TN: 2 Piedmonts, 2 Burgundies, 1 Loire

I had a meeting on 14th, so Betsy made Valentine’s Day dinner a day early
. A starter of foie gras/truffle medallions, then spatchcocked cornish hens
, roasted root vegetables and mushrooms, and sauteed arugula with the 2008
Matrot Meursault. Full, lots of citrus, light hazelnut/vanillin accents, yo
ung but should one risk aging these days? B+
Thursday a minor transportation crisis meant I had no dinner before meeting
, so I got home late to find Betsy had saved me some stroganoff. I opened t
he 2006 Giovanni Rosso “Serralunga” Barolo (in 375 ml). Workhorse Baro
lo, firm but not scratchy tannins, plenty of red fruit, a touch of violets.
Fine if not compelling. B
Friday I made teriyaki salmon, a napa/bok choy stirfry, and couscous, wine
was the
2008 David Duband Gevrey-Chambertin. Continuing in the mode of the Barolo,
another steady but not exciting wine. No overt oak, black cherry fruit with
a little mushroom and forest floor, light tannins, B
Saturday was poulet bonne femme and cauliflower with pimenton, and the 2009
Pepiere Ch. Thebaud Muscadet. This is really fun- full and leesy, with vib
rant acids, quince and lemon fruit, long. Oyster shells and sea salt, very
minerally long finish. A-
Sunday I made the tomato sauce and Betsy made the meatballs and pasta, we h
ad the 2006 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco (need to look for lot #).
Fairly big, but surprisingly approachable tannins, dark fruits, spice (star
anise?), quite impressive. Sure it needs time, but very nice now. A-/B+,

Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent
wine, B a good wine, C mediocre. Anything below C means I wouldn't drink at
a
party where it was only choice. Furthermore, I offer no promises of
objectivity, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.
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DaleW
What is this? A Pepiere cuvee that is unknown to me? Did this used to get bottled under a different name, or is it a new bottling?
Aha, this was the normale in the year that they didn't make any designated bottlings, yes? Good to hear that it's as good as expected, but I'm sure that it'll get even better with time.
Thanks for the notes, Mark Lipton
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Mark Lipton

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