Gästehaus Klaus Erfort is maybe not located in the middle of the most fantastic neighbourhood of Saarbrücken. But, stuck in between a tenement and a gas station one finds a beautiful white mansion with a modern extension on the side accomodating the kitchen. From the street, one can observe the chefs through a glass window. Once we passed the entrance, we were directed to the back of the mansion where a quite unique terrasse is located. There you have the most beautiful view on a huge garden with endless lawn and a tiny pavilion on the side. Quite a contrast to the street side of the house and a perfect setting for apéritifs. Read the rest of this entry »
Again we met in a small round for verifying what age has done to some old Spanish reds. We had a small but fine selection of reds: a Rioja from 1981 and one from 1982 -both vintages were supposed to be the best in Rioja from 1975 to 2001, further a Rioja from 1975 which was an average vintage and as a contrast a 1994 Ribera Del Duero, which was a fine year there.
But first we refreshed ourselves with a 2005 Schloss Johannisberg Erstes Gewächs, or Silberlack as they traditionally name it. A Riesling with light straw yellow color, a rather light peach nose with Read the rest of this entry »
Since I am more and more interested in aged Rieslings now, I will try to taste some more bottles in the coming months.
As a starting shot I found a “medium-aged” Riesling from the Nahe, which was some kind of special-edition for celebrating the 250th birthday of the Höchster porcelaine manufacture.
Therefore the bottle wasn’t equipped with a regular paper label, but with a porcelaine badge instead featuring a drawing of the old manufacture. Only the back-label (which was a paper-label) informed ous that it was a 1994 Riesling Auslese from the Nahe, a smaller appellation named by a river which is an offset of the Rhine. The wine was made by the Prinz zu Salm Dallberg`sches Weingut, one of the oldest estates in Germany (first mentionned in 1200) which has always been owned by the same family.
We drank the bottle as a starter, which can often be a good purpose for aged Rieslings. It had a rather dark colour, more amber than golden. The nose wa clearly a matured Riesling nose with some Edelfirne reminding of bee-wax mixed with honey. On the palate it was rather dry with an iodic touch and medium acidity and later also a touch of spiciness. The finish was long with a slightly fresh note and without bitterness.
This Auslese was still very nicely drinkable, more reminding a good sherry than a fruity white, but this is one of the many facettes a Riesling can have.
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 »