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by Chris Kissack
September 3rd, 2019, 6:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My recent 2009 Le Clos Guillot Chinon
Replies: 3
Views: 469

Re: My recent 2009 Le Clos Guillot Chinon

The top 2009 Chinons have decades left in them yet. Happily I don't think I am even halfway through my stock.
by Chris Kissack
August 27th, 2019, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Domaine Guiberteau - Saumur Rouge (France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Saumur)
Replies: 10
Views: 680

Re: TN: 2017 Domaine Guiberteau - Saumur Rouge (France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Saumur)

I think these wines are great. The prices, though, are not so friendly.
by Chris Kissack
August 27th, 2019, 6:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Domaine de la Pépière - Muscadet "Les Gras Moutons" (France, Loire Valley, Pays Nantais, Muscadet)
Replies: 5
Views: 567

Re: TN: 2017 Domaine de la Pépière - Muscadet "Les Gras Moutons" (France, Loire Valley, Pays Nantais, Muscadet)

While I have enjoyed Les Gras Moutons over the years, I don't rate it any higher than Briords. These days at least one parcel (the best? - certainly the oldest vines) goes into the Monnières-Saint-Fiacre cuvée instead, since the 2013 vintage, which might also have had an impact on quality.
by Chris Kissack
August 27th, 2019, 6:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Calon Segur 1996
Replies: 19
Views: 1827

Re: Calon Segur 1996

I loved the 1996 Calon-Ségur when it was young - sadly, unlike you, I was not sufficiently wise to shell out for a few bottles.
by Chris Kissack
July 14th, 2019, 5:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 Cambon la Pelouse
Replies: 22
Views: 1606

Re: 2010 Cambon la Pelouse

2010 Cambon la Pelouse is lovely wine - I remember when the Alliance des Cru Bourgeois brought the 2010 vintage to London after the classification for that year was announced, so probably late 2012. Of the 80-or-so 2010s I tasted, the Cambon la Pelouse was certainly my pick of the bunch.
by Chris Kissack
May 8th, 2019, 6:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Huet secs have shit the bed
Replies: 69
Views: 4104

Re: 2012 Huet secs have shit the bed

I thought the 2012 Huet Secs were poor on release, and said so. No surprise really, it was a very difficult vintage, roads turned to rivers at one point there was so much rain. Got banned from tasting at the domaine for expressing my opinion. Informative to me to read of these experiences with the w...
by Chris Kissack
May 8th, 2019, 6:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the deal with the 2014 Chidaine wines?
Replies: 20
Views: 1740

Re: What is the deal with the 2014 Chidaine wines?

Last tasted his 2014s back in 2017 and no problem then, in fact they were fine. Have a few tucked away, will have to take another look.
by Chris Kissack
December 12th, 2017, 4:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mostly Right bank classically-styled wines (None Rollandized, none Persenified).
Replies: 22
Views: 1168

Mostly Right bank classically-styled wines (None Rollandized, none Persenified).

Nice notes on some lovely wines.

Not surprised to see such a good report on the 1989 le L d'Or, it was one of the great vintages of the 20th century in the region (and elsewhere along the Loire) and the wine has always been superb when I have tasted it.
by Chris Kissack
December 7th, 2017, 2:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Domaine Baudry Chinon Croix Boissee [2015 vintage notes added 7.19.19]
Replies: 69
Views: 3376

TN: 2014 Domaine Baudry Chinon Croix Boissee

The 2014 is great, but I think 2015 has longer legs.

And if you think these two are good, the 2016 tasted from barrel (so not a finished blend) could be phenomenal. One of the most amazing tastes of young Chinon I have ever had.
by Chris Kissack
August 27th, 2017, 2:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing for crab cakes?
Replies: 31
Views: 1244

Pairing for crab cakes?

