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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: 3245

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: 826

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: 6609

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: 15525

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: 15525

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: 4154

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: 15525

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: 1003

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: 15525

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: 15938

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: 15938

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: 2109

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: 15938

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: 15938

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: 8762

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: 15938

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

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by Jim Hartten
April 23rd, 2019, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: April Frost in Burgundy
Replies: 64
Views: 4057

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: 15938

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: 15938

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: 15938

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: 1470

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: 1470

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: 420

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: 4349

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...
by Jim Hartten
January 27th, 2019, 10:13 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Arcadian - THE YEAR OF THE MAX
Replies: 8
Views: 1327

Re: Arcadian - THE YEAR OF THE MAX

Hey Joe any berserker offer for the 2013 Clos Pepe pn like last year with the 2012? flirtysmile [cheers.gif]
by Jim Hartten
January 15th, 2019, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Château de Beaucastel - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Replies: 25
Views: 740

Re: TN: 2001 Château de Beaucastel - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

Brian, sorry to read your note. I started my wine collection in the early 80s by buying a case of the 78 Beaucastel for $120. Also greatly enjoyed the 81, 83, 85 and a few others. [cheers.gif] Of course the price has risen over the years is now expensive, imo, and I think the wine has lost something...
by Jim Hartten
January 10th, 2019, 1:40 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 261
Views: 13837

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Good to read that the rain is falling on the CA coast in advance on the 2019 growing season. Hope 2019 turns out to be a great year for all grape growers and wine makers. [cheers.gif]
by Jim Hartten
January 9th, 2019, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Inexpensive Bordeaux
Replies: 53
Views: 3486

Re: Inexpensive Bordeaux

I agree about Senejac - both the 15 and 16 are available and have been getting good reviews. Like others here, I bought 12 of the half bottles of the 16 from Last Bottle and have already had three and think it very nice medium bodied with a little energy and rich fruit - a very good QPR. [thumbs-up....
by Jim Hartten
November 27th, 2018, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Washington reds in general (via TN rants on CT)...
Replies: 66
Views: 2529

Re: Thoughts on Washington reds in general (via TN rants on CT)...

My long time favorite WA red producer is Woodward Canyon which produces medium weight cabs that can trend towards Bordeaux. The chard can be good as well. I also think the Matthews Claret can be a decent drink if you can source at around $30. [cheers.gif]
by Jim Hartten
November 6th, 2018, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Pomerol picks from 2016 in bottle
Replies: 13
Views: 1131

Re: Some Pomerol picks from 2016 in bottle

Panos, thanks for the notes on the 2016s in bottle. Any initial thoughts or comments to convey from your recent trip to Bordeaux on the 2018s? [cheers.gif]
by Jim Hartten
November 2nd, 2018, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Did you buy into 2017 Bordeaux En Primeur?
Replies: 36
Views: 1203

Re: Did you buy into 2017 Bordeaux En Primeur?

I spent some time pondering the 2017s back in the spring - I was attracted by the thought that the 17s would likely be earlier maturing and could be drunk while waiting for the 15s and 16s to mature. But instead, I bought a few additional 15s and 16s. [cheers.gif] Further, the pricing on the 17s did...
by Jim Hartten
October 30th, 2018, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys 2016 Pricing
Replies: 87
Views: 7098

Re: Rhys 2016 Pricing

I dropped off the Rhys list about 4 years ago when I discovered similar style/quality from Oregon. Cristom, BrickHouse, PG, and others all make as good pinots for less imo. [soap.gif]
by Jim Hartten
October 22nd, 2018, 2:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux
Replies: 17
Views: 1285

Re: 2018 Bordeaux

I guess with the world awash in unsold 14s, 15s, 16s, and 17s, a "vintage of the Century" for 2018 is the only way for Bordeaux to regain some market traction. [wow.gif] [stirthepothal.gif]
by Jim Hartten
October 17th, 2018, 1:01 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 628
Views: 33540

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

This may be old e news for some, but I just found the below link to a September 6 article reporting on cancelled grape contracts due to possible smoke taint. Hopefully, it works out ok for growers involved. [cheers.gif] https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/nation-and-world/oregon-vineyards-confront-lo...
by Jim Hartten
October 16th, 2018, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux Update - Getting Hot Out There...
Replies: 11
Views: 1076

Re: 2018 Bordeaux Update - Getting Hot Out There...

After following the Bordeaux vintage these past few months, I was a little surprised to suddenly wake up and read about a high alcohol/hot vintage. [wow.gif] Six weeks ago many in Bordeaux sounded optimistic about a high quality vintage - hadn't read any reports about heat spikes that might have cau...
by Jim Hartten
October 16th, 2018, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux Update - Getting Hot Out There...
Replies: 11
Views: 1076

2018 Bordeaux Update - Getting Hot Out There...

Just read a Decanter article from today on 2018 Bordeaux harvest news. Sadly, looks like another hot vintage: "Bordeaux 2018 red wines: Balance key amid high alcohol levels" As final grapes were being brought in at Château Léoville Las Cases in St-Julien earlier this week, director Pierre Graffeuill...
by Jim Hartten
September 25th, 2018, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fait Main St. Emilion 2015....
Replies: 19
Views: 1252

Re: Fait Main St. Emilion 2015....

