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by William Kelley
October 30th, 2017, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Haut Bailly 2008
Replies: 13
Views: 1079

Haut Bailly 2008

Agree this is a really lovely wine. Perfect balance, as you observe, and more classically-scaled than the 2009 or 2010, despite not lacking for concentration or intensity.
by William Kelley
October 30th, 2017, 5:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the Miotte? Adieu Auberge!
Replies: 7
Views: 505

What’s the Miotte? Adieu Auberge!

Sad for the clientele, but she seemed to be looking forward to retirement. I had my last lunch there on Friday, believe today is the restaurant's last day.
by William Kelley
October 22nd, 2017, 12:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A night of old burgundy: 1961 - 1997 Leroy
Replies: 16
Views: 1258

A night of old burgundy: 1961 - 1997 Leroy

...But Maison Leroy did own parcels of vines before the establishment of Domaine Leroy. The 1940 Leroy price list I have on my desk right now describes Maison Leroy as 'proprietaires en Musigny, Pommard, Chambertin, Clos Vougeot, etc'. And you will notice that the inaugural release of Domaine Leroy ...
by William Kelley
October 16th, 2017, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vosne Suchots tasting - insert your own pun
Replies: 16
Views: 1318

Vosne Suchots tasting - insert your own pun

Not a pun, but black humor: the joke in Vosne when you haven't seen someone for a long time is to inquire, 'have they gone to the Suchots?', the vineyard being adjacent to the village cemetery.
by William Kelley
October 10th, 2017, 2:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Raveneau Montée de Tonnerre
Replies: 16
Views: 1104

TN: 2006 Raveneau Montée de Tonnerre

Alan, Have you or anyone else ever had the Chapelot? Jean-Marie Raveneau says it's more elegant than Montée de Tonnerre. Some years, it's blended with Montée de Tonnerre; other years, it's sold as Chapelot. I have never tasted it at the Domaine even though I visit every year. Khiem I have a case of...
by William Kelley
October 7th, 2017, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 101 years of Chateau Figeac
Replies: 17
Views: 1123

101 years of Chateau Figeac

That's nice to read. I just bought a magnum of the '75 but haven't opened it yet.
by William Kelley
October 5th, 2017, 10:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Sylvain Pitiot's book worth the price?
Replies: 14
Views: 826

Is Sylvain Pitiot's book worth the price?

Well, this book is just maps, appellation data, and the previously-mentioned appendix. It is purely a reference book, with very little text. Jasper Morris' book is the most up-to-date reference for those villages, don't know of any recent English language specialist studies focussing on particular v...
by William Kelley
October 5th, 2017, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Sylvain Pitiot's book worth the price?
Replies: 14
Views: 826

Is Sylvain Pitiot's book worth the price?

It's the best atlas of the region. Plus an appendix has the etymology of the different vineyard names.
by William Kelley
September 9th, 2017, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing Option with Escargot [TN: 1993 Breton Bourgueil Les Perrieres]
Replies: 27
Views: 864

Pairing Option with Escargot

ATaylor wrote:The classics would be with Chablis first, or a Champagne (extra brut), Quincy or Reuilly.
Try telling that to the folks eating escargots in Meursault...

The Kalin Chardonnay would be my choice.
by William Kelley
September 2nd, 2017, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First Growth second wines against first wines lesser growths.
Replies: 24
Views: 2076

First Growth second wines against first wines lesser growths.

