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by François Audouze
April 6th, 2020, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on this yquem?
Replies: 8
Views: 793

Re: Thoughts on this yquem?

The bottle looks mouth-blown due to the irregular bottom - and therefore old. I´ve had Sauternes dark like this - and they were outstanding. If it´s d´Yquem? Hard to say from a pic. However I would always take it for 200.00 - (just for fun) but not for 2.000 to 9.000 You make me think of a nice sto...
by François Audouze
April 6th, 2020, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on this yquem?
Replies: 8
Views: 793

Re: Thoughts on this yquem?

I do not see problems with this bottle. http://www.academiedesvinsanciens.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/2017-11-06-16.56.35.jpg the fill of mine was better http://www.academiedesvinsanciens.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/2017-11-06-16.55.02.jpg http://www.academiedesvinsanciens.org/uploads/DSC08464...
by François Audouze
April 5th, 2020, 1:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your ten most influential wines
Replies: 154
Views: 12356

Re: Your ten most influential wines

Don,
Very interesting list.
I have drunk recently a Chambolle-Musigny Pierre Ponnelle 1969 which was very Pleasant and intense.
by François Audouze
April 4th, 2020, 3:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12324
Views: 467268

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

23 DAYS WITHOUT ANY WINE !!!!! I am in confinement in my house near Paris. I have a cellar there, not the big one but big enough. As I was in confinement I decided to begin a diet. I have already lost three kilos. And as my wife does not drink or drinks only Sauternes, I was not in the mood to drin...
by François Audouze
April 4th, 2020, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your ten most influential wines
Replies: 154
Views: 12356

Re: Your ten most influential wines

AD Northup wrote:
April 3rd, 2020, 4:59 pm
Happy to have gone before Francois...

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by François Audouze
April 3rd, 2020, 11:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your ten most influential wines
Replies: 154
Views: 12356

Re: Your ten most influential wines

interesting question. My answer is 1923 Climens drunk in 1975 opened the door of the world of ancient wines. It has changed my life 1914 Moët & Chandon drunk in ca 1985 made me discover old champagnes which I did not imagine I love them madly 1993 Vosne Romanée Cros Parantoux Henri Jayer drunk in 20...
by François Audouze
March 30th, 2020, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Collapse of Bordeaux and explosion of champagnes in my consumption
Replies: 15
Views: 1401

Re: Collapse of Bordeaux and explosion of champagnes in my consumption

Here is my consumption of champagnes per Producer : Total (3955) - Krug (400) - Dom Pérignon (391) - Salon (266) - Laurent Perrier (189) - Bollinger (188) - Pol Roger (175) - Selosse (170) - Henriot (166) - Dom Ruinart (136) - Moët & Chandon (135) - Taittinger (123) - Veuve Clicquot (122) - The 3 He...
by François Audouze
March 30th, 2020, 7:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Collapse of Bordeaux and explosion of champagnes in my consumption
Replies: 15
Views: 1401

Re: Collapse of Bordeaux and explosion of champagnes in my consumption

Thank you for all the comments, they are very interesting. Ed, you made an analysis in a similar way. It helps to understand what happened which is sometimes different from what we think. Thank you for your testimony. Peter, your summary is exact, but I have not a lower interest in old red Bordeaux ...
by François Audouze
March 29th, 2020, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Collapse of Bordeaux and explosion of champagnes in my consumption
Replies: 15
Views: 1401

Re: Collapse of Bordeaux and explosion of champagnes in my consumption

Brian,
it can depend on the system with which I posted this article. Roman gave a link to the article in my blog.
by François Audouze
March 29th, 2020, 7:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Collapse of Bordeaux and explosion of champagnes in my consumption
Replies: 15
Views: 1401

Re: Collapse of Bordeaux and explosion of champagnes in my consumption

note : confinement helps to make such studies !!!
by François Audouze
March 29th, 2020, 7:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Collapse of Bordeaux and explosion of champagnes in my consumption
Replies: 15
Views: 1401

