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by Mark Golodetz
January 20th, 2020, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The repositioning of L’Evangile
Replies: 13
Views: 1096

Re: The repositioning of L’Evangile

For years, Cheval and Haut Brion lagged the other First growths. There was a concerted campaign to get them to the same level and pricing which worked well. The Dillons, however, were far less successful when they tried to do the same with La Mission red, but were far more successful rebranding and ...
by Mark Golodetz
January 20th, 2020, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The repositioning of L’Evangile
Replies: 13
Views: 1096

Re: The repositioning of L’Evangile

I guess I should give my reasoning behind the third tier comment. Petrus and Lafleur are first tier; VCC is on the fringe of first and top of the second. To that second tier I would add the Trotanoy and Le Pin; after that, I think there is a pretty large gap before the next tier which would include ...
by Mark Golodetz
January 20th, 2020, 7:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The repositioning of L’Evangile
Replies: 13
Views: 1096

The repositioning of L’Evangile

It seems that the owners have decided to raise the profile (and prices) of the chateau, targeting a doubling of the price in the next couple of years. I have heard this from a couple of UK merchants and an American distributor, so currently a rumor rather than anything more definitive. Not sure even...
by Mark Golodetz
January 19th, 2020, 4:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the last bottle in your cellar you’ll drink?
Replies: 53
Views: 1782

Re: What’s the last bottle in your cellar you’ll drink?

Purchased but yet to arrive. Magnums of 2018 Lafite.
by Mark Golodetz
January 17th, 2020, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2 DC Dinners - 21 Bottles of Gevrey-Chambertin
Replies: 9
Views: 1327

Re: 2 DC Dinners - 21 Bottles of Gevrey-Chambertin

1979 Domaine Trapet pere and fils Chambertin – This was a bomb bottle of burgundy. Probably my favority wine of the year. Effectively everything I want in an aged burgundy. Wish I could buy more Chambertins. 98 2005 Loius Boillot Gevrey Chambertin Les Evocelles . Nicely red fruited, lower (of integ...
by Mark Golodetz
January 16th, 2020, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need Help Deciding on Wine Storage Options at Home
Replies: 21
Views: 1040

Re: Need Help Deciding on Wine Storage Options at Home

A couple of thoughts 1. A friend used an AC unit in his basement for several years, and I was never impressed at how the wines matured. AC removes moisture so not surprisingly the older bottles had a problem of being dried out. Not all of them, but a significant percentage. 2. I use board member Chr...
by Mark Golodetz
January 15th, 2020, 7:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blason d'Issan 2009 vs Belle-Vue (H-Médoc) 2010
Replies: 13
Views: 463

Re: Blason d'Issan 2009 vs Belle-Vue (H-Médoc) 2010

I know Issan pretty well, having stayed there and done a number of verticals of both Blason and Issan. One of the better values of Bordeaux, and definitely made in a fairly traditional style. Since Emmanuel Cruse took over in the mid to late nineties, there have been very few missteps and many many ...
by Mark Golodetz
January 15th, 2020, 6:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy 2018, impressions from barrel
Replies: 125
Views: 8453

Re: Burgundy 2018, impressions from barrel

I heard from a couple of people whose palates I trust that the Rossignol Trapets showed well. I buy every year, so will be buying a six pack of the three Grand Crus.
by Mark Golodetz
January 12th, 2020, 7:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12546
Views: 605128

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

William Kelley wrote:
January 10th, 2020, 11:48 am

6x 1986 VCC
I have had several 1986 Pomerols and not found any that were as exciting as their equivalents in other vintages. Is VCC an exception?
by Mark Golodetz
January 7th, 2020, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Ultimate Backfill Thread
Replies: 62
Views: 3105

Re: The Ultimate Backfill Thread

I am only backfilling missing vintages for a couple of future verticals.
by Mark Golodetz
December 31st, 2019, 7:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.
Replies: 78
Views: 1718

Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.

Seems to be an almost universally held food no no; and I imagine I may lose friends over this.

But for me, the sweetness of the ketchup marries beautifully with the salt of the dog. All you need is a touch of mustard for perfection.
by Mark Golodetz
December 25th, 2019, 2:18 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Offline Curmudgeoning should not be contained to only NYC!
Replies: 24
Views: 1114

Re: Offline Curmudgeoning should not be contained to only NYC!

