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#51 Post by Eric Ifune » August 24th, 2016, 4:22 pm

Other than Maderia where only a couple of bottles may exist, the last time was the 2001 Muller-Catoir Mussbacher Eselshaut Rieslander TBA.

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#52 Post by I. Howe » August 24th, 2016, 6:19 pm

Byron Hewett wrote:A few years ago I bought every available bottle of the 2004 Chateau des Tours Vacqueyras. In addition to the garrigue and Provençal herbs, this wine has a kind of cherry almost creme brûlée aspect to it on the finish that I have never had in any other wine. I know it sounds a bit weird but I find it delicious and intriguing.
I had two bottles of this in my cellar. I drank one in 2015. I look forward to drinking the other, because it is sooooo good. But I dread drinking the other because I know that once I do, I will never have it again.
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#53 Post by Victor Hong » August 24th, 2016, 6:32 pm

I have but am not saying which.
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#54 Post by Ed Steinway » August 24th, 2016, 7:24 pm

We bought a bunch of the 2004 Arrowood Reserve Cab at BevMo several years ago. It was either $20 or $25. Bought as much as I could but many others were also aware. They were awesome.

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#55 Post by mdavis » August 24th, 2016, 9:17 pm

Michael Lewis wrote:Pierre Overnoy Poulsard. Unfortunately my attempt to corner the U.S. market netted me like six bottles total.
Beat you on that one :)...seems like the well has dried up.

Back in the day, you could buy as much of the 2002 as you wanted for like $20/bottle!

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#56 Post by Rauno E (NZ) » August 25th, 2016, 3:03 am

Only by accident. Like just the other week: That '93 Faiveley Musigny was excellent, could you bring another please? … Oh, I see...
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#57 Post by Michael Lewis » August 25th, 2016, 10:32 am

mdavis wrote:
Michael Lewis wrote:Pierre Overnoy Poulsard. Unfortunately my attempt to corner the U.S. market netted me like six bottles total.
Beat you on that one :)...seems like the well has dried up.

Back in the day, you could buy as much of the 2002 as you wanted for like $20/bottle!

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I know! Wish my palate had been developed enough at that point to understand/enjoy those wines. I did get to visit Houillon in Pupillin in 2015, which was an amazing experience.
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#58 Post by mdavis » August 25th, 2016, 7:45 pm

Michael Lewis wrote:
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Michael Lewis wrote:Pierre Overnoy Poulsard. Unfortunately my attempt to corner the U.S. market netted me like six bottles total.
Beat you on that one :)...seems like the well has dried up.

Back in the day, you could buy as much of the 2002 as you wanted for like $20/bottle!

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I know! Wish my palate had been developed enough at that point to understand/enjoy those wines. I did get to visit Houillon in Pupillin in 2015, which was an amazing experience.
Ahh, cool - I haven't had the pleasure of visiting... 6 Poulsard is actually a large part of the US allocation :) Well done.

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#59 Post by Bob Foster » August 25th, 2016, 10:28 pm

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#60 Post by Ken V » August 26th, 2016, 5:35 am

I believe I own every bottle ever made of 1989 Monfortino.

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#61 Post by Jay Miller » August 26th, 2016, 6:15 am

mdavis wrote:
Michael Lewis wrote:Pierre Overnoy Poulsard. Unfortunately my attempt to corner the U.S. market netted me like six bottles total.
Beat you on that one :)...seems like the well has dried up.

Back in the day, you could buy as much of the 2002 as you wanted for like $20/bottle!

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Younguns. I remember occasionally picking up a bottle in the late '90s since it would sit on the shelf in Garnet untouched for months on end.

Found out about it due to Stuart Yaniger's epic rant about a bad bottle of the 1993.
Ripe fruit isn't necessarily a flaw.

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#62 Post by Scott Watkins » August 26th, 2016, 9:11 am

Just this morning...2001 Dominus estate @ $100 [dance-clap.gif]
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#63 Post by Michael Lewis » August 26th, 2016, 10:50 am

Jay Miller wrote:
mdavis wrote:
Michael Lewis wrote:Pierre Overnoy Poulsard. Unfortunately my attempt to corner the U.S. market netted me like six bottles total.
Beat you on that one :)...seems like the well has dried up.

