From the monthly archives:

June 2010

2006 Chardonnay Reserva Vergelegen

by Oliver Bauer on 30 June 2010 · 0 comments

For me, South Africa is the most interesting “New World” wine country (at least so far). Although it seems ridicolous to me to call a country, where they are making already over 350 years wine the “New World”. Anyway. Here you still can find exceptional qualities and wine styles for very reasonable prices. Still. Because at least for the high qualities, this is going to be changed with seven-league boots. This wine for example increased its price for almost almost 60 % – within one year !!! So let’s hurry up a bit ! Already by pouring .....


2002 / 2003 Sauvignon Blanc Cloudy Bay

by Oliver Bauer on 29 June 2010 · 0 comments

Together with a friend we wanted to find out, if it’s really true, that New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc has to be consumed within the first years because it cannot age gracefully. I tried already some very nice aged Sauvignons from the Loire-region or from the Bordelais-region (here not always 100 % pure). So why shouldn’t a New Zealand one be capable to do the same thing ? For the tasting we picked out two wines from one of New Zealand’s most popular wineries. Cloudy Bay may be a big producer/brand, but nevertheless all the wines I tried so far, offered .....


2000 Blanc de Blancs Grand cru brut Demière-Ansiot

June 28, 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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Summer Turbot

June 28, 2010

There are really few Sundays that I can call „ a lazy Sunday afternoon”, but this time we did it! A relaxing and relaxed Sunday, with (a little bit) sunshine and a lot of joy.
It was my turn to cook and I decided that nothing is fitting better than a turbot in the oven and a bottle of Champagne.
The recipe is again a really simple one and I love it because you can always play with aromas and colours.
So, I set up the turbot in a proper pot and I garnish it with:
-        3-4 leeks (we are in Oltenia, no?)
-        .....

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1985 Crozes Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert Domaines Paul Jaboulet Ainé

June 26, 2010

Paul Jaboulet Ainé is very famous for one particular wine – “La Chapelle”. Especially the vintage of 1961 is one of the most legendary red wines in the world. Recently a case of that wine ( 6 bottles) has been sold to Asia for over 77.000 Euros. Contrary to La Chapelle the Domaine de Thalabert is a much more affordable but nevertheless very good example (I remember with pleasure a 1990er…) of a northern Rhône wine – let’s consider it as one of the starter drugs of this big producer. The wines’ grapes are harvested from 11 different .....

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1985 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Daniel Moine-Hudelot

June 25, 2010

With the french Burgundy region I have a very special relation. There are for sure not too many wine-regions, where you spend such a lot of money for a bottle of wine, just to receive a very fancy “dishwater” in return. On the other side, you can find here absolut unique wines of noble beauty and wasteful elegance. Especially with mature burgundy wines we have had recently a lot of (expensive) disappointments. But after that long lean period we have been finally rewarded again with a wonderful example which showed, because of what I love the Pinot Noir .....

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1971 Riesling Auslese “Rauenthaler Gehrn” Versteigerungswein Kloster Eberbach

June 22, 2010

A perfect bottle (high-fill), a perfect year (1971), a variety with a big aging potential (Riesling) and a famous producer – the scene has been set for pure wine pleasure. And indeed ! This wine was german Riesling at its best. Almost 40 years old and still no signs of age or tiredness but pure elegance and, yes, minerally freshness. The light yellow and crystal clean color with its soft green gleam would have fit also a wine at least 35 years younger. And so did the nose. Do you know the feeling, to have a wine in front of .....

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Clos l’Église 1979 (Pomerol)

June 1, 2010

I have very nice memories of the 1990 vintage, which has been my first contact with this small winery (I think round about 6 ha). But 1990 was also a very good vintage. And as bad guys are always saying :” In good years, everybody is able to make good wines !” But the real class of an estate is proofed in difficult ones. Like 1979. I have to admit, that I bought this one also because of the amazing bottle shape. High fill, clear and healthy color (at least through the bottle … ) and a reasonable price, .....

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