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by john stimson
September 27th, 2020, 5:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two Baby Burgundies from 2005
Replies: 23
Views: 956

Re: TN: Two Baby Burgundies from 2005

(One sideline on the 2005 A & L Lignier--I could be wrong, but my understanding is that the wines were made by Hubert. This was the time after his son's death when many things about the estate were up in the air.) I have it in my notes that by this 2005, Kellen was making the wines, but I could be ...
by john stimson
September 27th, 2020, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two Baby Burgundies from 2005
Replies: 23
Views: 956

Re: TN: Two Baby Burgundies from 2005

Nice report, Sarah. Good point about cellaring these wines. I actually try to treat my bourgognes the same way that I treat my village wines and even some of the PC's. Many estates vinify all of their wines in a similar way, aside form % of oak, so the bourgognes age somewhat like village wines anyw...
by john stimson
September 26th, 2020, 6:08 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: WTF happened to my scotch?
Replies: 21
Views: 691

Re: WTF happened to my scotch?

After casting around a little bit more, I reminded myself that I don't particularly like totally "clean" scotches. the un-peated ones often seem a little lacking, and those that have very little oak influence also seem a bit blah--so what I realize that I'm really looking for is high quality scotch ...
by john stimson
September 25th, 2020, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So let's compare 1996 Rousseau Chambertin and Chambertin close de Beze, and some other stuff
Replies: 20
Views: 934

Re: So let's compare 1996 Rousseau Chambertin and Chambertin close de Beze, and some other stuff

Great notes on the Rousseau wines. I haven't had them side by side but last year had the Beze and was very impressed. It has been a few years since I've had the Chambertin but have always loved that wine too. But when Covid is over I do have a 96 Chambertin ready for a dinner with wine friends. Hey...
by john stimson
September 25th, 2020, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So let's compare 1996 Rousseau Chambertin and Chambertin close de Beze, and some other stuff
Replies: 20
Views: 934

Re: So let's compare 1996 Rousseau Chambertin and Chambertin close de Beze, and some other stuff

Yeah, I've always preferred Beze when I've had the occasional chance to try the Chambertins, but it's hard to know if it's producer preference, or year, or what. I've never had the chance to try the same producer, same year, head to head. (there are only three producers where you can do this, as be...
by john stimson
September 24th, 2020, 2:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So let's compare 1996 Rousseau Chambertin and Chambertin close de Beze, and some other stuff
Replies: 20
Views: 934

Re: So let's compare 1996 Rousseau Chambertin and Chambertin close de Beze, and some other stuff

Nick Gangas wrote:
September 24th, 2020, 1:43 pm
those are my 2 favorite Drouhins.
I knew they put out a little bit of Beze, but had no idea they also had a Chambertin.
by john stimson
September 24th, 2020, 2:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So let's compare 1996 Rousseau Chambertin and Chambertin close de Beze, and some other stuff
Replies: 20
Views: 934

Re: So let's compare 1996 Rousseau Chambertin and Chambertin close de Beze, and some other stuff

Thanks, Emile. I didn't know that. I have never seen a bottle of Prieur Beze in the US from a vintage this century. The plot must be small if now blending with Chambertin. So, even when the wine was bottled separately there was probably not much produced. Keep in mind that Prieur has been culling y...
by john stimson
September 23rd, 2020, 7:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So let's compare 1996 Rousseau Chambertin and Chambertin close de Beze, and some other stuff
Replies: 20
Views: 934

Re: So let's compare 1996 Rousseau Chambertin and Chambertin close de Beze, and some other stuff

Producers who make both Chambertin and Beze: Bernstein Bichot Boillot Bouchard Chanson Damoy Drouhin Jadot Perrot Minot Ponsot Jacques Prieur Rousseau Yes. I stand corrected in a way. there are several "producers" who have put out both a chambertin and a ChCdB, but many of these are from purchased ...
by john stimson
September 23rd, 2020, 5:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So let's compare 1996 Rousseau Chambertin and Chambertin close de Beze, and some other stuff
Replies: 20
Views: 934

