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by Jeff Leve
December 13th, 2019, 6:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN- 88-98-08 Lafleur, 95-96 Margaux, 02 Vogue Musigny, 90 Pichon Baron, 95 Rayas, a few 85s, Latour and much more
Replies: 21
Views: 992

Re: TN- 88-98-08 Lafleur, 95-96 Margaux, 02 Vogue Musigny, 90 Pichon Baron, 95 Rayas, a few 85s, Latour and much more

Again great notes. Always loved the 1998 Lafleur, and while I agree backward, this will be as you say profound. I was surprised by the oak levels in all 3 of the Lafleurs. Is this a fairly new thing or have these always had that going on? My few TNs are from long ago and mostly older bottles, so I ...
by Jeff Leve
December 9th, 2019, 4:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What does "pure" mean?
Replies: 47
Views: 1500

Re: What does "pure" mean?

Back in the age of Parker good wines were "ripe", "lush", "opulent" and had "good stuffing". Now good wines are "pure". You can't look at a critical review these days without seeing "pure" and praise of "purity". What does that mean? What makes a wine "pure"? The winemaker didn't spit in it or acci...
by Jeff Leve
November 9th, 2019, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1976 Mouton, 1988 Cos d’Estournel
Replies: 34
Views: 1713

Re: TN: 1976 Mouton, 1988 Cos d’Estournel

La Mission, which you may argue is not a super second, but if Haut Brion is a First Growth, then LMHB undoubtedly should have been considered for elevation. As long as you are correcting things, LMHB cannot be elevated as it is not part of the 1855 Classification neener Of course it can be elevated...
by Jeff Leve
November 9th, 2019, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1976 Mouton, 1988 Cos d’Estournel
Replies: 34
Views: 1713

Re: TN: 1976 Mouton, 1988 Cos d’Estournel

FWIW, every chateau has its ups and downs, sometimes lasting for decades. Since 2005, Mouton has been among the best of Bordeaux, at the level of any First Growth. In fact, they are IMO, potentially at the peak of the Firsts Growths today. Not only that but their second wine, Petit Mouton, is perhap...
by Jeff Leve
November 9th, 2019, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1976 Mouton, 1988 Cos d’Estournel
Replies: 34
Views: 1713

Re: TN: 1976 Mouton, 1988 Cos d’Estournel

Mark Golodetz wrote:
October 16th, 2019, 9:50 am
La Mission, which you may argue is not a super second, but if Haut Brion is a First Growth, then LMHB undoubtedly should have been considered for elevation.
As long as you are correcting things, LMHB cannot be elevated as it is not part of the 1855 Classification neener
by Jeff Leve
October 27th, 2019, 6:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Survey of Allemand
Replies: 40
Views: 2229

Re: TN: A Survey of Allemand

Jay, I think the obvious answer is to use the dark arts to push another critic forward to hype "superior" vintages and dismiss "inferior" ones. I suggest we start singing paeans to Jeff Leve's reviews. [stirthepothal.gif] (For the record, I like Jeff, but I do very much wish market pricing was corr...
by Jeff Leve
October 27th, 2019, 5:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Survey of Allemand
Replies: 40
Views: 2229

Re: TN: A Survey of Allemand

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
October 27th, 2019, 4:50 pm
Jeff ruined Les Carmes!

;)
I was the first on that wine by about a year! Glad you got in early 👍😊

Does this mean you trust me completely now ?😁
by Jeff Leve
October 27th, 2019, 4:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Survey of Allemand
Replies: 40
Views: 2229

Re: TN: A Survey of Allemand

2004 is at absolute peak right now -- it's been one of the most enjoyable vintages these last few years. Chave, Allemand, Clape, Sorrel, Jamet are all absolutely outstanding. Don't be ridiculous. Parker said it was an inferior vintage in the N. Rhone so you must be mistaken. I miss the days when he...
by Jeff Leve
October 27th, 2019, 4:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The polemic St-Emilion Pavie 2003
Replies: 53
Views: 2564

Re: The polemic St-Emilion Pavie 2003

Jeff Leve loves this wine, let's see if he wants to bother with internet polemics about it (wouldn't blame him if he took a pass honestly). Never had the 03 Pavie myself but I have noticed that a lot of overextracted pruney right bank wines (not just Pavie) seem to get inflated ratings. Despite the...
by Jeff Leve
September 24th, 2019, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do I need to be drinking my Bordeauxs younger?
Replies: 54
Views: 2429

Re: Do I need to be drinking my Bordeauxs younger?