Back in the day, you could buy as much of the 2002 as you wanted for like $20/bottle!

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Younguns. I remember occasionally picking up a bottle in the late '90s since it would sit on the shelf in Garnet untouched for months on end.

Found out about it due to Stuart Yaniger's epic rant about a bad bottle of the 1993.
I did get to taste a bottle of the 1993 once, and it was every bit as bad as Yaniger's note portrayed it to be. But I nonetheless really appreciate the gesture from a friend here in DC opening it when I was around. I heard there are also good bottles of the 1993 out there, but alas, that was not what we had on our hands.
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#64 Post by Mike Evans » August 26th, 2016, 11:55 am

A bottle of the 1993 Overnoy Poulsard I opened the summer of 2014 was reduced at first but opened up nicely with air and was quite pleasant, despite having been stored at room temp since I acquired it as it was lost in my short term queue. That didn't stop me from regaling the group with a dramatic reading of Stuart Yaniger's note, but only after everyone had a fair chance to judge it without that influence. My own pet theory is that the extended time at room temperature allowed the various microbes to engage in a battle of mutual destruction with the pleasant fruit remaining as the sole survivor. I'll put the theory to the test when I open my last bottle which has been well stored since release.

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#65 Post by Michael Kennedy » August 27th, 2016, 9:34 am

In the early '80 I attended a wine tasting at Catholic University, in Washington, DC. A gentleman from California brought 3 nights worth of wine for about 25 people to taste. On the final night he poured a 77 Phelps Gewürztraminer. From my past tasting experience I was told that you will either love or hate a Gewürzt. This wine was nearly over powering in the nose, where it appeared to have rose blossoms in the glass. My wife was with me and we both agreed that this was the wine of the evening. The next day I went to my local wine shop and bought all he had and over the next week went to at least 3-4 other stores and purchased all I could my hands on. It became our house wine and everyone that it was served to was amazed at the perfume of roses in the nose. I have never had a wine like that since.

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#66 Post by Sean Devaney » August 27th, 2016, 10:17 am

Michael those Phelps Gewrtz in the early 80's were some of my favorite white wines of the time. Walter Shrug was the winemaker at the time and learned his wine making in Germany.

My one time buying up every wine available was 1990 Bannister RRV Zinfandel. I was only able to get four bottles but there were only three barrels produced. One of the best Zins I have ever had and always wonder which vineyard it came from.

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#67 Post by Ron Kramer » August 27th, 2016, 8:30 pm

1990 Clos Naudin Ph. Foreau, Vouvray Moelleux Goutte d'Or
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#68 Post by mdavis » August 27th, 2016, 10:14 pm

Mike Evans wrote:A bottle of the 1993 Overnoy Poulsard I opened the summer of 2014 was reduced at first but opened up nicely with air and was quite pleasant, despite having been stored at room temp since I acquired it as it was lost in my short term queue. That didn't stop me from regaling the group with a dramatic reading of Stuart Yaniger's note, but only after everyone had a fair chance to judge it without that influence. My own pet theory is that the extended time at room temperature allowed the various microbes to engage in a battle of mutual destruction with the pleasant fruit remaining as the sole survivor. I'll put the theory to the test when I open my last bottle which has been well stored since release.
Great to hear it came around...interesting theory.

The bottle of 1993 Poulsard I tried a few years ago never became drinkable, unfortunately. This particular wine was famously messed up. I don't think the late great Joe Dressner liked it either.

I had similar issues with some 1998.

Though, 2002 was the first vintage I drank a case or more of :).

The wines are so alive and the great ones (like 2002s) have palate complexity that rivals the best wines in the world, IMO.

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#69 Post by Bryan Price » May 12th, 2020, 8:46 am

I've now ordered two cases of the 2013 Scherrer RRV pinot at $25 a pop. At that price it's practically stealing, although mostly it's taking advantage of Covid restaurant pricing.
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#70 Post by edwardmilstein » May 12th, 2020, 9:26 am

When I tasted 90 Haut Brion- I loved it and saw the price inmost stores in NY was 80 a bottle- cleaned out 3 different retailers
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#71 Post by Jay Miller » May 12th, 2020, 12:34 pm

Does it count if only one bottle was available? If so, then yes.
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#72 Post by Josh Grossman » May 12th, 2020, 12:38 pm

I think I bought all the bottles of 2001 Château Sociando-Mallet Cuvée Jean Gautreau. It was only three bottles though.

