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All Posts from April, 2007

1994 Marques De Velilla Reserva, Ribera Del Duero

1994 Marques de Velilla

Finally we have the warmest April ever here in Germany; And it feels good to sit on the balcony in the evening when it’s still warm and the sun sets while steaks are getting ready on the grill. Eventually a desire for a nice bottle of wine comes up and one is magically driven to hurry in the cellar and pick one. That evening, one of 2 bottles of Read the rest of this entry »

Riesling Blindtasting Session

It was time again! After some weeks without a “major” wine-event, it was the first sunrays that reminded us that a lot of time has passed since our last true blind-tasting session. Many nice ideas for tasting-setups have arisen in my head during these last weeks which made a choice difficult, but in the end it was the sun that decided whether we’ll have a red wine or a white wine theme. And this is one I wanted to do for a long time already: a tasting of only Riesling wines. Read the rest of this entry »

Some Künstler-Riesling Bottles re-tasted

With the sunny weather here in Germany (warmer than south of France and Spain actually, which is incredible), we were seduced several times to open a bottle. It was a nice occasion to re-taste some Rheingau Rieslings from Künstler and check on their current condition.

2001 Künstler Stielweg Riesling Spätlese trocken

The last time we had this one was in September 2005, I made a short note here (in German). It still had a nice fruity nose with a sweet touch of honey and apricot. Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Germany,Rheingau

Impressions from Schloss Johannisberg

Here are some catches Felix took at Schloss Johannisberg last Sunday. Schloss Johannisberg is the oldest Riesling-growing estate in the world; Riesling was planted here for the first time in 1720. Its wines were the most demanded and expensive in the 19th century, even more prestigious than Bordeaux at that time. Especially the sweet wines are still excellent (and very expensive). We had beautiful weather here these last 3 days and leaves are starting to grow on the vines. Is this going to be a nice vintage? Way too early to tell but nevertheless a nice start!


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1998 Knipser Chardonnay & Weissburgunder, Pfalz

It’s Easter-Sunday and the first rays of sunshine are coming through and make it possible to sit on the balcony again after many weeks of bad weather. This occasion needs a good wine match, and I thought I had one. I bought a wine on Ebay some weeks ago knowing that it would be sacrificed for one special occasion. It was a 1998 Cuvée of Chardonnay and Weissbugunder (Pinot Blanc), from the very reknown Knipser Winery in the Pfalz. Knipser has build a great reputation for making some of the best German red wines, but of course, as it is common fort the Pfalz, they also make excellent whites. Recently they won the Decanter Award for the worlds’ best sweet wine with their 2003 Kappellenberg Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese. Knipser is also known for experimenting with „international“ varieties in its vineyards. The two brothers succesfully planted Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah vines and, also – which is relevant for our bottle here – Chardonnay, in a region which is basically known as „born to bear Riesling“.
So I didn’t hesitate to bid on this wine, even knowing that it was 9 years old. I simply thought I’d trust the reputation of the winemakers. Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Germany,Pfalz

Chateau Clarke 1985

Chateau Clarke is one of the numerous Chateaux’ belonging to one of the Rothschild family parts; here it is one of Edmond De Rothschild’s estates. It is a Cru bourgeois from the Haut-Médoc Appelation which lies in between Pauillac and Margaux, and has the particularity that it doesn’t feature any Grand Crus Classés, despite its very prestigious neighbours. The reason lays in the topography of Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Bordeaux,France
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