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by Blake Brown
September 27th, 2020, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2000 Cristal
Replies: 13
Views: 554

Re: 2000 Cristal

What is the minimum age recommended to open a Cristal? I`m not sure there is a minimum age as most have lots to give at the outset. For those who prefer some maturity, my best guess is age 18-20 and beyond. I've tracked the 08` and a few others from early on and they definitely go through maturatio...
by Blake Brown
September 26th, 2020, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2000 Cristal
Replies: 13
Views: 554

Re: 2000 Cristal

What is the minimum age recommended to open a Cristal? I`m not sure there is a minimum age as most have lots to give at the outset. For those who prefer some maturity, my best guess is age 18-20 and beyond. I've tracked the 08` and a few others from early on and they definitely go through maturatio...
by Blake Brown
September 26th, 2020, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2000 Cristal
Replies: 13
Views: 554

Re: 2000 Cristal

00 is spectacular atm Any thoughts on 99? I have a lone bottle hanging around. It's been 3+ years since I had the 99` and it was very good then. I did not think it was the best vintage, but neither was the 2000 and both have shined beautifully and as Brad remarks, it has become a stunning bubbly. L...
by Blake Brown
September 25th, 2020, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1538
Views: 101318

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Posted as a separate thread and to be included in a larger thread re a current 4 day visit with the Pisoni`s: 2000 LOUIS ROEDERER CRISTAL BRUT- having just had the 2008 a few nights prior, it was interesting to compare and try to project where it may be in 8+ years as the 00` certainly had lots of s...
by Blake Brown
September 25th, 2020, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2000 Cristal
Replies: 13
Views: 554

2000 Cristal

2000 LOUIS ROEDERER CRISTAL BRUT- having just had the 2008 a few nights prior, it was interesting to compare and try to project where it may be in 8+ years as the 00` certainly had lots of similar and more mature notes even though there certainly was a serious vintage disparity between that and the ...
by Blake Brown
September 24th, 2020, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1538
Views: 101318

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

I forgot to add some ID to the Cristal as the back label has a code that can be deciphered. In this case for the 08`, it was allowed 20% ML with 20% vinified in oak casks, then bottled aged 8 years prior to disgorgement in 2017 and then aged at least for another 8 months after disgorgement where it...
by Blake Brown
September 24th, 2020, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 08` Cristal and 96` Williams Selyem Allen Pinot
Replies: 9
Views: 456

Re: 08` Cristal and 96` Williams Selyem Allen Pinot

Last year of Burt's direct winemaking, no? Barry et al, yes, this was Burt`s last year for WS as he sold in March of 1998 and even though he had a 5 year consult agreement, he just could not intervene and basically just appeared and encouraged, Obviously, all of his 97` harvest was in barrel and mo...
by Blake Brown
September 24th, 2020, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 08` Cristal and 96` Williams Selyem Allen Pinot
Replies: 9
Views: 456

Re: 08` Cristal and 96` Williams Selyem Allen Pinot

Chris Seiber wrote:
September 23rd, 2020, 11:52 am
You didn't even need to put your name on this post, everyone would have known who made it. Cristal and Burt-Williams-era WS pinot? Just another day in the happy life of Blake Brown.
Hi Chris. Yes, I'm guilty as charged. Having good friends like you contributes to the happiness.
by Blake Brown
September 23rd, 2020, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1538
Views: 101318

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

I forgot to add some ID to the Cristal as the back label has a code that can be deciphered. In this case for the 08`, it was allowed 20% ML with 20% vinified in oak casks, then bottled aged 8 years prior to disgorgement in 2017 and then aged at least for another 8 months after disgorgement where it ...
by Blake Brown
September 23rd, 2020, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 08` Cristal and 96` Williams Selyem Allen Pinot
Replies: 9
Views: 456

Re: 08` Cristal and 96` Williams Selyem Allen Pinot

I forgot to add some ID to the Cristal as the back label has a code that can be deciphered. In this case for the 08`, it was allowed 20% ML with 20% vinified in oak casks, then bottled aged 8 years prior to disgorgement in 2017 and then aged at least for another 8 months after disgorgement where it ...
by Blake Brown
September 23rd, 2020, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1538
Views: 101318

