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by Paul @bbott
January 16th, 2021, 1:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Progress of 2010 Bordeaux
Replies: 5
Views: 471

Progress of 2010 Bordeaux

Gilman used “The Very, Very Ripe, Very, Very, Very Tannic 2010 Vintage In Bordeaux-Miraculously, Some Great Wines Found Alive On the Battlefield” as his title when he reviewed the 2010 vintage. I therefore ignored the wines for around a decade before checking their development. A fair few corks have...
by Paul @bbott
January 14th, 2021, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Burgundy EP?
Replies: 13
Views: 2104

Re: 2019 Burgundy EP?

There are plenty of merchants here in the UK that are/will be making offers. You should be able to download the previous years offers from places like the Wine Society to get an idea of what is usually available. I have read comments from Jancis that being a hot year there are some overripeness issu...
by Paul @bbott
January 10th, 2021, 2:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 15256
Views: 778475

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

6 x 2014 Chateau Meyney St. Estephe I have 6 of those as well and high hopes for them. They excelled with this vintage, and I am a long time fan of the Producer. Recently missed out on some aged bottles, told myself I'd go and grab some of the more recent. I have high hopes as well. I'll probably p...
by Paul @bbott
January 9th, 2021, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long can you go till you buy wine in 2021?
Replies: 184
Views: 6581

Re: How long can you go till you buy wine in 2021?

So many spaces to fill after Christmas and the New Year. Some 2009 Grand Puy Lacoste was purchased today to help fill the gaps.
by Paul @bbott
January 9th, 2021, 4:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 15256
Views: 778475

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Rich K0rz€nk0 wrote: January 8th, 2021, 10:08 pm 6 x 2014 Chateau Meyney St. Estephe
I have 6 of those as well and high hopes for them.
by Paul @bbott
January 9th, 2021, 4:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 15256
Views: 778475

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

6X 2019 Batailley, I decided to top up my EP purchases.
by Paul @bbott
January 7th, 2021, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: En-premier for newbies
Replies: 2
Views: 247

Re: En-premier for newbies

As someone from the UK I would suggest looking at membership of the Wine Society, they offer Burgundy, Rhône, Bordeaux and others EP each year. Regarding styles of Burgundy, I would suggest buying some of the basic burgundy from producers to get an understanding of their styles. These should also be...
by Paul @bbott
January 6th, 2021, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How would we rate 1982 Bordeaux if they were released today?
Replies: 102
Views: 4365

Re: How would we rate 1982 Bordeaux if they were released today?

The comparisons of 2016 and 1982 seem weird to me. 2016 seems like a very good vintage but not a historic one. How many people would confidently say that the 2016s stand head and shoulders above 2009, 2010, 2015, 2018, and 2019? To say nothing of 2000 and 2005. As I understand it 1982 was just &quo...
by Paul @bbott
January 6th, 2021, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Xinomavro, Mencia, Nerello Mascalese, ???????
Replies: 51
Views: 1605

Re: Xinomavro, Mencia, Nerello Mascalese, ???????

Just tasting a 2018 Peique Bierzo, light purple red, nose of cherry fruit and what I call grassy, but my wife says is cabbage tones. Positive acidity and light structure. A refreshing red that for me fills the same niche as Cabernet Franc.
by Paul @bbott
January 5th, 2021, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cantemerle
Replies: 31
Views: 1813

Re: Cantemerle

I quite agree about older Cantemerles, which were marvellous - and I'm delighted to read that the legendary 89 is still going strong! But I'm not so sure about more recent ones. The youngest I've tried was the 09, which was enjoyable, but not as good as Citran 09 at half the price. The style swings...
by Paul @bbott
January 4th, 2021, 10:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Xinomavro, Mencia, Nerello Mascalese, ???????
Replies: 51
Views: 1605

Re: Xinomavro, Mencia, Nerello Mascalese, ???????

I find that mencia/Bierzo has more in common with Cabernet Franc than those suggested, it is normally not too heavy, can be pleasingly aromatic, and unless Reserva can have a grassy crunchy flavour profile that reminds me of something from Saumur.
by Paul @bbott
January 4th, 2021, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll - off vintages in Bordeaux
Replies: 61
Views: 2461

Re: Poll - off vintages in Bordeaux

14 in particular strikes me as a vintage that will reward patience (but then I think I generally like wines more aged than Jeff) I agree totally, Neal. The 2014 vintage is one where I went deep, it hit my mark as my kind of vintage. Calling it “early drinking” - IMHO, of course - misses the vintage...
by Paul @bbott
January 3rd, 2021, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's Your Favorite Buy-and-Drink Red?
Replies: 53
Views: 2637

Re: What's Your Favorite Buy-and-Drink Red?

