TN: bunch of French wines (Loire, Rhone, Burgundy, Beaujolais, etc)

My friends Fred and Alex had one of their table d'hote events Sat night. I = drove to Hastings (parking in a legal overnight spot- no driving after dinn= er!) and joined a fun group of 35 or so. Alex did a very good job with the = food: Salmon mousse crostini with capers Arugula, pomegranate, pear & gorgonzola salad=20 Verrine of leek soup Lamb curry with basmati rice, raita, mango chutney, mint/cilantro chutney creme brulee
Fred has selected some nice wines NV Delacroix Brut Pleasant, appley, crisper than I remembered (new lot?), clean flavors which= is enough in cheap bubbly for me. B-
2009 Billaud-Simon Chablis Nice midweight Chablis, balanced, maybe a bit tight, green apple and flint.= B
2009 Ch. Haut-Lavigne "la Miss" Cotes de Duras I had liked the base version of this, but this is a nice step up. Round fla= vors of honeydew and nectarine, but there is nice crispness. Little hints o= f grass and oak, this would be a good ringer in a white Bordeaux flight. Wi= ll probably get a couple of these. B+
2009 Guillot-Broux Macon-Cruzilles Gamay. Red fruit, flower/geranium notes but not overwhelming, nice spicine= ss, but a little short on finish. Still, refreshing, and I enjoyed more on = a second pour. Rob says his neighbor said "this tastes like good wine someo= ne poured water in", but I think she's a CaliPN drinker. B
2008 Domaine du Colombier Chinon Vieilles Vignes Rounder/softer than I expected, green bell pepper over red fruits, not very= long, ok Cab Franc. B-
1989 Ch. de Fonsalette Cotes du Rhone Reserve I brought this one. Double-decanted (lots of sediment) beforehand, this is = pretty classic mature Southern Rhone. Dark fruit core, smoke and meat, nice= herbal accents in reserve. Not much tannin left so not planning on aging m= uch more, but the fruit is fresh enough to not be frantic. With time some c= offee and earth emerge. Very happy with this recent purchase. A-
Sunday I made roasted mushroom/tarragon chicken, roasted broccoli, Rancho G= ordo baby limas, and sauteed bok choy. Had to go through 2 wines:
2010 JP Brun "L'Ancien" Beaujolais VV Corked, damn, too bad seemed nice underneath.=20
2009 Rochette "Cuvee des Braves" Regnie In the "is 2009 too ripe" arguments I'm a 2009 fan, but this wouldn't be th= e wine I'd make my argument with. A little rubbery/reductive at first, that= quickly blows off, leaving a nice glass of Generic Red Wine. No, it's bett= er than that, actually tasty, but it is fairly ripe and lowacid, not really= what I'm looking for in Cru Beaujolais. B-/C+
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 pa= rty where it was only choice. Furthermore, I offer no promises of objectivi= ty, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.
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