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Extracted from a separate thread re 2008 Cristal: I’ve been scolded numerous times by friends for opening up way too many bottles of this before its time which is still the case; I`m embarrassed to say I’ve now had at least 6 bottles {5 from my cellar} and yes, all have been way too young, mostly ti...
by Blake Brown
September 22nd, 2020, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LA visit Part 2 of 2: Dinner at Drago Centro w/ 64` Vallana and 64` Marchesi, 27` Graham and 27` Rebello Valente Ports
Replies: 2
Views: 348

Re: LA visit Part 2 of 2: Dinner at Drago Centro w/ 64` Vallana and 64` Marchesi, 27` Graham and 27` Rebello Valente Por

Jeremy Holmes wrote:
September 20th, 2020, 4:26 pm
Nice work Blake.

I too have had good success with those older Marchesi di Barolo wines.
Good to know Jeremy. I have a few more from the 50s and 60s.
by Blake Brown
September 22nd, 2020, 8:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 08` Cristal and 96` Williams Selyem Allen Pinot
Replies: 9
Views: 456

08` Cristal and 96` Williams Selyem Allen Pinot

To celebrate the lovely woman, we enjoyed another wonderful dinner at our local fav, the Stonehouse restaurant located in the classic luxury resort, San Ysidro Ranch. Over many years, we have our fav table and fav servers and on this night, neither and it still was a treasured evening. Part of the j...
by Blake Brown
September 20th, 2020, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LA visit Part 1:Bonville BdB,96`de Venoge Louis XV,10`Drouhin Batard,03`Laurent Clos de Beze,78`Leroy Mazi, 27`Warre
Replies: 7
Views: 569

Re: LA visit Part 1:Bonville BdB,96`de Venoge Louis XV,10`Drouhin Batard,03`Laurent Clos de Beze,78`Leroy Mazi, 27`Warre

As it turned out, the 10` Drouhin Batard gets the WOTT award although it got lots of completion from the 84` Marchesi di Barolo we had on the 2nd night.
by Blake Brown
September 20th, 2020, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 10cc
Replies: 14
Views: 1025

Re: 10cc

Markus S wrote:
September 19th, 2020, 6:27 am
What's the band got to do with this?
That's what I first thought too. I like the 2nd option of the vintage and lovely grand cru vineyard getting the handle especially if that was your intention.
by Blake Brown
September 20th, 2020, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Charity wine tasting; 13 wines including Krug 168, '06 Comte, '08 DP, '09 Cristal, '01 Sudiuraut, '98 V. Telegraph
Replies: 6
Views: 372

Re: TN: Charity wine tasting; 13 wines including Krug 168, '06 Comte, '08 DP, '09 Cristal, '01 Sudiuraut, '98 V. Telegra

Very nice Warren and thanks for the mouthwatering, salivating notes. Lots of great bubbly there and I love your self deserved indulgence with the Krug split and the grand finish with another one.
by Blake Brown
September 19th, 2020, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1538
Views: 101318

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Laurent-Perrier La Cuvee Brut NV. Opened a half bottle to toast our finally coming to a decision on a new car purchase. Some bubbles and mouse in the glass, but more apparent in the mouth I thought. Dry, well balanced, biscuity and up to the job for a quick toast. Jacqueline smelled / tasted some s...
by Blake Brown
September 19th, 2020, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1538
Views: 101318

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Extracted from a recently posted thread: NV LAURENT-PERRIER BRUT CUVEE ROSE- Having just received this as part of a 6 pack from a new batch, I brought it as a present for our host who loves NV Roses and he decided it fit for our dinner so here it is; I’d actually brought the 96` de Venoge Louis XV t...
by Blake Brown
September 19th, 2020, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1538
Views: 101318

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Extracted from a thread posted a few days ago and a sequel to an earlier post re the 95` de Venoge Louis XV: 1996 de VENOGE LOUIS XV de VENOGE BRUT- I had just had a the 95` version of this release and it was absolutely stunning, so I was expecting this to be as good, if not better; having had too m...
by Blake Brown
September 19th, 2020, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LA visit Part 2 of 2: Dinner at Drago Centro w/ 64` Vallana and 64` Marchesi, 27` Graham and 27` Rebello Valente Ports
Replies: 2
Views: 348

