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by Neal.Mollen
October 26th, 2020, 3:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Test your knowledge of Burgundy - Fun
Replies: 7
Views: 464

Re: Test your knowledge of Burgundy - Fun

I might be able to get a passing grade on one for bdx. Maybe. No chance with burg.
by Neal.Mollen
October 25th, 2020, 2:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: B21 Wine in FL - Major Disappointment, Ending my 25+ Year Relationship with Them
Replies: 66
Views: 4796

Re: B21 Wine in FL - Major Disappointment, Ending my 25+ Year Relationship with Them

Damn Robert, I know this was one of your go-to shops. I even bought a few things there on your recommendation. Well, all things come to an end I suppose
by Neal.Mollen
October 25th, 2020, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1566
Views: 104514

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

2006 Billecart-Salmon Champagne Cuvée Nicolas-Francois Billecart - Loved by all This cuvée is SO under-rated. Haven't had the 06 but not surprised. We had the 2007 Gosset Champagne Celebris Rosé Extra Brut last night and to be honest I was underwhelmed. It was good, no doubt, and we enjoyed it, but...
by Neal.Mollen
October 24th, 2020, 9:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When do you return wines to a retailer?
Replies: 26
Views: 1252

Re: When do you return wines to a retailer?

Can't remember the last time I did or even thought about it.
by Neal.Mollen
October 24th, 2020, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12445
Views: 482067

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Pontet Canet - Pauillac 2004 Quite a rich, smoky nose so I decanted it for four hours, after which it showed the cigar box and cassis notes I was expecting. A tight, rich and concentrated attack of cassis and blueberry, with notes of cranberry. And that was it. Quite thick, not much of a finish. De...
by Neal.Mollen
October 22nd, 2020, 4:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYT: How Income Inequality Has Erased Your Chance to Drink the Great Wines
Replies: 67
Views: 3790

Re: NYT: How Income Inequality Has Erased Your Chance to Drink the Great Wines

c fu wrote:
October 22nd, 2020, 1:29 pm
Whether you're middle class, upper middle class, upper class you're going to buy the best you can afford typically.

Gotta disagree on this. I could "afford" more expensive wines than I buy but choose not to. Law of diminishing returns and all that
by Neal.Mollen
October 22nd, 2020, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'll take "Pinot vs Pauillac" for $2000, Alex
Replies: 20
Views: 1318

Re: I'll take "Pinot vs Pauillac" for $2000, Alex

I spotted another error right there in the article.... "Mcnally added, ‘The trouble was, it was me who was down $2,000, not the bank.’" Yeah, he serves wine at his cost. [rofl.gif] $525 a bottle on Wine searcher, so his price likely more favorable than that. _ So, he collected 2,018 dollars of the ...
by Neal.Mollen
October 22nd, 2020, 2:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'll take "Pinot vs Pauillac" for $2000, Alex
Replies: 20
Views: 1318

Re: I'll take "Pinot vs Pauillac" for $2000, Alex

Hope everyone managed to have a laugh about it.
by Neal.Mollen
October 22nd, 2020, 6:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Red Wine Pairing when White is Best
Replies: 57
Views: 1643

Re: Red Wine Pairing when White is Best

Thank you everyone for the suggestions! I was originally thinking Burg, but I do have a Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose champagne I can bring that might pair well based on everyones recommendations. Perhaps I'll open that with dinner and bring a nice cab for after dinner. Rose champagne is your answer. ...
by Neal.Mollen
October 22nd, 2020, 6:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Archetype Wines for $150-350/bottle (drinking well now)
Replies: 48
Views: 1905

Re: Archetype Wines for $150-350/bottle (drinking well now)

Sh@n A wrote:
October 22nd, 2020, 6:33 am
I am thinking my Barolo recommendations are weakish
I'm not knowledgeable enough to weigh in, but when I first read your list, my instant reaction was "2006 Monprivato is 'ready to drink?'" I know if I had a bottle in my cellar it would be marked for 2026 at the earliest
by Neal.Mollen
October 22nd, 2020, 6:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?
Replies: 265
Views: 15505

Re: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?

Is everyone waiting on this really going to skip Comtes from now on and purchase more Dom or Cristal? Or what else? Not everyone but at <$200 there is a lot of other Champagne out there, Cedric Bouchard, Bereche, Ulysse Collin, Prevost, Marguet, etc. I have never been a "buy it every year" guy, so ...
by Neal.Mollen
October 21st, 2020, 2:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1813
Views: 115163

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Envoyer did not crush the 2008 Taittinger. It just patted its little head.
by Neal.Mollen
October 21st, 2020, 2:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would you order?
Replies: 24
Views: 1442

Re: What would you order?

