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Snooth User: bostonlobsterman

Celebration Bordeaux

Posted by bostonlobsterman, Apr 20, 2017.

Hi All-

Have not had a chance to get on here for a while. After my daughter was born in 98 and the wines started coming out a couple years later I started buying 98s from Bugundy and Bordeaux as I came across them. A couple days ago I opened one for the first time to celebrate her getting into the USC drama school. All of a sudden we're Trojan football fans. Funny how that works. Anyway the wine was big, opened up as it breathed but not as much explosive after taste as when I first experience what a truly great wine was. That was a 1970 Chateau Margeaux consumed in 1984. My friend had several cases that he purchased cheap before the price went through the roof after Nixon served it in the White House. Anyway back to my wine, it was very good, dry slightly acidic with bold hints of berry-like flavors passing in and out. Earthy as well.

It was consumed with a simple cheese app and bread. 


Reply by dmcker, Apr 20, 2017.

Haven't had that Pomerol. What else do you have stored away?

And congrats to your daughter. Laughed at your Tommy Trojan football fan analogy. Plenty of stories about them to recount some day over a bottle or three of Bordeaux or other.

Glad to see you back.

Reply by bostonlobsterman, Apr 20, 2017.

I really do not know what I have,except they are a mix of Burg and Bord. The are laying horizontal in wooden crates stacked up so access is not particularly easy. But then I planned not to touch them for a long time.The storage I believe is adequate as the basement stays cool year-round. I believe them to be good wines in an OK year but not great wines.

Reply by Really Big Al, Apr 20, 2017.

Sounds like it's time for a party.  I've had a few wines from Pomerol, but I don't remember which ones anymore.  I bet keeping the wines out of easy reach has enabled the years to go by without consuming them.  Overall, I think I like the Bordeaux region of France the best.  I really enjoy Bordeaux-style wines from the states too.


Reply by rckr1951, Apr 20, 2017.

Congrats to your daughter and to your resolve to wait.  I to have a small collection of Bordeaux - I've only got room for 24 French wines and over half are Bordeaux.  Keep a 6-7 year rotation with them.

Reply by duncan 906, Apr 21, 2017.

I have had  a couple of Pomerols but not that one. I must confess that I do like right bank clarets.1998 was regarded as a very good year in Bordeaux

Reply by JonDerry, Apr 21, 2017.

Congrats on USC, maybe we'll see you in LA some time in the future. As it happens, a few of us are dining in Culver City tonight.

Also curious as to what other 98's you have stashed away. Seem to recall that being a good vintage for the Right Bank.

Reply by zufrieden, Apr 21, 2017.

I have a number of 2005 Pomerol (inter alia), but, as some have said, "not that one."  However, I no longer drink much from this region as the produce has become too over-priced.  It is not so much a matter of being able to buy the juice, but rather an ethical one;, viz. I can get better for less and share with friends for much less.

My Chinese neighbours care not for my reservations.  But they are them, I am me.


Reply by GregT, Apr 21, 2017.

But they are them, I am me.

I like it!

Welcome back BLM!

Reply by zufrieden, Apr 21, 2017.

Glad to be in a position to get your attention.  I'll try to keep them coming.  Gold old NYC.


Reply by dmcker, Apr 22, 2017.

Zuf, Greg gave up on NYC awhile back.  ;-)   Do you benefit from your Chinese neighbors' apparent predilection for serving named Boreaux?

BLM, as Dunc said, Even if not as good as, say, '96, '98 is a very good year for Bordeaux. There are arguments about whether it's better for the right or left bank, but they're best solved by first-person taste tests, IMHO.

Reply by duncan 906, Apr 22, 2017.

I have had and enjoyed a number of 98 right bank clarets.I even had a 98 Pomerol  a Chateau Haut Ferrand which was very good.. Pomerol [and Saint Emilion ] is often considered the spiritual home of the merlot grape although it is usually blended with a little cabernet franc

Reply by zufrieden, Apr 22, 2017.

I seem to recall that relocation a while back, but 'tis a small matter for him, being a broth of a boy!


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