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by Jim Hartten
June 23rd, 2020, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 946
Views: 52600

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

Not certain you can say selling Canon at $99 per makes you an opportunist. Someone hear noted that Millessima has already raised the price to $111 per. Moreover, some would say trying to corner the market while other go without might be a bit opportunist. [cheers.gif]
by Jim Hartten
June 23rd, 2020, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 946
Views: 52600

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

Canon is out at $99 at MacArthur Beverages. Looks like the search is on to secure a few bottles. It seems like many the chateaus have released small traunches to drive the prices back up. [cheers.gif] Buy early!
by Jim Hartten
May 19th, 2020, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Skinner Auctions
Replies: 2
Views: 298

Re: Skinner Auctions

I buy from Gordon's in MA periodically and they have always shipped to my office in DC. But DC is a liberal jurisdiction for excepting out of state shipments. [cheers.gif]
by Jim Hartten
April 1st, 2020, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux 2018 Release
Replies: 26
Views: 2371

Re: Bordeaux 2018 Release

We had a 2018 Bordeaux threat here last year - should be easy to pull up and has links to Levy and Panos, etc. Farr vintners has its notes and others on its site. Where we go from here on Bordeaux futures pileon
by Jim Hartten
March 27th, 2020, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Violin Pinot Noir, Oregon - Berserker Day Wines
Replies: 9
Views: 790

Re: TN: 2017 Violin Pinot Noir, Polk County Cuvee, Eola Amity Hills, Oregon

I also bought a Berserker 6-pack and am looking forward to trying one soon! [cheers.gif]
by Jim Hartten
March 11th, 2020, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will stock market collapse equal lower prices at wine auctions?
Replies: 212
Views: 16371

Re: Will stock market collapse equal lower prices at wine auctions?

En Premier Bordeaux tastings of the 2019 Bordeaux are just a few weeks away as well - wonder if the event will take place and whether futures prices will down noticeably due to the prevailing conditions on the ground? Probably not much knowing the Bordelais pileon
by Jim Hartten
February 25th, 2020, 1:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine prices are falling
Replies: 40
Views: 5318

Re: Wine prices are falling

We are just weeks away from the annual tastings of the 2019 Bordeaux in France. Believe it or not, the early reports on 2019 Bordeaux that I have seen have been favorable. [winner.gif] But it seems there is already plenty of good quality Bordeaux in the pipeline - (15s, 16s, and 18s), and now 2019s ...
by Jim Hartten
February 25th, 2020, 9:34 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 287
Views: 15856

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

pileon Just saw a national weather service forecast calling for an early spring this year. [stirthepothal.gif]
by Jim Hartten
February 13th, 2020, 8:54 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 287
Views: 15856

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Good to see the 2020 weather blog up and running! Hope you farmers get the additional rain needed to set up the 2020 growing season. Also hoping for and looking forward to a great west coast growing season and a stellar 2020 vintage. [cheers.gif]
by Jim Hartten
January 30th, 2020, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNR: 2016 Canon, and generally, impressions on the direction of this Chateau?
Replies: 11
Views: 867

Re: TNR: 2016 Canon, and generally, impressions on the direction of this Chateau?

Certainly the 15, 16, 18 vintages produced ripe wines in Bordeaux and the trend seems to favor warmer vintages going forward. So it will be interesting to see if changes in whether really start impacting grape growing and make it harder for Chateaus that normally value restraint/balance to dial back...
by Jim Hartten
January 26th, 2020, 5:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1986 Ch Canon St Emilion
Replies: 9
Views: 460

Re: 1986 Ch Canon St Emilion

I remember Parker extolling the virtues of the 82 Canon in his initial report on the 82 Bordeaux vintage. Recent bottlings like 2016 and 2018 have received strong reviews as well. [cheers.gif]
by Jim Hartten
December 19th, 2019, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine auction businesses, if tariffs persist.
Replies: 14
Views: 1607

Re: Wine auction businesses, if tariffs persist.

