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#1 Post by Rob Michaels » July 6th, 2017, 3:46 pm

While shopping for a few items at Trader Joe's (Orlando, FL) this afternoon, where I don't normally look for wine, a few Bordeaux wines caught my eye. It had me thinking, if any of these were truly good deals (most don't seem to be), could you trust Trader Joe's to have treated the wine correctly? Has it been in the back of a very hot truck? Has it been sitting upright for years and years? Where has it been stored for the past 5-10 years? Here are the wines they had with their prices:
2009 Ch. Cantenac Brown (Margaux)- $69.99
2006 Ch. Giscours (Margaux)- $59.99
2011 Ch. Grand Puy Lacoste (Paullac)- $57.99
2010 Ch. Talbot (St. Julien)- $67.99

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#2 Post by Todd F r e n c h » July 6th, 2017, 4:32 pm

I'd definitely worry about storage - have you seen the back room in most Trader Joe's? It's definitely 'room temperature' or hotter...and who knows where they got those back vintages. Pass, for me.
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#3 Post by Craig G » July 6th, 2017, 9:17 pm

One thing right off the top: You can buy 2012 GPL for $50. The 2011 has no business anywhere at a higher price.
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#4 Post by andy velebil » July 15th, 2017, 11:56 am

TJ is a major wine player in the States. They buy from reputable distributors. Never had a cooked or off bottle (other than TCA which they replaced) from them. I'd buy one try it and if you like it go buy more.
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#5 Post by Dennis S l i n g e r l a n d » July 17th, 2017, 3:41 pm

I've had the same experience. A few bottles with TCA and they happily replaced. If you start with small amounts you should be safe, that being said, their stores can certainly get on the warmer side in the summertime.

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#6 Post by Kris Patten » October 1st, 2017, 10:16 am

We help TJs in WA with wines like this, and I can tell you from Bordeaux to TJs they are treated like any fine wine....if one store has a hot back room then that is a store by store basis. These older vintages came in direct from BDX in the last few months, so prices are in line with what you have to pay for older vintages direct these days.
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#7 Post by Kris Patten » October 1st, 2017, 10:40 am

Craig G wrote:One thing right off the top: You can buy 2012 GPL for $50. The 2011 has no business anywhere at a higher price.
Correction. You can buy 2012 at $50 from shops who have had the wine since 2015 delivery. No 2012 from Chateau or direct from BDX is close to $50 today. As long as you trust that retailer then $50 is great.
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