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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:57 am 
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Anything nice and / or interesting over the weekend?

Yes. It's my 10th year on the Council, so I pushed the boat out. The guests had Carignan Old Vine Pietas 2017
The Management and I got stuck into a bottle of Château Cheval Blanc.

What can I say?

Love to meet you one day. I think we'd have a grand time.


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Cracked open this over the weekend:

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Rocher des Croix, nice AOP vineyard called Château Pas du Cerf in the Var region. Mostly famous for its rose wine but they do some exceptional whites as well.


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BBR have just mailed me. Mystery cases. Good £120, Better £225 and Best £395.

Better case will feature a bottle of 2010 Les Tourelles de Longueville; and the Best will contain a 2003 Ch. Batailley and a 2015 Puligny-Montrachet from Domaine Jacques Carillon.

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globus wrote:
frankster wrote:
Anything nice and / or interesting over the weekend?

Yes. It's my 10th year on the Council, so I pushed the boat out. The guests had Carignan Old Vine Pietas 2017
The Management and I got stuck into a bottle of Château Cheval Blanc.

What can I say?

Love to meet you one day. I think we'd have a grand time.


What vintage, Globus?

Pretty harsh on your guests!


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2010. I made a big mistake a few years ago when I poured out some Haut Brion to guests at a barbeque.

They poured it down their throats like water. So, I decided I was not going to do that again.

My grandchilren's baptism comes up shortly (6th May) and I shall be the wine supplier.

The guests will get a decent glass of wine but at a sensible price.

The white will be Mudhouse and a Peter Lehmann Riesling.

Not sure of the final choice for the reds. I'm seeing Mr Amps about that this week.

I'm also doing some cooking on request. And we have a few things from Waitrose.

Also doing the music. Taking down a few silly things to entertain. I've also got to do a speech.

It's a bit of pressure, but I find it fun.


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slick wrote:
globus wrote:
frankster wrote:
Anything nice and / or interesting over the weekend?

Yes. It's my 10th year on the Council, so I pushed the boat out. The guests had Carignan Old Vine Pietas 2017
The Management and I got stuck into a bottle of Château Cheval Blanc.

What can I say?

Love to meet you one day. I think we'd have a grand time.


What vintage, Globus?

Pretty harsh on your guests!

Appears to do that quite regularly. Bog standard bottle for the guests, Grand Cru Classe for himself :lol:


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globus wrote:
frankster wrote:
Anything nice and / or interesting over the weekend?

Yes. It's my 10th year on the Council, so I pushed the boat out. The guests had Carignan Old Vine Pietas 2017
The Management and I got stuck into a bottle of Château Cheval Blanc.

What can I say?

Love to meet you one day. I think we'd have a grand time.


What vintage, Globus?

Pretty harsh on your guests!

Appears to do that quite regularly. Bog standard bottle for the guests, Grand Cru Classe for himself :lol:


I wasn't sure if this was a sacred thread where we were not allowed to giggle and call bullshit, so I held my tongue.


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The trouble is that many just do not appreciate a decent bottle.

I suppose I am a Scrooge in a way, but nobody complained. They were getting it free.

Got a bottle of Pernand Vergelesses lined up.


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slick wrote:
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slick wrote:
globus wrote:
frankster wrote:
Anything nice and / or interesting over the weekend?

Yes. It's my 10th year on the Council, so I pushed the boat out. The guests had Carignan Old Vine Pietas 2017
The Management and I got stuck into a bottle of Château Cheval Blanc.

What can I say?

Love to meet you one day. I think we'd have a grand time.


What vintage, Globus?

Pretty harsh on your guests!

Appears to do that quite regularly. Bog standard bottle for the guests, Grand Cru Classe for himself :lol:


I wasn't sure if this was a sacred thread where we were not allowed to giggle and call bullshit, so I held my tongue.

Good old Globus necking an £1100 a bottle wine whilst the guests make do with a tenners worth
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While I totally agree that some guests throw it back without even slowing down to look at it, do you really open yourself a different bottle of wine in front of your guests?

Do they not call you out on it?


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Flametop wrote:
While I totally agree that some guests throw it back without even slowing down to look at it, do you really open yourself a different bottle of wine in front of your guests?

Do they not call you out on it?