I'll take issue with you here, Jeff, though my own palate is not Bordeaux-centric), I swooned for both the 79 Comtesse and the 82 Canon, I'm with you on the 82 Canon. It is gorgeous. As for the 79 Pichon, there is no substitute for your own palate. I cannot think of any 79 Bordeaux that is better t...
by Jeff Leve
September 24th, 2019, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do I need to be drinking my Bordeauxs younger?
Replies: 54
Views: 2429

Re: Do I need to be drinking my Bordeauxs younger?

I am drinking classic Bordeaux from the 1970s and 1980s and, while I am enjoying them, I don't find them as thrilling as I would have hoped. They seem to lack a certain distinctiveness from each other that I found in the wines a few years ago. Howard... While we do not agree that often, I am not su...
by Jeff Leve
September 24th, 2019, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do I need to be drinking my Bordeauxs younger?
Replies: 54
Views: 2429

Re: Do I need to be drinking my Bordeauxs younger?

I am drinking classic Bordeaux from the 1970s and 1980s and, while I am enjoying them, I don't find them as thrilling as I would have hoped. They seem to lack a certain distinctiveness from each other that I found in the wines a few years ago. Howard... While we do not agree that often, I am not su...
by Jeff Leve
September 12th, 2019, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: thoughts on decanting a 1975 Yquem?
Replies: 22
Views: 1219

Re: thoughts on decanting a 1975 Yquem?

I do not see any reason to decant Sauternes. I do not see it getting better in the glass. Having been to d'Yquem numerous times. it is not something they do at the estate.
by Jeff Leve
September 10th, 2019, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Black Forest cake and tapenade)
Replies: 866
Views: 41777

Re: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")

Back to the topic at hand, here's a great example of why flavor descriptors are pretty useless in reviews. There is virtually no overlap in the flavors the seven critics used to describe this wine. There are a few terms that come up more than once -- "plum," "black currant," "wet earth," "leather,"...
by Jeff Leve
August 28th, 2019, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to judge a baby Bordeaux?
Replies: 19
Views: 1301

Re: How to judge a baby Bordeaux?

My plan is to open and decant early in the morning and drink with a roast pork dinner. Anyone with history with this chateaux? Will this be undrinkable at this age or merely too young. Do not decant this early in the morning. You will kill the wine with that much air! Give it 2-3-4 hours at the mos...
by Jeff Leve
August 26th, 2019, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 82
Views: 2552

Re: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

So my good bashers, ye who are wine professional, wine blogger, or WB member and poster. Am I delusional or hallucinating? Is there such a thing as "wine review ethics" in relation to the review by bloggers and/or wine professionals of older wines that would be greatly affected by storage condition...
by Jeff Leve
August 24th, 2019, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 82
Views: 2552

Re: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

Neal. How about if you and I go halfsies and split the cost of buying and shipping Alex a 2000 HBL from Chateau? If it means that much to you, you should buy a bottle and send it to Alex! If that is not with it to you, after all the time you’ve spent posting about it, perhaps you can open this up t...
by Jeff Leve
August 23rd, 2019, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 82
Views: 2552

Re: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

Jeff. Interesting that you indicate "(g)ive it a rest." Why didn't you write about your review and rating and opinion about ageability of the 2000 HBL from when you last had the pleasure of experiencing it in December of 2018. Your opinion Jeff from less than a year ago was that the 2000 HBL could ...
by Jeff Leve
August 23rd, 2019, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 82
Views: 2552

Re: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

Yep, Alex (for some reason that is not apparent) you somehow did not realize that you drank a completely non representative bottle of the 2000 Chateau Haut Bages Liberal and therefore, you wrote a rather inacurate review of this wine back on May 22, 2016 As much as it pains me to stick up for Alex....
by Jeff Leve
August 21st, 2019, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Saint-Emilion classification runs into more trouble
Replies: 33
Views: 2280

