1985 horizontal: Wed 25th Nov 2015, B&F

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1985 horizontal: Wed 25th Nov 2015, B&F

Post by flash_uk » 18:42 Sun 26 Jul 2015

At the suggestion of Flash, we are to have a horizontal of 1985s.

Where: The Red Room, The Boot & Flogger, 10-20 Redcross Way, London SE1 1TA, tel +44 20 7407 1184 (streetmap.co.uk, bing, maps.google.co.uk)

When: Wednesday 25th November 2015, starting any time between 16:45 and 18:30.

Theme: 1985.

Draft of the food order.

Thread containing review of the event as a whole.

People:
  1. MPM (Cálem, Dow, Feuerheerd, Fonseca, Gould Campbell, Graham, Offley Boa Vista, Taylor);
  2. WPS (Taylor, Grahams, Cálem, in storage Fonseca);
  3. JDAW (magnums of Taylor and Fonseca, Churchill, Martinez);
  4. IDJ (Dow, Taylor, Fonseca, Cálem, Warre, Graham, Smith Woodhouse, Noval and possibly Ramos Pinto);
  5. THRA (Burmester, Cálem, Churchill, Cockburn, Croft*, Delaforce, Dow, Feuerheerd, Fonseca, Gonzalez, M (NOT Gonzalez Byass), Gould Campbell, Graham, Harveys*, Martinez, Morgan, Niepoort, Noval, Offley Boa Vista, Poças*, Rebello Valente*, Sabordella*, Sandeman, Smith Woodhouse, Taylor, Warre);
  6. AHB (Graham, Fonseca, Churchill, with some notice could pull Smith Woodhouse out of storage);
  7. AP (Andresen, Barros, Cockburn (might be faulty), Croft, Messias, Niepoort (might be faulty), Nacional, Rozès);
  8. DJ;
  9. CPR (Dow, Fonseca, Graham, Taylor, Warre, Quarles Harris);
  10. RDA (TBC);
  11. TC;
  12. SCD;
  13. CSD.
Unavailable:
  • PW (Cálem, Churchill (in storage), Feuerheed, Fonseca);
  • BMHR (M. Gonzalez);
  • DRT (Taylor, Fonseca).
Draft of the placemats (and parameters by which made). (Do not print from this link. A few days before the tasting there will temporarily be a different link, to counteract problems with the caching of old drafts.)
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Potential bottles:
  1. Andresen
  2. Burmester
  3. Calem
  4. Churchill
  5. Delaforce
  6. Dow
  7. Ferreira
  8. Feuerheerd
  9. Fonseca
  10. Fonseca (Magnum)
  11. Gonzalez, M
  12. Gould Campbell
  13. Graham
  14. Kopke
  15. Martinez
  16. Morgan
  17. Noval
  18. Offley Boa Vista
  19. Pocas
  20. Quarles Harris
  21. Ramos Pinto
  22. Rebello Valente
  23. Sandeman
  24. Smith Woodhouse
  25. Taylor
  26. Taylor (Magnum)
  27. Warre
Potential timings:
1230 Flight 1
1330 Lunch
1630 Beer break
1730 Flight 2
1900 Dinner

Original message to start the thread:
As it is the 30th birthday of the 1985 vintage during 2015, is there any interest in an '85 horizontal? I'm sure we could find a date during Oct/Nov/Dec. Not that I am offering to organise it, it is more that I'm about to consign some stuff to offsite storage, but if there were to be an '85 horizontal then I would hang on to some bottles.

Edit: there are many shippers for 1985. We might need an all-day two flight affair...
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Re: A 1985 horizontal

Post by WS1 » 13:03 Sat 01 Aug 2015

Hello,

good idea! But I think we should do a 2 session affair on a Saturday similar to when we did do the 1970 horicontal. In order to stay fresh attendees can refreshen their reflexes with pints of beer during the sessions........ :lol: :nirvana:

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Re: A 1985 horizontal

Post by jdaw1 » 16:37 Sun 02 Aug 2015

IIRC, there were about 60 declarations of 1985. Perhaps we might own thirty to forty of them. Is that what is wanted?

