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Renaissance des Appellations und Haut Les Vins 2016 – Eindrücke und Notizen


Alle Jahre wieder, am Samstag vor der ProWein, findet die Probe der Renaissance des Appellations Winzervereinigung statt. Jener Organisation, die von der Biodyn-Ikone Nicolas Joly ins Leben gerufen wurde. Eine überaus spannende Veranstaltung, da sie einerseits ein breites Spektrum an Appellationen (vornehmlich aus Europa), andererseits insgesamt qualitativ sehr hochwertig arbeitende Winzer an einem Ort zusammenbringt.

In diesem Jahr hat sich noch eine weitere Organisation, nämlich “Haut les vins” (Ableitung von “Haut les mains” = “Hände hoch”) der Veranstaltung angeschlossen. Die Winzer dieser Vereinigung arbeiten ein Stückweit radikaler und bieten sogenannte “Naturweine” an. Ein Grund mehr sich an diesem Samstag Mittag im Düsseldorfer Industrieclub einzufinden.

Nachfolgend ein paar Impressionen und Notizen (die Winzer beider Vereine sind hier in einen Topf geschmissen, mea culpa). Read the rest of this entry »

Restaurant Navette* in Rüsselsheim – Thomas Macyszyn geht seinen Weg!

Rüsselsheim war ja in den letzten Jahren wahrlich nicht sehr positiv in den Schlagzeilen vertreten. Schießereien in der Fußgängerzone, Fluglärm, Krise beim Autobauer Opel. Doch letztes Jahr auf einmal der kulinarische Paukenschlag: Das Restaurant Navette unter der Führung des jungen Kochs Thomas Macyszyn erhält einen Michelin Stern.

Aber schon davor, auch aufgrund der geographischen Nähe, war es schon lange mein Wunsch das Navette zu besuchen. Schön, dass es nun endlich geklappt hat. Die Handschrift von Thomas Macyszyn ist etwas anders als man es heutzutage von der “Avantgarde” gewohnt ist. Viele fruchtige Elemente finden hier ihren Platz auf dem Teller: Geschmacklich eine riskanter Hochseilakt. Doch wo andere schnell ins kitschige rutschen, gelingen im Navette harmonische Kreationen, die für Frohsinn und Abwechslung sorgen.

Hier der Besuch im Einzelnen. Entschuldigung für die teilweise schlechte Foto-Qualität, mir sind an der Kamera unglücklicherweise die Einstellungen verrutscht. Read the rest of this entry »

2009 “Le Marigny”, Vouvray sec, Domaine des Aubuisières


Had this recently when gathering with friends. Unfortunately I didn’t take notes, but I do remember that everyone seemed to enjoy it! Good wines fuel good times, or the other way around.

Categories: France,Loire

“Revolutionäre Weine” zum 14. Juli


Der junge Weinhändler Tour Du Vin hat zum französischen Nationalfeiertag in die frankfurter Weinbar Weinsinn geladen und einige “revolutionäre” französische Tropfen aus seinem Sortiment eingeschenkt. Read the rest of this entry »

2007 Vouvray “Èpaulé Jeté”, Catherine & Pierre Breton, Loire


Catherine & Pierre Breton are makers of natural wines in Restigné near Bourgueil. And many would even say that they feature among the spearhead of the growing natural winemakers group in the Loire Valley; their most famous representor certainly being Nicolas Joly (Founder of Renaissance des Appelations making the famous Coulée de Serrant wine). Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: France,Loire

Terroirs Wine Bar, London

Not far from Trafalgar Square, quite close to the Charing Cross tube station, wine lovers will find a noteworthy place to satisfy their cravings.
Terroirs Wine Bar, which we visited following a recommendation from Felix is a charming place with typical French Bistro traits like the metal coated counter, numerous French liquors behind it and the expected buzz of a brasserie (not too loud though – just right).


We sat directly at the counter and therefore had the privilege of continuously being able to get wine recommendations from the staff.


And you’d probably need some recommendations since their wine list is packed with interesting wines and mouth watering descriptions. The focus is set on natural wines from France and in particular with a wide selction from the not so common regions.

We started with a half of the Breton’s Vouvray “La dilettante” (around 20 GBP for 500 ml). A White wine whose remaining sweetness is perfectly balanced by a nice acidity (in the same way it sometimes happens for Saar Rieslings – but with slightly different taste of course). it is an energy loaded white wine that reveals itself a bit more with each sip! Exotic nose and vibrant body! Not the usual white wine, but which reader of this kind of blogs loves generic wines anyway?


The charcuterie platter is delicious. In particular the pork and pistachio terrine is a nice achievement. Of course this all goes very well with the wine and is priced fairly at 12 GBP considering the good quality.


I couldn’t resist trying another wine and so we picked a bottle of 2007 “Le Cousin” Grolleau vielles vignes by Domaines Olivier Cousin from the Loire region. Grolleau is the name of a red variety which is rather rare – at least I never heard of it before. The stinky nose instantly unmasks the genuine biodynamic character of the wine. But it also offers many fruit and earth notes. A truly gouleyant wine that is the opposite from generic and boring!


Now an old French Antilles Rum to finish? No that would be too much indeed after all this wine for lunch.
We left the bar with a feeling of happiness and the conviction that this place con be recommended on to any wine lover in the world. At least I wished there wa a wine bar with such a selection of charismatic wines in my hometown.

Terroirs Wine Bar
5 William IV Street
Phone: 0207 036 0660
Tube: charing Cross