Re: The Saint-Emilion classification runs into more trouble

I thought the 1855 classification was straightforwardly based on price commanded in the marketplace. While this is obviously different from a quality judgment, it is a straightforward quantification. It doesn't sound as if the St. Em. classification is the same. But my "knowledge" of the 1855 class...
by Jeff Leve
August 20th, 2019, 10:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Saint-Emilion classification runs into more trouble
Replies: 33
Views: 2280

Re: The Saint-Emilion classification runs into more trouble

The Classification of Saint Emilion is not a factor in most people's buying habits, with the exception of the 4 Classe' A estates. But it does matter for land values as each step in the classification equates to value and selling price.
by Jeff Leve
August 15th, 2019, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 Haut Brion
Replies: 11
Views: 747

Re: 2005 Haut Brion

Has anyone opened an 05 HB? How was it?? I recently opened one and was extremely disappointed. No nose and nothing but a lot of fruit. What am I missing??? Perhaps it is just not to your taste. I've had the wine several times, most recently in 2015 and I think it is exceptional. Although not as goo...
by Jeff Leve
August 11th, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan
Replies: 45
Views: 2023

Re: TN: 2016 Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan

It’s not like I’m stocking up on 16s at my age, but was very curious where a perrenial fave of mine had gone. Plus, I wanted to rub it in Leve’s face that I hated it. But I didn’t. There is hope for you yet Robert. neener Wait until you taste the 2016 Figeac! It is pricey. But it's also a remarkabl...
by Jeff Leve
August 10th, 2019, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan
Replies: 45
Views: 2023

Re: TN: 2016 Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan

I am surprised by this wine, it is not what I expected. With a Leve 99, I was thinking blood sugar liquid sex mocha magix. It’s not that at all. In fact, I’m surprised Jeffois is 99 on this. This is not Lascombes, Troplong Mondot, Smith Haut Lafite, Cos, and all those other wines that have gone Fra...
by Jeff Leve
August 6th, 2019, 10:46 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco
Replies: 219
Views: 17848

Re: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco 2016

I did take Robert's advice. Though State Bird was booked. I had to ask a few of my friends in the biz in Bay Area to request a reservation for me. So, we are there Friday night! Nopa on Saturday, which remains a favorite. Thanks for the tips Robert and for the seconding, Todd. Fantastic! Hope you e...
by Jeff Leve
July 30th, 2019, 6:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Haut Bailly vs. Les Carmes Haut Brion
Replies: 31
Views: 2158

Re: Haut Bailly vs. Les Carmes Haut Brion

I am admittedly eager to try it, but I think you know my stylistic preferences. My buddy Levenberg is big on 2016 and Haut Bailly, and it is my intent is to do this side by side. Long time fan of these two estates. Very different wines. But each offers a sublime tasting experience. Though Haut Bail...
by Jeff Leve
July 30th, 2019, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Haut Bailly vs. Les Carmes Haut Brion
Replies: 31
Views: 2158

Re: Haut Bailly vs. Les Carmes Haut Brion

LCHB from 1998 and 2000 is like $100 or less in the auction market. Why not buy those? Because those are OK wines. Starting with 2014, they have been completely reenergized. By 2015 LCHB became serious competition with the best wines in all of Bordeaux! There is no comparison with older vintages. h...
by Jeff Leve
July 30th, 2019, 5:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Haut Bailly vs. Les Carmes Haut Brion
Replies: 31
Views: 2158

Re: Haut Bailly vs. Les Carmes Haut Brion

LCHB from 1998 and 2000 is like $100 or less in the auction market. Why not buy those? Because those are OK wines. Starting with 2014, they have been completely reenergized. By 2015 LCHB became serious competition with the best wines in all of Bordeaux! There is no comparison with older vintages. h...
by Jeff Leve
July 30th, 2019, 10:34 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Restaurants in St Paul or Minneapolis
Replies: 54
Views: 3564

Re: Restaurants in St Paul or Minneapolis

Does anyone have tips on the current dining scene in Minneapolis? Is there a must-visit spot you recommend? Any tips are much appreciated.