I would say that the vintage you chose will to some extent determine the answer you get. Can't think of any vintage, however, when Caruades de Lafite vs Ducru-Beaucaillou wouldn't be a total KO. To find something on the level of Caruades, you will need to look for a Château like Rauzan-Gassies or Ly...
by William Kelley
September 1st, 2017, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Neal Martin on Natural Wines
Replies: 49
Views: 2006

Neal Martin on Natural Wines

Jim's point about the difficulty of defining natural wine is spot on; and for all the words that have been expended on the subject, sometimes by very bright people, we are still a long way from agreeing on any oenological definition. After all, if SO2 is not the line in the sand, then why isn't DRC ...
by William Kelley
August 25th, 2017, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Special from Cecile
Replies: 14
Views: 1104

A Special from Cecile

m. ristev wrote:i am curious how her wines turned out in 2015...to be honest i have not heard great things
Definitely wouldn't agree with that. To me, among the wines of the vintage. John Gilman's laudatory reviews and commentary are pretty much spot on.
by William Kelley
August 24th, 2017, 5:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Special from Cecile
Replies: 14
Views: 1104

A Special from Cecile

Agreed, this is a lovely wine - and just the tip of the iceberg chez Tremblay in 2015. I helped rack the 2015 Chambolle village to tank for bottling, I'll never forget the aromas.
by William Kelley
August 15th, 2017, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When to drink 1994 vintage Ports?
Replies: 22
Views: 1345

When to drink 1994 vintage Ports?

I think it really depends on the house. The (earlier maturing) Martinez is drinking beautifully now, for example, but there are others that have hardly evolved.
by William Kelley
August 15th, 2017, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Raveneau Chablis
Replies: 5
Views: 551

2011 Raveneau Chablis

Good to hear! Still waiting on my Butteaux and Montée de T.
by William Kelley
August 15th, 2017, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fontaine-Gagnard & Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet
Replies: 30
Views: 1640

Fontaine-Gagnard & Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet

To conclude several thousand words on this particular wine without mentioning the vineyard's distinctive exposition / topography vis a vis Bâtard-Montrachet, and without adverting to Fontaine-Gagnard's premox issues (about which Céline is very candid) seems like a bit of an omission!
by William Kelley
August 15th, 2017, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1993 Bâtard-Montrachet
Replies: 7
Views: 659

1993 Bâtard-Montrachet

Caillot is / was a cousin of Pierre Morey's. He had the Bâtard en metayage, the other half going to Louis Jadot. When I last saw Jacques Lardière he described Caillot as a grower who knew how to produce a generous crop. In light of Mr. Lardiere's inability to make a Grand Cru (or any White Burgundy...
by William Kelley
August 15th, 2017, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Ridge Chardonnay Monte Bello
Replies: 4
Views: 741

2014 Ridge Chardonnay Monte Bello

As it happens, I tasted this yesterday at the winery. I would rank it a modest step up over the also lovely 2013. Eric has been making an effort to pick a bit earlier to capture more freshness. (Which will be easier to achieve when some heritage selections which ripen at lower brix start making mor...
by William Kelley
August 12th, 2017, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 6
Views: 904

TN: 2013 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon

Arv R wrote:The older ones really lasted and developed. Does the 13 feel the same way?
They now pick around 28-30 brix, if that answers your question. The wines are very different.
by William Kelley
August 12th, 2017, 4:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1993 Bâtard-Montrachet
Replies: 7
Views: 659

1993 Bâtard-Montrachet

http://ct-static.com/labels/1074771.jpg [/list] 1993 Domaine Caillot Bâtard-Montrachet - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru (8/12/2017) A deep gold color with some complex aromas of almond and walnut. Rounded and lush, with acidity barely noticeable under the robe of cara...
by William Kelley
August 12th, 2017, 3:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Ridge Chardonnay Monte Bello
Replies: 4
Views: 741

2014 Ridge Chardonnay Monte Bello

As it happens, I tasted this yesterday at the winery. I would rank it a modest step up over the also lovely 2013. Eric has been making an effort to pick a bit earlier to capture more freshness. (Which will be easier to achieve when some heritage selections which ripen at lower brix start making more...
by William Kelley
August 10th, 2017, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1985 Leflaive & stunning La Chapelle
Replies: 14
Views: 787

1985 Leflaive & stunning La Chapelle

Matthew Hemming wrote:Very simple - I didn't find it one of the greatest wines ever made. It's not marked down for youthfulness. I'm happy giving 20/20 to young wines - Latour 2010 (for example) - but that '90 wasn't in that league.
+ 1 on that. What's more, bottle variation is very high.
by William Kelley
August 4th, 2017, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let´s talk VOLNAY
Replies: 92
Views: 7441

Let´s talk VOLNAY

stevetimko wrote:Not a single mention of Ente? Just one wine, but I thought it was fabulous. Too rare?
Only tasted it once - the 07 Santenots, which was nice but not sublime.

