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by William Kelley
January 13th, 2018, 1:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1302 points worth of 2015 Bourgogne AC
Replies: 29
Views: 2229

TN: 1302 points worth of 2015 Bourgogne AC

Nice notes. The Guillemot is underrated. It comes from vines planted just behind Grand Frais on the outskirts of Beaune, you may have seen them without knowing it.
by William Kelley
January 12th, 2018, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blogger or Not???
Replies: 30
Views: 1435

Blogger or Not???

Tends to be an appellation seldom sought, often imposed...
by William Kelley
January 11th, 2018, 5:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Dauvissat Clos
Replies: 48
Views: 2494

2008 Dauvissat Clos

That's so sad. The 2008 Preuses last October was one of the two or three best bottles of Chablis I had in 2017.
by William Kelley
January 9th, 2018, 11:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A pair: Puffeney 2012 Savagnin / Huet 2010 CdB (Sec)
Replies: 5
Views: 364

A pair: Puffeney 2012 Savagnin / Huet 2010 CdB (Sec)

Agreed. It's a pity we're nearing the end of the road. Just bought a few bottles of the 2014 Savagnin, the last vintage.
by William Kelley
January 9th, 2018, 11:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Rhones - What are you buying??
Replies: 257
Views: 20573

2015 Rhones - What are you buying??

2015 Chave is coming out in the UK next month I think. Tempted to pick some up. Bought a case of Gonon last week too. The '15 northern Rhône wines I've tried so far do seem to be in a bigger, richer, riper register; but I haven't encountered anything as extreme as the most roasted 2015 Beaujolais th...
by William Kelley
January 8th, 2018, 2:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1984 Rene Mugneret Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Boudots
Replies: 14
Views: 378

TN: 1984 Rene Mugneret Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Boudots

Generally lots of chaptalization in '84s. Joseph Voillot made some quite pretty Volnays. Had the '84 de Vogüé Musigny this year too, which I thought was quite creditable considering the year (rain, rot, no ripeness), but which a winemaker present despised and denounced for its chaptalized profile.
by William Kelley
January 5th, 2018, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Levi Dalton's podcasts
Replies: 46
Views: 2523

Levi Dalton's podcasts

The recent interviews with Jean Gonon and Dominique Lafon are both essential listening!
by William Kelley
January 5th, 2018, 11:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: '15 Drouhin Cote du Beaune -V; '05 ESJ Parmalee-Hill Syrah
Replies: 4
Views: 354

TN: '15 Drouhin Cote du Beaune -V; '05 ESJ Parmalee-Hill Syrah

This is often something of a sleeper in the Drouhin portfolio, as it benefits from some young vine Beaune 1er cru. The 2016 rendition is also excellent.
by William Kelley
January 3rd, 2018, 6:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If Pomerol did have a classification....?
Replies: 56
Views: 3738

If Pomerol did have a classification....?

I love love VCC but even the 2014 is $175. Ouch. The second label, La Gravette de Certan, turned out quite a winner in 2010. Anyone try the 2014? Just buy the 2011. I preferred it to Pétrus from barrel. Fascinating. Had no idea VCC has such a successful 2011. Neal Martin has a nice note on it. Stil...
by William Kelley
January 3rd, 2018, 5:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If Pomerol did have a classification....?
Replies: 56
Views: 3738

If Pomerol did have a classification....?

Robert Alfert, Jr. wrote:I love love VCC but even the 2014 is $175. Ouch. The second label, La Gravette de Certan, turned out quite a winner in 2010. Anyone try the 2014?
Just buy the 2011. I preferred it to Pétrus from barrel.
by William Kelley
January 3rd, 2018, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who else filters the majority of their wines through a coffee filter?
Replies: 93
Views: 3574

Who else filters the majority of their wines through a coffee filter?

