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  • Jeff Leve says:

    1/28/2015 4:08:00 PM - Thanks Acqua! Me too I al already counting down the days. I think you know, or probably do, but I also have my own website See you soon and please send my best to everyone....

  • aquacongas says:

    1/28/2015 2:24:00 PM - Hi Jeff, nice to meeting you 9th April 2015 in Düsseldorf with Achim Becker and Rainer Schönfeld. I'm excited for killing some nice bombs

  • Jeff Leve says:

    1/13/2015 10:27:00 AM - Matt... My guess is, shipping from London will save you a lot of money! :D

  • Flennerz says:

    1/13/2015 4:33:00 AM - Generally in the UK but also Ireland - a feature of where I live really. Local merchant is James Nicholson and I tend to visit them during their annual sale, as otherwise it's all too expensive for my humble purse! In ROI I tend to use Mitchell & Son but again only really during their sale periods. I've picked up some nice bottles over the years with a good amount off them to make them worth a punt. Outside of those I'd look at Berry's in London and maybe Nickolls & Perks (though I'm yet to buy anything from the latter). Half the fun is researching and imagining though...I also have a spreadsheet...! Matt

  • Jeff Leve says:

    1/12/2015 4:29:00 PM - Matt.... Where are you buying wine? That is far too much money. I noticed you mentioned GBP. Get a subscription to Winesearcher pro. There are several UK merchants that sell the wine for close to 100 GBP

  • Flennerz says:

    1/12/2015 3:19:00 PM - Thanks Jeff! Really appreciate the advice. Local merchant has the 98 at £70/half bottle which is why I was intrigued (and suspicious of the vintage quality!). For reference the closest I can get locally with the 97 is £171/half! I got an 05 Suduiraut last year which I'm looking forward to trying (maybe when my kids grow up - they're four and four months!).

  • Jeff Leve says:

    1/12/2015 9:43:00 AM - Luis... You are better off contacting me on my website for these types of questions.

  • Luisamaelvino says:

    1/12/2015 8:51:00 AM - Hi Jeff! This is Luis from Spain, a new member of Cellar Tracker. Are you a Rioja Wine lover? If you feel like it, I could send you some samples of Marques del Puerto Gran Reserva 2004, recently rated with a 92 by WE, how is that sounds?For the sake of clarity I am an Export Manager working for this winery (and a wine lover!!!). My email is

  • Jeff Leve says:

    1/12/2015 7:32:00 AM - Because you asked Matt... Skip the 1998 Yquem. Look for 1996, 1997 or 2003. All are better vintages of Yquem and will provide you with a better Yquem tasting experience. I think they are all similar in price as well. Let me know what you buy and if you like it.

  • Flennerz says:

    1/12/2015 5:55:00 AM - Hi Jeff Happy New Year to you! I'm interested in your opinion on the 1998 D'Yquem - I'm aware it's by far and away the cheapest one around and fancy trying it on the basis that a good chateau rarely makes bad wine - but do you think it's representative of what the chateau can do? No point buying it if it's not really like their wines in better years, and certainly not if it's no better than a "better year/lesser estate" wine! Always in awe of your prolific tasting notes/collecting!! Matt

  • Jeff Leve says:

    12/22/2014 11:36:00 AM - Cantenac Brown... You are probably better off posting these types on questions on my site as you can get links etc... Canon-la Gaffeliere 2010 Beaucastel 2010 2009 grand puy lacoste 2010 Pichon baron are all super wines. Canon La Gaffeliere could be the easiest to drink now, but 2010 Pichon Baron is the best of the wines

  • Cantenac Brown says:

    12/22/2014 11:32:00 AM - Hey Jeff Thanks for your quick response on the Pichon Baron 2006! I've double checked the wine stores and the wine I have available in budget is as follows: I'm looking for a wine to drink on Christmas Day and have the ability to decant as required. What are your thoughts on the best wine (s) from this list if you had to pick 2 or 3 to drink now? Thanks! Canon-La Gaffelière 2006 Canon-la Gaffeliere 2010 Beaucastel 2010 (cndp) chateau laroque 2009 lascombes 2009 grand puy lacoste 2010 Pichon baron 2006 Belgrave 2010

  • Halfeel says:

    2/26/2014 9:11:00 PM - Thanks Jeff, Opened a bottle this evening and agree that this is a very nice and refined white Bordeaux. Wish I had bought more than 4 bottles when it was on WTSO. Will be looking for more.You were definitely correct that this is a case buy.

  • Jeff Leve says:

    2/26/2014 7:29:00 AM - Halfeel... The 2012 Clos des Lunes D'Argent Bordeaux blanc is a really nice wine. I would probably prefer drinking it sooner than later. It might get better in a year. But my guess is, it will probably be about the same. Did you try a bottle yet? For $15, it's really very good. Do you agree?