Re: So let's compare 1996 Rousseau Chambertin and Chambertin close de Beze, and some other stuff

At least four (I believe) - Rousseau, Faiveley, Jadot, Bouchard. I was thinking of those who grew their own grapes (that would be rousseau, Damoy and Jacques Prieur). I actually didn't know that the latter three put out both a chambertin and a Clos de beze, but if they do, at least one is from purc...
by john stimson
September 23rd, 2020, 4:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So let's compare 1996 Rousseau Chambertin and Chambertin close de Beze, and some other stuff
Replies: 20
Views: 934

Re: So let's compare 1996 Rousseau Chambertin and Chambertin close de Beze, and some other stuff

Yeah, I've always preferred Beze when I've had the occasional chance to try the Chambertins, but it's hard to know if it's producer preference, or year, or what. I've never had the chance to try the same producer, same year, head to head. (there are only three producers where you can do this, as bes...
by john stimson
September 23rd, 2020, 11:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So let's compare 1996 Rousseau Chambertin and Chambertin close de Beze, and some other stuff
Replies: 20
Views: 934

So let's compare 1996 Rousseau Chambertin and Chambertin close de Beze, and some other stuff

Last night we had the unique (at least for me) chance to compare these two amazing Rousseau wines side to side, plus sharing a number of other excellent bottles.  This wonderful opportunity was provided by Robert in honor of yet another of his birthdays.  The tasting was safely distanced, and held o...
by john stimson
September 23rd, 2020, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Discussion of 2001 Red Burgs
Replies: 166
Views: 7029

Re: Discussion of 2001 Red Burgs

2001 Jadot CSJ last night was in a very nice spot. Red cherry with hint of mint, mid-weight, persistent, tannins nicely resolved. I think we may finally be past the off and on showings of the vintage.
by john stimson
September 21st, 2020, 5:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Underrated Burgundy Vintages
Replies: 105
Views: 4095

Re: Underrated Burgundy Vintages

Exactly. People are too impatient. A wine - or vintage - shuts down and people write it off. This is what happened with 1988s - beautiful and delicious when first in bottle and then the fruit went to sleep and people - most notably Parker, who never understood Burgundy (although has apparently now ...
by john stimson
September 19th, 2020, 6:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 10cc
Replies: 14
Views: 1025

Re: 10cc

I don't like reggae.
by john stimson
September 17th, 2020, 6:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I don’t trust my Coravin anymore
Replies: 57
Views: 3471

Re: I don’t trust my Coravin anymore

I only use coravain on mediocre bottles, or bottles that I want to taste, but don't care about.
by john stimson
September 17th, 2020, 6:18 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: WTF happened to my scotch?
Replies: 21
Views: 691

Re: WTF happened to my scotch?

I did actually locate some Caol Ila 12 a 20 minute drive from my usual haunts, and it is quite nice, fitting the bill pretty well. A little more peat/smoke than I usually seek, but it's part of the package, and the scotch feels very un-manipulated, which is what I seem to be really looking for.
by john stimson
September 17th, 2020, 6:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Underrated Burgundy Vintages
Replies: 105
Views: 4095

Re: Underrated Burgundy Vintages

You know, my opinion is that every vintage goes thru phases. Great vintages, you hardly notice, because the wines are so good, but the less than great, but OK vintages, the phases are more noticeable. 2001 for quite a while would seem to go in and out of being "closed" then Open, then back to closed...
by john stimson
September 17th, 2020, 5:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Underrated Burgundy Vintages
Replies: 105
Views: 4095

Re: Underrated Burgundy Vintages

I don't agree with that assessment at all. We had an accidental 96 horizontal a few weeks back with bottlers of Chevillon, d'Angerville and Roumier; some of those bottles had good noses, but all had impenetrable walls of acidity on the palate; none were even remotely close to being finished. That h...
by john stimson
September 16th, 2020, 9:47 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: WTF happened to my scotch?
Replies: 21
Views: 691

Re: WTF happened to my scotch?