Does it also apply to half bottles? If it does the Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé would be reasonably attractive. It isn't very exciting/off-the-beaten-path but this looks like the way to go. There are precious few sub-$100 bottles to begin win, most of them are 3d labels or generic wines (a $25 Faivel...
by Neal.Mollen
October 21st, 2020, 1:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?
Replies: 265
Views: 15505

Re: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?

Steve L Gellman wrote:
October 21st, 2020, 1:10 pm
08 Dom is selling for under $130 can’t see spending $190
lowest realistic price for me now is $150.
by Neal.Mollen
October 21st, 2020, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: BM's famous brisket gathering
Replies: 20
Views: 1421

Re: TN: BM's famous brisket gathering

R M Kriete wrote:
October 21st, 2020, 7:00 am
[wink.gif] Screw the wines, I need a Brisket tasting note [wink.gif]
was thinking the same
by Neal.Mollen
October 21st, 2020, 8:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?
Replies: 265
Views: 15505

Re: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?

If you were waiting for envoyer to offer a better price . . . oh well. $189
by Neal.Mollen
October 18th, 2020, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Searcher Pro
Replies: 4
Views: 584

Re: Wine Searcher Pro

The web version doesn't remember anything. Well, it seems to select US as a default, but I have to deselect auctions every time.
by Neal.Mollen
October 17th, 2020, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne?
Replies: 32
Views: 1458

Re: Champagne?

Mattstolz wrote:
October 17th, 2020, 10:31 am
in that price range, you absolutely cannot go wrong with Bouchard. they are beautiful wines and the prices are still reasonable. my favorite champagne ive ever had was a Ruinart BdB vintage and those can still eek into that range if you find the right shop
Huge fan of the Ruinart too
by Neal.Mollen
October 17th, 2020, 1:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Disappointing Boozy Lunch: 2003 Saint Estephe
Replies: 50
Views: 2805

Re: A Disappointing Boozy Lunch: 2003 Saint Estephe

We had the 03 Calon Segur. Tasted like . . . bdx. Lovely wine. Not extraordinary but not a caricature either. Very much enjoyed it.
by Neal.Mollen
October 17th, 2020, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fait-Main absurdly high shipping rates
Replies: 26
Views: 1731

Re: Fait-Main absurdly high shipping rates

Seems very high even for overnight. Likely a mistake as others have noted
by Neal.Mollen
October 17th, 2020, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: B-day: LP Grand Siecle, '06 Tait Comte mag, Rennaisance Cab, '16 VHR, '59 Rivesaltes, more
Replies: 1
Views: 308

Re: B-day: LP Grand Siecle, '06 Tait Comte mag, Rennaisance Cab, '16 VHR, '59 Rivesaltes, more

Deck looks awesome! What a view!

I've only had the Grand Siècle a few times, and I honestly dont know why I haven't sought it out more because it was gorgeous each time. Thanks for the notes
by Neal.Mollen
October 16th, 2020, 2:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne?
Replies: 32
Views: 1458

Re: Champagne?

JBrochu wrote:
October 16th, 2020, 2:49 pm
I really enjoy Lanson Noble Cuvee at around $90-$100 for stuff with 20 years of age on it.
Agree. Beautiful wine
by Neal.Mollen
October 16th, 2020, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne?
Replies: 32
Views: 1458

Re: Champagne?

Champagne is a tough one for me because I love it and its also often out of my price range. I've found a decent bottle of bubbles in the $20 range for less than special occasions, but would like to buy a 2-3 bottles per year in the $100-150 range. One to hold for 10-20 years and one or two to drink...
by Neal.Mollen
October 16th, 2020, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 59744

Re: #GlassFire

by Neal.Mollen
October 16th, 2020, 2:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 59744

Re: #GlassFire

No way that decision could have remained in place. Wonder why it was denied in the first place.
by Neal.Mollen
October 16th, 2020, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 59744

Re: #GlassFire

by Neal.Mollen
October 15th, 2020, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about wine storage
Replies: 18
Views: 1518

Re: Question about wine storage

Nothing in the OP would give me the slightest concern. There was an article long since lost to the web about Ch Margaux' (or was it Mouton's) passive cellar which regularly got into the low 60s, and had bottles well back into the 19th century. In your position, I'd fill my cooler to capacity with my...
by Neal.Mollen
October 14th, 2020, 1:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXX
Replies: 10
Views: 878

Re: A Few Recent Tastes XXX

Great notes; thanks for posting! BTW, I am absolutely stealing "peanut shell stank." It might be the name of my next band.
by Neal.Mollen
October 14th, 2020, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: what to choose from the winelist...
Replies: 15
Views: 1582

Re: what to choose from the winelist...

