Time to treat ourselves. Open a precious bottle

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#51 Post by J. Singleton » March 14th, 2020, 9:22 pm

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The sheer stupidity of people is far more worrisome to me than Coronavirus. So with that I drink to not buying toilet paper to last me until 2025.
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#52 Post by SZZimmermann » March 14th, 2020, 9:56 pm

2005 Araujo estate cab. Nice. Needs air and can be held a couple of years at least. I have been really enjoying my 2002-2095 Araujos.
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#53 Post by Mark Thompson » March 14th, 2020, 10:12 pm

Jeff D a v i e s wrote:
March 14th, 2020, 6:13 pm
1982 La Lagune - top shoulder fill, corked soaked and crumbly, wine sherry liked and seems to have been heat damaged (picked a few of these us a couple years ago .... :(. )


My evening started curiously similar to Jeff’s. I opened a 1964 Trotanoy with much anticipation. The color looked almost too good to be true....which it unfortunately was. The bottle was fairly obviously heat damaged.

I pulled a back-up bottle of 1982 Latour A Pomerol. I’ve really loved previous bottles from 1955, 1970, and 1971, but this was my first chance to open a 1982 example. I thought there was a fecal (I initially assumed brett) element as I poured a small taste after opening. This quickly blew off (apparently NOT brett). With some air this evolved into one of the most exotic and complex Bordeaux’s I’ve ever encountered. Imagine a 1982 Pichon Lalande mixed with some Leroy “pixie dust”/Vosne spice and some classic Pomerol elements. I’ve never described a Bordeaux as “Burgundian”, but there is a first time for everything. This bottle showed right at the peak of maturity, which is actually more evolved than my last two bottles of the 1970. The fill was between mid and high shoulder; perhaps a more pristine bottle would be too young?

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#54 Post by Mark Golodetz » March 15th, 2020, 5:28 am

Piper Rare 2002
Seems strange to be opening Champagne at this time, but I needed a white. It is delicious and so easy to drink, in a perfect place now. Medium on the continuum between Taittinger and Krug, there is something joyful about it rather than a serious sipping Champagne. Definitely happier after we had the bottle.
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#55 Post by CJ Beazley » March 15th, 2020, 5:38 am

Kevin Patrick wrote:
March 14th, 2020, 4:17 pm
Love this idea and decided to go "off the board" with a (hopefully inaugural) Brandy from Jamie Kutch.

This 2013 Brandy was a recent offering from Kutch and it really hits the spot tonight. Lush and flavorful (even a but jammy) the slight bite warms the soul. Rumor has it the unique alcohol distillation protects you from the SARS-Cov-2 virus and who am I to question it?

Drink well tonight friends.

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#56 Post by Charlie Carnes » March 15th, 2020, 5:42 am

Great idea Robert. I'm definitely not holding back right now. I have all of my kids from college back safely and they are looking at an extended spring break, we are going to spend some quality time together! Julian Haart and Willi Schaefer for my daughter, and Champagne for my son, and I will be popping some red Burgundy. This morning we will be listening to our church on the internet! Followed by some nice Champagnes! I pray for this country and the world, that we can get through this...
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#57 Post by Kevin Patrick » March 15th, 2020, 6:47 am

CJ Beazley wrote:
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I can’t tell if it’s Earl, Karl, or Kari-which one is it?
Ha, his name is Karl. He's nearly 14 months old. His name is in honor of the original Karl Lawrence Wine Cellars.

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#58 Post by Ramon C » March 15th, 2020, 7:36 am

Not as earth-shattering as, say, finding a cure for Coronavirus, but this villages wine, the last of a 3-pack purchased at and stored since release showed the best during a bored, stay-at-home Saturday evening.

2002 Domaine Robert Groffier Gevrey-Chambertin

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#59 Post by Br1an Th0rne » March 15th, 2020, 7:39 am

1986 Cheval Blanc last night from an OWC, 9 to go! Deep garnet; complex and savory bouquet, with notes of dried plums, black truffle, briar patch, cigar box and crushed rocks. Medium bodied, with great depth and precision, and a surprisingly (for an 86) silky texture. Very classic in style, and unrecognizable compared to modern St. Emilion fruit bombs. I loved it!

