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by Claude Kolm
December 12th, 2018, 5:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Claude Kolm Hacked, Wine Hog plagiarized
Replies: 5
Views: 1313

Re: Claude Kolm Hacked, Wine Hog plagiarized

Thanks for the kind words and sympathy above. I have a new website ( https://the-fine-wine-review.blogspot.com/ ) and am in the process of posting my notes on 2017 Burgundies (mostly from barrel or tank, a few from bottle) and some 2016 Burgundies tasted from bottle this past October and November an...
by Claude Kolm
December 3rd, 2012, 8:18 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: France/Speeding Tickets . . .
Replies: 51
Views: 1931

Re: France/Speeding Tickets . . .

Guillaume Deschamps wrote:Wait until you get one for driving 51km/h instead of 50. Also important to be extra careful in zones limited to 30km/h or 50km/h as the fines and sanctions are steeper.
The ticket indicated that the radar was within 2 km/h, so I'd have to go at least 53 to get a ticket there. [cheers.gif]
by Claude Kolm
December 2nd, 2012, 9:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Older wines from Oregon?
Replies: 10
Views: 345

Re: Older wines from Oregon?

About 10-12 years ago, I attended a retrospective tasting of Ponzi Pinot Noirs back to 1973, and there was no problem with the vitality or quality of any of those wines. As in Burgundy, producer, producer, producer.
by Claude Kolm
December 2nd, 2012, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo and Barbaresco vs. Burgundy
Replies: 138
Views: 5140

Re: Barolo and Barbaresco vs. Burgundy

Since Oliver and I do, I guess we will have to put together some wines to make our point to you. I can think of worse tasks. Not Colombo Cornas again! [smileyvault-ban.gif] I can't find Oliver making the comparison to Northern Rhône, although I can find him making the comparison to Pinot Noir, and ...
by Claude Kolm
December 2nd, 2012, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo and Barbaresco vs. Burgundy
Replies: 138
Views: 5140

Re: Barolo and Barbaresco vs. Burgundy

The analogy to me was that those Baroli and the Rhones were both wines with a lot of tannin and acid and an inky color, plus a moderate amount of fruit. Very different mouthfeel/tannins to me, and no new oak on the Gentaz/Verset line, although certainly on the Guigal branch. I know. That's why I ca...
by Claude Kolm
December 1st, 2012, 12:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo and Barbaresco vs. Burgundy
Replies: 138
Views: 5140

Re: Barolo and Barbaresco vs. Burgundy

I used to think the Northern Rhone was the analogy. That may be because in my early days of nebbiolo drinking in the 90s I was drinking the Marco de Grazia wines, all of which were very modern. Yeah, Marco de Grazia, the Noël Verset and Marius Gentaz of Piemonte. [snort.gif] [cheers.gif] The analog...
by Claude Kolm
December 1st, 2012, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo and Barbaresco vs. Burgundy
Replies: 138
Views: 5140

Re: Barolo and Barbaresco vs. Burgundy

I used to think the Northern Rhone was the analogy. That may be because in my early days of nebbiolo drinking in the 90s I was drinking the Marco de Grazia wines, all of which were very modern. Yeah, Marco de Grazia, the Noël Verset and Marius Gentaz of Piemonte. [snort.gif] [cheers.gif] That being...
by Claude Kolm
November 29th, 2012, 6:55 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: France/Speeding Tickets . . .
Replies: 51
Views: 1931

Re: France/Speeding Tickets . . .

Last week I received a ticket in the mail for having done 57 km/hr in a small Burgundy town (50 km/hr) on the RN in the Côte de Nuits, i.e., 35.3 mph in a 31 mph zone. Beware!
by Claude Kolm
November 27th, 2012, 8:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does the Domaine have any responsibility for a corked La Tache and Premoxed Clos des Mouches
Replies: 57
Views: 1639

Re: Does the Domaine have any responsibility for a corked La Tache and Premoxed Clos des Mouches

Lady Luck was not good to us last week; we went to a friend's house who served a la Tache 1996 was pretty seriously corked, nothing apparent apart from corkiness. It's funny, but on my one visit to DRC, in 1998, tagging along with Claude Kolm, Aubert de Villaine opened a 96 La Tache along with the ...
by Claude Kolm
November 27th, 2012, 5:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Domaine Chignard Fleurie Les Moriers (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Fleurie)
Replies: 8
Views: 281

Re: TN: 2011 Domaine Chignard Fleurie Les Moriers (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Fleurie)

Jeremy Holmes wrote:What year was his last vintage?
Off the top of my head, must have been somewhere around 2005-2006.
by Claude Kolm
November 27th, 2012, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stemware! Seriously?
Replies: 109
Views: 5759

Re: Stemware! Seriously?

