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by Julian Marshall
January 16th, 2021, 7:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Progress of 2010 Bordeaux
Replies: 14
Views: 1289

Re: Progress of 2010 Bordeaux

No RBs for me at all in 2010! I've enjoyed a lot of CBs over the last few years, though some I have been slightly disappointed by recently. The best recent one was Fonréaud, very fresh for the vintage. Rollan de By was good, too. Cambon La Pelouse - hopefully will improve but chunky and monolithic L...
by Julian Marshall
January 15th, 2021, 4:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Desmirail and Siran - Margaux - 2005
Replies: 5
Views: 284

Re: Desmirail and Siran - Margaux - 2005

Cheers Steen - the citrus notes are weird, I agree - I've encountered them several times now, the last of which was the Pedesclaux 05 I had a few weeks ago. It seems to be a characteristic of the vintage, but which I think will disappear with time, as the decanting showed.
by Julian Marshall
January 15th, 2021, 1:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Desmirail and Siran - Margaux - 2005
Replies: 5
Views: 284

Desmirail and Siran - Margaux - 2005

At last, signs that the 05s may be coming out to play - not before time! I tried these two together out of curiosity since they cost the same at release (22€). Both were decanted for four hours, which in fact was not nearly enough - and they were much better the second night. Château Siran - Margaux...
by Julian Marshall
January 15th, 2021, 12:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12660
Views: 506744

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

And now for something completely different ! Kayra Buzbag Rezerv Oküzgözü Bogazkere 2008 (Turkey) https://us.v-cdn.net/5020913/uploads/editor/a4/tlf5apwbsz3r.jpg I discovered this in a corner of my cellar and opened it, since it was bottle collection day and I wanted to fill the container before it ...
by Julian Marshall
January 14th, 2021, 7:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Ch. Peybonhomme Les Tours
Replies: 10
Views: 414

Re: TN: 2009 Ch. Peybonhomme Les Tours

Tried the 2015 a couple of months ago after having tasted the 2005, 06 and 07 some years ago. All these vintages were very good to outstanding. The recently tasted 2015 was certainly no exception flirtysmile . The Vignobles Huberts even began following me on instagram, possibly after seeing my revi...
by Julian Marshall
January 14th, 2021, 7:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Ch. Peybonhomme Les Tours
Replies: 10
Views: 414

Re: TN: 2009 Ch. Peybonhomme Les Tours

I’ve never tried it but as I was reading this, this month’s copy of La Revue des Vins de France opened on the page where this domain’s 2018 got a good write up and 91 pts! It’s biodynamic and sounds quite good in fact! No doubt it could be....but whatever happened pre or post bottling to the wine I...
by Julian Marshall
January 13th, 2021, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Ch. Peybonhomme Les Tours
Replies: 10
Views: 414

Re: TN: 2009 Ch. Peybonhomme Les Tours

I’ve never tried it but as I was reading this, this month’s copy of La Revue des Vins de France opened on the page where this domain’s 2018 got a good write up and 91 pts! It’s biodynamic and sounds quite good in fact!
by Julian Marshall
January 13th, 2021, 12:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1998 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion
Replies: 10
Views: 529

Re: TN: 1998 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion

Sounds good for a Monday night wine!
by Julian Marshall
January 7th, 2021, 8:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines with damaged labels...should they sell for a discount?
Replies: 36
Views: 1675

Re: Wines with damaged labels...should they sell for a discount?

I actually am happy to see older bottles with signs of mold, etc. on the label. Suggests to me the potential for having been stored properly. Absolutely - if the level is good and the label is damaged by damp, it's an excellent sign. Some of my best buys have been wines like that, precisely because...
by Julian Marshall
January 7th, 2021, 3:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What will the future's mature wines be like?
Replies: 16
Views: 1214

Re: What will the future's mature wines be like?

