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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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Year: Wine: Producer: Country: Region: Variety(-ies): Size: Closure: Filling level: Alcohol: Taste: Colour: Group:
1999 “The Freedom” Shiraz Langmeil Australia Barossa Valley Shiraz 0,750 l natural cork high fill 14.00 vol.% dry red V

Fat, alcoholic and sweetish – those are often the attributes of common prejudices concerning Shiraz from Down Under and like all very general statements that’s pure nonsense. Of course there are also hefty, alcoholic, overripe and over concentrated wines there. But those you can find .....

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“Liquefaction” factors of the New Years Eve 2011/2012

February 16, 2012

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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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 III

November 30, 2011

… 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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CellarTales International Wineroundtable Edition No.7 Part II

November 28, 2011

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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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 :
Year: Wine: Producer: .....

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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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1986 Chateau Chasse-Spleen vs. 1995 Chateau Lynch-Moussas Grand Cru Classé – BDX generations

July 2, 2011

Year: Wine: Producer: Country: Region: Variety(-ies):   Size: Closure: Alcohol: Taste: Colour: Group:
1986 cru bourgeois exceptionnel Chateau Chasse-Spleen France Bordeaux (Moulis)Cabernet Sauvignon (73%), Merlot (20%), Petit Verdot (7%) 0,75 l natural cork 12.50 vol.% dry red IV

People who know me also know my fable for this particular winery. So far I didn’t experience a disappointment concerning this producer and its price-pleasure ratio has always been more then just OK Therefore it appears normal to me to “strike” immediately if .....

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