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Default TN: Bastille Day and a hot week- Juge and Pepiere are great, others vary

Wednesday was outdoor concert, I made mejillones escabechados (marinated mussels) and cold pheasant salad. Wines included

2012 Rimbert “Petit Cochon Bronze” rose
Darker than I remember previous vintages, a simple strawberry meets maraschino cherry pink. B-

2004 Blain-Gagnard “ La Boudriotte” Chassagne-Montrachet 1er
Warm picnic probably not best place to show a big whte Burg to best advantage. Pear, a bit of lemon, some background oak, seems slightly fatter/flatter than recent bottles, maybe just the heat. No oxidation. B

2009 Domaine des Coutures Saumur Champigny
New producer to me (though I have bought couple bottles in same sale as Fred). Medium body, lovely black cherry and raspberry fruit, light tannin, nice bottle to drink with a little chill. B+/B

2011 Frank Nappa “Anomaly” (North Fork, Long Island)
White from Pinot Noir, surprised that I find I like it, white cherries and apple, moderate acids. B

2010 Domaine du Petit Clos Bourgueil
Green, acidic, short. C

Thursday Betsy and I went to the Tarry Tavern, I had marrow bone and branzino, she had chicken mousse and scallops. We had a couple of quartinos (vintage not specifiec)

Bousquet Rose (Mendoza)
Simple, sweet, sucky. C

Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)
Grapefruit and grass, thin, but at least typical (of overcropped SB). B-

Friday I was alone with some pork roast and the 2009 Joguet “Cuvee de la Cure” Chinon. No apparent oak, black raspberry and green tobacco leaf, damp earth. Showing quite well. B+


Saturday night I went to a pre-Bastille Day party by a couple of French friends. Canapes of chicken liver and duck proscuitto, then a shot of cold canteloupe soup with Muscat. Firsr sitdown course was tuna carpaccio, then we had cold leg of lamb and a summer vegetable assortment, followed by 7 French cheeses and dessert. All French wines of course:

Delacroix Blanc de Blancs
Very light, appley, good thirst quencher on a warm night. B-/C+

2012 Chidaine Touraine Rose
Crisp, dry with sweet strawberry fruit, some minerally notes. B+/B

2010 Chateau d'Oupia Minervois
Very good QPR. Juicy, fruity, with soil and ferric notes. Modest tannins, good length. B+/B

2002 Chateau Gillet Bordeaux
Big for Bdx AC, a bit clunky, still a bit of tannin. B-

2000 Juge ‘Cuvee C” Cornas
This was another bottle “oh I still have this” unearthed when I had to move boxes for flood cleanup. I think C is Juge’s drink young bottling, but this has done very well. Dark rich berry fruit, earth, herbs. Totally vibrant, tannins resolved, drinking very well. A-

1978 Ch. Beychevelle (St Julien)
This didn’t actually make it to dinner, as I went to double-decant cork slipped into bottle, while color was good I thought the wine seemed thin and advanced. Decided to go backup bottle (Meyney). Retasted when I got home it was (just drinkable), but I think this saw warm storage, into vinegar crock. This compromised bottle, C/C+

1988 Ch. Meyney
About what one would expect- old school Bdx with still some slightly tough tannin. Modest black fruits, pencil lead, leather. B/B+

2005 Baumard "Carte d’Or” Coteaux du Layon
Apples, apricots, spice, a bit short and needs more zip. B-/C+

Sunday was pasta with clams and garlic chives, and the 2010 Pepiere/Ollivier “Clisson” Muscadet. Full, ripe, vibrant, long. This can age I’d guess, but awfully tasty now. A-

Monday with grilled tofu and squash, plus caprese salad, the 2012 Sobreira Albarino (Rías Baixas). Light to medium bodied, floral, medium acids, easygoing. B/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 consistency.

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On Tue, 16 Jul 2013 09:24:26 -0700, DaleW wrote:

2000 Juge "Cuvee C€ť Cornas This was another bottle €śoh I still have
this€ť
unearthed when I had to move boxes for flood cleanup. I think C is
Juges drink young bottling, but this has done very well. Dark rich
berry fruit,
earth, herbs. Totally vibrant, tannins resolved, drinking very well. A-


Hi Dale,

I think it's the other way around (or used to be): 'C' stands for Coteaux,
and as usual the higher up the hill, the more age-worthy.

I like Juge a lot, but there has been some bottle variation. We don't
have any now, have to make a point to visit on the next trip south.



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On Thursday, July 18, 2013 4:24:01 AM UTC-4, Emery Davis` wrote:

I think it's the other way around (or used to be): 'C' stands for Coteaux,
and as usual the higher up the hill, the more age-worthy.


I thought the SC was the more ageable- certainly sells for more!
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On Thu, 18 Jul 2013 07:03:59 -0700, DaleW wrote:

On Thursday, July 18, 2013 4:24:01 AM UTC-4, Emery Davis` wrote:

I think it's the other way around (or used to be): 'C' stands for
Coteaux,
and as usual the higher up the hill, the more age-worthy.


I thought the SC was the more ageable- certainly sells for more!


Yes, you're right. SC is for "selection coteaux", which IIRC is older
vines (and hence more age worthy). I was thinking of C vs the regular
Cornas, where the vines are grown on the flat. At least in the past
there were 3 cuvees, I don't know if they're all imported to the states.

Heading your way into the heat tomorrow, will be passing through NY on
the way to the even hotter DC (gasp).

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On Thursday, July 18, 2013 12:01:05 PM UTC-4, Emery Davis wrote:


Yes, you're right. SC is for "selection coteaux", which IIRC is older
vines (and hence more age worthy). I was thinking of C vs the regular
Cornas, where the vines are grown on the flat. At least in the past
there were 3 cuvees, I don't know if they're all imported to the states.

Heading your way into the heat tomorrow, will be passing through NY on
the way to the even hotter DC (gasp).


Aha. Not sure if the regular Cornas is imported, but I've never seen anything by C and SC at the retailers I frequent.
Some time (hopefully not during a heatwave) try to plan a real stop in NY and let me open a few bottles for you


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