Actually, the Bordeaux 1982 example is a good one. Many people correlated early accessibility with a short life, which is not at all what happened. Unlike subsequent vintages, I think it was nature's accident rather than Man's design - which probably accounts for a lot. Looking at more recent ripe B...
by Julian Marshall
January 7th, 2021, 12:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 La Grange Neuve de Figeac, Saint-Emilion n/k/a Petite Figeac
Replies: 1
Views: 343

Re: TN: 2000 La Grange Neuve de Figeac, Saint-Emilion n/k/a Petite Figeac

January has always struck me as an odd time to go dry, since it's such a horrible time of the year - now in high summer, I can understand! But I always admire those that do. Sounds like a great way of easing back into the saddle! I've never tried this wine - oh well, another on the shopping list! Ho...
by Julian Marshall
January 6th, 2021, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How would we rate 1982 Bordeaux if they were released today?
Replies: 102
Views: 4392

Re: How would we rate 1982 Bordeaux if they were released today?

The comparisons of 2016 and 1982 seem weird to me. 2016 seems like a very good vintage but not a historic one. How many people would confidently say that the 2016s stand head and shoulders above 2009, 2010, 2015, 2018, and 2019? To say nothing of 2000 and 2005. As I understand it 1982 was just &quo...
by Julian Marshall
January 5th, 2021, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How would we rate 1982 Bordeaux if they were released today?
Replies: 102
Views: 4392

Re: How would we rate 1982 Bordeaux if they were released today?

I forgot - as a fan of GL 82, wouldn’t you agree it’s the best ever?
by Julian Marshall
January 5th, 2021, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How would we rate 1982 Bordeaux if they were released today?
Replies: 102
Views: 4392

Re: How would we rate 1982 Bordeaux if they were released today?

As for the wines, I think they differ from the modern vintages in two major respects, alcohol and acidity. Alcohol was by comparison low, most wines hovering around the 13 degrees though a little bit higher on the Right Bank. Second the wines were balanced, the acidity clear if a little lower than ...
by Julian Marshall
January 5th, 2021, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How would we rate 1982 Bordeaux if they were released today?
Replies: 102
Views: 4392

Re: How would we rate 1982 Bordeaux if they were released today?

I couldn't agree more, Howard, and you didn't even need to buy them EP (although it was a good idea to have done so). I remember strolling into my local supermarket in early 1985 and buying things like L-Barton, Pichon Baron and Montrose for 100 francs a bottle, so around 15€ in today's money. Crazy...
by Julian Marshall
January 5th, 2021, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cantemerle
Replies: 31
Views: 1819

Re: Cantemerle

I quite agree about older Cantemerles, which were marvellous - and I'm delighted to read that the legendary 89 is still going strong! But I'm not so sure about more recent ones. The youngest I've tried was the 09, which was enjoyable, but not as good as Citran 09 at half the price. The style swings ...
by Julian Marshall
January 5th, 2021, 6:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How would we rate 1982 Bordeaux if they were released today?
Replies: 102
Views: 4392

Re: How would we rate 1982 Bordeaux if they were released today?

As for 1982s to buy today, the only wine I know of which I can recommend without hesitation would be, as Maureen said, Gruaud Larose. I finished the last one last year and it was almost as good as the first. IMO Gruaud has never come close to repeating that level of quality since and in 1982, it co...
by Julian Marshall
January 5th, 2021, 12:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How would we rate 1982 Bordeaux if they were released today?
Replies: 102
Views: 4392

Re: How would we rate 1982 Bordeaux if they were released today?

As for the wines, I think they differ from the modern vintages in two major respects, alcohol and acidity. Alcohol was by comparison low, most wines hovering around the 13 degrees though a little bit higher on the Right Bank. Second the wines were balanced, the acidity clear if a little lower than ...
by Julian Marshall
January 5th, 2021, 12:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Château Montus Madiran (France, Southwest France, Madiran)
Replies: 24
Views: 989

Re: TN: 1996 Château Montus Madiran (France, Southwest France, Madiran)

I had a bottle of Bouscassé Vieilles Vignes 2000 a couple of days ago which was excellent. Madirans are not really my type of wine nowadays and I haven't bought any for several years, but the Bouscassé was a great example of one - intense flavours of forest fruits, quite spicy, a big wine but well b...
by Julian Marshall
January 4th, 2021, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How would we rate 1982 Bordeaux if they were released today?
Replies: 102
Views: 4392

Re: How would we rate 1982 Bordeaux if they were released today?

