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    DaleW Guest

    Default TN: New Years Eve wines

    We were going to a party for NYE, but Betsy wanted to have a light
    dinner first. She made clams in a lemongrass broth with udon, wine was
    the 2004 Francois Cotat “Culs de Beaujeu” Sancerre. Lovely SB,
    gooseberries and lemon with a light hint of herbs, but virtually no
    grassiness. Mouthfilling texture, bright acidity, excellent length.
    Carried along to the party it was if anything better several hours
    later, good Sancerre that could use a couple more years, but is damn
    tasty now. A-

    Off to party about 9. We carried an assortment of appetizer- I topped
    potatoes with sour cream and salmon roe, plus simmered some Chinese
    sausage and Ukrainian kielbasa in a sherry rosemary mix. Betsy made
    shrimp deviled eggs and tossed some pears with salt and cayenne and
    then speared with bacon. Alex had huge platters of gravlax and tuna
    tartare, his sister from Provence had made pissaladiere-ish
    flatbreads, plus there were salads, cheeses, etc. I was kind of sorry
    we had eaten first, but ate anyway. Multiple wines:

    NV Pinon Touraine Brut Rose
    Lovely and lithe, this is a tad lighter and more elegant than previous
    batch (which I also loved). Strawberry fruit that has beautiful
    sweetness, yet it's bone dry on palate. Fine mousse, good length, fun
    and delicious. B+/A-

    2007 Clos de la Fine Muscadet
    Citrus and minerals, nice acidity, tasty. B

    2005 Carbonnieux Blanc
    Generally I like Carbonnieux's white, but this is surprisingly marked
    by wood. Fatter rounder style, suffers from following the Cotat. I
    think some time to absorb the oak will do this good, but for now B-

    2004 Les Grands Marechaux (1er Cotes de Blaye)
    This was the primary red of the evening. Consistent from several
    bottles. Red plum fruit with a light note of bell pepper, easy
    tannins, not bad as long as you're not especially sensitive to green
    notes. B/B-

    2005 Ch. de Beaumont (1er Cotes de Blaye)
    Medium-bodied, some stern tannins, black plums and currants, not very
    long. B-

    NV Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne Brut
    I've had varying experiences with this over the years, this wasn't one
    of the good ones. Green notes under apple fruit, coarse, short finish.
    C+

    1999 Charles Ellner "Cuvee Prestige" Champagne Brut
    Aggressively yeasty, full-bodied, rough mousse, biggest bubbly of
    night but I was a bit disappointed (my bottle). B-

    NV Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut Reserve
    Quite a pleasant surprise. Full-bodied with smooth texture, delicate
    mousse, fruit and minerals well-integrated with yeast roll note. Never
    been on my list, I might look for this. B+

    Fun night, though my poor French made conversation impossible with
    half the guests. We had fun, Betsy drove home, and Happy New Year to
    all.

    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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    DaleW Guest

    Default Re: TN: New Years Eve wines

    On Jan 1, 11:14*am, DaleW <Dwmi...@aol.com> wrote:
    > We were going to a party for NYE, but Betsy wanted to have a light
    > dinner first. She made clams in a lemongrass broth with udon, wine was
    > the 2004 Francois Cotat *“Culs de Beaujeu” Sancerre. Lovely SB,
    > gooseberries and lemon with a light hint of herbs, but virtually no
    > grassiness. Mouthfilling texture, bright acidity, excellent length.
    > Carried along to the party it was if anything better several hours
    > later, good Sancerre that could use a couple more years, but is damn
    > tasty now. A-
    >
    > Off to party about 9. We carried an assortment of appetizer- I topped
    > potatoes with sour cream and salmon roe, plus simmered some Chinese
    > sausage and Ukrainian kielbasa in a sherry rosemary mix. *Betsy made
    > shrimp deviled eggs and tossed some pears with salt and cayenne and
    > then speared with bacon. Alex had huge platters of gravlax and tuna
    > tartare, his sister from Provence had made pissaladiere-ish
    > flatbreads, plus there were salads, cheeses, etc. I was kind of sorry
    > we had eaten first, but ate anyway. Multiple wines:
    >
    > NV Pinon Touraine Brut Rose
    > Lovely and lithe, this is a tad lighter and more elegant than previous
    > batch (which I also loved). Strawberry fruit that has beautiful
    > sweetness, yet it's bone dry on palate. Fine mousse, good length, fun
    > and delicious. B+/A-
    >
    > 2007 Clos de la Fine Muscadet
    > Citrus and minerals, nice acidity, tasty. B
    >
    > 2005 Carbonnieux Blanc
    > Generally I like Carbonnieux's white, but this is surprisingly marked
    > by wood. Fatter rounder style, suffers from following the Cotat. I
    > think some time to absorb the oak will do this good, but for now B-
    >
    > 2004 Les Grands Marechaux (1er Cotes de Blaye)
    > This was the primary red of the evening. Consistent from several
    > bottles. Red plum fruit with a light note of bell pepper, easy
    > tannins, not bad as long as you're not especially sensitive to green
    > notes. B/B-
    >
    > 2005 Ch. de Beaumont (1er Cotes de Blaye)
    > Medium-bodied, some stern tannins, black plums and currants, not very
    > long. B-
    >
    > NV Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne Brut
    > I've had varying experiences with this over the years, this wasn't one
    > of the good ones. Green notes under apple fruit, coarse, short finish.
    > C+
    >
    > 1999 Charles Ellner "Cuvee Prestige" Champagne Brut
    > Aggressively yeasty, full-bodied, rough mousse, biggest bubbly of
    > night but I was a bit disappointed (my bottle). B-
    >
    > NV *Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut Reserve
    > Quite a pleasant surprise. Full-bodied with smooth texture, delicate
    > mousse, fruit and minerals well-integrated with yeast roll note. Never
    > been on my list, I might look for this. B+
    >
    > Fun night, though my poor French made conversation impossible with
    > half the guests. We had fun, Betsy drove home, and Happy New Year to
    > all.
    >
    > 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.
    > *


    oops, left off one wine. 2004 Le Galantin Bandol. Black plums,
    leather, a little prune. Firm tannins, good length, not bad, but I
    liked less than others. B-

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