I've never been shown the reds when I've visited, I ought to ask this year.
by William Kelley
August 2nd, 2017, 5:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let´s talk VOLNAY
Replies: 92
Views: 7441

Let´s talk VOLNAY

I would have to admit, that does qualify as pretty easy :) Thanks! Do you know if it shows on the label as well? Haven't opened the case yet. It's the standard Faiveley label. But they did make a hospice Santenots in 2007, according to cellar tracker. Time to open the case, I think! Isn´t it the ca...
by William Kelley
August 2nd, 2017, 3:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let´s talk VOLNAY
Replies: 92
Views: 7441

Let´s talk VOLNAY

Kristoffer B r y d e r wrote:
I would have to admit, that does qualify as pretty easy :) Thanks! Do you know if it shows on the label as well? Haven't opened the case yet.
It's the standard Faiveley label.

But they did make a hospice Santenots in 2007, according to cellar tracker. Time to open the case, I think!
by William Kelley
August 1st, 2017, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let´s talk VOLNAY
Replies: 92
Views: 7441

Let´s talk VOLNAY

So it's not their own vineyard? Might explain the relatively low hammer price, I think the owc of six was about $325 with premium. I'll have a go at one in the next weeks and report back! Btw, is there an easy way to determine whether or not a specific Faiveley bottle is Domaine or Maison, without ...
by William Kelley
August 1st, 2017, 6:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemakers who don't like the style of wine they make?
Replies: 35
Views: 2295

Winemakers who don't like the style of wine they make?

I have always taken this as a bad sign. I still remember the look of horror on the face of a famous modernist Châteauneuf-du-Pape producer when he saw that he was to be served some of his own wines with dinner; an emotion which, in retrospect, I relate to.
by William Kelley
July 31st, 2017, 4:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let´s talk VOLNAY
Replies: 92
Views: 7441

Let´s talk VOLNAY

How does Santenots rank? Just got some 2007 from Faiveley at an auction too cheap to pass up, but haven't tried them yet. This must have been a Hospice de Beaune offering? The Faiveleys have performed elevage for different individuals. I have some Hospice Santenots elevated by Lucien Lemoine (2009)...
by William Kelley
July 31st, 2017, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let´s talk VOLNAY
Replies: 92
Views: 7441

Let´s talk VOLNAY

How does Santenots rank? Just got some 2007 from Faiveley at an auction too cheap to pass up, but haven't tried them yet. It is a large and quite varied vineyard, generally producing one of the most firmly-structured, powerful and long-lived wines of the village. Its historical reputation is very h...
by William Kelley
July 31st, 2017, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let´s talk VOLNAY
Replies: 92
Views: 7441

Let´s talk VOLNAY

Lafarge is at the top of the tree for me. Last night a humble 1993 Vendanges Sélectionées showed beautifully, so pure and vibrant. The d'Angerville wines are good but a bit marked by high percentages of Taransaud, which makes quite an aromatic (clove, orange rind, vanilla) and textural (tannin) impa...
by William Kelley
July 25th, 2017, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My personal best BDX night.... ever!
Replies: 17
Views: 1769

My personal best BDX night.... ever!