You think he actually has guests?


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Flametop wrote:
While I totally agree that some guests throw it back without even slowing down to look at it, do you really open yourself a different bottle of wine in front of your guests?

Do they not call you out on it?

We keep it in the utility room. Out of sight. Sneak in, fill up and nobody knows the difference.

We are a very generous couple. Got the shampoo lined up for the christening.

We went to France with the son (now dead, sadly) of Q from the Bond films. He was an "ambassador" for Taittinger here in the UK.

We had dinner Here

Family home. They all get married there. It's a strange building. Wide at the front but very short front to back.


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globus wrote:
Flametop wrote:
While I totally agree that some guests throw it back without even slowing down to look at it, do you really open yourself a different bottle of wine in front of your guests?

Do they not call you out on it?

We keep it in the utility room. Out of sight. Sneak in, fill up and nobody knows the difference.



And you wonder why no-one here wants to visit you. :roll:


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Flametop wrote:
While I totally agree that some guests throw it back without even slowing down to look at it, do you really open yourself a different bottle of wine in front of your guests?

Do they not call you out on it?


It's almost unbelievable isn't it?

What better way to enjoy a £1100 bottle of wine whilst celebrating 10 years with the council than by sneakily topping up in the utility room whilst pretending it's a £10 bottle.

:lol: :lol:


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slick wrote:
Flametop wrote:
While I totally agree that some guests throw it back without even slowing down to look at it, do you really open yourself a different bottle of wine in front of your guests?

Do they not call you out on it?


It's almost unbelievable isn't it?

What better way to enjoy a £1100 bottle of wine whilst celebrating 10 years with the council than by sneakily topping up in the utility room whilst pretending it's a £10 bottle.

:lol: :lol:

I hope the council wasn’t billed for that. The good folk of Oundle might start another petition.


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globus wrote:
Flametop wrote:
While I totally agree that some guests throw it back without even slowing down to look at it, do you really open yourself a different bottle of wine in front of your guests?

Do they not call you out on it?

We keep it in the utility room. Out of sight. Sneak in, fill up and nobody knows the difference.

We are a very generous couple. Got the shampoo lined up for the christening.

We went to France with the son (now dead, sadly) of Q from the Bond films. He was an "ambassador" for Taittinger here in the UK.

We had dinner Here

Family home. They all get married there. It's a strange building. Wide at the front but very short front to back.

What will you have in the utility room for you and the "management"


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SaintK wrote:
globus wrote:
Flametop wrote:
While I totally agree that some guests throw it back without even slowing down to look at it, do you really open yourself a different bottle of wine in front of your guests?

Do they not call you out on it?

We keep it in the utility room. Out of sight. Sneak in, fill up and nobody knows the difference.

We are a very generous couple. Got the shampoo lined up for the christening.

We went to France with the son (now dead, sadly) of Q from the Bond films. He was an "ambassador" for Taittinger here in the UK.

We had dinner Here

Family home. They all get married there. It's a strange building. Wide at the front but very short front to back.

What will you have in the utility room for you and the "management"

Shampoo and conditioner 2in1


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The trouble is that many just do not appreciate a decent bottle.

I suppose I am a Scrooge in a way, but nobody complained. They were getting it free.

Got a bottle of Pernand Vergelesses lined up.



You're not a comedy "Scrooge" you're a massive c unt.

The pleasure in wine is sharing it , the thing about opening a special bottle is changing people's opinion of wine or sharing the pleasure of something special. Why on earth you'd tell people that you're a c unt is beyond me.


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Irish wine drinkers may be interested in this event:

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And here's a new (related) blog post


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Thanks frankster.

Was in the Alsace over Christmas and visited Domaine Marcel Deiss. Incredible complexity in their field blends and was lucky enough to try some of their aged releases (we had a private tour and the tour guide used to work there). Another favourite was a smaller house Domaine Sylvie Spiellmann, where we had a 2006 Pinot Gris that was staggering in its depth.

Big Alsace tasting would be one to attend.


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This Pinot Blanc (blend!) was very nice:

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Thanks frankster.

Was in the Alsace over Christmas and visited Domaine Marcel Deiss. Incredible complexity in their field blends and was lucky enough to try some of their aged releases (we had a private tour and the tour guide used to work there). Another favourite was a smaller house Domaine Sylvie Spiellmann, where we had a 2006 Pinot Gris that was staggering in its depth.

