TN: good Bdx AC and MSR Spatlese


Tuesday Betsy made a couple of dishes featured in the NYT a couple months ago, recipes by Suzanne Goin from the book "Sunday Suppers at Lucques." The deviled chicken thighs with braised leeks were very good, but the real winner was the kabocha salad with greens, bacon, pecorino, and pecans. Deliciously nutty squash, delightful dish.
Betsy needed a little wine for cooking, and I opened the 2004 Ch.Haut-Rian (Bordeaux AC). We had a glass as an apertif - light grassiness, clean melon and citrus fruit, good acidity. Betsy says "get more of this" when I tell her it's under $10. Very good QPR. B/B+
The devil part of the chicken recipes were chiles in the marinade, as well as a mustard coating (post-browning, pre-baking). I wasn't sure dry white Bdx was way to go with that, so opened the 2004 Meulenhof Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese (screwcapped, yeah!). A little hint of sulphur on the nose initially, which quickly blew off. A real Spatlese, not an Auslese in disguise, with sweet lime and nectarine fruit, good acidity, and a nice minerally note to the finish. B+
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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DaleW

Excellent! Good bargain White Bdx is always welcome in our household. It's the separating the wheat from the chaff that's the trick. ;-)
As mentioned here before, one of the few points of divergence in the tastes of Jean and myself is aged white wines and Rieslings, both of which she's found problematic (the aged white dislike is far more visceral though). While traveling through S'pore we briefly met up with "Yi Xin" from WT, who opened a '98 Robert Weil Riesling Trocken for us, and lo! Jean loved it. I've been given the green light (at last) to stock some Riesling in the cellar. I'm now taking notes on the '04s.
Mark Lipton
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Mark Lipton

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