TN: ESJ in the Time of Coronavirus

We had plans to go up to dinner with friends. He said he had some duck leg confit, so Betsy said she would do beans and sausage, and we?d do a deconstructed cassoulet. She used Touluse sausage and jowl bacon from local butcher. But in the afternoon wives started consulting, and ultimately decided in favor of social distancing. So I drove half the bean base to Briarcliff, where I picked up 2 legs and a surprise decanter.
Betsy & I enjoyed the ?cassoulet? as well as Caesar salad.
1988 Jadot Mazis-Chambertin
Wow, this is light and elegant for a 1988. Some red and black cherry, earth, gaminess. Faint but distinct horsey/bretty notes, but a walk down a road next to a pasture, not stepping on a cow patty. It?s still a pretty wine, and ready to go. Betsy liked it even more than I did. B+
Blind wine in a decanter
I thought from color and the fact he was pairing with duck it was going to be Burgundy, then changed mind when I tasted. Bright acids, red fruited, quite herby/mentholy. Got better and better. Floral, light, long. Using my social engineering expectations (known Mark and his cellar a long time) I rejected my first thought of Morgon, as Mark is not a Gamay guy. Mark loves Bandol, and that might give the herbiness but not that bright red fruit . I thought of CdP and old school CalCab, but really had no clue . But loved the wine. Never thought of 2000 Edmunds St. John Rocks and Gravel. A-/B+
A fun meal, but it would have been better with Mark and Nancy.
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 party where it was only choice.Furthermore, I offer no promises of objectivity, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.
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