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Year: Wine:   Producer: Country: Region: Variety(-ies): Size: Closure: Alcohol: Taste: Colour: Group:
1999 “Clos Cazals” Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs brutChampagne Cazals France Champagne Chardonnay 0,75 l natural cork 12 vol.% dry (brut) white (sparkler) V

During a stay in Epernay a couple of years ago we went by a very “French” wine magazine in Epernay (close to the “Avenue de Champagnes”) to supply with some sparklers for dinner. From the outside you don’t get a clue what kind of treasure chamber you are entering by .....


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 .....


1997 Jacquesson brut – a sparkling symphony …

November 19, 2010

Year: Wine: Producer: Country: Region: Variety(-ies): Size: Closure: Alcohol: Taste: Colour: Group:
1997 brut Jacquesson France Champagne Chardonnay (55%), Pinot Noir (45%) 0,75 l natural cork 12 vol.% dry red V

Concerning Champagne I adhere to Napoleon who said: “After I won a battle, I deserve it and after I lost one, I need it !”. In this actual case we only have to replace “battle” with “harvest”. After the last grapes of 2010 have been harvested, we decided that .....

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Champagne 1er Cru vs. Grand Cru with a spanish introduction

August 17, 2010

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

This smaller winery (ca. 15 ha, 80.000 bottles/year) farms organically and is specialized in Chardonnay. Vinified out of just this one variety, this iberian “Blanc de Blancs” showed a nice, ripe golden-yellow colour with a very fine mousseux. Its multilayered, very complex nose reminded me immediately of .....

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2000 Blanc de Blancs Grand cru brut Demière-Ansiot

June 28, 2010

Concerning champagnes the markets outside of France are dominated by just a few famous brands (Moet & Chandon for example is the biggest) and their different wines.. But if you are visting the region you will also find a lot of smaller wineries with excellent qualities and still reasonable prices. One of those wineries is Demière-Ansiot in Oger. He owns just couple of hectars but all of them in the best vineyard-locations (only Grand Cru) of the Côtes des Blancs (only Chardonnay). He still sells a part of his grapes to bigger producers (like a lot of smaller vintners .....

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1996 1er Cru “Coeur de Terroir” Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs

March 10, 2010

This wine was disgorged on the 6th October 2008. In the glass it sparkles with a clear, ripe golden colour and a fine, smooth mousseux. The nose offers splendid aromas of apples, some bread crust, yeast dough, some citrus fruit and a hint of caramel. A very well aged champagne-bouquet. At the palate a smooth foaming and a tight acidity – refreshing, with a good bite… Only in the aftertaste we noticed a little weakness and age because of the clear wax/old mop taste (not to be mistaken with the famous “petrol-taste” you may find in some aged, high quality .....

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