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#60 Post by Dennis Borczon » March 15th, 2020, 8:53 am

Br1an Th0rne wrote:
March 15th, 2020, 7:39 am
1986 Cheval Blanc last night from an OWC, 9 to go! Deep garnet; complex and savory bouquet, with notes of dried plums, black truffle, briar patch, cigar box and crushed rocks. Medium bodied, with great depth and precision, and a surprisingly (for an 86) silky texture. Very classic in style, and unrecognizable compared to modern St. Emilion fruit bombs. I loved it!
I am with you. Have a 3L of the same wine. Probably open it sometime around 2030?

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#61 Post by Yao C » March 15th, 2020, 9:06 am

2x 2007 Bouchard Meursault Perrieres from the same OWC. Both with a good greenish gold color. One brilliant, the other very advanced. Oh well
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#62 Post by Larry G0ld3n » March 15th, 2020, 9:15 am

Last night...
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2007 Tignanello
2007 Valdicava Madonna
2007 Conn Valley Eloge

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#63 Post by Martin Petersen » March 15th, 2020, 9:28 am

Past few days:
Flavio Roddolo Bricco Appiani 1998 - best cabernet sauvignon from Italy I’ve enjoyed, only second to Sassicaia 1985
Dauvissat Clos 2009, still young but not painfully so after a long decant
Drouhin Corton-Charlemagne 2015 - very nice but not overly complex next to the Dauvissat
Billecart-Salmon Cuvée NF 2006 - great balance and concentration, drinking well now
Billecart-Salmon Cuvée NF 1999 - less concentrated than the 2006, more lean but oh so elegant
Agrapart Contemplee - crisp and pure, great as a starter

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#64 Post by Julian Marshall » March 15th, 2020, 9:36 am

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Thanks, David. Yes just got a bunch in so was tempted to try it. No notes here or on CT. Paired with grilled pork loin, some really fat and juicy asparagus, finished off on the grilled, and charred corn salsa. The 2006 JG is really solid, not at the level of 2003, 01 or the mid-90s, but I do like that it shows far less oak than the 09. This is pretty classic Cab-based claret. A Paulliac nose of cassis, smoke and pencil. Meaty on the palate, dense and layered but not heavy. Still youthful but some notes of dry earth, leather, tobacco and charcoal arise. A little chewy but not unexpected given the vintage and youth. Tannins chalky and just a tad dry on the finish, were I to quibble, the only detractor.
Hey - I missed this little nugget - good to know since I haven't tried one yet!

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#65 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » March 15th, 2020, 9:54 am

It shut down hard on the second night, but not surprising, it is pretty young.

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#66 Post by Br1an Th0rne » March 15th, 2020, 10:27 am

Dennis Borczon wrote:
March 15th, 2020, 8:53 am
Br1an Th0rne wrote:
March 15th, 2020, 7:39 am
1986 Cheval Blanc last night from an OWC, 9 to go! Deep garnet; complex and savory bouquet, with notes of dried plums, black truffle, briar patch, cigar box and crushed rocks. Medium bodied, with great depth and precision, and a surprisingly (for an 86) silky texture. Very classic in style, and unrecognizable compared to modern St. Emilion fruit bombs. I loved it!
I am with you. Have a 3L of the same wine. Probably open it sometime around 2030?
In 3L format, I imagine it will be amazing anytime between now and 2050! From regular size bottle, I thought it was fully mature in 2010, but bottles from a recently purchased OWC have been stunning.

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#67 Post by G. D y e r » March 15th, 2020, 2:18 pm

It was time to break the seal on a 2005 Joguet Dioterie--though to be fair I've been sampling the Chene Vert every year or two since I acquired over a case at discount.

Regarding the matcha comment below--I actually did pour an ounce of the 'dregs' into a separate glass. This literally was Cab Franc matcha, and was intensely aromatic and saturated with fine sediment. I wouldn't want to drink a full glass--but as taster it was fun!

