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Thread: [TN] '04 Briords, '03 Lytton, '96 St-Em

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    Mark Lipton Guest

    Default [TN] '04 Briords, '03 Lytton, '96 St-Em

    Over the weekend, we opened a few different wines with dinner. On
    Saturday, we had our friends Chris and Alan over for paella. Our
    starter was a spinach, feta and olive pizza with which we had:

    2004 Dom. de la Pepiere Muscadet Sevre et Maine 'Clos des Briords'
    nose: minerals, quietly fruity
    palate: round but firmly acidic, crystalline minerality

    Jean and I both got a hint of cork taint, but thankfully not enough to
    spoil the wine. Softer than it was in its youth, it's not yet made the
    transition to a fully mature form, but is still very appealing. One has
    to wonder whether it would be even better had it not been tainted, so
    I'm glad that we have more in the cellar.

    Our friend Chris brought over:

    2003 Ridge Lytton Springs
    nose: intially, somewhat oaky, turning more cedary, dark berry fruit
    palate: full body, round, growing leaner as it sat open, deep fruit,
    moderate acid

    Still too youthful for me, but beginning to round into form. Its oak is
    still evident but not intrusive and there is every sign that it will
    fully integrate and become more classically Lytton Springs with time.

    On Sunday, I roasted a goose with bread stuffing (late Christmas
    dinner?) and separately roasted some Brussels Sprouts. With the goose,
    I opened:

    1996 Clos de l'Oratoire St.-Emilion
    nose: initially, roasted coffee, becming more herbal and cedary
    palate: medium body, good acidity, herbal, tobacco, plummy fruit, a bit
    hollow midpalate

    One of our few remaining '96s. Jean had requested Bordeaux with her
    goose, so I decided to go for something a bit more aged than our current
    drinking '05s. Pretty classic Bordeaux profile and not at all OTT to my
    tastes. The roasted, coffee-like character I often get in St. Emilion
    was evident only early on, after which the wine had more generic
    Bordeaux character.

    Mark Lipton
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    Ken Blake Guest

    Default Re: [TN] '04 Briords, '03 Lytton, '96 St-Em

    On Tue, 23 Feb 2010 00:29:00 -0500, Mark Lipton <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > With the goose,
    > I opened:
    >
    > 1996 Clos de l'Oratoire St.-Emilion



    Sounds like a very awkward, difficult to use corkscrew to me. <vbg>

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    DaleW Guest

    Default Re: '04 Briords, '03 Lytton, '96 St-Em

    On Feb 23, 12:29*am, Mark Lipton <not...@eudrup.ude> wrote:
    > Over the weekend, we opened a few different wines with dinner. *On
    > Saturday, we had our friends Chris and Alan over for paella. *Our
    > starter was a spinach, feta and olive pizza with which we had:
    >
    > 2004 Dom. de la Pepiere Muscadet Sevre et Maine 'Clos des Briords'
    > nose: minerals, quietly fruity
    > palate: round but firmly acidic, crystalline minerality
    >
    > Jean and I both got a hint of cork taint, but thankfully not enough to
    > spoil the wine. *Softer than it was in its youth, it's not yet made the
    > transition to a fully mature form, but is still very appealing. *One has
    > to wonder whether it would be even better had it not been tainted, so
    > I'm glad that we have more in the cellar.
    >
    > Our friend Chris brought over:
    >
    > 2003 Ridge Lytton Springs
    > nose: intially, somewhat oaky, turning more cedary, dark berry fruit
    > palate: full body, round, growing leaner as it sat open, deep fruit,
    > moderate acid
    >
    > Still too youthful for me, but beginning to round into form. *Its oak is
    > still evident but not intrusive and there is every sign that it will
    > fully integrate and become more classically Lytton Springs with time.
    >
    > On Sunday, I roasted a goose with bread stuffing (late Christmas
    > dinner?) and separately roasted some Brussels Sprouts. *With the goose,
    > I opened:
    >
    > 1996 Clos de l'Oratoire St.-Emilion
    > nose: initially, roasted coffee, becming more herbal and cedary
    > palate: medium body, good acidity, herbal, tobacco, plummy fruit, a bit
    > hollow midpalate
    >
    > One of our few remaining '96s. *Jean had requested Bordeaux with her
    > goose, so I decided to go for something a bit more aged than our current
    > drinking '05s. *Pretty classic Bordeaux profile and not at all OTT to my
    > tastes. *The roasted, coffee-like character I often get in St. Emilion
    > was evident only early on, after which the wine had more generic
    > Bordeaux character.
    >
    > Mark Lipton
    > --
    > alt.food.wine FAQ: *http://winefaq.cwdjr.net


    Too bad about the Briords and TCA, even if faint. I have quite a few
    of these, should visit.
    Not bad for a 96 Right Bank (I think the hollow midpalate is true of
    even the best ones)
    Thanks for ntoes

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