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by Paul @bbott
October 26th, 2020, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: 72cl Wine Bottles
Replies: 3
Views: 111

Re: 72cl Wine Bottles

Not only were there 72cl bottles, but I can also remember drinking some 70cl bottles as well. As you say though, this is all pre EU. I even have a 1975 Cantemerle label at 73cl, but am struggling to upload the photo from my iPad.
by Paul @bbott
October 25th, 2020, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12442
Views: 481921

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Dom Devevey Beaune Pertuisots 1er cru 2010, a lightish but well balanced pinot, not for the long term, but very pleasing and will last 5 more years.
by Paul @bbott
October 18th, 2020, 10:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12442
Views: 481921

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Last night 2010 Château Senejac which is approaching middle age and very relaxed about it.
by Paul @bbott
October 18th, 2020, 10:14 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Starting a Wine Collection
Replies: 8
Views: 645

Re: Starting a Wine Collection

Lots of good advice already, you may find it interesting to see how a wine evolves over time. When you find a wine that you like buy at least 6 of a youngish vintage and open one every couple of years. And remember to make some notes to look back at.

Enjoy.
by Paul @bbott
October 17th, 2020, 10:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you do with wines you’re not interested in drinking?
Replies: 28
Views: 1626

Re: What do you do with wines you’re not interested in drinking?

I tend to avoid bottles for a while, but am sometimes pleasantly surprised when they exceed my expectations. There must be some psychology in there. If they are turkeys they become marinade or sauce.
by Paul @bbott
October 16th, 2020, 3:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2020 Vintage, other than smoke
Replies: 15
Views: 1155

Re: 2020 Vintage, other than smoke

Gavin Quinney has an excellent article on the 2020 Bordeaux harvest available for all to access on Jancis Robinson’s website. Looks like another potential hot,ripe harvest for those that enjoy that style.
by Paul @bbott
October 15th, 2020, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: QPR Hall of Fame
Replies: 72
Views: 4508

Re: QPR Hall of Fame

Many Côtes du Rhône Villages reds, Languedoc reds, Senejac, Cantemerle and Caronne St Gemme
by Paul @bbott
October 14th, 2020, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me buy ~200 bottles of Bordeaux to drink by 2024
Replies: 23
Views: 1748

Re: Help me buy ~200 bottles of Bordeaux to drink by 2024

If possible, look into buying some wines from 2001, 2006 and 2008. These are excellent vintages that are a bit under the radar compared with vintages like 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2016. This is good advice, even the 2008s will give you a different taste experience to younger wines and will give an indi...
by Paul @bbott
October 14th, 2020, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14690
Views: 730512

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

12 Angludet 2011 in 375s, have had loads of this already and at £14 a bottle I reckon the QPR on this is outstanding.
by Paul @bbott
October 11th, 2020, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12442
Views: 481921

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Domain Heretzyn Gevrey Chambertin VV 2010, a very nicely balanced Pinot Noir, good for a village level and with a few years left in it yet. ***
by Paul @bbott
October 11th, 2020, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is bordeaux price dropping ?
Replies: 76
Views: 4092

Re: Why is bordeaux price dropping ?

Jeff Leve wrote:
October 11th, 2020, 11:20 am

It’s a great time to be a wine drinker. It’s a bad time to be a wine investor.
As someone who can’t afford to be a wine investor and looks back at the prices of the 1980s with a sigh I am currently more happy than I have been in recent years.
by Paul @bbott
October 9th, 2020, 10:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12442
Views: 481921

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Ch Fourcas Dupre 2010. Dark, hard, lean, no fun at all and I am not confident that there is enough fruit underneath the tannin to survive the wait. I wish I didn’t have 5 more of these. ** only.
by Paul @bbott
October 7th, 2020, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Preferred Burgundy Glass
Replies: 115
Views: 9056

Re: Preferred Burgundy Glass

I heard somewhere that the lead in the surface of a glass is absorbed into the first few glasses of wine, and none would subsequently be released. There was a warning that abrasive dish washing would expose more lead to be absorbed. I searched for papers on this, and the following was the best I cou...
by Paul @bbott
October 6th, 2020, 7:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12442
Views: 481921

