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by Michael Lux
March 30th, 2018, 12:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top 10 white Burgundy producers in your cellar
Replies: 29
Views: 1878

Top 10 white Burgundy producers in your cellar

I still have a fair share of white Burgundy in my cellar... though the ones I still buy from are now strictly limited to: Ramonet Roulot Dauvissat Jacques Carillon Daniel Barraud Sebastien Magnien I have a few others left in the cellar from purchases made 5+ years ago, including Coche-Dury, Leflaiv...
by Michael Lux
March 29th, 2018, 6:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top 10 white Burgundy producers in your cellar
Replies: 29
Views: 1878

Top 10 white Burgundy producers in your cellar

I still have a fair share of white Burgundy in my cellar... though the ones I still buy from are now strictly limited to: Ramonet Roulot Dauvissat Jacques Carillon Daniel Barraud Sebastien Magnien I have a few others left in the cellar from purchases made 5+ years ago, including Coche-Dury, Leflaive...
by Michael Lux
December 4th, 2016, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Off we go ... 2015 Red Burg releases
Replies: 83
Views: 8872

Off we go ... 2015 Red Burg releases

I don't look for perfection in the given moment, knowing it is a passing glimpse of a body in motion. I look for composition and harmony. Are all elements present, and in what proportion? Absolutely. It is clear that the wines at this stage are only at one particular point in their making. But they...
by Michael Lux
December 4th, 2016, 11:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Off we go ... 2015 Red Burg releases
Replies: 83
Views: 8872

Off we go ... 2015 Red Burg releases

Maxime's wines are silken, infused pleasure bombs. Heat, irregularity, and tannic are three words that I would never associate with his '15s. To each their own, I suppose. Indeed, any fan of Bertheau's style will adore the '15s. Fwiw, this is the last vintage that he is making his Bourgogne rouge. ...
by Michael Lux
December 2nd, 2016, 3:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Off we go ... 2015 Red Burg releases
Replies: 83
Views: 8872

Off we go ... 2015 Red Burg releases

Michael, I did not taste at as many wineries as you did, but really did love the 2015s at Mugneret-Gibourg. You mention that you found them consistent, but don't say how much you liked them. Thoughts? I also very much liked the 2015s I tasted at Hudelot-Noellat and Dublere, but did not taste at eno...
by Michael Lux
December 2nd, 2016, 5:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Off we go ... 2015 Red Burg releases
Replies: 83
Views: 8872

Off we go ... 2015 Red Burg releases

Michael, Apart from consistent what is your take on Barthod and Mugneret Gibourg ? Barthod produced very good wines and the terroirs, I thought, were very clear in all of them. Because it is a relatively "ripe" vintage, I much preferred the "colder", more mineral wines that are Fuées, Véroilles and...
by Michael Lux
December 2nd, 2016, 5:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Off we go ... 2015 Red Burg releases
Replies: 83
Views: 8872

Off we go ... 2015 Red Burg releases

It is true that the weather conditions in 2015 have been particularly favourable and that at harvest time, the grapes were in perfect condition. So one would have expected to find wines of a very high quality. But while they were relatively good, they were not as great as the '05s or '10s at the sam...
by Michael Lux
December 2nd, 2016, 4:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Off we go ... 2015 Red Burg releases
Replies: 83
Views: 8872

Off we go ... 2015 Red Burg releases

I tasted through a number of producers from Cote de Beaune and Cote de Nuits the first week of November (Bertheau, Barthod, Cheurlin/G Noellat, Mugneret-Gibourg, Roumier, F. Carillon amongst others)... and will return in February to visit those I did not have the time to visit this time. I have not ...
by Michael Lux
November 12th, 2015, 11:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy Folks 2013 like 1996?
Replies: 15
Views: 1323

Burgundy Folks 2013 like 1996?

