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by Jürgen Steinke
January 23rd, 2020, 5:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eric Guido To Join Vinous
Replies: 51
Views: 2955

Re: Eric Guido To Join Vinous

Everyone who did tastings several days in a row with more than 50 wines a day knows how hard work this is. Doing it for years is really challenging.

I wish you good luck and health, Eric.
by Jürgen Steinke
January 13th, 2020, 9:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy Grand Cru dinner: Toronto Jan 9, 2020
Replies: 11
Views: 1213

Re: Burgundy Grand Cru dinner: Toronto Jan 9, 2020

I am absolutely not surprised. This wine is fantastic. I tasted it twice and was blown away both times. This is another lesson that prejudices are stupid. Some 2003 Bordeaux and Burgundy are superb.
by Jürgen Steinke
January 10th, 2020, 7:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gary V. Again.
Replies: 39
Views: 4760

Re: Gary V. Again.

I am a Marketing pro. And what he is saying in the video is really nothing new. It must be something else what make him so successful.
by Jürgen Steinke
December 20th, 2019, 2:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 La Tour Carnet, Haut-Médoc
Replies: 13
Views: 483

Re: TN: 2001 La Tour Carnet, Haut-Médoc

I gave this a good score in a blind tasting 2004 and bought some bottles. The wine was closed, tannic and a bit oaky for a long time and I did not open a bottle the last years. Maybe it is time to try one the coming holidays. Will post my impression. My highest scores went to Lafite, Ausone and Petr...
by Jürgen Steinke
December 16th, 2019, 7:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clos St Jacques Dinner - all 5 producers
Replies: 8
Views: 939

Re: Clos St Jacques Dinner - all 5 producers

I had a disappointing 2001 Rousseau CSJ. No obvious flaws but not singing at all. Burgundy is often mysterious. That is not new but true.
by Jürgen Steinke
December 10th, 2019, 3:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Andreas Laible Durbacher Plauelrain Weissburgunder Kabinett trocken
Replies: 11
Views: 352

Re: TN: 2017 Andreas Laible Durbacher Plauelrain Weissburgunder Kabinett trocken

The world has become a small place. I was born near Durbach where Laible is located. Laible is a quality producer for a very long time. In fact one of the best in Germany. Today the wines are produced by the son. Weißburgunder is only a small part of the production. Riesling is the main wine. BTW: F...
by Jürgen Steinke
November 27th, 2019, 12:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1996 Poujeaux – one for traditionalists
Replies: 6
Views: 534

Re: 1996 Poujeaux – one for traditionalists

That is true. 1997 Poujeaux was on of the best Left Bank Bordeaux. I owned a case but have not bottle left. 95/96/97 was a trio of very fine Poujeaux. I drank lots of it. And you could buy the wines for a song. Unbelievable QPR.
by Jürgen Steinke
November 26th, 2019, 5:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1996 Poujeaux – one for traditionalists
Replies: 6
Views: 534

1996 Poujeaux – one for traditionalists

For those who like old style Bordeaux this is the wine of dreams. The color is a heathy ruby with a small rim and no orange so far (stored in an active cellar since release). You will find a nose full of classic cedar, barbecue smoke, cherries and spice box. At the palate the wine is medium in body ...
by Jürgen Steinke
November 26th, 2019, 4:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 319
Views: 21119

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)

Thanks for the reply, William. I wish you personally and the WA-team luck and success.
by Jürgen Steinke
November 25th, 2019, 11:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 319
Views: 21119

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)

William,

can you give us an idea what will be different under the new ownership?
by Jürgen Steinke
November 23rd, 2019, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo: no more need to wait forever and a day
Replies: 86
Views: 4153

Re: Barolo: no more need to wait forever and a day

Mel,
I agree. If you read my post between the lines it is obvious that wine makers have to sell a product. And please an audience. That is very clear to me.
by Jürgen Steinke
November 23rd, 2019, 1:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo: no more need to wait forever and a day
Replies: 86
Views: 4153

Re: Barolo: no more need to wait forever and a day

Greg,
if you compare French Pinot to Italian Nebbiolo it is clear that Pinot is more acidic and Nebbiolo is more tannic. How can you come to a different opinion? That is true as long as I am drinking those wines. Ca. 35 years.
by Jürgen Steinke
November 23rd, 2019, 12:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo: no more need to wait forever and a day
Replies: 86
Views: 4153

Re: Barolo: no more need to wait forever and a day

That has a lot to do with your personal sight how a Barolo – or any wine – has to be. When Bruno Giacosa was in his prime he said a Barolo without tannins is no longer a Barolo. In Europe, especially in former times, wine was solely drunk with food. In Italy and France people did not drink wine afte...
by Jürgen Steinke
November 23rd, 2019, 12:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 319
Views: 21119

