TN: Good wines during NY Pause- Bdx, Burg, Basque

Chicken with shallots and tomatoes, egg noodles
2018 Camino Roca Txacoli Getariako Mild spritz, citrus, saline, fun. B
1999 Monthélie-Douhairet-Porcheret ?Champans? Volnay 1er Cru Midbodied, that ?99 balanced ripeness, fully ready, red and black cherry, a little cocoa, some smoky notes. Not super-long, but satisfying from a non-prestige producer. B+
Grey sole, bok choy, and rice with umeboshi 2015 Bachelet Bourgogne Aligote The ripeness of ?15 counteracts the sometimes sharpness of Aligote, lemony without bitterness, a little vanilla note. B
Oysters (with leftover Aligote), followed by great dry-aged shell steak, sweet potato gnocchi, broccoli rabe ravioli, salad 1986 Ch. Rauzan-Segla Another fine showing for this old fave. Black currant and black plum, earth, cigarbox. Some tannic structure but drinking superbly. Pretty much what I look for in maturing claret. A-/A
2016 Ben Haines Marsanne (Yarra Valley) Decent acids for Marsanne, but I didn't love this, but I struggle with Rhone white varieties. B-/C+
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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DaleW
I do as well. Roussane and Marsanne just don't seem to do it for me and I can never put my finger on why.Some of them are just vapid. Others convey an unpleasant waxy characteristic that is more like furniture polish than lanolin.
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Lawrence Leichtman
Me, too. There used to be a time when I liked viognier, but recent encounters have left me indifferent at best. Roussanne and Marsanne I've even less fondness for. They're just too heavy and not zippy enough, not what I seek out in white wines.
Mark Lipton
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Mark Lipton

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