Has anyone seen prices rising for Bordeaux currently on the shelf? It sounds like champagne prices have gone up at least somewhat? pileon
by Jim Hartten
December 10th, 2019, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)
Replies: 240
Views: 22599

Re: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)

Todd, just want to point out that Patricia Green did not participate last year (2019)???? [cry.gif] Yes, I loved those 2013 PG pinot pacs as well [worship.gif]. So please tell Jim we will be on the look-out this January for some PG goodness [help.gif] . As a consumer of tasty pinots, I must also rem...
by Jim Hartten
November 20th, 2019, 12:54 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 36467

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Congrats on what sounds like a very good 2019 vintage for many! Hope the rains start falling. [cheers.gif]
by Jim Hartten
November 20th, 2019, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1349
Views: 80274

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

I checked several big U.S. retailers last week (B21, Binnys, Sokalin (sp)) and noticed they had taken down their 2018 Bordeaux futures pages. I am assuming this is related to the new wine tariff. I wonder if stores will try to pass through the cost of the tariff onto consumers? [stirthepothal.gif]
by Jim Hartten
November 20th, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Château Meyney - Saint Estèphe - 2003
Replies: 6
Views: 534

Re: Château Meyney - Saint Estèphe - 2003

I have enjoyed Meyney back to the excellent 1982 and since via the 1990, 2000 and 2009. Meyney is often made in a structured/concentrated style so its seems modern in certain respects but also needs some time to come around. But given time, the wine can develop very nicely. 2018 Bordeaux looking lik...
by Jim Hartten
November 8th, 2019, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine de Chevalier (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)
Replies: 28
Views: 1711

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

I jumped on the DdC band wagon by purchasing a few bottles (750s/375s) of the 2018, which received strong reviews back in the spring - hoping these evolve nicely. [cheers.gif] Next up the 2019s...?? [drinkers.gif]
by Jim Hartten
October 9th, 2019, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NY sales tax now being applied to out of state purchases
Replies: 6
Views: 615

NY sales tax now being applied to out of state purchases

Don't know if this is well known to many here but - I just called Millesima in NYC to arrange shipment of a few cases of 2016 Bordeaux purchased two years ago on futures. For the first time, Millesima is now charging 10% (still need to confirm) sales tax, which I was told went into effect in early 2...
by Jim Hartten
September 28th, 2019, 6:14 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Spotted Lanternfly?
Replies: 31
Views: 2172

Re: Spotted Lanternfly?

Wow, this does not sound good! I hope this pest can be contained. My bother lives in cecil county - have to ask him if he is aware of this problem. [smileyvault-ban.gif]
by Jim Hartten
September 6th, 2019, 10:43 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 36467

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Good to hear that the weather is cooperating and the yields are solid or better. [cheers.gif] Looking forward to following the harvest - best to all growers and vintners. [berserker.gif]
by Jim Hartten
August 28th, 2019, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Patricia Green Pinot Noir Dijon 115 Freedom Hill Vineyard - GREAT juice!
Replies: 7
Views: 755

Re: TN: 2013 Patricia Green Pinot Noir Dijon 115 Freedom Hill Vineyard - GREAT juice!

Todd, I first had the PG FH Dijon from 2012 and loved it as well. It really stared off medium weight and tart and willed out nicely over 2 hours. PG also makes a FH Pommard Clone and FH Koury Clone (my favorite) that are also excellent and priced somewhat reasonably. [cheers.gif] PS- we missed PG at...
by Jim Hartten
August 27th, 2019, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux 2016 vs 2018
Replies: 33
Views: 3009

Re: Bordeaux 2016 vs 2018

Chris, numerous great wines from both 2016 and 2018. Many here and elsewhere touting the 16 Pichon Lalande and I hear the 18 PL may be one of the top wines of the vintage and also selling for around $180 on futures. The 18 Canon ($125), Rauzan Segla ($115), Beychevelle ($84) and Domaine de Chevalier...
by Jim Hartten
August 5th, 2019, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 355
Views: 28623

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

It seems to me that Kevin has paid the requisite fine and negotiated settlement to allow him to keep the new vineyard but also address any possible damage caused. Thus, any damage, hypothetical or otherwise, caused by the vineyard construction and loss of two acres of wetlands (which is a very small...
by Jim Hartten
July 25th, 2019, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Bordeaux
Replies: 20
Views: 1582

Re: 2015 Bordeaux

Also consider buying a few 2018 Bordeaux on pre-arrival (futures), which are still selling at release prices in most cases. Branaire Ducru at about $54 is a good value at that price. Domaine de Chevalier at $73 is also a good value at that price. Check out the current 2018 Bordeaux thread on this bo...
by Jim Hartten
June 14th, 2019, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cheval Blanc 2018 - RElease price is 120 Euro's higher than other 1st Growth
Replies: 57
Views: 3654

