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Old 12-11-2007, 06:43 PM posted to alt.food.wine
DaleW DaleW is offline
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Default TN: Champagne, Bordeaux, Burgundy

Last night we went to the home of our friends Marc and Annabelle. They
had just gotten their fall shipment from Hudson Valley Foie Gras,
hadn't made the FG yet but we started with smoked duck breast, then
had beautiful aged magret as main course. Butternut squash soup,
celeriac remoulade, mashed potatoes with celeriac, roasted golden
beets, and about 10 other dishes, finishing with flambeed bananas and
apples. Some architects Annabelle works with joined us, and a very
pleasant time ensued.

NV Piper Heidsieck Brut
Lighter style, more lemony/fruity than yeasty. Nice clean flavors, but
could use a more concentration, even for me (I tend to like the
lighter bubblies). B/B-

2000 Pontet-Canet (Pauillac)
Tight, tight, tight. Did I say tight? But there's a solid core
underneath. Rich cassis fruit, moderate ripe tannins, good length.
Nose is just not showing much right now, but it had hints of earth and
leather at end. Just needs time in my not so expert opinion. B
tonight, A- potential.

2001 Louis Jadot "Clos des Couchereaux" Beaune 1er Cru
Not particularly high expectations for a CdB '01, but this showed
really well. Light to start, black cherry edged with strawberry, good
acidity, light tannins. With air it picks up substantial weight, with
the fruit showed richer and darker. A little edge of cocoa.. Major
overachiever. A-/B+

Fun night

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