer: what do you think?
Replies: 0
Views: 308

Spain 6-pack offer: what do you think?

One of my favorite wine shops just came out with an offer for a Spanish 6-pack and I was wondering how the wines are. Spain is a country I still have to explore and where I'm still a complete beginner, which makes this pack interesting as an introduction. I'd love to know what you think of the wines...
by Jan Janas
August 23rd, 2020, 11:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Egly-Ouriet Champagne Brut "Les Vignes de Vrigny" 1er Cru
Replies: 32
Views: 1601

Re: TN: NV Egly-Ouriet Champagne Brut "Les Vignes de Vrigny" 1er Cru

What is the characteristic "patina" you are referring to William? I know he likes to age his wines on lees for quite a while, is that part of it? Egly's barrel fermentation and élevage (including his cooperage choices - all the barrels come from his friend Dominique Laurent) tend to impart a distin...
by Jan Janas
August 23rd, 2020, 4:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Brokenwood ILR Reserve Hunter Valley Semillon
Replies: 7
Views: 242

Re: TN: 2013 Brokenwood ILR Reserve Hunter Valley Semillon

Sean you just reminded that I never had a Hunter Valley Semillon yet! I was looking at it some time ago but never found one that made me jump on it. There are some very affordable options and then the prices escalate pretty quickly and I couldn't make up my mind on where to go... Brokenwood is wide...
by Jan Janas
August 23rd, 2020, 4:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Brokenwood ILR Reserve Hunter Valley Semillon
Replies: 7
Views: 242

Re: TN: 2013 Brokenwood ILR Reserve Hunter Valley Semillon

Sean you just reminded that I never had a Hunter Valley Semillon yet! I was looking at it some time ago but never found one that made me jump on it. There are some very affordable options and then the prices escalate pretty quickly and I couldn't make up my mind on where to go... Brokenwood is widel...
by Jan Janas
August 23rd, 2020, 4:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: August 2020 - Krug 162, Cote-Rotie, Riesling GG & more
Replies: 5
Views: 552

Re: TNs: August 2020 - Krug 162, Cote-Rotie, Riesling GG & more

Great notes! Your experience with Krug was similar to my first last year. I found it utterly mindblowing from both a flavour and sheer winemaking talent perspective. The word "depth" was made for Krug. I only had one, but thinking that they replicate this every year is mindblowing indeed... Thanks ...
by Jan Janas
August 23rd, 2020, 4:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Egly-Ouriet Champagne Brut "Les Vignes de Vrigny" 1er Cru
Replies: 32
Views: 1601

Re: TN: NV Egly-Ouriet Champagne Brut "Les Vignes de Vrigny" 1er Cru

I'm sorry to resuscite such and old thread, but I have question that didn't seem to warrant a new one: would you suggest this or the Tradition NV as an entry-point into Egly Ouriet's line-up? I'd suggest the Tradition—which is in fact no longer called the "Tradition", but rather just Brut Grand Cru...
by Jan Janas
August 23rd, 2020, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coravin damaging corks
Replies: 12
Views: 747

Re: Coravin damaging corks

jhans wrote:
August 23rd, 2020, 2:20 pm
I had the opposite problem. The coravin needle broke when I used it on a composite cork
Is DIAM a composite cork?
by Jan Janas
August 23rd, 2020, 5:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: August 2020 - Krug 162, Cote-Rotie, Riesling GG & more
Replies: 5
Views: 552

Re: TNs: August 2020 - Krug 162, Cote-Rotie, Riesling GG & more

Really exciting bunch of notes! Thanks for sharing. You made me realize how much I miss Krug... Thanks, Tomás! I still have a bit of Krug leftover and have to force myself from having more because I want to savour every drop of it for as long as possible... When I do get to it again tomorrow I will...
by Jan Janas
August 23rd, 2020, 4:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Egly-Ouriet Champagne Brut "Les Vignes de Vrigny" 1er Cru
Replies: 32
Views: 1601

Re: TN: NV Egly-Ouriet Champagne Brut "Les Vignes de Vrigny" 1er Cru

I'm sorry to resuscite such and old thread, but I have question that didn't seem to warrant a new one: would you suggest this or the Tradition NV as an entry-point into Egly Ouriet's line-up?
by Jan Janas
August 23rd, 2020, 4:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: August 2020 - Krug 162, Cote-Rotie, Riesling GG & more
Replies: 5
Views: 552