2005 Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie - France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Chinon (3/14/2020)
Good showing for a potentially great wine. While this is a bit anomalous for Loire Franc in terms of intensity, I don't find it out of character. This wine is to Loire Cab Franc what matcha is to regular lightly steeped green tea.

Opened up with olive, currant and savory tones. Tobacco and cassis became more prominent as it opened up over several hours. All about pure currants and earth tones on the palate, with a medium acidity entry. The lower acidity and higher alcohol than typical for Chinon gives it a surprising roundness and warmth. Long finish with interplay between dark fruit and tobacco. The tannins are a bit hard and rather grippy--that is the big question mark for development.

Since I have several bottles, the 15 year mark was a logical point to check in. But I think another 5-10 years is the time frame for bottle #2. The incipient olive notes are auspicious--that is what a deep Franc (or Merlot or Cab S) should develop over time. And there is plenty of stuffing and freshness here. On the other hand, the astringency of the tannins may be a long term characteristic. (92 pts.)
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#68 Post by Jonathan H » March 15th, 2020, 2:40 pm

2009 DuMol Eddie's Patch Syrah and a 2015 Meursault from Philippe Chavy are on deck for tonight
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#69 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » March 15th, 2020, 4:22 pm

It precious in the sense of rare or costly, but precious indeed to us traditionalists!

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#70 Post by Jay Miller » March 15th, 2020, 6:50 pm

Not so precious but I had a 1981 Giscours with lamb chops tonight

Good mature claret. Not quite as good as the first bottle but still quite enjoyable.

Thank you Mark (it was from his cellar auction)!
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#71 Post by Mark Golodetz » March 15th, 2020, 6:54 pm

Jay Miller wrote:
March 15th, 2020, 6:50 pm
Not so precious but I had a 1981 Giscours with lamb chops tonight

Good mature claret. Not quite as good as the first bottle but still quite enjoyable.

Thank you Mark (it was from his cellar auction)!
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#72 Post by Julian Marshall » March 16th, 2020, 9:25 am

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
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It precious in the sense of rare or costly, but precious indeed to us traditionalists!
So how was your "precious one" (Gollum voice!)? The cork and the colour looked ok so I'm guessing it was a good one!

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#73 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » March 16th, 2020, 5:48 pm

Julian Marshall wrote:
March 16th, 2020, 9:25 am
Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
March 15th, 2020, 4:22 pm
It precious in the sense of rare or costly, but precious indeed to us traditionalists!
So how was your "precious one" (Gollum voice!)? The cork and the colour looked ok so I'm guessing it was a good one!
Gollum indeed!

Reticent even after some decanting, got better as the night ended with my 3rd glass, and now 24 hours later, really excellent. Amazing how BAMA takes so much air to come alive. Love the florals, dried red fruits and acid on this wine. Refreshing, quaffable. Not at levels of 2000, 1996, 1995, but damn fine in its own right Your style, my British friend! (91 pts.)

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#74 Post by Mark Y » March 16th, 2020, 6:02 pm

John Davis wrote:
March 14th, 2020, 3:10 pm
2002 Monte Bello in decanter and a pot roast in the oven.
would love a TN. just picked up a bottle 3 days ago of that 02
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#75 Post by Dan Kravitz » March 16th, 2020, 6:34 pm

Saw this thread after I posted on the 2010 Mount Eden Chardonnay, guess some precog there.
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I'm at a friend's house. The Mount Eden was her bottle (although it probably came through me). I was the one who brought the 2004 Black Cat Cabernet we also had, which I will post on tomorrow. Three of us consumed the full two bottles (plus a tiny bit of innocuous bubbly).

I love the concept: Eat, Drink & Be Merry... etc.

I am a bear. I should be waking up from hibernation about now. Instead, I am apparently going in to hibernation for the next ~6 months.