A chemist friend speculates that there could well be residual alkali on coffee filters from paper processing. That wouldn't be a problem for coffee but could impact wine. He adds that glass wool is used in laboratories for filtering delicate substances. Could be worth trying that.
by William Kelley
January 3rd, 2018, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who else filters the majority of their wines through a coffee filter?
Replies: 93
Views: 3574

Who else filters the majority of their wines through a coffee filter?

I have done this once or twice, but ultimately it seems like a bit of forethought in standing up the bottle, or using a cradle / basket, and then careful service or decanting, make it unnecessary. If a wine hasn't had time to settle properly, I will just open something else.
by William Kelley
January 3rd, 2018, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Birth Year Wine
Replies: 43
Views: 1611

2016 Birth Year Wine

If you want a sleeper grand cru red Burgundy that you could probably find in magnum, look for Chantal Remy's Latricières-Chambertin. Not the other wines in the cellar, just the Latricières.
by William Kelley
January 3rd, 2018, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If Pomerol did have a classification....?
Replies: 56
Views: 3738

If Pomerol did have a classification....?

The issue with Eglise-Clinet is more about how long it has been good, rather than how good it has been since the mid- to late-1990s. Fair enough, they had a dip in the late '70s to mid '80s but older vintages of L'Eglise Clinet has given me some of my most memorable experiences of Pomerol (admitted...
by William Kelley
January 3rd, 2018, 7:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Benoit Ente
Replies: 6
Views: 1214

Benoit Ente

Just tasting the 2015s, they're really excellent. Pure, harmonious, elegant and intense. He also uses great corks.
by William Kelley
January 2nd, 2018, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If Pomerol did have a classification....?
Replies: 56
Views: 3738

If Pomerol did have a classification....?

I have yet to be moved by Le Pin. Chalk it up to style, but for me what makes Pomerol as opposed to a Merlot is that tension, precision and slight austerity, and I find little or none in Le Pin. It is big and lush and long. Whenever I taste it alongside the VCC of the same year, the VCC will always...
by William Kelley
January 1st, 2018, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If Pomerol did have a classification....?
Replies: 56
Views: 3738

If Pomerol did have a classification....?

For me, Lafleur would have to rank about Pétrus. And Le Pin would come in behind Trotanoy, VCC, L'Evangile, Conseillante and probably Eglise Clinet, but ahead of most of the others. La Fleur Pétrus is very solid these days, however. I have fond memories of visiting the new Le Pin winery back in 2011...
by William Kelley
January 1st, 2018, 8:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 François Lumpp Givry 1er Cru Clos du Cras Long
Replies: 16
Views: 1050

TN: 2015 François Lumpp Givry 1er Cru Clos du Cras Long

Probably a good idea to look for '16s when they start hitting the market too. Really strong and quite consistent Côte Chalonnaise vintage. Did the Côte Chalonnaise have the frost issues of the Côte D'Or in 2016? Generally speaking, the damage was worse in the north than in the south. Rully suffered...
by William Kelley
December 31st, 2017, 5:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Krug and Leroy
Replies: 13
Views: 1518

Krug and Leroy

Nice notes. The first great red Burgundy I ever tasted was a 1969. Always had a soft spot for the vintage.
by William Kelley
December 31st, 2017, 11:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Second Wines
Replies: 17
Views: 818

Favorite Second Wines

I don't think it would be controversial to say that Les Forts de Latour is the best second wine produced in Bordeaux, and it does give you a good taste of what Latour is all about. But I would rather drink Grand-Puy-Lacoste.
by William Kelley
December 31st, 2017, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 François Lumpp Givry 1er Cru Clos du Cras Long
Replies: 16
Views: 1050

TN: 2015 François Lumpp Givry 1er Cru Clos du Cras Long

Probably a good idea to look for '16s when they start hitting the market too. Really strong and quite consistent Côte Chalonnaise vintage.
by William Kelley
December 31st, 2017, 7:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New WA release
Replies: 10
Views: 1733

