Social overload week continues. Thursday we had a group of neighbors and fr
iends for dinner. Hors d'oeuvres were marinated olives and canapes of crack
ers or cucumber slices with salmon or white bean spread (with or without ol
ives). Greeting wine was the NV Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Brut. Lighter fra
med, good acids, green apple and bread dough. Not very long. B
Dinner was bouillabaisse plus Brussels sprouts, caprese salad, and a green
2013 Mas de Gourgonnier rose (Les Baux de Provence)
Strawberries and herbs, medium acidity, good finish, nice with the stew. B
2010 de Villlaine Aligote (Bouzeron)
Lemony, sharp, lean but tasty. B
2013 Pepiere Muscadet
Saline and sapid, crisp and minerally. B++
1996 Joguet "Les Varennes du Grand Clos" Chinon
Black cherries, tobacco, earth, herbs, more tobacco. Fine showing B+/A-
1982 Ch. Roguet (Pomerol)
A grand old lady in her last days, still some black plum and cassis fruit,
lusher texture. There's some incipient ashtray, needs to be drunk up, but g
iving pleasure. B/B+
2013 Clos du Roillete (Coudert) Fleurie
I think this is going to be a classic Fleurie. Red and black raspberries, m
oderate tannins, bright acids, cocoa, pepper, herbs. Drinking well, but I t
hink will improve in cellar. B++
Fun night. Friday I was in charge of dinner- grilled herbed pork tenderloin
, squash, asparagus, and bouillabaisse-flavored Israeli couscous. Wine was
the 2007 Knoll Ried Schütt Riesling Smaragd- Lovely dry broad shouldered
Riesling, with citrus, mineral, and smoke notes. Full flavored, balanced, l
After dinner I prepared for the arrival of my local non-serious wine group.
I had some local charcuterie (beef prosciutto, saucisson sec, chorizo), ch
eeses, grape leaves, and the like. Theme was California Red Wines from Bord
eaux Varieties. Folks enjoyed the Knoll and Fleurie as we gathered. Then we
headed to patio (gorgeous cool evening) for the blind wines
Wine #1 - Decanted in advance. I knew what it was as I supplied for a late
invitee. Guesses were much younger. Plenty of dark fruit, midweight, resolv
ed tannins, cocoa. Easygoing. Not complex, but tasty. 1997 Beringer Knights
Valley Cabernet Sauvignon B
Wine #2= jammy, fruity, sweet. I guess Napa CS. Nope. 2012 Hahn Meritage
35% Merlot, 34% Malbec, 27%Cabernet Sauvignon, 4 % Petit Verdot. B-/C+
Wine #3- a little better balanced and more structured, but somewhat clipped
2012 Gordon Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley) B-
(Roger said "well it was in California section" )
Wine #4 - lots of eucalyptus makes it interesting, lots of oak detracts. Bi
g, but not hot or overextracted. Less oak and I think I'd have liked this a
lot. 2012 Frias Cabernet Sauvignon (St Helena, Napa) B-
Wine #5- Good showing. Red fruits, resolved tannins, balanced acids, cedar,
leather. Guesses were 10-12 years old, probably group favorite. 1982 Burge
ss Vintage Selection Cabernet Sauvignon B+/A-
Wine #6 Just a whisper of oak, herby, medium bodied, surprised to see Santa
2012 Beckman Cabernet Sauvignon (Santa Ynez) B
Wine #7 Dark fruit, lots of green tobacco and herb, so I say it has a lot o
f Cab Franc. Once Marc confirms I can guess the wine, as we split a case wh
en they were blownout 5-6 years ago. 2006 Havens Bourriquot B+
Wine #8 - acidic, but with interesting cassis fruit and lots of leather and
barnyard. I guessed 70s, but would have never gotten region. Fun,. 1979 Na
varro Cabernet Sauvignon B/B+
We also tried the Helderberg Meadworks Heritage. I gotta say I had trouble
getting past the nose. I finally realized- stadium urinal- pee and urinal c
akes. Actually on palate it was much friendlier, but I'm not switching from
wine to mead any time soon.
Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent wine,
B a good wine, C drinkable. Anything below C means I wouldn't drink at a p
arty where it was only choice.Furthermore, I offer no promises of objectivi
ty, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.
DaleW wrote in
Joguet was one of the first Domaines from the Loire that I learnt to
appreciate. My last bottle, of this same vineyard and a lesser vintage
(could be 1999) was stunning.
