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by Craig G
January 15th, 2021, 9:40 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: American CdP
Replies: 13
Views: 231

Re: American CdP

Tablas Creek is co-owned by the family that owns Chateau de Beaucastel. Their blends are all Rhone blends and their top cuvee, Espirit de Tablas is "modeled consciously on the Chateau de Beaucastel" (their website) wines, which are CdPs. Esprit is good but I think En Gobelet may be better...
by Craig G
January 15th, 2021, 9:09 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: American CdP
Replies: 13
Views: 231

Re: American CdP

Tablas Creek is co-owned by the family that owns Chateau de Beaucastel. Their blends are all Rhone blends and their top cuvee, Espirit de Tablas is "modeled consciously on the Chateau de Beaucastel" (their website) wines, which are CdPs. Esprit is good but I think En Gobelet may be better...
by Craig G
January 15th, 2021, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine de Trévallon Rouge & Blanc
Replies: 13
Views: 417

Re: Domaine de Trévallon Rouge & Blanc

Thanks, Stas! I’ve collected Trévallon since the late 80’s and still have a few bottles from that decade including a 1985. I have a bunch of vintages of the red but strangely none of those you had. I tried the 2017 just a few days ago. It’s very young and I thought it was showing a lot of Syrah char...
by Craig G
January 12th, 2021, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 01 Beaucastel
Replies: 28
Views: 1185

Re: TN: 01 Beaucastel

What is the best window for most beaucastels? Is it best drunk young or does the 10+ year tertiary magic worth the wait? It’s worth it, though many vintages drink really well young. The 89 and 90 have been great in recent years, and I recently had an 85 that I expected might be tiring, and it was e...
by Craig G
January 12th, 2021, 2:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Gérard Mugneret Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots
Replies: 2
Views: 203

Re: TN: 1996 Gérard Mugneret Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots

I haven’t come across a bottle of the Suchots but their Echezeaux and Boudots from 1996 have been really nice.
by Craig G
January 11th, 2021, 8:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel
Replies: 14
Views: 783

Re: TN: 2016 Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel

Yup, and this year was gorgeous for Beaucastel. Are there vintages that were particularly good for Beaucastel? Years where they were noted to have outperformed the region? So beyond just the best years generally, instances where they just got it all right and they had the wine of the vintage? And I...
by Craig G
January 10th, 2021, 8:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel
Replies: 14
Views: 783

Re: TN: 2016 Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel

I've had Coudelets up to age 10 through 20 and its pretty amazing how well they keep. Seems almost like a sneak peak at only age 5.... K&L had some 1988s sometime last year for about current release price and a friend and I bought several. They’ve been quite good. I wouldn’t necessarily recomme...
by Craig G
January 7th, 2021, 8:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1975 Château Montrose (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe)
Replies: 10
Views: 760

Re: TN: 1975 Château Montrose (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe)

UGH! I have two I've been waiting to open. Thanks (sort of). :) Hey, if Brian opened one of the corked bottles, you have a better chance, right? :-) My brother bought a bottle of this wine in the early 90’s with the intent of trying it when it was 60 years old. I need to check if he’s still on that...
by Craig G
January 6th, 2021, 7:39 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner Feedback
Topic: Nick Gangas - A+ Perfect
Replies: 2
Views: 244

Re: Nick Gangas - A+ Perfect

Bump. Nick offers great wines and is great to work with.
by Craig G
January 6th, 2021, 6:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cantemerle
Replies: 31
Views: 1814

Re: Cantemerle

1996 is excellent. I also thought it was quite tasty, but my final bottle last year was not quite as good as others. I believe it's at the tail-end of its plateau. Do you think otherwise? Regards, Peter I haven’t had it in a few years. I’ll have to pull another bottle to try. If it’s declining, I w...
by Craig G
January 5th, 2021, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll - off vintages in Bordeaux
Replies: 61
Views: 2461

Re: Poll - off vintages in Bordeaux

Sorry, but I don’t agree. Lesser vintages reach maturity quicker, than more age worthy years. But better wines always drink better. The best wines drink well throughout their entire life. They are great young, mid-term and at maturity. Maybe this is a matter of personal taste but I don’t think it m...
by Craig G
January 5th, 2021, 7:03 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Simple / Savory main to pair with aged Sauternes?
Replies: 12
Views: 559

Re: Simple / Savory main to pair with aged Sauternes?

LMD Ermitaño wrote: January 5th, 2021, 7:01 am Pan-seared foie gras.
Read the instructions!

neener
by Craig G
January 5th, 2021, 7:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cantemerle
Replies: 31
Views: 1814

Re: Cantemerle

1996 is excellent.
by Craig G
January 4th, 2021, 7:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long can you go till you buy wine in 2021?
Replies: 184
Views: 6581

Re: How long can you go till you buy wine in 2021?