LA visit Part 2 of 2: Dinner at Drago Centro w/ 64` Vallana and 64` Marchesi, 27` Graham and 27` Rebello Valente Ports

LA visit- part 2 of 2 We recently traveled to LA to visit some dear friends for a 2 night stay and had such a fantastic time. It was centered around a shared passion for all things food and wine and heart felt fellowship. Our lady host is a former professional caterer and she prides herself on creat...
by Blake Brown
September 16th, 2020, 6:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LA visit Part 1:Bonville BdB,96`de Venoge Louis XV,10`Drouhin Batard,03`Laurent Clos de Beze,78`Leroy Mazi, 27`Warre
Replies: 7
Views: 569

Re: LA visit Part 1:Bonville BdB,96`de Venoge Louis XV,10`Drouhin Batard,03`Laurent Clos de Beze,78`Leroy Mazi, 27`Warre

What a great tasting, Blake! Thanks for sharing. Preaching to the choir about the Bonville. The "Belles Voyes" is also nice but twice the price of the BdB. Cheers, Ed Hi Ed, yes, I know there is a lot of love for Bonville and I`vwe been a fan for many years, but this got my attention even more for ...
by Blake Brown
September 15th, 2020, 6:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LA visit Part 1:Bonville BdB,96`de Venoge Louis XV,10`Drouhin Batard,03`Laurent Clos de Beze,78`Leroy Mazi, 27`Warre
Replies: 7
Views: 569

Re: LA visit Part 1:Bonville BdB,96`de Venoge Louis XV,10`Drouhin Batard,03`Laurent Clos de Beze,78`Leroy Mazi, 27`Warre

Nick Christie wrote:
September 15th, 2020, 5:39 pm
A just reward for our intrepid explorer as he #KeptTrudging through all the old Champagne and trudged all the way a magical set-up in LA :). So happy for you, Blake. Great notes.
Much appreciated Nick. Life is good.
by Blake Brown
September 15th, 2020, 5:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1538
Views: 101318

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

extracted from a thread just posted: . . . made from Grand Cru fruit sourced from the Avize and Oger villages in 2016 and 2017, disgorged February 2020 and dosed at 8.33 gpl . . . Cheers, Blake Blake, was all this information on the label? If so, bravo to them! Here's the back label Jim. Agreed, it...
by Blake Brown
September 15th, 2020, 4:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1538
Views: 101318

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

extracted from a thread just posted: NV FRANC BONVILLE BLANC de BLANC BRUT GRAND CRU- this is made from Grand Cru fruit sourced from the Avize and Oger villages in 2016 and 2017, disgorged February 2020 and dosed at 8.33 gpl; it is an amazing QPR as it resembles champagnes that sell for 3 times the ...
by Blake Brown
September 15th, 2020, 4:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LA visit Part 1:Bonville BdB,96`de Venoge Louis XV,10`Drouhin Batard,03`Laurent Clos de Beze,78`Leroy Mazi, 27`Warre
Replies: 7
Views: 569

LA visit Part 1:Bonville BdB,96`de Venoge Louis XV,10`Drouhin Batard,03`Laurent Clos de Beze,78`Leroy Mazi, 27`Warre

LA visit- part 1 of 2 We recently traveled to LA to visit some dear friends for a 2 night stay and had such a fantastic time. It was centered around a shared passion for all things food and wine and heart felt fellowship. Our lady host is a former caterer and she prides herself on creating special, ...
by Blake Brown
September 13th, 2020, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bollinger PN VZ15, PYCM Rully, 02` Guigal La Landonne, 04`Chave Hermitage, 95`Delas La Landonne, 92` Chapoutier Ermitage
Replies: 2
Views: 494

Re: Bollinger PN VZ15, PYCM Rully, 02` Guigal La Landonne, 04`Chave Hermitage, 95`Delas La Landonne, 92` Chapoutier Ermi

