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1997 Crozes-Hermitage, Alain Graillot

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This is gonna be a very short tasting note. In fact, this Crozes-Hermitage by acclaimed winemaker Alain Graillot , who also holds an important role in the rebirth of this AOC, clearly appears over the top. It’s a shame since the wine shows a beautiful structure and weight with lots of backbone and fine-grained tannins. But the fruit just seems too cooked and a little muted and takes away all the pleasure.
The 2003 I had a few weeks ago wasn’t too bad, but I was hoping that the 1997 would crush it. Fail! Still, I won’t be giving up on this producer. I just wasn’t very lucky!

Categories: France,Rhône

Syrah Blind Tasting Session – A clash of styles!

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I think the last blind tasting I took part was nearly half a year ago which is quite a shame considering the name of this blog. But last Saturday this dry spell finally ended when we gathered for an awesome blind-tasting around the varietal Syrah. An exciting topic about a noble grape that is probably at home in the Northern Rhône but is nowadays planted on every corner of the planet, and we opened not less than 15 bottles to cover all aspects of it. Next to all the usual suspects that participated in the tasting, it was also a particular pleasure to welcome fellow blogger Barry who I only recently met in person. So Here are my notes on the wines in the order of the tasting. Every 4 bottles we uncovered and compared notes. I must say there were quite some surprises, but also a few wines that matched clichés’. Read the rest of this entry »

The Ledbury, London

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It’s been a while since I wanted to post this story but somehow the Gods of Technology didn’t mean well with me. My notebook is about to cross the river Jordan -well, I can still hear it functioning, the sounds of Microsoft and Intel are still coming out of the case, but the screen remains black. So now I was forced to seize the opportunity of a borrowed notebook to be able to finally complete this story.

The Ledbury is located in Notting Hill, and takes a little tube and walk to be reached, which is a good thing, because you can’t have enough appetite at this restaurant. We followed a recommendation of Felix who is a well known regular of the place and of course a reliable source for food-wise information. Naturally, we opted for the tasting menu but with a slight tilt, since we asked to add the scallops course as a starter. Read the rest of this entry »

Excellent Dinner and Wines in the French Countryside

Not only has the Mayenne region an incredibly beautiful landscape of green pasture and small hills, its people also know what true hospitality is and they make their guests wish they would stay longer.
How lucky did we feel on the first stop of our road trip through Europe when our friend Antoine and his wife Azuka received us with a delicious dinner and lots of good wines. Among those was also a really incredible sweet wine discovery for me. Luckily I didn’t lose the notes I’ve taken that night and am now able to report a bit. But first of all, thank you for the warm welcome and copious dinner.

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After we quenched our thirst with excellent Champagne (Pol Roger was it?) – which also reinvigorated us after 2 hours of traffic jam around Paris – we were amazed to find out we would have freshly seared Foie Gras as a starter, plus an incredibly perfect wine match . Read the rest of this entry »

1997 Naoussa Grande Résèrve, Boutari, Naoussa, Greece

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I think I’ve mentioned before on this site that I have a thing for Greek wines. My conviction is that they’re the next big thing as a trend on the wine market. Or maybe they already are, since I’m not a professional market watcher. At least they amaze me, sometimes in practice with the actual pleasure I have in my glass, but sometimes just in theory with the huge potential Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Greece

Random Red Wines with Oskar

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It was time again for a nice red wine evening. We didn’t have a real topic and gathered some random bottles of red wine from 1972 to 1997. Here are the notes:

1972 Gigondas, Henri de Villamont

We started with this old Gigondas. Luckily we had no problem with the cork. In the glass it had a nice although slightly blurry red colour. In the nose a little age note with cellar and mushroom. On the palate, lively acidity which probably kept this wine alive. Yet it still appeared balanced and was nicely drinkable but had a rather short finish.
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