TN: Burg, Loire, Bdx, etc with mollusks and more

No wine Thursday with bucatini all'amatriciana, Friday I shucked some oyste rs and grilled some squash while Betsy sauteed scallops and made an edamame pesto to top them with; we also had rice and leftover corn soup. Wine was the 2015 Pepiere “Clos des Briords” Muscadet. Lemon, lemon zest,and lemonade overlaid with seashell. Did I mention lemon? Good stuff. B+/A-
Saturday I went to farmers market and butcher, we invited some friends and a cockapoo for dinner. While we were getting ready, Betsy said “do we have to wait for them to get here to have wine?” Why no. The 201 6 Jacourette “l'Ange et Luce” Cotes de Provence rose is a b it of a disappointment (but not much of one, under $10). Pale, light, a bit dilute. Strawberry, grass. B-/C+
While the dogs enjoyed bones we had more oysters (on sale and I was in shuc king mode) and some wonderful head cheese
2002 Huet Vouvray Brut OK, lots of reports of premoxed ‘02 Petillant, but I’ve be en mostly lucky, and streak continues. Biscuits, apples, and lime zest. The re’s a little honey and nuts, but no oxidation. Pretty sure this wa s from first release. B+
A little amuse of corn soup (leftover,but we didn’t tell) with curr ied shrimp
2002 Prieur-Brunet “Chevalieres” Meursault. Not premoxed, quite young, but that doesn’t mean it’s good. Anonymous, white fruited, thin, short. If you blinded me and told me it wa s 5 yr old US Pinot Blanc I would have nodded knowingly.B-/C+
I grilled 2 types of steak- pave and dry-aged ribeye - to go with Betsy? ??s potato-bean salad (kind of nicoise without the tuna) and John? ?s fennel salad.
1995 Ch. La Croix du Casse (Pomerol) Round lush, black plum with a Graves-like tobacco note and some cedar. Easy drinking and ready to go. B/B+
2000 Graillot Crozes-Hermitage Red fruited, a bit overtart, herbs and anise. A little bit of decay on fini sh, 17 is pushing it for non-Thalabert Crozes, but interesting and with som e enjoyment. B/B-
Sunday we continued our bivalve streak and extended to other mollusks with a mussel, squid, and zucchini pasta, served with caprese and a half bottle of the 2014 Barat “Vaillons” Chablis 1er. Pretty textbook C hablis - lemon and green apple, limestone and seashell. Nicely balanced. B+ +
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.
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