Great notes. Will open my first bottle of the PN VZ15 soon.. Any thoughts on cellaring potential? [wow.gif] Our experience with both bottles suggests there is some benefit in aging this, but it certainly is showing quite well now, after about 15 minutes after opening. My experience with most all fr...
by Blake Brown
September 10th, 2020, 6:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bollinger PN VZ15, PYCM Rully, 02` Guigal La Landonne, 04`Chave Hermitage, 95`Delas La Landonne, 92` Chapoutier Ermitage
Replies: 2
Views: 494

Bollinger PN VZ15, PYCM Rully, 02` Guigal La Landonne, 04`Chave Hermitage, 95`Delas La Landonne, 92` Chapoutier Ermitage

Our dinner group enjoyed another fine evening, this time on the outside upstairs patio of Oku, a fabulous recently opened restaurant featuring California Asian cusine. Our wine them was champagne, white Burgundy and N. Rhone reds. For my champagne bring, I had planed on an 06` Pol Roger Sir Winston ...
by Blake Brown
September 10th, 2020, 12:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1538
Views: 101318

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

BOLLINGER PN VZ15- see dedicate thread for details
by Blake Brown
September 10th, 2020, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Just out: the stunning Bollinger VZ15
Replies: 3
Views: 438

Just out: the stunning Bollinger VZ15

Although this was part of a wondrous evening with many more wines, it merits a separate thread IMHO: I had stopped in to my fav local wine shop and discovered the newly arrived Bollinger PN VZ15 and just had to get a bottle for our dinner group outing that night. This is a new product for Bollinger,...
by Blake Brown
September 8th, 2020, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 12`Pol Roger, 10`Ch Montelena Chard, 09`ABC Sanford & Benedict Pinot, 18`Croix Ritchie Pinot, 10`Ravault Aloxe-Corton
Replies: 4
Views: 308

Re: 12`Pol Roger, 10`Ch Montelena Chard, 09`ABC Sanford & Benedict Pinot, 18`Croix Ritchie Pinot, 10`Ravault Aloxe-Corto

Blake Brown wrote: Thanks Ed. I know you are friends with Henry who I share a dinner group with and he speaks of you highly from times past on the Parker Board {Squires}. Blake, we may be coming down your way next month. My wife and I would love to meet the SB group if we do! We have had 3 differen...
by Blake Brown
September 7th, 2020, 5:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 12`Pol Roger, 10`Ch Montelena Chard, 09`ABC Sanford & Benedict Pinot, 18`Croix Ritchie Pinot, 10`Ravault Aloxe-Corton
Replies: 4
Views: 308

Re: 12`Pol Roger, 10`Ch Montelena Chard, 09`ABC Sanford & Benedict Pinot, 18`Croix Ritchie Pinot, 10`Ravault Aloxe-Corto

Ed Steinway wrote:
September 7th, 2020, 5:16 pm
Nice notes, Blake. The Montelena Chardonnay is so reliable, and they can age very well. Cheers!

Ed
Thanks Ed. I know you are friends with Henry who I share a dinner group with and he speaks of you highly from times past on the Parker Board {Squires}.
by Blake Brown
September 7th, 2020, 4:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 12`Pol Roger, 10`Ch Montelena Chard, 09`ABC Sanford & Benedict Pinot, 18`Croix Ritchie Pinot, 10`Ravault Aloxe-Corton
Replies: 4
Views: 308

12`Pol Roger, 10`Ch Montelena Chard, 09`ABC Sanford & Benedict Pinot, 18`Croix Ritchie Pinot, 10`Ravault Aloxe-Corton

Three of us like mind and soul brothers occasionally get a night out together and share some love which we did recently while dining at the fabulous and majorly undiscovered local gem, Black Sheep, which seems to be appropriately named relative to its degree of recognition amongst a bevy of Santa Ba...
by Blake Brown
September 6th, 2020, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1538
Views: 101318