A long time ago, I posted on the Squires board with a headline on the lines of “ why I will not do any more off lines.” It was after a particularly difficult Volnay night with a set menu and a guaranteed number of diners, and we all ended up shelling extra for the no shows. So I sympathize with Jona...
by Mark Golodetz
December 25th, 2019, 8:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: In Memoriam: A Tribute to my best friend, Claudine Kargere
Replies: 52
Views: 2284

Re: In Memoriam: A Tribute to my best friend, Claudine Kargere

An exceptional tribute to a lifelong friend. Thank you Dan.
by Mark Golodetz
December 24th, 2019, 4:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looking for a new decanter
Replies: 47
Views: 2480

Re: Looking for a new decanter

For tastings I use basic Riedel. I can use a marker to identify the wines in large flights. For dinner parties, I have a dozen antique decanters, one or two from the eighteenth century. I like the thought of the ancient wines that were served from them before I bought them. But my favorite is Egbert...
by Mark Golodetz
December 22nd, 2019, 7:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TotalWine BDX Futures LIVE
Replies: 50
Views: 3896

Re: TotalWine BDX Futures LIVE

Yes, reliably informed that the Tariffs are not an act of God, so Total would be on the hook for it.
by Mark Golodetz
December 22nd, 2019, 6:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TotalWine BDX Futures LIVE
Replies: 50
Views: 3896

Re: TotalWine BDX Futures LIVE

They could certainly argue force majeure, which would allow them to cancel the contracts
by Mark Golodetz
December 21st, 2019, 2:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Costco $550 Belota Iberico
Replies: 64
Views: 4638

Re: Costco $550 Belota Iberico

A friend brought round some Costco Iberico. Very little ribbon fat, decent if chewy, good flavor. Lack of fat the real problem; half the flavor and much of the texture is lost.
by Mark Golodetz
December 21st, 2019, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TotalWine BDX Futures LIVE
Replies: 50
Views: 3896

Re: TotalWine BDX Futures LIVE

I think there is a clause there that allows them to charge extra for any duties. If not, they or their lawyers are negligent.
by Mark Golodetz
December 21st, 2019, 5:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TotalWine BDX Futures LIVE
Replies: 50
Views: 3896

Re: TotalWine BDX Futures LIVE

I agree they have to raise prices on futures; but less impressed by Total raising prices on current stock. Very short sighted, and will annoy their customer base.
by Mark Golodetz
December 18th, 2019, 5:27 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: TOGNI-1985
Replies: 4
Views: 627

Re: TOGNI-1985

Donn
Sent e mail.
by Mark Golodetz
December 17th, 2019, 6:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your top 5 vintages of Pichon Baron 1990 - 2010 on?
Replies: 37
Views: 1782

Re: Your top 5 vintages of Pichon Baron 1990 - 2010 on?

Lots of love for the 2005; one of the wines of the vintage and first growth quality.

2005
1989
1990
2000
The rest
by Mark Golodetz
December 15th, 2019, 9:53 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Lobster source?
Replies: 29
Views: 1164

Re: Lobster source?

As a kid we vacationed on Cape Cod every summer. I visited my grandparents on Long Island every summer and they would take me to Lundy's. So based on this, it is mho that Costco lobster sucks DD. The first D stands for "donkey". Sad. Lobsters are my favorite vegetable. During Stew Leonard’s $5:99 s...
by Mark Golodetz
December 14th, 2019, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winning auctions for same or more than retail?
Replies: 44
Views: 2069

Re: Winning auctions for same or more than retail?

From memory, shipping rates at HDH were high.
by Mark Golodetz
December 14th, 2019, 5:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN- 88-98-08 Lafleur, 95-96 Margaux, 02 Vogue Musigny, 90 Pichon Baron, 95 Rayas, a few 85s, Latour and much more
Replies: 22
Views: 1249

Re: TN- 88-98-08 Lafleur, 95-96 Margaux, 02 Vogue Musigny, 90 Pichon Baron, 95 Rayas, a few 85s, Latour and much more

Last year I tasted a few 1998 Bordeaux Right Bankers, to see if it was worth putting on a twenty year retrospective. I was struck by how backward they were, none more so than Lafleur, and also the incredible quality of the vintage there.
by Mark Golodetz
December 14th, 2019, 6:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winning auctions for same or more than retail?
Replies: 44
Views: 2069

Re: Winning auctions for same or more than retail?

