I love this season- dogwoods and crabapples blooming in front yard, flowers returning, crisp sunny days, and best of all warm enough to eat dinner outside (if you wear a sweatshirt). Friday Betsy made chicken en papillote (with asparagus, snap peas, and red pepper), I had the 2004 Christian Moreau Chablis. This was a real winner in 2002, but I don't think this is a buy again for this vintage. All the elements of good regional level Chablis are there- good acidity, clean apple and lemon fruit with no sign of oak, clear minerality. But it seems a tad diluted - more concentration would help. In the perspective of the fine 2004 Chablis vintage this is a disappointment. B-
Saturday we went to Long Island for a benefit for Tristate Basset Rescure, the organization where we got Lucy. 60-70 Bassets (and a few other dogs being Bassets For A Day). We were shocked when Lucy got first prize for obedience (of course, with stubborn Bassets, only 3 dogs entered that contest, compared to ones like Loudest Howl, Best Kisser, etc). We took her blue ribbon, I made a stop at Post in Syosset while Betsy went to Fairway, and headed home for a dinner of pork chops and broccoli. With Betsy not imbibing I opened a 375 ml, the 2002 Faiveley Cote de Beaune-Villages. This was a wine I had bought as a big QPR winner, but this bottle didn't actually shine as well as previous ones. Tart and slightly simple cherry fruit, doesn't seem to have either depth or concentration. Gets a little better with air, and picks up some mushroomy earth notes. But I don't like this as much as previous bottles, and wonder if it's an awkward period or -just possibly - a case of TCA-taint barely beyond my detection threshold. In any case this bottle gets a B- also.
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.