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by William Kelley
March 17th, 2017, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Domaine Pierre Guillemot Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Narbantons
Replies: 12
Views: 721

TN: 2014 Domaine Pierre Guillemot Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Narbantons

I visited last year to review the 2015s and was very impressed. We ended up embarking upon a spontaneous blind tasting of Serpentières back to 1947 (the latter a revelation). The family seem to have been producing very serious, ageworthy wines for quite some time. Don't miss the 2015s.
by William Kelley
February 9th, 2017, 6:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Birth Year Wine Recommendation - 1985
Replies: 55
Views: 1631

Birth Year Wine Recommendation - 1985

You have a lot of options. It's a lovely Bordeaux vintage: I can only second the suggestions of Lynch Bages and LLC, which I've had in the last few months with immense pleasure. Mouton-Rothschild is fantastic and you might just be able to find a bottle for <$400. Pichon Lalande is lovely from well-s...
by William Kelley
January 25th, 2017, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 17 year old Sauvignon Blanc
Replies: 21
Views: 1793

17 year old Sauvignon Blanc

I am drinking a stash of 1990 de Ladoucette at the moment. It's great.

17 years used not to be a problem for Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé and white Bordeaux.
by William Kelley
January 20th, 2017, 6:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Comments on these three wines?
Replies: 15
Views: 1182

Comments on these three wines?

Seems they were chosen after consultation with the California Wine Institute. Esther has a piece about it in the chronicle.
by William Kelley
January 17th, 2017, 5:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNR: 2013 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
Replies: 11
Views: 1355

TNR: 2013 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

I think this is one of the best Spottswoodes made to date. But it has shut down hard in the last year and I would strongly recommend not opening one just yet. Even the more accessible second wine needs a decant to pop.
by William Kelley
January 13th, 2017, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paul Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle question
Replies: 17
Views: 1663

Paul Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle question

It would be remiss not to include the 1972 in any discussion of top vintages of La Chapelle. Planning a vertical from 1961 - 1978 in London this year which I am more than excited about. A friend who knew the family well suggests the wines changed in character in the mid-1980s when a new cellar was c...
by William Kelley
January 13th, 2017, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Domaine Pierre Gelin Fixin 1er Cru Clos Napoleon
Replies: 9
Views: 503

TN: 2012 Domaine Pierre Gelin Fixin 1er Cru Clos Napoleon

The Gevrey Clos Prieur 1er bottling is worth a look too. They have especially good vine material there and the higher solids to juice ratio shows.
by William Kelley
January 13th, 2017, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Jaboulet Hermitage LaChapelle '89...(short/boring)
Replies: 19
Views: 1211

TN: Jaboulet Hermitage LaChapelle '89...(short/boring)

Does sound prematurely senescent compared to a bottle I had last year.
by William Kelley
December 23rd, 2016, 2:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best (and worst) blind tasting stories . . .
Replies: 71
Views: 3401

Best (and worst) blind tasting stories . . .

Greatest recent triumph was identifying a 1996 Cotat Cuvée Speciale as such, which is quite an eclectic wine. But I have drunk quite a bit of Cotat over the years. Without naming a certain prolific Master of Wine, I will relate that I once listened to him rhapsodizing about the merits of Les Clos an...
by William Kelley
December 22nd, 2016, 6:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: N Rhone blending question
Replies: 10
Views: 508

N Rhone blending question

This is a really interesting question. My feeling has always been that the notion of Viognier being included for aromatics is something of a red herring, which has led some winemakers attempting to emulate northern Rhône styles in the new world astray. And the blending of Marsanne and Roussane with ...
by William Kelley
December 20th, 2016, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ranking Burgundy vintages from the 90s
Replies: 45
Views: 4106

Ranking Burgundy vintages from the 90s

Would be inclined to put '90 and '91 ahead of '96 (whence came too many mean, angular wines which have gotten a bit bloody and ferric with age) and '95 ahead of '92 (on basis of great bottles from Roumier, Ponsot, Jadot and a few others). Assuming we are talking about red Burgundy here? Factoring in...
by William Kelley
December 19th, 2016, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Awful wine labels
Replies: 54
Views: 2628

