TN: "old" Haut Medoc, young Burg pink, QbA, 2nd of DDC
Betsy had a late rehearsal Saturday, so I was in charge of dinner. I
did a few minor tweaks to a pot roast recipe (bok choy stems for
celery, red wine for broth, etc), when she got home we sat down to a
first course of lobster salad, then pot roast, salad, and a mature
(very mature) Cru Bourgeois.
But first off, the cooking wine, the 2006*L'Esprit*de Chevalier
(Pessac-Leognan), purchased for $5 in a Zachys case sale. Actually
surprisingly solid, dark fruit with a little vanilla and some tannins.
Decent length, ok Graves, but fine value at the ludicrous price, and I
wish I had bought more. B
With the lobster, the 2008 Gunderloch Dry Riesling QbA. Yellow fruit,
strong ginger element, good acidity, hint of sweetness. Good for
With the dinner, the 1970 Cantemerle (Haut Medoc) from half bottle.
OK, this should be long dead, but it was $10 on winebid with good
fill,etc. OK, let's see. Red plums, soy, cedar. The red fruit has a
bit of a caramel/prune edge to it, this has probably seen better days,
but the fruit is still fruit, there's nice palate presence, and the
finish ain't bad. Probably "objectively" this is a B-, but I'll give
it a B, for lasting so well in it's pint-sized (well, almost)
Today I had a meeting, between prep, transport, and actual meeting, it
was probably an 8 hour Sunday. Came home to find Betsy had made an old
favorite, chicken bouillabaisse (a fricasee with Pernod, fennel, etc).
I like rose with this, and apparently I especially like the 2008 Bart
Marsannay rose. Strawberries and cherries, just a hint of bitter
herbs, nice length, bright acids, Wine of the Weekend! B++
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
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