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Besuch im Weingut “Chat-Sauvage” – Eine Burgund-Enklave im Riesling-Land

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Die Geschichte des Weinguts Chat Sauvage ist eine jener, die runtergehen wie Öl und von Presse und Medien mit Verzückung aufgenommen werden. So sei sie auch an dieser Stelle in verkürzter Form wiedergeben: Der betuchte hamburger Bauunternehmer Günter Schulz, ein begeisterter Wein-Sammler mit feinfühligem Gaumen, träumt davon im Rheingau einen Pinot Noir wie aus dem Burgund zu produzieren und bleibt nicht lang tatenlos. Die ersten Fässer und Jahrgänge, die er im Weingut Schamari-Mühle von Erik Andersson ausbauen lässt, überzeugen von Anfang an und ermutigen sogleich den nächsten Schritt zu gehen. Schulz lässt seine Raritäten-Sammlung bei Christie’s in London versteigern und Read the rest of this entry »

Rheingau Wine Auction tasting at Kloster Eberbach

Every year in September, estates of the VDP association offer some selected wines for auction. This happens on one weekend with 3 distinct auctions. The first (friday) is held in Trier for the estates of Saar and Mosel. The second (saturday) at Kloster Eberbach for Rheingau estates, where also a few wineries from Franken are joining in. The third in Bad Kreuznach (sunday) for estates from Nahe and Ahr, joined by wineries from Rheinhessen and Pfalz. I was lucky to attend the pre-auction tasting at Kloster Eberbach on Saturday. Read the rest of this entry »

Tasting the new Vintage at Keller in Rheinhessen

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Last saturday, we stopped-by at Keller estate’s yearly vintage presentation in Flörsheim-Dalsheim.

The German 2010 vintage has received some early bashing by the press, at a time when the first wines haven’t even been released. Right now, voices are more mixed and many feel reminded of the 2008 vintage which was also a bit more on acidity than fruit and still managed to find many fans. Probably 2010 is even more a so called winemaker’s vintage where high quality also depends on the instinct, talent and luck of the vintner. What one can affirm for sure is lacking in 2010 is quantity! Volumes were down approx 30% compared to 2009. Read the rest of this entry »

2005 Spätburgunder M, Markus Schneider, Ellerstadt – Follow Up

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Diesen Wein hatte ich schon mehrmals probiert, zuletzt  im Juni 2009 wo ich Ihn eigentlich in seiner optimalen Phase sah. Diesen Blogpost von Barry nahm ich nun zum Anlass meine letzte Flasche dieses Weins zu öffnen. Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Germany,Pfalz

2008 Spätburgunder Réserve, Edition Fritz Keller/Aldi Süd, Baden

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Nun bin ich auch mal dazu gekommen, die Oberklasse der Fritz-Keller Aldi-Weine zu kosten. Der Spätburgunder R stammt -so nehme ich an- aus demselben Projekt, in dem eine Vielzahl von badischen Kleinwinzern nach Keller’s Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Baden,Germany

2010 Christmas Dinner and Wines

Christmas is always a good opportunity for cooking sophisticated meals and finally pulling out those special bottles that were kept for a nice occasion. The dishes are all my creations (of course inspired by cookbooks and blogs) and I hope they met my family’s expectations. Anyway, the have to since I tend to rule the kitchen like a third world dictator ;).

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2009 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Kabinett -We first opened (unscrewed) the bottle in the afternoon when my brother and I conceptualized the food and wine pairings (sitting in the wine cellar on folding chairs and “thinking”). We realized it is way too young when we took a sip: still lots of CO2, nearly sparkling like Champagne and also not very well defined yet. We poured it in the decanter but somehow we knew it wouldn’t be the ideal match with the Foie Gras, it would rather be a good wine for hot and spicy food right now. But it wasn’t a bad wine of course and not the worst match one could make… Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Food,Wine Tastings
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