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CellarTales International Wineroundtable Edition No.8

by Oliver Bauer on 12 December 2011 · 0 comments

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 .....


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 .....


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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“Santa Claus” wine-tasting part II

December 14, 2010

Year: Wine: Producer: Country: Region: Variety(-ies):Size: Closure: Alcohol: Taste: Colour: Group:
— Reserva brut nature Privat Laieta Spain D.O. Cava Chardonnay 0,75 l natural cork 12 vol.% dry white (sparkling) III

I always like to start a wine-tasting with something really elated, stimulating and therefore, if possible, sparkling. For me there’s no better equilibration for one’s palate than with a really dry sparkling wine. To avoid and to prevent boredom I am always on the search for a .....

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“Santa Claus” wine-tasting part I

December 9, 2010

6th of December – Santa Claus is coming to town, bringing apples, nuts, candies and other nice things to those kids, who have been “good as gold”. I remember very well how I always searched for my biggest boots to put them in front of my door but unfortunately being a grown up I don’t fit the frame anymore … As much more I have been really happy when one of our friends proposed to have a wine tasting together. Since longer time he told me that he would like to try some older BDX wines from his own .....

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1967 Chateau Giscours Grand cru classé vs. 1967 Chateau Pontet Canet Grand cru classé – “the essential question …”

November 26, 2010

Year: Wine: Producer: Country: Region: Variety(-ies):  Size: Closure: Alcohol: Taste: Colour: Group:
1967 Grand cru classé Chateau Giscours France Margaux Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc 0,7 l natural cork 12 vol.% dry red V

Since longer time I eyed this ‘67er Giscours with its mid-shoulder filling level very suspiciously. Is it still drinkable or already gone ? In general a question should be allowed concerning this item. Is it really worth to keep such wines in your .....

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1986 Chateau La Tour de By vs. 1986 Chateau Malartic-Lagravière vs. 1967 Chateau Desmirail – … 60-90-90 measures …

October 19, 2010

Recently I have been able again to acquire some bottles of older BDX wines. The dealer told me already in the beginning, that they have been kept in a very cold and humid cellar and therefore the labels suffered (see pictures) but in return the filling levels would be very good. And yes indeed. A wine out of the mid 80’s with a high-fill level is something beautiful but if even a ‘67 is showing no loss then we really can talk about very good storing conditions. So never mind moldy or tarnished labels. The only harm they are .....

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1990 Chateau Prieuré-Lichine 4ième cru classé – The chocolate-bomb !

September 13, 2010

Year: Wine: Producer: Country: Region: Variety(-ies):      Size: Closure: Alcohol: Taste: Colour: Group:
1990 4ième cru classé Chateau Prieuré-Lichine France Margaux Cabernet Sauvignon(54%) Merlot(40%) Cabernet Franc(1%)Petit Verdot(5%)0,75 l natural cork 12.5 vol.% dry red IV

1990 has been a very successful vintage with very ripe grapes and rich, fullbodied wines. This one offered a very bright, powerful but not overdone ruby-red colour. In our days a lot of wines are having such an overextracted colour that they are leaving coloured traces .....

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Chateau Giscours 1981/1987 – the condemned live longer …

August 22, 2010

Year: Wine: Producer: Country: Region: Variety(-ies):     Size: Closure: Alcohol: Taste: Colour: Group:
1987 Grand cru classé Chateau Giscours France Margaux Cabernet Sauvignon, MerlotCabernet Franc 0,75 l natural cork 12.5 vol.% dry red IV

Since a long time, I have been looking forward to have this wine in my glass. Perfect bottle shape with an “into-neck” filling level, healthy, clean colour and fully intact cork. And people like me thrills also a so called small year like 1987. So .....

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Chateau Boyd-Cantenac Grand cru classé 1967

May 28, 2010

With old Bordeaux wines it is always a very special affair. In our days the famous and fancy ones are only affordable for billionairs (and therefore more and more counterfeit …) and in addition there are also often different lots of the same wine. In earlier times the merchants were buying selected barrels and bottled them on their own. Because of this, the differences of quality can be quiet relevant. Beside this, nothing is more important than provable perfect storing conditions, to age a wine for decades. So avoid “Challenge cups” and other trophies, which have been kept for years .....

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