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1999 Cornas, Domaine A. Clape – Discovering Syrah at its best.

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A few weeks ago I watched this episode of  WLTV, where Gary V’s guest,  Michael Madrigale, sommelier at Bar Boulud in NY, talks about his life and how he got into wine. I was particularly attentive when he explained how he finally discovered the wines of the Northern Rhône , a wine-region he didn’t understand at first, but is totally obsessed with now.  I was fascinated by the level of passion in his words and felt that I could clearly follow his reasoning on how his connection to Rhône wines developed.

While watching this, I also realized that my own experience with Northern Rhône is definitely limited if not non-existent (supermarket Crozes-Hermitage doesn’t do the appelation right I guess). And since passion can be contagious: right after the show, inspired by the praising of matured Syrah, I screened the web for interesting bottles. Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: France,Rhône

Lamb Gigot and Pic Saint Loup

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After a delicious Côte de Boeuf, the grill needed a new challenge. A quite big lamb gigot just fitted under the lid and after 2 hours of slow cooking it was just perfectly tender.

The right wine this time was a 2008 Château de Cazeneuve Les Calcaires from the Pic Saint Loup, which represents one of the best parts of the Languedoc. Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Food,France,Languedoc

“Freestyle” Leg of Lamb

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This leg of lamb could as well be called Italian Style or Greek Style, or just Mediterranean Style I guess. Of course it is actually Leg of Lamb my way, but any time I do such kind of dishes I change some ingredient or deal with whatever Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Food

Wines with Easter-Lamb

For our Easter dinner, where we celebrated at the same time the homecoming of my brother Felix (his Malaysia weblog here, in German), we had some good lamb straight out of the oven. It wasn’t hard to come up with some wine matches here – Languedoc wines are always perfect with lamb in my opinion, and luckily we had some spare bottles from this wonderful region

1999 Domaine Ellul-Ferrières „Vielles Vignes“ VDP D’Oc

Dark red colour but not brilliant- somehow a rough unclear aspect. On the sides lighter with orange shades. Nice Rosemary and herbs nose at the beginning, also cherry fruit, a certain sweetness reminding German „ Mon chéri“ chocolates (dark chocolate with a cherry in alcohol inside). On the palate Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: France,Languedoc
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