TN: Saar, Sancerre, Gevrey

Friday's local flooding was a mess, yet I found myself just thankful
that I was dealing with a lot of closed roads, as the horror of Japan
tsunami was coming out. I eventually made it home to grill steaks,
asparagus, and squash, and open the 2002 Sylvie Esmonin Gevrey-
Chambertin VV. Pretty open, some tannin, black cherry fruit with a
little vanilla. With time, some earth and fall leaves. Maybe a little
young, but pleasant midbodied Burg. B
 
Saturday Betsy made scallops stuffed with basil on mushroom rice, wine
was the 2007 Francois Cotat "Culs de Beaujeau" Sancerre. Certainly
nice, pleasant full bodied Sancerre, but lacking a bit of the vivacity
I remember. But today while watching my 'Heels get slaugthered, much
more impressive and expressive. Think these need to be left alone,.
With dinner B, today A-
Tomorrow we're going to a blind dinner (or I am, Betsy is one of the
cooks/planners) that includes meat, so Meatless Monday was moved up to
Sunday. I made grilled tofu in a kecap manis based marinade, grilled
Japanese eggplant with peanut sauce, baby bok choy, and baked
chickpeas. Wine was the 2001 Dr. Fischer Ockfener Bockstein Riesling
Kabinett. Lemon, slightly unripe peaches, a little petrol, on the
drier side. Good zippy acidity, but without the rich fruit I think of
as 2001 hallmark. A slight disappointment for the vintage, though I
really don't know producer (I seem to have a '99 Auslese though) and
have no idea if this is typical. 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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