April 10, 2006

French Wine Picks Part Deux

So we began our French wine tasting Sunday in a haze of wine confusion. (mine) I wanted to drink our whites and reds in a particular order, as a flight, but since none of our seven tasters knew enough about French wine we had no idea how to do this with the reds. So we decided to wing it. We started with two whites, which was the obvious part of the tasting because there were only two: a 2003 Sebastien Roux Meursault ($9.99, 100 percent Chardonnay) that I reviewed recently and wanted the Cheapfunwine group to try and a 2004 Muscadet Sevre et Maine, Domaine de la Bregeonnette. (Muscadet Sevre et Maine is an under $20 white wine from the Loire Valley in France.) This wine has the words "Sur Lie"on the label, which means it was allowed to rest on its dead yeast cells (yuck), a process that supposedly adds richness to wine that can otherwise be quite boring. Muscadet goes with seafood and everyone really seemed tickled by this one, which Stefanie picked. My PIT (partner in tasting) said he'd have this wine with a turkey burger. I think he was joking. Michael called it sweet and slightly fizzy. "Good strong flavor but after a bottle of this you will be howling at the moon with your pants around your ankles." Marlo, who doesn't care for white, was spare with the words, finding it floral smelling, acidic and well....WHITE. Erica found it crisp and light and Anne would definitely buy it again. On average , we gave this wine 2 1/2 stars, a bit above an average table wine. (A warning: this wine is harder to find online than Dick Cheney on a good day) Our tasters weren't as thrilled with my wine, the Meursault. Erica called it light, grassy and fruity, but said it did not grow on her and paralyzed her tongue. Michael said it smelled like sawdust, which is fine by him. Anne said it lacked flavor. Jim found it quite average. Ah well. I am the lone defender. I stand by this wine. As a group, we gave it two stars.
On to the reds tomorrow. Thanks for coming.

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