Cotes du Rhône Village, and mencia.
by Paul @bbott
January 1st, 2021, 11:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your cellar's core strength?
Replies: 104
Views: 4550

Re: Your cellar's core strength?

As long as we are all happy with our choices doesn’t this show diversity of tastes is a wonderful thing.
by Paul @bbott
January 1st, 2021, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your cellar's core strength?
Replies: 104
Views: 4550

Re: Your cellar's core strength?

Mostly Medoc appellations, some Loire, Burgundy, and Rhône. I really was brought up on French reds.
by Paul @bbott
December 31st, 2020, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "a crisis unlike anything the Champagne region has ever seen"
Replies: 46
Views: 3666

Re: "a crisis unlike anything the Champagne region has ever seen"

Russell Faulkner wrote: December 31st, 2020, 1:44 pm Local supermarkets here had masses of crap at €10-12.

However big house prices remained very solid.
In the UK prices are down considerably. I have been picking up Laurent Perrier for £27 Rather than £40. Pleased to say I have been doing my bit to drain the surplus over Christmas.
by Paul @bbott
December 31st, 2020, 1:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll - off vintages in Bordeaux
Replies: 61
Views: 2461

Re: Poll - off vintages in Bordeaux

I have enjoyed wines from these vintages back to the 1975, before that I cannot comment, but none of the above seem off to me in the same way as 1992 was.
by Paul @bbott
December 31st, 2020, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.
Replies: 252
Views: 10285

Re: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.

We're never going to agree, as their are fundamental taste preferences, but the "sweet" term is too often misused IMO. The implication in both your posts is rampant, perceptible residual sugar in new world wines, and noble, absolute dryness, down to the last speck of sugar in Burgundy. It...
by Paul @bbott
December 31st, 2020, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.
Replies: 252
Views: 10285

Re: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.

With the above talk of West Coast reds and Burgundy, I have to say I have always enjoyed Burgundy, but could never afford the top level hooch. I have had some West Coast Pinot at the same time and found it strangely/palpably sweet in comparison, to the point where I couldn’t drink it and haven’t tr...
by Paul @bbott
December 31st, 2020, 7:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.
Replies: 252
Views: 10285

Re: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.

With the above talk of West Coast reds and Burgundy, I have to say I have always enjoyed Burgundy, but could never afford the top level hooch. I have had some West Coast Pinot at the same time and found it strangely/palpably sweet in comparison, to the point where I couldn’t drink it and haven’t tri...
by Paul @bbott
December 31st, 2020, 6:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Museum—40,000 bottles
Replies: 37
Views: 3153

Re: Wine Museum—40,000 bottles

Be philosophical. Just think how many bottles in there must be corked, you have saved yourself a mass of disappointment by not having that collection.
by Paul @bbott
December 30th, 2020, 4:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UK Wine Shipping
Replies: 3
Views: 306

Re: UK Wine Shipping

The main impact for me will be on the personal consumption allowance, before it was theoretically limitless, from now on it will only be 18 litres of wine per person. No more filling up the car in France.
by Paul @bbott
December 28th, 2020, 11:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does the size and weight of a wine bottle matter?
Replies: 55
Views: 2179

Re: Does the size and weight of a wine bottle matter?

Interesting that this thread is focusing on the weight of standard 750 bottles where I wouldn’t go for heavier, and hasn’t, apart from a comment on500ml gone into size, eg the potential for 1 litre etc. I understand that for wineries the different sizes are a pain, but I would welcome more variety a...
by Paul @bbott
December 28th, 2020, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1724
Views: 117429

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

All were NV as they were all lined up in the same shop.
by Paul @bbott
December 28th, 2020, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1724
Views: 117429

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

With the lack of weddings and parties this year champagne has been around 30% cheaper in the UK, and we have taken the opportunity to drink a range of marques and see what they are currently producing. Laurent Perrier was the house favourite, with fairly creamy, rich brioche flavours. Pierre Mignon ...
by Paul @bbott
December 28th, 2020, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is wine cellar diversity all it is cracked up to be
Replies: 147
Views: 5686

Re: Is wine cellar diversity all it is cracked up to be

With French wines over represented in my cellar I am quite happy with limited diversity. I do try to get out of my rut occasionally though, this year I have tried all the mencia/Bierzo I can get my hands on and the year before it was nero mascallese/Etna. Like some others I have decided fruit bombs ...
by Paul @bbott
December 28th, 2020, 8:30 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Has anyone used an air fryer?
Replies: 33
Views: 6563

Re: Has anyone used an air fryer?