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#76 Post by P@u1_M3nk3s » March 16th, 2020, 7:27 pm

Since last June I've had to drastically change my fat intake. Good news is I've lost 20 kilos (45 lbs); more good news is I can occasionally eat more fat. Last Saturday was planned for quite a while as the first annual steak night and Bordeaux night. Picked up some Costco Ribeyes and oven cooked them at 265° (thanks Suzanne!) until at 125° internal temperature, and then briefly charred over hot mesquite. Served with herb butter and creamed spinach and fingerling potatoes. And chicken breasts for the non-red meat eaters.
And, of course, wine. Starter was a 2008 Pol Roger rosé. Not complicated but extremely delicious, a very dry Ruby grapefruit taste.
This was followed by:
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1997 Chateau Montelena
2002 Mouton Rothschild
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These are shown in my order of preference, though not one showed poorly. The LB was simply brilliant, and the Evangile and Montelena were not that far behind. What a great night! Now we are under orders to shelter in place.
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#77 Post by Julian Marshall » March 17th, 2020, 9:41 am

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
March 16th, 2020, 5:48 pm
Julian Marshall wrote:
March 16th, 2020, 9:25 am
Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
March 15th, 2020, 4:22 pm
It precious in the sense of rare or costly, but precious indeed to us traditionalists!
So how was your "precious one" (Gollum voice!)? The cork and the colour looked ok so I'm guessing it was a good one!
Gollum indeed!

Reticent even after some decanting, got better as the night ended with my 3rd glass, and now 24 hours later, really excellent. Amazing how BAMA takes so much air to come alive. Love the florals, dried red fruits and acid on this wine. Refreshing, quaffable. Not at levels of 2000, 1996, 1995, but damn fine in its own right Your style, my British friend! (91 pts.)
Cheers! Sounds better than the one I had - it's about time I opened another BAMA, but first a SM Cuvée JG 1996 is singing the siren call. Should be fun - never had one yet!

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#78 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » March 17th, 2020, 10:30 am

Julian Marshall wrote:
March 17th, 2020, 9:41 am
Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
March 16th, 2020, 5:48 pm
Julian Marshall wrote:
March 16th, 2020, 9:25 am


So how was your "precious one" (Gollum voice!)? The cork and the colour looked ok so I'm guessing it was a good one!
Gollum indeed!

Reticent even after some decanting, got better as the night ended with my 3rd glass, and now 24 hours later, really excellent. Amazing how BAMA takes so much air to come alive. Love the florals, dried red fruits and acid on this wine. Refreshing, quaffable. Not at levels of 2000, 1996, 1995, but damn fine in its own right Your style, my British friend! (91 pts.)
Cheers! Sounds better than the one I had - it's about time I opened another BAMA, but first a SM Cuvée JG 1996 is singing the siren call. Should be fun - never had one yet!
Love that 96 SM JG. The 95 and 01 even better. They are fantastic. Like stoopid good.

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#79 Post by John Davis » March 17th, 2020, 1:50 pm

Mark Y wrote:
March 16th, 2020, 6:02 pm
John Davis wrote:
March 14th, 2020, 3:10 pm
2002 Monte Bello in decanter and a pot roast in the oven.
would love a TN. just picked up a bottle 3 days ago of that 02
Didn’t take a note but from memory, a good Monte Bello, just now beginning to hit maturity. Decanted for a couple of hours. Very well balanced and enjoyable but still on the tighter side of mature. I still have a I have a few more and I am probably going to wait until they hit 20 before opening.
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#80 Post by Ethan H » March 17th, 2020, 2:29 pm

Mark Golodetz wrote:
March 15th, 2020, 5:28 am
Seems strange to be opening Champagne at this time...
I am sure you are familiar with Churchill's witticism that in success you deserve champagne, and in defeat you need it. I trust we are not defeated, but certainly there is nothing the least wrong with a nice champagne to lift one's mood in trying times. For our part my wife and I listened to Macron's speech last night announcing the tough new measures while drinking a 2008 Ployez-Jacquemart Extra Brut.* (It was very nice. My wife liked it enough to refrain from dosing it with crème de cassis, which is her default method for champagne...)

*Bonus Churchill witticism: "Remember, gentlemen, it's not just France we are fighting for -- it's Champagne!"

