TN: week of good wines (Provence, Burg, Loire, Mosel)

Finally, this week we had weather where we could comfortably eat on patio r= egularly.=20
Tuesday Betsy was busy practicing and packing before heading to Maine for s= ome chamber music, I grilled pizza =A0Margherita and sardines, plus Caprese= salad and some leftover snowpea/asparagus salad. Wine was the 2010 Command= erie de Peyrassol rose. A bit less depth and gravitas than the Ch. Peyrasso= l, but hey who needs gravitas in a rose? Lovely, light, elegant. Get more o= f this (and more of the chateau bottling too, there's a place for everythin= g). B/B+
With Betsy gone I was still in charge of dinner, though Dave and MK helped = with setting table, clearing, and drinking. With artic char, tacu tacu (ric= e and beans) and salad, the 2010 Baudry Chinon rose. I generally like this = wine, but this vintage is extra special. Light, elegant, refreshing, crisp = red fruits, minerals, long. A-
As the weekend bonus apertif, the 2008 JJ Prum Badstube Riesling Kabinett .= Quite approachable for young Prum, only a bit of sulphur (though I am not = very sensitive ). Peachy fruit, slate, good acids, but didn't truly excite.= B
With grilled chicken breast, sauteed mizuna w/ponzu, caprese, and spring ro= lls, the 2005 Marechal "Cuvee Gravel" Bourgogne. Usually a favorite of mine= , this is open, but the fruit profile tilts a bit to the overripe side. Goo= d acids, nice length, but I think I like this more in slightly cooler vinta= ges. B-
Soloing, I split and grilled a lobster, had some pesto and pasta, and opene= d the 2005 Luneau-Papin "Pueri Solis" Muscadet. Muscadet and lobster might = sound weird, but this is a big wine long-aged on the lees. It matches well-= big solid wine, sweet fruit, long finish. I didn't like quite as much as I= did at Dressner/Chambers PIH tasting, but good. B
Since Betsy was in Maine I'd assumed she'd have lobster (even if inland). B= ut she didn't, and was sad to hear I had without her. That's ok, I'll make = sacrifices for her, told her I'd have 2 days in a row as she was driving ba= ck. This time she boiled the lobster and made sauteed baby bok choy in oyst= er sauce, while I made green beans and opened the 2006 Bernard Morey "Les E= mbrazees" Chassagne-Montrachet 1er. Very 2006, fleshy ripe pear fruit, some= hazelnut and vanilla notes in background, good length. Drinking well now, = I'm playing safe. 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 pa= rty where it was only choice. Furthermore, I offer no promises of objectivi= ty, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.=20
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DaleW
>Finally, this week we had weather where we could comfortably eat on patio regularly. > >Tuesday Betsy was busy practicing and packing before heading to Maine for some chamber music, I grilled pizza  Margherita and sardines, plus Caprese salad and some leftover snowpea/asparagus salad. Wine was the 2010 Commanderie de Peyrassol rose. A bit less depth and gravitas than the Ch. Peyrassol, but hey who needs gravitas in a rose? Lovely, light, elegant. Get more of this (and more of the chateau bottling too, there's a place for everything). B/B+ > >With Betsy gone I was still in charge of dinner, though Dave and MK helped with setting table, clearing, and drinking. With artic char, tacu tacu (rice and beans) and salad, the 2010 Baudry Chinon rose. I generally like this wine, but this vintage is extra special. Light, elegant, refreshing, crisp red fruits, minerals, long. A- > >As the weekend bonus apertif, the 2008 JJ Prum Badstube Riesling Kabinett . Quite approachable for young Prum, only a bit of sulphur (though I am not very sensitive ). Peachy fruit, slate, good acids, but didn't truly excite. B > >With grilled chicken breast, sauteed mizuna w/ponzu, caprese, and spring rolls, the 2005 Marechal "Cuvee Gravel" Bourgogne. Usually a favorite of mine, this is open, but the fruit profile tilts a bit to the overripe side. Good acids, nice length, but I think I like this more in slightly cooler vintages. B- > >Soloing, I split and grilled a lobster, had some pesto and pasta, and opened the 2005 Luneau-Papin "Pueri Solis" Muscadet. Muscadet and lobster might sound weird, but this is a big wine long-aged on the lees. It matches well- big solid wine, sweet fruit, long finish. I didn't like quite as much as I did at Dressner/Chambers PIH tasting, but good. B > >Since Betsy was in Maine I'd assumed she'd have lobster (even if inland). But she didn't, and was sad to hear I had without her. That's ok, I'll make sacrifices for her, told her I'd have 2 days in a row as she was driving back. This time she boiled the lobster and made sauteed baby bok choy in oyster sauce, while I made green beans and opened the 2006 Bernard Morey "Les Embrazees" Chassagne-Montrachet 1er. Very 2006, fleshy ripe pear fruit, some hazelnut and vanilla notes in background, good length. Drinking well now, I'm playing safe. 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. > You are a noble man, Dale. Lobster two days in a row. What sacrifices you will make. I'm impressed.
Glad to see you gravitate toward rose as summer approaches, even without gravitas. Disappointed so far this year as I ordered my standard mixed case from Wall St. Journal wines and they slipped in three bottles of White Zin! Is nothing sacred?
Will have to trek to Central Market and scout out some Provence wines. You also pique my interest with the Muscadet. I confess to total ignorance on the wine.
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Ed Rasimus

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