Fully agree with Jeremy. It's a classic vintage but quality varies greatly depending on the producer. I did not find nearly the same acidity in 2013 than in 1996 and wines don't have the same intensity nor depth. However, I really liked this vintage indeed. "Shiny" fruit with a nice underlying miner...
by Michael Lux
May 23rd, 2014, 7:34 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: JFK >> Paris . . .
Replies: 14
Views: 366

JFK >> Paris . . .

Did the Porsche from the Frankfurt FCT to the plane. Pretty awesome indeed. Not offered on connecting flights though, afaik. As for First Class with a connection or Business direct.... I'd take Business direct any time. Especially on the way US -> Europe since all I do on these flights is to sleep a...
by Michael Lux
December 21st, 2013, 10:16 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anyone know about La Cornue oven/stove tops?
Replies: 20
Views: 1152

Anyone know about La Cornue oven/stove tops?

I've used a La Cornue for about a week this summer. It was a Chateau 120. I was impressed. Seriously impressed. Thinking about buying one though I thought, before using it, that it was more for the "show" than the quality of the stove/oven. I've changed my mind.
by Michael Lux
November 5th, 2013, 6:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting notes: Gimonnet, Raveneau, Boillot, Clair, de Vogüé, Leroy, Hospices...
Replies: 12
Views: 1008

Tasting notes: Gimonnet, Raveneau, Boillot, Clair, de Vogüé, Leroy, Hospices...

Thanks for the note! And great line-up!

Very interesting about the '07 Boillot Corton-Charlemagne because, last week, I found an OWC (that I had forgotten about) burried under some other cases in my cellar and wanted to check one bottle out this weekend :)
by Michael Lux
October 14th, 2013, 3:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Burgundy producers have disappointed you over the years?
Replies: 64
Views: 3217

What Burgundy producers have disappointed you over the years?

Domaine Leflaive... has produced some amazing wines in '90s... much less so after that...
by Michael Lux
September 13th, 2013, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Cornalin - Claudy Clavien - Carmin des Pierres
Replies: 0
Views: 33

TN: 2010 Cornalin - Claudy Clavien - Carmin des Pierres

A bunch of swiss wines to go through and the first one I hit is this... 2010 - Claudy Clavien - Carmin des Pierres - Cornalin - AOC Valais An unusual grape, for sure. This wine from the Valais really got me, though. In short: a brilliant wine. It's a dark, deep red wine. The nose exudes spice, clove...
by Michael Lux
September 3rd, 2013, 12:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Representative burgundy question
Replies: 25
Views: 1074

Representative burgundy question

Yes, the classification in Burgundy really means something. There are stories behind why La Grande Rue was only classified as Grand Cru in 1992, why there is no GC in Meursault, etc... in almost all cases, the classification is correct. In general, and that is for 95+% of the producers/wines, the 1e...
by Michael Lux
August 28th, 2013, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mostly Chambolle Musigny 1er crus
Replies: 25
Views: 1105

Mostly Chambolle Musigny 1er crus

During my visit to the domaine in November last year, I was told that the 04 Cras green character had gone away and that the wine was pretty much ready to drink. I started opening my bottles... none of them had a vegetal/green aspect. Though, it is true, when released, this was probably the "greene...
by Michael Lux
August 28th, 2013, 3:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mostly Chambolle Musigny 1er crus
Replies: 25
Views: 1105

Mostly Chambolle Musigny 1er crus

Wine 8: Mid red, hint of surmaturite on nose, mature palate of dried red cherries, with a long balanced finish. Very good 2004 Roumier C! Les Cras. Well well a 2004 and no one saw any hint of greenness. Encouraging. 2.5 years ago that was the greenest 2004 I'd ever tried. Do you generally find your...
by Michael Lux
August 22nd, 2013, 11:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Leflaive
Replies: 41
Views: 1394

Domaine Leflaive

Carl, I do fully understand you. I'd be happy to pay a premium for wines that have a low premox rate. But for me, Leflaive's premium is too high to pay. I can get 4 Ramonet Batard for 1 Leflaive. You can guess where my money goes. I'm quite sad about it. I loved Leflaive. I had a 96 Leflaive Bâtard ...
by Michael Lux
August 22nd, 2013, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Leflaive
Replies: 41
Views: 1394