Of course, I realize there's some "cask" in everything scotch-wise, so mostly I just don't want it to dominate. I shy away from anything that says double cask, or double oak, etc. For the record, I like the Springbank 10 the best. I also like the Talisker 10. I don't like the basic Highland Park at ...
by john stimson
September 15th, 2020, 10:02 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: WTF happened to my scotch?
Replies: 21
Views: 691

WTF happened to my scotch?

I've been distracted by Bourbon and Rye and other such things in recent times, but when I return to try to find a decent basic scotch, they all seem to have disappeared. I prefer non-souped up 10-12 year old scotches to the 15-18 year old triple casked/sherry/port/bourbon glop stuff. I used to buy A...
by john stimson
September 14th, 2020, 8:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Chidaine and Huet
Replies: 8
Views: 671

Re: TN: Chidaine and Huet

Just tried the Le Mont from 2019. Very pure, laser-like acid/mineral palate. Apple, lime, a little lanolin. slight late sweetness, but overall drier than any recent secs. Less richness and weight on the palate than usual, which I think is just the year (same winemaker--this was his last vintage), bu...
by john stimson
September 12th, 2020, 3:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pernand Vergelesses
Replies: 31
Views: 1850

Re: Pernand Vergelesses

That's not what a cooked wine tastes like. I'm wondering if perhaps the wine was too warm when you tasted it.
by john stimson
September 7th, 2020, 4:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Jean Grivot Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Pruliers 1er
Replies: 6
Views: 558

Re: TN: 2005 Jean Grivot Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Pruliers 1er

Marcu$ Stanley wrote:
September 7th, 2020, 12:31 pm
Had a 2015 Grivot that felt nothing like the overextracted stereotype. Did they do a turnaround in the late oughts, like Faiveley and a number of places did?
Yes--I just don't know when.
by john stimson
September 7th, 2020, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Jean Grivot Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Pruliers 1er
Replies: 6
Views: 558

Re: TN: 2005 Jean Grivot Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Pruliers 1er

I'm not in any way a Grivot expert, but my understanding is the style has evolved a lot in the 1990's and early 2000's. I don't honestly know where it has ended up, and if it had stabilized by 2005. At first in the early 1990's it was the Accad (sp?) years, then there was a period of heavy extractio...
by john stimson
September 4th, 2020, 8:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top Cellar Holdings by Producer and Some Thoughts on how/why that's Changed
Replies: 101
Views: 5893

Re: Top Cellar Holdings by Producer and Some Thoughts on how/why that's Changed

Don't actually know, and haven't really decided whether I care to know, or should know, or not. Haven't really decided if this a corollary of the uncertainty principle, or if I'm just a tad lazy. I do like the uncertainty principle thing, though.
by john stimson
September 2nd, 2020, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Michel Lafarge Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chênes
Replies: 28
Views: 950

Re: TN: 2007 Michel Lafarge Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chênes

Or mild tca My first thoughts too. Sometimes the sign of mild tca is the lack of flavors and length. I don't see how one could say definitely no TCA as you don't need the telltale signs of TCA (wet cardboard, etc) for it to be impacted significantly. Yeah, but with TCA the nose typically disappears...
by john stimson
September 2nd, 2020, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Michel Lafarge Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chênes
Replies: 28
Views: 950

Re: TN: 2007 Michel Lafarge Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chênes

You know, I think folks are getting a little bit of the wrong impression here. To me a Lafarge Clos des Chenes in a typical year if consumed too early, plus or minus without enough air, still may have a beautiful nose hinting at pleasures to come, but a palate that is hard as nails, and just doesn't...
by john stimson
September 1st, 2020, 6:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Michel Lafarge Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chênes
Replies: 28
Views: 950

Re: TN: 2007 Michel Lafarge Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chênes

For me, 2007 is quite young yet for a Lafarge, and clos des Chenes takes quite a while to come around, even though this was a 2007. Also, I think many burgs need LOTS of air, so I personally would have double decanted this wine 4 hours before dinner. I would bet if you were able to save some, it wo...
by john stimson
September 1st, 2020, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Michel Lafarge Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chênes
Replies: 28
Views: 950

Re: TN: 2007 Michel Lafarge Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chênes

