Friday, 17 November 2017

Muscadet and oysters

"Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur lie" is a very underestimated dry white wine from the very west of the Loire valley.

It is reasonable but complex and it is the perfect match with oysters. Forget expensive Champagne, just go for the Muscadet which also has spent time (12 months) on the lees and which gives a very round and big complex taste.

Discrete ripe yellow apples, some citrus and brioche on the nose. Ch. de la Ragotiere and this cuvee Amelie was just gorgeous.

And Muscadet is easy to find in a wine shop near you.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

La Gravette de Certan 2010

This wine from Pomerol and 2010 is absolute stunning! Below is an extraction of an article from the Crush wine & spirits site which sums it all up.

The 2010 Bordeaux produced wines that are built for the ages. This is a vintage that harks back to the wines of old. 
This is a special vintage for Bordeaux.
More importantly, for us, it is a vintage that marks something of a return to a more classic idea of Bordeaux. These are poised to be some of the longest lived modern-day examples.

Vieux Chateau Certan (VCC) has turned out two absolutely stunning wines. And note we wrote “wines” – plural. The 2010 vintage at VCC is not only about the Grand Vin. In fact, one of the most sought after wines of the 2010 vintage is the estate’s second wine, La Gravette de Certan.
There’s no way around the fact that Pomerols are pricey. It’s almost impossible to find sub-$60 Pomerols that deliver the level of quality that have made the area famous. Forget about finding something with the pedigree that 2010 Gravette de Certan delivers at this price point. This is a don’t miss. 
If there is a signature at VCC, it is elegance and this played to the strengths of the 2010 vintage. Alexandre Thienpont and his team tamed the massive tannins and managed to weave the bright acidity into the balanced, structured wines.
The quality at VCC is at a peak; Alexandre Thienpont is turning out his best wines ever and the vineyards are in spectacular shape. We have heard from numerous Bordeaux-diehards (professional and insiders) that the trilogy of 2008, 2009 and 2010 are the three greatest modern-day vintages at VCC, in the same qualitative league as the legendary 1947, 1948 and 1949.
Parker quoted Alexandre Thienpont as saying that “La Gravette de Certan is better in 2010 than many of the vintages of Vieux Chateau Certan produced in the 1970s.”
These are serious words and serious praise from one of the most reserved and modest winemakers in all of Bordeaux.
Any historical analysis of Bordeaux prices reveals a rather dramatic increase. While a great many of the Grand Vins are today solidly entrenched at three- and four-digit pricing, it’s refreshing to find serious, classic and structured Bordeaux for the cellar at reasonable prices.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Dourthe No.1 2009

This is a Bordeaux blend consisting of Merlot (60%) and Cabernet Sauvignon. I came across this in the supermarket in France some time back and it is very good value for money at just around 10€.

Deep dark red colour.

Red fruit and cassis with oaky spicy notes on the nose.

Seductive well balanced taste with a medium body. Quite juicy with nicely integrated oak.

Dourthe no 1 2009
Ca 10€ or 180 NOK

Founded in 1840, Dourthe now sets the standard in winemaking in Bordeaux. Vignobles Dourthe is comprised of nine estates - all elevated to the very heights of their respective appellations.
(Château Belgrave, Château La Garde, Château Le Boscq, Château Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac, Château Rahoul, Château Reysson, Château Haut Gros Caillou, Château de Ricaud, Château Pey La Tour) 

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Ch. Branda 2015, Puisseguin-St-Emilion

This is a very reasonable wine from the AOC called Puiseguin St.Emilion close to St.Emilion itself. A mix of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from the very good 2015 vintage.

Deep dark red colour with a discrete and attractive nose of dark fruit, plum and some spice.

The palate is full bodied but with soft smooth tannins dominated by dark fruit.

It will continue to develop but it is drinkable already now.
A bargain at just above 10€.

Ch. Branda 2015
Puisseguin St.Emilion
Ca 11€

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Ch. Malescasse 2003

This is a classical Bordeaux from the hot vintage of 2003.

Lots of ripe red and dark fruit with a typical nose of pencil case as well. Delicious.

Ripe and quite mature fruit with a good balance and soft integrated tannins. Smooth and harmonic.

A very good wine from a warm year and very reasonable priced.

Ch.Malescasse 2003, Haut Medoc
Ca 17€ or 220 NOK

Try with lamb, cheese or units own.

Friday, 13 October 2017

La Sirène de Giscours 2003

With increasing wine prices and especially for Bordeaux wines it can be favourable for your bank account and turn to the second wines that many of the Chateau in Bordeaux make.

This one by Ch. Giscours has all the elements that you desire from a Medoc and cost around 20€ pending the vintage.

It is drinking perfectly now with a great balance and lovely dark fruit, earthy flavours, ripe plum, spices and pencil sharpening.

Long smooth taste.

La Sirene de Giscours 2003
Ca 20€

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Ch. Maucaillou 2015

This cru bourgeois from Moulis is very good value for money as the standard is consistently of grand cru classe quality. 2015 is a very good year and this shows here as well.

Deep dark red colour with a lovely purple rim.
Lovely nose dark fruit, cherries, blueberries and spices.

On the palate it is ever so smooth with a great balance, firm body, surprisingly soft tannins and velvety and long finish. It is perfectly drinkable now but will improve over the next year 5-10 years.

A great wine for less than 20€!
Just stock up!