New WA release

I looked at the 2015 No. Rhones scores/notes, and a cursory look at K&L suggested many have already been cleaned out. Still a few left though. Not flashy, but I'd like to pick up some of the large production Crozes in this vintage. As Joe Cz notes, the ripeness/quality extended down the line this y...
by William Kelley
December 31st, 2017, 7:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the "tension" in wine
Replies: 43
Views: 1649

What is the "tension" in wine

Terms like this can be hard to pin down, and it's sometimes helpful to think about their opposites. A tense wine is the polar opposite of a flaccid wine, and while we might disagree about which wines are tense and which are flaccid, according to our tastes and tolerances, the concept isn't too compl...
by William Kelley
December 29th, 2017, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNS: '64 Rousseau, '49 Maison Leroy...
Replies: 3
Views: 317

TNS: '64 Rousseau, '49 Maison Leroy...

The 1964 Rousseau Gevrey villages is still absolutely superb, so your note on the Chambertin evokes a wine I have long imagined.
by William Kelley
December 29th, 2017, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: VF on Trump Wines
Replies: 38
Views: 1912

VF on Trump Wines

The '08 Trump Reserve sparkler was actually pretty good (it was served to me blind), but I believe that would have been made under the previous management.
by William Kelley
December 29th, 2017, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two under-the-radar 1982 Bordeaux
Replies: 3
Views: 407

Two under-the-radar 1982 Bordeaux

The old La Grave wines could be very nice before the best vineyard holdings were incorporated into La Fleur Pétrus. The 1975 is lovely.
by William Kelley
December 29th, 2017, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please explain: Sans Soufre with sulfites
Replies: 3
Views: 318

Please explain: Sans Soufre with sulfites

Yeasts produce sulfites even if none are added, to the tune of around 10 parts per million IIRC.
by William Kelley
December 28th, 2017, 8:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2017 Edition---TABULATIONS COMPLETE
Replies: 161
Views: 11367

WOTYs--2017 Edition---Post Yours and Discovery of the Year

1953 Haut Brion 1950 La Mission 1969 Chappellet 2001 Giacosa Rocche dell Falletto Riserva 1934 Drouhin Chambertin 1962 Yquem 1959 Maurice Lignier Morey-Saint-Denis 1959 Gros-Renaudot Richebourg 1999 Mugnier Musigny 1979 Rapet Corton-Charlemagne 1979 Michel Gaunoux Pommard Grands Epenots 1991 Gentaz ...
by William Kelley
December 28th, 2017, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A 2017 Observation About 1980s Vintage Bordeaux
Replies: 211
Views: 5591

A 2017 Observation About 1980s Vintage Bordeaux

As I recall, the 2010 is certainly more ample and overtly ripe than anything that came before, but that could just be the vintage, and the last time I tasted with the team they didn't express any intention of changing. I liked the 2010 and actually own some, but it is certainly a bit atypical. But ...
by William Kelley
December 28th, 2017, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A 2017 Observation About 1980s Vintage Bordeaux
Replies: 211
Views: 5591

A 2017 Observation About 1980s Vintage Bordeaux

As I recall, the 2010 is certainly more ample and overtly ripe than anything that came before, but that could just be the vintage, and the last time I tasted with the team they didn't express any intention of changing. I liked the 2010 and actually own some, but it is certainly a bit atypical. But J...
by William Kelley
December 28th, 2017, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A 2017 Observation About 1980s Vintage Bordeaux
Replies: 211
Views: 5591

A 2017 Observation About 1980s Vintage Bordeaux

Well done, Robert. Not sure if you noticed earlier in this thread, but Sociando is also the chateau I’d nominate as Most Unchanged Since High School (as the 80’s was my high school era). Like you, I haven’t noticed even the slightest smidgeon of style shift at Sociando. Have you tasted 2010 and lat...
by William Kelley
December 28th, 2017, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aged Burgs
Replies: 7
Views: 1059