  • Halfeel says:

    2/25/2014 6:57:00 PM - Hi Jeff, Saw your excellent review of the 2012 Clos des Lunes D'Argent Bordeaux blanc. I was able to get it for $15/bottle from WTSO. Would there be any benefit of holding onto this for a year or so as suggested by one reviewer or should we just drink as we like is the next few months? Thank you, Dr. Halfeel.

  • Buckeye Jimmy says:

    2/15/2014 5:37:00 PM - Jeff, I just joined and added tasting note on Unity 2007 Cab. Saw your 2012 note -- agreed entirely. Also a big fan of Bordeaux, although don't spring for $$$ bottles. Have some year 2000 and probably will begin cracking this year. Looking forward to digging into your blog -- so thanks for all the help.

  • focus says:

    2/3/2014 6:34:00 PM - Many thanks! Will let you know how I make out with my process

  • Jeff Leve says:

    2/2/2014 8:58:00 PM - jfuria... I am a bit embarrassed to admit, but I use a simple excel program with the fields I deem to have value for my wines and cellar. Cellartracker is a much better choice, especially for more active buyers.

  • focus says:

    2/2/2014 12:03:00 PM - Jeff: Many thanks and apologies…do not want specific store recommendations to respect rules of CT. How do you virtually manage, update and display your collection? Do you use a scanner or manually enter your wines?

  • Jeff Leve says:

    2/2/2014 8:54:00 AM - jfuria... I am not exactly sure what you are asking. I cannot advise you on Cellartracker. As for buying the wine, if you were not vintage sensitive, I'd buy the wines from 2008, 2012 and 2013. Those will all be the least expensive vintages in the market.

  • focus says:

    2/1/2014 3:08:00 PM - 2014 project…obtain 1 bottle of each of the 61 classified Bordeaux wines. I have about 38 I believe. Has anyone ever done this? If so, where do you recommend searching for some of the less popular selections i.e. Rausan-Gassies, Durfort-Vivens, Chateau Pouget-Margaux, and some of the others? All vintages are acceptable. MANY thanks in advance for any advice…..CT is really the gold standard for wine enthusiasts!

  • focus says:

    2/1/2014 2:59:00 PM - Time to do inventory reconciliation. Looking for tips to make best use of CT. Just over 850 bottles in collection…..70% Bordeaux. My proposed strategy, go to the cold cellar, look at each bottle ( or unopened OWC case), record on paper or tape reorder, go to warm upstairs, open CT and do reconciliation with additions and deletions, save, then view on iPad with CellarVu. Any thoughts? How good are barcoding systems? This is intriguing.

  • EMAZurich says:

    1/18/2014 11:21:00 AM - Hi Jeff, sorry for answering only now, I didn't see your message... Thanks for your feedback, indeed, I opened 30 minutes before dinner just to clean out the depot and poured back into the bottle. The wine was immediately quite open and remained as it was in the beginning over several hours. In my opinion it's a nice and round paulliac, without any acidity but this is somehow ok as it's more on the sweet/choclat side combined with some banana. Medium finish. Thanks again for your feedback, looking forward to exchanging opinions also in future. Kind regards from Zurich, Edgar

  • Jeff Leve says:

    1/14/2014 11:08:00 AM - Edgar... For many 2003, pop and pour is fine, especially with the wines from Pessac Leognan. They have all IMO matured at a fairly rapid pace. Also, many of the 2003 wines I tasted in 2013 came from the properties, so they were perfect examples. Pop a bottle and let me know what you think.

  • EMAZurich says:

    1/14/2014 1:54:00 AM - Dear Jeff, you recently tasted Haut Batailley 2003. Would you reccomend to decant? What was your impression about the development with air? Thanks in advance for your feedback, best regards from Zurich! Edgar

  • focus says:

    1/10/2014 7:02:00 PM - Many thanks for the CNdP has been a wonderful journey! Loved the 2007 PegAu and 2001 Beaucastle, as well as the Janesse. Hope to become mOre active in the forums....this is really a great service.....thanks Jeff!!!

  • Jeff Leve says:

    11/4/2013 8:48:00 PM - Jfuria... Pegau, Charvin and Clos des Papes are other great examples of traditional Chateauneuf. Try Beaurenard, Cristia, Janasse and Clos St. Jean for more modern examples. I like both, each has its own style

  • focus says:

    11/4/2013 5:39:00 PM - I am dedicating Nov and Dec to really learning the differences among the traditional, modern, and mixed styles of southern Rhone wines, particularly CNdiP. Wish to drink some earlier vintages ( early 2000's) to get a feel for what style I prefer before purchasing the great recent vintages. Beaucastle for traditional, but what would others suggest as classic examples of the contrasting styles?

