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Default TN: negoce Burgs (from big name estates) and serious Nero d'A

Friday night a couple of negociant Burgs from well-known producers.
While Betsy prepared dinner and we waited for Dave, the 2006 Les
Heritiers du Comte Lafon Macon. I've enjoyed the Heritiers/Lafon
Macons (both general and single village) before, mostly in good NYC
restaurants. I've always found good values (they tend to run $35-50 at
places like Nobu). This was $15 at retail closeout, and I can't argue
at price. But it's not quite the value of the other vintages I've
tried, a bit round/ripe for my taste in Chardonnay. Sweet pears,
modest acidity, hint of a flinty note. Good clean white Burg, but soft
finishn and not anything to go looking for. B-/B

Main course was a filet mignon with a Bordelaise sauce (Pierre
Franey), with roasted vegetables and potatoes. Wine was the 2006 Meo-
Camuzet (Frere & Soeurs)*Bourgogne rouge. Really nice, clean ripe
black cherry and plum fruit, a hint of cocoa powder, solid damp earth
aromas. Good acidity, light tannins, very good finish. There's an
occasional unusual whiff of something that reminds me of fish stock,
which sounds weird for a red wine, but didn't bother me. Very nice for
the level. B+

Tonight I was cooking, vaguely teriyaki-ish chicken thighs, roasted
cauliflower, sauteed baby arugula. I was thinking Nebbiolo, but
actually ended up bringing out a Nero d'Avola, the 2004 Feudo Montoni
Classy mid to full bodied red, blackcurrants and black raspberries,
spice. Nice balance of acidity and tannins, long. I've not generally
been a fan of Sicilian wines, but things like this and the Biondi Etna
realize that was just my ignorance. B+/A-

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