Aged Burgs

Duc de Magenta's '76 Meursault was fresh and youthful last year. Made me regret passing on a couple of mags of '76 Bonneau du Martray a few years ago.
by William Kelley
December 28th, 2017, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A 2017 Observation About 1980s Vintage Bordeaux
Replies: 211
Views: 5591

A 2017 Observation About 1980s Vintage Bordeaux

Larger crops are harder to ripen: in the '70s, they often didn't; in the '80s, they mostly didn't. This is an accepted truism whose truth may be questionable. I spoke recently with a grower who believes dropping too much fruit causes the plant to actually put more into vegetative growth than fruit ...
by William Kelley
December 27th, 2017, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: In 2015, Fourrier’s Gevrey VV reaches new heights.
Replies: 7
Views: 1144

In 2015, Fourrier’s Gevrey VV reaches new heights.

216 GBP / 6 plus tax in the UK.

Interestingly, this wine was a lightening rod for criticism of the 2015 vintage in another recent thread.

I haven't tasted it, but own six, so I'm hoping my impressions accord with yours, Barry.
by William Kelley
December 27th, 2017, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A 2017 Observation About 1980s Vintage Bordeaux
Replies: 211
Views: 5591

A 2017 Observation About 1980s Vintage Bordeaux

Great post, Pat. Do you have a link to that BWE thread? Some smart peeps over there. I came into Bordeaux in 1992, so was trying young Bordeaux from 1986, 88, 89 and shortly thereafter, 1990. While some were lean and hard, some closed, some monolithic - and many did actually have open windows - I s...
by William Kelley
December 26th, 2017, 4:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A complement to a California Cab: 2012 Forman
Replies: 34
Views: 1589

A complement to a California Cab: 2012 Forman

Ric has really excelled this decade, and the 2011 won't disappoint. I actually marginally prefer it to his '12. The '10, '13 and '14 are also all worthy of pursuit. I haven't been such a fan of his bottlings from the mid-2000s, when it seems to me as if he was pushing the envelope more in the cellar...
by William Kelley
December 26th, 2017, 6:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pomerol suggestions
Replies: 7
Views: 815

Pomerol suggestions

If you feel inclined to try a small, seldom-heard-of producer that is nevertheless on the true Pomerol plateau (between Trotanoy, Nénin and Le Pin), consider Guillot Clauzel.

In the UK, Savage Selection import and the tariff is modest.
by William Kelley
December 24th, 2017, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Burgundy
Replies: 340
Views: 24179

2015 Burgundy

I've also found the few Fourrier's I've tried to be on the riper/candied side, whereas Bachelet is old school and structured for days. Ripe and candied can be fine though, if the wine has the structure to support it. Interestingly, Denis feels his style has evolved appreciably, as he now does fewer...
by William Kelley
December 24th, 2017, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Burgundy
Replies: 340
Views: 24179

2015 Burgundy

John Gillman thought that Fourrier picked too late in 15, and marked the wines down for it when he tasted them, he thought the same at Roumier. My bad on that as I am a subscriber. FYI, I spoke to John about Roumier's 15s (while discussing their '16s) last month. It sounded as if he now feels more ...
by William Kelley
December 22nd, 2017, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The size of YOUR ideal Wine Cellar
Replies: 35
Views: 1701

The size of YOUR ideal Wine Cellar

Buying wine for the kids and their kids . . . well they will be certain to use the money if you invest it for them now, but may never have any interest in the wine. My son has a glass of champagne when we dine together but I am quite certain will never even think to drink the stuff after I am gone....
by William Kelley
December 22nd, 2017, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The size of YOUR ideal Wine Cellar
Replies: 35
Views: 1701

The size of YOUR ideal Wine Cellar

At circa 1.5 k so far, think you need around 7.5k if you want to drink mature wines that you purchased on release. If you drink a bottle of wine each day 7500 bottles is 20 years worth. I would guess that you would need to do a lot of entertaining to warrant this size cellar. Well, my ambition is t...
by William Kelley
December 22nd, 2017, 10:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The size of YOUR ideal Wine Cellar
Replies: 35
Views: 1701

The size of YOUR ideal Wine Cellar

At circa 1.5 k so far, think you need around 7.5k if you want to drink mature wines that you purchased on release.
by William Kelley
December 21st, 2017, 7:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finally, a 1990 La Chapelle with unquestioned provenance.
Replies: 12
Views: 1170

Finally, a 1990 La Chapelle with unquestioned provenance.