The alternative, discussed at the most recent tasting, would be to have 20ish shippers, including most of those with good reputations in this vintage. And to increase the likelihood of good drinking, I could supply magnums of Taylor and Fonseca 1985.

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Post by DRT » 17:56 Sun 02 Aug 2015

jdaw1 wrote:The alternative, discussed at the most recent tasting, would be to have 20ish shippers, including most of those with good reputations in this vintage. And to increase the likelihood of good drinking, I could supply magnums of Taylor and Fonseca 1985.
I like that idea.
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Re: A 1985 horizontal

Post by flash_uk » 19:09 Sun 02 Aug 2015

Yes as Julian mentioned, we talked about perhaps selecting roughly 24 ports and tasting in two flights of 12. Given the vintage, we could find that between say 3 and 6 ports might prove to be faulty, thus reducing the quantity tasted to something more manageable. As a starter, here is a list of 24 shippers: Fonseca, Taylor, Graham, Warre, Dow, Croft, Noval, Gould Campbell, Smith Woodhouse, Ramos Pinto, Offley, Sandeman, Calem, Feuerheerd, Churchill, Delaforce, Ferriera, Kopke, Martinez, Morgan, Niepoort, Messias, Pocas, Quarles Harris. Before trying to work out if we have all of these, would anyone make different suggestions for the 24? What would you add and what would you take out?

Then we need to find a date.

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Re: A 1985 horizontal

Post by flash_uk » 19:12 Sun 02 Aug 2015

WS1 wrote:I think we should do a 2 session affair on a Saturday similar to when we did do the 1970 horicontal.
Two sessions I think is a definite. I'd prefer a Thursday, perhaps starting sometime after 1pm. Friday might involve working from home...

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Re: A 1985 horizontal

Post by idj123 » 21:28 Sun 02 Aug 2015

Yes,I certainly agree with two sessions and a Friday as well as a Thursday would be preferable to a Saturday for me. As for potential shippers, any reason why Ck should not be included- perhaps in preference to say Messias?

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Re: A 1985 horizontal

Post by flash_uk » 21:38 Sun 02 Aug 2015

idj123 wrote:As for potential shippers, any reason why Ck should not be included- perhaps in preference to say Messias?
I had thought Ck was frequently spoiled by VA. Messias is probably a weak link though, I agree.

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Re: A 1985 horizontal

Post by djewesbury » 22:01 Sun 02 Aug 2015

Niepoort is also likely to be spoiled, no?
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Re: A 1985 horizontal

Post by uncle tom » 22:51 Sun 02 Aug 2015

I have:

Burmester
Calem
Churchill
Cockburn
Croft*
Delaforce
Dow
Feuerheerd
Fonseca
Gonzalez, M (NOT Gonzalez Byass)
Gould Campbell
Graham
Harveys*
Martinez
Morgan
Niepoort
Noval
Offley Boa Vista
Pocas*
Rebello Valente*
Sabordella*
Sandeman
Smith Woodhouse
Taylor
Warre

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Re: A 1985 horizontal

Post by Glenn E. » 03:52 Mon 03 Aug 2015

jdaw1 wrote:IIRC, there were about 60 declarations of 1985. Perhaps we might own thirty to forty of them. Is that what is wanted?
44 that I knew of at the time we held our 1985 horizontal in January. We stopped at 32 bottles even though others were available because I didn't feel the need to pay $180 (in no small part due to shipping cost from EU to USA) for a Messias/Feuerheerd/etc. As I recall we had located ~40 different bottles.

