From the monthly archives:

September 2010

29.09.2010
Year: Wine: Producer: Country: Region: Variety(-ies):    Size: Closure: Alcohol: Taste: Colour: Group:
1999 Grand Cuvée Chateau Haut-Blanville France Coteaux du Languedoc Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, Mourvèdre 0,75 l natural cork 13,5 vol.% dry red III

The Languedoc is the largest wine producing region in France. With a little bit less than 300.000 hectars (Coteaux de Languedoc ca. 9.500 hectars) it has almost three times the size of the entire german area under vines. Beside the big amount of cheap “junkwines” .....

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28.09.2010
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NV La Bota de Pedro Ximénez 1/12 No. 11 Marqués del Real Tesoro Spain Jerez Pedro Ximénez 0,75 l press cork with handle 17 vol.% sweet white IV

Sherry is actually very underrated and unpopular and I really cannot understand why. This kind of wine offers a lot of different styles for even more purposes. From a very dry and fresh Fino (nice chilled a dream with crustaceans) to .....

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1983 Chateau Sociando-Mallet cru bourgeois exceptionel – the Havanna smoking cedar-wood-pencil …

September 26, 2010

26.08.2010
Year: Wine: Producer: Country: Region: Variety(-ies):     Size: Closure: Alcohol: Taste: Colour: Group:
1983 cru bourgeois exceptionel Chateau Sociando-Mallet France Haut-Medoc Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot,Cabernet Franc 0,75 l natural cork 12 vol.% dry red IV

One of my favourites from this region. Not just because they are producing every year very reliable wines with a good ageing potential and (so far) a good value for the money. No, also the owner seems to be an outstanding personality. Before others he .....

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2006 “Dingač“ Plavac Mali, Grgić – Premium croatian red wine ?

September 25, 2010

Year: Wine: Producer: Country: Region: Variety(-ies):   Size: Closure: Alcohol: Taste: Colour: Group:
2006 Plavac Mali “Dingač“ Grgić Croatia Pelješac Plavac Mali 0,75 l natural cork 14 vol.% dry white IV

All three, the variety (Plavac Mali), the vineyard (Dingač) and the producer (Grgić) are already very popular in Croatia and slowly also more and more foreign wine drinkers are realizing that there’s more than just France, Italy Spain or the new world. Of course I also couldn’t resist to buy .....

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2001 Côtes-du-Rhône – A dream of a Syrah …

September 23, 2010

17.09.2010
Year: Wine: Producer:   Country: Region: Variety(-ies): Size: Closure: Alcohol: Taste: Colour: Group:
2001 Côtes-du-Rhône Caves le Coteaux du Rhône Sérignan-du-Comtat Vaucluse France Rhône Syrah 0,75 l natural cork 13 vol.% dry red I

What a name for a wine producer ! Less would have been probably more in this case or who can remember such a monster ? But this is also the only thing, someone may critizes concerning this wine because it is a perfect example, that a .....

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Veal fillet, rice and caramelized onions

September 23, 2010

I’ve had the joy to discover a trusty butcher , who recommended us a nice veal fillet (a Romanian one). With a lot of doubts – we’ve had bad experiences with beef or veal meat because it has been chewy like a sole of a shoe – we bought 2 fillets. The meat was indeed very fresh and good looking.
On our way home, we choose the best recipe: the most simple and (for us) the tastiest.
First, we started to cook the rice : being a integral rice (Gran Nero), it needed 35- 40 min to be done. I always enjoy .....

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Chablis ! – Is there light at the end of the tunnel ?

September 23, 2010

23.09.2010
Year: Wine: Producer: Country: Region: Variety(-ies):  Size: Closure: Alcohol: Taste: Colour: Group:
2007 1er cru “Vaillons” Closerie des Alisiers France Chablis (Burgundy) Chardonnay 0,75 l natural cork 13 vol.% dry white III

It is a mistery to me. Since many years I am trying to find out because of what Chablis wines are so famous for their quality and their noble character and why the pricing of those wines is still so self-confident. Concerning this something exceptional should also .....

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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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A venit toamna

September 20, 2010

A venit toamna. A inceput sezonul culesului. Cam asa as incepe o compunere clasica, de scoala sau de ziar. Din pacate, sezonul culesului e tot mai putin prezent in viata noastra. Mai degraba l-as numi sezonul furatului. La tara, satele imbatranite, nu mai prea asigura necesarul de legume si fructe pentru orase (nici macar pentru fii satului). Ca urmare, solutia este importul de fructe si legume, frumoase, atragatoare, dar atat. Fara gust, fara aroma, fara nici o satisfactie. Micii producatori care mai sunt pe piata, se omoara singuri prin preturi de specula, mizand pe argumentul produselor traditionale. Mai .....

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1964 Chateau Canteloup cru bourgeois – BDX in the classical sense

September 16, 2010

17.09.2010
Year: Wine: Producer: Country: Region: Variety(-ies):     Size: Closure: Alcohol: Taste: Colour: Group:
1964 cru bourgeois Chateau Canteloup France Saint-Estèphe Cabernet Sauvignon MerlotCabernet Franc 0,75 l natural cork 12 vol.% dry red IV

With this wine an old rule has been once again confirmed : “In good years watch out for more unknown or smaller producers !” And for good bottle shapes of course. Like here. Into neck, undamaged capsule and after the healthy cork has been removed (in .....

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