Awful wine labels

J. Singleton wrote:Just creepy AF.

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Taken as a set, the Mephisto and Ange labels make me wonder if Fred Niger is trying to tell us that he's a Dan Brown fan...
by William Kelley
December 19th, 2016, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Awful wine labels
Replies: 54
Views: 2628

Awful wine labels

Shafer's labels and Pégau's Cuvée da Capo label have to be contenders. I also dislike the label for Dominque Lafon's new brand under his own name (obviously not the Comtes Lafon label which is one of the great classics). Perhaps the winner has to be the new label of the Phelps Insignia, which evokes...
by William Kelley
December 17th, 2016, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1990 Chateau Sociando Mallet, Haut Medoc
Replies: 30
Views: 1507

TN: 1990 Chateau Sociando Mallet, Haut Medoc

The 1985 is very nice too!
by William Kelley
December 17th, 2016, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TH 2013 Boudignon Anjou Blanc
Replies: 1
Views: 109

TH 2013 Boudignon Anjou Blanc

Seems to have been a pretty tough vintage in this part of the Loire. Leroy's '13s are an appreciable step down from his 12s and 14s.
by William Kelley
December 17th, 2016, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Dominus (Et tu, Christian?)
Replies: 23
Views: 1371

TN: 2002 Dominus (Et tu, Christian?)

To me it makes more sense to distinguish several eras at Dominus: 1) the beginning through late 80s: classically proportioned wines with pretty firm, rustic tannins 2) late-'80s through 1993: more refined wines with more elegant tannins and a touch more alcohol, but still very Bordelais and classica...
by William Kelley
December 16th, 2016, 12:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 d'Armailhac
Replies: 16
Views: 897

TN: 2010 d'Armailhac

That 1999 really was delicious! Interesting that is made such an impression on so many people.

The 2010 is a big wine but everything seems to be in balance. Quite interested to see how it evolves.
by William Kelley
December 12th, 2016, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Favorite Tete de Cuvée Champagne?
Replies: 75
Views: 4365

Your Favorite Tete de Cuvée Champagne?

Though it's probably my favorite wine in Champagne these days, I would query classifying Clos des Goisses as a tête de cuvée on the grounds that it's a single-vineyard wine. Post-1990 I'd have give serious consideration to Taittinger Comtes, Charles Heidseick BdM and Pierre Péters Les Chetillons, wi...
by William Kelley
December 12th, 2016, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Five 1982 Bordeauxs
Replies: 15
Views: 1176

Five 1982 Bordeauxs

Interesting question. I do think that there's some truth in what you say. This vintage, which once looked brilliant across the board, is beginning to look more differentiated. Clearly the real stars of the vintage—Lafleur, La Mission, Latour, Mouton, La Tour Haut Brion and a few others—are profound ...
by William Kelley
December 12th, 2016, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Lafite Vertical
Replies: 20
Views: 1732

TN: Lafite Vertical

Sounds like a fun party. I am selfishly disappointed to here your accolades for the '61. I bought a case at auction 8 years ago, and drank 3 or 4 bottles, all which failed to impress. I finally sold it recently, thinking it was a smart move. Maybe not. I have never had a good bottle either, though ...
by William Kelley
December 12th, 2016, 8:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Book on the Northern Rhone? Please recommend
Replies: 15
Views: 838

Book on the Northern Rhone? Please recommend

Yes, sorry -- Stephan. I don't think the objection to one vintage. That was just the example he used. Right, of course. But my point was more that Stephan's wines have changed, notably for the better, since the book was published (try those 2011s!). But any producer-focused wine book is inevitably ...
by William Kelley
December 11th, 2016, 4:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Book on the Northern Rhone? Please recommend
Replies: 15
Views: 838