Our results were... mixed. The best were excellent as usual. The next level down seemed somewhat underwhelming to us, though still very good. The third tier were mostly rubbish, though drinkable. I freely admit that provenance may not have been impeccable on the large batch of 3rd tier bottles that I contributed because I picked them up in a single purchase from an online auction house (long since forgotten). At the time I didn't think it odd that so many different producers would be available in a single auction, but now I wonder if the owner knew the provenance wasn't good and was dumping them.
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Post by AHB » 07:03 Mon 03 Aug 2015

I've had consistently bad experience with Croft 1985 and VA. I'd suggest not including the Croft and having something else instead unless people want to experience a really badly VA spoiled port!
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Re: A 1985 horizontal

Post by WS1 » 11:07 Mon 03 Aug 2015

AHB wrote:I've had consistently bad experience with Croft 1985 and VA. I'd suggest not including the Croft and having something else instead unless people want to experience a really badly VA spoiled port!
agreed on Croft 1985! And I had consistently bad experience with Niepoort 1985 due to VA which I want to add on the cuplrits list. :( :crying:
Based on my experience though when they are not VA affected Croft and Niepoort 85 would be among the best ports of the vintage. Sad story but to get one non affected bt you need to open at least 12bts of Croft or Niepoort 1985. :roll:

Following AHB's suggestion I would want to suggest for scrapping the idea adding those two shippers for this planned 1985 tasting!

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Re: A 1985 horizontal

Post by idj123 » 12:44 Mon 03 Aug 2015

flash_uk wrote:
idj123 wrote:As for potential shippers, any reason why Ck should not be included- perhaps in preference to say Messias?
I had thought Ck was frequently spoiled by VA. Messias is probably a weak link though, I agree.
I thought it was the Ck83 that had a dodgy reputation (although the bottle I bought to a tasting a year or two ago was pretty agreeable); is the 85 similarly blighted?

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Re: A 1985 horizontal

Post by Glenn E. » 15:51 Mon 03 Aug 2015

idj123 wrote:
flash_uk wrote:
idj123 wrote:As for potential shippers, any reason why Ck should not be included- perhaps in preference to say Messias?
I had thought Ck was frequently spoiled by VA. Messias is probably a weak link though, I agree.
I thought it was the Ck83 that had a dodgy reputation (although the bottle I bought to a tasting a year or two ago was pretty agreeable); is the 85 similarly blighted?
Ck83's reputation is TCA (corked), not VA.

I have had several very nice Croft '85s with nary a trace of VA, but perhaps I have just been very lucky. Wolfgang is right, though, in that an '85 Croft in top form is competitive with all from the vintage but the F85 and G85.
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Re: A 1985 horizontal

Post by jdaw1 » 18:01 Mon 03 Aug 2015

With the magnums, we have two chances of great T85 and F85. Should there be two bottles of G85?

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Post by djewesbury » 18:35 Mon 03 Aug 2015

Wolfgang is right about the Niepoort. As was I, just a few posts above him :wink:
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Post by DRT » 19:19 Mon 03 Aug 2015

jdaw1 wrote:With the magnums, we have two chances of great T85 and F85. Should there be two bottles of G85?
Do you mean a small one and a real one?

Suggested variation on theme: Excellent 1985s from bottle and magnum.
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Post by jdaw1 » 19:21 Mon 03 Aug 2015

Ideally, but do we have a quarter-size bottle?

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jdaw1 wrote:Ideally, but do we have a quarter-size bottle?
We know people who do.
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Post by jdaw1 » 19:25 Mon 03 Aug 2015

Flash owns this: does he want the tasting thus re-shaped?

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It is merely a suggestion.
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Re: A 1985 horizontal

Post by flash_uk » 11:47 Tue 04 Aug 2015

jdaw1 wrote:With the magnums, we have two chances of great T85 and F85. Should there be two bottles of G85?
Is the suggestion that we have both singles and magnums of T, F and G?

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Re: A 1985 horizontal

Post by flash_uk » 11:49 Tue 04 Aug 2015

jdaw1 wrote:Flash owns this: does he want the tasting thus re-shaped?
Wow hold on there! :shock: From my opening post:
flash_uk wrote:Not that I am offering to organise it...

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Re: A 1985 horizontal

Post by flash_uk » 13:17 Tue 04 Aug 2015

So summarising the various thoughts above, seems like Croft, Niepoort and Messias are out. We could introduce Rebello Valente, Gonzalez M and another.

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