- posted 11 years ago
Short notes, as I've wasted morning rebooking a cancelled flight. Ugh. Saturday I was doing freezer cleanout, with meatballs and spinach ravioli the 2005 Jerome Chezeaux Bourgogne Rouge. Lightest 2005 I've run across, nothing exciting,but solid lighter styled Burg with red cherries and a little soil. B/B-
Sunday I was trying to get self and office into shape before leaving tonight, but had some favorite winegeeks (and a couple of SOs) over for dinner. My time ran short and my dinner plan had to change, but despite that and a huge thunderstorm that rained on my outdoor plans we had a good time.
This was billed as a combination "see Oswaldo when he was visiting from Brazil" and "try out the 2 '06 CRB SBs head to head." Jacques brought the '06 #2, I had the #5 (and the '07 #2). My understanding is the #2 is in stainless, the #5 in old oak.
With cold shrimp and crottin de Chavignol
2007 Clos Roche Blanche Sauvignon #2 (Touraine) Lightest of the three, good minerality, citrus fruit, excellent zip. B +/B
2006 Clos Roche Blanche Sauvignon #5 (Touraine) Big and ripe, grapefruit and tropical fruit. Lacks some of the cut of the other two today, though still a good bargain. B
2006 Clos Roche Blanche Sauvignon #2 (Touraine) The in-betweener. Good acidity, I like more than a previous taste. Some citrus and grass. Nice wine, but if I had to choose it would be the '07 by a hair. B+/B
We moved to table for some king crab legs and caprese salad (sadly, my tomatoes look like they will be ripe day after I leave, these were from other sources)
1999 Domaine Ramonet "Les Vergers " Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Between the year and the producer I had some premox fears, but this was a lovely bottle. Spiced pears, rich honied fruit with balancing acidity. There's a chalky mineral note underneath, and there's still a whisper of new oak vanilla. Best white of the night. A-
2002 Rene & Vincent Dauvissat "Sechet" Chablis 1er This was rather reticent. Some seashell and mineral, light fruit. We'll see how the half I transferred to a 375 fares in the fridge for a week. For now, B-
Main course was lamb loin chops, with some grilled squash and a mustard potato salad. I asked the guys to choose 3 reds from an assortment I had stood up, they chose
1979 Ch. du Tertre (Margaux) Nice mature midweight claret, good acidity, resolved tannins, beautiful red and dark berry fruit. Floral at first, develops some classic Bordeaux aromas of cigarbox and earth. A-
1990 Ch. Pape Clement (Pessac-Leognan) Lovely cassis fruit framed with ferric mineral notes and earth. A little bigger and riper than the du Tertre, equally lovely. A-
2001 Mongeard-Mugneret Echezeaux Quite tight at first. Raspberries and cherries, with time some herb and smoke notes emerge. Drinks well with a couple hours, will hold last bottle a bit longer. A-/B+
No dessert, but with some cheeses (Reblochon, Stilton, and Tomme de Savioe) we contined with previous wines and tried:
1983 Staatliche Weinbaudom=E4ne Trier Avelsbacher Hammerstein Riesling Auslese (Mosel Saar Ruwer) This was an impulse buy, one of my favorite vintages but a wine from I believe the state run domaine. Was it worth $29? Yes,actually. Color quickly darkened, but a nice lighter mature Auslese, Nice texture, some petrol over citrus and pear fruit. B
1999 Meulenhof Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese ( Mosel Saar Ruwer) Herbs, apples, moderately sweet. Not complex but nice enough. B/B-
Nice to see good friends, fun night.
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