TN: Bdx, Burg, Loire, and rosado

With swordfish and a baby bok choy salad, the 2007 Fevre =93Champs Royaux=94 Chablis. Clean and minerally, lemony citrus and Granny Smith, good acidity, nice if not especially long finish. B
Last night I convened a meeting of the Dobbs Ferry chapter of Guys Whose Wives Are Away At Music Festivals, Yoga Camps, or Family Visits. Alex showed up first, with his Golden Retriever Storm, who rollicked with Lucy (our lone female) in yard till they were both exhausted. I was still working on dinner as we explored the 2008 Preto Prieto Picudo(Tierra de Leon) Rosado (I'm not sure if Preto or Prieto Picudo is the winery). Fairly muscular rose, dark red fruit with alittle herb, good enough to happily drink, but with so many other roses to try not running back for more. B
Theme for evening was Manly Men Masticating Mucho Meat, but Stew's had lobsters for $5/lb, so I got a couple to make a sloppy version of Betsy's lobster/corn/tomato salad. Once we sat down I opened my second half bottle of 1982 Pierre Bouree Puligny-Montrachet. Yep, 27 year old village negociant wine from 375, but last bottle was surprisingly attractive. This one has gunk under capsule, but a nice intact cork comes out. Seems more like a ready 10 year old wine, some pear with butterscotch. Not especially stunning, but a solid mature white Burg. My friend Dave says it :"smells like food", a phrase I should have pressed for elaboration on. B
Now for the main event, 2 lb porterhouses served "bleu." Accompanied by grilled potato salad, squash, and green salad (as garnish only, so not to interfere with our beefiness). A couple of reds with meat:
1990 La Louviere (Pessac-Leognan) rouge I've always liked this wine, and this bottle is no exception. Not really tight at decanting, but after an hour really showing as open and giving. Medium-bodied, dark berry and currant fruit, aromas of walk-in humidor and earth. Mostly resolved tannins, but stands up to steak just fine. A-
2005 Filliatreau =93Vieilles Vignes=94Saumur-Champigny Served a little chilled, which tended to (over)emphasize the tannins and acids. Nice fruit base of red and black cherries, with accents of coffee and spice. Bigger style of Loire CF, this would probably benefit from some cellar time. I quite like. B+
Thunderstorm moved into area, we moved inside, and opened another (totally unneccessary) bottle, the 2002 Ch. de Chorey =93Vignes Franches=94 Beaune 1er. More open than a bottle of the 1999 recently, full-bodied and mid-modern with black cherries, mocha, and a rather lush mouthfeel. Some tannins, moderate acidity. Good length. More fruit-forward than elegant. B/B+
Fun night with the guys.
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.=A0
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Thanks for the fun read, Dale. Not only do you provide mouthwatering descriptions of wine and food, you are an entertaining read!
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