Book on the Northern Rhone? Please recommend

Here's a good example of why I like him. A certain retailer was pushing Stephane Cote Rotie as "utterly classic." I didn't know the producer so I looked him up in Livingstone-Learmonth, who explains that Stephane trained in Beaujolais and borrows techniques from there, including carbonic maceration...
by William Kelley
December 9th, 2016, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wine scorers
Replies: 39
Views: 1640

Best wine scorers

I've always felt that the best wine critics are the ones with the most neutral palates. One's that don't lean towards weight over finesse, one's that are truly knowledgeable about every major and minor grape and the way they are made in each country. You shouldn't have to 'align' yourself with any ...
by William Kelley
December 9th, 2016, 5:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: More that a Poll- Explain Why You Buy Your Top Five Producers?
Replies: 166
Views: 11090

More that a Poll- Explain Why You Buy Your Top Five Producers?

It's a pretty close-run thing between the top twenty or so producers I buy as to which make it to the top-five spots, but very happy to see these at the top of the list. 1) Mugneret-Gibourg. Our favorite address in the Côte de Nuits. The wines have always been great but arguably even better this mil...
by William Kelley
December 9th, 2016, 5:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett
Replies: 16
Views: 1431

TN: 2015 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett

As many already know, I absolutely ADORE Prüm, and sell quite a lot of their wines. But it does strike me as odd how many Americans worship Prüm, and then have literally NO idea about the Richter wines. Any middle Mosel wine lover, or just wine lovers in general, owe it to check many of the Richter...
by William Kelley
December 6th, 2016, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett
Replies: 16
Views: 1431

TN: 2015 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett

Happy to have fully 48 bottles of '15 Prüm, some mags too. Mainly Kab and Spät.

Prüm had to rip out a bunch of old vines in 2016 so if the quality of the vintage wasn't enough then there's another reason.
by William Kelley
December 5th, 2016, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Cantermerle 1955, Figeac 1959, Tremblay Chapelle 2008
Replies: 3
Views: 461

TN: Cantermerle 1955, Figeac 1959, Tremblay Chapelle 2008

Nice notes. Pity about the Figeac, as that can be a lovely wine.

Cecile's 08s are fabulous too. While she was good from the start, 2008 marked a step up to my mind.
by William Kelley
December 4th, 2016, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clos de la Roche - Leroy, Ponsont, Dujac
Replies: 14
Views: 1872

Clos de la Roche - Leroy, Ponsont, Dujac

That '88 BdM is about 20 years too young. Piercing, proper Corton-Charlemagne with the most rigid of spines. Was just going to say the same. Would have fully expected the '13 to be more ready to go, and it sounds like that might have been the case. Great notes, wines, and photos! Thanks for sharing.
by William Kelley
December 4th, 2016, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Domaine Rapet Père et Fils
Replies: 3
Views: 216

TN: Domaine Rapet Père et Fils

Nice! Was that a recent ex-domaine release?
by William Kelley
December 4th, 2016, 6:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A long Sunday lunch at Noble Rot
Replies: 9
Views: 803

TN: A long Sunday lunch at Noble Rot

The last time I had the 07 de Vogue Bonnes Mares, over a year ago, it was pretty mean and unfriendly; seems it is developing nicely. The Musigny has been lovely from the start.

The Carillon sounds especially good. Thanks for sharing the notes, comments and photos.
by William Kelley
December 3rd, 2016, 7:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Ch. Pape Clement 1970
Replies: 8
Views: 241

TN: Ch. Pape Clement 1970

Karl: I'm just extrapolating from experience. Having drunk a bunch of old claret, they often tasted thin and metallic when popped and poured; on exposure to a decent amount of oxygen they typically fleshed out, the fruit popped and they became fantastic wines. I should add that it took a bit of cour...
by William Kelley
December 3rd, 2016, 5:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Ch. Pape Clement 1970
Replies: 8
Views: 241