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#73 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » May 12th, 2020, 12:41 pm

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A few years ago over a six month period I purchased every bottle of 2004 Charvin CdP then available for sale in the US. Those three places still listed on Wine Searcher don't have any or don't ship to California. I still have 23 bottles left of the 60+ I scrounged. I really like 2004 Charvin!
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#74 Post by Chris Seiber » May 12th, 2020, 1:01 pm

I think when I made my third and final pass through reloading the 2017 Pierre Girardin Eclat de Calcaire Blanc from Wine Exchange, they were the last bottles showing in the USA on WSPro from that or any vintage.

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#75 Post by alan weinberg » May 12th, 2020, 1:01 pm

yes. Long ago bought every bottle of Roumier Bonnes Mares 99 I could find and 99 DRC la Tâche. Even took out mortgage on house for la Tâche. Internet was in infancy and no wine-searcher or early wine-searcher, can’t remember.

I see now that I posted this in 2016.

Reminds me of the thread, “what wine do you own the most of?” that Rob Rosania shut down when he announced that he had bought 500 CASES of 96 Salon. Yeah, just 6 bottle cases, but 3000 bottles of, at that time, a $200 bottle of wine, so $600,000 of Salon—now worth $3,000,000 at retail.

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#76 Post by Nate Simon » May 12th, 2020, 1:22 pm

A nearby restaurant had a Syrah I loved, that nobody ever ordered off the list (you know, the old Syrah/syphilis thing). Anyway, over a few months I bought their entire supply from the wine director.

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#77 Post by Bryan Price » May 12th, 2020, 1:28 pm

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Does it count if only one bottle was available? If so, then yes.
I think the question is which wine you have bought the most?
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#78 Post by Paul Miller » May 12th, 2020, 1:28 pm

A few years ago, sort of the old Pax made a rosé that came in an odd shaped bottle. Sam’s/Binny’s had it, and also had Mags. Loved the wine for summer. I ultimately cleared the shelf at Binny’s.

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#79 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » May 12th, 2020, 1:42 pm

For many reasons, No.
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#80 Post by Mike Evans » May 12th, 2020, 1:56 pm

I bought 15 bottles of 2014 Clos Roche Blanche Pif, which was as many as I could find.

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#81 Post by Jim Stewart » May 12th, 2020, 2:07 pm

Interesting thread that just got Lazurused! Reading Warren's OP for the first time today all I could think was WOW! His post could have been the answer to the question "What is the most WineBerserker thing that you have ever done?" If I had read this when I first found WB I might have been scared off. But I didn't and I wasn't.
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#82 Post by Brian Tuite » May 12th, 2020, 8:17 pm

1983 Hacienda del Rio Zinfandel Leno Martinelli Vineyard - 2 bottles on WineBid that I got into a bidding war over. They were both exceptional. Have not seen one on the market since and CT shows no inventory.
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#83 Post by Craig G » May 12th, 2020, 8:44 pm

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:
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For many reasons, No.
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#84 Post by Kirk.Grant » May 13th, 2020, 5:01 am

Bryan Price wrote:
May 12th, 2020, 1:28 pm
Jay Miller wrote:
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Does it count if only one bottle was available? If so, then yes.
I think the question is which wine you have bought the most?
If that's the case...then I bought about 2.5 cases of the 1994 Musar. But there was still about 20+ cases in our area, so for me that wouldn't qualify for the OPs question.

Adding to the list since i last posted:

2017 Tement Sauvignon Blanc Grosse Lage STK Zieregg (I still only have 3 bottles)
2005 Prince Florent de Merode Corton-Maréchaudes (After a dinner at "the meca" and tasting a bottle of the 1964 I bought every bottle I could find of the 2005...all three of them in 2016)
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#85 Post by Victor Hong » May 13th, 2020, 5:23 am

Le Volte de Ornellaia 1997. Double-magnums, $30 each.
Warre's Late-Bottled Vintage Port 1994, $15 each.
Poniatowski Aigle Blanc Vouvray 1989, $12 each.
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