I've had a few bottles of Mouton Rothschild from the 1980s. It is a wonderful wine, as are all of them in that class. Some vintages are incredible but none of them are ever bad. The Petrus was absolutely marvelous, it's probably the one wine from Bordeaux that can age for 100 years. It doesn't even begin to be great until about 50 years. To the right on my shelf is a bottle of 1928 Cheval Blanc. We drank that last year. It smelled like Cheval Blanc. it tasted like Cheval Blanc but the color had faded and it looked like a Rosé. I have drunk more Cheval Blanc form various vintages than any other Bordeaux and I like it very much. However I would have to say the Bordeaux I like the best is Chateaux Margaux. It is delicate on the nose and in the mouth but then you realize how subtly powerful and structured it really is. Amazing. Laffite Rothschild is similar to that I think.The high point bottle I would put up there from my more limited experience is a 1936 Chateau Mouton Rothschild. The explosion of flavors was (and is) unforgettable.
Was the Petrus all you hoped for?
So perhaps wine should really bump sliced bread down the list at least one notch.
My daughter and her husband work in the wine industry. Her husband a lawyer, who worked in all aspects of the industry for 18 years is a manager for a well known vintar. My daughter for who in the past worked for seven different quality vintars, working her way up the food chain in the Napa Wine Industry, had her own company Ullage Consulting promoting vineyards product lineup, as well as various Napa Valley's Sparkling WIne Houses products, till she was lured away recently by $$$$ for another high end Vintage Vintar.Chill the Champaign before opening.
These are the same winemakers who's wines are regularly being outclassed by new world vineyards? I'm not sure that the quality of the wine is the reason that they are sticking with cork.I doubt that the old famous chateaux in France will be switching to Stelvin closures or any other cork replacement anytime soon.
I can't tell you the number of times I've put a cork screw through a screw on cap on an exceptionally good bottle of Pinot noir.These are the same winemakers who's wines are regularly being outclassed by new world vineyards? I'm not sure that the quality of the wine is the reason that they are sticking with cork.
I admit to liking the romance of pulling a cork and wondering what you will get. The little ceremony. But there are no benefits beyond 'tradition' for cork, and many for stelvin closures.
It's not just TCA, there is also a higher incidence of brettanomyces with cork, not to mention simple failure to seal. I made the mistake of taking just one bottle away with me for a significant birthday (it was the third or fourth of 6 I had stored for ~15 years). Arguably one of the top wines from Australias
bestmost expensive winemaker. Pulled the capsule, only to see the dreaded sparkling sign of wine that had come past the cork. It went into a stew. 4 others have been perfect, I have one left.
Using cork nowdays just signals to me that the winemaker cares more about their romance and tradition than they do about the wine.
We all hate you.A case of 1935 Latour. A case of 1953 Chateau Margaux. A case of 1963 Dow's port.
I was so spoiled as a young man.
Hate is a little strong….maybe intensely jealous?We all hate you.
Sorry - that sucks.I'm just so pissed that I'm medically not allowed to fly. I would have slurped a glass or two with immense joy. Hey, ho.
You would think, but the video shows otherwise.Kinda goes without saying.
sombodey who haded cased the joite, an inside job.......(they also stole the steering wheel from my sports car. Nothing else, just the steering wheel. And were careful removing it. What sort of person does that?)
We all hate you.
Doesn't ruin my palate.I don't hate him, but I'm curious whether he & his mates ruin their palates by smoking, while sampling the good stuff.
The kind of person who intends to come back another time and take the rest of it.Sorry - that sucks.
I shared a bottle of 1998 E&E black pepper shiraz with my father a few years ago. He declared it the best wine he had ever drunk. I had 4 left, and looked forward to sharing them with him over time. (We live in different states and only see each other a few times a year)
In the middle of moving house, some people broke into our house and gave it a very thorough going over, selectively taking things of high value. Of the ~50 odd bottles of wine I had in that house, they took about 8, including those 4. That really pissed me off. Wine can represent more than just something nice to drink.
(they also stole the steering wheel from my sports car. Nothing else, just the steering wheel. And were careful removing it. What sort of person does that?)
Dad as a surgeon had just two iron-clad rules at home.I don't hate him, but I'm curious whether he & his mates ruin their palates by smoking, while sampling the good stuff.
Dad as a surgeon had just two iron-clad rules at home.
1. No motorcycles
2. No smoking
He spent a lot of his life fixing problems that those two had caused.
Doesn't ruin my palate.
Wait a minute, you're one of those former smokers aren't you.