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Champagne

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 .....

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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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1997 Jacquesson brut – a sparkling symphony …

November 19, 2010

20.11.2010
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

15.08.2010
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

21.03.2010
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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Philipponnat Rose Reserve brut

April 20, 2010

28.02.2010
That’s already a nice sparkler just by its colour. A soft salmon-onionskin-pink tinge and the very “rousing” mousseux with very fine pearls makes immediately lust for more. The nose is crystal clear and very fruity. Strawberries, redberries and also some soft lactic notes like cream or butter are composing a very nice symphony. At the palate it foams up very nice and, despite of a partial malolactical fermentation, it still owns a very mineraly acidity, which gives this wine structure and freshness. Powerful and well balanced until the long finish, where just its residual sugar of 9 gramms/liter seemed to .....

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

March 10, 2010

03.01.2010
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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Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs

March 5, 2010

03.01.2010
A light and very bright straw yellow with a long lasting, fine perlage. Very mineral and fresh Chardonnay character. Scents of citrus, quince combined with soft yeasty notes of brioche and bread crust are flattering the nose. The wine is foaming up very gently at the palate, carrying flavours of green apples. It possesses an awesome, almost steely acidity and ends in a lovely crisp aftertaste. The rest sweetness isn’t yet fully integrated, but that is simply a sign of the wines’ youth. Anyway. This sparkler is a classic Blanc de Blancs and thanks to its racy, mouthwatering character a .....

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Why data of degorgement on the label?

March 2, 2010

(question from Razvan, 01.03.2010)
The data of degorgement tells you, when the champagne/sparkling wine was separated from its yeast and closed with a natural cork. The big majority of sparkling wine producers are recommending, to consume the wines within a couple of years (normaly 2-3) after the degorgement. Of course, there are some champagnes/sparkling wines, which can also benefit from further years of cellaring after this procedure, but this number is very limited and in the end you have also to like the character, bouquet and taste of a sparkling wine aged under a natural cork.
But why does a bottle with .....

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Sparkling nature – tasting notes

March 1, 2010

28.02.2010
That’s already a nice sparkler just by its colour. A soft salmon-onionskin-pink tinge and the very “rousing” mousseux with very fine pearls makes immediately lust for more. The nose is crystal clear and very fruity. Strawberries, redberries and also some soft lactic notes like cream or butter are composing a very nice symphony. At the palate it foams up very nice and, despite of a partial malolactical fermentation, it still owns a very mineral acidity, which gives this wine structure and freshness. Powerful and well balanced until the long finish, where just its residual sugar of 9 gramms/liter seemed .....

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