WHITE: Andy Schleck
POLKA DOT: Pellizoti
LANTERN ROUGE: Van Hummel
FAREWELLS: Boonan, Efimkin
REMARKS: “I think Carolos Sastre is going to come out and smack everyone in the face with a rolled up newspaper.”
“top end diesel engine this chap””
“He did what he can do best. That’s suffer.
NOTES: We’re personally very disappointed that Hincapie was denied the yellow jersey, and the focus on that controversy is appropriate, but doesn’t the death of a pedestrian who was struck by a race vehicle merit a mention from the Versus boys?
COMMENTS: Bike racing at its best. Wasn’t that ride by Contador stunning?
WINE: Bernard Rondeau Bugey Cerdon
TYPE: Sparkling Rose
NOTES: Cerdon de Bugey, like most rosé wine, is best consumed in its first year of release. It is not a wine that one lays down. It is during this first year that all its aromas are present in their most flattering and enjoyable forms, including strawberry, cherry, cream and a hint of spice. Honestly, this is literally like a strawberry parfait in a glass. At about 40 grams of residual sugar, the wine does have some perceptible sweetness; however, with the very delicate tannin of Gamay and the supporting acidity, the wine comes across as being less sweet than it actually is.
COMMENTS: Lovely, the perfect brunch wine. A very interesting nose–we think it smells like dust, or a hot theatrical lighting instrument (we mean that as a compliment). We wouldn’t necessarily call it a “strawberry parfait in a glass,” but LB did say that its fruitiness was a perfect substitute for a mimosa. Last week, we suggested that we don’t generally drink or watch the tour in the morning. Now it looks like a Sunday morning tradition at our house to open a bottle of bubbly. We certainly plan to do the same next week.
WINE: Caves Cidis Gewurztraminer
REGION: Pays du Vaud
NOTES: From selected vineyards along Lake Geneva in western Switzerland. Aromatic nose with intense floral scent of rose. Dry, smooth, distinct aromas, crystallized fruits (pineapple, apricot, white peach). Serve as aperitif, with foie gras, seafood, white truffle, sauerkraut, sweet and sour dishes, and cheese.