Happy New Year Mark! That's an excellent question. 1982 was the vintage of discovery of Bordeaux for me. It was readily available in shops in France and not expensive, although I was not to realise just how cheap it was until much later. I'm sure that you, like me, can still remember what the wines ...
by Julian Marshall
January 2nd, 2021, 5:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN Bel Air Marquis d’Aligre ‘71
Replies: 5
Views: 358

Re: TN Bel Air Marquis d’Aligre ‘71

Sounds (and looks) great, Arjan - lucky you! Which other vintages did you find? 1975 in Magnum in a great condition for €60 was a very lucky find. For the rest I’ve got quite a few ‘95 and younger. I hope this domaine stays under the radar for a long time! A magnum of 75 for 60€ is indeed a lucky f...
by Julian Marshall
January 2nd, 2021, 3:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN Bel Air Marquis d’Aligre ‘71
Replies: 5
Views: 358

Re: TN Bel Air Marquis d’Aligre ‘71

Sounds (and looks) great, Arjan - lucky you! Which other vintages did you find?
by Julian Marshall
January 2nd, 2021, 3:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are you opening for NYE 2021?
Replies: 109
Views: 3595

Re: What are you opening for NYE 2021?

The gods of wine were kind to us at NYE. We enjoyed the following: Laurent-Perrier Brut NV: surprisingly good, full of lemony flavours and very elegant Pepière Les Gras Moutons 2019 + Clisson 2017 - Muscadets: the former was very fresh and richer than the Briords 2019, but we had enjoyed that one mo...
by Julian Marshall
December 28th, 2020, 6:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 487
Views: 27556

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

Sounds excellent - lucky you, Elliot! I was even more lackadaisical than you and have completely given up on the idea of ever buying any, unfortunately.
by Julian Marshall
December 24th, 2020, 3:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 487
Views: 27556

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

Something old, something new: Clos de L'Echo - Couly-Dutheil - Chinon - 1990 Very fresh, vibrant aromas of dark cherry and raspberry, fresh spring flowers too, with a hint of nutmeg. The attack is bright, crisp, full of cherry, raspberry and blueberry, before a second section moving more into blackc...
by Julian Marshall
December 22nd, 2020, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pedesclaux 05, Lafon-Rochet 04 and Haut-Bages Libéral 09 vs Les Mémoires 2012
Replies: 6
Views: 387

Re: Pedesclaux 05, Lafon-Rochet 04 and Haut-Bages Libéral 09 vs Les Mémoires 2012

and just a few years ago, it would never occurred to me that a Loire red could perform so well - which considering that 2012 is not a particularly good vintage, was even more impressive. My second favorite Brit has finally coming around! [wow.gif] [wow.gif] Partly thanks to you, Grand Master! Well,...
by Julian Marshall
December 22nd, 2020, 2:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pedesclaux 05, Lafon-Rochet 04 and Haut-Bages Libéral 09 vs Les Mémoires 2012
Replies: 6
Views: 387

Re: Pedesclaux 05, Lafon-Rochet 04 and Haut-Bages Libéral 09 vs Les Mémoires 2012

2005 was the Pedesclaux that beat the Ist Growths in a Decanter panel tasting, if I remember well. It's hard to see why today, but it's still a nice wine. If you're lucky enough to come across a good bottle, 2000 can be surprisingly good, even better than the 05 in fact. But with any Pedesclaux befo...
by Julian Marshall
December 21st, 2020, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Chateau Magdelaine, and some personal thoughts on when to drink this classic Chateau
Replies: 17
Views: 1082

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

Thanks Jayson, I had missed that thread last year for some reason and it answers my question perfectly. I suppose at some point someone will see the huge gap in the market and start producing wines like that again. One of the tragic things about this is that they decided to dump Magdelaine just as ...
by Julian Marshall
December 21st, 2020, 8:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Chateau Magdelaine, and some personal thoughts on when to drink this classic Chateau
Replies: 17
Views: 1082

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

Thanks Jayson, I had missed that thread last year for some reason and it answers my question perfectly. I suppose at some point someone will see the huge gap in the market and start producing wines like that again.
by Julian Marshall
December 21st, 2020, 7:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pedesclaux 05, Lafon-Rochet 04 and Haut-Bages Libéral 09 vs Les Mémoires 2012
Replies: 6
Views: 387

