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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 »

Syrah Blind Tasting Session – A clash of styles!

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I think the last blind tasting I took part was nearly half a year ago which is quite a shame considering the name of this blog. But last Saturday this dry spell finally ended when we gathered for an awesome blind-tasting around the varietal Syrah. An exciting topic about a noble grape that is probably at home in the Northern Rhône but is nowadays planted on every corner of the planet, and we opened not less than 15 bottles to cover all aspects of it. Next to all the usual suspects that participated in the tasting, it was also a particular pleasure to welcome fellow blogger Barry who I only recently met in person. So Here are my notes on the wines in the order of the tasting. Every 4 bottles we uncovered and compared notes. I must say there were quite some surprises, but also a few wines that matched clichés’. Read the rest of this entry »

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