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


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

Plan Pégau , Lot#: 2007, Côtes Du Rhône


“Plan Pégau” heißt der ganz kleine Wein vom überaus bekannten Domaine du Pégau aus dem Châteuneuf-Du-Pape Gebiet. Das heißt, eigentlich wird der Wein von der Besitzerin Laurence Féraud laut Etikett nur „selektioniert“… oder wird er doch selbst angebaut, geerntet und verarbeitet? Irgendwie verwirrend ist das schon. Originell hingegen ist wie bei diesem „Vin de Table“ das französische Weingesetz umgangen wurde: Auf dem Etikett prangt nämlich trotz Verbot der Jahrgang des Weins, und zwar als Chargen-Nummer getarnt (Lot #:2007). Schlau sind sie schon. Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: France,Rhône

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:

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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Happy Birthday to Us !


My brother Felix and I turned pretty old some days ago, so we thought it would be a nice occasion to check who’s ageing better: us, or the wines? Therefore we gathered some bottles from the golden year of our birth (Yes, in that year the world was finally gifted with us – lucky world ;=)). Read the rest of this entry »

2003 Roger Sabon Réserve, Châteauneuf-Du-Pape

typical CDP bottle…

This nice bottle was a gift from our good friend Steffen, a true gourmet who appreciates anything good tasting, from regional terrines and sausages to haute cuisine and of course is also a great expert for everything wine. He added that we should drink it fast; the 2003’s being ripe early since it was a too hot of a summer. Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: France,Rhône