TN: Ch. Pape Clement 1970

Good fill into base neck. Quite a bit of color variation, from watery rim to orange to garnet to medium red. A nicely aromatic nose of cigar ash, cocoa, smoke, nuts, wet forest floor, and faint amounts of blood orange and red currants. Also a slight metallic note. One of the first impressions on th...
by William Kelley
December 3rd, 2016, 5:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2016 Edition--TABULATION COMPLETE, Post #1
Replies: 100
Views: 8797

Post your WOTYs and Discovery(ies) of the Year, 2016 Edition

1964 Engel Clos Vougeot 1978 Monnier Meursault Charmes 1921 Château Montrose 1945 Château Palmer 1999 Dugat-Py Mazis Chambertin 1994 Kalin Cellars Pinot Noir Cuvée Billon 1935 Cappellano 'Super Barolo' 2005 Coche-Dury Meursault Rougeots 2014 Roulot Meursault Perrières And Klaus-Peter Keller's 2015 G...
by William Kelley
December 3rd, 2016, 5:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Off we go ... 2015 Red Burg releases
Replies: 83
Views: 8679

Off we go ... 2015 Red Burg releases

I also felt an unusual high level of tannins, though. If very fine and ripe, they are not as integrated as it was the case at the same stage for the 2005s. That's an interesting observation. My perception during my tastings was that the tannins are finer and more 'enrobed' than in 2005; and that wa...
by William Kelley
December 3rd, 2016, 5:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1978 Maison Leroy Auxey-Duresses Les Boutonniers
Replies: 4
Views: 418

TN: 1978 Maison Leroy Auxey-Duresses Les Boutonniers

Sounds nice. I wonder if this came from the same parcel in Boutonniers which Madame Leroy purchased for domaine d'Auvennay?
by William Kelley
December 2nd, 2016, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cabernet Sauvignon from California
Replies: 146
Views: 9152

Cabernet Sauvignon from California

What producers make great Cabs for those of us who prize complexity, balance and finesse over power and extraction? I appreciate any information here. From a Burgundy drinker. Don, our 2013 Enfield Fort Ross - Seaview Cab is 13.7% (naturally, no water add), ripe but not overly extracted and only ab...
by William Kelley
December 2nd, 2016, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Off we go ... 2015 Red Burg releases
Replies: 83
Views: 8679

Off we go ... 2015 Red Burg releases

Haven't tasted any. But I have tasted quite a few Cru Beaujolais at this point, and most of those are overripe for my tastes. Have also tasted quite a few 2015 N. Rhones, and while I found most of the reds to be quite good (in a warmer vintage way), many of the whites were quite ripe to overripe. I...
by William Kelley
December 1st, 2016, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premox. Is there really a motivation to change?
Replies: 96
Views: 3439

Premox. Is there really a motivation to change?

I found a good article in PUNCH written by Jon Bonne about "browning" whites before fermentation. http://punchdrink.com/articles/a-new-era-for-white-wine-burgundy/?cdi=2D1826EBA3A96115E0534FD66B0A4057%7d&ref=PRHAAC21A01F285&aid=randohouseinc22821-20&linkid=PRHAAC21A01F285 That is a good article, wh...
by William Kelley
December 1st, 2016, 1:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Off we go ... 2015 Red Burg releases
Replies: 83
Views: 8679

Off we go ... 2015 Red Burg releases

I'm going to be a bit cautious. I haven't tasted anything from the Cote d"Or yet but we tasted two 2015 Macons this week, both from decent producers. One was boring and the other was flabby. I would caution against extrapolating from the Mâconnais to the Côte d'Or and indeed Côte Chalonnaise, as it...
by William Kelley
November 29th, 2016, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New noteworthy producer in Fleurie: Marc Delienne
Replies: 2
Views: 170

New noteworthy producer in Felurie: Marc Delienne

Thomas Keim wrote:How much are you selling them for William?
I wish I were!
by William Kelley
November 29th, 2016, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New noteworthy producer in Fleurie: Marc Delienne
Replies: 2
Views: 170

New noteworthy producer in Fleurie: Marc Delienne

Recently tasted some exciting 2015 Fleuries. I haven't visited, but as I understand it Marc Delienne quit a job in Paris to pursue his long-standing passion for wine professionally, purchasing the Château de l’Abbeye Saint Laurent d’Arpayé in the village of Fleurie after a stint under the tutelage o...
by William Kelley
November 27th, 2016, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premox. Is there really a motivation to change?
Replies: 96
Views: 3439

Premox. Is there really a motivation to change?