We have a Phillips which is great for chips(fries?) and wedges, but I haven’t explored other options with it.
by Paul @bbott
December 28th, 2020, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Extinct French grapes
Replies: 23
Views: 3131

Re: Extinct French grapes

The Cave de St Mont specialises in rediscovering the rare grapes of South West France, you may find researching them of interest.
by Paul @bbott
December 27th, 2020, 10:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Embrace your cellar diversity
Replies: 114
Views: 4769

Re: Embrace your cellar diversity

AstridKG wrote: December 27th, 2020, 1:30 pm Talk about lack of diversity... But I am trying to reduce my cellar, and most of the French wines need some time.
France 86.7%
USA 12.0%
Spain 1.3%
Mine is not dissimilar, with the vast bulk of France being Bordeaux.
by Paul @bbott
December 26th, 2020, 1:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux....and when to drink, early or late.
Replies: 38
Views: 2359

Re: Bordeaux....and when to drink, early or late.

Lots of interesting questions here, and you may find that the answers vary with who is responding as this is a personal choice to a great extent. The French tend to drink everything young, the British tend to age everything. Personally I think each vintage has its own character, 2015 is fairly frien...
by Paul @bbott
December 25th, 2020, 11:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Christmas wine?
Replies: 95
Views: 4003

Re: Your Christmas wine?

Pierre Mignon NV, premier cru, very pleasing brioche flavours.
2010 Chateau Cissac from magnum, ready to go, but no hurry to drink.
2002 Real Companhia Velha Colheita, delightfully figgy tawny.

Merry Christmas.
by Paul @bbott
December 25th, 2020, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Embrace your cellar diversity
Replies: 114
Views: 4769

Re: Embrace your cellar diversity

France 90+% Mostly Bordeaux,Burgundy, Loire, Rhône, Champagne, SW France in descending order.
Spain 5%
Portugal 4%
The odd Musar, Morelino, Nebbiolo Tokaji, Etc.
by Paul @bbott
December 25th, 2020, 2:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker wine scores
Replies: 75
Views: 4069

Re: Cellar Tracker wine scores

Adam G wrote: December 24th, 2020, 7:02 pm Scores: useless
Detailed tasting notes: very useful
Something like this, the scores follow the heard quite often but the notes can be usefully descriptive. Apart from the drink/keep recommendations.
by Paul @bbott
December 25th, 2020, 2:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12655
Views: 506135

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Christmas Eve, 2010 Fourcas Dupre and 2010 Croizet Bages. The Fourcas was less hard and tannic than previous bottles, but the Croizet was the more attractive and interesting of the two.
by Paul @bbott
December 23rd, 2020, 11:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Windfall wine purchase
Replies: 56
Views: 3664

Re: Windfall wine purchase

At the risk of being trolled, the responses to this thread are a reflection of the reason I haven’t signed up for grand cru yet, I’m still not sure if I like it here.
by Paul @bbott
December 23rd, 2020, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 15256
Views: 778475

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

12X375 Cantemerle 2010 @£20 each.
by Paul @bbott
December 23rd, 2020, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Under-the-radar winery for those with a high tolerance for brett
Replies: 17
Views: 1441

Re: Under-the-radar winery for those with a high tolerance for brett

The 1982 edition of Anthony Hanson's Burgundy 'Great Burgundy smells of shit.' Perhaps this guy loves Pinot?
by Paul @bbott
December 21st, 2020, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pedesclaux 05, Lafon-Rochet 04 and Haut-Bages Libéral 09 vs Les Mémoires 2012
Replies: 6
Views: 387

Re: Pedesclaux 05, Lafon-Rochet 04 and Haut-Bages Libéral 09 vs Les Mémoires 2012

Pedesclaux has had some rave reviews from Decanter, especially the 05 and 09 vintages.
by Paul @bbott
December 20th, 2020, 1:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?
Replies: 373
Views: 25303

Re: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?