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Domain Ferraton, St Joseph, Lieu Dit Paradis, 2016. Nowhere near ready, closed down tightly, even on day two it had to be splash decanted. It has promise, but is no fun at the moment. I would give it at least 2 years before trying again.
by Paul @bbott
October 3rd, 2020, 12:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste
Replies: 22
Views: 2444

Re: TN: 2014 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

2014 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac (2/10/2018) A return to form - for me, at least. Having had a vertical covering 3 decades of GPL, with the more recent (and ripe! vintages, too) bottlings having been served last, I had all but thrown in the towel on this label (i.e...
by Paul @bbott
September 29th, 2020, 10:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)
Replies: 1242
Views: 58775

Re: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)

“So full of texture, sifting, shifting, like licking clay off a potter’s wheel.” Not quiet sure what Tamlyn Currin was experiencing in tasting this Hungarian wine, but I don’t think that I want to try it.
by Paul @bbott
September 28th, 2020, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about wine storage
Replies: 18
Views: 1513

Re: Question about wine storage

If you're buying wines to drink within a decade, it probably doesn't make a lot of difference. I use professional storage for long term wines like most Bordeaux classed growths. A north facing, unheated space, with the wines in a covered stack for the shorter term, with the better bottles at the bo...
by Paul @bbott
September 28th, 2020, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine scorers: Absolute or Relative to "Class" ?
Replies: 63
Views: 1754

Re: Wine scorers: Absolute or Relative to "Class" ?

I don’t use the 100 point scale. With variations in food, temperature, mood etc I don’t think I’m that reliable. The scale below with half points and +s when I think there is potential for improvement does for me 0 - faulty * - dull ** - its okay *** - I like this **** - I wish I had another case **...
by Paul @bbott
September 27th, 2020, 6:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine scorers: Absolute or Relative to "Class" ?
Replies: 63
Views: 1754

Re: Wine scorers: Absolute or Relative to "Class" ?

Absolute, irrespective of variety or anything else. I agree, but are you scoring for the drink now aspect or the potential? This is where blind tasting gets difficult, I may find this harsh now, but if I know what it is, I may know that the Batailley mentioned above needs a decade. So absolute, but...
by Paul @bbott
September 26th, 2020, 11:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Capbern
Replies: 11
Views: 713

Re: TN: 2016 Capbern

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
September 26th, 2020, 2:39 pm
Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
September 26th, 2020, 2:36 pm
I think it used to be called Gasqueton
Yep, looking it up got me there first. ;-) Ch. Capburn Gasqueton, from what I read.
The Gasqueton family sold it about a decade ago, so the shorter name has been used on a few vintages now.
by Paul @bbott
September 26th, 2020, 11:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some recent '05 Bdx
Replies: 10
Views: 1457

Re: Some recent '05 Bdx

Thanks for the information, I have been wondering whether to open my Chasse Spleen and will now go and dig it out. No rush. Clearly young, but I enjoyed mine. Pulled the cork last night Josh, still dark coloured, good tobacco and leather on the nose, slightly too low in acidity for freshness, but c...
by Paul @bbott
September 22nd, 2020, 4:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Name a wine you consistently rate higher than the critics
Replies: 49
Views: 2710

Re: Name a wine you consistently rate higher than the critics

Is this a way of reflecting on our own preferences? I often get huge satisfaction from middle range Bordeaux, such as Caronne St Gemme. It suits my taste and I have been following it since 1982 the critics never mention it, but it is like a comfort blanket for me.
by Paul @bbott
September 20th, 2020, 7:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How did you start your wine collection/cellar?
Replies: 73
Views: 4064

Re: How did you start your wine collection/cellar?

