TN: Burg, Loire, Bdx, MSR


Over several nights, the 2002 Christoffel Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Spatlese. Full texture, adequate though not bracing acidity, some red cherry fruit mixing with apple and lime. A pleasant but not exciting Riesling. B-/B
With a porterhouse, couscous, and leftover cabbage, the 2002 La Fleur de Bouard (Lalande de Pomerol). I've generally been a fan of this property, a nice example of modern style in the satellites, but this was disappointing. Hard tannins and in-your-face oak, black plum fruit. Charmless. Possibly an awkward period, but I'm happy not to have more. B-/C+
Tonight I made a variation of sole meunier (with blood orange rather than lemon), with leftover couscous and veggies. I opened the 2005 Belliviere "L'Effraie" Coteaux du Loir. Shock and awe! This is not what I expected. The delicious 2004 was just the slightest bit off dry, this is quite sweet. Big mango/papaya fruit, quince, a lanolin note. Impressive and very good wine, but NOT what I wanted with sole. A tentative B+/A-
Luckily I had a drier white nearby. The 2005 Paul Pernot Bourgogne blanc is still a lovely wine for $15. Ripe Bosc and Comice pear, a little butterscotchy note, floral. Mineral core, balanced acidity, good length for level. Much better with my fish. B+
I'll sample these two as I watch the Final Four games tonight (go Heels!!!).
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.
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> Over several nights, the 2002 Christoffel Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling > Spatlese. Full texture, adequate though not bracing acidity, =EF=BF=BDsome= red > cherry fruit mixing with apple and lime. A pleasant but not exciting > Riesling. B-/B > > With a porterhouse, couscous, and leftover cabbage, the 2002 La Fleur > de Bouard (Lalande de Pomerol). I've generally been a fan of this > property, a nice example of modern style in the satellites, but this > was disappointing. Hard tannins =EF=BF=BDand in-your-face oak, black plum > fruit. Charmless. Possibly an awkward period, but I'm happy not to > have more. B-/C+ > > Tonight I made a variation of sole meunier (with blood orange rather > than lemon), with leftover couscous and veggies. I opened the 2005 > Belliviere =EF=BF=BD"L'Effraie" Coteaux du Loir. Shock and awe! This is no= t > what I expected. The delicious 2004 was just =EF=BF=BDthe slightest bit of= f > dry, this is quite sweet. Big mango/papaya fruit, quince, a lanolin > note. Impressive and very good wine, but NOT what I wanted with sole. > A tentative B+/A- > > Luckily I had a drier white nearby. The 2005 Paul Pernot Bourgogne > blanc is still a lovely wine for $15. Ripe Bosc and =EF=BF=BDComice pear, = a > little butterscotchy note, floral. Mineral core, balanced acidity, > good length for level. Much better with my fish. B+ > > I'll sample these two as I watch the Final Four games tonight (go > Heels!!!). > > 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.
Well, the game was certainly a disaster for me! The Belleviere "L'Effraie" is quite the nice wine (if you don't try to eat with delicate fish), probably the equivalent of an Auslese in weight and sweetness. A big surprise after the 2004, but now I know what to expect.
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