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by Russell Faulkner
February 13th, 2019, 4:46 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Tasting Fees in Champagne?
Replies: 11
Views: 267

Re: Tasting Fees in Champagne?

From memory, Launois and Milan charge a fee. But at Launois it includes entry to the museum and Milan was waived with purchases.
by Russell Faulkner
February 12th, 2019, 5:45 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Reims or Epernay for kid friendly day trip
Replies: 17
Views: 397

Re: Reims or Epernay for kid friendly day trip

Caves au Forum would be closed on a Sunday though...
by Russell Faulkner
February 12th, 2019, 8:12 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Reims or Epernay for kid friendly day trip
Replies: 17
Views: 397

Re: Reims or Epernay for kid friendly day trip

Decent length. Check out tours that have something fun. Taittinger used to take you through the cellars on a little train.

I don’t think of Reims as being particularly congested. Certainly not on a Sunday but check places are open. Many will be closed.
by Russell Faulkner
February 12th, 2019, 7:52 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Reims or Epernay for kid friendly day trip
Replies: 17
Views: 397

Re: Reims or Epernay for kid friendly day trip

Personally. I’d stay in Paris unless it’s a long trip.
by Russell Faulkner
February 11th, 2019, 1:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Example of highly allocated, yet inexpensive wines?
Replies: 66
Views: 4253

Re: Example of highly allocated, yet inexpensive wines?

Try getting Julian Haart 3* Auslese or any of the white labels.
by Russell Faulkner
February 8th, 2019, 6:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My first Keller gmax
Replies: 86
Views: 3494

Re: My first Keller gmax

-1
by Russell Faulkner
January 29th, 2019, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Different capsules in Coche Corton Charly
Replies: 23
Views: 832

Re: Different capsules in Coche Corton Charly

Is the CC bottled barrel by barrel?
by Russell Faulkner
January 26th, 2019, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aged riesling?
Replies: 23
Views: 1172

Re: Aged riesling?

I wouldn’t say it’s normal without knowing the producer/region.
by Russell Faulkner
January 21st, 2019, 9:25 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Questions about visiting Haut Brion
Replies: 9
Views: 295

Re: Questions about visiting Haut Brion

We visited Chateau Olivier a few years back. Not far from Haut-Brion, nice property and visit.

I think the wines have changed direction a bit since then though.
by Russell Faulkner
January 21st, 2019, 8:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Visiting Krug
Replies: 29
Views: 1240

Re: Visiting Krug

Yao, that sounds like the normal tour. You enjoyed it more than we did. I’m glad!
by Russell Faulkner
January 21st, 2019, 9:46 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Questions about visiting Haut Brion
Replies: 9
Views: 295

Re: Questions about visiting Haut Brion

Yes, but don’t have great expectations. Probably 2-4 wines and maybe only one of the ‘Grand Vin’.
by Russell Faulkner
January 21st, 2019, 8:00 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Questions about visiting Haut Brion
Replies: 9
Views: 295

Re: Questions about visiting Haut Brion

1. Nope. Indeed you won’t be offered any
2. Nope
3. No need to dress up, ‘smart casual’.

Enjoy!
by Russell Faulkner
January 20th, 2019, 10:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Visiting Krug
Replies: 29
Views: 1240

Re: Visiting Krug

If you didn’t like Reims then skip Épernay!
by Russell Faulkner
January 20th, 2019, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Visiting Krug
Replies: 29
Views: 1240

Re: Visiting Krug

Ask the person you buy the most Krug from to arrange it. Though to be frank it’s not the best visit in Champagne.
by Russell Faulkner
January 8th, 2019, 8:12 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Places to eat in London?
Replies: 21
Views: 541

Re: Places to eat in the London?

I guess this is proof people don’t click your links Victor! :)
by Russell Faulkner
January 8th, 2019, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Alfred Merkelbach Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese Urglück
Replies: 30
Views: 683

Re: TN: 2012 Alfred Merkelbach Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese Urglück

Obvious bets are Molitor, Loosen or Lieser.

This producer was never imported to the Uk in any quantity, I’ve only tried a couple of bottles.
by Russell Faulkner
January 8th, 2019, 7:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If I had to limit my buying to 10 producers ....
Replies: 241
Views: 9387

Re: If I had to limit my buying to 10 producers ....

Looking back, I really have ‘enough’ of all of the producers I listed back when this started.

