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Barbera d’Alba 2015 by Franco Conterno

Conterno is well known family name in Piemonte. Franco Conterno, however, is a "manager" that is new to me but having tried this Barbera several times lately I know I need to try more of his wines.

There are many Barbera on the market but this must surely be one of the best in the ordinary price range.

Complex smell of red fruit, dark cherries, spices and hint of chocolate. The taste is very smooth and fruity with a beautiful balance. The acidity is perhaps on the low side for being Barbera. The grapes have been destemmded and spent some time in 225l oak before bottling.

The wine will go with many different dishes.

Barbera d'Alba Superiore 2015
Franco Conterno
Ca 14€ or 200 NOK


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The grapes come from 40-80 year old plots around the village of LaFiguera at around 750 above sea level. The terroir is predominately chalk on steep terraces.

The wine has fermented and stored on cement tanks before being bottled. 2017 is the first vintage made and only 4000 btls were produced.

The colour is pale ruby. Delicious nose of fresh raspberry, strawberry, flowers and some liquerice.

Fresh and light taste with a perfect balance and soft tannins. Very elegant with ripe red fruit and a long aftertaste. Just super delicious.

Vertebra 2017
Terroir sense Fronteres
Montsant, Spain
370 NOK or 25€


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Chablis 2014 Laurence Tribut

Laurence Tribut makes a special basic Chablis that is more expensive than other village wines.

His style is also different as the wine is matured by careful use of oak after having gone through malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks.

He uses only the best % liquid from the pressing of the grapes.

Pale straw colour with hint of green.

Lovely bouquet of sitrus, apple, yeast and sea. Well balanced creamy taste with great structure and acidity.

This must be one of the best basic Chablis that exist!

Chablis 2014
Laurence Tribut
Ca 290 NOK or 20€

Mercurey 2017 Juillot

White Burgundies are everyone favourite at my wine courses and finding the right one can be a challenge due to high prices and the chaotic world of terroir and "managers".

Mercurey is not the most famous village wines but is good value for money when you have a good manager like Michel Juillot.

Packed with lime, butter, ripe apple and herbs. Full bodied taste and lovely acidity.

Refreshing aftertaste with some minerality.



Mercurey 2017
Domaine Michel Juillot
Ca 20€ or 270 NOK

Malbec by Colome Estate

Malbec is a grape that used to be grown in Bordeaux. It is still used in southern France but it has sort of immigrated to Argentine where it is truly blossoming.

The Hess Family who runs the Colome estate has developed a full bodied, dense and beautiful Malbec.

The grapes are grown in high altitude in the Salta region. And when we talk about high altitude it is really high: between 2100 to stunning 3100m altitude.

The wine is consequently of outstanding quality and a price of 250 NOK or around 20usd is well worth spending on this elegant wine.

Dark purple colour. Lots of brambles, dark fruit, liquorice and spice on the nose. Massive taste, but very fruity and smooth tannins. A long and elegant finish.

And what glass to use? We tried Riedel Cab Sauv and Syrah/Shiraz glasses and found the Syrah glass to work best.

Malbec Colome Estate 2016
Calchaqui Valley
Salta region,
Argentine
Ca 250 NOKor 20usd

Les Fiefs de Lagrange 2015

The second wines of top Bordeaux wines are often the way to go due to the high prices for the classified wines.

This one was established in 1985 and is actually from 30 years old vines on gravel soil owned by the Ch Lagrange.

2015 is an excellent vintage in Bordeaux and the nose is packed with elegant red and dark fruit, oak flavours and spice.

Full bodied wine with smooth tannin structure and velvety aftertaste.

Very good overall quality.

Les Fiefs de Lagrange 2015
St.Julien
Bordeaux
Ca 400NOK or 25€


Morgon 2016 Antoine Sunier

This is a biodynamic produced wine with major parts of the wine fermented in the Beaujolais style- i.e carbonic maceration (fermentation starts within the grapes with no yeast and then normal fermentation occurs).

Wines from Morgon are on the more full bodied side of Beaujolais and can also be stored longer than the lighter versions like Chiroubles, Fleurie and Saint Amour.

Red colour with a slight brownish rim.

Delightful smell of red fruit, earthy flavours and flowers.

The taste is beautifully light and balanced with almost no tannins and a delightfully refreshing acidity.

This is a very nice, although slightly pricy, Beaujolais.

Drink now or keep for a couple more years. Serve slightly chilled.

Morgon 2016
Antoine Sunier
Beaujolais
Ca 14€ or 260 NOK