I attended a big party in Chateaneuf du Pape several years ago where they served the white wine from Pierre Usseglio of 2004 to a large crowd. It was very interesting to see the extreme differences in color and to taste the different stages of oxidation of the various bottles that were opened. One ...
by William Kelley
November 27th, 2016, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premox. Is there really a motivation to change?
Replies: 96
Views: 3439

Premox. Is there really a motivation to change?

Of course, they could just be an anomaly, but it has to be very difficult to say why certain wines age the way they do. I thought that oxidative style in some way protected them from further oxidation, or at least delayed further oxidation. Those wine typically have a lot of acid, too. That's my gu...
by William Kelley
November 27th, 2016, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: quick visit to Burgundy to taste some 2015's
Replies: 42
Views: 3628

quick visit to Burgundy to taste some 2015's

Agree that '15s are wines for the long haul. There is a serious chassis of tannin behind all that ripe fruit. I am thinking a long way ahead with my purchases and fully intend to cellar some of these wines for forty years.
by William Kelley
November 26th, 2016, 7:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: quick visit to Burgundy to taste some 2015's
Replies: 42
Views: 3628

quick visit to Burgundy to taste some 2015's

Thanks for the report, William. I guess you are ITB? Indeed the comparison to 1929 was also mentioned to me in Lafarge's cellar. Who can contradict him?! :-) Theme for discussion: a winemaker here in Switzerland I know very well and who has worked in Burgundy made the following observation about th...
by William Kelley
November 26th, 2016, 7:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: American Sherry-style Wines?
Replies: 19
Views: 663

American Sherry-style Wines?

It's not sherry, but you might try Raymond Haak's Texas Madeiras. They're very impressive.
by William Kelley
November 26th, 2016, 7:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: quick visit to Burgundy to taste some 2015's
Replies: 42
Views: 3628

quick visit to Burgundy to taste some 2015's

Indeed, as the "great vintage" cliché goes, many of the lower parts of the hierarchy are very very impressive, with some Bourgogne and villages wines absolutely shining well above their usual station, as well as some cooler/austere climates that can yield more tannic wines, like Beaune, I found to ...
by William Kelley
November 25th, 2016, 5:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: quick visit to Burgundy to taste some 2015's
Replies: 42
Views: 3628

quick visit to Burgundy to taste some 2015's

Thanks guys, very helpful discussion. One of the most challenging things about Burgundy (at least for Californians like me) is the near impossibility of tasting vintages before buying, at least for most of the producers I like. La Paulee is awesome but most of the in-demand wines are long gone by t...
by William Kelley
November 25th, 2016, 5:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: quick visit to Burgundy to taste some 2015's
Replies: 42
Views: 3628

quick visit to Burgundy to taste some 2015's

Herwig - a friend who has been visiting Burgundy for at least 30 years tasted at Pernot and was told that their wines are a notch up from 2014. And my friend also spoke to Coche and he agreed that 2015 was a better vintage. I have tasted a bottle of the 2015 Pernot clos de la Folatieres that was br...
by William Kelley
November 25th, 2016, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: quick visit to Burgundy to taste some 2015's
Replies: 42
Views: 3628

quick visit to Burgundy to taste some 2015's

After tasting at around seventy domaines, my sense is that this is an excellent red vintage. Much more freshness and terroir definition than many expected. Vignerons are making a variety of analogies: those invoked most frequently were 2005 (but with more mid-palate depth and more refined tannins); ...

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