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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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1999 Clos Cazals vs. 2000 Hervé Dubois Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru – brothers in arms …

July 2, 2011

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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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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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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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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1928 Chateau Fombrauge Grand Cru Saint Emilion

August 5, 2010

04.08.2010
To console ourselves for the bitter experience with the 1918er (previous post), I went immediately back in our cellar, to get another shot. 1928 – a great vintage. Mid-shoulder – acceptable. Just the source ( a privat auction) has been an element of uncerntainty and again the wine didn’t clarify (it was kept upright and unmoved for over 8 months in the cellar). Never mind – no risk, no fun. The cork has been really done and therefore I have had to “crumble” it out of the bottle – will this be the next victim of time ? Unfortunately : .....

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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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