a corking corton

1996 Hospices de Beaune, 'Dumay' Corton
1996 Hospices de Beaune, 'Dumay' Corton

Did I say normal service would be resumed? Well Friday evening’s bottle didn’t quite go to plan – it was horribly corked…
(I hope tomorrow’s Mazis fares better!)

Agree? Disagree? Anything you'd like to add?

There are 4 responses to “a corking corton”

  1. Simon23rd June 2009 at 12:32 pmPermalinkReply


    What do you do with such a purchase? This wine is not cheap. Do you try to get your money back? Even if you bought it 10 years ago? Or do you take your loss? (Maybe you’ve had it so long you don’t remember where you got it).

    • billn23rd June 2009 at 12:54 pmPermalinkReply

      Hi Simon – in this case there’s nothing I can do – it was a 12-pack purchase at a Swiss auction about 3 years ago – no recourse I’m afraid. If I’ve bought from a producer, I might chivvy them along to replace a bottle, and certainly I have the expectation of a replacement from a merchant. Those who do not replace no-longer become a source for me – and are told in no uncertain terms – that’s the only time I ever try on a ‘do you know who I am?’, but subtly, by including my website link in my email…

  2. David J23rd June 2009 at 2:54 pmPermalinkReply

    The only time I ever had this wine, the 97, it was corked too!

  3. Ray Walker23rd June 2009 at 3:34 pmPermalinkReply

    Bill, that subtle link at the foot of the email is a great move. Do you ever need to pull credentials for tastings, etc.?

  4. billn23rd June 2009 at 3:54 pmPermalinkReply

    Hi Ray,
    I never did – the rewards of several years of insomnia and typing – means I tend to get a few invites without any soliciting. I do usually make first email contact with domaines referring to writing a domaine profile on B-R. That’s about 60% effective – which frankly is as many visits as i’ve time for anyway!

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