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Snooth User: EMark

Sweet Bordeaux VT

Posted by EMark, Oct 28.

11/2//17

http://www.snooth.com/virtual-tasti...

I RSVPed, but I doubt that I will come up with any of the wines.  Maybe I'll pull a half-bottle of something out of storage.

  • Chateau Manos Cadillac 2015 
  • Chateau La Rame Sainte Croix du Mont 2014 
  • Chateau Filhot Sauternes 2009 
  • Chateau Lapinesse Bordeaux Sauternes 2014
  • Chateau Lauvignac Cuvée Sahuc Sauternes 2014 
  • Château Dauphine Rondillon Loupiac 2009
  • Haut Charmes Sauteres 2015 
 

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Reply by dmcker, Oct 29.

Honestly, hard to feel any desire to participate in Mark A's virtual tastings when they can't even show the decency to address the SPAM issue over here....

Are all those half bottles? How have you liked the Filhot? Drank a lot of them a few decades ago ('80s, '90s) but don't know how they're drinking these days.

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Reply by Really Big Al, Oct 29.

We are watching the grand kids Thursday night (usual routine), so I cannot participate.  On the other hand, I'm not a fan of sweet wines anyway.  

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Reply by EMark, Oct 30.

Al, I think you are aware of my wine preferences, but I have to say, I do have a softness for Sauternes, and TBAs and a few other dessert wines. They are special,  Come to SoCal, some day, and we'll pull one or two out of the cellar. 

DM, I am completely unfamiliar with any of the wines that are going to be in the VT,  As I said, if I do remember to sign in, I'll probably just pull something out of my inventory.  It will. probably, be a low-dollar choice--certainly nothing that they have identified and, certainly, not a Yuckem, or anything like that.

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Reply by dmcker, Oct 30.

Sorry, I didn't even bother to look at their virtual tasting particulars. For some reason I thought that's what you had in your cellar.

For reasons of distribution availability and who my drinking partners were back then, when it came to sweet wines I'd do German rieslings (ausleses, beerenausleses, trockenbeerenausleses) and port and madeira in specific contexts, sometimes at home but more out with others, while I tended to drink sauternes more at home. d'Yquem was for special occasions with company at home or out, and Suduiraut was my preferred regular with Filhot the backup quaffer. On average probably went through at least three dessert wines every fortnight, often more. As mentioned earlier, prices were not just lower back then but lower relative to other wines, and to just about anything you needed to spend money on in your daily life. Never did half bottles. Hungarians, fwiw, were rather hard to find.

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Reply by Really Big Al, Nov 2.

The grand kid thing changed for tonight, so I am available for this tasting.  I might stop by Total Wine after my massage this afternoon and see if I can get one of those bottles.

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Reply by Really Big Al, Nov 2.

EM - Sandra and I are considering a trip to Napa / Somona next fall; how far are you from that area?  I think we will fly into San Francisco like we did in 2013.

Sandra and I will participate.  I could not find one of the listed sweet Bordeaux wines, but I did find a nice replacement.  It's in the fridge right now, cooling down.

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Reply by dmcker, Nov 2.

Guiraud's been reliable for me. Think I mentioned some in a multi-wine debauch nearly a year ago. How did you find it?

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Reply by EMark, Nov 2.

I could not find one of the listed sweet Bordeaux wines, but I did find a nice replacement.

Yes, I agree that you found a nice replacement.

I put a Costco wine int the fridge for tonight--Suduiraut's second label.  I'm relatively confident that it will be OK, but it is not nearly as grand as yours.

BTW, an excellent accompaniment with Sauternes is blue-veined cheese.  If you have one in your fridge, that would be great.  I just realized that last night I finished off the last of some bleu cheese while noshing before dinner.  Sigh.

Napa Valley is about 350 miles from the Diamond Bar adobe.  We're down in your old stomping ground.  I think you used to live in Torrance or Redondo Beach.  We're about 50 miles east of there.

Now, if on your trip next fall, you decide you would like to check out Paso Robles, that is about mid-way between.  You can drive down, and we could drive up.

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Reply by Really Big Al, Nov 2.

We have a goat cheese ready, but no blue cheese (which I don't like) is available at the moment.  I just opened our bottle and the cork broke apart.  Grrrrrrrrrrrr.  I had to use a tea strainer to keep the bits and pieces out of the glasses.  Oh well.  We are ready.

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Reply by Really Big Al, Nov 2.

Good times.  I saw EM was in the discussion.  Anyone else?

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Reply by Really Big Al, Nov 2.

EM - I doubt we'll get that far south.  Yes, I did live in Torrance and Redondo Beach.  Also El Segundo (near the beach), Granada Hills in the San Fernando Valley prior to that.  Maybe you and the wife will want to travel up the coast to Napa?  

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Reply by Really Big Al, Nov 2.

DM - Both Sandra and I enjoyed the Guiraud sweet wine.  I would buy it again if I were looking for a sweet wine.  I could taste apricots and similar fruit. 

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Reply by EMark, Nov 2.

I opened a Lion de Suduiraut 2013.  Not particularly good.  It was cheap, though.  Although I did not have easy access to any of the wines that they were tasting, I did want to try to get into the spirit.  On the other hand, I wasn't going to go deep into the cellar and pull out anything special.

The conversation was somewhat informative.


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