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.... Definitely happier after we had the bottle.
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#81 Post by jordan jacobs » March 17th, 2020, 3:12 pm

Great idea and great thread but....
poor me time. My whole first floor is down to the studs. I have no kitchen and my wine fridge/cellar is taped up and sealed during construction. I spent the last week in an extended stay while they were doing the demo. I brought 3 bottles to the hotel and 2 were corked ( one was a 90 chapoutier la pav )and one just way over the hill (83 beaucastel).

I am stuck in the house and can’t go to my offsite and can’t get to my cellar so I am limited to only to a few cases worth of daily drinker types and what was delivered in the last few weeks. Nothing special or not criminal in opening this young.

Things could obviously be worse and my complaining is meant to be tongue in cheek

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#82 Post by Craig G » March 17th, 2020, 3:27 pm

jordan jacobs wrote:
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I brought 3 bottles to the hotel and 2 were corked ( one was a 90 chapoutier la pav )and one just way over the hill (83 beaucastel).
That’s too bad about your 83 Beaucastel. We just had one in a tasting and it was excellent.
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#83 Post by Ramon C » March 17th, 2020, 3:33 pm

Opened a special bottle responsibly distant from others. First time I can recall that the local parade was cancelled.

A happy and virus-free St. Patrick’s Day to all!


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#84 Post by Dan Kravitz » March 17th, 2020, 4:25 pm

So we're apparently going to be hibernating for a while, I'll dumpster dive in the basement for more good wine. I hate to drink great wine by myself (I'm back home, but Sally is essentially not drinking), but will be contributing to this thread for a while to come.

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#85 Post by Jerry Hey » March 17th, 2020, 5:57 pm

2014 Vilmart Grand Cellier d'Or tonight. Young, bright flavors with lemon and great finish. This will keep for a while but I like Champagne on the younger side.

I'm with Winston Churchill on Champagne....

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#86 Post by Frank Murray III » March 17th, 2020, 7:02 pm

Jerry Hey wrote:
March 17th, 2020, 5:57 pm
2014 Vilmart Grand Cellier d'Or tonight. Young, bright flavors with lemon and great finish. This will keep for a while but I like Champagne on the younger side.

I'm with Winston Churchill on Champagne....
Thanks for your note/comment, Jerry. I had one several weeks ago and my conclusion was that this is going to be a very strong vintage for GCdO.
My best wines for 2020:
2014 Marie Courtin Champagne Efflorescence Extra Brut
2012 Minière F & R Champagne Influence Brut
2008 Rhys Skyline PN SCM

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2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence BdB Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie PN Platt SC
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

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#87 Post by Mark Y » March 17th, 2020, 7:58 pm

John Davis wrote:
March 17th, 2020, 1:50 pm
Mark Y wrote:
March 16th, 2020, 6:02 pm
John Davis wrote:
March 14th, 2020, 3:10 pm
2002 Monte Bello in decanter and a pot roast in the oven.
would love a TN. just picked up a bottle 3 days ago of that 02
Didn’t take a note but from memory, a good Monte Bello, just now beginning to hit maturity. Decanted for a couple of hours. Very well balanced and enjoyable but still on the tighter side of mature. I still have a I have a few more and I am probably going to wait until they hit 20 before opening.
Ok awesome. Hold then! :)
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#88 Post by Chris Seiber » March 17th, 2020, 9:14 pm

A friend coming over tomorrow, and we're planning to open 2001 Ausone and 2001 Insignia. I'll report back.

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#89 Post by Daniel McIntosh » March 18th, 2020, 10:00 am

Over the last two nights we had a 2014 Rhys Horseshoe. Gotta say a fantastic wine. Would've gone deeper in my tiny cellar for some old Bordeaux or Cali Cab but last summer my nieghbor's house got struck by lightning and ever since his wine is in my cellar and blocking access to the good stuff.

