Thursday I made red snapper en papillotte, and opened the 2001 Domaine
de Haut Bourg Muscadet- Cotes de Grandlieu. This was a recent
purchase, this wine spend 7 years on its lees and is the current
release. The good news is it still tastes young- high acids, lemony
fruits. The flip side is that this didn't show me any of the
complexity that wines like the Pepiere Granite de Clisson or the L-P
Semper Excelsior show. At $13 I'm not really complaining. B/B-

Friday I made chicken in red wine,. a speedy pressure cooker version I
hesitate to call coq au vin, but it was good. The cooking wine was a
labelless bottle - I thought it was the 2005 Canon (Canon-Fronsac)-
memory fail, but close, corked showed it was the 2005 Puy Guilhem
(Fronsac). Black plums, smoke, tannins still a tad grating, servicable
Right Banker. B-

The drinking wine showed beautifully, the 2009 Foillard "Cote du Py"
Morgon was at the top of its game. Black cherries, woodsmoke, flowers
and lavender. Beautiful balance, plenty of acids, maybe big for Gamay
but to me not at all ungainly. A-

Saturday Betsy was glad to have time to cook, and used a new Jacques
Pepin compilation I had borrowed from library to make arugula and
sardine salad, veal scallopine with apples, cream, and Calvados, and
glazed carrots. Wine was the 1999 Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile
Riesling. Tight before decanting, showed well after (I thought color
was little advanced, but wine didn't show it). Grapefruit, petrol, a
little tropical edge. Good length. B+

Sunday Betsy was playing Traviata at BAM, so I went stag to a
Valentine's open house. I mostly drank seltzer and avoided Yellowtail
et al, but did take 3 small pours
2009 McManis Chardonnay
Screwcap. Light, a tad sweet, simple, harmless. B-/C+

2005 Ch. Marquis d'Alesme (Margaux)
Light for a big vintage classified Bordeaux, slightly tough tannins,
subdued cassis fruit, a little leather. B-

2009 Bertagna "Les Dames Huguettes"*Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Nuits
Big name for a little wine. Cranberry, raspberry, a little cocoa. Not
bad. B-

For dinner I made white beans Bretonne to supplement leftovers, needed
a bit of white wine and opened a 375 of the 2008 Billaud-Simon
"Vaillons" Chablis 1er. Fresh, minerally, very tasty. B+

Dinner wine was the 2008 Drouhin Cotes de Nuits Villages. Fresh,
redfruited, spice, very nice for level. 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.