Before Riedel bought Spiegelau, Amazon would have them on sale for less than $2/stem. The good old days... I remember $6 per stem . . . but not $2. Either way . . . CHEAP! At one point, with credits, free shipping, etc. it was down to $0.83 per stem for Spiegelau if you hit it right (made great and...
by Claude Kolm
November 27th, 2012, 5:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Domaine Chignard Fleurie Les Moriers (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Fleurie)
Replies: 8
Views: 281

Re: TN: 2011 Domaine Chignard Fleurie Les Moriers (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Fleurie)

Jeremy Holmes wrote:No experience with the latter Claude. What's your take?
I think the son is good (but more modern); however, I've not had one from him yet that could thrill me the way the father's wines could -- père was not only my favorite Fleurie producer but one of my handful of favorite Bojo producers, period.
by Claude Kolm
November 27th, 2012, 4:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Domaine Chignard Fleurie Les Moriers (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Fleurie)
Replies: 8
Views: 281

Re: TN: 2011 Domaine Chignard Fleurie Les Moriers (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Fleurie)

What's your preference between these wines and the ones the father used to make, Jeremy?
by Claude Kolm
November 27th, 2012, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo and Barbaresco vs. Burgundy
Replies: 138
Views: 5140

Re: Barolo and Barbaresco vs. Burgundy

Claude Kolm wrote:
Anthony Lombardi wrote:I certainly acknowledge a synergy between the two regions' red wines, but as I think it through, Nebbiolo & Pinot Noir are quite different from each other.
There are some quite decent Pinot Nero produced in Piedmont, too.
by Claude Kolm
November 27th, 2012, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo and Barbaresco vs. Burgundy
Replies: 138
Views: 5140

Re: Barolo and Barbaresco vs. Burgundy

Anthony Lombardi wrote:I certainly acknowledge a synergy between the two regions' red wines, but as I think it through, Nebbiolo & Pinot Noir are quite different from each other.
There are some decent Pinot Neri in Piedmont, too.
by Claude Kolm
November 26th, 2012, 5:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great Producer in an Off Vintage vs. Good Producer in a Great Vintage
Replies: 34
Views: 1030

Re: Great Producer in an Off Vintage vs. Good Producer in a Great Vintage

It also depends on what producers you count in the first tier. If your definition for Sauternes is that only Yquem is first tier, then there are several other "second tier" producers that I would take over Yquem.
by Claude Kolm
November 22nd, 2012, 8:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Burgundy
Replies: 151
Views: 12025

Re: 2012 Burgundy

by Claude Kolm
November 15th, 2012, 11:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jaboulet-Isnard ??
Replies: 3
Views: 212

Re: Jaboulet-Isnard ??

According to the first edition of Parker's Rhone book (it pays to be a packrat), the wine sold under the J-I and Passat names was identical to the Jaboulet bottles, except that no La Chapelle was sold under those names. According to what Philippe Jaboulet told me on multiple occasions when I questi...
by Claude Kolm
November 14th, 2012, 12:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 09's including 7xDRC's, 2 Rousseau Big Boys and Faiveley Moose
Replies: 30
Views: 1202

Re: 09's including 7xDRC's, 2 Rousseau Big Boys and Faiveley Moose

Thanks for the notes. Interesting in that didn't Aubert de Villaine think the DRC 09's have more potential than the 2010's? A more structured vintage.... Not sure what you're referring to Mike, but Aubert is extremely high on the 2009s. Hi Claude, I think it was the interview Antonio Galloni did wi...
by Claude Kolm
November 13th, 2012, 11:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 09's including 7xDRC's, 2 Rousseau Big Boys and Faiveley Moose
Replies: 30
Views: 1202