While shipping may have exacerbated the problem, it is also rumored that there were several different bottlings / cuvées of this wine. Certainly, I have had wonderful bottles in the UK, but also some very porty, pruney bottles, shipped by Lay & Wheeler and stored in an underground cellar from releas...
by William Kelley
December 20th, 2017, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2003 Burgundy Grand Cru Dinner
Replies: 10
Views: 971

TN: 2003 Burgundy Grand Cru Dinner

A very interesting report, thanks for posting.
by William Kelley
December 19th, 2017, 4:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Premox changed your White Burgundy buying strategy?
Replies: 65
Views: 3077

Has Premox changed your White Burgundy buying strategy?

Perhaps Jean-Marie Guffens' biggest sin was not suffering from premox, but irritating all his colleagues. Premox made it easy to dismiss his body of work out-of-hand...

His 1995 Verget Valmur "Sud" (rumored to be part Les Clos, part Valmur) was the best bottle of Chablis I tasted this year.
by William Kelley
December 18th, 2017, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 white Burgundy premier cru blind tasting
Replies: 27
Views: 1771

2012 white Burgundy premier cru blind tasting

Great notes Herwig...not surprised by the top 3...but thought the PYCM En Remilly would show better. Like Blake I have never been disappointed with one. Btw I saw Ramonet making an En Remilly starting 2013, anyone tried them yet? Yes, they now make a few Saint Aubins - Charmois (which they have had...
by William Kelley
December 18th, 2017, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two Albarinos...(short/boring)
Replies: 2
Views: 178

TN: Two Albarinos...(short/boring)

Tried these two Albarinos over the weekend: 1. field brook Albarino RustyGateFarmsVnyd/RRV (172 cs; 14.2%) SpotswoodeEstate/StHelena 2016 : Med.gold color; very fragrant Albarino/melony/floral light perfumed talc/chalky rather spicy/cardamon slight waxy very attractive nose; rather tart/bit lean fl...
by William Kelley
December 18th, 2017, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Premox changed your White Burgundy buying strategy?
Replies: 65
Views: 3077

Has Premox changed your White Burgundy buying strategy?

to Jason Cohen, Thanks for the suggestions. I know and admire both Thevenet and Bongran. However I have never had Roally. I will look for the wines next time I leave Maine. Dan Kravitz The Roally wines are indeed excellent, and released a bit earlier than the Bongran and Gillet bottlings. The 2014 ...
by William Kelley
December 18th, 2017, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Premox changed your White Burgundy buying strategy?
Replies: 65
Views: 3077

Has Premox changed your White Burgundy buying strategy?

This is a difficult one. My response is to buy pre-1995 white Burgundy, and a handful of lower-risk producers: Bernard Moreau, PYCM, Raveneau, Coche-Dury (though I am very disappointed by Raphael's wines from 2013 onwards), Domaine de Bongran. I also buy Ramonet, hoping they've fixed the problems a...
by William Kelley
December 15th, 2017, 5:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Krug | Ganevat | Tremblay
Replies: 7
Views: 595

Krug | Ganevat | Tremblay

I don’t remember the Murgers the two times I visited Trembley. Is this new to her, or did I just not taste (or at my age, remember) this wine? 2009 was the first vintage of Murgers chez Tremblay. Cécile took it over earlier but decided to replant with superior vine material, so the vines are compar...

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