William Kelley wrote:
October 12th, 2020, 10:49 am
Sean S y d n e y wrote:
October 12th, 2020, 10:26 am
Probably the LMHB.
Big +1 (from someone who lives and works in Burgundy)
Jumped out at me too
by Neal.Mollen
October 14th, 2020, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Value plays in St. Julien...
Replies: 35
Views: 1608

Re: Value plays in St. Julien...

I should caveat my statement about Beychevelle. I think the closest comp for Beychevelle in terms of quality in the appellation is Leoville Poyferre. Though they are very different stylisticallly. Looking back, I see that 2019 futures for Beychevelle are priced at $71 versus $68 for LP. On that bas...
by Neal.Mollen
October 14th, 2020, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Value plays in St. Julien...
Replies: 35
Views: 1608

Re: Value plays in St. Julien...

My go to for St Julien has always been Leoville Barton and Leoville Poyferre. I've always found them to show well and reliable. Not sure about pricing now, but they have definitely always been below Ducr and LLC. Leo B is a supreme value, if not a "value" wine. Leo Poy was long one of my very favor...
by Neal.Mollen
October 14th, 2020, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Value plays in St. Julien...
Replies: 35
Views: 1608

Re: Value plays in St. Julien...

Most of my faves have been mentioned. Lagrange, both Bartons, B-Ducru, and Gloria come to mind (although the last of those has become a bit more overtly fruity recently). Beychevelle can be really good, but it is no longer anything like a value play, as Paul says. Bought a bunch of the '16 Lagrange ...
by Neal.Mollen
October 13th, 2020, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.
Replies: 801
Views: 42170

Re: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.

Krug 168! Finally snagged one champagne.gif https://www.wineaccess.com/catalog/krug-grande-cuvee-168eme-edition-champagne_70afd430-f294-46f9-985a-5baa212cddb5/ http://share.wineaccess.com/v/joe_28 I got a $100 credit for spending over $1k, so an additional bottle of the Krug is headed my way for $9...
by Neal.Mollen
October 13th, 2020, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.
Replies: 801
Views: 42170

Re: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.

Krug 168! Finally snagged one champagne.gif https://www.wineaccess.com/catalog/krug-grande-cuvee-168eme-edition-champagne_70afd430-f294-46f9-985a-5baa212cddb5/ http://share.wineaccess.com/v/joe_28 I got a $100 credit for spending over $1k, so an additional bottle of the Krug is headed my way for $9...
by Neal.Mollen
October 12th, 2020, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lazy decanting method.
Replies: 25
Views: 1424

Re: Lazy decanting method.

Yes. That's what I am doing. I will be bringing 3 bottles of wine to share for everyone. But i dont have 3 decanters at home and wondering if i could just decant the lazy way. Decant the first bottle into the decanter. Rinse the bottle. Pour the wine back into the bottle. Rinse and repeat with 2nd ...
by Neal.Mollen
October 12th, 2020, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lazy decanting method.
Replies: 25
Views: 1424

Re: Lazy decanting method.

DavidChang wrote:
October 12th, 2020, 8:28 am
So I have to head to a friend's house for dinner and i dont want to drink his Charles Shaw or Bota Box.

Can I just pop the wine cork, leave it open for 2-3 hours and recork before heading over? have anyone done this with poor success?
You absolutely can do this.
by Neal.Mollen
October 12th, 2020, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1566
Views: 104514

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

we had the Veuve 2008 rosè last night and it underperformed prior bottles. Just did not have the life and depth of flavor prior bottles offered. Maybe just in a bad spot right now
by Neal.Mollen
October 9th, 2020, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aack! Shipment notices have started
Replies: 41
Views: 1673

Re: Aack! Shipment notices have started

I refuse to count what I have coming. A few more weeks of ignorant bliss. But it is WAY too early to schedule shipping from the west coast for me. Not paying overnight, and temps along the way are still in the 90s. Mid-90s in LA this week, eg. But your post reminds me that I have to contact a few NY...
by Neal.Mollen
October 8th, 2020, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worth buying? 2015 La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion
Replies: 22
Views: 962

