2007 Couly-Dutheil La Baronnie Madeleine Chinon: Earthy, tannic, straightforward

sept. 11, 2011: i baked some turbot flounder from fresh market that i covered with sprinkled lemon juice, salt, pepper, parsley, butter, olive oil and shallots. i baked it at 375 degrees for 30 minutes, and while i know i added a bit too much salt, i liked this. greg, though, realized that he's not a big fan of flounder; there's something about the texture that he doesn't like, so we won't be having flounder again anytime soon.

but paired with the fish was this 2007 couly-dutheil loire valley chinon from france, which was very basic and straightforward. think earth and tannins, with a freshness that can only mean summer. that's what cabernet franc means to us. this also seems like a more masculine summer wine, crisp and down-to-earth. 12.5 percent alcohol. binny's in chicago.

second night: and sediment! wow, was not expecting that. but before i got to the sediment, the flavor was the same even though we had corked the bottle after the first night. this wine was still earthy, mellow, straightforward. not bad at all.

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