I started to drink wine in the 1980s, I didn’t have much money, so most of my early purchases were cru bourgeois claret. Still back in the day I bought 1988 Léoville-Barton for £11 and some other similar purchases. I found Burgundy thin and acidic and avoided it for over a decade. Over time I found ...
by Paul @bbott
September 19th, 2020, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Why does wine often taste better the next day (or after)
Replies: 24
Views: 994

Re: Why does wine often taste better the next day (or after)

I find this true with more bold reds, like hermitage, Rhone, sometimes Napa cabs that time helps them to open up more. Not so much with more delicate wines like Espeite de Tablas Blanc, a rhone blend. The complexity and crispness I had were a bit lost after a day in the fridge. You nailed it with t...
by Paul @bbott
September 13th, 2020, 10:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some recent '05 Bdx
Replies: 10
Views: 1457

Re: Some recent '05 Bdx

Thanks for the information, I have been wondering whether to open my Chasse Spleen and will now go and dig it out.
by Paul @bbott
September 13th, 2020, 6:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pernand Vergelesses
Replies: 31
Views: 1920

Re: Pernand Vergelesses

I have had some 2010s which were relatively lean and 2012s that were rather high in acid, the other end of the spectrum from jammy. I would normally regard the wines of Pernand to be a little restrained, but to soften with a decade of aging.
by Paul @bbott
September 12th, 2020, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12442
Views: 481921

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2010 Chateau de Puligny Montrachet, Nuits St George 1er Cru. A lovely well mannered mature Pinot Noir, with earth and red fruit flavours and well balanced acidity.
by Paul @bbott
September 12th, 2020, 11:36 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Why does wine often taste better the next day (or after)
Replies: 24
Views: 994

Re: Why does wine often taste better the next day (or after)

I experience this all the time. Many many wines are better after time in the fridge. I wish it was imagined because then it could happen for all my wines. But sadly it only works for the young ones of good quality. I would agree with this as a general statement, for wines that some would argue have...
by Paul @bbott
September 12th, 2020, 2:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12442
Views: 481921

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2010 Capbern Gasqueton, maturing and pleasing to drink, but clearly a way to go yet. Very modern and rich in style, not one for a traditionalist palette.
by Paul @bbott
September 4th, 2020, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Domaine de Chevalier (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)
Replies: 11
Views: 732

Re: TN: 2014 Domaine de Chevalier (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)

Thanks for the note, I bought 6 EP and will follow your advice and wait until 29
by Paul @bbott
September 4th, 2020, 11:03 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Europe Travel - Safe?
Replies: 43
Views: 2330

Re: Europe Travel - Safe?

My perception of risk is rather different, with Covid and BLM issues going on in the states I would suggest many Europeans would be asking if the US is safe to visit. Personally I enjoy travel and apart from known trouble spots would go anywhere
by Paul @bbott
September 3rd, 2020, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help!! Identifying Wines from Estate Sale
Replies: 12
Views: 1788

Re: Help!! Identifying Wines from Estate Sale

If the unknown Spanish red is the Valdepenas it is a fairly rough and ready Rioja substitute, often very oak matured, and very cheap in Spain. Usually drink and forget it.
by Paul @bbott
August 28th, 2020, 11:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12442
Views: 481921

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2010 Reserve de Léoville-Barton, still firm, but drinkable, and excellent with a pork chop.
by Paul @bbott
August 28th, 2020, 11:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Beaujolais
Replies: 51
Views: 3856

Re: 2019 Beaujolais

Another Beaujolais novice here with a sub-question: which (quality) producer makes the earthiest Bojo? I ask because a recent bottle of the 2016 Foillard Cote du Py was a little fruitier than I prefer. Maybe 2016 is too young to pre-judge, but I bet there are some Beaujolais producers that are more...
by Paul @bbott
August 28th, 2020, 11:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1986 Château Gressier Grand Poujeaux
Replies: 2
Views: 182

Re: TN: 1986 Château Gressier Grand Poujeaux

GGP is one of those properties that occasionally exceeds all your expectations and gives a great value mature Bordeaux experience, I wish I had more of the 79 and a time machine to go back a decade or so to when it was at peak.
by Paul @bbott
August 27th, 2020, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Double decant question
Replies: 20
Views: 1109

Re: Double decant question

I wouldn’t know the level of risk, I have simply followed the advice and refrained from doing so.
by Paul @bbott
August 27th, 2020, 6:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Double decant question
Replies: 20
Views: 1109

Re: Double decant question

Sarah, I usually reverse the cork and put the unexpanded end in first, but that leaves the purple stained cork on top. If you think they are willing to look the other way, this might at least give them the appearance of popping the cork themselves. Happy belated birthday! I too celebrated my most r...
by Paul @bbott
August 23rd, 2020, 6:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)
Replies: 1242
Views: 58775