Great notes and sounds like a wonderful night. Just perplexed that you found a bottle of '61 Montrose which could be described as 'supple'. It has probably the firmest tannic chassis of any '61 Médoc I've had. A brooding monster, in my experience from English cellars. I love it but it sounds like yo...
by William Kelley
July 25th, 2017, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Domaine Philippe Naddef Fixin (France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Fixin)
Replies: 4
Views: 295

TN: 1995 Domaine Philippe Naddef Fixin (France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Fixin)

They keen a pretty low profile but I'm planning to visit this year. They have some Mazis-Chambertin as well as a nice portfolio of Gevrey & Fixin crus.
by William Kelley
July 25th, 2017, 6:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So very fresh in the nose!
Replies: 3
Views: 468

So very fresh in the nose!

From good bottles this is a pretty vibrant wine in my experience so your bottle doesn't sound like an outlier.
by William Kelley
July 24th, 2017, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine would you bring?
Replies: 35
Views: 1635

What bottle of wine would you bring?

A Valentini Trebbiano (say 2007 but the latest release would do) and a Pepe Montepulciano (2003 or older ideally, and I'd go for a warmer year - 03, 01, 97 etc).
by William Kelley
July 23rd, 2017, 5:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1981 Bordeaux and an old Rosè
Replies: 8
Views: 639

1981 Bordeaux and an old Rosè

Pity about the Tempier.

There is a lot of fun to be had with 1981 Bordeaux. I just bought an '81 Conseillante for less than a bottle of the '13 (truly abysmal vintage) would cost me. Very much looking forward to it.

Angludet is a real '81 sleeper if you ever see it.
by William Kelley
July 22nd, 2017, 5:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The myth of travel shock
Replies: 26
Views: 2300

The myth of travel shock

This post from back in 2009 struck me as very persuasive: Travel shock. Yes it exists. Chemical kinetics can be altered with temperature, pressure and motion (vibration). You can slow some and speed others depending on which variables you play with. Some are REVERSIBLE, and some are not. (temperatur...
by William Kelley
July 21st, 2017, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 99 Damoy Cdb, 11 Colin-Morey BBM
Replies: 17
Views: 842

TN: 99 Damoy Cdb, 11 Colin-Morey BBM

Coffee filters have been discussed here before (like almost everything 'Wine'). Here's from an earlier thread "No less an authority than Emile Peynaud, the renown Bordeaux oenologist, states in his "Knowing and Making Wine" - "It may be stated that that the mechanical action of filtering has never ...
by William Kelley
July 19th, 2017, 7:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve
Replies: 14
Views: 697

TN: 1999 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve

Absolutely. Though the Château des Tours wines do give some of the magic at a fraction of the price. Frankly, I wish I had drunk more Château des Tours and aged a lot of my Rayas, Pignan and Fonsalette for longer, as I am currently kicking myself for having opened too many bottles of vintages like ...
by William Kelley
July 19th, 2017, 7:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Clos Rougeard Poyeux/Breze,Unico,Bertheau,Marcassin,Aubert,Roederer Nature, Roumier.....
Replies: 19
Views: 1624

TN: Clos Rougeard Poyeux/Breze,Unico,Bertheau,Marcassin,Aubert,Roederer Nature, Roumier.....

To me Rougeard blanc is better than the rouge... Would agree with this in 2011. Not, however, in 10 or 09. Well-aged and/or mature Rougeard are exemplary. I've had some Rougeard blanc, but always within 5 years of vintage. They're good, too. I wonder if the blanc would be better than the rouge when...
by William Kelley
July 19th, 2017, 7:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Clos Rougeard Poyeux/Breze,Unico,Bertheau,Marcassin,Aubert,Roederer Nature, Roumier.....
Replies: 19
Views: 1624

TN: Clos Rougeard Poyeux/Breze,Unico,Bertheau,Marcassin,Aubert,Roederer Nature, Roumier.....