Pedesclaux 05, Lafon-Rochet 04 and Haut-Bages Libéral 09 vs Les Mémoires 2012

To cheer us all up during lockdown N°47, or however many there have been so far, I've been delving into some mid-table Bordeaux CCs. I kept a glass of each back to try with a remaining glass of Les Mémoires (Roches-Neuves Saumur-C) and it proved to be a really interesting experiment - well, for us, ...
by Julian Marshall
December 21st, 2020, 7:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Chateau Magdelaine, and some personal thoughts on when to drink this classic Chateau
Replies: 17
Views: 1082

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

Thanks Mark - the trouble with Robert is that he has got Levet on the brain - there I was scratching my head wondering who on earth Levet was, now I see he has edited it and it's Jeff Leve after all!
by Julian Marshall
December 21st, 2020, 6:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Chateau Magdelaine, and some personal thoughts on when to drink this classic Chateau
Replies: 17
Views: 1082

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

Thanks - I've never tried Corbin-Michotte - sounds good. I remember there was a polemic when it lost its CC status in 2012 - probably a badge of honour!
by Julian Marshall
December 21st, 2020, 12:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Chateau Magdelaine, and some personal thoughts on when to drink this classic Chateau
Replies: 17
Views: 1082

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

I am afraid we will not see St Ems like this anymore. Great ramblings, Robert! I've been hunting down a few Magdelaines recently thanks to your rec. It's not that I didn't know it before, but it had rather gone under my radar - also, it's fair to say that in my salad days I didn't appreciate the su...
by Julian Marshall
December 19th, 2020, 2:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Thierry Germain Domaine des Roches Neuves Les Memoires, Saumur Champigny - Not Rougeard
Replies: 44
Views: 2780

Re: TN: 2012 Thierry Germain Domaine des Roches Neuves Les Memoires, Saumur Champigny - Not Rougeard

I had opened a first bottle in the middle stages of Covid, which showed me how much my taste had gone - it was totally featureless. So I finally plucked up the courage to open another last night - and really enjoyed it. Markus - that description of the nose is spot-on! Nothing to add whatsoever. As ...
by Julian Marshall
December 17th, 2020, 2:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Haut Bages Liberal
Replies: 5
Views: 578

Re: TN: 2005 Haut Bages Liberal

If you are/were lucky to come across a good bottle of 1990, you'll be amazed at how good it is, the problem being that there are a lot of bad ones. I was very lucky to have a whole case of excellent ones which for a time seriously challenged Lynch-Bages. But generally, I agree that the 80s and 90s w...
by Julian Marshall
December 15th, 2020, 8:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 487
Views: 27556

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

Julian—sounds like you were pretty taken with the Singuliere. Any info on the site where the vines are located? It’s not so easy to find here, unfortunately. From what I can tell from their website, it's like a super cuvée made from vines in the oldest parts of the domain. Yields are supposed to be...
by Julian Marshall
December 14th, 2020, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 487
Views: 27556

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

I've never met Robert, but I'm sure he wouldn't mind being the Fonz of the board - he'll have to change his avatar! This thread is getting on for a year old soon, so I was wondering if the original "classification" shouldn't be revised a little, if people's ideas have changed. I've been ch...
by Julian Marshall
December 12th, 2020, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ferrière and Bel Air Marquis d'Aligre 2000
Replies: 18
Views: 1022

Re: Ferrière and Bel Air Marquis d'Aligre 2000

Glad you liked it, Robert - I had a feeling you would! I just picked up some Magdelaine 2000 following your recent rec. I'll try one over Christmas.
by Julian Marshall
December 9th, 2020, 8:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Is Bordeaux 2000 still going strong?
Replies: 96
Views: 4914

Re: TN: Is Bordeaux 2000 still going strong?