Big Alsace tasting would be one to attend.


I've yet to visit Deiss, one of the top producers on my must-visit list. There will be some back vintages of Deiss (and some other producers) at the Big Alsace Tasting 8)


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globus wrote:
2010. I made a big mistake a few years ago when I poured out some Haut Brion to guests at a barbeque.

They poured it down their throats like water. So, I decided I was not going to do that again.

My grandchilren's baptism comes up shortly (6th May) and I shall be the wine supplier.

The guests will get a decent glass of wine but at a sensible price.

The white will be Mudhouse and a Peter Lehmann Riesling.

Not sure of the final choice for the reds. I'm seeing Mr Amps about that this week.

I'm also doing some cooking on request. And we have a few things from Waitrose.

Also doing the music. Taking down a few silly things to entertain. I've also got to do a speech.

It's a bit of pressure, but I find it fun.


Haunt Brion at a BBC! Lucky guests but probably not the best accompaniment to the food. I was surprised once in the Cardinal Vaughan to find the host had put out some Leoville Barton. He didn't like red wine!


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Prosecco is Italy's best known fizz, but the traditional method Franciacorta is in a different style and different league / price bracket.

I've tried quite a few and liked them but not loved them - until this one


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Prosecco is Italy's best known fizz, but the traditional method Franciacorta is in a different style and different league / price bracket.

I've tried quite a few and liked them but not loved them - until this one



How would it compare to say Grande Annne though, once your in that price range the comparison is fair ?


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bimboman wrote:
frankster wrote:
Prosecco is Italy's best known fizz, but the traditional method Franciacorta is in a different style and different league / price bracket.

I've tried quite a few and liked them but not loved them - until this one



How would it compare to say Grande Annne though, once your in that price range the comparison is fair ?


These are Irish prices which are ridiculously high - it's more like Moet or Veuve Clicquot price range x(


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frankster wrote:
bimboman wrote:
frankster wrote:
Prosecco is Italy's best known fizz, but the traditional method Franciacorta is in a different style and different league / price bracket.

I've tried quite a few and liked them but not loved them - until this one



How would it compare to say Grande Annne though, once your in that price range the comparison is fair ?


These are Irish prices which are ridiculously high - it's more like Moet or Veuve Clicquot price range x(



That's crackers, I buy grand Anne en primer cheaper than 50 euro a bottle. I can see from your report its better than either of those two.


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bimboman wrote:
frankster wrote:
bimboman wrote:
frankster wrote:
Prosecco is Italy's best known fizz, but the traditional method Franciacorta is in a different style and different league / price bracket.

I've tried quite a few and liked them but not loved them - until this one



How would it compare to say Grande Annne though, once your in that price range the comparison is fair ?


These are Irish prices which are ridiculously high - it's more like Moet or Veuve Clicquot price range x(



That's crackers, I buy grand Anne en primer cheaper than 50 euro a bottle. I can see from your report its better than either of those two.


Yes it's crackers, but that's the Irish wine market for you!


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bimboman wrote:
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The trouble is that many just do not appreciate a decent bottle.

I suppose I am a Scrooge in a way, but nobody complained. They were getting it free.

Got a bottle of Pernand Vergelesses lined up.



You're not a comedy "Scrooge" you're a massive whassit.

The pleasure in wine is sharing it , the thing about opening a special bottle is changing people's opinion of wine or sharing the pleasure of something special. Why on earth you'd tell people that you're a whassit is beyond me.

Don't be silly. We are incredibly generous. We attend wine tastings at the local wine shop. A barbeque is not a wine tasting appreciation event.

Incidentally we were given some more Reidels including some rather nice riesling glasses.

The collection grows.

We've gone for a "mystery" case from Mr Amps. I'm wondering what will turn up.


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globus wrote:
bimboman wrote:
globus wrote:
The trouble is that many just do not appreciate a decent bottle.

I suppose I am a Scrooge in a way, but nobody complained. They were getting it free.

Got a bottle of Pernand Vergelesses lined up.



You're not a comedy "Scrooge" you're a massive whassit.

