Went to a tasting at Slough Foods last weekend where my friend John DeGloria served some excellent wines.
2004 Brun Beaujolais Blanc (Chardonnay) Apple, pear, stems, tarragon, good acid, on the lean side but not austere. Loved it, ordered four bottles. $11.
2005 Domaine Dupre Terre Noire: raspberry, vitamin minerals, flowers, salt. Good, a C. $15.
2005 Jean-Paul Brun L'Ancien: raspberry, black cherry, even a touch of blueberry, excellent depth, OFS. Lightest alcohol in the line-up (at 12%, the heaviest weighed in at 13.5). A. $12.
2005 Pascal Aufranc VV, Chenas: floral, fruity, quite sweet midpalate, juicy, raspberry and banana, DuBoeuf-y. C-. $15.
2005 Gauthier Chiroubles: raspberry, bark, earth, fuller bodied than the prior wines, some tannins/grip. B+. $15.
2004 Perroud, Cote de Brouilly: blue purple, big wine, raspberry and blackberry, structure, extracted. Loved the fruit, but wished it weren't quite so extracted. B. $15.
2005 LaPierre Moulin-a-Vent: restrained fruit, good body, very very good. A. $16.
2005 Domaine Calot, Morgon: lightly confected nose, raspberry, good structure, a bit monotone, C+/B-. $24.
Sparkling J-P Brun FRV-100: Mildly stinky nose, strawberry and cactus flower, lightly sweet. Couldn't help comparing it to a good Cerdon du Bugey and finding it lacking. C. $14.
My wine shopping and I have never had a problem. Just a perpetual race between the bankruptcy court and Hell.--Rogov