From your list Muscadet or Sancerre, way ahead of any of the other options for me. I would want need acidity and not sugar.
by Chris Kissack
August 25th, 2017, 6:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Château Fonplégade
Replies: 10
Views: 727

Château Fonplégade

Fonplégade is a very highly regarded terroir. At the centre of the vineyard is one of the fresh water springs, over which a shrine-like stone housing has been built, and th spring water is then channelled through the centre of the vineyard along a stone watercourse. Many modern-day viticulteurs in S...
by Chris Kissack
August 25th, 2017, 6:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN--2014 Pascal Cotat Sancerre Les Monts Damnes
Replies: 4
Views: 325

TN--2014 Pascal Cotat Sancerre Les Monts Damnes

You just need to buy more! [basic-smile.gif]
by Chris Kissack
August 23rd, 2017, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 CHATEAU PALMER ALTER EGO de PALMER MARGAUX
Replies: 15
Views: 887

2011 CHATEAU PALMER ALTER EGO de PALMER MARGAUX

I'm defiitely a fan of Palmer (and Alter Ego) at the moment. I think they are making the best wines in the appellation, and I think this reflects a huge amount of work by Thomas Duroux, who is meticulous in the vineyard and expert in the cellars. I find few other wines capture that floral, perfumed ...
by Chris Kissack
August 14th, 2017, 7:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Les Choisilles
Replies: 36
Views: 2096

TN: 2015 François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Les Choisilles

Expect to see from Francois in 2016 the cuvées already mentioned, the Clos Baudoin and Les Bournais, but also two sweet wines, a Vouvray Moelleux and a Montlouis Moelleux. I liked the wines when I tasted them, but this was back in February, and they were still carrying a lot of sugar that still need...
by Chris Kissack
August 2nd, 2017, 2:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jeff Leve's web site
Replies: 76
Views: 4824

Jeff Leve's web site

Jeff Leve is a wonderful Human Being. Even though I have never met him (I almost did once). And even though we have had a few Ding Dongs in the past on BWE, when he operated under the nom de plume of Pomerol Lover. I feel I know him well. His site is just great. The other day I learned from the Win...
by Chris Kissack
August 2nd, 2017, 1:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Ch. Les Carmes Haut Brion: And, who made this wine?
Replies: 67
Views: 2650

TN: 2014 Ch. Les Carmes Haut Brion: And, who made this wine?

Chris I must say, I am finding this saline streak in some of the Pessac wines...not sure if this is a unique terroir characteristic or an outside factor like the terra-cotta? I don't think anyone has the answer when it comes to minerality (or salinity), but I think features such as these are tied u...
by Chris Kissack
July 31st, 2017, 8:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Ch. Les Carmes Haut Brion: And, who made this wine?
Replies: 67
Views: 2650

TN: 2014 Ch. Les Carmes Haut Brion: And, who made this wine?

Chris what is the main benefit of aging the wines in clay? I am not sure, for my palate, there is one. The use of amphora/jars definitely has an impact on the texture of the wine as Corey indicates, and the rationale behind it varies from the shape of the vessel (different shapes than you can get w...
by Chris Kissack
July 31st, 2017, 6:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Ch. Les Carmes Haut Brion: And, who made this wine?
Replies: 67
Views: 2650

TN: 2014 Ch. Les Carmes Haut Brion: And, who made this wine?

It is indeed worth mentioning. What they put in clay is pretty miniscule, but still pretty cool. I knew about the stems - Leve's site says 45% - which could partly explains this estate's appeal to me. I think Clos du Jaugueyron is not fully de-stemmed either, plus it has very old vines and far more...
by Chris Kissack
July 31st, 2017, 5:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Ch. Les Carmes Haut Brion: And, who made this wine?
Replies: 67
Views: 2650

TN: 2014 Ch. Les Carmes Haut Brion: And, who made this wine?

Dozens of posts and I can't believe nobody has raised the fact that Les Carmes Haut-Brion (OK, a small part of the final blend) is vinified in terracotta amphora. I'm disappointed. [basic-smile.gif] http://www.thewinedoctor.com/images/carmeshautbrion2016_terracotta.jpg Not to mention the fact they a...
by Chris Kissack
May 24th, 2017, 4:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Joguet Chinon "Clos du Chêne Vert"
Replies: 11
Views: 605

TN: 2000 Joguet Chinon "Clos du Chêne Vert"

Two really good choices. I first met and wrote about Vincent Careme back in 2010, when he was fairly unknown. His sparkling wines have been superb from the outset, but the still wines have really improved in the past 2 or 3 years, and I would place him right at the top tier of the appellation, along...
by Chris Kissack
May 23rd, 2017, 6:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Joguet Chinon "Clos du Chêne Vert"
Replies: 11
Views: 605

TN: 2000 Joguet Chinon "Clos du Chêne Vert"

