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ProWein 2013: Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux 2010 Jungweinprobe

Die ProWein bietet in ihrem Rahmenprogramm unzählige Events, die einen die verschiedensten Themengebiete näher bringen. Beispielsweise hat man dort auch die Möglichkeit in die dunkelsten Ebenen des Weins abzutauchen. Dort, wo Gestalten mit farbstoffgeschwärzten Lippen und Daumen Ihre Kreise ziehen, wo Flocken violettschwarzer Tannine wie der Ascheregen nach einem Vulkanausbrauch den Gaumen in sekundenschnelle mit einer zentimeterdicken Decke überziehen.

Die Rede ist von der Probe junger Bordeaux-Weine, und so dunkel das jetzt auch klang, so groß war meine Freude die Grand Crus des Jahres 2010 im Rahmen der ProWein zu verkosten. Die UGCB hatte geladen, und alle waren sie da, um die Weine dieses sehr guten Jahrgangs zu probieren! Ein paar knappe Notizen habe ich mitbgebracht: Read the rest of this entry »

Wines at OFF – part 2 – Riesling Ambassador

After the party comes the afterparty, and after the food and wine presentations at OFF comes the wine degustation at home, between chefs, food lovers and bloggers.

And since our thirst had grown during the day, it was good that there were a few bottles standing around. Of course, my deed was to bring some Rieslings from Germany and represent to a certain extent my country, also knowing that these wines are basically unavailable in France.

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We started off with some Ulysse Colin Champagne. Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut is dry to the bone, but still with a delicious fresh minerality: what a nice way to rehydrate your body. Then as a contrast, a Riesling from Read the rest of this entry »

Wines at OFF – part 1

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Besides the chef’s cooking presentations, the Omnivore food festival is also a showcase for high quality produce such as meats, cheeses and of course wine.

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A good dozen of mostly French vignerons were presenting their so-called “Vins Naturels”, a non-certified or -controlled ideology of winemaking which basically reduces the process to a minimum of interference (pumping, filtration) or additons (non-indigenous yeasts, sulfites). While I’ve had a few disappointments especially with Read the rest of this entry »

Arrivage: 2008 Château Lafon La tuilerie, Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

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Par Passion, tout simplement

…is the prominent statement on the front label of this young estate’s bottles. And as I have read out of news articles and forums, the story of Pierre Lafon is indeed a story about passion. Coming out of a winemaking family owning the humble Bordeaux AOC estate Château Lagrave Paran, he only managed to Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Bordeaux,France

2004 Château Le Pin Beausoleil, Bordeaux Supérieur

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Very appealing Bordeaux Supérieur by Château Le Pin Beausoleil from the St Emilion region that is just nice to drink right now. 60% Merlot account for a very fruit-driven and voluptuous wine. No decanting needed. Ink-dark in colour and exuberant nose of dark fruit with coconut and chocolate. Kind of exotic. On the palate, full body and velvety structure with just a touch of tannin lending some caractère. Voluptuous dark fruit again here. Modern and Classic at the same time. The wine appears juicy and balanced with a nice length. A very good value at about 20 Euro. 90 Points.

Categories: Bordeaux,France

Aged Bordeaux Grand Crus: My Blind Tasting of the Year!

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Blind Tastings are supposed to be the essence of this website and yet, it happens that none occurs for very long periods of time. Hence I felt somehow relieved when we finally found a date that worked for all of us and the topic was rather secondary at first.
But then Oskar told me he wanted to make it a special tasting and that he’ll take care of the bottles. I could easily live with that, and laid back in awaitance of some decent wines. Read the rest of this entry »

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