And is BYO allowed?
by Jeff Leve
July 29th, 2019, 8:52 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco
Replies: 219
Views: 17848

Re: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco 2016

I did take Robert's advice. Though State Bird was booked. I had to ask a few of my friends in the biz in Bay Area to request a reservation for me. So, we are there Friday night! Nopa on Saturday, which remains a favorite. Thanks for the tips Robert and for the seconding, Todd.
by Jeff Leve
July 25th, 2019, 12:04 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco
Replies: 219
Views: 17848

Re: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco 2016

Robert... Your pictures are amazing! Both places look great. It's just for 2 of us. I checked out the menu at Angler, and no prices were listed. What is the cost of an average meal?
by Jeff Leve
July 25th, 2019, 11:36 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco
Replies: 219
Views: 17848

Re: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco 2016

Todd... A lot of the posts are older and things change. So I was looking for up-to-date tips as I know zero about the city.
by Jeff Leve
July 25th, 2019, 10:48 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco
Replies: 219
Views: 17848

Re: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco 2016

If anyone has tips for SF, I would be grateful. My taste is more to places like Nopa than Saison. And of course, they need to allow for corkage. What's a great place today? Thank you in advance.
by Jeff Leve
July 25th, 2019, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Black Forest cake and tapenade)
Replies: 866
Views: 41777

Re: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")

I take Keith's point both about Klimt and about elitism. People who drink 1st growth bordeaux should not accuse others of elitism. They live in one of the largest glass houses on the block. I don’t thinking drinking First Growths on special occasions, especially when they were bought years ago at y...
by Jeff Leve
July 21st, 2019, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1970 La Fleur-Pétrus.
Replies: 12
Views: 650

Re: 1970 La Fleur-Pétrus.

Many thanks Jeff, fascinating. I got ten of these for £100 at auction, here in the UK a few weeks ago. The first bottle was tired but by no means kaput. Ian... if I wasn’t clear, all the vines used for your wine are from Saint Emilion. Your bottle has nothing to do with Bon Pasteur you normally thi...
by Jeff Leve
July 20th, 2019, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help a newbie with 2016 BDX in the ~$50-$75 range
Replies: 47
Views: 2350

Re: Help a newbie with 2016 BDX in the ~$50-$75 range

I agree that it is foolish for a newbie to Bordeaux to buy 2016s, esp. in this price range. Virtually all of the 2016s mentioned above need a decade or more of aging before they begin to show why people love Bordeaux. The OP should look for 2001s, 2004s, 2006s and 2008s in this price range that he ...
by Jeff Leve
July 20th, 2019, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1970 La Fleur-Pétrus.
Replies: 12
Views: 650

Re: 1970 La Fleur-Pétrus.

Sorry I should have asked Jeff Leve, Jeff if you are watching? I am sure Jeff would know, and what’s with the St-Emilion on the label? Ian.. Super cool! I’ve had Bon Pasteur back to 1959. Bon Pasteur, like a few other Pomerol chateaux have a small portion of their vineyards in Saint Emilion. They h...
by Jeff Leve
July 19th, 2019, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help a newbie with 2016 BDX in the ~$50-$75 range
Replies: 47
Views: 2350

Re: Help a newbie with 2016 BDX in the ~$50-$75 range

So I know nothing about Bordeaux beyond the basics. I buy mostly most California, Burgundy, and Rhone wines. My only real experience with Bordeaux is at the high end when friends bring nice bottles for dinner. Over time, I've been to discover my California cab palate is trending towards more Bordea...
by Jeff Leve
July 19th, 2019, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help a newbie with 2016 BDX in the ~$50-$75 range
Replies: 47
Views: 2350

Re: Help a newbie with 2016 BDX in the ~$50-$75 range

I agree that it is foolish for a newbie to Bordeaux to buy 2016s, esp. in this price range. Virtually all of the 2016s mentioned above need a decade or more of aging before they begin to show why people love Bordeaux. The OP should look for 2001s, 2004s, 2006s and 2008s in this price range that he ...
by Jeff Leve
July 13th, 2019, 4:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Zind Lynch Palmer Mouton
Replies: 12
Views: 772

Re: TN: Zind Lynch Palmer Mouton

I’ve had much better than expected results recently with the 1970 Lynch Bages. Glad you liked it as well.
by Jeff Leve
July 3rd, 2019, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New grapes approved for Bordeaux
Replies: 42
Views: 2793

