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Cabernet Franc

Year: Wine: Producer: Country: Region: Variety(-ies): Size: Closure: Filling level: Alcohol: Taste: Colour: Group:
1955 Haut Médoc Château CoufranFrance Haut-Médoc (Bordeaux) Cabernet Sauvignon (15%), Merlot (95%) 0,750 l natural cork into neck 12.00 vol.% dry red V

1955 has been the last harvest because hard frosts destroyed 1956 the majority of vines in Bordeaux. Therefore it is for a lot of wine lovers a kind of breaking point and the beginning of a new area because with new, younger vines the .....

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Our first meeting in 2012 took place in the beginning of february and this time we chose the Restaurant Rossetya in Bukarest. A very good choice and in everyone’s name I want to thank the entire staff for a perfect service and a successful evening. I would particular like to thank our sommelier, who prepared and served us all the wines in a very professional way. Also the outstanding glass supply has to be mentioned. Unfortunately in Romania that’s still no implicitness and therefore we are always very grateful for this kind of granted service. After dinner with some Romanian .....

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2008 “Reserve du Couvent”, Chateau Ksara vs. 1999 Chateau Musar – Lebanese “Bordeaux”

February 16, 2012

Year: Wine: Producer: Country: Region: Variety(-ies):   Size: Closure: Alcohol: Taste: Colour: Group:
2008 Reserve du Couvent Chateau Ksara Lebanon Beeka ValleyCabernet Sauvignon (30%), Syrah(40%), Cabernet Franc(30%) 0,375 l twin-top cork 13.50 vol.% dry red III

This winery processes grapes from more than 300 hectares and is therefore one of the bigger players in the Lebanon. Red wine (mainly blends) represent over 60 % of the production but their portfolio contains also white wines (dry,sweet) and Rose. The vinification and the .....

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CellarTales International Wineroundtable Edition No.8

December 12, 2011

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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CellarTales International Wineroundtable Edition No.7 Part I

November 26, 2011

This time we decided not just to gather a bunch of the usual suspects for a single evening tasting but to extend the event and to enjoy all together in the splendid environment of Hotel Belvedere in Baile Govora over two days of interesting wines an “handmade food”. For the first evening I assembled unusual/underrated growths and paired them with special food and/or served them in unusual conditions like for example well chilled red wine.
We started with homemade Tapas and other small delicacies paired with well chilled, dry Sherry-wines :
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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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1981 Chateau Phélan Ségur vs. 1981 Chasse-Spleen : packaging matters !

March 17, 2011

Year: Wine: Producer: Country: Region: Variety(-ies):    Size: Closure: Alcohol: Taste: Colour: Group:
1981 cru bourgeois exceptionnel Chateau Phélan Ségur France Saint-Estèphe Cabernet Sauvignon (50%), Merlot (46%), Cabernet Franc (4%) 0,75 l natural cork 12.5 vol.% dry red IV

After a very nice experience with an outstanding Giscours ‘81 I wanted to know, if there are more of such affordable, classic treasures out of this year. This actual wine has been very promising in the beginning with a filling level almost .....

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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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Stellenbosch – part III

March 15, 2011

Two cats, two dogs and eucalypt trees
You’re probably wondering what’s with my story from today… or what do those four pets having in common with the eucalyptus trees. It’s simple: those are the main characters in the cellar stories – the last ones from Stellenbosch.
The 4th day (an unfortunately the last one) at Stellenbosch was again a busy day. Still a lot of wineries to visit, a lot of vine plants to see and a lot of wine to taste, but most important a lot of people to meet.
Kanonkop
(means “Cannon Hill“)

A grumpy cat, in perfect undercover, is counting the huge .....

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Stellenbosch – part II

February 20, 2011

Grangehurst

The property known as Grangehurst was purchased by winemaker Jeremy Walker’s parents in 1973. A small winery, but for sure a powerful voice in the red wine production. It has been early in the morning when we arrived at the winery but again a very friendly person opened the door and invited us for a wine tasting. We already knew their (still young) ‘98 “Nikela” and I think they have been also happy about our positive feed back concerning this wine. But in general the wines of Grangehurst hold an excellent ageing potential and the wines do have time to .....

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