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Extracted from a forthcoming thread: 2012 POL ROGER BRUT- blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay from 20 Grands and Premiers crus vineyards in the Montagne de Reims and the Côte des Blancs; it was aged for 7 years, disgorged 10/18 and dosed at 7 gpl; this is the 2nd bottle of 2 I bought to chec...
by Blake Brown
September 6th, 2020, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1538
Views: 101318

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Extracted from a forthcoming thread: 2012 POL ROGER BRUT- blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay from 20 Grands and Premiers crus vineyards in the Montagne de Reims and the Côte des Blancs; it was aged for 7 years, disgorged 10/18 and dosed at 7 gpl; this is the 2nd bottle of 2 I bought to check...
by Blake Brown
September 6th, 2020, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1538
Views: 101318

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

haven't tried one (dual suspicions for TW selection and the fancy bottles). -Al BTW Al, I had the same thought when I first saw the bottle and silently claimed it to be just another pretty face, but the guys in my favorite wine shop in Amsterdam, Charbot, assured me it was a good bubbly and tasted ...
by Blake Brown
September 6th, 2020, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1538
Views: 101318

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Al Osterheld wrote:
September 5th, 2020, 6:13 pm
Probably got that at Total Wine? They carry tons of de Venoge, haven't tried one (dual suspicions for TW selection and the fancy bottles).

-Al
I had to look up the source and it was from Envoyer at $130 which is also what I paid for the 96`. This bottle was worth it.
by Blake Brown
September 6th, 2020, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1538
Views: 101318

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

1995 de VENOGE BRUT LOUIS XV- packaged in a spectacular clear glass bottle, this is a 50% blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir sourced from numerous Grand Cru plots... Cheers, Blake Blake, I went through a half dozen of the 1996’s I bought from Envoyer for $89.99 in 2017. I thought they were amazing ...
by Blake Brown
September 5th, 2020, 5:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1538
Views: 101318

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Extracted from a thread I posted earlier today with much more preface to the notes: 1995 de VENOGE BRUT LOUIS XV- packaged in a spectacular clear glass bottle, this is a 50% blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir sourced from numerous Grand Cru plots; the first important discovery was seeing the bright ...
by Blake Brown
September 5th, 2020, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finally, a great "older" champagne and a superlative red Burgundy + an intense Priorat Carignane
Replies: 3
Views: 465

Re: Finally, a great "older" champagne and a superlative red Burgundy + an intense Priorat Carignane

Jayson Cohen wrote:
September 5th, 2020, 10:57 am
Great note on the de Venoge, Blake. I started chuckling. It’s the wine geek version of what happens when your team scores a touchdown.
And I didn't`t even have to kick an extra point Jayson. It was a sudden death, overtime win.
by Blake Brown
September 5th, 2020, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finally, a great "older" champagne and a superlative red Burgundy + an intense Priorat Carignane
Replies: 3
Views: 465

Finally, a great "older" champagne and a superlative red Burgundy + an intense Priorat Carignane

We recently enjoyed dinner on the outside patio of dear friends who set it up for practicing proper COVID measures. Homemade food and great wines complemented the wonderful friendly and positive conversation, a healthy thing to do in a time when it can sometimes be challenging to find the good out t...
by Blake Brown
September 3rd, 2020, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 3 champagnes incl 93`Cristal; 4 white Burgs: 6 red Burgs and 2 dessert wines
Replies: 3
Views: 461

3 champagnes incl 93`Cristal; 4 white Burgs: 6 red Burgs and 2 dessert wines

A friend entertained a few others for a pot luck type dinner on the fresh air outside patio of his home. Grilled meats and lobster tails highlighted the main entrees and the wine theme was for champagnes, white and red Burgundy. We ate and drink well and often. We had a wide assortment of wines that...
by Blake Brown
September 1st, 2020, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Taittinger Comtes
Replies: 18
Views: 1142

Re: TN: 1996 Taittinger Comtes

Happy to hear it is still showing so well and you got to enjoy it. I loved the 95` much more for years and then the 96` caught up and took it to another level and evidently is still hanging in nicely. I long for these kind of experiences and after 3 dismal 96` Krug and 2 bad La Grande Dame lately, ...
by Blake Brown
August 30th, 2020, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Taittinger Comtes
Replies: 18
Views: 1142