I’m out. I had a company service award that I converted to debit cards and then to K&L gift cards since they don’t expire, but my willpower expired and I bought a couple of expensive bottles to drink soon.
by Craig G
January 3rd, 2021, 11:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Point of Vieux...
Replies: 22
Views: 1275

Re: TN: Point of Vieux...

Marshall Manning wrote: January 3rd, 2021, 9:13 am
James Billy wrote: January 3rd, 2021, 3:14 am Very Holmesque title!
Not to take anything away from Jeremy, but I've been posting TN puns and annoyances (according to some) since the old AOL wine boards back in 1994.
James may have to eat Crau now...
by Craig G
January 3rd, 2021, 12:25 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Comparing vintages of the same wine
Replies: 4
Views: 322

Re: Comparing vintages of the same wine

When the wines are quite young, I don’t feel the tannin usually stands in the way of evaluating the flavors and aromas of the wines. It could get tricky when the wines start to shut down. For example if you taste recent release Bordeaux or Burgundy from 2018 back to say 2014, you’re probably going t...
by Craig G
January 3rd, 2021, 12:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1972 Xavier Vignon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Xavier Cuvée 1972
Replies: 9
Views: 557

Re: TN: 1972 Xavier Vignon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Xavier Cuvée 1972

I’m not sure if his current release 2001 is from the same source, but I had a bottle a few weeks ago and it’s quite good.
by Craig G
January 2nd, 2021, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you want to try in 2021????
Replies: 100
Views: 3438

Re: What do you want to try in 2021????

I have a 2001 horizontal of Rayas, Pignan and Ch. des Tours Vacqueyras that I’ve wanted to share with friends for some time. Hopefully this year.
by Craig G
December 31st, 2020, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll - off vintages in Bordeaux
Replies: 61
Views: 2461

Re: Poll - off vintages in Bordeaux

I chose none of them. These are basically middle-tier vintages, except for 66 and 75 which I believe were considered first-tier vintages at the time. In the 80’s I would say the first tier was 82, 85, 86 and 89; second tier 81, 83, 88, and bottom tier 80, 84 and 87. In the 90’s first tier was 90, 95...
by Craig G
December 30th, 2020, 8:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me understand Thierry Allemand Cornas Reynard
Replies: 60
Views: 4115

Re: Help me understand Thierry Allemand Cornas Reynard

It's the only northern Rhone producer other than Chave and Verset where I've had a laugh-out-loud wine epiphany sort of experience, and Chave has charged that and more on release for many years. Chave on release is still under $300. But I’m not sure the prices you see for Allemand reflect any norma...
by Craig G
December 28th, 2020, 11:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Grand Puy Lacoste
Replies: 9
Views: 808

Re: TN: 1995 Grand Puy Lacoste

Thanks, Tom, You and I seem to have similar cellars--and taste!--so it's nice to know that this one is in the zone. BTW, I find '95's rather variable, but some are certainly satisfying. Does the controversy extend beyond that? This could have been written about 1995: Bordeaux: They are neither gene...
by Craig G
December 28th, 2020, 11:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Grand Puy Lacoste
Replies: 9
Views: 808

Re: TN: 1995 Grand Puy Lacoste

I’ve been fortunate to have this wine four times in the past few years, once from my cellar and the others courtesy of two friends (one of whom I had talked into buying it!). All four have shown really well. It has some of the hardness of 95 but plenty of fruit and complexity. I have five bottles le...
by Craig G
December 28th, 2020, 3:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is wine cellar diversity all it is cracked up to be
Replies: 147
Views: 5689

Re: Is wine cellar diversity all it is cracked up to be

This has really elevated taking offense to a fine art. I mean, taking offense to an entire thread by starting a new thread about it, and then pre-emptively taking offense to the anticipated replies... it’s masterful stuff.
by Craig G
December 26th, 2020, 7:59 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: How often do you know the wine?
Replies: 24
Views: 1012

Re: How often do you know the wine?

If you spend a lot of time here, you’ll probably come to recognize a pretty good percentage of the wines mentioned. Off the top of my head, there are probably around 100 Bordeaux wines that make up a very large portion of Bordeaux mentions (and if you took the top 200 or 250, probably almost all men...
by Craig G
December 26th, 2020, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Leroy Savignys
Replies: 43
Views: 2560

Re: Leroy Savignys

Bill Sweeney wrote: December 26th, 2020, 4:58 am Is that price for a case? Seems insane for a single bottle.
Welcome to Lalou-Land.
by Craig G
December 25th, 2020, 10:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Christmas wine?
Replies: 95
Views: 4003

Re: Your Christmas wine?