To me Rougeard blanc is better than the rouge... Thanks for the notes, Buzz. Good to see something on an older Bertheau. Just bought a 1993 Amoureuses which I hope will show well. That should be SPECTACULAR, going by how well the three bottle of the 93 village I've had recently have tasted! Please ...
by William Kelley
July 19th, 2017, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 99 Damoy Cdb, 11 Colin-Morey BBM
Replies: 17
Views: 842

TN: 99 Damoy Cdb, 11 Colin-Morey BBM

Interesting to hear this.

Has anyone tasted chez Damoy recently? I last tasted the '11s from barrel so it's been a while.

I sometimes wonder if PYCM's '11s don't surpass his 2010s...
by William Kelley
July 19th, 2017, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve
Replies: 14
Views: 697

TN: 1999 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve

Thanks for posting this. I know that the term typicity is not one that is used much more or that is one that is favored by most. To me, Rayas (and Pignan) are such beautiful examples of a variety that I love so much and exhibit the dichotomy of being delicate monsters in such a seamless way. It is ...
by William Kelley
July 19th, 2017, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DRC oak regime?
Replies: 40
Views: 2357

DRC oak regime?

Mel Knox wrote:
Let's face it: the other grand crus are catching up with DRC pricing.
Too true.
by William Kelley
July 19th, 2017, 6:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve
Replies: 14
Views: 697

TN: 1999 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve

It's amazing how this wine, and 2000 too, have transformed in the last few years. Not so long ago they seemed like weak links in the chain of Rayas vintages. Now they're superb. Check out the 2000 Pignan if you see it.
by William Kelley
July 17th, 2017, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A White & A Rose...(short/boring)
Replies: 2
Views: 181

TN: A White & A Rose...(short/boring)

TomHill wrote: ...another white refreshed w/ CO2. If they're going to monkey around w/ the acidity, do it w/ tartaric. not CO2.
Tom
Couldn't agree more. Seems to be becoming more and more common, unfortunately.
by William Kelley
July 17th, 2017, 6:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine storage in Minneapolis
Replies: 183
Views: 9577

Wine ruined by transport?

Just worth noting that Ridge's corks around the turn of the millennium are often very crumbly. Of course, you mentioned that you'd opened other wines too - but just thought it might be worth throwing that into the mix.
by William Kelley
July 16th, 2017, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 1980 BV PR and 1996 Pahlmeyer Merlot
Replies: 9
Views: 367

TNs: 1980 BV PR and 1996 Pahlmeyer Merlot

I had the '94 Pahlmeyer Merlot recently. It was aging very well, and excellent in its flashy, extrovert style - similar to your description of the '96. It made me wonder whether, now that the dust has settled, Helen's Pahlmeyer Merlots have developed the best all the red wines she produced during he...
by William Kelley
July 16th, 2017, 5:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 clos st jean cdp
Replies: 40
Views: 1618

2005 clos st jean cdp

Try the 2007! It is even more sucky. Wait, 94 points Robert Parker, "The sensational 2007 Châteauneuf du Pape is a wine....one of the best value buys in my cellar. big, rich, full-bodied Chateauneuf du Pape that has sweet tannin and no hard edges. It's drinking great today but has at least another ...
by William Kelley
July 14th, 2017, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYTimes: Asimov on Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
Replies: 9
Views: 511

NYTimes: Asimov on Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

Interestingly when I bought a bottle of Pepe Md'A in Ivrea, the lady in the shop made a point of recommending a proper decanting of the the wine. She said it did tend to have significant bottle-stink from the (natural) winemaking that benefitted from aeration. Not steering me away, but trying to en...
by William Kelley
July 14th, 2017, 3:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYTimes: Asimov on Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
Replies: 9
Views: 511

NYTimes: Asimov on Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

But its good that Eric dwells into off-beat regions/ grapes. There's enough drum roll for mass-planted, mass-marketed, fanboy wines that are increasingly homogeneous. While I agree with the sentiment, I felt that the piece did not seem to be grounded in the depth of research that he brings to his b...

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