Last week the wines shown up in 1jour1vin and I got a stash of different
vineyards, for the sake of memory.
Those damned french, with their double consonants always in the wrong place
(I think it is Roilette).
Now seriously, this is a winery that is so under the radar in the french
guides (RVF plus BD) but has a strong following in UK and USA. I have had a
Cuv?e Tardive and loved it. But difficult to find.
Last week here it was Georges Descombes Morgon 2009 which was astonishingly
good (A+) and Foillard Morgon Cote du Py 2010 that was very good specially
considering the vintage (B+/A) with a plus for its buvability (easy to
drink) and very nice red fruit with vivid acidity.
DaleW wrote in
I will tell you when I drink them ;) since I have no experience with the
Joguet under the new regime (post 2005).
I tend to drink quite some Chinon and have a preference for Baudry over
Alliet which I tend to find a bit "modern" in the oak use. Will see with
these Joguets. BTW, I have quite some Baudry's 2009 but I just could not
resist and purchased another bottle of Croix Boiss?e 2009 last friday. Will
go this week and I may end up buying yet another case.
No need to say sorry. Hapenns to me a few times everyday. Frappato /
Frapatto is another one I never get right.
Never had 3.14. I am now trying to try Daniel Bouland. BTW, the new cool
guy in Beaujolais seems to be Desjourneys. Ever had one?
graham wrote in news:LOfWv.144953$ email@example.com:
Have not been able to try them, not available in Spain. Hopefully they will
show up in a french website of those that I patronize, but not till now.
I read that his wines are amongst the most affordable in -good quality-
Beaujolais Cru, so $33 seem a bit high to me.
You and me, both, Santiago. I have more of Baudry's on 2009s than any
other producers. All in all, I tend to prefer the Grezeaux to the Croix
Boissée, but that's largely about pricing ;-)
I've heard very good things about Bouland, but haven't yet had one. G.
Descombes is very good, however, as is Coudert/Roilette.
Mark Lipton wrote in
That's interesting because, actually, what Chinon is famous for, which is a
soil of chalk (tuffeau) is more like Croix Boiss?e than like Les Grezeaux,
which is a soil with small stones. I like both but I find Les Grezeaux a
bit more difficult (specially with tannins). BTW, In 2009 I got Croix
Boiss?e and Clos Guillot in bottles and Grezeaux in magnums ;)
BTW, in my last visit to the Domaine (last year), Matthieu told me that
2005 is a vintage of a lifetime for them and when I got home I was
reassured by watching my two cases ;)
Today I got some bottles from idealwine in France. They are making a vente
? prix fixe of wines from Beaujolais. Got Daniel Bouland Morgon Corcelette
and Morgon Vielles Vignes (2012 and 2013), Foillard Corcelette and Cote du
Py 2012, Chignard Cuv?e Sp?ciale 2012 and Descombes Morgon Vielles Vignes
2012. Sadly, no Coudert this time, but I still have a couple of bottles
from a previous sale.
12 bottles, 164 euro, plus 24 shipping. That's around 18 euro per bottle
and, frankly, wines drink so well without the need to keep them for very
long. One of the wine regions where I still find very good value. However,
I have also had some dissapointments, as was the case with Coquelet. My
only bottle of Thillardon was good but not outstanding.
I was wondering about Chateau des Jacques, but all the sales were for lots
of 6 bottles so I finally did not purchase.
So as fate would have it I spotted this at the supermarket (left over
from the Foire aux Vins I think) and took home 3 bottles to try, before
reading your note! May I ask what this is going for elsewhere? They've
priced it at ?10.70 which seems quite good to me.
We are not drinking on Tuesdays, so I haven't tried it yet.
A good deal? I may go back and get more.
I like the straight Domaine. The 2009 is drinking beautifully, which is
why I don't have much of it!
P.S. Hey Santiago do you have your dates for November yet? As usual
planning is getting more complicated...
Emery Davis wrote in news:c90j6nFdnkhU1
I purchased Roilette Fleurie last year at idealwine and it was 9,50 euro /
bottle, and Cuv?e Tardive at 11,50 euro / bottle.
If you are drinking on Wednesdays, you are just 47 minutes away to crack
one bottle and then decide whether you go to the supermarket tomorrow at
9am for more ;)