We had 1994 Haut Brion with cheesesteaks. Started with Michel Arnould Grande Cuvee Champagne.
by Craig G
December 25th, 2020, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Embrace your cellar diversity
Replies: 114
Views: 4770

Re: Embrace your cellar diversity

My cellar is very diverse. I have wines from all over France.
by Craig G
December 22nd, 2020, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best value elite Bordeaux?
Replies: 60
Views: 4426

Re: Best value elite Bordeaux?

K. Tr@n wrote: December 22nd, 2020, 11:14 amWhen is the last time you taste a great bottle of champagne for $50?
Yesterday?
by Craig G
December 22nd, 2020, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting advice: 1989 Lynch Bages
Replies: 10
Views: 1230

Re: Decanting advice: 1989 Lynch Bages

It’s a powerful and tannic wine though I’ve always found it to drink well, even when it was relatively young. I don’t expect you can hurt it with a long decant but I like the suggestion of opening early and tasting to decide on decanting early or later.
by Craig G
December 20th, 2020, 9:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Chateau Magdelaine, and some personal thoughts on when to drink this classic Chateau
Replies: 17
Views: 1080

Re: TN: 2005 Chateau Magdelaine, and some personal thoughts on when to drink this classic Chateau

I didn’t have Magdelaine on my “okay to buy” list but I must admit I caved and bought a mixed case of six vintages recently, including this 2005. The only one I had before was the 1992 which Tom and I had discussed in another thread.
by Craig G
December 20th, 2020, 9:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best value elite Bordeaux?
Replies: 60
Views: 4426

Re: Best value elite Bordeaux?

I think super seconds or their equivalent in right bank wines are probably the right bet. First growths in weak vintages can be very good, but the starting price is usually more like $350-400 and I don’t think they’re worth it unless you really want a first growth. For example in the last few years ...
by Craig G
December 20th, 2020, 5:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Leroy, Ramonet, Krug, Boisson-Vadot
Replies: 26
Views: 1539

Re: TN: Leroy, Ramonet, Krug, Boisson-Vadot

Jeremy Holmes wrote: December 20th, 2020, 3:56 pm Nice work Alex.
As Francois would say, no pschitt.
by Craig G
December 18th, 2020, 7:23 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Got a Hankering for a Wurst sampler?
Replies: 20
Views: 935

Re: Got a Hankering for a Wurst sampler?

Jay Miller wrote: December 18th, 2020, 7:10 am
Craig G wrote: December 17th, 2020, 9:57 pm I need to make better chaurices of which threads to involve myself in. Sometimes you can’t andouille what you’ve done.
Ouch! May I be frank with you? That reply does not cut the mustard.
Merguez is that you don’t cervelat of these delicacies yourself. Otherwise you wouldn’t post such baloney.
by Craig G
December 17th, 2020, 9:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Got a Hankering for a Wurst sampler?
Replies: 20
Views: 935

Re: Got a Hankering for a Wurst sampler?

I need to make better chaurices of which threads to involve myself in. Sometimes you can’t andouille what you’ve done.
by Craig G
December 17th, 2020, 4:33 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Got a Hankering for a Wurst sampler?
Replies: 20
Views: 935

Re: Got a Hankering for a Wurst sampler?

Brandon R wrote: December 17th, 2020, 4:09 pm
Betty C wrote: December 17th, 2020, 3:27 pm
Brandon R wrote: December 17th, 2020, 2:56 pm So you're looking for the Best Wurst?
Wurst reply ever.
Don't be so saur(kraut).
You just had to be a brat, didn’t you?
by Craig G
December 17th, 2020, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '78 Magdelaine and '79 La Dominique
Replies: 11
Views: 586

Re: '78 Magdelaine and '79 La Dominique

Jay Miller wrote: December 17th, 2020, 10:31 am
Jayson Cohen wrote: December 17th, 2020, 8:37 am Ugh. Hopefully TCA didn’t affect that whole tranche, or you, Alfert, and I are screwed. Between the three of us, I think we bought most of those bottles.
I thought he said he had been outbid? I might be misremembering.
Not to worry. If it’s corked he’ll mistake it for Chinon.
by Craig G
December 15th, 2020, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vins Rare wine shop
Replies: 118
Views: 7460