For me, 2007 is quite young yet for a Lafarge, and clos des Chenes takes quite a while to come around, even though this was a 2007. Also, I think many burgs need LOTS of air, so I personally would have double decanted this wine 4 hours before dinner. I would bet if you were able to save some, it wou...
by john stimson
September 1st, 2020, 5:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 d'Angerville Clos des Ducs
Replies: 4
Views: 479

Re: 2007 d'Angerville Clos des Ducs

thanks for the report, brodie. I enjoyed the last one I had quite a bit, but am saving my final bottle for a while, as I expect some more age-related complexity to show up.
by john stimson
September 1st, 2020, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nebbiolo Rose
Replies: 26
Views: 1823

Re: Nebbiolo Rose

Wine: https://crushwineco.com/collections/all-wine/products/2012-baricchi-barbaresco-riserva-rose-delle-casasse?variant=33668777377851 Write-up: https://www.rarewineco.com/offers/cascina-baricchi-barbaresco-rose-delle-casasse-riserva-offer/ Yeah, I forgot about that one. I think that's the only oth...
by john stimson
August 31st, 2020, 8:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nebbiolo Rose
Replies: 26
Views: 1823

Re: Nebbiolo Rose

I'm not aware of one, at least in barolo/barbaresco. there are a number of wines that include some rose (20-50%), but I'm not aware of any others that are 100%. (Again, the Vinous thread that I started from 2017 is a tremendous resource, but be forewarned that it subsequently in 2019 degenerated int...
by john stimson
August 28th, 2020, 5:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WINE THEFT: 2016 ALDO CONTERNO BAROLO ROMIRASCO
Replies: 16
Views: 2297

Re: WINE THEFT: 2016 ALDO CONTERNO BAROLO ROMIRASCO

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:
August 28th, 2020, 4:56 pm
Romirasco is $250+
Yeah, but I have the same question that Jason has. Why this wine? why not any number of hotter, chased after wines?
by john stimson
August 28th, 2020, 5:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Rhone night
Replies: 8
Views: 949

Re: TNs: Rhone night

Thanks for the notes! 2013 Domaine Barge Cote Rotie Le Combard Elegant and floral, clearly a Cote-Rotie. Less structured than the Cote Brune that I tried previously but was able to guess the producer from the balance between structure and elegance. Did this need a lot of air to open up? I have a co...
by john stimson
August 27th, 2020, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chandon de Briailles 2007 PV Ile des Vergelesses
Replies: 24
Views: 1001

Re: Chandon de Briailles 2007 PV Ile des Vergelesses

Yeah--totally agree about cellar tracker. As soon as someone starts calling a young burgundy over the hill, or "drink up' on an 8-10 year old wine, I move on quickly. 2007 wines gave the impression of an early maturing vintage, and many folks consumed their wines early, but my take was that they rea...
by john stimson
August 26th, 2020, 9:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Double decant question
Replies: 20
Views: 1100

Re: Double decant question

one other trick I sometimes use if I want to re-use the same cork, but want to decant for a while, is right after decanting, to ram the cork back into the empty bottle part way. that way, if you are going to let the wine sit in the decanter for an hour or two, then pour the wine back in, the cork wo...
by john stimson
August 26th, 2020, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Castello di Neive - Barbaresco (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco)
Replies: 17
Views: 1006

Re: TN: 2016 Castello di Neive - Barbaresco (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco)

I love Nebbiolo, and can't can't imagine that anyone would not feel the same way, but "enjoying young nebbiolo" is not really an expression that I understand. I don't even try. I realize that there's window where this can be done, but I don't understand the purpose so much, at least with regard to ...
by john stimson
August 25th, 2020, 8:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Castello di Neive - Barbaresco (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco)
Replies: 17
Views: 1006

Re: TN: 2016 Castello di Neive - Barbaresco (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco)

I love Nebbiolo, and can't can't imagine that anyone would not feel the same way, but "enjoying young nebbiolo" is not really an expression that I understand. I don't even try. I realize that there's window where this can be done, but I don't understand the purpose so much, at least with regard to B...
by john stimson
August 24th, 2020, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diam-non Diam Shootout
Replies: 6
Views: 522

