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by Rauno E (NZ)
August 7th, 2020, 9:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which DRC to try
Replies: 62
Views: 3404

Re: Which DRC to try

2000s should be great value: better performance than the vintage reputation, lovely wines.
by Rauno E (NZ)
August 6th, 2020, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great Wines with Friends During Covid and Riots
Replies: 8
Views: 876

Re: Great Wines with Friends During Covid and Riots

Nicely done :)!

... but how was the food?!
by Rauno E (NZ)
August 5th, 2020, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Increased corkage post-COVID?
Replies: 179
Views: 5236

Re: Increased corkage post-COVID?

Dinesh - welcome to the cycle ;)! You missed the words "most of the types" rather than "every". Of course, what I think IS relevant is that such a statement never really required a limitation to ethnic cuisine, as it actually applies to the industry as a whole. I'm going to side with the guy who has...
by Rauno E (NZ)
August 5th, 2020, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chardonnay - why so hard to pair with food?
Replies: 50
Views: 1814

Re: Chardonnay - why so hard to pair with food?

Aged white Burgundy (not at fridge temp!) with great Comte is about as "simple" and fantastic a match as you can get.
by Rauno E (NZ)
August 5th, 2020, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Increased corkage post-COVID?
Replies: 179
Views: 5236

Re: Increased corkage post-COVID?

Wow Andrew. You know, some people would be a little bit introspective at this point. Yeah, maybe I could have phrased that better. Oh dear, yes I did come across as a tosser. Ooops, this isn't even the first time that's happened to me, hmm. But instead you double down and attack Greg. Classy. If you...
by Rauno E (NZ)
August 5th, 2020, 2:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Increased corkage post-COVID?
Replies: 179
Views: 5236

Re: Increased corkage post-COVID?

Andrew, your initial post didn’t come across as you seeing it as a two way street. It came across as a one way street: you wanting and expecting a discount because restaurants should feel lucky to have a customer at this time. Perhaps not what you meant, but it helps explain some of the responses. I...
by Rauno E (NZ)
August 4th, 2020, 10:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chardonnay - why so hard to pair with food?
Replies: 50
Views: 1814

Re: Chardonnay - why so hard to pair with food?

I struggle to relate to the question, as I am either weird or lucky enough to have no matching problems. Chardonnay comes in a massive range of styles, and even within "white burgundy" that is the case. Nearly all will work fabulously with simple roasted chicken or grilled fish. Meursault with butte...
by Rauno E (NZ)
July 28th, 2020, 6:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Egon Muller pricing
Replies: 54
Views: 3696

Re: Egon Muller pricing

Andrew - FWIW I'm a pretty easy grader on top Rieslings generally (I like a lot, a lot). If you're looking for a countervailing voice, I would say: No, EM is not worth the extra premium. Rob is quite right with the Burgundy comparison, but for me (unlike with white burgundy) I find a lot of suitable...
by Rauno E (NZ)
July 28th, 2020, 3:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nice dinner for a milestone birthday.
Replies: 10
Views: 1239

Re: Nice dinner for a milestone birthday.

Great wines, and happy birthday. Was the Leflaive BBM under DIAM? Interesting it had tca then!
by Rauno E (NZ)
July 23rd, 2020, 7:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Etienne Sauzet Montrachet
Replies: 19
Views: 1200

Re: Etienne Sauzet Montrachet

Personally, I've found the Batard a little uneven in terms of excitement levels. There are vintages where I feel the Combettes is the better wine (e.g. '06 and '07). I've only had the BBM twice and it's been brilliant. The Chevalier is also very good, but at the prices I've seen I'm unconvinced, and...
by Rauno E (NZ)
July 23rd, 2020, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has KLWM Lost Their Collective Minds?
Replies: 146
Views: 8344

Re: Has KLWM Lost Their Collective Minds?

Yacobov, those points have been made multiple times in this thread. My conclusion stands. Our societies tend to favour ability to pay as a means of allocating. I wouldn’t “like” it in your position either. Your response to Jon came across a bit judgy. Let’s see if they sell out or have to put these ...
by Rauno E (NZ)
July 22nd, 2020, 8:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has KLWM Lost Their Collective Minds?
Replies: 146
Views: 8344

Re: Has KLWM Lost Their Collective Minds?

Funny that people are so down on Jon's comment. We accept market pricing, based on supply and demand, all suckers and skeptics included, for nearly everything else we buy. But then when it's wine, we all want our special discount from what some wealthy fool might be willing to pay. Because we're spe...
by Rauno E (NZ)
July 22nd, 2020, 4:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The World's finest Chardonnay is from ...
Replies: 105
Views: 4265

Re: The World's finest Chardonnay is from ...