So I’d probably go with a totally different list including Julian Haart, Keller, Weisser-Kunstler, Trossen, Spater-Veit, Julg, Krug, Tremblay, DP and Accomasso.
by Russell Faulkner
January 2nd, 2019, 5:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Cecile Tremblay Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Feusselottes
Replies: 23
Views: 1027

Re: TN: 2009 Cecile Tremblay Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Feusselottes

Ah yes. Forgot to come back, much darker fruits than on average for the producer, and IIRC for the straight Vosne from 2012, lots of black cherry notes. Less obviously ‘pretty’ than most Tremblay wines but a lovely wine all the same.
by Russell Faulkner
January 2nd, 2019, 4:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Producer
Replies: 104
Views: 4451

Re: Favorite Producer

Right now, probably Cecile Tremblay and Julian Haart.
by Russell Faulkner
December 31st, 2018, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wines do you plan on opening on New Years Eve?
Replies: 68
Views: 1408

Re: What wines do you plan on opening on New Years Eve?

Get better!

2000 Egon Muller Auction Spatlese and 2012 Cecile Tremblay Les Beaumonts.
by Russell Faulkner
December 31st, 2018, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Cecile Tremblay Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Feusselottes
Replies: 23
Views: 1027

Re: TN: 2009 Cecile Tremblay Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Feusselottes

Inspired me to open this:
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Will report back, might be hard to drink sideways.
by Russell Faulkner
December 31st, 2018, 5:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Cecile Tremblay Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Feusselottes
Replies: 23
Views: 1027

Re: TN: 2009 Cecile Tremblay Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Feusselottes

There’s been almost no supply of these wines. That will change soon as a number of collectors will sell.
by Russell Faulkner
December 30th, 2018, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations for Mosel Producers
Replies: 44
Views: 1462

Re: Recommendations for Mosel Producers

Fritz is run by Thomas’ brother Oliver. Both great chaps. Father is Wilhelm, who made great wines.
by Russell Faulkner
December 30th, 2018, 7:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations for Mosel Producers
Replies: 44
Views: 1462

Re: Recommendations for Mosel Producers

Not on my radar anymore. Had some lovely older bottles from the 80s and 90s though.
by Russell Faulkner
December 30th, 2018, 5:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Cecile Tremblay Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Feusselottes
Replies: 23
Views: 1027

Re: TN: 2009 Cecile Tremblay Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Feusselottes

Here too, but only started with the 2010s so not tried an 09 apart from a few small restaurant pours.
by Russell Faulkner
December 29th, 2018, 11:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why doesn’t Liebfraumilch impress me...ever?
Replies: 30
Views: 941

Re: Why doesn’t Liebfraumilch impress me...ever?

Well, the Liebfrauenstift version is very good!
by Russell Faulkner
December 29th, 2018, 5:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You can all kiss my Welsh ass
Replies: 71
Views: 4040

Re: You can all kiss my Welsh ass

user_id=7804] Can’t be a proper Welshman, they have arses not asses. Classic I think arse is actually an English word .... asyn is what they say in Wales ... or at least that’s what Mr. Google says Ah but relatively few people of Alan’s age speak Welsh, it’s much more common amongst the under 40s a...
by Russell Faulkner
December 29th, 2018, 6:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations for Mosel Producers
Replies: 44
Views: 1462

Re: Recommendations for Mosel Producers

Somewhat passive aggressive uses of ‘religion’ and ‘tradition’ there Howard, but I generally agree with you. I don’t look first to the Mosel for dry wines but there are some excellent ones. I can’t comment on the ‘widely available’ in your market. My top producers are Prum (10% of the cellar), Willi...
by Russell Faulkner
December 29th, 2018, 6:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You can all kiss my Welsh ass
Replies: 71
Views: 4040

Re: You can all kiss my Welsh ass

Can’t be a proper Welshman, they have arses not asses.
by Russell Faulkner
December 26th, 2018, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Loire is dead at retail
Replies: 56
Views: 2338

Re: Loire is dead at retail

I went to my local supermarket today and they had zero bottles of wine from the Loire. So I can confirm it’s completely dead at retail internationally.
by Russell Faulkner
December 25th, 2018, 9:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy is dead at retail
Replies: 88
Views: 4924

Re: Burgundy is dead at retail

Wine at retail is pretty much dead for me.
by Russell Faulkner
December 24th, 2018, 7:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Lilbert & Fils 2012 Blanc de Blancs
Replies: 6
Views: 251

Re: TN: Lilbert & Fils 2012 Blanc de Blancs

Huge fan. Top three Champagne producer in my cellar. Wonderful guy too.
by Russell Faulkner
December 23rd, 2018, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are wine investment funds good investments?
Replies: 47
Views: 1649

Re: Are wine investment funds good investments?