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)

In Lisas letter is a statement which is questionable IMO. Michelin is probably the leading publication for food critic. But is WA still the leading publication for wine critic? I am really not so sure. BTW: I am a marketing pro and see a major problem in this merger. Michelin is a company brand and ...
by Jürgen Steinke
November 19th, 2019, 6:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Léoville-Poyferré 2003
Replies: 15
Views: 1131

Re: Léoville-Poyferré 2003

Julian, I did not have enough 2003 Bordeaux recently to make a proper list but enjoyed LP, Leoville Barton, Sociando Mallet, Giscours, Duhart Milon, Moulin St. Georges and even Chateau d´Aiguilhe from memory over the last 12 month. What I still remember is the large blind tasting of 2003 Bordeaux fr...
by Jürgen Steinke
November 18th, 2019, 7:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Léoville-Poyferré 2003
Replies: 15
Views: 1131

Re: Léoville-Poyferré 2003

Hi Julian,

I agree – this is one of the fine Bordeaux 2003. Unfortunately the vintage is very variable and some wines are terrible. Therefore the vintage has a certain image. But the good ones are really good.
by Jürgen Steinke
November 16th, 2019, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy 2018, impressions from barrel
Replies: 125
Views: 8498

Re: Burgundy 2018, impressions from barrel

Mark,

you know that I did not mean Sherry when I talked about oxidation in a table wine.
by Jürgen Steinke
November 16th, 2019, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy 2018, impressions from barrel
Replies: 125
Views: 8498

Re: Burgundy 2018, impressions from barrel

Greg, 2009 Cos is a controversial wine as we all know. It is not the style of wine I prefer but I would not call it crap or bad therefore. This is a question of tolerance and respect for the wine and the people who like it. I would call the wine bad if it has oxidation in its profile i.e. or if ther...
by Jürgen Steinke
November 16th, 2019, 5:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy 2018, impressions from barrel
Replies: 125
Views: 8498

Re: Burgundy 2018, impressions from barrel

Mark, I disagree again. IMO objective criteria do exist if a wine is good or not. Balance, complexity, length i.e. are objective criteria. And btw.: If a wine critic prefers only one style of wine and has strong dislikes of other styles I question if he or she should be a wine critic at all. I expec...
by Jürgen Steinke
November 15th, 2019, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy 2018, impressions from barrel
Replies: 125
Views: 8498

Re: Burgundy 2018, impressions from barrel

We did change opinions and I have nothing to add. Everyone is able to value your and mine arguments.
by Jürgen Steinke
November 15th, 2019, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy 2018, impressions from barrel
Replies: 125
Views: 8498

Re: Burgundy 2018, impressions from barrel

Mark, I still do not agree. While a Jazz critic may not like classical music that much – which is very unlikely – every serious music critic has to know the architecture of music. If not, he is an amateur. If a Jazz lover scoring the Zauberflöte a 80 because he dislikes opera entirely he has no clue...
by Jürgen Steinke
November 15th, 2019, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy 2018, impressions from barrel
Replies: 125
Views: 8498

Re: Burgundy 2018, impressions from barrel

Sorry Mark but I disagree. A wine critic who has only his personal taste in mind and can not be at least somewhat objective about the quality of a wine is no good wine critic IMO. A good wine critic is someone who is able to describe a wine in a way the consumer is able to see what is in the bottle ...
by Jürgen Steinke
November 15th, 2019, 5:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy 2018, impressions from barrel
Replies: 125
Views: 8498

Re: Burgundy 2018, impressions from barrel

A critic should inform readers correctly. If he states even the good wines are maybe atypical but enjoyable and probably not for anyone everything is fine. If he states the wines are crap it is not ok because it is not true. A crapy wine is defective and not worth buying and drinking. Those 2003 win...
by Jürgen Steinke
November 15th, 2019, 1:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy 2018, impressions from barrel
Replies: 125
Views: 8498

Re: Burgundy 2018, impressions from barrel

Howard, there are plenty of 2003 Left Bank Bordeaux of very good quality and even fine wines from the Right Bank do exist. Therefore the statement that 2003 Bordeaux is crap is misleading and improper wine criticism. IMO. One may not like the style of that vintage but even that is no basis for bashi...
by Jürgen Steinke
November 7th, 2019, 11:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy 2018, impressions from barrel
Replies: 125
Views: 8498

Re: Burgundy 2018, impressions from barrel

Sorry for my mistake but bashing the entire 2003 Bordeaux vintage is worrying too because some very good wines do exist. It is true that 2003 is a rollercoaster vintage with some horrible wines but those do not tell the whole story.
by Jürgen Steinke
November 7th, 2019, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy 2018, impressions from barrel
Replies: 125
Views: 8498

