So last night we had leftovers - lamb/bean stew, broccoli with cumin
and sesame, and crab/avocado salad (this time with cabbage). I went
light on the relish (more a cilantro gremolata) so the stew would pair
with a Bordeaux, the 1998 Ch. La Tour Figeac (St Emilion GC). This
showed quite nicely, nose of blackcurrants and coffee, broad/lushly
textured on palate, resolved tannins. Low acid but not flabby, nice
cassis fruit gets more outgoing with time. I think a lot of these
lesser '98s are drinking well right now (more so than their big
brothers). 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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