TNs: August 2020 - Krug 162, Cote-Rotie, Riesling GG & more

August 2020 has been a great month for me. It is the month when I got my Coravin and invested in some classic representatives of style or region to help me grow my palate while isolating at home. It is also the month when I finally found a new job for a Marketing agency and balled some money on Krug...
by Jan Janas
August 21st, 2020, 6:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Cult Of Champagne
Replies: 53
Views: 2503

Re: The Cult Of Champagne

I'm more tempted to say there's a Cult of Red Wine, as so often the reds are treated like the main event and everything else is secondary, as others have said. Of course there are those of us who don't think that way - some of whom have chimed in already - but it's pretty common with both geeks and...
by Jan Janas
August 21st, 2020, 6:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Cult Of Champagne
Replies: 53
Views: 2503

Re: The Cult Of Champagne

Al Osterheld wrote:
August 21st, 2020, 7:36 am
I have an acquaintance who calls himself a Champagne slut. This led to an awkward moment when he approvingly told a woman at a tasting "I see you're a Champagne slut, too".

-Al
[rofl.gif]
by Jan Janas
August 21st, 2020, 3:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1607
Views: 108093

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

The first time with Vilmart's Grand Cellier NV and it exceeds expectations. The way it walks the line between power and elegance is an act of class and control. Fresh butter, cream, buttermilk, white flowers, and citrus all intermingle in a delicately expressive, aromatic nose; while the palate is f...
by Jan Janas
August 21st, 2020, 3:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Cult Of Champagne
Replies: 53
Views: 2503

Re: The Cult Of Champagne

Champagne was my first vinous love - had a glass when I was 16, sitting outside at the Brasserie au General Lafayette in Paris, and it was a tremendous epiphany. I had never imagined something so steely and mineral could be so utterly delicious. We hardly ever have it at home and it really grinds m...
by Jan Janas
August 20th, 2020, 5:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Cult Of Champagne
Replies: 53
Views: 2503

Re: The Cult Of Champagne

My view of Champagne has completely changed since joining this forum. Now I open Champagnes with dinner regularly, or have it in the evening with some snacks to wind down. I view it and appreciate it like any other wine and I think that's great.
by Jan Janas
August 14th, 2020, 3:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Lots of top-tier Alsace Pinot Gris from Grand Cru Rangen (Zind-Humbrecht, Schoffit etc.)
Replies: 18
Views: 810

Re: TN: Lots of top-tier Alsace Pinot Gris from Grand Cru Rangen (Zind-Humbrecht, Schoffit etc.)

Very interesting that the Zind-Humbrecht's can be so all over the place - from the worst to one of the greatest in 12 months!
by Jan Janas
August 13th, 2020, 5:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging champagnes/ buying drinking aged champagnes- help please
Replies: 88
Views: 4181

Re: Aging champagnes/ buying drinking aged champagnes- help please

You're thinking of the NVs one sees today. They are built for the short-term consumption and the most inexpensive ones really are best when released and won't develop much if at all after release. Most Grande Marque NVs tend to benefit from aging, but most are built for maybe 10-15 years, not for 3...
by Jan Janas
August 12th, 2020, 5:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging champagnes/ buying drinking aged champagnes- help please
Replies: 88
Views: 4181

Re: Aging champagnes/ buying drinking aged champagnes- help please

One thing I neglected to mention in my first post was that some of the great values in older Champagne are non-vintage. I bought a case of 1970s Delamotte NV a few years ago that was just delicious, and more exciting than plenty of much more expensive vintage Champagnes that I can think of ... See ...
by Jan Janas
August 9th, 2020, 5:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Domaine Jamet Collines Rhodaniennes Syrah
Replies: 7
Views: 510

Re: TN: 2018 Domaine Jamet Collines Rhodaniennes Syrah

Great note Sean! Do you have any idea of how the wines of brother Jean-Luc compare with the Domaine's? I don't seem to find the Domaine wines over here, but his brother's are widely available, and he has a Collines Rhodaniennes as well
by Jan Janas
August 7th, 2020, 9:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any Pinot Blanc fans here?
Replies: 53
Views: 1775

Re: Any Pinot Blanc fans here?