Collapse of Bordeaux and explosion of champagnes in my consumption

I have made a study of what I drink for the last 20 years, because I have a data base on that, for 16285 wines drunk. I chose a criteria of age which is : drunk when the wine has less than 20 years, or when the wine has 20 years or more. It is not a study on millesimes, but a study on age of consump...
by François Audouze
February 29th, 2020, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: continuing the discussion on old wines
Replies: 57
Views: 3876

Re: continuing the discussion on old wines

Jürgen, I have attended in 2006 an extensive vertical tasting of the Barolo Conterno Montfortino prepared by the winemaker himself, Roberto Conterno. The oldest was1943. The youngest 1998 and 1997. At the end I gave my personal ranking : 1987, 1990, 1955, 1978 and Roberto Conterno approved my choice...
by François Audouze
February 27th, 2020, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: continuing the discussion on old wines
Replies: 57
Views: 3876

Re: continuing the discussion on old wines

Markus, I made notes on what I have drunk since 2000. And knowing the year of consumption I calculate the age of the wine when I drank it. I have drunk 3808 wines having 50 years or more, with an average age of 74,7 years I have drunk 12365 wines having less than 50 years, with an average age of 17,...
by François Audouze
February 26th, 2020, 7:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: continuing the discussion on old wines
Replies: 57
Views: 3876

Re: continuing the discussion on old wines

Karl, The 1915 Bourdy was excellent. I love this year. Mark, I do not know yet. It could be end of May. It will be put on my blog when know it. Gerhard, One day, there was a vertical tasting of Lynch Bages, with Something like 25 or 30 vintages. And there was a flight with the fifties. The experts i...
by François Audouze
February 25th, 2020, 8:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: continuing the discussion on old wines
Replies: 57
Views: 3876

Re: continuing the discussion on old wines

Jayson,
Thank you for your message which goes in the same direction as mine.
I wanted to show that I have a certain experience of great years. i chose the general great years for Bordeaux. It would have been too complex to split the figures per region. It was just an indication.
by François Audouze
February 25th, 2020, 8:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: continuing the discussion on old wines
Replies: 57
Views: 3876

Re: continuing the discussion on old wines

HoosJustinG, No problem. I have created the Academy for Ancient Wines and we make two meetings per year with a format of around 30 people sharing around 45 wines. We are split in three groups, so everyone can taste 15 old wines brought by the participants. You can read the rules there : http://www.a...
by François Audouze
February 25th, 2020, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: continuing the discussion on old wines
Replies: 57
Views: 3876

Re: continuing the discussion on old wines

It is sometimes said that I drink only « label wines » which is not the case. For the fun I made a list of wines from 1900 to 1948 which are not “label wines”, sometimes because they have no label, no year indicated, or because the producer or the negociant do not belong to the ones which chased by ...
by François Audouze
February 25th, 2020, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: continuing the discussion on old wines
Replies: 57
Views: 3876

Re: continuing the discussion on old wines

Andrew,
Mortality exists in my cellar. I am against recorking except in very specific occasions.
My way of thinking is : if you think that a bottle begins to lose wine, then drink it.
A way to keep bottles longer is to wax the top. It is not so easy to do.
by François Audouze
February 25th, 2020, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: continuing the discussion on old wines
Replies: 57
Views: 3876

Re: continuing the discussion on old wines

David, As it is your testimony, I respect it, but I think the contrary. I was invited one day at Chateau Latour and we had a blind tasting of two wines, Lafite and Latour, presented for years like 1934, 1945 and 1949 if I remember well. And I think that I recognized every time which one was Lafite o...
by François Audouze
February 25th, 2020, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: continuing the discussion on old wines
Replies: 57
Views: 3876

Re: continuing the discussion on old wines

Gerhard, When I began to be interested in old wines, I had not no much money and I bought many wines in the small appellations and in the small years. And it has never bothered me. As you say, a weak year will never attain the level of a great year, but if you know it, you can enjoy the wine for wha...
by François Audouze
February 25th, 2020, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: continuing the discussion on old wines
Replies: 57
Views: 3876

Re: continuing the discussion on old wines

Robert,
The year 1982 is just an indication which has not a specific value. Régions and wines age differently. It was just to give an idea.
by François Audouze
February 25th, 2020, 7:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: continuing the discussion on old wines
Replies: 57
Views: 3876

Re: continuing the discussion on old wines

Answer to John : The small years create more problems than great years to provide great wines. But the differences are less significant for great wines. For example a 1957 Latour will be more inspiring than what was promised when 1957 was put on the market. But a small wine of 1957 will not make mir...
by François Audouze
February 24th, 2020, 7:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anything good from '81?
Replies: 54
Views: 2016

Re: Anything good from '81?

