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Bar Brutal, Barcelona – brutally natural

Bar Brutal Barcelona

Talk about a late blog post – my visit at Bar Brutal dates from February this year and this draft has been waiting ever since. Not too much details in my head about it now. But I definetely know that a visit is worth it. In particular wine lovers who enjoy the raw side, the natural side of wines shouldn’t miss this place out. “Natural wine” is the main topic here and the list features specimens from all over Europe, with the bulk coming from Spain and France. And don’t be scared either if you’re not used to natural wines, they actually have a few that do contain sulfites :P Read the rest of this entry »

Saint-Chinian Weine von Yannick Pelletier, Languedoc

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Yannick Pelletier ist spät Winzer geworden. Mit 34 Jahren erst  beginnt er seine Lehrzeit und arbeitet dabei zuerst im renommierten südfranzösischen Betrieb Léon Barral und anschliessend beim Winzertrio Cuilleron-Villard-Gaillard (Rhône), um sich etwas später in St Nazaire de Ladarez im Saint-Chinian mit einem eigenen Gut niederzulassen.

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Categories: France,Languedoc

2008 Mortiès, Pic Saint-Loup, Languedoc

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This is a bottle I am already familiar with since I had it quite often when I used to live in Montpellier: It’s a true classic of that region and a safe value that I’m always happy to have in the glass (older vintage TN, see here). So I was quite thrilled when a friend brought me that bottle which stems from the specific Languedoc AOC Pic Saint-Loup which lies North of Montpellier. It is a reminder of good old times and brings the sun into our somewhat grey German summer at the moment. Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: France,Languedoc

La Gandriole, Coteaux-du-Loir, Domaine Le Briseau

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Nathalie und Christian Chaussard haben Domaine Le Briseau in 2002 übernommen und sich der Riege der “vin naturel” Hersteller der Loire angeschlossen.

Die Anbauprinzipien werden von einem Weinhändler wie folgt beschrieben:

All vineyard work is done according to the principles of organic viticulture (with the certification of Qualité France): no pesticides, insecticides or chemical fertilizers are used; nettle and horsetail decoctions are sprayed on the foliage; copper is used in modest quantity (less than 5kg/HA); the vines are plowed and grass allowed to grow in the rows. In 2006, the estate started its conversion to biodynamic principles.

La Gandriole ist eine Plateaulage mit 15 bis 50 Jahre alten Chenin Blanc Reben. Der Wein ist Read the rest of this entry »

2007 Vouvray “Èpaulé Jeté”, Catherine & Pierre Breton, Loire

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Catherine & Pierre Breton are makers of natural wines in Restigné near Bourgueil. And many would even say that they feature among the spearhead of the growing natural winemakers group in the Loire Valley; their most famous representor certainly being Nicolas Joly (Founder of Renaissance des Appelations making the famous Coulée de Serrant wine). Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: France,Loire
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