2008 Châteauneuf-Du-Pape, Domaine Charvin – Keine Marmelade!

Wenn es um Rhône-Weine geht, mache ich immer öfter einen Bogen um die Süd-Rhône Weine. Denn diese wirken mir oft zu alkoholisch und marmeladig und stellen aus diesem Grund auch -insbesondere für manche Châteauneuf-Du-Pape-Weine – einfach ein ungünstiges PLV dar.

Deswegen horschte ich auf, als dieser 2008 Domaine Charvin von einem Online-Händler als frischer und harmonischer CDP aus einem unterschätzten Jahrgang angepriesen wurde. Der Einkauf und darauffolgende Test ließ dann auch nicht lange auf sich warten. Hier meine Notiz: Read the rest of this entry »

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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 »

2005 Cuvée Renaissance, Domaine de Cristia, Châteauneuf-Du-Pape

Ein Wuchtbrumme! 15% steht auf dem Label, und dementsprechend pechschwarz präsentiert sich dieses Elixier im Glas! Die Nase reiht sich ebenfalls ein: Schwarze Beeren als Likör, eine deutliche Ankündigung.
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Am Gaumen dann der erwartete Überschwang mit einer deutlichen Prise Alkohol. Schwarze Beeren, Schwarze Kirschen, etwas Kräuterbitter, wie eine Essenz aus Lorbeerblatt und Wachholder doch mit einem Kräftigen Schuss Alkohol. Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: France,Rhône

Dinner Impressions


A few impressions of a nice dinner at our friend Steffen’s, a very talented home chef. Everything was meticulously prepared and tasted delicious.
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A fun evening!
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Southern Rhône Blind Tasting

Last week it got as good as it can get for a wine geek. Not only did our hosts Eva and Nick cook a delicious dinner, but they also complotted a superb blind tasting of “Southern Rhône Reds” for us. But there was even more to come since after that “official program”, we indulged 2 extra bottles and the surprise effect wasn’t small.
Here are the wines in the order they were tasted. We only uncovered the bottles in the end after our verdicts.

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Lavinia Winestore, Madrid

After having spent some time in Madrid visiting museums and eating tapas, I was on my own for 2 days and had to find a meaningful occupation for myself. Since I already got my dose of art and architecture, I decided to become hedonistic and locate my favorite wine shop Lavinia which I already thoroughly inspected in Paris (they now have shops in Barcelona and Geneva also). Of course, I expected the Madrid mothership to also have a specimen of my favorite toy and I wasn’t disappointed. In the end I spent nearly 3 hours in the store, sipping what “the machine” had to offer. Here are my notes.

2007 Predicador Blanco, Rioja, Benjamin Romeo. A white cuvée made of Garnacha Blanca, Malvasia and Viura. Weird nose to me: rather floral but reminding cidre and furniture polish at the same time. A bit stinging on the palate, rather high acidity, some wax, slightly alcoholic, a little salty in the finish and a very good length. This is a totally untypical wine to me but I would also agree with you if you think my notes are a bit untypical too. Read the rest of this entry »