  • Jeff Leve says:

    10/5/2013 3:40:00 PM - Emzee, Thanks for the nice note and good words. If you need something, drop me a note on my board and let me know. Happy to help...

  • says:

    10/4/2013 8:24:00 AM - Just want to let you know that I love your website. The wine buying guide by varietal is superb and I love the winery profiles you have on there! Finally found you on cellartracker through the same tasting notes on the La Clusiere on your website!

  • Jeff Leve says:

    9/13/2013 9:43:00 AM - Sorry, but I do not know much about Italian wine or 1985 Sassicaia. This should not be construed as saying your bottle is, or is not real, but there are many fake bottles of 1985 Sassicaia in the market place. Best of luck with it.

  • Midde says:

    9/13/2013 1:06:00 AM - Hello Jeff. I have a question for you. I Hope you can answer it. I just bought a few bottles on auction here in Switzerland but im still worried about some of the might be fake.. especially the bottles of Sassicaia 1985. My Question is if you know any people that can confirm it, here in switzerland (near Zurich). If not. Thanks for reading it anyway! :)

  • Jeff Leve says:

    9/7/2013 9:56:00 AM - Claire... 1995 for all Bordeaux are a bit on the masculine, tannic side. To keep the freshness and aromatic complexity, give it 2 hours. Maybe up to 3 hours at the most and let it develop in the glass. Enjoy as it's one of the best wines from 1995.

  • Jeff Leve says:

    9/7/2013 9:55:00 AM - John... Thanks for the message and the nice words. I appreciate it!

  • clairenclarence says:

    9/5/2013 9:15:00 PM - Hi jeff,need help here.if u wud to drink haut brion 95,will u decant it??tks in advance.anyway u r power(your knowledge in wine n your writing skill)

  • focus says:

    9/5/2013 4:48:00 AM - Jeff: Many many thanks for the insightful reviews and incredible job with! I am also a huge fan/collector of Bordeaux and have truly enjoyed your site. Many thanks for doing the community such a super service.JohnF

  • RockinCabs says:

    8/4/2013 1:31:00 PM - Hi Jeff, I was putting together a lineup of wines for a bachelor party attended by a bunch of winos and found your notes extremely useful as I worked to select the wines for the tasting. Thanks so much for sharing your tasting notes (without agenda) on the 1,000's of fabulous wines that you have the privilege of tasting. Your assessment of the Bordeaux wines in particular was helpful to really make the night special, and helped me avoid a few value traps along the way. Thanks, - RockinCabs

  • Jeff Leve says:

    6/2/2013 1:14:00 PM - Paulst... You can drink it now. If you do, give it 2-3 hours of air. Rauzan will age for years.

  • paulst says:

    6/2/2013 7:04:00 AM - Jeff-think the 00 Rauzan Segla is ready for another crack now? Paul

  • Ben Paquet says:

    2/13/2013 12:34:00 PM - Thanks Jeff. I think I will follow your advice and wait another 5-7 years. I really appreciated your help !

  • Jeff Leve says:

    1/30/2013 8:27:00 AM - Hi Ben... Thanks for the note. Sorry for the delay in answering, but I've been a bit under the weather. 1998 is not a great vintage for LLC. It does not really show the estate at its best. 1990 Leoville Las Cases is a stunner, You can drink it now. If you like it, you can buy another bottle or two, or look for other years. You can also age it for another 10 or 20 years. It's that good! Much of that depends on where you like your wine. I'm willing to pop a bottle now, but if I do not get to it for years, I know it's only going to get better.

  • Ben Paquet says:

    1/26/2013 8:53:00 PM - Hello Jeff, if you don't mind I'd like to ask you a question regarding a Leoville Las Cases 1990 since you seem to be a Bordeaux lover !!!! . I had a Las Cases 1998 about a month ago and it seems far from being ready. I also look at a lot of Cellartarcker notes about Las cases 1982-2009 and it seems that it takes quite a bit of time for Las Cases to open up. So my question is since I only have 1 bottle of Las Cases 1990, should I drink this bottle now or should I wait a couple of years before trying it ? thank you very much for your help !

  • Jeff Leve says:

    12/2/2012 8:56:00 PM - Thanks for the nice words Jeff. I appreciate it. If you like, feel free to post on our wine talk forum if you ever have questions or want to chat about wine. If I can, Id to try and get more people to use it. PS. We agree 100% on 1990 Pichon Baron!

  • Jeffrey Silver says:

    12/1/2012 2:46:00 PM - Love your writings and Website. I opened a 1990 Pichon Longeville Baron yesterday. Simply put this wine is Subllime and all why I love Bordeaux.