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too much knowledge!

By billn on March 27, 2013 #other sites

Jurors were rigorously vetted by both teams of lawyers. One juror, Decanter.com understands, was dismissed because she said she was a librarian who had read books on wine, particularly a book about corks.


fourrier: that’s how you do it ;-)

By billn on March 22, 2013 #other sites

Pic stolen from soyouwanttobeasommelier.blogspot.de/

A guide to serving your young bottles, from Jean-Marc Fourrier. Thanks Levi!

How many times have I told you that you needed to give them a big shake? It’s also Christophe Roumier’s preferred approach 😉

kudos to cellar-tracker…

By billn on March 21, 2013 #other sites

There’s plenty of hoopla now about ‘His Parkerness’ suing his former #1 son – it seems the disintegration of an old and relatively trusted brand; yet with new Asian ownership and a business plan (I assume they have a business plan!) that must have a strong focus towards the largely untapped Asian consumer, it probably matters not a jot to the management team. Of-course for armchair commentators it is the thing of dreams 😉

Over the last years, however, I think that CellarTracker has become a much more valuable tool when it comes to ‘what to drink?’ – as opposed to ‘what to buy?’. For example I considered I might like to open a bottle of Rousseau Chambertin this week, and given that I have a little more of the ’98, I thought that might be the one. I quickly checked CellarTracker and found 28 notes on that wine, the most recent:

All black fruit with modest spice, mostly new oak, and a meaty character.

Let’s forget that the taster giver it 94 points, more important to me was the oak reference. I get bored with commenting on oak in wines, so this note sealed it – the wine can wait in the cellar for a few more years. Thanks CellarTracker.

It doesn’t help me wading through the cases to choose a replacement though!

yep, bin there, done that…

By billn on March 18, 2013 #other sites

Then something odd happened. With each successive campaign, even as I had more disposable income to spend, the level of Bordeaux I could afford to buy kept shifting downward. I could no longer afford to drink as well as I did when I was a penniless student! When the 2005s came out to even greater fanfare and frenzy than the 2000s, I didn’t buy six cases. I bought six bottles. In the years since, the number has been zero.

From Keith; note, it doesn’t just apply to Bordeaux 😉

Oh, and take it from me as I’ve tried it, THIS is soooo good!

Burgundy Report

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