A quick hit on wine-searcher gave me this list: https://www.wine-searcher.com/grape-380-pinot-blanc?tab_F=best Apart from the aforementioned Alto-Adige Pinot Bianco and the Austrian Smaragds, it seems that Germany does quite few Weissbunger GGs. Anyone ever tried one? I see none exported to Australi...
by Jan Janas
August 6th, 2020, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Wine Movie
Replies: 74
Views: 2974

Re: Favorite Wine Movie

Not a movie but the TV series Succession has a lot of great wine moments. My favorite is this one:



😂
by Jan Janas
August 6th, 2020, 1:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The world's most expensive wines- from Wine Searcher
Replies: 41
Views: 2377

Re: The world's most expensive wines- from Wine Searcher

I'm surprised to see no Barolo in the top 50. Despite all the price increases in Piedmont, it is still a relative bargain region. How much do you think the region's prices are going to grow further? Would you say this might be a golden era of buying before we approach the heights of Burgundy or are ...
by Jan Janas
August 4th, 2020, 8:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14906
Views: 744442

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2017 Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier
2017 Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnay
2017 By Farr RP Pinot Noir
2010 Yves Cuilleron Cote-Rotie Terres Sombres
2003 Chateau Rieussec
by Jan Janas
August 4th, 2020, 8:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chardonnay - why so hard to pair with food?
Replies: 50
Views: 2060

Re: Chardonnay - why so hard to pair with food?

I think you should view pairings less about the protein involved and more about textures and flavours. Oaked Chardonnays are wonderful with all kinds of creamy, buttery, nutty dishes. Most risottos (butternut squash a winner), white meats cooked in butter, potatoes, corn, mushrooms, creams, all comp...
by Jan Janas
August 4th, 2020, 7:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lets talk SA Chenin Blanc!
Replies: 16
Views: 694

Re: Lets talk SA Chenin Blanc!

Like RSA chenin blancs but love Loire chenin blancs more. Need to try a few more that need to be hunted out. Would like to try some of the Sadie Family chenins but are difficult to find and require a bit of cash. For many years my standard table chenin was the Ken Forrester 'Petit Chenin' . At $8-1...
by Jan Janas
August 2nd, 2020, 11:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py
Replies: 65
Views: 3898

Re: TN: 2018 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py

I tried the 2017 a year ago and found it very enjoyable at 13.5% ABV, albeit slightly chilled as it should be. 14.5% feels like such a jump that I'll happily leave this vintage to others. Having had the wine once, I'll happily leave all the remaining bottles of this vintage to others. Sure, it's a ...
by Jan Janas
August 1st, 2020, 6:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOW Porto - Porto's new 'World of Wine' wine district
Replies: 21
Views: 1195

Re: WOW Porto - Porto's new 'World of Wine' wine district

Thanks Tomas - it is good to hear that a good investor is backing this up, as it looked like an expensive project but as is often the state lots of money don't equate good results. Exciting to see what you report back.
by Jan Janas
July 31st, 2020, 10:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping wine (SQN) from USA to The Netherlands
Replies: 6
Views: 703

Re: Shipping wine (SQN) from USA to The Netherlands

You could also try to arrange some sort of quid pro quo with a member of this forum. You could both store wines for each other that hard to find on each side of the Atlantic - EU wines for you and US wines for you - and try to meet once a year or so and exchange the goodies. Or store and consolidate...
by Jan Janas
July 31st, 2020, 10:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOW Porto - Porto's new 'World of Wine' wine district
Replies: 21
Views: 1195

WOW Porto - Porto's new 'World of Wine' wine district

Has anyone heard of this yet? Apparently Porto just opened a massive wine district with wine and food 'experiences'. Not really sure what they entail, as a quick scroll through the website didn't make things clearer in the slightest. Looks like a lot of money went into this, and it seems more like a...
by Jan Janas
July 31st, 2020, 8:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese
Replies: 11
Views: 688

Re: TN: 2016 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese

~$55 USD/$75 CAD here for this bottling. I'd jump on any old Prum I could find, honestly. Funny you should say that! I cracked this open because we got some Indian food. Granted, it was a pretty crackling lamb Vindaloo, but I found the food overwhelmed the wine a bit so after having a glass before ...
by Jan Janas
July 31st, 2020, 7:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese
Replies: 11
Views: 688

Re: TN: 2016 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese

JJ Prum's wines are experiencing a steep increase in prices over here. Latest releases crack the AU$130 mark. I hope the pricing is better in CA. I saw some older vintages around for about half the price of the newer ones and will bite on them soon. Even as young as this 2016 was it sounds delicious...
by Jan Janas
July 31st, 2020, 7:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WINE and WAR - Lebanon Wine Documentary
Replies: 34
Views: 2166

Re: Lebanon Wine Documentary - "WINE and WAR"

Beautiful, cannot wait!

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