Never heard of this wine before - clearly not a well established chateau and price seems too high to provide much value. Plenty of quality 2015 St. Em. for less. Numerous quality 2015s will be arriving in the US in next few months and hitting the shelves. Look for fall sales at Calvert Woodley, Zack...
by Jim Hartten
September 21st, 2018, 11:58 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 628
Views: 33540

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Merrill, hope the pick goes great - please post some pictures and numbers (brix, etc). Sounds like a good size/quality crop this year!!! [cheers.gif] [cheers.gif] champagne.gif
by Jim Hartten
September 11th, 2018, 1:12 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 628
Views: 33540

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Casey, great looking clusters!! [worship.gif] Keep it coming... [cheers.gif] [popcorn.gif]
by Jim Hartten
August 3rd, 2018, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lake County Fire near Clear Lake - Updates?
Replies: 35
Views: 2132

Lake County Fire near Clear Lake - Updates?

I just read a report about high winds picking up today in northern Cal - hope they don't spread the fires further? pileon
by Jim Hartten
August 2nd, 2018, 8:22 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 628
Views: 33540

2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Casey, I looked at a map and noticed the fires not far away from you! I believe Alan Rath stated that much of the smoke from the fires was moving eastward rather than in your direction. Hope that's the case. [thumbs-up.gif] Take good care and good luck! [cheers.gif]
by Jim Hartten
July 24th, 2018, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Auguste Clape
Replies: 18
Views: 2074

RIP Auguste Clape

I remember first buying the 1981 Clape cornas at MacArthers In DC back in the early 80s for I think $6.99 ea., and remember trying a glass and thinking “very tasty”. RIP [cheers.gif]
by Jim Hartten
July 9th, 2018, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Bordeaux En Primeur
Replies: 211
Views: 11154

2017 Bordeaux En Primeur

I have yet to pull the trigger on the 2017s in half bottle I was considering. [stirthepothal.gif] Meanwhile, it won't be long before we have the 2018 vintage to ponder [snort.gif].... [drinkers.gif]
by Jim Hartten
June 21st, 2018, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Bordeaux En Primeur
Replies: 211
Views: 11154

2017 Bordeaux En Primeur

Yeah, it has been a slow 2017 futures campaign so far - as many have said, pricing for the 17s is not very attractive. I was thinking of buying some half bottles but haven't pulled the trigger. [shock.gif] In addition, 2015s are starting to hit stores and I would rather try a few of these I didn't p...
by Jim Hartten
June 13th, 2018, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Big Parkerization Lie
Replies: 180
Views: 7472

The Big Parkerization Lie

Nothing like a revisionist pov from WA to confirm the general decline of the publication. Many Bordeaux lovers have spend decades at this point noting the changes in wine making across Bordeaux to make bigger and richer wines to match Parker's tasting sweet spot. [stirthepothal.gif] [cheers.gif]
by Jim Hartten
June 7th, 2018, 12:55 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 628
Views: 33540

2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Casey, still looking like a healthy crop on the vines? [cheers.gif] In about 100 days you can begin harvest...! [wow.gif]
by Jim Hartten
May 22nd, 2018, 6:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Cristom Pinot Noir Marjorie Vineyard
Replies: 4
Views: 341

TN: 2007 Cristom Pinot Noir Marjorie Vineyard

I am recent to Cristom but have tried thr 2013 Jesse, Louise and
Eiliene. All very nice. [cheers.gif]
by Jim Hartten
May 18th, 2018, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Bordeaux En Primeur
Replies: 211
Views: 11154

2017 Bordeaux En Primeur

Agree that wine making improvements have improved quality and in weaker vintages there can still be numerous success stories. Btw, the 2017 Fombrauge may be one of the better $30 and under QPRs for 2017. They also made good wines in 2015 and 2016! [soap.gif]
by Jim Hartten
May 16th, 2018, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Bordeaux En Primeur
Replies: 211
Views: 11154

2017 Bordeaux En Primeur

The Chateaus continue to release 2017s, but prices continue to look all too similar to the 2016s. [soap.gif] For example, Beychevelle out today at about $75 per 750. Wines like the 2017 Poujeaux and Cantemerle being offered at around $31 per, which is, I believe, higher than the initial pricing for ...
by Jim Hartten
May 4th, 2018, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Bordeaux En Primeur
Replies: 211
Views: 11154

2017 Bordeaux En Primeur

It seems to me the Chateaus and the Bordeaux system in general avoid discounting as much as possible. Hey where are the 2011 and 2013 deeply discounted Bordeaux specials? I haven't seen many such deals. So I don't think we will see much discounting of, at least, the well regarded 2017s. For Bordeaux...

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