Domaine Leflaive

IMHO, Leflaive did nothing extraordinary in the vintages you list (though I have not tried '10), at least not when compared to other producers. They did particularly well in '96 though. Granted, they're not bad wines but at this price point, my take is that you have to be kidding to keep buying [che...
by Michael Lux
August 22nd, 2013, 12:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Leflaive
Replies: 41
Views: 1394

Domaine Leflaive

When those Lefalive 96's are on, particularly above the level of the Clavoillons, they are absolutely my favorite white burgs of all time. For a birthday a few years ago had the 96 Leflaive Chevalier, the 96 Coche-Dury Corton-Charlemagne, and the 96 Niellon Chevalier. All were great, none were pox'...
by Michael Lux
August 21st, 2013, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Leflaive
Replies: 41
Views: 1394

Domaine Leflaive

Never understood why Leflaive seemed to not be affected by premox for so long, then something seemed to change...for me it was with the 2002's. Interesting. 2002 is the first vintage where Leflaive seems to have been hit with premox. At least, at a noticeable level. Own experience and comments from...
by Michael Lux
August 21st, 2013, 3:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Leflaive
Replies: 41
Views: 1394

Domaine Leflaive

While a relatively good wine, I've not been that impressed with the Leflaive '07 Clavoillon at the price point. It starts quite beautifully but the finish is a tad "warm/burning" for me, showing a lack of both freshness and elegance. I've had this consistently with this wine. Pierre Morey retired fr...
by Michael Lux
May 23rd, 2013, 5:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ramonet's Ruchottes 10 vs 07
Replies: 7
Views: 386

Ramonet's Ruchottes 10 vs 07

paul hanna wrote:Can't recall seeing anything premoxed after the 2002 vintage, not that that necessarily means a lot....
I know for sure that at least until 2007, there's not been any change in the winemaking process chez Ramonet.
Does not necessarily mean a lot either...
by Michael Lux
May 23rd, 2013, 2:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ramonet's Ruchottes 10 vs 07
Replies: 7
Views: 386

Ramonet's Ruchottes 10 vs 07

I fully agree on the TN on the 2010 Ramonet Ruchottes. Amazing wine. It's extremely enjoyable now but seems to be built for the long run. I'm unsure how this will all work out as I'm unsure about Ramonet's efforts to fight premox...
by Michael Lux
April 16th, 2013, 1:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14493
Views: 713409

What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2011 Keller "von den Grossen Lagen" case.
by Michael Lux
April 4th, 2013, 11:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 DRC
Replies: 23
Views: 2056

2010 DRC

At least in '10 there is some excuse for having allocations cut apart from obvious greed along the supply chain.... This is also what I have been told (reliable source). The Domaine has cut allocations where there's been obvious greed, i.e. excessive margins, in an effort to sell wines to those who...
by Michael Lux
April 2nd, 2013, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LEROY Collection 2013 ..... [shock.gif]
Replies: 12
Views: 1257

LEROY Collection 2013 ..... [shock.gif]

All those people who turn 30, 40 or 60... have plenty of cash but much less sense.. I guess.

Or April's fool...
by Michael Lux
March 28th, 2013, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robbery at Selosse's
Replies: 22
Views: 1760

Robbery at Selosse's

If the wine's palletized and you have a pallet jack, and the truck has a lift, you're looking at about 1-2 hours' worth of work. I doubt they could have gotten that many bottles unless it was all ready to go anyway. In fact, it sounds like an insider job, someone knew a shipment was going out and b...
by Michael Lux
March 27th, 2013, 12:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robbery at Selosse's
Replies: 22
Views: 1760

Robbery at Selosse's

It was theft -apparently- as it happened during the night, from what the article says.