The pleasure in wine is sharing it , the thing about opening a special bottle is changing people's opinion of wine or sharing the pleasure of something special. Why on earth you'd tell people that you're a whassit is beyond me.

Don't be silly. We are incredibly generous. We attend wine tastings at the local wine shop. A barbeque is not a wine tasting appreciation event.

Incidentally we were given some more Reidels including some rather nice riesling glasses.

The collection grows.

We've gone for a "mystery" case from Mr Amps. I'm wondering what will turn up.


Are Reidels similar to Riedels? :P


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globus wrote:
bimboman wrote:
globus wrote:
The trouble is that many just do not appreciate a decent bottle.

I suppose I am a Scrooge in a way, but nobody complained. They were getting it free.

Got a bottle of Pernand Vergelesses lined up.



You're not a comedy "Scrooge" you're a massive whassit.

The pleasure in wine is sharing it , the thing about opening a special bottle is changing people's opinion of wine or sharing the pleasure of something special. Why on earth you'd tell people that you're a whassit is beyond me.

Don't be silly. We are incredibly generous. We attend wine tastings at the local wine shop. A barbeque is not a wine tasting appreciation event.

Incidentally we were given some more Reidels including some rather nice riesling glasses.

The collection grows.

We've gone for a "mystery" case from Mr Amps. I'm wondering what will turn up.


Trouble is Globus, this is a really excellent thread which I dip into frequently and you have lost all credibility with that nonsense, which is a shame. Keep it real, man.


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Hum. It's wine related and it's real. What's the problem?

Relax.


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frankster wrote:
globus wrote:
bimboman wrote:
globus wrote:
The trouble is that many just do not appreciate a decent bottle.

I suppose I am a Scrooge in a way, but nobody complained. They were getting it free.

Got a bottle of Pernand Vergelesses lined up.



You're not a comedy "Scrooge" you're a massive whassit.

The pleasure in wine is sharing it , the thing about opening a special bottle is changing people's opinion of wine or sharing the pleasure of something special. Why on earth you'd tell people that you're a whassit is beyond me.

Don't be silly. We are incredibly generous. We attend wine tastings at the local wine shop. A barbeque is not a wine tasting appreciation event.

Incidentally we were given some more Reidels including some rather nice riesling glasses.

The collection grows.

We've gone for a "mystery" case from Mr Amps. I'm wondering what will turn up.


Are Reidels similar to Riedels? :P

They are! Silly mistake. I'm just not perfect.


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Continuing my journey of Var / Cote d'Azur wines I can also recommend this from Château de Brégançon. A Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah rose, very smooth, very dry.

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http://www.chateau-de-bregancon.com/vin-cotes-de-provence-rose-reserve


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Just had a half of a bottle of Josef Chromy with my lunch (from my mystery box).

Tasmanian Riesling 2016. Nicely balanced with a good finish. Good for spicy curries, but I had it with avocado and prawns. It went really well.

The tasting notes tell me that Tasmania produces less than 1% of the total production of Australian wine.


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globus wrote:
bimboman wrote:
globus wrote:
The trouble is that many just do not appreciate a decent bottle.

I suppose I am a Scrooge in a way, but nobody complained. They were getting it free.

Got a bottle of Pernand Vergelesses lined up.



You're not a comedy "Scrooge" you're a massive whassit.

The pleasure in wine is sharing it , the thing about opening a special bottle is changing people's opinion of wine or sharing the pleasure of something special. Why on earth you'd tell people that you're a whassit is beyond me.

Don't be silly. We are incredibly generous. We attend wine tastings at the local wine shop. A barbeque is not a wine tasting appreciation event.

Incidentally we were given some more Reidels including some rather nice riesling glasses.

The collection grows.

We've gone for a "mystery" case from Mr Amps. I'm wondering what will turn up.

I'm sure that you think you are. But obviously not to your guests who drink the cheap stuff whilst you knock back the £1,000 bottle in the utility room.


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Finally tracked down a bottle of this stuff:

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Intrigued to know what, if any, effect ageing in clay with the lees has on the quality of the wine. In theory it should be close to what ancient wine was like, only with better quality control.


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I can assure you that all my guests are treated well. Not everybody is a wine tasting fan.

Most don't know a Perelada from a Taittinger. I'd make quite sure anyone who visits would have a decent drop.


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