Ehe man sich versieht, ist es auch schon Herbst. Dabei habe ich noch einige Notizen in der Schublade über Weine, die besser in den Sommer passen. Zum Glück gab es die letzten Wochen noch den ein oder anderen goldenen Herbsttag, an dem man am Balkon noch das Weissweinglas gegen die Sonne halten konnte. Hier ein paar Notizen zusammengefasst. Read the rest of this entry »
Together with the 2005 Chassagne by Olivier Leflaive, I thought it would be a good idea to open a bottle of German Chardonnay from the same vintage. I actually kept a bottle of 05 Künstler Chardonnay from Rheingau precisely for that purpose. A wine that pleased me a few years ago (Here a TN in German from 2009 and here in English from 2006) and for which I had hopes, or for which I wanted at least to check the ageing potential. Read the rest of this entry »
2005 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru ” Abbaye de Morgeot”, Domaine Olivier Leflaive – A Mainstream Premier Cru
This second bottle of white Burgundy for Christmas represents the complete opposite in style to the last-mentioned Boisson-Vadot. More oak in the nose and more fat on the palate. But everything in an elegant way, not “New World” with butterscotch, rather with understated creamy vanilla and also more clear fruit notes such as apple and a few flowery elements. I guess the big estate Olivier Leflaive knows how to create a pleasing style, but it is for sure also the natural expression of the great vintage 2005 that comes through. Read the rest of this entry »
On to our first dry white wine we had for Christmas. This bottle by relatively unknown winemaker Bernard Boisson-Vadot was recommended by one of my regular online-wine-shops here in Germany, promising lots of bang for the buck. How does Boisson-Vadot work his vines and wines? This blog post (in French) describes that the estate is maturing its whites for up to 21 months on the lees which supposedly adds complexity. Another post (in French as well) explains that vineyards are worked in a traditional way without chemical fertilizers, and including plowing of the soils. Also, Boisson-Vadot only uses very few new barriques for the élevage (25% maximum) for maintaining a very pure expression of the grape. But beside these posts, and the retailer infos, there’s not much information to be found on the winery. So let’s just get to the wine.
For those who seek the special, who are looking for anti-conformism, for originality, for true Terroir wines, for those who don’t want a grape variety to taste the same wherever on this globe it is growing, then necessarily either you already experienced wines from the Jura region or you one day will. Read the rest of this entry »
In order to sum-up my wine experiences during my trip to Stellenbosch and the Cape Region of South Africa, here’s a list of white and red wines I enjoyed most. Some of these were already mentioned in previous postings, some others make their first appearance here.
2010 Iona Sauvignon Blanc from Elgin. Very crisp and dry. Not much exotic fruit here which is due to the slightly cooler climate of Elgin. But still vibrant and with substance with grass and gooseberry on the fore. One that you could put away for a year. We had it at Ernie Els’ (the famous golfer) restaurant Big Easy, which I can recommend for its beautiful premises and relaxed atmosphere but also for their quality food. Especially the oysters we indulged there went perfectly with the Iona. Read the rest of this entry »