Re: 09's including 7xDRC's, 2 Rousseau Big Boys and Faiveley Moose

Mike During wrote:Thanks for the notes. Interesting in that didn't Aubert de Villaine think the DRC 09's have more potential than the 2010's? A more structured vintage....
Not sure what you're referring to Mike, but Aubert is extremely high on the 2009s.
by Claude Kolm
November 13th, 2012, 5:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 09's including 7xDRC's, 2 Rousseau Big Boys and Faiveley Moose
Replies: 30
Views: 1202

Re: 09's including 7xDRC's, 2 Rousseau Big Boys and Faiveley Moose

Interesting point of view. Having tasted the entire range of 2009 DRCs once from barrel and twice from bottle, I think it is the best young vintage I've ever tasted from the Domaine (which goes back to the 1985 vintage for tasting upon release). And this despite the fact that I'm not a huge fan of 2...
by Claude Kolm
November 4th, 2012, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone else notice Beaujolais/Dolcetto similarities?
Replies: 30
Views: 571

Re: Anyone else notice Beaujolais/Dolcetto similarities?

I wouldn't judge anything by the '09 version of it, if you know what I mean. If you're comparing the better examples of both in a typical vintage, the structure of the wines is quite different; good Dolcetto is normally quite tannic. I'm with Oliver. Only occasionally do I find a Dolcetto with a te...
by Claude Kolm
November 3rd, 2012, 12:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN : 2004 Clos de la Roche - Domaine Dujac
Replies: 62
Views: 1720

Re: TN : 2004 Clos de la Roche - Domaine Dujac

I asked J Seysses this question when at the domaine long ago. His American wife prefers the name Clos la Roche so whoever orders labels--him or her--decides. alan Some friends had the Dujac Clos la Roche '71 last night and where amazed. Since when it changed from Clos la Roche to Clos DE la Roche ?...
by Claude Kolm
November 1st, 2012, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1982 burg vintage?
Replies: 55
Views: 1376

Re: 1982 burg vintage?

Cold soaking is a more complex subject, Berry. Henri Jayer had a big influence on a whole generation or more of producers, and not just on cold soaking. Some that are now tiptoeing into using some stems say that it was Jayer who had convinced them not to use any stems.
by Claude Kolm
November 1st, 2012, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1982 burg vintage?
Replies: 55
Views: 1376

Re: 1982 burg vintage?

until the use of new oak became widespread in Burgundy When would you say this was? Early 90s? End of the 1980s is when it began. Ponsot referred to it as the Parker effect* -- for those who weren't following Burgundy at the time, I think it is difficult to conceive of how influential Parker was in...
by Claude Kolm
November 1st, 2012, 1:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1982 burg vintage?
Replies: 55
Views: 1376

Re: 1982 burg vintage?

On the subtopic of Ponsot and no new oak, I asked Laurent Ponsot yesterday about the claim by Remington Norman in the first edition of his book that Ponsot used 20% new oak (see post no. 18 in this thread) and Laurent said that Norman had been mistaken. He said that the estate always tried to avoid ...
by Claude Kolm
October 17th, 2012, 8:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Counter Intuitive Wine / Food advice (Wine is a no no with Pizza?)
Replies: 40
Views: 1257

Re: Counter Intuitive Wine / Food advice (Wine is a no no with Pizza?)

IIRC, Rudy liked Romanée-Conti with pizza -- probably 1911, but in a pinch 1923 or 1945 would do.
by Claude Kolm
October 16th, 2012, 5:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ZOMFG: "World's best wine shop" opens in London
Replies: 27
Views: 2134

Re: ZOMFG: "World's best wine shop" opens in London

a 1923 DRC Romanee-Conti This is the second mention of 1923 Romanée-Conti on the board this week. Yield was 3 hl/ha, producing about 900 bottles of wine. We know, of course, that the Germans pillaged cellars during WWII and of course the wines would have been distributed to top restaurants and back...
by Claude Kolm
October 12th, 2012, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: As it turns out, Erix Texier makes good wine!
Replies: 15
Views: 803

Re: As it turns out, Erix Texier makes good wine!

A 50% hit rate when tasted non-blind by someone with a personal relationship and an economic interest in selling the wines. Great showing, this. But don't mind me, keep rooting for your buddy. So as a lawyer, David, you have an economic interest in everything you say about your clients, right? Does...
by Claude Kolm
October 12th, 2012, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berlin Riesling Cup - Grosse Gewächse 2011
Replies: 28
Views: 2294

Re: Berlin Riesling Cup - Grosse Gewächse 2011

La Borne is indeed an amazing wine, Lars, but it is an auction wine and made in very, very tiny quantities.

