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    DaleW Guest

    Default TN: Bastille Day and a hot week- Juge and Pepiere are great, others vary

    Wednesday was outdoor concert, I made mejillones escabechados (marinated mussels) and cold pheasant salad. Wines included

    2012 Rimbert Petit Cochon Bronze rose
    Darker than I remember previous vintages, a simple strawberry meets maraschino cherry pink. B-

    2004 Blain-Gagnard La Boudriotte Chassagne-Montrachet 1er
    Warm picnic probably not best place to show a big whte Burg to best advantage. Pear, a bit of lemon, some background oak, seems slightly fatter/flatter than recent bottles, maybe just the heat. No oxidation. B

    2009 Domaine des Coutures Saumur Champigny
    New producer to me (though I have bought couple bottles in same sale as Fred). Medium body, lovely black cherry and raspberry fruit, light tannin, nice bottle to drink with a little chill. B+/B

    2011 Frank Nappa Anomaly (North Fork, Long Island)
    White from Pinot Noir, surprised that I find I like it, white cherries and apple, moderate acids. B

    2010 Domaine du Petit Clos Bourgueil
    Green, acidic, short. C

    Thursday Betsy and I went to the Tarry Tavern, I had marrow bone and branzino, she had chicken mousse and scallops. We had a couple of quartinos (vintage not specifiec)

    Bousquet Rose (Mendoza)
    Simple, sweet, sucky. C

    Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)
    Grapefruit and grass, thin, but at least typical (of overcropped SB). B-

    Friday I was alone with some pork roast and the 2009 Joguet Cuvee de la Cure Chinon. No apparent oak, black raspberry and green tobacco leaf, damp earth. Showing quite well. B+


    Saturday night I went to a pre-Bastille Day party by a couple of French friends. Canapes of chicken liver and duck proscuitto, then a shot of cold canteloupe soup with Muscat. Firsr sitdown course was tuna carpaccio, then we had cold leg of lamb and a summer vegetable assortment, followed by 7 French cheeses and dessert. All French wines of course:

    Delacroix Blanc de Blancs
    Very light, appley, good thirst quencher on a warm night. B-/C+

    2012 Chidaine Touraine Rose
    Crisp, dry with sweet strawberry fruit, some minerally notes. B+/B

    2010 Chateau d'Oupia Minervois
    Very good QPR. Juicy, fruity, with soil and ferric notes. Modest tannins, good length. B+/B

    2002 Chateau Gillet Bordeaux
    Big for Bdx AC, a bit clunky, still a bit of tannin. B-

    2000 Juge Cuvee C Cornas
    This was another bottle oh I still have this unearthed when I had to move boxes for flood cleanup. I think C is Juges drink young bottling, but this has done very well. Dark rich berry fruit, earth, herbs. Totally vibrant, tannins resolved, drinking very well. A-

    1978 Ch. Beychevelle (St Julien)
    This didnt actually make it to dinner, as I went to double-decant cork slipped into bottle, while color was good I thought the wine seemed thin andadvanced. Decided to go backup bottle (Meyney). Retasted when I got home it was (just drinkable), but I think this saw warm storage, into vinegar crock. This compromised bottle, C/C+

    1988 Ch. Meyney
    About what one would expect- old school Bdx with still some slightly tough tannin. Modest black fruits, pencil lead, leather. B/B+

    2005 Baumard "Carte dOr Coteaux du Layon
    Apples, apricots, spice, a bit short and needs more zip. B-/C+

    Sunday was pasta with clams and garlic chives, and the 2010 Pepiere/Ollivier Clisson Muscadet. Full, ripe, vibrant, long. This can age Id guess, but awfully tasty now. A-

    Monday with grilled tofu and squash, plus caprese salad, the 2012 Sobreira Albarino (Ras Baixas). Light to medium bodied, floral, medium acids, easygoing. B/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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    Emery Davis` Guest

    Default Re: TN: Bastille Day and a hot week- Juge and Pepiere are great,others vary

    On Tue, 16 Jul 2013 09:24:26 -0700, DaleW wrote:

    > 2000 Juge ‘Cuvee C” Cornas This was another bottle “oh I still have
    > this”
    > unearthed when I had to move boxes for flood cleanup. I think C is
    > Juge’s drink young bottling, but this has done very well. Dark rich
    > berry fruit,
    > earth, herbs. Totally vibrant, tannins resolved, drinking very well. A-


    Hi Dale,

    I think it's the other way around (or used to be): 'C' stands for Coteaux,
    and as usual the higher up the hill, the more age-worthy.

    I like Juge a lot, but there has been some bottle variation. We don't
    have any now, have to make a point to visit on the next trip south.



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    DaleW Guest

    Default Re: TN: Bastille Day and a hot week- Juge and Pepiere are great,others vary

    On Thursday, July 18, 2013 4:24:01 AM UTC-4, Emery Davis` wrote:
    >
    > I think it's the other way around (or used to be): 'C' stands for Coteaux,
    > and as usual the higher up the hill, the more age-worthy.


    I thought the SC was the more ageable- certainly sells for more!

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    Emery Davis Guest

    Default Re: TN: Bastille Day and a hot week- Juge and Pepiere are great,others vary

    On Thu, 18 Jul 2013 07:03:59 -0700, DaleW wrote:

    > On Thursday, July 18, 2013 4:24:01 AM UTC-4, Emery Davis` wrote:
    >>
    >> I think it's the other way around (or used to be): 'C' stands for
    >> Coteaux,
    >> and as usual the higher up the hill, the more age-worthy.

    >
    > I thought the SC was the more ageable- certainly sells for more!


    Yes, you're right. SC is for "selection coteaux", which IIRC is older
    vines (and hence more age worthy). I was thinking of C vs the regular
    Cornas, where the vines are grown on the flat. At least in the past
    there were 3 cuvees, I don't know if they're all imported to the states.

    Heading your way into the heat tomorrow, will be passing through NY on
    the way to the even hotter DC (gasp).

    -E

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    DaleW Guest

    Default Re: TN: Bastille Day and a hot week- Juge and Pepiere are great,others vary

    On Thursday, July 18, 2013 12:01:05 PM UTC-4, Emery Davis wrote:

    >
    > Yes, you're right. SC is for "selection coteaux", which IIRC is older
    > vines (and hence more age worthy). I was thinking of C vs the regular
    > Cornas, where the vines are grown on the flat. At least in the past
    > there were 3 cuvees, I don't know if they're all imported to the states.
    >

    Heading your way into the heat tomorrow, will be passing through NY on
    > the way to the even hotter DC (gasp).
    >


    Aha. Not sure if the regular Cornas is imported, but I've never seen anything by C and SC at the retailers I frequent.
    Some time (hopefully not during a heatwave) try to plan a real stop in NY and let me open a few bottles for you

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