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Good old times ? – 5 white classics

by Oliver Bauer on 4 May 2011 · 0 comments

Year: Wine: Producer: Country: Region: Variety(-ies): Size: Closure: Alcohol: Taste: Colour: Group:
1990 “Le MD” Henri Bourgeois France Sancerre (Loire) Sauvignon Blanc 0,75 l cork 12.50 vol.% dry white III

The grapes for this wine have been harvested from the “Côte des Monts Damnés“ – cursed mountains or simply “MD”. A very steep hillside with a special soil (shell limestone/clay) offers excellent conditions for classic, mineral Sauvignon Blancs. And who still thinks that SB cannot age and should be consumed in its .....


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 .....


German Riesling – “Spätlese” vs “Grosses Gewächs/Erstes Gewächs”

November 5, 2010

After a longer period of time, when most of the German Riesling wines just bobbed up and down at the international level in recent years more and more are re-entering the international stage and attracting attention again. Not least because of the new classification of first growths like “Grosses Gewächs” and “Erstes Gewächs” (depends on the region). But what exactly is the difference between a normal “Spätlese” and a “Grosses Gewächs/Erstes Gewächs” ? Is this just a marketing strategy to obtain more money for the same wine or is there really a substantially difference ? To gain a small insight .....

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1998 Grüner Veltliner – 2 interpretations by Schmidl & Alzinger

August 27, 2010

Year: Wine: Producer: Country: Region: Variety(-ies): Size: Closure: Alcohol: Taste: Colour: Group:
1998 Dürnstein Ried Kellerberg Smaragd Weingut Schmidl Austria Wachau Grüner Veltliner 0,75 l natural cork 12.5 vol.% dry white III

Purely by chance I discovered this austrian winery because somebody offered me out of a steamy but good cellar (the labels and the filling levels are talking a very clear language here) aged Riesling and Grüner Veltliner wines. After the first try (Riesling, 3 months ago) it .....

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Weingut Schmidl Riesling Smaragd Dürnstein-Ried Kellerberg 1998

May 29, 2010

For a lot of wine-lovers, Germany is THE “Riesling-country”. Without any doubt, you can find here a lot of the worlds’ most famous and most expensive Riesling-wines. But also Austria offers a very big range of outstanding and famous Riesling. Like this one. Despite of its age of over 11 years, the absolute clear, straw-yellow colour with a soft green hue still appears fresh and young. The bouquet was an object lesson of what means a nice riped Rhine-Riesling-nose. A very complex, almost melting scent like apples, white blooms, honey, caramel and something buttery. Furthermore slight hints of the .....

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F.X. Pichler Riesling Loibner Berg Smaragd 2004

March 19, 2010

Nice and shiny light-golden hue and an amazing complex and inspirational bouquet. Green apples and ripe apricots, spiced up with a bunch of fresh basil and lovage and underpinned by minerally notes of crushed stones and wet loam. This wine-monster absolutely needs to breathe because it is still a teenager but nevertheless already powerful and very good structured. It owns a brilliant full-bodied palate tamed by a racy acidity and topped with an endless aftertaste. A Riesling heavy weight without being ponderous but lively and eclectic. A wine endowed for a long, long life and indeed an amazing statement of .....

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The begining

February 23, 2010

It’s strange to start from the very beginning because I don’t know what my first words will be. I have met Calin with his backpack, a young man who wanted to know a lot about wine and about wine fanatics. I grew fond of him instantly and I considered him a friend right away because he was extremely honest (still, he hasn’t changed), he was a person of “unbearable” common sense and he also had this wish to be a wine specialist, a wish that was so big that it made me feel ashamed about myself.
Later on, we met in .....

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