I regard the era around 2000 as one of the domaines dips. The region didn't have the beneficial vintage that Bordeaux had that year (it is surprising how much cross over there is between the two at times) and IIRC this was in the final years of winemaker Michel Pinard's work here. Having said that, ...
by Chris Kissack
April 13th, 2017, 5:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Huet Le Haut Lieu Sec versus Demi-sec 2015
Replies: 8
Views: 493

Thoughts on Huet Le Haut Lieu Sec versus Demi-sec 2015

But I also read at Jancis Robinson's that the 2015 vintage at Loire was awesome, but more acidic compared to 2014. At CellerTracker, some folks found the Huet Sec too acidic right now. So it is a bit harder to decide ... While I do tend drink Chenins on the dry side, I dont have as much of an appre...
by Chris Kissack
March 18th, 2017, 2:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A dinner that was supposed to be casual but...turned into a NerdFest
Replies: 9
Views: 6307

A dinner that was supposed to be casual but...turned into a NerdFest

The 1990 have botrytis but...many other vintages do too and they don't behave nearly in the same way. It is not just a question of botrytis, but how much botrytis. In other "botrytis vintages" the moelleux PT cuvées will be blends of some botrytised and some non-botrytised fruit, the latter to give...
by Chris Kissack
March 15th, 2017, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A dinner that was supposed to be casual but...turned into a NerdFest
Replies: 9
Views: 6307

A dinner that was supposed to be casual but...turned into a NerdFest

I suspect the dark colour of the 1990s reflects the high-botrytis vintage. The 1989s had much less botrytis, have aged just as well (or better?) but show a much more usual colour. If you seek out other botrytis-heavy liquoreux 'Sélection de Grains Nobles' cuvées from the likes of Philippe Delesvaux ...
by Chris Kissack
January 4th, 2017, 10:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clos Rougeard Sold to Bouygues Family
Replies: 34
Views: 3477

Clos Rougeard Sold to Bouygues Family

Inheritance tax in France is very punitive, but it can be worked around (e.g. creating a limited company) but I have no knowledge of the Foucault family's personal arrangements.
by Chris Kissack
January 4th, 2017, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clos Rougeard Sold to Bouygues Family
Replies: 34
Views: 3477

Clos Rougeard Sold to Bouygues Family

There is a possibility that the RVF have jumped the gun a little here. No deal between Nady Foucault and Martin Bouygues has been agreed - this comes from associates of Bouygues and Nady himself. A sale seems imminent though, and both Bouygues and LVMH have been mentioned. I would have thought Antoi...
by Chris Kissack
December 11th, 2016, 11:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Chateau Lanessan, Haut-Medoc
Replies: 41
Views: 1355

TN: 2000 Chateau Lanessan, Haut-Medoc

The wines from La Fleur de Bouard are nice wines, provided that is the style you are into. I am always struck by the feeling, in their youth, they don't seem to communicate much regarding their fruit, while the oak always speaks very loudly. Most recently tasted the 2014 when at Angelus two weeks ag...
by Chris Kissack
December 11th, 2016, 11:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Château Giscours (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux)
Replies: 26
Views: 1045

TN: 2002 Château Giscours (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux)

I agree that 2002 is under-rated. Sure it is a lighter vintage, but it had a nice tannic structure and freshness to it, and it always seemed to me it would follow a fairly traditional aging curve, remaining in a lighter style but evolving good secondary character. A handful of the top left-bank chât...
by Chris Kissack
October 20th, 2016, 10:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Didier Dagueneau Help
Replies: 10
Views: 1283

Didier Dagueneau Help

Blake Brown wrote:It`s amazing that the vines were pulled.
I think the very high planting density caused problems. Either they were too difficult to work, or the close planting increasd the disease pressure.
by Chris Kissack
October 20th, 2016, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Didier Dagueneau Help
Replies: 10
Views: 1283

Didier Dagueneau Help

Didier also made the Clos du Calvaire Pouilly Fume from a 1 acre triangular vineyard on the property of the church in his home town, St. Andelain. The last vintage I`ve had was in 08` and I`m not sure whether his son is still making it; if so, I have not found it in the US. The few bottles I`ve had...
by Chris Kissack
October 16th, 2016, 2:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the Best (as in Funniest) Tasting Descriptor You've Heard?
Replies: 67
Views: 3034

What is the Best (as in Funniest) Tasting Descriptor You've Heard?