Mel - there are certainly great examples from NZ, but I wouldn't put any of them into a "world's best" category. Neudorf Moutere is probably the most consistent and comparable to GC depth, power and complexity. Kumeu has made some excellent wines, perhaps less consistent. Opinions are split about wh...
by Rauno E (NZ)
July 21st, 2020, 5:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The World's Finest Pinot is from . . .
Replies: 41
Views: 2482

Re: The World's Finest Pinot is from . . .

As with several of these "world's finest" questions, imho I feel that few people can really speak with a high degree of authority, as doing so requires (in my view) that you have enjoyed dozens of bottles of DRC, Leroy, Roumier and other unicorns, as well as sufficient breadth from all sorts of othe...
by Rauno E (NZ)
July 20th, 2020, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The World's finest Chardonnay is from ...
Replies: 105
Views: 4265

Re: The World's finest Chardonnay is from ...

From Montrachet. More specifically, I would probably punt for Ramonet as others have done - but then I've had far fewer top wines from Lafon, DRC, Coche Dury and D'Auvenay. As an aside, great to see William mention Guffens in the list, and as I have posted on other threads, LEAS deserves a very high...
by Rauno E (NZ)
July 20th, 2020, 6:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The world's finest Grenache is from ...
Replies: 163
Views: 5762

Re: The world's finest Grenache is from ...

Firstly, I reckon that Rayas and d'Yquem are probably unique in how consistent the consensus / overwhelming the majority that these are the pinnacles of their respective grape varieties / styles. I would think there would be much more diverse opinions on Merlot or Chardonnay or Cabernet. What I've r...
by Rauno E (NZ)
July 18th, 2020, 11:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The world's finest Grenache is from ...
Replies: 163
Views: 5762

Re: The world's finest Grenache is from ...

Just to provide a different view: not Rayas for my taste. Hasn’t wowed me texturally when I’ve tried it, and flavour profile is ok. Alvaro Palacios l’Ermita from the late 90s / early 00s have been my favourite. Ridiculous pricing now, of course, makes Rayas look cheap :)! Given I dislike Grenache ge...
by Rauno E (NZ)
July 17th, 2020, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has KLWM Lost Their Collective Minds?
Replies: 146
Views: 8344

Re: Has KLWM Lost Their Collective Minds?

Well, if you're struggling to shell out $60,000 for a nice case (after case discount) I guess it's time to admit you just can't AFFORD Coche Corton Charlemagne ;)!!
by Rauno E (NZ)
July 17th, 2020, 10:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the deepest vertical in your cellar?
Replies: 164
Views: 4909

Re: What is the deepest vertical in your cellar?

Joe Belmaati (sp?) put on the Montrachet horizontal for 1999 I think. He really had to work hard to get even two bottles of each!
by Rauno E (NZ)
July 16th, 2020, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots
Replies: 23
Views: 1036

Re: TN: 2006 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots

FWIW, I get what David is describing re 2006s. It's helped me correctly identify the vintage blind on many occasions (ok, not really, maybe 2/10 ;))
by Rauno E (NZ)
July 16th, 2020, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the deepest vertical in your cellar?
Replies: 164
Views: 4909

Re: What is the deepest vertical in your cellar?

Jamet Cote Rotie (15+)
Carillon Bienvenue Batard Montrachet (12)
by Rauno E (NZ)
July 10th, 2020, 4:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Burgundy villages do you have the most wine from?
Replies: 51
Views: 2053

Re: What Burgundy villages do you have the most wine from?

Puligny Montrachet by some margin
Gevrey Chambertin for red
by Rauno E (NZ)
July 9th, 2020, 5:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Domaine Bouard-Bonnefoy Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Blanchots Dessus
Replies: 3
Views: 176

Re: TN: 2007 Domaine Bouard-Bonnefoy Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Blanchots Dessus

Bouard Bonnefoy also has a piece of En Remilly 1er cru in Chassagne. Abutting GCs seems to be a theme. I have no idea what happened with the Blanchot Dessus parcel, and haven't come across that wine. Glad to see this has held up well!
by Rauno E (NZ)
July 8th, 2020, 6:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Giaconda Chardonnay 2008
Replies: 21
Views: 894

Re: TN: Giaconda Chardonnay 2008

Tim - you're spot on about DMS, though I'm quite tolerant. In general, some of the best NZ producers have learned to handle it - i.e. I've seen clear improvement since screwcaps were first adopted. One of the other things I noticed though on my sole noughties trial of LEAS: the wine had aged very di...
by Rauno E (NZ)
July 8th, 2020, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Giaconda Chardonnay 2008
Replies: 21
Views: 894

