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CellarTales International Wineroundtable Edition No.8

by Oliver Bauer on 12 December 2011 · 0 comments

At the 1th of November we met at the well-known Restaurant Mandragora in Bucharest, to enjoy some older BDX’s together with some other wines. But the special thing concerning this evening hasn’t been just the wine, because finally we found inPaul Peter Kopij a Chef who showed himself ready to prepare us also a special dinner which accompanied and complemented this tasting in a perfect way. So I sent Paul a couple of days in front of the tasting the wine list for him to think about a matching food part. And this “crazy guy” did think and what came .....

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The second day we began with different Sauvignon Blanc’s from all over the world:
Year: Wine: Producer: Country: Region: Variety(-ies): Size: Closure: Alcohol: Taste: Colour: Group:
n.v. Symphonie en “P” de ClérosteinCaves de CleebourgFranceAlsacePinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc 0,75 l natural cork 12.50 vol.% brut (sparkler) white III

To calibrate our palates for the tasting we started with a nice and refreshing Crémant from the Alsace region (thanks Angela & Ghislain). This sparkler with its straw-yellow, soft green-tinged color and mildly nose of peaches and .....

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Good old times ? – 5 white classics

May 4, 2011

Year: Wine: Producer: Country: Region: Variety(-ies): Size: Closure: Alcohol: Taste: Colour: Group:
1990 “Le MD” Henri Bourgeois France Sancerre (Loire) Sauvignon Blanc 0,75 l cork 12.50 vol.% dry white III

The grapes for this wine have been harvested from the “Côte des Monts Damnés“ – cursed mountains or simply “MD”. A very steep hillside with a special soil (shell limestone/clay) offers excellent conditions for classic, mineral Sauvignon Blancs. And who still thinks that SB cannot age and should be consumed in its .....

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CellarTales International Wineroundtable Edition No. 5

March 16, 2011

After a longer period of time we managed finally to meet again with some other wine lovers and to enjoy a couple of wines at the CellarTales International WineRoundTable Edition No. 5. The scoop of this evening was to try and to compare 3 different styles of Champagne, 3 Austrian Riesling wines from famous producers and to see, how BDX wines developed over 3 decades in taste and style. Last but not least we have had in the end a Sauternes wine from a smaller vintage but out of a bigger bottle ! So let’s see, what ran .....

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“Santa Claus” wine-tasting part II

December 14, 2010

Year: Wine: Producer: Country: Region: Variety(-ies):Size: Closure: Alcohol: Taste: Colour: Group:
— Reserva brut nature Privat Laieta Spain D.O. Cava Chardonnay 0,75 l natural cork 12 vol.% dry white (sparkling) III

I always like to start a wine-tasting with something really elated, stimulating and therefore, if possible, sparkling. For me there’s no better equilibration for one’s palate than with a really dry sparkling wine. To avoid and to prevent boredom I am always on the search for a .....

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German Riesling – “Spätlese” vs “Grosses Gewächs/Erstes Gewächs”

November 5, 2010

05.11.2010
After a longer period of time, when most of the German Riesling wines just bobbed up and down at the international level in recent years more and more are re-entering the international stage and attracting attention again. Not least because of the new classification of first growths like “Grosses Gewächs” and “Erstes Gewächs” (depends on the region). But what exactly is the difference between a normal “Spätlese” and a “Grosses Gewächs/Erstes Gewächs” ? Is this just a marketing strategy to obtain more money for the same wine or is there really a substantially difference ? To gain a small insight .....

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1998 Grüner Veltliner – 2 interpretations by Schmidl & Alzinger

August 27, 2010

24.08.2010
Year: Wine: Producer: Country: Region: Variety(-ies): Size: Closure: Alcohol: Taste: Colour: Group:
1998 Dürnstein Ried Kellerberg Smaragd Weingut Schmidl Austria Wachau Grüner Veltliner 0,75 l natural cork 12.5 vol.% dry white III

Purely by chance I discovered this austrian winery because somebody offered me out of a steamy but good cellar (the labels and the filling levels are talking a very clear language here) aged Riesling and Grüner Veltliner wines. After the first try (Riesling, 3 months ago) it .....

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F.X. Pichler Riesling Loibner Berg Smaragd 2004

March 19, 2010

13.02.2009
Nice and shiny light-golden hue and an amazing complex and inspirational bouquet. Green apples and ripe apricots, spiced up with a bunch of fresh basil and lovage and underpinned by minerally notes of crushed stones and wet loam. This wine-monster absolutely needs to breathe because it is still a teenager but nevertheless already powerful and very good structured. It owns a brilliant full-bodied palate tamed by a racy acidity and topped with an endless aftertaste. A Riesling heavy weight without being ponderous but lively and eclectic. A wine endowed for a long, long life and indeed an amazing statement of .....

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