February 2013: What are you drinking?

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Originally posted by g-man:
1985 Fonseca
NV Marc Chauvet
2002 Quinteralli Valpolicella
2004 Ken Wright Carter Vineyard
2005 Baumard QdC
2005 Cayuse Cailloux Syrah
2003 Cos
2007 Larkmead Firebelle
2007 Aubert Richie Chard
1988 La mission haut brion
2000 Solaia




How was the Cos?
2008 Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva. Made from organic grapes this young Sangiovese is drinking surprisingly well. Soft tannins,sweet fruit, mild acidity and a beautiful nose. This was a gift from a long time client/friend who is recovering from cancer. He was thanking my wife and I for the organic foods we provide through our store.

Namaste Smile
We went up to the cottage with friends & our kids for Family Day/Heritage Day or whatever we call this excuse for not working. It's been pretty nippy (-21C in the evening), so we've spent more time bending elbows vs freezing our touchas off in this winter wonderland. Good thing I have a large wine cellar up here. So far:

2002 Brochet Hervieux Brut
2008 Jean-Claude Bessin La Fourchame La Piece au Comte Chablis
2009 Terredora Fiano di Avellino Terre di Dora
2004 Terredora Pago dei Fusi
2004 Fattoria Pupille Safredi
2005 Jonata El Corazón
2006 Jonata Todos
2006 d’Alessandro Syrah Cortona Il Bosco
2003 Bois de Boursan Cuvée des Felix

and there's one more day to go...
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Originally posted by on the wine:
We went up to the cottage with friends & our kids for Family Day/Heritage Day or whatever we call this excuse for not working. It's been pretty nippy (-21C in the evening), so we've spent more time bending elbows vs freezing our touchas off in this winter wonderland. Good thing I have a large wine cellar up here.


Just curious otw: how do you maintain a steady temperature in that cellar?
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Originally posted by Shane T.:
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Originally posted by Jonanator:

2002 Chateau d'Yquem


Jonanator, I saw this for sale locally @ $170 per 750ml. Based on your recent experience, is it a buy at this price?


At that price for a 750, that's a definite buy IMO. I savoured every last sip of this. Amazing stuff!
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Originally posted by Jonanator:
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Originally posted by Shane T.:
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Originally posted by Jonanator:

2002 Chateau d'Yquem


Jonanator, I saw this for sale locally @ $170 per 750ml. Based on your recent experience, is it a buy at this price?




At that price for a 750, that's a definite buy IMO. I savoured every last sip of this. Amazing stuff!


Thanks. Hopefully it's still there when I go back!
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Originally posted by Gkapoor:
Over the weekend:


2009 Chapoutier Le Meal Blanc

2009 Chapoutier Le Pavillon


What did you think of those at their tender age? I have both, and have more than once considered opening them, but conventional wisdom says to wait. Were they enjoyable to you?
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Originally posted by Seaquam:
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Originally posted by Gkapoor:
Over the weekend:


2009 Chapoutier Le Meal Blanc

2009 Chapoutier Le Pavillon


What did you think of those at their tender age? I have both, and have more than once considered opening them, but conventional wisdom says to wait. Were they enjoyable to you?


I loved the Le Meal Blanc, tropical fruits on the nose and palate with a fleshy finish. Full disclosure, I prefer white rhones on the younger side. The Pavillon on the hand did not have a good showing, for my palate, as the nose was similar to a cali cab and finish a little hollow. Maybe it is closed for business, no idea.

GlennK and I had the Granits blanc and it was simply stunning, splitting hairs but it beat out the le meal blanc. Please post your thoughts if you decide to open them.
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Originally posted by Gkapoor:
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Originally posted by Seaquam:
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Originally posted by Gkapoor:
Over the weekend:


2009 Chapoutier Le Meal Blanc

2009 Chapoutier Le Pavillon


What did you think of those at their tender age? I have both, and have more than once considered opening them, but conventional wisdom says to wait. Were they enjoyable to you?


I loved the Le Meal Blanc, tropical fruits on the nose and palate with a fleshy finish. Full disclosure, I prefer white rhones on the younger side. The Pavillon on the hand did not have a good showing, for my palate, as the nose was similar to a cali cab and finish a little hollow. Maybe it is closed for business, no idea.

GlennK and I had the Granits blanc and it was simply stunning, splitting hairs but it beat out the le meal blanc. Please post your thoughts if you decide to open them.


First, two brilliant and serious wines.

The Granits should show better currently and glad to hear it was showing so very well... please try the Le Meal Blanc with age.