Ch. Maucaillou 2015
Ca 17€ (on sale)

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Meursault 2010 Domaine Remi Jobard

One of the labels on this blog is called Meditation wine. The wines I choose to label like that are wines that do not require food as they are so lovely just on its own.

On its own when things are bad and you need to be cheered up or there is something to celebrate. Or maybe because you are worth it!

This Meursault by Remi Jobard from 2010is like that. Drinking perfectly now with a super delicious smell of butter, lime, white flowers and some spice.

Perfectly balanced with a long velvety finish. Pure and full bodied white.

A truly lovely wine.

If you want food try with fried cod or Comte cheese.

Meursault 2010 En Luraule
Remi Jobard
Ca 40€ or 500 NOK

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Chassagne Montrachet 2013 Ramonet

Not the best of pictures but it was quite dark in the restaurant when this picture was taken.

Quite a delicious nose of citrus, green apple with nicely integrated oak flavours and hint of wet stone.

Very concentrated taste with a lovely acidity and a refreshing and quite fruity aftertaste that lingers on for a very long time.

A beautiful balanced wine that goes well with most white meat, white fish and cheese. But as many white Burgundies it is also perfect for meditation purposes.

Drink now and over next 10 years.

Chassagne Montrachet 2013
1er cru Morgeot
Domaine Ramonet
High price

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Ch. Les Ormes Sorbet 2009

2009 is one of the great vintages in Bordeaux and it was the year the prices sky rocketed thanks to the very good vintage, demand and rich investors.

Finding a "reasonable" and good Bordeaux from that year can as such be a challenge.

This chateau is normally good value for money and the 2009 should be drinking nicely now and over the next ten years.

The colour is dark red and a discrete nose of dark fruit, plum, some wood and a hint of pepper.

The taste is long with firm tannins and a good balance. The oak is still dominating the picture for my liking so perhaps it requires one or two more years before it has reach it's full potential.

Try with lamb, cheese or meat.

A decent Medoc below 25€ or 300NOK.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Terrazas - Malbec 2015

This is a wine made from 20-80 year old vines at more than 1000 meters altitude. It has been age 12-14 months in french oak barrels and it is best served at temperatures 14-16c.

Medium dark red colour with a purple rim.

Delicious smell of dark fruit like ripe cherries, plum and blueberries. Toasty character with some spice and chocolate.

Big full bodied wine with with lots of fruit, soft tannins and a good finish dominated by black fruit.

This is a full-bodied red and as far away from light red as you can get.

Malbec Terrazas de los Andes 2015,
Ca 180 NOK or 12usd   

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Howard Park Leston Cabernet Sauvignon

It's been a long time time since I have concentrated my efforts on Australian wines. I used to try an awful lot while living in the UK some 20 years ago, but since then it has mostly been in connection with Sommelier training.

Margaret River which is in the western part of Australia is an emerging wine district with high quality wines. Often good value for money.
It avoids the really hot temperatures due to the proximity to the sea.

The wine is blended from the best batches grown on the Leston vineyard in the Wilyabrup sub region.

Some of the grapes parcels had prolonged skin contact to extract maximum colour and tannin. The wine then spent 18 months in french oak barriques before being bottled. 40% new oak.

This is a dense and big wine. Dark fruit, vanilla and plum on the nose with some sweet mint and cinnamon as well. Big mouthful with soft delicate dark fruit and ripe integrated tannins. A well made wine indeed.

46 Aussie dollars.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Ch. Le Bon Pasteur 2007

Bon Pasteur is a small property in Pomerol close to St.Emilion. The vineyard is spread around in different plots with various types of soil. The soil varies between clay/gravel to clay/sand.

Normally 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc is used in producing the wine. The grapes are hand harvested and double sorting. Fermentation in steel tanks and ageing for 15-18 months in new French oak.

Deep brilliant ruby colour with a delicate nose of red fruit. The tannins are slightly firm with a well structure palate. Very nicely balanced wine. Quite powerful and full bodied with a long finish. Drinking perfectly now.

Ca 30€.

Only 20.000bottles are made.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Faiveley Mercurey 2015

Reasonable red Burgundies are getting rarer and rarer as prices are increasing every year thanks to increased demand and low yields.

However, if one goes outside the core area of Cote de Beaune and Cote de Nuits it is possible to get good Pinot Noir at more reasonable prices.

One example is this Mercurey by Domaine Faiveley. 100% Pinot Noir from hillsides in Cote Challonaise, just south of Central Burgundy. The wine is out in the 2015 vintage which is wonderful year for wine from this region.

Medium dark red colour.

Slightly earthy bouquet with dark fruit and raspberries.

The mouth is dominated by more red fruit than dark fruit. Complex and quite an elegant but firm taste which is typical for this region. Medium + length with a nice mineral like finish.Medium  acidity and body. Medium (-) tannins.

A very decent wine for just 20€ or 229kr.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Bussola Valpolicella 2013

This is a very good "Valpo" based upon the Corvina grape. At 189 kr or just 12€ it's a pure bargain.

Beautiful medium dark red colour with a slight red brown rim.

Medium + intensity on the nose with dark fruit, coffee, plum leather and sweet cherries. Lovely stuff!

Full-bodied wine with medium acidity and soft smooth tannins.

The first time I tried this was in Verona with a friend of mine and  I asked the waiter if he had an example of how a good "Valpo" could be. He came with this one and on the sommelier education this March I failed miserably when I got it in a blind tasting....

Bussola Valpolicella 2014
Ca 12€
A pure bargain !