Re: New grapes approved for Bordeaux

Not gonna settle for anything less than a $30k bottle of Tarney-Coulant. https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2019/07/record-bordeaux-price-eclipses-burgundy Funny, the article says no oak at all in the 2015, yet Leve’s CT note says 100% new oak. His 2016 vintage note also references 100% new oak. Now 2...
by Jeff Leve
July 1st, 2019, 6:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Love for Domaine Chevalier
Replies: 155
Views: 6759

Re: Love for Domaine Chevalier

One consistency in these exchanges: as far as I’ve noticed, Jeff has been essentially saying for 15+ years without fail that the newest vintage of a now-modernized chateau is the “best ever” (assuming a big ripe year... first 2000, then 2003, then 2005, then 09, 10, 15, 16 and now 18). You exaggera...
by Jeff Leve
July 1st, 2019, 12:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Love for Domaine Chevalier
Replies: 155
Views: 6759

Re: Love for Domaine Chevalier

there is no red 1975 Bordeaux I want to own in my cellar today. Jeff, Posts like this are why I pay little to know attention to the tasting notes on your web site and on this board. I like your web site a lot for the estate information and history, but I pretty much ignore the tasting notes. And, I...
by Jeff Leve
July 1st, 2019, 12:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Love for Domaine Chevalier
Replies: 155
Views: 6759

Re: Love for Domaine Chevalier

And except for 75 d’Yquem and a few other Sauternes, there is no red 1975 Bordeaux I want to own in my cellar today. Where to begin, oh where to begin? Well, last time I looked Yquem and other Sauternes were all white. [snort.gif] As for your comment about 1975 Bordeaux are concerned, yet again you...
by Jeff Leve
June 30th, 2019, 3:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Love for Domaine Chevalier
Replies: 155
Views: 6759

Re: Love for Domaine Chevalier

I don't know if you or me (also) got a yak palate But to my t taste the 1995 is superior to the 2015. And will be so in the coming years Same goes for the 1975 and 1989 and 1990 It is not a big deal to obtain these wines in EU neener Claus... if you thought we didn’t agree before.. off the top of m...
by Jeff Leve
June 30th, 2019, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Love for Domaine Chevalier
Replies: 155
Views: 6759

Re: Love for Domaine Chevalier

Yes we have different palates, and I am delighted you are not losing sleep over it. I remember the Pavie 1999 and Magdelaine 1998 which we tasted together in Bordeaux. All the subtlety of the Magdelaine completely escaped you, instead you told me I was wrong for not liking the Pavie. That is not to...
by Jeff Leve
June 30th, 2019, 7:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Love for Domaine Chevalier
Replies: 155
Views: 6759

Re: Love for Domaine Chevalier

Olivier sells wine, what do you expect him to say? Have you ever spoken with Olivier? Yes he has wine to sell. And with some owners, I take what they say with a grain of salt. I find Olivier refreshingly honest in his views. If you haven’t ever chatted with him, if you go to a UGC function, try and...
by Jeff Leve
June 30th, 2019, 7:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Love for Domaine Chevalier
Replies: 155
Views: 6759

Re: Love for Domaine Chevalier

In love with these wines. What else from Pessac is similar at this level? At higher levels? Update: red not white I love both red and white Domaine de Chevalier. Usually their white is as good and can be even better than their red. FWIW, 2018 is the best vintage for red ever produced at DDC. I look...
by Jeff Leve
June 30th, 2019, 5:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Love for Domaine Chevalier
Replies: 155
Views: 6759

Re: Love for Domaine Chevalier

In love with these wines. What else from Pessac is similar at this level? At higher levels? Update: red not white I love both red and white Domaine de Chevalier. Usually their white is as good and can be even better than their red. FWIW, 2018 is the best vintage for red ever produced at DDC. Becaus...
by Jeff Leve
June 26th, 2019, 12:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux Futures - What Did Everyone Buy?
Replies: 78
Views: 4270

Re: 2018 Bordeaux Futures - What Did Everyone Buy?

Greg... Each wine is a unique product subject to its own demand and supply. Plus wine, especially specific choices are unnecessary, at will pleasure purchases. Perhaps you agree with me, but where is the monopoly? And cartel markets don't work on a simple supply/demand level - the consumers in those...

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