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2000 Château Chasse-Spleen – nearly there!

Another one from that case, the first Bordeaux primeur I bought in my life, together with my brother. Back then, a very big deal, a big investment for young Economics students and I had to convince my brother that this was THE thing to do with our tiny savings. It worked out… And since the case of Chasse-Spleen 2000 was delivered in 2003, we opened a bottle from time to time, as this is one of the purposes of a case of Bordeaux: follow the evolution of the wine and slowly await its prime. Once every 1 or 2 years is a good rhythm for this ritual and this last Christmas it was again time. Read the rest of this entry »

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1986 Château Patache D’Aux, Cru Bourgeois, Médoc

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So, zur Abwechlsung nun mal wieder ein Bordeaux, aber dafür auch ein etwas betagter, für Spannung sei also gesorgt. Château Patache d’Aux, ein heute 43 Hektar umfassendes Cru Bourgeois-Gut aus dem Médoc verschneidet laut Steckbrief in seinem Wein 60% Cabernet mit 30% Merlot (zumindest heutzutage). Es ist kein grosser Name aber in einem guten Jahr wie 1986 kann man sich vielleicht noch auf Trinkgenuß gefasst machen. Read the rest of this entry »

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Random Bottles Wine Tasting

Sometimes you just meet up with friends for a wine tasting without having a particular plan or theme. You just start with one bottle and pick the next one according to the moods, the appetites and desires of everyone. This was such a tasting:

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The 2007 Deidesheimer Grosse Hohl GG by Mosbacher is a powerful Riesling. Vibrant and musculous, yet with enough fruit and a beautiful acidity to balance it. Nice presence and nice length. Able to compete within Germany’s Riesling top league.
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2004 Château Maucaillou, Moulis-en-Médoc, Bordeaux

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Château Maucaillou ist vielleicht der kleinere der 3 bekannten Cru Bourgeois in dieser überschaubaren Médoc-Appelation (auch hier), wobei die 2 größeren Chasse-Spleen und Poujeaux sein müßten. Alle 3 Châteaux werden aber öfter dafür gelobt Weine zu produzieren die an Grand Cru Niveau heranreichen, und sogar regelmässig so manche 5ème GCC in den Schatten stellen. (Chasse-Spleen und Poujeaux sind nicht umsonst auch als Crus Bourgeois „Exceptionnels“ klassifiziert). Die Idee war heute den 2004er und 2005er gegenüberzustellen, aber leider hatte der 2005er wohl etwas dagegen. Aber nun erst mal zum 2004er. Read the rest of this entry »

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Poker and Poujeaux

Playing Poker is coming more and more into fashion in Europe, inspired by numerous Hollywood stars playing the game, backed by a numbers of online casinos, and recently also shows on TV commentating poker tournaments.
Of course I couldn’t escape the hype. I’m not a big card player, especially if the rules are complex as it is the case with bridge, but for this last Saturday evening we thought it would be interesting to try it out. Nevertheless, in case we found poker boring, we prevented by buying a nice bottle of wine. So we got this 2001 Chateau Poujeaux, Moulis-en-Médoc at a supermarket, relying on the never disappointing quality of Moulis wines (actually I only had a Chasse-Spleen and Citran before, but I really never got disappointed with these two).
So to make a long story short: the “Texas Hold’ Em” game was fun, the wine was great. Although we were only 3 players we managed to have some interesting hands and thrilling showdowns. We agreed that it would be more fun with 5 players though, since one player always got bankrupted too fast.
Now the wine: the 5 year old Poujeaux was in excellent shape. It had a nice dark colour. Its nose was fruity of blackcurrants, with hints of spices, and some discrete and elegant wood. On the palate it revealed the same features but also hints of liquorice and something fresh and mineral. It was a little harsh at the first sip but really smoothed out nicely with time. The tannins were also really fine and the length was just what you would expect from nice Bordeaux.
Next time we play Poker, hopefully we’ll be 5 or more. But they should all bring a bottle of wine then to last until the final showdown

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