TN: squab and Burg

So yesterday the Fedex guy arrives late morning at my office. I quickly called
Betsy and announced "the squab has landed." She came and picked up the squab
(as well as sausages, mousse truffee, duck breast for later dinners, when
ordering from D'Artagnan might as well stock up if you're paying delivery fee).
The squab spent 6 hours in a mint, garlic, and onion marinade, and were ready
for grilling when I got home. Betsy served the grilled squab over tabbouleh and
then topped them with a smoked tomato vinaigrette. Delicious.
When contemplating a match, my thoughts were squabs are PN birds. The tabbouleh
and tomato made me wonder re something more Rhonish or possibly Italian, but I
decided to go with Burgundy. But not to risk a more expensive one. So I went
with the 2001 Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet rouge (chilled a bit before we ate
outside). Floral nose with a little earth. Appealing strawberry and bitter
cherry flavors, with a hint of nectacotum*, a tad rustic with some preceptible
tannins, good acidity. Not the depth nor length of finish of the 2001 Drouhin
Chambolle, but a nice light to midweight Burg. Pretty good match, and good QPR
at $17. B+
ok, I lied. Today's NYT has a short note re the nectacotum, a cross between a
plum, apricot, and nectarine. I haven't even tasted one. My actual note said
plum, but I thought I'd make history by being first to cite "Nectacotum" in a
tasting note.
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.
Dale Williams
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Dale Williams
Nectacotum now I've read everything about tasting notes. Thanks for the mention of D'Artagnan. I'd never been to their web site and now I've ordered way too much stuff. Your notes are never dull Dale.
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Lawrence Leichtman
Dale, Squab and Burgundy is another one of my favorite matches, though not one that I've had very often. I agree with you that the preparation probably diminishes the match somewhat. Had it been simply grilled, I'd recommend you pulling out your favorite Burg and making an event of it.
LOL!! You media wh*re, you! ;-)
Mark Lipton
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On 30 Jun 2004 12:58:52 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@aol.comdamnspam (Dale Williams) wrote:
Isn't that some sort of an unnatural act? A three-way among fruits.
Lips that touch nectacotum will never touch good Burgs that is.
Ed Rasimus Fighter Pilot (USAF-Ret) "When Thunder Rolled" Smithsonian Institution Press ISBN #1-58834-103-8
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Damn, I was hoping to try a nectacotum and then head west, to empty your cellar!
By the way, Mark, the match was fine- the slow smoked tomatoes lost the acidic bite, and the marinade added flavor without overwhelming. I agree a simpler prep of bird would be the way to go for a more mature 1er or GC. Dale
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