Krug is fantastic. One wine which has not been mentioned is Haut-Brion 1981 which is very great. And if you can think of it, Romanée Conti 1981 is a magnificent wine that I drank two times (the other 1981 DRC drunk 9 times were great too). To be sure, go to Vega Sicilia Unico, and Châteauneuf du Pape.
by François Audouze
February 24th, 2020, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: continuing the discussion on old wines
Replies: 57
Views: 3876

Re: continuing the discussion on old wines

Thank you for all the nice comments. I drink wine since 1970 (when I bought a house which had a cellar, giving a motivation to fill it), and I drink old wines since 1975. I have a data base only since 2000 which means that I have no notes on 25 years of consumption of old wines. Anyway, I have today...
by François Audouze
February 24th, 2020, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: continuing the discussion on old wines
Replies: 57
Views: 3876

Re: continuing the discussion on old wines

Thank you for all your comments. It is always difficult to make métaphores. My intimate conviction is that the wines which were well made will age as gloriously as the ancient wines. It means that if a 1928 is glorious today, I do not see why a 1990 would not be as glorious when it is 92 years old, ...
by François Audouze
February 23rd, 2020, 8:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: continuing the discussion on old wines
Replies: 57
Views: 3876

continuing the discussion on old wines

I could write pages and pages about the subject of old wines to which I have devoted my passion. Consider what I say in this article as the cry of my heart. Some people imagine that age diminishes a wine. I imagine that age improves a wine. And I have seen a justification of that through many extens...
by François Audouze
February 23rd, 2020, 7:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Chateau Musar 2012-1997 vertical
Replies: 44
Views: 2975

Re: TN: Chateau Musar 2012-1997 vertical

I have just recently drunk Musar 1999 which I found absolutely excellent. A really great wine. (see my report about an amazing adventure in Fort Lauderdale at Wine Watch).
Congratulations for your notes.
by François Audouze
February 23rd, 2020, 7:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A fantastic adventure at Wine Watch, wine merchant in Fort Lauderdale
Replies: 8
Views: 1117

A fantastic adventure at Wine Watch, wine merchant in Fort Lauderdale

Austin is an Instagrammer who wanted to meet me as he knew that I was in Miami. He had come to dine with my son in Miami, and told us about a wine merchant in Fort Lauderdale, north of Miami, the Wine Watch . In addition to the cellar, there is a room with a kitchen where tastings are organized. And...
by François Audouze
December 29th, 2019, 2:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1959 Dinner - Comtes (‘06), Huet x 2, Imperial, 890, Cos, BAMA, Magdelaine, Coulee de Serrant
Replies: 26
Views: 1299

Re: TN: 1959 Dinner - Comtes (‘06), Huet x 2, Imperial, 890, Cos, BAMA, Magdelaine, Coulee de Serrant

Very interesting and nice notes.
Before 1989, the year that I have drunk the most is 1959 with 302 wines drunk.
Good performance of Magdelaine on which I would not have bet compared to BAMA.
by François Audouze
December 20th, 2019, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old Champagne questions
Replies: 15
Views: 1650

Re: Old Champagne questions

The sixties is the greatest decade to drink now for Dom Pérignon (except older décades). 62 64 66 69 are fantastic and my ranking is 66 64 62 69. It means that you are going to drink legends. In this respect, drink them as great wines, more than champagnes. Serve them not as cold as a normal champag...
by François Audouze
November 22nd, 2019, 7:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $6500 for this poxed Monty?
Replies: 28
Views: 4275

Re: $6500 for this poxed Monty?