The Le Pavillon is so very young. The '90 is a pup, and I beg of you to hold the '09 until you are 50. Wink

Thanks for the tip on the '09 Granits blanc, I shall start my search tomorrow.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by Gkapoor:
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Originally posted by Seaquam:
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Originally posted by Gkapoor:
Over the weekend:


2009 Chapoutier Le Meal Blanc

2009 Chapoutier Le Pavillon


What did you think of those at their tender age? I have both, and have more than once considered opening them, but conventional wisdom says to wait. Were they enjoyable to you?


I loved the Le Meal Blanc, tropical fruits on the nose and palate with a fleshy finish. Full disclosure, I prefer white rhones on the younger side. The Pavillon on the hand did not have a good showing, for my palate, as the nose was similar to a cali cab and finish a little hollow. Maybe it is closed for business, no idea.

GlennK and I had the Granits blanc and it was simply stunning, splitting hairs but it beat out the le meal blanc. Please post your thoughts if you decide to open them.


First, two brilliant and serious wines.

The Granits should show better currently and glad to hear it was showing so very well... please try the Le Meal Blanc with age.

The Le Pavillon is so very young. The '90 is a pup, and I beg of you to hold the '09 until you are 50. Wink

Thanks for the tip on the '09 Granits blanc, I shall start my search tomorrow.


Echoing the thoughts here. I tasted 08 through 10 Le Meal and 09 through 11 of the Granits when I visited Chapoutier a few months back. He Granits definitely showed better initially but the Le Meal just feels so much more coiled and dense. I sense the 09 going pretty far in longevity although I do not have enough experience with older hermitage blanc to be authoritative. Loved both though!
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Originally posted by VinT:
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Originally posted by on the wine:
We went up to the cottage with friends & our kids for Family Day/Heritage Day or whatever we call this excuse for not working. It's been pretty nippy (-21C in the evening), so we've spent more time bending elbows vs freezing our touchas off in this winter wonderland. Good thing I have a large wine cellar up here.


Just curious otw: how do you maintain a steady temperature in that cellar?

The cellar is underground accessible from the basement but outside the footprint - like a old-fashioned 'cold cellar'. It is insulated all round with ARXX insulating concrete. I have a humidifier which keeps the humidity between 65-70%, but no other cooling or heating. It stays around 55F throughout the fall/winter/spring and tends to drift up towards 60F in the summer. The maximum variation I get is 5 degrees Fahrenheit. It's surprisingly stable.
Just curious otw: how do you maintain a steady temperature in that cellar?[/QUOTE]
The cellar is underground accessible from the basement but outside the footprint - like a old-fashioned 'cold cellar'. It is insulated all round with ARXX insulating concrete. I have a humidifier which keeps the humidity between 65-70%, but no other cooling or heating. It stays around 55F throughout the fall/winter/spring and tends to drift up towards 60F in the summer. The maximum variation I get is 5 degrees Fahrenheit. It's surprisingly stable.[/QUOTE]

Sounds like an ideal cellar!
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Originally posted by marcb7:
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Originally posted by g-man:
1985 Fonseca
NV Marc Chauvet
2002 Quinteralli Valpolicella
2004 Ken Wright Carter Vineyard
2005 Baumard QdC
2005 Cayuse Cailloux Syrah
2003 Cos
2007 Larkmead Firebelle
2007 Aubert Richie Chard
1988 La mission haut brion
2000 Solaia




How was the Cos?


youthful, but muddled currants.
notes say that i got more notes of ink and brambles to start and only later did some currants show up.

I'd say it was in a dumb stage.
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Originally posted by g-man:
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Originally posted by marcb7:
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Originally posted by g-man:
1985 Fonseca
NV Marc Chauvet
2002 Quinteralli Valpolicella
2004 Ken Wright Carter Vineyard
2005 Baumard QdC
2005 Cayuse Cailloux Syrah
2003 Cos
2007 Larkmead Firebelle
2007 Aubert Richie Chard
1988 La mission haut brion
2000 Solaia




How was the Cos?


youthful, but muddled currants.
notes say that i got more notes of ink and brambles to start and only later did some currants show up.

I'd say it was in a dumb stage.


Sorry to hear that. I had the '03 Cos last summer, and it was my WOTY by a wide margin. It did need 12+ hours of air though...
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Originally posted by Shane T.:
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Originally posted by mpls wine guy:
2007 Heitz Napa Valley Cabernet.


What did you think?


The 2007 was drinking well and the 2008 will be released in March. Most Napa wines are on the 2009 or 2010 vintage but Heitz waits longer to release their wines.

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