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2011 “La Gerbaude” Côtes Du Rhône, Domain Alary

Ein guter französicher Rotwein für weniger als 10 Euro? Viele Weinliebhaber begeben sich bei dieser Aufgabenstellung direkt in Richtung Rhône. Zu recht, sind dort immer noch die meisten Weinschnäppchen des Landes zu finden. Doch auch hier gibt es zahlreiche Weine, die mit vordergründiger Frucht blenden und im Endeffekt einfach nur konfitürig und “gemacht” wirken. Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: France,Rhône

“Midnight in Paris” Blind Tasting: The Whites

Finally I’m back home after 2 weeks of agitated travelling, and I have lots of stories to tell from my trip to Shanghai, and some more from my subsequent getaway to Paris. But let’s start time-incoherent with a blind-tasting that kicked off my weekend in Paris. I was a guest at my friend Didier’s home and, as usual, we couldn’t meet without popping a few corks. We each added a couple of bottles to this tasting and they were served to us mixed and blind by Didier’s wonderful wife Mizuki, who has developed a hand for pouring the right bottles. Of course, I mostly brought German wines, as I also know Didier has a weakness for these (one among a few) and they’re rather hard to get in France. Here’s the first half of the tasting, dedicated to the white wines.

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2007 Côtes Du Rhône, Domaine Jamet – immer wieder im Glas!

Ah, endlich mal wieder im Glas! Dieser “kleine” Jamet ist wirklich einer meiner Lieblingsweine geworden. Vor einigen Monaten erst von einem guten Weinfreund empfohlen, anschliessend auch schon in einer Blindverkostung eingesetzt, und jetzt ist es einfach mein guter Weinwert für alle Fälle.

Weinwert, weil er einerseits ca 15 Euro kostet, was zugegebenermassen schon nicht unbedingt mehr als “billig” gelten kann, aber dennoch dafür unglaublich viel Gegenwert bietet. Read the rest of this entry »

2001 Domaine du Trapadis “Harys”, Rasteau – Final Update


It’s been 2 years since I last had a bottle of Harys by Domaine du Trapadis. My verdict back then was more than positive, calling it a wine with intense aromatics, good complexity and a long finish. My only small objection was that the still somewhat present tannins might require 2 to 3 years to soften. Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: France,Rhône

Southern Rhône Blind Tasting

Last week it got as good as it can get for a wine geek. Not only did our hosts Eva and Nick cook a delicious dinner, but they also complotted a superb blind tasting of “Southern Rhône Reds” for us. But there was even more to come since after that “official program”, we indulged 2 extra bottles and the surprise effect wasn’t small.
Here are the wines in the order they were tasted. We only uncovered the bottles in the end after our verdicts.

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Kleine Weinparade zum Gänse-Essen


Perfekter Einstieg. Ein erfrischender und aromatischer Sauvignon Blanc vom Weingut Polz in der Steiermark. Da ist immer alles wie es sein soll. Read the rest of this entry »