John, five years. But I probably got it wrong.
by Russell Faulkner
December 23rd, 2018, 8:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: unknown champagne defect?
Replies: 13
Views: 435

Re: unknown champagne defect?

Send the guy a Facebook message. ;)
by Russell Faulkner
December 22nd, 2018, 7:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are wine investment funds good investments?
Replies: 47
Views: 1649

Re: Are wine investment funds good investments?

I ran a very quick and dirty calculation, and under the fund terms mentioned above, and assuming 1% of NAV per year in running costs, a 15% compound increase in the value of the wines (assuming arms length sale valuations) gets the investor a net 2% return.

That 7.5% upfront kills it.
by Russell Faulkner
December 22nd, 2018, 5:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are wine investment funds good investments?
Replies: 47
Views: 1649

Re: Are wine investment funds good investments?

And most of those costs are met by the investment vehicle individually, not paid by the manager out of their 2% fees.
by Russell Faulkner
December 21st, 2018, 8:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are wine investment funds good investments?
Replies: 47
Views: 1649

Re: Are wine investment funds good investments?

Hedge fund model, fees on Nav with a high watermark.
by Russell Faulkner
December 20th, 2018, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corked Champagne--what is the right recourse?
Replies: 105
Views: 2749

Re: Corked Champagne--what is the right recourse?

Is this a legal or moral question.

I’d be surprised if the legal path was anything other than the retailler.

Morally you can debate it all day long.
by Russell Faulkner
December 19th, 2018, 9:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corked Champagne--what is the right recourse?
Replies: 105
Views: 2749

Re: Corked Champagne--what is the right recourse?

Someone should tell Bollinger. Every bottle is sealed with cork for secondary fermentation and stored on its side in their cellars.
by Russell Faulkner
December 19th, 2018, 7:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top 100 German Wines of 2018
Replies: 49
Views: 1504

Re: Top 100 German Wines of 2018

Not that hard to find if you can be bothered (and don’t have significant shipping restrictions). Though somewhat harder by the time the list is published. Though it’s a reasonable basis for preparation, though better to call it out maybe. Number two seems totally unavailable in the US or UK, so I’m ...
by Russell Faulkner
December 19th, 2018, 7:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corked Champagne--what is the right recourse?
Replies: 105
Views: 2749

Re: Corked Champagne--what is the right recourse?

In the UK your complaint is with the retailer.
by Russell Faulkner
December 19th, 2018, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top 100 German Wines of 2018
Replies: 49
Views: 1504

Re: Top 100 German Wines of 2018

Lists like this are less useful if you don’t know what the preparer tasted and didn’t put on the list. Nothing from any auctions? No Lieser (both Doctor wines were superb), no Julian Haart or Weisser-Kuntstler, assume the Prum 2016 was a typo but there are other recent vintages in there. Wittmann Mo...
by Russell Faulkner
December 18th, 2018, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: “Speculators are ruining it for everybody”
Replies: 191
Views: 7834

Re: “Speculators are ruining it for everybody”

The fees are on the website. 7.5% upfront and 2% management fee per year. £100k minimum.

Performance fee of 20% (with a high watermark).

I’m quite sure the fund also pays expenses such as audit and administration and storage.

I won’t be investing.
by Russell Faulkner
December 17th, 2018, 7:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are wine investment funds good investments?
Replies: 47
Views: 1649

Re: Are wine investment funds good investments?

Where do they buy at the cellar door? Not Bordeaux or Burgundy? I'm pretty sure some do, but reading the fine print on the websites of these two, it seems they buy from intermediaries. How are you sure. I understand it’s not possible in Bordeaux (for ‘investment grade’ wines) and I don’t see many t...
by Russell Faulkner
December 17th, 2018, 7:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are wine investment funds good investments?
Replies: 47
Views: 1649

Re: Are wine investment funds good investments?

Where do they buy at the cellar door? Not Bordeaux or Burgundy?
by Russell Faulkner
December 14th, 2018, 8:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite right bank Bordeaux
Replies: 52
Views: 1466

Re: Favorite right bank Bordeaux

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
December 14th, 2018, 10:50 am
Yea, I forgot, poor little ‘ol Lafleur.

That and Le Pin are the only notable Bordeaux that I have not had before.
You should come visit.
by Russell Faulkner
December 14th, 2018, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite right bank Bordeaux
Replies: 52
Views: 1466

Re: Favorite right bank Bordeaux

Which ever one has the most cab franc......and u will find my answer :) So which ones do you think have the most Cab Franc? Cab Franc is always high on my list as well. Cheval Blanc Ausone VCC can go high, look at 2011 vintage, which is excellent Figeac There are some with more CF, but these are th...

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