Re: Worth buying? 2015 La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion

The problem I pointed out with the '12 Chapelle wasn't what it lacked; it was what it had in excess, which was pretty much everything. It was not a lesser imitation of the grand vin; it was Monbousquet. Maybe a lesser version of Monbousquet. Alcohol, wood, heat, jammy fruit . . . just a clownish wine.
by Neal.Mollen
October 8th, 2020, 5:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker and purchase tracking question
Replies: 18
Views: 884

Re: CellarTracker and purchase tracking question

I try and allocate correctly. Happens sometimes with auction mixed lots where the difference can be considerable. Isn't there also the issue (if you care) that allocating wrong (or taking coupons into account) can do weird things to the cellartracker valuation? Serious question: what do you use tha...
by Neal.Mollen
October 8th, 2020, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker and purchase tracking question
Replies: 18
Views: 884

Re: CellarTracker and purchase tracking question

I try and allocate correctly. Happens sometimes with auction mixed lots where the difference can be considerable. Isn't there also the issue (if you care) that allocating wrong (or taking coupons into account) can do weird things to the cellartracker valuation? Serious question: what do you use tha...
by Neal.Mollen
October 8th, 2020, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker and purchase tracking question
Replies: 18
Views: 884

Re: CellarTracker and purchase tracking question

I can only be so neurotic I accept no such limitations. On the wine, however, I really don't care. In the final analysis, what difference does it make? I'm just going to drink the wine at which point what I paid for it is kinda irrelevant. I mean, I log the info but can't really remember using it (...
by Neal.Mollen
October 8th, 2020, 7:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: HappyDay
Replies: 2
Views: 327

Re: HappyDay

LOL. Not sure I have ever had a Dunn HM I thought was actually ready
by Neal.Mollen
October 7th, 2020, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worth buying? 2015 La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion
Replies: 22
Views: 962

Re: Worth buying? 2015 La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion

I've been trying to find second wines worth buying. A local store has a couple of these at what appears to be good pricing relative to market. Is the La Chapelle de LMHB one of the better second wines? I'm awfully tempted, but have never tried any vintage of this bottling. I've read the CT reviews ...
by Neal.Mollen
October 7th, 2020, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.
Replies: 801
Views: 42170

Re: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.

Vince L. wrote:
October 7th, 2020, 1:08 pm
Krug Grande Cuvée 168ème is back.

https://www.wineaccess.com/catalog/krug ... a212cddb5/

My Referral code is below. I stacked mine w/the $30 off $100.

http://share.wineaccess.com/v/vincent_7
Shoot. Not on east coast
by Neal.Mollen
October 5th, 2020, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Montrose/Dame
Replies: 18
Views: 880

Re: Montrose/Dame

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
October 5th, 2020, 8:04 am
Neal.Mollen wrote:
October 5th, 2020, 7:56 am
Thanks for the note. I just bought a shitload of the 2015 Dame in 375s. I am hoping they evolve a little faster than the grand vin
You are too old, should sell half of those to your younger mentee.
Bruh, I PM'd you about them. You failed to heed to advice of your older, wiser mentor.
by Neal.Mollen
October 5th, 2020, 7:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Montrose/Dame
Replies: 18
Views: 880

Re: Montrose/Dame

Thanks for the note. I just bought a shitload of the 2015 Dame in 375s. I am hoping they evolve a little faster than the grand vin
by Neal.Mollen
October 4th, 2020, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 02` Krug, 08` Philipponnat CdG, 10` Jobard Charmes, 90` Jabot Gev-Cham, 03` BV Georges, 01` Dalla Valle
Replies: 18
Views: 581

Re: 02` Krug, 08` Philipponnat CdG, 10` Jobard Charmes, 90` Jabot Gev-Cham, 03` BV Georges, 01` Dalla Valle

I have one bottle of vintage Krug, am unlikely to buy another, but it appears as though the 02 is a good one to have. Thanks for the note Neal, our dinner group has surprisingly had lots of less than good vintage Krug over the last few years and I've kind of shied away from acquiring more and have ...
by Neal.Mollen
October 4th, 2020, 7:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.
Replies: 801
Views: 42170

Re: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.

Got an email last night informing me that I have a $100 credit coming for having spent $1000. I had no idea. How do these folks earn money?!? They have nothing that really interests me ATM, but that will change soon enough.

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