Re: Vins Rare wine shop

Had you continued to pursue this issue privately, I am absolutely sure it would have be settled eventually to your satisfaction. So how long does he have to wait and how many attempts does he have to make? I guess 3 weeks with multiple attempts for a $25 bottle isn't it, so I'm curious what the thr...
by Craig G
December 13th, 2020, 10:37 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: I have become the Wine Nazi!
Replies: 14
Views: 5192

Re: I have become the Wine Nazi!

by Craig G
December 13th, 2020, 9:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12655
Views: 506164

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Had to Pobega this for my first 2018 white Burgundy experience. Very pleased with the QPR 2018 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Bourgogne Blanc Hautes-Côtes de Beaune 'Au Bout du Monde' Better drunk cold-ish; florals, lemon/lime, and a lovely creamy texture; all held in tension by acidity that is just... ad...
by Craig G
December 13th, 2020, 9:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you rather...
Replies: 17
Views: 1314

Re: Would you rather...

Kris Patten wrote: December 13th, 2020, 4:45 pmSheesh, I didn't even think to look at WSPro....at 1 for $300 or 3 for $300 can I vote for option 3, neither?
The seller might be Lafon all the way to the bank?
by Craig G
December 13th, 2020, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Is Bordeaux 2000 still going strong?
Replies: 96
Views: 4907

Re: TN: Is Bordeaux 2000 still going strong?

Haha, so true. So I wonder, Otto, is DORK an acronym, initialism or abbreviation for something occuring here? I'm sure some smartypants could at least make DORK into a witty backronym! [rofl.gif] F*ck. I had to google that. And you’re not even ‘Murican. [snort.gif] It’s a recursive backronym for “D...
by Craig G
December 10th, 2020, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Is Bordeaux 2000 still going strong?
Replies: 96
Views: 4907

Re: TN: Is Bordeaux 2000 still going strong?

I’m imagining a bunch of old guys in the 1950’s arguing that the last classic vintage was sometime in the 30’s, what with those grotesque wines made in ‘45, ‘47 and ‘49.
by Craig G
December 10th, 2020, 7:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Is Bordeaux 2000 still going strong?
Replies: 96
Views: 4907

Re: TN: Is Bordeaux 2000 still going strong?

Keith Levenberg wrote: December 10th, 2020, 6:33 pm
Jonathan Loesberg wrote: December 10th, 2020, 1:29 pm Well Keith's correction of the abbreviation would still stand. He just committed a common sin of those who act the Mrs. Grundy with others, making errors while trying to be impressive by correcting the errors of others.
No error. An intentional colloquialism.
“I meant to do that.”
by Craig G
December 10th, 2020, 7:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Full Pull
Replies: 10
Views: 1844

Re: Full Pull

2014 Chateau Latour a Pomerol for $60 today. Supposedly a 45% discount. This a good deal? Bordeaux is an area of my cellar I’m looking to add some depth. Not 45% (Zachy’s has it for $80) but it does seem like a real deal for that wine and certainly worth trying. I would recommend reading what Jeff ...
by Craig G
December 10th, 2020, 5:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Is Bordeaux 2000 still going strong?
Replies: 96
Views: 4907

Re: TN: Is Bordeaux 2000 still going strong?

I’ve been sitting on all my 2000s but did open two in the past year. Pontet Canet was quite young but fairly open. It was a good showing. La Conseillante was surprisingly backward and not very showy. I had the 2005 several months before and it was equally structured but much more expressive and enjo...
by Craig G
December 9th, 2020, 7:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sparkling Wine Planning December through February
Replies: 15
Views: 1080

Re: Sparkling Wine Planning December through February

In the $100 range the wines I’ve enjoyed and cellared the most have been Ulysse Collin’s, but unfortunately I think they have moved past the $100 point now.
by Craig G
December 9th, 2020, 7:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sparkling Wine Planning December through February
Replies: 15
Views: 1080

Re: Sparkling Wine Planning December through February

Hi Beth, I've enjoyed a good deal of champagne in that price range recently. This should all be pretty find-able. Pierre Paillard makes gorgeous wine at steal prices -- 'Les Parcelles' or 'Les Motellettes' are two solid cuvees. Agrapart's entry bottling '7 Crus' is very special. Michel Arnould Verz...
by Craig G
December 9th, 2020, 6:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pierre Usseglio Mon Aieul fake 2016's ?
Replies: 26
Views: 1215

Re: Pierre Usseglio Mon Aieul fake 2016's ?

Since Mon Aieul is one of my least favorite wines, I’d consider it an upgrade if it was fake!
by Craig G
December 8th, 2020, 4:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine Matrot Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières
Replies: 7
Views: 630

Re: TN: 2015 Domaine Matrot Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières

“Buy two, get one free of premox.”

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