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Celebrating Monday’s Champagne Grand Tasting 2011, at the Plaza with a bit of prose in notes:

Disgorged just seven months back

This dame’s done her time

On lees

A whiff of perfumed talc

He breathes deeper as she passed

Apple stalked by savory

She takes her own hand

And circles

Becoming one with herself

St. Chamant Brut Blanc de Blanc 1999



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Last week, I spent a delightful afternoon at The Modern, at the tasting of the Union des Grands Crus de Chablis, a non-profit organization of 14 producers of wines from the seven Chablis Grand Cru vineyards. Including Blanchots, Bougros, Les Clos, Grenouilles, Preuses, Valmur, and Vaudésir, all seven climats were represented, as was Clos des Hospices by Domaine Louis Moreau.  With great emphasis on 2009, there were a few older vintages, allowing one a peek through the porthole of what might become.


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The other week, the Wine Media Guild hosted a Vertical Tasting of three chateaux from Bordeaux–a luncheon at Felidia‘s that began with a one-hour self-pour tasting of twelve wines, before everyone sat for lunch.  For the first portion of the tasting, we sampled Chateau Angelus 2005-2008, Chateau Figeac 2001-2003 and 2006, and La Conseillante 2000, 2001, 2004, and 2005.  With lunch, we drank Angelus-1990, 1995, 1998, and 2001; Figeac–1995 & 1998; and La Conseillante–1995 & 1998.  And while there were plenty of beauties on the catwalk, there were a few that stood elegantly poised and stiletto’d above the rest.


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With a ring of spring flowers

Twisted around her wrist

She walked foot over stones

-pudding and round-

Smooth rocks warming

The void of each arch

At a mountain stream

-fruity and red-

On its bank

She plucked ginger

So startling and austere

She sharpened her tongue

and tossed a rock

Sending ripples across her reflection

–2003 Gosset Célébris Rosé Brut





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Honey Spice fingered

A soft-dried apricot

And sipped cream fresh

From a cup-

Spotting a cluster of fungi

She pulled a knife

And stepped from the cellar

Into light

Chåteau D’Yquem 1995


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She lifts the hatch to the attic

and a slice of light

cuts across her face


darkness to light

Bright she is blinded…


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Like oil and water

Ruby was complex

Topped with locks

Of strawberry and rhubarb

She crushed rocks until powder

Boasting her viscosity

Ruby lived fennel fronds

And funk

–Domaine de la Mordorée “Dame Rousse” Tavel 2009


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