Robert Alfert, Jr. wrote:
Chris Kissack wrote:At one of the first tasting groups I ever joined...

"....it smells like a river in Scotland, with a dead rabbit in it...."

Evoking, we were told, a true childhood memory from a holiday in Scotland.
Cote Rotie?
Chateau Talbot. I've met that smell again in a few wines since - it's Brett.
by Chris Kissack
October 14th, 2016, 11:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Thierry Germain Domaine des Roches Neuves Les Memoires, Saumur Champigny - Not Rougeard
Replies: 33
Views: 1465

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

Just read the linked article by Jon Bonne. Very brave to recommend 2013 reds. I have encountered some attractive easy-drinking wines made with a very light touch in the cellar, but they are the exception rather than the rule. It is a vintage marked by firm acidities, lean textures and unripe tannins.
by Chris Kissack
October 14th, 2016, 11:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Thierry Germain Domaine des Roches Neuves Les Memoires, Saumur Champigny - Not Rougeard
Replies: 33
Views: 1465

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

Lots of interesting replies, thanks. While I agree that the profile of Loire Cabernet Franc often tends towards herbaceousness, my point (perhaps a semantic one) is that I think it says more about the Loire's climate than it does the variety. You can find the same tendency to greenness in other Loir...
by Chris Kissack
October 14th, 2016, 11:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the Best (as in Funniest) Tasting Descriptor You've Heard?
Replies: 67
Views: 3034

What is the Best (as in Funniest) Tasting Descriptor You've Heard?

At one of the first tasting groups I ever joined...

"....it smells like a river in Scotland, with a dead rabbit in it...."

Evoking, we were told, a true childhood memory from a holiday in Scotland.
by Chris Kissack
October 14th, 2016, 5:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Thierry Germain Domaine des Roches Neuves Les Memoires, Saumur Champigny - Not Rougeard
Replies: 33
Views: 1465

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

A great thread, and it is good to see some of the less 'trendy' domaines getting a nod from some, especially Philippe Vatan at Château du Hureau. Like many in the Loire in the last 1-3 generations he took on a family domaine where the fruit was sold in bulk to the co-operative, and despite having no...
by Chris Kissack
October 9th, 2016, 12:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Roughing it with Rougeard: A last meal of sorts
Replies: 45
Views: 1971

Roughing it with Rougeard: A last meal of sorts

Marc Frontario wrote:How the hell does one forget they have left overs of Rougeard in the frig for two days let alone admit it??? Someone has too much wine!!
I agree! champagne.gif
by Chris Kissack
October 8th, 2016, 7:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Roughing it with Rougeard: A last meal of sorts
Replies: 45
Views: 1971

Roughing it with Rougeard: A last meal of sorts

That is very interesting Chris, but how do these compare to your top producers in Chinon and Bourgueil? Good question. I woudl say there are no domaines comparable to Clos Rougeard, but there is a much broader selection of domaines turning out excellent wines I would rank alongside Roches Neuves. T...
by Chris Kissack
October 8th, 2016, 7:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Roughing it with Rougeard: A last meal of sorts
Replies: 45
Views: 1971

Roughing it with Rougeard: A last meal of sorts

That is very interesting Chris, but how do these compare to your top producers in Chinon and Bourgueil? Good question. I woudl say there are no domaines comparable to Clos Rougeard, but there is a much broader selection of domaines turning out excellent wines I would rank alongside Roches Neuves. T...
by Chris Kissack
October 7th, 2016, 6:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Roughing it with Rougeard: A last meal of sorts
Replies: 45
Views: 1971

Roughing it with Rougeard: A last meal of sorts

That is very interesting Chris, but how do these compare to your top producers in Chinon and Bourgueil? Good question. I woudl say there are no domaines comparable to Clos Rougeard, but there is a much broader selection of domaines turning out excellent wines I would rank alongside Roches Neuves. T...
by Chris Kissack
October 7th, 2016, 4:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Roughing it with Rougeard: A last meal of sorts
Replies: 45
Views: 1971

Roughing it with Rougeard: A last meal of sorts

The only domaine I think of as having a cult following in the world of Cab Franc is Clos Rougeard. My comment referred to the Loire in general, and other vignerons with a cult following, e.g. Richard Leroy, Olivier Cousin, Nicolas Joly, Mark Angeli and the like. Roches Neuves comes close though, and...
by Chris Kissack
October 7th, 2016, 3:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Roughing it with Rougeard: A last meal of sorts
Replies: 45
Views: 1971

