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2006 Saint-Joseph Vielles Vignes “Les Roches”, Tardieu Laurent

Saint-Joseph war ähnlich wie Crozes-Hermitage eine Appelation, dessen klangvoller Name völligst für den Massenverkauf ausgeschlachtet wurde. Die Steilvorlage dafür bot 1969 die Ausdehnung der AOC welche auch eine grosse Menge “unwürdiger” Plateaulagen hinzufügte. Als Folge wurden immer häufiger die schwer zu bewirtschaftenden Steillagen, die Ruhm und Qualität der AOC ausmachen, zu Gunsten der einfachen Flachlagen aufgegeben. Erst 1992 wurde dieser Entwicklung ein Riegel vorgeschoben, als man diese Lagen aus der Appelation wieder ausschloss. Read the rest of this entry »

All-Rhône Reds Blind-Tasting

Last thursday we were about 10 wine-buddies gathering at our generous host Nick‘s home for a blind-tasting of red Rhône wines. This time there were absolutely no limits as all reds from all-over the Rhône-region were permitted, drastically differentiating it from our last tasting at Nick’s when only Southern Rhône reds were allowed, as well as from the last blind tasting at my place where boundaries were set by the Syrah varietal, originally stemming from that area but now being planted all over Planet Wine.

This means that each of the 12 bottles we popped that night could be anything from Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage to Côtes du Ventoux and Châteauneuf-Du-Pape, hence also mixing single-varietal wines with those that represent cuvées. As you can see, with each blind-tasting we are slowly encircling what both Rhône and Syrah have to offer. Are we gonna grasp the essence of it tonight? Dream on, dreamer.. Read the rest of this entry »

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