Re: It's critic bingo! (striding confidently when not prancing)

The mulberry reference for me is quite distinct, the black version having dark fruit, earthy overtones and an intense sweet and sour balance, it makes my favourite jam. For me the chocolate reference is as much about a texture as a flavour, I would normally associate it with a fairly dusty /grainy t...
by Paul @bbott
August 22nd, 2020, 11:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Daily drinkers: clean winemaking style but savory flavors
Replies: 56
Views: 2215

Re: Daily drinkers: clean winemaking style but savory flavors

Just had the 2015 Jaume Vinsobres Reference, there was dark fruit in the mix, but loads of herb/liquorice/fennel flavours. A cru wine from the southern Cotes de Rhône
by Paul @bbott
August 22nd, 2020, 1:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12442
Views: 481921

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2014 Caronne St Gemme, first from a freshly delivered case of 12. Medium depth red, excellent nose with some complexity, slightly hollow middle palate, but came into its own with steak and mushrooms. No hurry to drink, but at this point I prefer the Senejac.
by Paul @bbott
August 21st, 2020, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14690
Views: 730512

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Not a purchase, but had a delivery from offsite storage.
12 375 2009 Batailley
12 375 2010 Cantemerle
12 2014 Caronne St Gemme
by Paul @bbott
August 19th, 2020, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Daily drinkers: clean winemaking style but savory flavors
Replies: 56
Views: 2215

Re: Daily drinkers: clean winemaking style but savory flavors

Have you tried any Irouleguy? It’s not always easy to get hold of, but can have that austere southwest France style that is more about structure and accompanying food than being a fruity quaffer.
by Paul @bbott
August 11th, 2020, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are magnums worth 3X. the price.
Replies: 51
Views: 3258

Re: Are magnums worth 3X. the price.

I’m with Henry above, my EP purchases are often magnums or halves as I get the bottle size I want at negligible price difference.
by Paul @bbott
August 9th, 2020, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12442
Views: 481921

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Update on the Beaumont 2016 from last night, not a great deal of change, still round and easy to drink, no extra development, but held together well and shouldn’t fall apart anytime soon.
by Paul @bbott
August 8th, 2020, 11:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Share your thoughts on Margaux
Replies: 44
Views: 3782

Re: Share your thoughts on Margaux

I find quite a range of styles in Margaux, I also think that a lot of them are upping their performance but changing character at the moment. I would put forward Durfort-Vivens and du Tertre as examples that are much more refined than they were compared to 2002 and 2004 era. Some non classified grow...
by Paul @bbott
August 8th, 2020, 11:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12442
Views: 481921

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2016 Beaumont Haut Medoc, still looks young, medium-full body, well balanced enough to be a pleasure to drink, but little complexity yet. Will hopefully evolve but went well with cheese and charcuterie now.
by Paul @bbott
August 7th, 2020, 11:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 1021
Views: 63466

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

I am in the UK and so not bothered by the tariff issue. I purchase most of my EP through The Wine Society which is about as solid as you get in terms of future risk. I am not looking to make any money or even massive savings. I simply want to know that I have the wine that I want, when I want it, an...
by Paul @bbott
August 6th, 2020, 10:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 1021
Views: 63466

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

Nicolas, I simply googled livex and cantemerle and their 2019 analysis was the top result. You have to check out all those you are interested in individually, but the info is open.
by Paul @bbott
August 5th, 2020, 10:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 1021
Views: 63466

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

Nicolas, if you look at Livex they graph price movements over time. Some wines prices are related to quality, others such as Cantemerle to age and tick up at around 10 years. I assume this is a reflection on the fact that it is being drunk tastes good and people want to backfill. So to answer your q...
by Paul @bbott
August 4th, 2020, 10:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vinous worth it - or should I look elsewhere?
Replies: 91
Views: 7232

Re: Vinous worth it - or should I look elsewhere?

I would suggest you consider other subscriptions as well/instead, based upon your interests. Jancis Robinson’s site is very broad in its outlook, covering the whole world of wine over time. The Wine Doctor is specifically focused on the Loire and Bordeaux. As you are in Norway you may have easier ac...

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