Great notes, Otto, thanks for posting. Some I have, others I haven't got, but interesting to see which ones showed well and which didn't. The Poujeaux and the Chasse-Spleen caught my eye, especially the Poujeaux because I didn't think much of it in the past. Also, the Pez sounds like one to track do...
by Julian Marshall
December 6th, 2020, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1st taste after Covid
Replies: 22
Views: 1918

Re: 1st taste after Covid

Sorry to hear that, Mark - your trajectory sounds very similar to my own, although I never went to hospital. I got it a month ago too - just returning to normal now. I've been happily tucking into some of my guilty secrets made by Rolland or Derenoncourt, with similar results - they actually taste ...
by Julian Marshall
December 6th, 2020, 4:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1st taste after Covid
Replies: 22
Views: 1918

Re: 1st taste after Covid

Sorry to hear that, Mark - your trajectory sounds very similar to my own, although I never went to hospital. I got it a month ago too - just returning to normal now. I've been happily tucking into some of my guilty secrets made by Rolland or Derenoncourt, with similar results - they actually taste q...
by Julian Marshall
December 6th, 2020, 4:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you could go back in time and collect one Bordeaux wine consistently over the years...?
Replies: 105
Views: 6318

Re: If you could go back in time and collect one Bordeaux wine consistently over the years...?

It really depends on what sort of Bordeaux you like, but if I had to choose a few stalwarts which seldom disappoint, it would be: Léoville-Barton Sociando Mallet - try the 01, 04 and 08 among recent vintages - excellent value Giscours - but not from the 90s Bel Air Marquis d'Aligre Lagrange Gruaud L...
by Julian Marshall
December 3rd, 2020, 11:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 487
Views: 27556

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

I haven't tried the 2016 yet and I haven't seen the 2017, but basically I would tread carefully. I was quite impressed by the 2014, which is a return to a more normal, classic style, but I'm just going to buy one of each and try them before getting any more.
by Julian Marshall
December 3rd, 2020, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 487
Views: 27556

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

Domaine des Roches Neuves is an estate which I regularly drink and where the green notes are more limited (note: I am drinking 15 and 16). It's a highly regarded estate, that's also mentioned in this thread, so you may want to look into that to confirm whether to your tastes, there are less green p...
by Julian Marshall
December 3rd, 2020, 2:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 487
Views: 27556

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

Elliot - thanks for the note - I haven't tried any of mine yet - sounds excellent. I agree that Jacky Blot deserves to go up a rung, maybe two. His wines are not necessarily for Loire purists but they are really good. Mike - I would say that Roches-Neuves is definitely less green in any vintage. I h...
by Julian Marshall
November 28th, 2020, 1:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ch Beychevelle 1975
Replies: 9
Views: 560

Re: Ch Beychevelle 1975

Sounds wonderful, Kelly - I've never actually had a good 75 so I'm extremely jealous!
by Julian Marshall
November 27th, 2020, 6:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("a little thunder of volatility in the tannins")
Replies: 1392
Views: 66417

Re: It's critic bingo! ("Taught With Tension")

I always thought "Lift" was about Miran Kegl's helicopter?
by Julian Marshall
November 21st, 2020, 11:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My 55th with Some Great Friends and Killer Wines
Replies: 87
Views: 4003

Re: My 55th with Some Great Friends and Killer Wines

Happy 55th Robert, what a great occasion - fine wines, fine friends - and a bottle of Pavie to boot! Well done you for having such a fun evening in these troubled times! I shall raise a glass to your good health later.
by Julian Marshall
November 21st, 2020, 4:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: God, I wish critics would stick to wines and not burden us with their musical preferences.
Replies: 91
Views: 4148

Re: God, I wish critics would stick to wines and not burden us with their musical preferences.

Dissent and discussion are great - I suspect that unlike Parker, who would have thrown a tantrum, Neal would probably take any comments without taking offence - so why do you not simply post them on the Vinous Your Say forum, so he can actually read them and react?! I've never seen him post here, so...
by Julian Marshall
November 20th, 2020, 8:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cheapest Loire Cab Franc you could enjoy?
Replies: 30
Views: 1531

Re: Cheapest Loire Can Franc you could enjoy?

Having looked them up on Wine Searcher, these ones:

Domaine des Hauts de Sanziers - Saumur (or Saumur-Champigny) - $8.43 + tax

Château Coudray-Montpensier - Chinon - $11.70 + tax

Both are wines I buy for daily drinking, costing 4 or 5 euros, but in good vintages offering real value for money.

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