A couple of things. Some buyers especially foreign ones, will pay a premium for one stop shopping, and not worry too much if they pay a few extra dollars. Also for older wines, for condition and provenance, , you need to be able to trust your vendor, and HDH has an excellent reputation for vetting. ...
by Mark Golodetz
December 13th, 2019, 5:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN- 88-98-08 Lafleur, 95-96 Margaux, 02 Vogue Musigny, 90 Pichon Baron, 95 Rayas, a few 85s, Latour and much more
Replies: 22
Views: 1249

Re: TN- 88-98-08 Lafleur, 95-96 Margaux, 02 Vogue Musigny, 90 Pichon Baron, 95 Rayas, a few 85s, Latour and much more

I was surprised by the oak levels in all 3 of the Lafleurs. Is this a fairly new thing or have these always had that going on? My few TNs are from long ago and mostly older bottles, so I am not sure if this was a Moueix thing or perhaps part of my increasing sensitivity to oak to which I will readi...
by Mark Golodetz
December 12th, 2019, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN- 88-98-08 Lafleur, 95-96 Margaux, 02 Vogue Musigny, 90 Pichon Baron, 95 Rayas, a few 85s, Latour and much more
Replies: 22
Views: 1249

Re: TN- 88-98-08 Lafleur, 95-96 Margaux, 02 Vogue Musigny, 90 Pichon Baron, 95 Rayas, a few 85s, Latour and much more

Russell Faulkner wrote:
December 12th, 2019, 12:24 pm
Moueix - Lafleur?

Confused.

I’ve never had a problem with Oak in Lafleur, though I don’t recall drinking the 88.
Sorry senior moment. Forget my comments earlier.
by Mark Golodetz
December 12th, 2019, 6:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Tempier 2017 'Pour Lulu'
Replies: 8
Views: 843

Re: TN: Tempier 2017 'Pour Lulu'

Sorry to hear this; as you say it does not sound typically Tempier.
by Mark Golodetz
December 12th, 2019, 5:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paying for Lennie Kravitz on my 2008 Dom
Replies: 15
Views: 955

Paying for Lennie Kravitz on my 2008 Dom

A couple of offers recently offering Lennie inspired labels etc with a small significant premium. Limited editions.

No interest personally, but do any of you buy into this?
by Mark Golodetz
December 12th, 2019, 5:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1978 Vieux Château Certan
Replies: 9
Views: 628

Re: TN: 1978 Vieux Château Certan

Marcu$ Stanley wrote:
December 11th, 2019, 7:20 am
Golodetz going to singlehandedly drive VCC over $200 / bottle...
I won’t stop until it has reached $201
by Mark Golodetz
December 12th, 2019, 4:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2019 Edition--TABULATIONS COMPLETE (OP)
Replies: 193
Views: 14766

Re: WOTYs--2019 Edition--and your Discovery of the Year

WOTY undoubtedly the Mouton 2016. Bought a lot of it based on tasting note, so please allow for bias.
Discovery; old Bandols, not just Tempier.
by Mark Golodetz
December 11th, 2019, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN- 88-98-08 Lafleur, 95-96 Margaux, 02 Vogue Musigny, 90 Pichon Baron, 95 Rayas, a few 85s, Latour and much more
Replies: 22
Views: 1249

Re: TN- 88-98-08 Lafleur, 95-96 Margaux, 02 Vogue Musigny, 90 Pichon Baron, 95 Rayas, a few 85s, Latour and much more

Again great notes. Always loved the 1998 Lafleur, and while I agree backward, this will be as you say profound.
by Mark Golodetz
December 11th, 2019, 4:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1978 Vieux Château Certan
Replies: 9
Views: 628

Re: TN: 1978 Vieux Château Certan

A lot of really good Pomerols from 1981, but I don’t think it jumped within the hierarchy until 2005.
I would place it above Trotanoy, on a par with Lafleur and behind Petrus.
by Mark Golodetz
December 11th, 2019, 4:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1978 Vieux Château Certan
Replies: 9
Views: 628

Re: TN: 1978 Vieux Château Certan

Totally mirrors my experience.
The great resurgence of VCC began in 2005.
by Mark Golodetz
December 9th, 2019, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Paulee 2020
Replies: 23
Views: 2157

Re: La Paulee 2020

Howard Cooper wrote:
December 9th, 2019, 4:54 am
Mark Golodetz wrote:
December 8th, 2019, 7:43 pm
The Grand Award dinner requires a ton of stamina and discipline. I freely confess I have neither.
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A good lunch. The Paulee requires a week long recovery.
by Mark Golodetz
December 8th, 2019, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Paulee 2020
Replies: 23
Views: 2157