Re: Cheval Blanc 2018 - RElease price is 120 Euro's higher than other 1st Growth

Seems to me that Cheval Blanc production is much smaller than the official 1st. Ausone came out slightly higher and Pétrus has yet to release. [stirthepothal.gif]
by Jim Hartten
June 11th, 2019, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Climate change and Bordeaux
Replies: 6
Views: 874

Re: Climate change and Bordeaux

Climate change can take various forms - severe storms (which we now see in the U.S.) that can damage vineyards and grapes on the vine. So changing grapes may not provide much if any relief - not to mention how the wines would change. [cry.gif]
by Jim Hartten
June 4th, 2019, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?
Replies: 130
Views: 7900

Re: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?

I agree with Jeff and Todd. Many lesser Bordeaux can often drink well in the 5-10 year window - and many Bordeaux will show you some goods for a year or two after arrival before closing down (e.g., been loving some 2015 Siran and Labegorce!). [thankyou.gif] In addition, the particular vintage can ma...
by Jim Hartten
May 27th, 2019, 1:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?
Replies: 245
Views: 17729

Re: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?

As noted, no wine is “must buy”, but that was never the point. With the 2014s, 2015s, 2016s and now 2018s we have had a string of very good to great vintages. To me that translates lots of options that, based on experience, hit the retail shelf 20% - 30% above what I paid on futures. So if you like ...
by Jim Hartten
May 24th, 2019, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?
Replies: 245
Views: 17729

Re: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?

Millesima (NYC) offers 375s for many of the 2018 Bordeaux. 375 of Domaine de Chevalier 2018 is $36.98.
by Jim Hartten
May 24th, 2019, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it just me? Napa vs Bordeaux QPR
Replies: 56
Views: 4832

Re: Is it just me? Napa vs Bordeaux QPR

Fully agree that Bordeaux offers much better QPR at nearly every price point. What can you get from CA for $25-$30 that is interesting? Wines like the 2018 Calon Segur, Rauzan Segla, Beychevelle, Canon, Domaine de Chevelier, etc., selling for between roughly $75 - $110. Like to see what these wines ...
by Jim Hartten
May 24th, 2019, 7:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?
Replies: 245
Views: 17729

Re: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?

Looks like now is the time to buy if you want to secure bottles of the highly rated wines that have released to date. Calon Segur is sold out in some places and the price will likely jump going forward. Domaine de Chevalier is now out at about $75. Rauzan Segla out at about $100 and sold out at Flic...
by Jim Hartten
May 19th, 2019, 6:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ISO Wine Shops: Northern NJ / New York
Replies: 29
Views: 1235

Re: ISO Wine Shops: Northern NJ / New York

You may want to check out Zacky’s in Scarsdale, NY. Great selection and able to source hard to get wines. [cheers.gif]
by Jim Hartten
May 15th, 2019, 1:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?
Replies: 245
Views: 17729

Re: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?

Adam, based on the experts, there are some great candidates to add from 2018 Bordeaux. Calon Segur 2018 is essentially first growth quality at about $109. Several tasting reports provided on the WB 2018 Bordeaux thread by Panos, Jeff Levy, and some Suckling scores posted as well. FarrVintners.com al...
by Jim Hartten
May 14th, 2019, 7:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux.
Replies: 268
Views: 17542

Re: 2018 Bordeaux.

Phil, Now that I revisit my comment about Calon Ségur, it may have been 200 bottles not cases. In any event, 2018 futures seems to bringing out more buyers than recent vintages. [cheers.gif]
by Jim Hartten
May 14th, 2019, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux.
Replies: 268
Views: 17542

Re: 2018 Bordeaux.

So I pulled the trigger on 4 X 12 half bottles (375s) of Labegorce, Siran, Poujeaux, and Capburn - to corner the low end QPR market. [wink.gif] Talked to a few stores today and learned that Calon Segur has been selling quickly (e.g., Bassins bought 200 cases and is down to 11 cases as of this aftern...
by Jim Hartten
May 13th, 2019, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: An unimportant tasting of 2016 Bordeaux
Replies: 45
Views: 2437

Re: TN: An unimportant tasting of 2016 Bordeaux

I have often found new Bordeaux to be approachable for a six month/one year period after arrival and then start closing down for several years or more. Many 2016s are just starting to arrive and I expect to try a few half bottles over the next few months. [cheers.gif]
by Jim Hartten
May 2nd, 2019, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux.
Replies: 268
Views: 17542

Re: 2018 Bordeaux.