Re: Burgundy 2018, impressions from barrel

BTW: Sounds like a vintage when so called lesser wines from cooler climates can perform. Good for consumers. Wines could be had for fair money with good quality. Perfect.
by Jürgen Steinke
November 7th, 2019, 8:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy 2018, impressions from barrel
Replies: 125
Views: 8498

Re: Burgundy 2018, impressions from barrel

Sorry, but I am worried that Gilman bashes the 2003 vintage entirely. 2003 produced some fantastic Burgundies. 2003 Clos de Tart is wonderful i.e.
by Jürgen Steinke
November 7th, 2019, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine de Chevalier (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)
Replies: 28
Views: 1637

Re: TN: 2015 Domaine de Chevalier (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)

I sat next to Mr. Bernard at a dinner in Bordeaux a while ago and we talked about his wines. I learned that he is more on the traditional side. I would be more than stunned if he changed his mind dramatically the last 10 years. I frankly can not imagine that. 2015 was a ripe year so I guess it is mo...
by Jürgen Steinke
October 29th, 2019, 6:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sociando Mallet 1996 and 1997, plus Clinet 2004
Replies: 9
Views: 579

Re: Sociando Mallet 1996 and 1997, plus Clinet 2004

Julien, thanks for the info but my cellar is full and I am getting older :-) I had a bottle of the 1997 Sociando once in a restaurant and confirm that its a fine wine. I liked it more than the 1996. And I would be happy too btw. for being wrong with my opinion because I still have a few bottles of 1...
by Jürgen Steinke
October 28th, 2019, 6:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sociando Mallet 1996 and 1997, plus Clinet 2004
Replies: 9
Views: 579

Re: Sociando Mallet 1996 and 1997, plus Clinet 2004

I had big hopes for 1996 SM because I like this vintage on the Left Bank and I like the Chateau. Unfortunately I came to the conclusion that SM is a disappointment in this year. I don´t know why but none of the 4 bottles I had so far convinced me that the wine is remarkable in any kind. And frankly ...
by Jürgen Steinke
October 19th, 2019, 5:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: KELLER Kirchspiel&Hubacker&Abtserde 08,10,13,15,17 and impressions from the island of Sylt
Replies: 7
Views: 712

Re: KELLER Kirchspiel&Hubacker&Abtserde 08,10,13,15,17 and impressions from the island of Sylt

Not Keller nor Sylt are in need of additional Marketing. Both are in high demand already. In fact Sylt is overloaded with tourists especially in the warm month but not only.
by Jürgen Steinke
October 14th, 2019, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Bordeaux: a Gilman "profound" Bordeaux vintage - Your Recommendations?
Replies: 149
Views: 8042

Re: 2008 Bordeaux: a Gilman "profound" Bordeaux vintage - Your Recommendations?

I am late to this party and I like the vintage 08. But claiming its superior to 2009 and 2010 more or less in general is beyond me. There are 2009 and 2010 I do not like. Especially on the Right Bank. But I think the vintages 09/10 will be legends in the future. I am in line with Kevin. A superior v...
by Jürgen Steinke
October 14th, 2019, 2:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia
Replies: 14
Views: 1060

Re: TN: 2004 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia

I bought 12 after release. Had a bottle yesterday. Stored in an active cellar since. It is no longer the tannic monster it was for a long time after an overwhelming fruit phase. The color is still very deep with only a small rim. In the nose it is all dark fruits with a floral aspect. At the palate ...
by Jürgen Steinke
October 8th, 2019, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Ziereisen Syrah Gestad (Germany, Baden)
Replies: 7
Views: 449

Re: TN: 2015 Ziereisen Syrah Gestad (Germany, Baden)

Hi Dennis, I know Ziereisen wines well but was not aware that they have already a market in the US. And you are right. They are very good.
by Jürgen Steinke
October 7th, 2019, 4:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Ziereisen Syrah Gestad (Germany, Baden)
Replies: 7
Views: 449

Re: TN: 2015 Ziereisen Syrah Gestad (Germany, Baden)

Ziereisen is located a few miles away from my home. Is this wine available in US or did you drink it while in Germany?
by Jürgen Steinke
September 24th, 2019, 5:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do I need to be drinking my Bordeauxs younger?
Replies: 54
Views: 2468

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

I think the older wines get the more bottle variation plays a role. It would not be the first time that some old bottles from the same case are overwhelmingly good while others are just ok. Furthermore the age of wines is often more respected as it should be. One of the very best experiences with Bo...
by Jürgen Steinke
September 23rd, 2019, 11:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sane, old-school Napa Valley Cab producers
Replies: 76
Views: 4456