Re: La Paulee 2020

The Grand Award dinner requires a ton of stamina and discipline. I freely confess I have neither.
by Mark Golodetz
December 2nd, 2019, 6:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 657
Views: 33048

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Since the auction, I have bought a little. I am still unable to resist a serious bargain, but being a lot more careful than before. I continue to buy from European suppliers who have agreed to store for a year free (from end of October) those who don’t are on hold not just for wines with tariffs, bu...
by Mark Golodetz
December 2nd, 2019, 5:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12546
Views: 605128

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Case of Leoville Barton 2000
by Mark Golodetz
November 30th, 2019, 2:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anybody started trying Bordeaux 2005s? What are your views?
Replies: 65
Views: 3317

Re: Has anybody started trying Bordeaux 2005s? What are your views?

What was wrong with the Right Bank in 2005? There's nothing "wrong" about them - it's only subjective taste. What's right for some is wrong for others. Most of the 05s I've tried so far have been RB and I haven't liked their style and taste, but that's just me. Luckily, gone are the days when some ...
by Mark Golodetz
November 29th, 2019, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anybody started trying Bordeaux 2005s? What are your views?
Replies: 65
Views: 3317

Re: Has anybody started trying Bordeaux 2005s? What are your views?

I have seen major changes in friends’ palates as they reach middle age. Mine grew more traditional, but I would say the vast majority are the same as you, going for more modern, bigger wines. In fact I left one group where I had been a member for fifteen years, as the tastings became mired in heavy ...
by Mark Golodetz
November 29th, 2019, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anybody started trying Bordeaux 2005s? What are your views?
Replies: 65
Views: 3317

Re: Has anybody started trying Bordeaux 2005s? What are your views?

Your palates have changed to what? Mind if I ask your ages? Hi Robert. I’m 61, and started drinking and collecting wine in the early 1980’s. My epiphany wine was 1978 Mondavi Reserve. I drank my share of Bordeaux, Harvey (and Richard) at the Marin Wine Cellar sold me lots of 82’s, including a case ...
by Mark Golodetz
November 28th, 2019, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anybody started trying Bordeaux 2005s? What are your views?
Replies: 65
Views: 3317

Re: Has anybody started trying Bordeaux 2005s? What are your views?

I have had two halves of VCC 2005. The first with Panos a couple of years ago was almost completely dumb. The second last June was just, and I mean just, a little more showy. I have a case of halves to keep messing around with before I get to the bottles and magnums. As one of my wines of this fanta...
by Mark Golodetz
November 28th, 2019, 4:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?
Replies: 189
Views: 16699

Re: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?

FWIW Hart Davis has a 15% off auction. The 2016 Palmer is around $285. A few other bargains.
by Mark Golodetz
November 26th, 2019, 5:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When you say, "This wine is undrinkable..."
Replies: 61
Views: 2228

Re: When you say, "This wine is undrinkable..."

We are going back to the subjective/objective debate. I find that there are a lot of wines that are for me undrinkable, of which a fraction are obviously flawed. I choose not to drink some wines preferring iced tea, water or beer. Take Kosta Browne Pinots for example. I have had two wines from this ...
by Mark Golodetz
November 25th, 2019, 6:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Salon
Replies: 149
Views: 12590

Re: 2008 Salon

Ian, I think $5000 for a magnum is already silly, where does it have to go where it makes sense to sell.😻 Seriously hard to imagine it is that much better than 2008 Cristal, certainly the best young Champagne I have ever tasted. More to the point, I would far prefer two bottles over a magnum if I am...
by Mark Golodetz
November 25th, 2019, 3:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Salon
Replies: 149
Views: 12590

Re: 2008 Salon

Have they dealt with the problems that resulted in so many spoiled bottles in the 1990s? The thought of a $5k magnum which is undrinkable is a little scary. Bought a good deal of Cristal, and it is definitely the right way to go.
by Mark Golodetz
November 24th, 2019, 5:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 319
Views: 21117

Re: Well...

If we’re going to talk about has-bens... how about Gerald Boyd...AlexisBespalof..WilliamMassee..RobertLawrenceBalzer...NateChroman...JerryMead. Not showing my age, am I?? Tom I knew Alex a little bit from my Wine Enthusiast days, and my first real experience was when I was at a tasting with him in ...

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