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1986 Château Chasse Spleen, Moulis – Punktlandung nach 25 Jahren

Wenn man den Urteilen der Kritiker Glauben schenken darf, stellt 1986 einen der besten Chasse-SpleenJahrgänge (coole neue Webseite übrigens) des 20. Jahrhunderts dar. Eine einzige Flasche liegt schon seit Jahren im Keller – ein früherer eBay-Fund, der im Grunde nur auf die richtige Gelegenheit gewartet hat. Diese hat er dann rein zufällig auch gefunden. Grundlos griff ich zunächst nach dieser Flasche, mit dem Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Bordeaux,France

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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Rotweinreise durch Europa

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Diese Reise, welche eigentlich ein gemütliches Abendessen begleitet, beginnt in Deutschland mit einem unkompliziert fruchtig süffigen 2007er Ursprung vom Marketing-Genie Schneider. Dieser Mann macht nicht nur schöne Etiketten, sondern er hat auch die Zukunft des kleinen deutschen Rotweins erkannt: Sie besteht aus Cuvées mit heimischen und internationalen Sorten. Im Ursprung sind das Cabernet, Merlot und Portugieser. Nun gut, dass der Schneider der erste war mit solchen Cuvées hab ich jetzt einfach so behauptet, auf jeden Fall hat er aber das bessere Marketing. Read the rest of this entry »

Chateau Clarke 1985

Chateau Clarke is one of the numerous Chateaux’ belonging to one of the Rothschild family parts; here it is one of Edmond De Rothschild’s estates. It is a Cru bourgeois from the Haut-Médoc Appelation which lies in between Pauillac and Margaux, and has the particularity that it doesn’t feature any Grand Crus Classés, despite its very prestigious neighbours. The reason lays in the topography of Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Bordeaux,France

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

Categories: Bordeaux,France
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