Re: TN: Giaconda Chardonnay 2008

Your mistake, Kent, was trying to drink the noughties vintages ALREADY ;)! Just joking of course, and frankly I cannot have a relevant opinion on LEAS since the 1999 as I have only had one bottle from the noughties. I'm hoping the style hasn't shifted too much, particularly re ageability.
by Rauno E (NZ)
July 8th, 2020, 2:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Giaconda Chardonnay 2008
Replies: 21
Views: 894

Re: TN: Giaconda Chardonnay 2008

Tim - have you consistently aged LEAS to 20 years? I find it's too boisterous young (fruit, oak) but quite unparalleled once it's aged, and not polarising at all. Served blind, I've had people consistently picking the Cote de Beaune. One of the most consistent, best value, and highest quality aged C...
by Rauno E (NZ)
July 6th, 2020, 10:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Giaconda Chardonnay 2008
Replies: 21
Views: 894

Re: TN: Giaconda Chardonnay 2008

This was under cork. I've enjoyed '02, '04 and '05 in recent times - while these are all more exotic than the 90s, say, the '08 was just taking the mickey. At least this bottle. Jeremy - I'm sure you've had far more than me, but my favourites from the 90s were '94 and '98 IIRC, so it just goes to sh...
by Rauno E (NZ)
July 6th, 2020, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Giaconda Chardonnay 2008
Replies: 21
Views: 894

Re: TN: Giaconda Chardonnay 2008

I wish it had been oxidised (or corked, or something) because then I could be optimistic for the other bottles I have. This came across as a pristine bottle. I might just see if another 5 years makes it better.
by Rauno E (NZ)
July 5th, 2020, 11:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best 2018 Vintage for LONG term cellaring?
Replies: 56
Views: 2354

Re: Best 2018 Vintage for LONG term cellaring?

My advice would be to go with Bordeaux, German Riesling and Barolo / Barbaresco. Absolutely, there will be great wines from many other regions already mentioned - but it's trickier to find and buy the right ones. Why? Well, I infer from you asking and being a first time poster that you're not alread...
by Rauno E (NZ)
July 5th, 2020, 11:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Giaconda Chardonnay 2008
Replies: 21
Views: 894

TN: Giaconda Chardonnay 2008

I haven't posted a TN for a while, so I thought I would (as a Public Safety Announcement) with this one because it is just quite ... interesting. Tried to enjoy this three nights in a row with food that would / could work - ham off the bone, salmon, chicken. I like Giaconda. I've enjoyed many of the...
by Rauno E (NZ)
July 5th, 2020, 8:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed
Replies: 116
Views: 5979

Re: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed

2003 Rhones. I can't think of any other combination of vintage hype for a specific region when the wines turned out soooo terrible.
by Rauno E (NZ)
July 4th, 2020, 5:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A pair of 2017 Pulignys
Replies: 8
Views: 741

Re: TN: A pair of 2017 Pulignys

That’s a great grab, Ilkka. The referts is the best version of that vineyard made by anyone (imho) and tiny production. Ages magnificently. His best 1er, though others would put the Perrieres up there too.
by Rauno E (NZ)
June 26th, 2020, 11:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How was 62 for DRC?
Replies: 22
Views: 1008

Re: How was 62 for DRC?

LOL if those are indeed real DRCs then I bet buying them and flogging them off at auction (bought direct from retailer, one owner since) will yield a very handy arbitrage :)!
by Rauno E (NZ)
June 26th, 2020, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Have you received your DRC Allocation?
Replies: 151
Views: 11506

Re: Have you received your DRC Allocation?

Backup the truck! Wait, that is in HKD, right ;)?
by Rauno E (NZ)
June 25th, 2020, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your most consumed wine?
Replies: 54
Views: 2006

Re: What's your most consumed wine?

Carillon (spanning Louis and Jacques) as producer

Carillon puligny montrachet as wine, across all vintages
by Rauno E (NZ)
June 24th, 2020, 7:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lets play...I HAVE NEVER...
Replies: 131
Views: 4273

Re: Lets play...I HAVE NEVER...

This all seems very one-sided. I'm going to have to drink an awful lot. If people keep posting, I shall have to open a fourth bottle!
by Rauno E (NZ)
June 23rd, 2020, 4:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Have you received your DRC Allocation?
Replies: 151
Views: 11506

Re: Have you received your DRC Allocation?