Enjoy, I drank mine a while ago, but think it should still be alive and kicking.
by Paul @bbott
December 20th, 2020, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?
Replies: 373
Views: 25303

Re: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?

Do you mean southern Provence? Or (the few) Mourvèdre heavy wines from southern Rhône? Domain St Anne in St Gervais is one of my favourites. It was mentioned in passing on page 5. I have bought several vintages since the 1998, and with about 8 years under its belt it turns into a beautifully perfum...
by Paul @bbott
December 20th, 2020, 7:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?
Replies: 373
Views: 25303

Re: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?

Love Mourvedre! The Aussies are doing interesting Mourvedres. But, Home base for my taste is the southern Rhone!!!!!! Do you mean southern Provence? Or (the few) Mourvèdre heavy wines from southern Rhône? Domain St Anne in St Gervais is one of my favourites. It was mentioned in passing on page 5. I...
by Paul @bbott
December 20th, 2020, 3:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Flitering vs Decanting for older wines?
Replies: 23
Views: 1151

Re: Flitering vs Decanting for older wines?

I decant 90% of a bottle and if there is visible sediment I filter what’s left through an unbleached coffee filter. I’ve been doing it for years and am consistently happy with the results.
by Paul @bbott
December 19th, 2020, 11:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottom Feeder Uncontested Catagories: Champagne, Bordeaux, Loire Chenin, Red Burg, Beaujolais, Chianti, Etna Bianco, etc
Replies: 5
Views: 833

Re: Bottom Feeder Uncontested Catagories: Champagne, Bordeaux, Loire Chenin, Red Burg, Beaujolais, Chianti, Etna Bianco,

Chateau Pey la Tour by Dourthe is half the price of the Senejac and is usually drinkable if you want to go as far down as generic Bordeaux, rather than a cru bourgeois superior.
by Paul @bbott
December 14th, 2020, 10:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can a corked wine still be used in a marinade?
Replies: 34
Views: 1825

Re: Can a corked wine still be used in a marinade?

I have previously cooked a coq au vin with a corked wine, and ended up with corked coq, foul fowl. I will never do it again.
by Paul @bbott
December 13th, 2020, 10:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12655
Views: 506135

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2005 Chasse Spleen, still a good deep colour red at the rim, oak and dark fruit on the nose, tannins well integrated, but for me, the figgy aftertaste was slightly disappointing as it came over as a little over ripe. No need to rush this, but I don’t think I will rush back to the rest of my bottles ...
by Paul @bbott
December 13th, 2020, 1:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Chateau Musar 2012-1997 vertical
Replies: 56
Views: 4594

Re: TN: Chateau Musar 2012-1997 vertical

[*] 2008 Chateau Musar - Lebanon, Bekaa Valley (25.10.2019) The first few months of 2008 weren't particularly good with rain and snow, but after the late February no rains reached Beqaa for the rest of the season. The March was moderate followed by sunny spring, keeping the humidity (and the amount...
by Paul @bbott
December 5th, 2020, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you could go back in time and collect one Bordeaux wine consistently over the years...?
Replies: 105
Views: 6298

Re: If you could go back in time and collect one Bordeaux wine consistently over the years...?

I always enjoy Léoville Barton, Lagrange, and Batailley, and would be happy to have more of all of them in more vintages.
by Paul @bbott
December 5th, 2020, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Plastic wrap reduces TCA: PROVEN!?
Replies: 28
Views: 1291

Re: Plastic wrap reduces TCA: PROVEN!?

Paul Miller wrote: December 5th, 2020, 9:28 am So what’s the technique people employ? Use it as a funnel? Dunk it into the glass? How long and how much contact?
I have put it into a carafe and poured the wine in, but it is only marginally effective.
by Paul @bbott
December 5th, 2020, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Plastic wrap reduces TCA: PROVEN!?
Replies: 28
Views: 1291

Re: Plastic wrap reduces TCA: PROVEN!?

I have found it to reduce the level of TCA if a wine is lightly affected, but for most cases it hasn’t resolved the problem.
by Paul @bbott
December 1st, 2020, 10:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Northern Rhone?
Replies: 30
Views: 3063

Re: 2019 Northern Rhone?

There is a lot of information on Jancis’s site. It reads like there is some good stuff about, but cote rotie was considered superior.

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