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#90 Post by John Glas » March 18th, 2020, 10:27 am

Drank a 2009 Cayuse Armada with burgers off the grill as we were canceling our spring-break trip the other day.
Could buy a lot of Cayuse wines with the money not spent on the trip! [cheers.gif]

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#91 Post by John Glas » March 18th, 2020, 10:28 am

A friend coming over tomorrow, and we're planning to open 2001 Ausone and 2001 Insignia. I'll report back.
Many years ago Sam's Club had the 01 Insignia for $60 a bottle.

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#92 Post by Philip G » March 18th, 2020, 1:57 pm

2014 L‘Aventure For Her
Not the oldest wine in the cellar but an RP Hundo so have been waiting for a special occasion to open one of our half dozen bottles. Lived up to the hype!

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#93 Post by Kirk.Grant » March 18th, 2020, 2:34 pm

Not a full-on splurge...but it’s a start while I’m away from home!
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#94 Post by Scott Brunson » March 18th, 2020, 3:24 pm

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#95 Post by Chris Seiber » March 18th, 2020, 3:38 pm

John Glas wrote:
March 18th, 2020, 10:28 am
A friend coming over tomorrow, and we're planning to open 2001 Ausone and 2001 Insignia. I'll report back.
Many years ago Sam's Club had the 01 Insignia for $60 a bottle.
Wasn't it Wine Spectator Wine of the Year?

I think I spent around $80-90 back at the time, but that's going from very distant memory.

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#96 Post by Joshua Kates » March 18th, 2020, 3:47 pm

2002 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande
Showing really well right now, though one could definitely continue to hold. At first it was all about the nose: cassis, a touch of raspberry, saddle, slight sweat, note of pepper—a gamey note behind a wall of fruit Opens in the mouth, a little tannic and tight, then really pretty, velvety mouthfeel nice sweet tannins on the finish. Distinctive depth of flavor with some surprising red fruit notes, really lovely--not as towering as some Pauillacs from other years, but a true treat.

Speaking of Paulliac that 1989 Lynch-Bages, post #76, as many know is an amazing wine when on.
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#97 Post by Todd F r e n c h » March 18th, 2020, 3:58 pm

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Open that precious bottle tonight and join the Zoom video offline!
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#98 Post by Brian S t o t t e r » March 18th, 2020, 6:01 pm

Just opened mine to give it some air before the offline, 2007 Valdicava BdM Madonna del Piano
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#99 Post by ykwon » March 18th, 2020, 8:02 pm

Jonathan Sirot wrote:
March 14th, 2020, 1:26 am
I am thinking that out of my decent sized collection, due to the scary uncertainty of CoronaVirus and that the enire world has come to a standstill, will open a unicorn wine that I was fortunate enough, to have snagged at Troquet's summer sale. There was only a bottle or two at retail a few years back, and I am pretty doubtful I will ever find it again.
To avoid further suspense, the wine was a 1974 Ingleneook, The wine was so youthful whwn we had it at a small oflline that it floored me. I have a sole bottle and am praying that it has been treated well, but I have no idea what this particular bottle will taste like. If it sucks, we move on to a serious Champagne, probably an 08 Dom, or 08 Cristal, as they are both stunning wines. The Dom in particular shows amazingly well for such a young wine. Fortunately I bought several btls, and will age a few, for a dozen or more years, when I cannot even imagine how good they will be.
Jonathan - instead of posting about your precious bottles how about if you pay the people back that you stiffed on commerce corner?
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#100 Post by JDavisRoby » March 18th, 2020, 8:22 pm

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
March 16th, 2020, 5:48 pm
Julian Marshall wrote:
March 16th, 2020, 9:25 am
Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
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It precious in the sense of rare or costly, but precious indeed to us traditionalists!
So how was your "precious one" (Gollum voice!)? The cork and the colour looked ok so I'm guessing it was a good one!
Gollum indeed!

Reticent even after some decanting, got better as the night ended with my 3rd glass, and now 24 hours later, really excellent. Amazing how BAMA takes so much air to come alive. Love the florals, dried red fruits and acid on this wine. Refreshing, quaffable. Not at levels of 2000, 1996, 1995, but damn fine in its own right Your style, my British friend! (91 pts.)
How does one get some BAMA?
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