Re: TN: 1996 Taittinger Comtes

Brad Baker wrote:
August 30th, 2020, 8:10 am
Blake,

You will be fine with Blanc de Blancs or Chardonnay heavy wines from 1996. The worries and variability are with those that involve a good helping of Pinot grapes.
Thanks Brad. You've mentioned this previously and I now remember that to be the case. I'm going to test a couple soon.
by Blake Brown
August 30th, 2020, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Taittinger Comtes
Replies: 18
Views: 1142

Re: TN: 1996 Taittinger Comtes

Happy to hear it is still showing so well and you got to enjoy it. I loved the 95` much more for years and then the 96` caught up and took it to another level and evidently is still hanging in nicely. I long for these kind of experiences and after 3 dismal 96` Krug and 2 bad La Grande Dame lately, I...
by Blake Brown
August 30th, 2020, 7:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 82` Salon, 06` Dom Ruinart, 06` Dom Perignon, a Gruner, 2 Brunellos and a Fontodi, an 89` Clerico Barolo
Replies: 9
Views: 623

Re: 82` Salon, 06` Dom Ruinart, 06` Dom Perignon, a Gruner, 2 Brunellos and a Fontodi, an 89` Clerico Barolo

R@y.Tupp@+sch wrote:
August 30th, 2020, 7:41 am
A significant percentage of 1980's Salon has been badly oxidized for a long time.
Ray, I'm now about 8 out of 8 in the last few years. That's too significant for me. BTW, why is this happening to this extent throughout the entire decade?
by Blake Brown
August 29th, 2020, 6:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1538
Views: 101318

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Again, this is an extract from a thread just posted today: 2006 DOM PERIGNON- I’ve had many a bottle of this vintage and enjoyed every one, but none as much as this one; following the Dom Ruinart, it held its own and even presented a distinguished profile that placed it on its own pedestal; the hall...
by Blake Brown
August 29th, 2020, 5:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 82` Salon, 06` Dom Ruinart, 06` Dom Perignon, a Gruner, 2 Brunellos and a Fontodi, an 89` Clerico Barolo
Replies: 9
Views: 623

Re: 82` Salon, 06` Dom Ruinart, 06` Dom Perignon, a Gruner, 2 Brunellos and an 89` Clerico Barolo

#KeepTrudging, Blake So glad the '06 duo was splendid; Charlie Brown noises for yet another 80's missed football. Be safe, my friend. And be thankful for outside get togethers. I am going crazy in isolation with all of my own best drinking companions so far away... Much appreciated Nick. May all yo...
by Blake Brown
August 29th, 2020, 5:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging champagnes/ buying drinking aged champagnes- help please
Replies: 88
Views: 4009

Re: Aging champagnes/ buying drinking aged champagnes- help please

Mike Evans wrote:
August 29th, 2020, 3:14 pm
A fun party trick, especially with non-geeks, is to throw a champagne cork in the microwave and watch it return to its original cylindrical shape.
I wonder if that would improve the Salon or maybe that was what happened, it got nuked.
by Blake Brown
August 29th, 2020, 5:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 82` Salon, 06` Dom Ruinart, 06` Dom Perignon, a Gruner, 2 Brunellos and a Fontodi, an 89` Clerico Barolo
Replies: 9
Views: 623

82` Salon, 06` Dom Ruinart, 06` Dom Perignon, a Gruner, 2 Brunellos and a Fontodi, an 89` Clerico Barolo

Our dinner group safely met on the outdoor patio lawn of one of our favorite local restaurants, Convivo, which is located just a few yards back from the beach. Our wine theme was champagnes, white Burgs, Super Tuscans and Brunellos although one brought a Barolo from Clerico and we unanimously expand...
by Blake Brown
August 29th, 2020, 10:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1538
Views: 101318

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Extracted from a soon to be posted thread: "I took the 3rd of 3 potentially great champagnes I purchased recently in hopes of discovering some viable bottles and obtaining more, but the 85` Cristal Rose was severely oxidized and the 86` Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rose was undrinkable thus my hop...

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