BTW, you can get some great wines, too, if you go across the street from Wittmann to Groebe.
by Claude Kolm
October 11th, 2012, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berlin Riesling Cup - Grosse Gewächse 2011
Replies: 28
Views: 2294

Re: Berlin Riesling Cup - Grosse Gewächse 2011

Again the vintage underlines the fact that the Best Dry Grand Cru Rieslings Grosses Gewächs come right now from the regions Nahe&Rheinhessen. This brings up an interesting point, Martin. For several years in a row, now, I come away from Wiesbaden thinking that the same handful of producers, always ...
by Claude Kolm
October 11th, 2012, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is burgundy better now across the board than 10-15 years ago?
Replies: 75
Views: 2390

Re: Is burgundy better now across the board than 10-15 years ago?

N.B. -- I believe that by 1992 Leflaive had converted to biodynamie. There was a relatively poor stretch at the estate in the late 1980s and early 1990s when production levels were simply too high -- and that's what led to the experimentation, which included biodynamie, as a hope for reducing yield...
by Claude Kolm
October 10th, 2012, 8:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is burgundy better now across the board than 10-15 years ago?
Replies: 75
Views: 2390

Re: Is burgundy better now across the board than 10-15 years ago?

Jeremy -- It's true that there was a gradual change in style for white wines in the late 1980s/early 1990s, and I, too, prefer the older style when well accomplished. But if one were to apply today's materials to the older style, I think we'd see still more incredible wines. Alas, while I can find s...
by Claude Kolm
October 10th, 2012, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is burgundy better now across the board than 10-15 years ago?
Replies: 75
Views: 2390

Re: Is burgundy better now across the board than 10-15 years ago?

Clive Coates has some sound thoughts that I agree with here: http://www.clive-coates.com/observations/burgundy-has-never-been-so-fine Although there have been important changes in the cellars, without a doubt, the most significant changes at the finest estates in the past twenty years has been in th...
by Claude Kolm
October 4th, 2012, 8:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does DRC suck?
Replies: 24
Views: 1296

Re: Does DRC suck?

I'm sure that Rudy's got just the bottle for you. Just wait 'til he gets out of prison.
by Claude Kolm
October 3rd, 2012, 5:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Burg Pre Cru Communes ?
Replies: 20
Views: 611

Re: Favorite Burg Pre Cru Communes ?

Berry Crawford wrote:SLB
I think the question relates to only those that have grand cru vineyards.
by Claude Kolm
October 3rd, 2012, 4:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Burg Pre Cru Communes ?
Replies: 20
Views: 611

Re: Favorite Burg Pre Cru Communes ?

I normally don't like to answer these types of questions, but if we're counting Amoureuses and Clos Saint-Jacques out, then I think Cros Parantoux, Malconsorts, much of Suchots, a small part of Brulées, Reignots in climate change times, and part of Petits Monts (possibly also limited to climate chan...
by Claude Kolm
October 3rd, 2012, 3:37 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Berlin Recommendations?
Replies: 6
Views: 319

Re: Berlin Recommendations?

Incredible museums in Berlin: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_museums_and_galleries_in_Berlin . Not only the greatest museum you've never heard of, but it's at least the equal of any museum you've heard of, e.g., Louvre, Met, etc.: http://www.smb.museum/smb/sammlungen/details.php?objID=5&lang=e...
by Claude Kolm
October 1st, 2012, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Limestone....????
Replies: 69
Views: 3431

Re: Why Limestone....????

John Morris wrote:I don't think all oeno-geological roads lead to limestone, Tom. . . . The Medoc is gravel, chalk and clay and Champagne is famously chalky.
John -- chalk is a form of limestone; I suspect that its presence in the Médoc is one reason why Paul brought it up with respect to Monte Bello.
by Claude Kolm
October 1st, 2012, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Limestone....????
Replies: 69
Views: 3431

Re: Why Limestone....????