Roughing it with Rougeard: A last meal of sorts

I must admit when I saw the thread title concerning a "last meal" with Clos Rougeard my first thought was that it was going to be a last meal as you bow out because of the crazy pricing. I thought I had until recently (when I succumbed and bought some 2011 Poyeaux). The 2010s are great though, acros...
by Chris Kissack
October 6th, 2016, 7:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 Pepiere Quatre (#4), a Muscadet with long lees aging
Replies: 3
Views: 334

2010 Pepiere Quatre (#4), a Muscadet with long lees aging

Both domaines, and both wines, are really great. Top quality and great value. Domaine du Haut Bourg remains particularly under the radar.
by Chris Kissack
October 6th, 2016, 7:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Center Of Your Wine Universe?
Replies: 71
Views: 2239

The Center Of Your Wine Universe?

Kevin Porter wrote:The Loire (because I can't afford Beaune)
The Loire. Who cares about Beaune?! [cheers.gif]
by Chris Kissack
October 4th, 2016, 3:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Salon des Vins de Loire 2014 - Anjou, Montlouis and Vouvray
Replies: 6
Views: 539

Salon des Vins de Loire 2014 - Anjou, Montlouis and Vouvray

Yes the Cuvée de Silex from Bernard Fouquet is really lovely in 2014. It is as you spotted very sec-tendre in style, with 9 g/l residual sugar, but it has the acidity it needs to provide balance, and so much flavour too! Delicious stuff - I have some tucked away somewhere.
by Chris Kissack
September 27th, 2016, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: DOMAINE HUET 2009 LE HAUT-LIEU VOUVRAY MOELLEUX
Replies: 11
Views: 567

TN: DOMAINE HUET 2009 LE HAUT-LIEU VOUVRAY MOELLEUX

Agree with brad, the 2009s are still so young, this is a great vintage wit huge potential for development. Any suggestion of unusual evolution has to call into question provenance. I have some 2009 Moelleux, but haven't touched them yet Still working on my 1989s, and my 1993s.....
by Chris Kissack
September 27th, 2016, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: De Boüard of Angélus loses his libel case
Replies: 40
Views: 1998

De Boüard of Angélus loses his libel case

In general I quite like Angélus, in some recent vintages at least, although not all vintages. Pavie I like less, although I liked the 2015 more than Jeff Leve thought I would. I know, because he told me I wouldn't like it, but then I did. Absolutist statements about the perceived intrinsic qualities...
by Chris Kissack
September 27th, 2016, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Adjacent Bordeaux Properties
Replies: 22
Views: 1136

Adjacent Bordeaux Properties

I think it is always worth understanding where any domaine has its vineyards in comparison to other domaines. It is interesting to know that Pontet-Canet is next to Mouton, that Fonbadet is next to Lynch-Bges, that L'Aura is next to Margaux, and so on. The only mistake comes with assuming this impli...
by Chris Kissack
September 19th, 2016, 3:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's not a horrific choice for some organic winemaker in Burgundy for 2016 but a pretty awful one.
Replies: 30
Views: 2686

Horrific choices for some organic winemaker in Burgundy for 2016

The first time I met Jean Michel Comme, winemaker at Pontet Canet, and the force behind their Biodynamic regime, he told us about a vintage (I think it was the '06 or'07) where he was forced to spray for mildew. He lost the Biodynamic states, and a few years later, he remained incredibly emotional ...
by Chris Kissack
September 14th, 2016, 5:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2002 Clos des Briords
Replies: 10
Views: 637

2002 Clos des Briords

There are a lot of Muscadets that age well. And with the creation of the crus communaux appellations, we are seeing a lot more. I think if they don't oxidise, most wines end to evolve into a desiccated-fruit character, or more of a brioche/spiced bread kind of style. I prefer the former. Luneau-Papi...
by Chris Kissack
September 13th, 2016, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN : 1975 Chateau Taillefer - Pomerol
Replies: 12
Views: 568

TN : 1975 Chateau Taillefer - Pomerol

Wow, that mut have been some cellar Hank. Amazing to think you still have a few of those very early purchases tucked away.

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