Jenise wrote: 2000 Petit Bocq, St. Estephe ...this producer uses more merlot than any other producer in St. Estephe, and Parker suggests that the property should be promoted to 5th growth or at least Cru Exceptionelle. Perhaps that happened in the recent re-class.
Solly Chally, close but no Lewinsky: Cru bourgeois superieur. I tried to find some, and now I know why I couldn't. Thank for the notes; I'll enjoy it vicariously.
We had planned to open our 1989 Beaucastel last night. But when we arrived at camp, the interior cabin was covered with a layer of soot from the maintenance man cleaning the chimney with the wood stove doors open, or whatever he did to do a tattoo on our brand new carpeting. Every counter, piece of furniture, blind, and everything else with a surface was covered. Lynn spent five hours on her hands and knees cleaning and almost crying. We take our shoes off, for God's sake. Never even had a guest, kid or animal in the place. We might as well have invited a lumberjack team to tramp through with their muddy boots for a month.
So, in melancholy moods we opened the cheapest bottle in our cellar, here: 2000 Larose Trintaudon. (Didn't have a Chasse Spleen to chear us up.) We'll try the CNdP again tonight. Still almost summer weather. Green grass, ice free lake; we're about to take a walk to work up an appetite for a pork roast.
BTW, put up our first Christmas Tree since 1969 - while Lynn cleaned. Brightened her up a little.