There was yesterday the dinner of the "académie du vin de France" and I met Aubert de Villaine. I took the opportunity to ask him. You have seen my pictures. The dark one looks like the one which has initiated this discussion. But when you have the bottles in hand, changing the direction of the ligh...
by François Audouze
November 21st, 2019, 4:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $6500 for this poxed Monty?
Replies: 28
Views: 4275

Re: $6500 for this poxed Monty?

I have seen Aubert de Villaine tonight and he has confirmed that the glass is not clear and designed to protect against light.
It is what Cristal Roederer makes, not with the glass but with a yellow foil to protect from light.
by François Audouze
November 21st, 2019, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Salon
Replies: 152
Views: 13899

Re: 2008 Salon

I have tasted the 2008 Dom Pérignon which gave me the same impression of excellence as the Salon.
I have not yet tasted the Cristal.

The market becomes more and more elitist, because the number of people interested in wine has exploded.
by François Audouze
November 21st, 2019, 8:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $6500 for this poxed Monty?
Replies: 28
Views: 4275

Re: $6500 for this poxed Monty?

I have been intrigued by this discussion and I went in my cellar to see the color of my Montrachet 2002. here are the pictures : http://www.academiedesvinsanciens.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/20191121_162304.jpg http://www.academiedesvinsanciens.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/20191121_162454.jpg h...
by François Audouze
November 21st, 2019, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Salon
Replies: 152
Views: 13899

Re: 2008 Salon

I have read the three pages of this discussion, and I understand that many questions appear. I would like to add some thoughts founded on my personal use of buying, and on my specific case. I love Montrachet DRC and I used to buy as many as I could and to open them with my children. At 1000 € per bo...
by François Audouze
November 2nd, 2019, 2:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: # 1840 Tokaji and # 1770 Madeira created one of the best ever emotions
Replies: 21
Views: 1337

Re: # 1840 Tokaji and # 1770 Madeira created one of the best ever emotions

Thank you ! My friend has sent me pictures of bottles from 3 periods : 1700 - 1720 / 1720 - 1740 / 1740 - 1760. And the most probable date for the bottle of Madeira is 1740. This is 30 years younger than my estimation and correspond to the French King Louis XV. If you are interested the bottles can ...
by François Audouze
November 1st, 2019, 4:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Found bottle of 1969 Dom Perignon
Replies: 9
Views: 1570

Re: Found bottle of 1969 Dom Perignon

http://www.academiedesvinsanciens.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/20190612_204350.jpg http://www.academiedesvinsanciens.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/20190507_131501.jpg http://www.academiedesvinsanciens.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/20180313_211407.jpg http://www.academiedesvinsanciens.com/wp-con...
by François Audouze
November 1st, 2019, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: # 1840 Tokaji and # 1770 Madeira created one of the best ever emotions
Replies: 21
Views: 1337

Re: # 1840 Tokaji and # 1770 Madeira created one of the best ever emotions

I would like to show the votes of one of my dinners. In my dinners participants vote for their 4 or 5 best. As the wines are all different, to say that a champagne is better than a liqurous or that a Bordeaux is better than a Burgundy white wine has no technical justification. It is a vote of pleasu...
by François Audouze
November 1st, 2019, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: # 1840 Tokaji and # 1770 Madeira created one of the best ever emotions
Replies: 21
Views: 1337

Re: # 1840 Tokaji and # 1770 Madeira created one of the best ever emotions

I would like to answer to some questions. Concerning the “romance”, I cannot say that there is none, but I have drunk 467 wines which had 100 years or more when I drank them and it helps me to say when I find bad a wine that I drink, and good when it is good for me. Among them, liquorish or sweet re...
by François Audouze
October 30th, 2019, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: # 1840 Tokaji and # 1770 Madeira created one of the best ever emotions
Replies: 21
Views: 1337

Re: # 1840 Tokaji and # 1770 Madeira created one of the best ever emotions

Jason, Thank you for this message. Such sweet wines improve for ever. I am sure that the bottle of 1770 Madeira would be even better in 200 years as I am convinced that the corks have attained a state of development which will not be altered. Here is the cork of the 1770 Madeira (the wax parts belon...
by François Audouze
October 30th, 2019, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: # 1840 Tokaji and # 1770 Madeira created one of the best ever emotions
Replies: 21
Views: 1337