It's astonishing. The "old" caves are in the very centre of the village, on a small and narrow side street. The people who stole the wines must have been very well informed.
by Michael Lux
March 26th, 2013, 4:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Most Prized Bottle of Wine
Replies: 208
Views: 8911

Your Most Prized Bottle of Wine

Two bottles, none of which belong to me but to my son born in 2009.

Selosse Substance, disgorged on his birth day. Signed by Anselme Selosse: "Pour Anselme de la part d'Anselme" (my son's first name is Anselme...).
2009 Romanee Conti
by Michael Lux
February 12th, 2013, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Trimbach – Cuvee Frederic Emile
Replies: 71
Views: 1892

Re: TN: 2001 Trimbach – Cuvee Frederic Emile

I passed by Trimbach this afternoon on my way home from Burgundy. Only tasted the two wines I picked up this time. 2007 Frederic-Emile. Quite closed but a density which leaves no doubt about its bright future. Laser cut, awesome minerality. Great finesse and fantastic length . One of the best young ...
by Michael Lux
February 5th, 2013, 7:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Trimbach – Cuvee Frederic Emile
Replies: 71
Views: 1892

Re: TN: 2001 Trimbach – Cuvee Frederic Emile

Howard, I only believe in the scoring system once brought to me by Alan Weinberg.
0 : not worth drinking
1: worth drinking
by Michael Lux
February 5th, 2013, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Trimbach – Cuvee Frederic Emile
Replies: 71
Views: 1892

Re: TN: 2001 Trimbach – Cuvee Frederic Emile

The variety of styles and how riesling is sensitive to how it's made and grown makes it the most interesting white grape variety for me. I am certainly not going to enter any discussion about comparing Alsace and German style because the rules to make the wines are different to start with, especiall...
by Michael Lux
February 5th, 2013, 6:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Trimbach – Cuvee Frederic Emile
Replies: 71
Views: 1892

Re: TN: 2001 Trimbach – Cuvee Frederic Emile

Exactly, Howard, my comment was with regards to Nicos' preference for Mann, which I can understand but wanted to clarify as being a preference for the style more than for the quality of the wine. The austere and dry Trimbach wines are unlike many others produced in Alsace (though there are exception...
by Michael Lux
February 5th, 2013, 1:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Trimbach – Cuvee Frederic Emile
Replies: 71
Views: 1892

Re: TN: 2001 Trimbach – Cuvee Frederic Emile

Indeed, the '01 is shut down right now. But it's a great CFE and the 375 edition is spectacular indeed. As for comparison with Albert Mann, no offense intended, but Trimbach and Mann are very different in style and I really cannot compare them the slightest. It does not mean Mann does not produce aw...
by Michael Lux
February 5th, 2013, 1:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cracking a Barre
Replies: 1
Views: 205

Re: Cracking a Barre

And you've been very lucky indeed. Many thanks for the note. Reminds me the times when Comtes Lafon produced wines that I was happy enough to purchase. I've cracked my last Barre (an '02) a few months ago. It was singing. But I did not shed a tear. The ones produced after, I happily passed. And I kn...
by Michael Lux
February 1st, 2013, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The ten best Champagnes?
Replies: 111
Views: 4893

Re: The ten best Champagnes?

The simple answer is.... that it doesn't work like that. Exactly. There's no definitive list anyway. But if I had to give a list of "what comes to your mind as for the Champagne you prefer", I would most definitely include Francis Boulard "Les Rachais"... M. Lux, do you have any experience with the...
by Michael Lux
February 1st, 2013, 3:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The ten best Champagnes?
Replies: 111
Views: 4893

Re: The ten best Champagnes?

Russell Faulkner wrote:The simple answer is.... that it doesn't work like that.
Exactly.