Re: Sane, old-school Napa Valley Cab producers

Why not buying classic Bordeaux? I guess it is cheaper compared to Napa? You are discussing classic entry level Napa wines for more or less 100 bucks while you can have Grand Puy Lacoste and many others for the same amount of money?
by Jürgen Steinke
September 23rd, 2019, 6:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1988 Chateau Meyney
Replies: 21
Views: 796

Re: TN: 1988 Chateau Meyney

Depending on storage both 89 and 90 Meyney are still going strong reflecting the vintage. 89 a tad more classic and complex and 90 a tad riper and more opulent. Wonderful wines. Had both several times and relativ recently too.
by Jürgen Steinke
September 18th, 2019, 1:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Robert Parker" Wine Advocate
Replies: 62
Views: 4052

Re: "Robert Parker" Wine Advocate

This is business as usual. Build a brand, make it significant and sell it for good money.
by Jürgen Steinke
September 12th, 2019, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I Went Back to WA.
Replies: 15
Views: 1744

Re: I Went Back to WA.

I think too that Kelly is a huge advantage for WA because WA had a lot of negative press lately. And I find it very sympathetic that Kelly is participating here. I find his tone very refreshing and positive. Bravo.
by Jürgen Steinke
September 7th, 2019, 11:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .
Replies: 99
Views: 7620

Re: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .

There is too much wine produced in the world. But I have the feeling that the elite wine producers have less problems to sell their stuff than the mass producers. I see often "sold out" at the well known and praised houses but heavy discounts at the supermarkets. The average price for a bottle of wi...
by Jürgen Steinke
August 31st, 2019, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday poll: Bordeaux Rouge vs. Burgundy Rouge
Replies: 52
Views: 1930

Re: Friday poll: Bordeaux Rouge vs. Burgundy Rouge

As much as I love Burgundy I hate the idea to drink nothing else the rest of my life. There are so many other good wines on earth.
by Jürgen Steinke
August 29th, 2019, 2:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to judge a baby Bordeaux?
Replies: 19
Views: 1330

Re: How to judge a baby Bordeaux?

There is a formula that works pretty well for all great red wines. Drink them young or old and let them sleep in between. Young means one or two years after release. Old means 15 years old plus. But that's only true for Grands Crus from good vintages. 2016 is a top vintage for Bordeaux.
by Jürgen Steinke
August 25th, 2019, 12:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux 2016 vs 2018
Replies: 33
Views: 2900

Re: Bordeaux 2016 vs 2018

Chris,

I recommend in tasting and drinking, not investing.
by Jürgen Steinke
August 19th, 2019, 2:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Joseph Roty Gevrey Chambertin 1er Les Fontenys
Replies: 9
Views: 497

Re: TN: 2000 Joseph Roty Gevrey Chambertin 1er Les Fontenys

I like his Marsannay a lot. IMO the best Marsannay available. But they need some time.
by Jürgen Steinke
August 18th, 2019, 4:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: In which we give 2003 Leoville Poyferre a go
Replies: 18
Views: 1392

Re: In which we give 2003 Leoville Poyferre a go

Neal, as others already said I guess you had a bad bottle. Maybe slightly corked with less influence in the nose but horrible at the palate. I own bottles of this wine and have had two so far. None had a character as you described. Since you are an experienced wine lover I am pretty sure that your b...
by Jürgen Steinke
August 18th, 2019, 12:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: German Spätburgunder vs Burgundy Pinot Noir
Replies: 39
Views: 2373

Re: German Spätburgunder vs Burgundy Pinot Noir

A few recommendations from me (there are many others and the list is not complete): Bernhard Huber, Baden Franz Keller, Baden Heger, Baden Ziereisen, Baden Johner, Baden Martin Waßmer, Baden Holger Koch, Baden Salway, Baden Duijn, Baden Becker, Pfalz Knipser, Pfalz Rings, Pfalz Bürklin Wolf, Pfalz S...
by Jürgen Steinke
August 16th, 2019, 2:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: German Spätburgunder vs Burgundy Pinot Noir
Replies: 39
Views: 2373

Re: German Spätburgunder vs Burgundy Pinot Noir

True, but young wines can produce great wine. That's proofed several times. In example many 1961 Bordeaux. Frost in the 50th was horrible and destroyed vineyards but 61 was one of the best vintages at all and many wines emerged from young vines. Key was low yields.
by Jürgen Steinke
August 16th, 2019, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best recent Bourgognes
Replies: 24
Views: 1682

Re: Best recent Bourgognes

Red; 2016 Faiveley
White; 2017 PYCM
by Jürgen Steinke
August 16th, 2019, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: German Spätburgunder vs Burgundy Pinot Noir
Replies: 39
Views: 2373

Re: German Spätburgunder vs Burgundy Pinot Noir

Robert,

that is true but as I wrote things have already changed in this regard.

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