There are wine people who claim they can taste the limestone/chalk from the soils in wines grown on those sites. Yet scientists scoff at the idea that there is a direct transfer/transport for those minerals directly into the juice of the grapes. Paul acknowledged that those studies are probably cor...
by Claude Kolm
September 27th, 2012, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Cliff's Wine Picks blog posted with Carlisle, Buehler, and more
Replies: 3
Views: 336

Re: New Cliff's Wine Picks blog posted with Carlisle, Buehler, and more

A different Clifford Brown III:

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by Claude Kolm
September 25th, 2012, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Prum thoughts?
Replies: 17
Views: 836

Re: 2011 Prum thoughts?

I love Weins-Prum as well. They don't get the respect, but they turn out beautiful, classic Riesling, and it is very affordable. Clarification: Cliff is almost surely talking about Dr. F. Weins-Prüm, once characterized by a friend as having the unhappy distinction of being the second greatest produ...
by Claude Kolm
September 22nd, 2012, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is German riesling so much lower alcohol than all other riesling?
Replies: 72
Views: 8318

Re: Why is German riesling so much lower alcohol than all other riesling?

Thanks for the rundown, Claude. I can understand the points and Stefan Christmann's opinions (he and I discussed them too), but there are many issues that need to be ironed out still. 1. There is no historical basis -- as some in the VDP like to argue -- for keeping the Prädikat designations, espec...
by Claude Kolm
September 22nd, 2012, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is German riesling so much lower alcohol than all other riesling?
Replies: 72
Views: 8318

Re: Why is German riesling so much lower alcohol than all other riesling?

Claude: What is the new VDP rule for next year? Lars -- This is what I've been told by various producers (more or less, there wasn't 100% consistency): 1. All dry (and I think feinherb) wines must be QbA; no more Kabinett trocken, Spätlese trocken. 2. Only one dry wine can bear the designation of a...
by Claude Kolm
September 20th, 2012, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is German riesling so much lower alcohol than all other riesling?
Replies: 72
Views: 8318

Re: Why is German riesling so much lower alcohol than all other riesling?

Well, that's good to know. I've been telling people that the dry wines will always say "trocken". I'll have to stop. At least I know all of the ones we carry say it. I wonder why anyone wouldn't put it on the label? It seems awfully confusing to me. Doug -- I would expect that US importers are goin...
by Claude Kolm
September 20th, 2012, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is German riesling so much lower alcohol than all other riesling?
Replies: 72
Views: 8318

Re: Why is German riesling so much lower alcohol than all other riesling?

2. These days, you may have to check the back label to find the word "trocken," and sometimes you won't even find it there. Generally, if a wine is 13% alcohol or above, it will be trocken (some trockens will be lower, but some wines with residual sugar can get into the 12% range, too.) Claude, I b...
by Claude Kolm
September 20th, 2012, 7:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is German riesling so much lower alcohol than all other riesling?
Replies: 72
Views: 8318

Re: Why is German riesling so much lower alcohol than all other riesling?

Thanks for the info, everyone. What are some good examples of dry German riesling that are reasonably priced and reasonably available in the US? Some names: Wittmann, (Klaus-Peter) Keller, Kuhn, Rebholz, Christmann, Bassermann-Jordan, Leitz .... Attention: while the basic Rieslings are oftenm dry, ...
by Claude Kolm
September 18th, 2012, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1982 burg vintage?
Replies: 55
Views: 1376

Re: 1982 burg vintage?

Ponsot's 86 Griotte Chambertin and particularly Clos De La Roche came around wonderfully in the end, the latter a glimpse of heaven some five years ago. Tom -- You might enjoy this little essay by Kermit Lynch ( http://kermitlynch.com/newsletters/0502-February2005.pdf - scroll down to "Losing Parke...
by Claude Kolm
September 18th, 2012, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1982 burg vintage?
Replies: 55
Views: 1376

Re: 1982 burg vintage?

billnanson wrote:Back to '82: Recent experience (okay 2 years ago!)
That's "okay" and not "oaky," right, Bill? neener newhere [smileyvault-ban.gif] deadhorse [whistle.gif] blahblah [head-bang.gif] [oops.gif] [berserker.gif] [headbang.gif] [gen_fro.gif]
by Claude Kolm
September 18th, 2012, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1982 burg vintage?
Replies: 55
Views: 1376

Re: 1982 burg vintage?

"Tastes like oak" is different from "oaky" the way that I read it, and based on the discussion above, others, too. You've lost me. Where are the words "Tastes like oak" that you are quoting? A The words "tastes like oak" are put in quotation marks not to indicate that I am quoting them from somewhe...

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