Re: # 1840 Tokaji and # 1770 Madeira created one of the best ever emotions

it is the mystery of wine which has a resistance above what is usually believed.
It is easier for sweet wines made near the sea or near an ocean.
by François Audouze
October 30th, 2019, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: # 1840 Tokaji and # 1770 Madeira created one of the best ever emotions
Replies: 21
Views: 1337

Re: # 1840 Tokaji and # 1770 Madeira created one of the best ever emotions

the two bottles : http://www.academiedesvinsanciens.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/20191029_115454.jpg The label indicates 1860 but Christie's wrote a note to my friend saying that 1860 is the date of the input in cellar of the original owner, and says that the wines could be as old as 1820 / 1830. ...
by François Audouze
October 30th, 2019, 6:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: # 1840 Tokaji and # 1770 Madeira created one of the best ever emotions
Replies: 21
Views: 1337

# 1840 Tokaji and # 1770 Madeira created one of the best ever emotions

Let's face it, this is probably the biggest day of my life when wine is concerned. It goes back a long way. Joël, a madman of all that is antique, had sold me about fifteen years ago a bottle of a boat that had sunk in 1739. The bottle of onion shape was marked by marine erosion and Joel had me said...
by François Audouze
September 10th, 2019, 6:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine dinner/event investment fraud scheme - Omar Khan
Replies: 25
Views: 3223

Re: Wine dinner/event investment fraud scheme

Someone suggested in 2016 that I meet Omar Khan.
I exchanged emails with Omar and I met him once.
We talked about dinners that I could organize for him.
We did not go far and our exchanges stopped in 2017.
Nothing in our discussions could lead to suspicion, because we did not go far.
by François Audouze
September 1st, 2019, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: An American wine lover visits us in the south. Occasion to open great wines
Replies: 5
Views: 1069

An American wine lover visits us in the south. Occasion to open great wines

This report is written as a story. Sarah is American. She is today the most assiduous of my dinners, whatever the level. And what fascinates me is that she comes from the United States for my dinners without programming anything else in France. She came to the Hotel du Marc of Veuve Clicquot, the Ho...
by François Audouze
August 31st, 2019, 1:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1954 Romanée Conti belongs to my 5 best Romanée Conti
Replies: 26
Views: 3423

Re: 1954 Romanée Conti belongs to my 5 best Romanée Conti

JonathanG wrote:
August 31st, 2019, 8:36 am
one of the best writeups i've read. I love when folks that get exposure to this type of quality take the time to share it like this, with not only tasting notes but context/environment.
Thank you for the nice comment.
by François Audouze
August 31st, 2019, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1954 Romanée Conti belongs to my 5 best Romanée Conti
Replies: 26
Views: 3423

Re: 1954 Romanée Conti belongs to my 5 best Romanée Conti

Very interesting as always . All the wines were great , marvelous . Fwiw , Burghound scores the Conti 1954 a 87/100 and calls the vintage less than average . Please read above the message of Aubert de Villaine. Reading my note he said : I am happy that you had the same reaction as I had. So my note...
by François Audouze
August 30th, 2019, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1954 Romanée Conti belongs to my 5 best Romanée Conti
Replies: 26
Views: 3423

Re: 1954 Romanée Conti belongs to my 5 best Romanée Conti

Aubert de Villaine wrote to me after reading my report (in French) of the dinner with RC 1954 which I published in my 840th bulletin only this Week, and as he explained, better than I did, the phenomenon which makes that RC from young vines make complex wines, I find interesting to give you his expl...
by François Audouze
August 24th, 2019, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14432
Views: 707147

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

most recent buy this week : 3 Champagne Cuvee Dom Perignon 1962 2 Champagne Cuvee Dom Perignon 1964 1 Champagne Cuvee Dom Perignon 1970 1 Champagne Cuvee Dom Perignon 1971 1 Champagne Cuvee Brut Paul Bara 1990 1 Champagne Cuvee Cristal Roederer 1983 1 Champagne Cuvee Dom Ruinart 1964 1 Champagne Cuv...

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