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A good bottle of wine is always better when it’s shared with good friends. So we gathered together to celebrate the new years eve, to enjoy a “black & white”dinner and to kill a few bottles of interesting wines. Here now an extract with what we shortened the time to the turn of the year :
Year: Wine: Producer: Country: Region: Variety(-ies): Size: Closure: Alcohol: Taste: Colour: Group:
2006 Meursault “Le Limozin” Michel Bouzereau & FilsFranceBurgundyChardonnay 0,75 l natural cork 13.00 vol.% dry white III .....

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… and ended with a small world tour of Pinot Noir :
Year: Wine: Producer: Country: Region: Variety(-ies): Size: Closure: Alcohol: Taste: Colour: Group:
2008Swan Bay Pinot NoirScotchmans HillAustraliaVictoriaPinot Noir 0,75 l screw cap 14.00 vol.% dryred III

Officially Australia has the reputation of producing mainly heavy, very concentrated red wines. Shiraz first of all. Detractors may even talk about the famous “marmalade wines”. Beside the fact that I don’t appreciate such general prejudices it’s more than clear that the range of Australian wines is much wider. Ever tried .....

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“Burgundy” meets “New World”

July 5, 2011

Year: Wine: Producer:Country: Region: Variety(-ies) Size: Closure: Alcohol: Taste: Colour: Group:
2002 Pommard Les Caves des Hautes-Côtes France Burgundy Pinot Noir 0,75 l natural cork 13.00 vol.% dry red III

Les Caves des Hautes-Côtes is a co-operative in Beaune and handles 470 hectares in 40 Burgundy appellations !! Aha, a really big producer with a lot of trivial wines, isn’t it ? Sure 2002 has been an excellent vintage but Pommard is known for tighter, more robust wines than its more .....

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CellarTales International Wineroundtable Edition No. 6

July 4, 2011

Better late than never ! The “International WineRoundTable Edition No.7” is already in the planning stage and I haven’t closed so far the last one … Well, we have been extremely busy lately (that’s a good thing) and therefore I let slight a little bit CellarTales and a lot of interesting wines lined up (that’s a bad thing). But I will do my very best to compensate the lost time. So, what we have had for our “International WineRoundTable Edition No.6” ? A very colored tasting with ups and downs, surprises and disappointments and a lot of different .....

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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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2002 Meursault “Les Grands Charrons” Michel Bouzereau vs. 1985 1er cru “Clos des Bouches Chères” Labouré-Roi : the beauty of age …

March 18, 2011

Year: Wine:   Producer: Country: Region: Variety(-ies): Size: Closure: Alcohol: Taste: Colour: Group:
2002 Meursault “Les Grands Charrons”Michel BouzereauFrance Burgundy Chardonnay 0,75 l natural cork 13.0 vol.% dry white IV

We discovered this winery a couple of years ago by “accident” and I am happy that we did because back then they vinified a real classic burgundy, mineral Chardonnay for a reasonable price. I said “back then” because today, just a few years later, they are very popular and they are still offering .....

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Chablis ! – Is there light at the end of the tunnel ?

September 23, 2010

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Year: Wine: Producer: Country: Region: Variety(-ies):  Size: Closure: Alcohol: Taste: Colour: Group:
2007 1er cru “Vaillons” Closerie des Alisiers France Chablis (Burgundy) Chardonnay 0,75 l natural cork 13 vol.% dry white III

It is a mistery to me. Since many years I am trying to find out because of what Chablis wines are so famous for their quality and their noble character and why the pricing of those wines is still so self-confident. Concerning this something exceptional should also .....

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2003 Corton-Charlemagne Grand cru Domaine Charles Thomas – old new world ?

September 20, 2010

Year: Wine: Producer: Country: Region: Variety(-ies):   Size: Closure: Alcohol: Taste: Colour: Group:
2003 Corton-Charlemagne Grand cru Domaine Charles Thomas France Burgundy Chardonnay 0,75 l natural cork 13,5 vol.% dry white IV

Some may call it a “child murder” if you are opening such a wine after just 7 years. I call it “just in time” ! 2003 has been a very hot year with high sugar levels and lower acidity and of course due to this the usual .....

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1992 vs. 1993 Pommard Saussilles 1er cru Bernard & Louis Glantenay

September 8, 2010

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Year: Wine: Producer: Country: Region: Variety(-ies):  Size: Closure: Alcohol: Taste: Colour: Group:
1992 Pommard Saussilles 1er cru Bernard & Louis Glantenay France Burgundy Pinot Noir 0,75 l natural cork 13 vol.% dry red III

For a lot of wine-lovers the real burgundy starts in the north of Nuits-St.-Georges and ends in Gevrey-Chambertin, close up to Dijon. And indeed. In this small area you meet the worlds’ most famous (and expensive) Pinot Noirs. But also more south you can find .....

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Rully “La Chaume”

March 4, 2010

03.02.2010
For the age a very young and shiny straw-yellow colour. The nose is offering immediately classic white burgundy flavours. Hazelnuts and caramel are combined with some traces of quinces and pieplant to a very mouthwatering cocktail. A generous portion of melted butter gives the bouquet body and weight. A very elegant and nice aged Chardonnay-nose. So is the palate. Still tight with a lively acidity, but also smooth in the medium length aftertaste. Nice. Not a “blockbuster” but a silent, honest and honorable aged wine. Surprising. I tried already a couple of even younger and much more expensive representatives from .....

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