There's no definitive list anyway.
But if I had to give a list of "what comes to your mind as for the Champagne you prefer", I would most definitely include Francis Boulard "Les Rachais"...
by Michael Lux
August 27th, 2012, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12338
Views: 470900

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Krug Rosé
2002 Bâtard-Montrachet - Domaine Leflaive
2004 Corton-Charlemagne - JF Coche-Dury
1996 Romanée Saint Vivant - Domaine de la Romanée Conti

Yup, that was a good day.
by Michael Lux
May 24th, 2012, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your Top 5 Regions owned?
Replies: 103
Views: 1825

Re: What are your Top 5 Regions owned?

Burgundy
Champagne

Then far behind:
Alsace
Germany
Bordeaux
by Michael Lux
May 24th, 2012, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1985 Muscat - Alsace Grand Cru Kirchberg - Kientzler
Replies: 6
Views: 187

Re: TN: 1985 Muscat - Alsace Grand Cru Kirchberg - Kientzler

Charlie, yes it's this place. Stuart, it's really more vegetal and mineral than fruity. It does, somehow, have a fruity aspect, but not at all like the clear "grape" feeling you get in the young versions. I was not expecting the fruit to explode in such an old wine. I was very surprised by this wine...
by Michael Lux
May 22nd, 2012, 12:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1985 Muscat - Alsace Grand Cru Kirchberg - Kientzler
Replies: 6
Views: 187

Re: TN: 1985 Muscat - Alsace Grand Cru Kirchberg - Kientzler

The label did not say but as it's Kientzler, it must be Ribeauville.
by Michael Lux
May 21st, 2012, 6:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Domaine René Engel Grands-Echezeaux
Replies: 17
Views: 612

Re: TN: 1996 Domaine René Engel Grands-Echezeaux

Comment j'ai pu louper ca?!
Felicitations Michel!!! Tous mes voeux de bonheur!

Many thanks for the notes, Michel. Rene Engel used to make great wines. I loved his 2001's and was quite impressed with his GE in this vintage. Glad to read that the 96 does not suck :)
by Michael Lux
May 21st, 2012, 3:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1985 Muscat - Alsace Grand Cru Kirchberg - Kientzler
Replies: 6
Views: 187

TN: 1985 Muscat - Alsace Grand Cru Kirchberg - Kientzler

Invited for dinner by a very generous friend, several very nice bottles were opened but this particular one really hit me. 1985 - Muscat - Alsace Grand Cru Kirchberg - Domaine Kientzler The first surprise is the cork which cannot be caught and slips into the bottle. Whoops, we thought it's not a goo...
by Michael Lux
May 17th, 2012, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14493
Views: 713409

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

AKuehn wrote:
Michael Lux wrote:
Ian Fitzsimmons wrote:LOL.
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Post #140.
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by Michael Lux
May 17th, 2012, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14493
Views: 713409

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

I thought quantities would be sufficient for them to offer it as part of a bigger purchase. LIke for RC or Montrachet. Anyway, not that I care that much anyway.
by Michael Lux
May 17th, 2012, 10:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14493
Views: 713409

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Ian Fitzsimmons wrote:LOL.
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by Michael Lux
May 17th, 2012, 8:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12338
Views: 470900

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1999 Riesling Grand Cru Kirchberg from Louis Sipp. Brilliant, textbook riesling. Rich and oily, dry and mineral. Ready to drink. Perfect match for the rabbit stewed in white wine with bacon and onions.
by Michael Lux
May 17th, 2012, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14493
Views: 713409

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

alan weinberg wrote:
Hank Gillespie wrote:Last purchase was a week ago - my allocation of 2009 DRC La Tache and Echezeaux.
These are now safely tucked away in my cellar.

Hank [cheers.gif]
nice but no Corton?
alan
Interestingly, Corton was not on the order form from the domaine. I wonder how to get them. I'll ask them when I get there.
by Michael Lux
January 11th, 2012, 4:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ringing in the New Year in DC
Replies: 19
Views: 1133

Re: Ringing in the New Year in DC

Howard, I'm easy to convince! :) ... The question really is how to convince Valerie... The only labels she knows (though with no knowledge about the "prestige" behind them) are Jamet, Selosse and DRC. Yes, she's tough...

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