As far as interest in the 2018s, I do see a number of the big U.S. stores already offering wines, so it may be that 2018 will attract more buying interest stateside than recent vintages like 2015 and 2016, but a lot will depend on wines continuing to release at reasonable prices. [cheers.gif]
by Jim Hartten
May 2nd, 2019, 5:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux.
Replies: 268
Views: 17542

Re: 2018 Bordeaux.

Clinet out today and should price around $80 per I would think. Siran also out and should price in high 20s. A good low end qpr. [cheers.gif]
by Jim Hartten
April 30th, 2019, 1:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 167
Views: 9594

Re: New Guy disillusioned with WA

I think the Berserker Wine Talk blog has surpassed the old WA blog at this point. [cheers.gif] Agree, no need to look back pileon
by Jim Hartten
April 26th, 2019, 10:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux.
Replies: 268
Views: 17542

Re: 2018 Bordeaux.

Here are a few notable U.S. stores for buying Bordeaux futures:

MacArthur Beverages, DC
Gordon's Fine Wine, Boston
Millesima, NYC
B21, FL
Binny's, Chicago
K & L, CA

[cheers.gif]
by Jim Hartten
April 23rd, 2019, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: April Frost in Burgundy
Replies: 64
Views: 4330

Re: April Frost in Burgundy

I reviewed an article on the frost damage earlier today that included the pics posted by John. Quite a sight to see at night - but also note many adjoining properties w/o smudge pots and how did they fare? The article stated that the chardonnay vineyards were more adversely affected by the frost due...
by Jim Hartten
April 23rd, 2019, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux.
Replies: 268
Views: 17542

Re: 2018 Bordeaux.

Hope to see many of the 2018s releasing at reasonable prices in the coming weeks. [wow.gif] Here is an update from the WS that discusses futures pricing for the 2018s. [cheers.gif]

https://www.winespectator.com/webfeatur ... 2018-Wines
by Jim Hartten
April 16th, 2019, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux.
Replies: 268
Views: 17542

Re: 2018 Bordeaux.

Some initial wines releasing prices per Farr Vintners website. So let the games begin! [cheers.gif] I suspect I will buy 1-2 wines at some point. [stirthepothal.gif]
by Jim Hartten
March 29th, 2019, 7:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux.
Replies: 268
Views: 17542

Re: 2018 Bordeaux.

Thanks for posting the article. I have been looking forward to reading about the 2018 trade tastings starting in Bordeaux. I have also read some who say that 18s may resemble 2003s, which means buyer beware! [snort.gif] But I am interested in seeing how a few long time favorites have done and hope t...
by Jim Hartten
March 26th, 2019, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Louis Latour 2009 Chambertin
Replies: 24
Views: 1698

Re: Louis Latour 2009 Chambertin

Thanks everyone for your comments - very helpful! [cheers.gif] I have not had a LL red before and had some concerns about the quality of the reds generally, so good to get solid feedback here. [drinkers.gif]
by Jim Hartten
March 25th, 2019, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Louis Latour 2009 Chambertin
Replies: 24
Views: 1698

Louis Latour 2009 Chambertin

A local store is discounting its few remaining bottles of the 2009 Louis Latour Chambertin (Hertieres) for $180 per, which seems reasonable for a Grand Cru? Has anyone tried this wine or have thoughts on whether this looks like a solid deal? One concern is the wine has likely been on the store shelf...
by Jim Hartten
March 4th, 2019, 8:38 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2015 DRC Vintage
Replies: 2
Views: 747

Re: 2015 DRC Vintage

From comments I have seen on-line about 2015 DRC over the past year or so, 2015 will likely be an excellent vintage for DRC - as well as very expensive and very hard to obtain. Good luck getting a few bottles... [cheers.gif]
by Jim Hartten
February 8th, 2019, 7:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should I buy lesser ‘16 Bords?
Replies: 85
Views: 4876

Re: Should I buy lesser ‘16 Bords?

Sure there good QPR Bordeaux around from 2014, 2015 and 2016 available as many have noted. The best time to buy is always when the now offering comes out. As Jeff Levy noted, the wine press will be reviewing the 2018s in a few weeks and pricing will following in late spring. So the good lower tier 2...

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