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Thread: [TN] Recent tastes (Bierzo, Guion, older Huet)

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    Mark Lipton Guest

    Default [TN] Recent tastes (Bierzo, Guion, older Huet)

    Having just returned from an extended vacation that took us to
    Philadelhia, New Jersey and Washington, DC, I have a few notes to catch
    up on. Starting with tonight's wine, chosen to accompany pan-seared
    duck breasts:

    2007 Dom. Guion Bourgueil "Cuvée Prestige"
    nose: cranberry, tart cherry, herbal/leafy
    palate: medium body, firm acidity, chalky tannins

    Jean didn't find it a good match for the duck, saying that she preferred
    a more fruit-forward wine. For my part, I found it to be fairly good,
    though the flavor profile of Cabernet wines isn't probably best suited
    for duck, so perhaps we're not too far apart in our judgments.

    Two nights ago in Philadelphia, we ended our trip with a night out at
    Amada, José Garces's tapas joint. The meal was splendid, starting with
    olives, then gambas al ajillo, piquillos rellenos (with crabmeat), a
    fanatstic grilled quail sausage, a flatbread topped with cepes, black
    truffle, artichokes and manchego and a Galician bean stew (caldo
    Gallego) and finishing with three Spanish cheeses (Garrotxa, an aged
    goat cheese and a cow's milk cheese from Asturias). After an aperitif
    of Sherry, we got a bottle of:

    2008 Descendientes de José Palacios Bierzo "Pétalos"
    nose: sappy, red berry fruit, herbal finish
    palate: medium body, fresh acidity, bright fruit, a slight oaky sheen

    This was my second Mencia and the first that wasn't totally obscured by
    new oak. The oak treatment seems to have varied over the past years,
    but this edition was well within my tolerances. Slightly reminiscent of
    a young Syrah, it went quite well with all the food.

    And, finally, I am remiss in not earlier posting my impressions of a
    truly remarkable wine that we consumed on an earlier trip for Jean's
    birthday. With lobsters and sunset, I opened the bottle of 1945 Dom.
    Huët Vouvray Le Haut Lieu Moelleux that she had given me for my
    birthday. The color was golden, there was no bottle stink after a quick
    decant and the wine was incredible, an off-dry barrage of quince, orange
    peel, bergamot amid a clean, brisk acidity. The wine was thick but
    lively, and in no way revealed its age. Better with the sunset than the
    lobster.

    Mark Lipton

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    Bi!! Guest

    Default Re: Recent tastes (Bierzo, Guion, older Huet)

    On Aug 19, 10:54*pm, Mark Lipton <not...@eudrup.ude> wrote:
    > Having just returned from an extended vacation that took us to
    > Philadelhia, New Jersey and Washington, DC, I have a few notes to catch
    > up on. *Starting with tonight's wine, chosen to accompany pan-seared
    > duck breasts:
    >
    > 2007 Dom. Guion Bourgueil "Cuvée Prestige"
    > nose: cranberry, tart cherry, herbal/leafy
    > palate: medium body, firm acidity, chalky tannins
    >
    > Jean didn't find it a good match for the duck, saying that she preferred
    > a more fruit-forward wine. *For my part, I found it to be fairly good,
    > though the flavor profile of Cabernet wines isn't probably best suited
    > for duck, so perhaps we're not too far apart in our judgments.
    >
    > Two nights ago in Philadelphia, we ended our trip with a night out at
    > Amada, José Garces's tapas joint. *The meal was splendid, starting with
    > olives, then gambas al ajillo, piquillos rellenos (with crabmeat), a
    > fanatstic grilled quail sausage, a flatbread topped with cepes, black
    > truffle, artichokes and manchego and a Galician bean stew (caldo
    > Gallego) and finishing with three Spanish cheeses (Garrotxa, an aged
    > goat cheese and a cow's milk cheese from Asturias). *After an aperitif
    > of Sherry, we got a bottle of:
    >
    > 2008 Descendientes de José Palacios Bierzo "Pétalos"
    > nose: sappy, red berry fruit, herbal finish
    > palate: medium body, fresh acidity, bright fruit, a slight oaky sheen
    >
    > This was my second Mencia and the first that wasn't totally obscured by
    > new oak. *The oak treatment seems to have varied over the past years,
    > but this edition was well within my tolerances. *Slightly reminiscent of
    > a young Syrah, it went quite well with all the food.
    >
    > And, finally, I am remiss in not earlier posting my impressions of a
    > truly remarkable wine that we consumed on an earlier trip for Jean's
    > birthday. *With lobsters and sunset, I opened the bottle of 1945 Dom.
    > Huët Vouvray Le Haut Lieu Moelleux that she had given me for my
    > birthday. *The color was golden, there was no bottle stink after a quick
    > decant and the wine was incredible, an off-dry barrage of quince, orange
    > peel, bergamot amid a clean, brisk acidity. *The wine was thick but
    > lively, and in no way revealed its age. *Better with the sunset than the
    > lobster.
    >
    > Mark Lipton
    >
    > --
    > alt.food.wine FAQ: *http://winefaq.cwdjr.net


    Thanks Mark. I just recieved an email with a Huet offering that I
    might have to make a purchase. I noticed that in addition to new
    releases they have an offering of 1985 library release Moelleux Clos
    du Bourg and Le Mont.

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