Michael - it would certainly seem strange to me if you can backfill 15/16 cheaper than "new" 17 allocations. The only reason to buy the offered 17s would then be to maintain your spot for being offered 18s and 19s!
by Rauno E (NZ)
June 21st, 2020, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhône white wines
Replies: 36
Views: 1229

Re: Rhône white wines

IMHO the string of recent good vintages, climate change and technological improvements probably mean there is more good+ quality white rhone available than in the past. Personally, I really like (some) white rhones but that is based on a number of favourites rather than any conscious effort to taste...
by Rauno E (NZ)
June 19th, 2020, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2003 Marc Colins et Fils Montrachet
Replies: 8
Views: 421

Re: TN: 2003 Marc Colins et Fils Montrachet

Paul: Dauvissat Clos. Not typical, but a pretty extraordinary wine. FWIW, I can’t think of one from the cdb but probably haven’t tried enough
by Rauno E (NZ)
June 18th, 2020, 7:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Chartron Chevalier-Montrachet "Clos des Chevaliers"
Replies: 3
Views: 270

Re: TN: 2012 Chartron Chevalier-Montrachet "Clos des Chevaliers"

Thanks for the note. Sounds like a '12 that will continue to age quite gracefully. This Chevalier is now one of the top notch ones being made, imho.
by Rauno E (NZ)
June 18th, 2020, 6:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 999
Views: 58463

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

I think Jeff is relatively thick-skinned compared to other critics, and I would echo you Dinesh - really appreciate not only his site but very insightful participation here. Now that I've buttered up, questions for you Jeff ;)! - Do you think the Pichons are in "best ever" territory? That's the impr...
by Rauno E (NZ)
June 18th, 2020, 6:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2003 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)
Replies: 11
Views: 350

Re: TN: 2003 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)

Thanks for the notes. I've been wondering where all the White Bordeaux TNs are ;)! Seems like extended cellaring for these means rolling the dice a little. I have a bunch of recent releases (probably '14 on?). Could someone chime in with thoughts on drinkability at different ages and stages? In gene...
by Rauno E (NZ)
June 17th, 2020, 11:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Etienne Sauzet Montrachet
Replies: 19
Views: 1200

Re: Etienne Sauzet Montrachet

I was just trying to remember whose grapes they are, thanks Jasper!
by Rauno E (NZ)
June 17th, 2020, 9:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Etienne Sauzet Montrachet
Replies: 19
Views: 1200

Re: Etienne Sauzet Montrachet

I have personally had few premox problems with Sauzet since the '05s. Have not had a recent vintage Montrachet, but both '14 and '17 should be superb. It's typically a more exotic style (suitable for the vineyard) than Sauzet's other wines - like they're letting themselves go and having fun a bit :)...
by Rauno E (NZ)
June 17th, 2020, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: White Bordeaux and Premox
Replies: 28
Views: 1131

Re: White Bordeaux and Premox

Thanks Dale! That’s good info I didn’t realise. I would still expect to have come across more TNs here for those whites, but as this thread shows there are quite a few here who buy them and perhaps I have been inattentive. And helpful to be forewarned lest I get tempted by LMHB.
by Rauno E (NZ)
June 17th, 2020, 1:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: White Bordeaux and Premox
Replies: 28
Views: 1131

Re: White Bordeaux and Premox

Andy, but at the top the numbers are very, very different. There are hundreds of cases of LMHB Blanc and hundreds of bottles of many examples of grand cru white burgundy.
by Rauno E (NZ)
June 16th, 2020, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most disappointing 'great' wine you've ever had?
Replies: 164
Views: 5570

Re: Most disappointing 'great' wine you've ever had?

I'm not sure '89 Lafite was ever hyped as "great", but there's certainly a lot of examples of supposedly great vintage + first growth = dud. FWIW, all the '82 PLs I was lucky enough to taste were quite lovely. My nominations would be: - Chateau Grillet (just not a good or very interesting wine) - Eg...
by Rauno E (NZ)
June 14th, 2020, 2:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Domaine Laurent Roumier Bonnes Mares, Grand Cru
Replies: 5
Views: 395

Re: TN: 1999 Domaine Laurent Roumier Bonnes Mares, Grand Cru

Good to see a TN on Laurent - have come across this a few times on restaurant wine lists ("Roumier Bonnes Mares... $XXX") seeming like a great deal because it's "only" 2 x wholesale of Domaine George. Have always laughed and sent the bottle presented back to pick something else - I must be some kind...
by Rauno E (NZ)
June 14th, 2020, 2:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 || Keller || Coche-Dury
Replies: 4
Views: 411

Re: 2015 || Keller || Coche-Dury

Whoa! What are the chances those corks got mixed up ;)!!

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