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Old 11-05-2008, 07:52 PM posted to alt.food.wine
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Default TN: Bojo rose, bubbly rose, and '02 Bdx

Saturday Betsy was in city for showcase, we had some close friends
over for dinner. I was chef, and chef's prep wine was the 2007 Terres
Dorees (JP Brun) "Brun d'Folie" Beaujolais rosť. Pretty, though maybe
a bit austere for rosť, raspberry and a little cherry, moderate
acidity. Tasty, not quite as lively as I expected. B

We started with a lobster/fennel/orange salad, with the NV Charles
Ellner Brut Rosť Champagne. Lighter than I remembered, strawberry and
cherry fruit. a bit of orange zest. Quite bright, but a bit short on
finish. Pleasant. B

Main course were dry-aged steaks (these are from Stew Leonards, I had
liked before, but while these had the texture of dry-aged they didn't
show it much from flavor standpoint), with grilled squash, sauteed
mushrooms, and leftover red cabbage (good friends, ok to serve
leftovers). Wine was the 2002 Ch. Lagrange (St. Julien). This had a
couple hours before dinner to loosen up a bit. Good rich cassis and
dark berry fruit, some distinct espresso overtones, a little vanilla,
good length, ripe tannins. Nice midweight but masculine Bordeaux that
could use a few more years, but pretty tasty with rare meat right now.
A great buy at about $23 on release, wish I have bought more, down to
3. B+/A-

A good night to be with good friends.

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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