Re: Diam-non Diam Shootout

Yeah, 2008 would have been a pretty great Chablis year if it were not for quite a bit of premox in non-diam closed bottles.
by john stimson
August 24th, 2020, 4:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1984 Democratic National Convention wine
Replies: 6
Views: 897

Re: 1984 Democratic National Convention wine

Hey, I still have a bottle of 1983 Pat Paulsen vineyards Cab, signed by the man himself.
by john stimson
August 23rd, 2020, 5:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Penetrating pear--2017 Taille Aux Loups Clos de Mosny
Replies: 8
Views: 318

Re: Penetrating pear--2017 Taille Aux Loups Clos de Mosny

Geeze, I hate learning that I shouldn't like something that I really enjoyed! (I'm kidding a bit here). I'm actually fairly new to Loire Chenin (say 6-10 years) in relation to Chablis, Burgundy, the piedmont (30-40 years), so I'm still getting my bearings. I'm moderately oak intolerant elsewhere--I ...
by john stimson
August 23rd, 2020, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Penetrating pear--2017 Taille Aux Loups Clos de Mosny
Replies: 8
Views: 318

Re: Penetrating pear--2017 Taille Aux Loups Clos de Mosny

Thankfully, I'm not super-sensitive to the amount of oak that's in this wine, or in Fevre for that matter, so I can really enjoy a wine like this. For my instruction, what components in this wine's profile come from oak (aside from the obvious vanillin, which i'm not really getting)? What other Chen...
by john stimson
August 23rd, 2020, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Penetrating pear--2017 Taille Aux Loups Clos de Mosny
Replies: 8
Views: 318

Re: Penetrating pear--2017 Taille Aux Loups Clos de Mosny

Yeah--I know that's been your beef about the Blot wines, but I really didn't get much oak sticking out on this one. Have you had the 2017 Blot secs, or are you commenting based upon past experience? To me it would like complaining about oak in the current Fevre wines. (FEvre had a history of oaking ...
by john stimson
August 22nd, 2020, 8:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Penetrating pear--2017 Taille Aux Loups Clos de Mosny
Replies: 8
Views: 318

Penetrating pear--2017 Taille Aux Loups Clos de Mosny

I don't think I've ever used this descriptor before. Opened a bottle of the 2017 Taille Aux Loups Montlouis Clos de Mosny to have a glass or two with dinner on my own. The bottle now seems mostly gone. Beautiful penetrating PEAR on the nose and palate, with ginger, lanolin, green apple, acid, remark...
by john stimson
August 21st, 2020, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Trio of aged Ramonet GCs
Replies: 16
Views: 1133

Re: TN: Trio of aged Ramonet GCs

alan weinberg wrote:
August 20th, 2020, 9:16 pm
Jeremy Holmes wrote:
August 20th, 2020, 5:29 pm
I gave my Coravin away.
it poured too slowly emptying the bottle.
Yeah, anyone want to buy some full bottles of argon gas?
by john stimson
August 20th, 2020, 9:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 Vincent Girardin Corton Charlie
Replies: 4
Views: 313

Re: 2005 Vincent Girardin Corton Charlie

I still have some 2003 tucked away somewhere that I need to dig out and drink. No one wanted to buy 2003 so I purchased for less that $40 per bottle. Not the ideal vintage, but the last time I had it, it surprised me.
by john stimson
August 20th, 2020, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vinous worth it - or should I look elsewhere?
Replies: 91
Views: 7106

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

That being said, we don't have nearly as many winemakers participating on Vinous as do here. i know it can take a pretty thick skin as a winemaker to be a board participant, but it would be great to have folks like you, or Jim, or any number of other folks participating there. (Hey, Antonio--maybe c...
by john stimson
August 19th, 2020, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NSG Fans?
Replies: 43
Views: 1989

Re: NSG Fans?

So, basically, the responses I am getting is that people like NSGs that don't taste like they come from NSG. You guys are putting down NSG more than I am. Not everyone needs to like the same style of burgundy. Sounds like the OP hasn't really had enough of the right NSG's to make that decision. Per...

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