December 21, 2014

November wines

Grey, wet and windy that’s November for me. Fortunately most of the rain and wind stayed away this year, but nevertheless it was dark and the days got shorter and shorter. Big hurrah for the Christmas lights that started to come up at the end of the month. November is also the month of goose here in Sweden and traditionally we celebrated with a goose dinner on November 8. Definitely the only time of the year when I drink Madeira to soup (and probably the only time of the year when I drink Madeira…)

An excellent red Bourgogne from Albert Bichot went very well with the goose and I have to admit that red Bourgognes are more and more becoming a favourite of both TheMan and I. A sign of old age or a sign of developed palate? The latter I hope…

NV Dopff Brut Cuvée Julien

2011 Carroi du Bon Air Les Débonnaires

2011 Albert Bichot Santenay

NV Heidsieck & Co Monopole

2011 Fonterutoli No 10

NV Delamotte Brut

2011 Château Grillon Sauternes

NV Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial

2012 Fonterutoli

NV Billecart Salmon Brut Sous Bois

2007 Fratelli Vogadori Amarone della Valpolicella

2010 Castello Fonterutoli

2011 Mazzei Codice V

2002 Delamotte Blanc de Blancs

2004 Gianni Voerzio Barolo La Serra

2003 Tenimenti Angelini Brunello di Montalcino

November 03, 2014

October wines

First proper autumn month, but not according to the temperatures. Two days before Halloween and it was +15 and sunshine, bt I’m not complaining. The dark evenings are already here and soon it will be wet and windy as well. For both TheMan and myself October was a month of many hours at the office and long working weeks, which naturally were cured with some really nice wines and time spent in the kitchen cooking.

Peter Leheman Wigan Riesling was one of the first pricey and old Rieslings I bought and I still remember the wonderful first sip back in my tiny kitchen. Lots of peach, lime, mineral and hints of kiwi. An old school Riesling from the new world. So when a new vintage showed up in the wine shop I just had to buy a couple of bottles so TheMan could experience what I did back years ago. And he did. He was very impressed and again I have showed him that Australia makes excellent wine. A lot more than those bulk wines that you can find everywhere

Opening a bottle of Château La Nerthe Châteauneuf-du-Pape brought us immediately back to our first night in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and France this summer and exactly what the doctor order after a long week. Dark plum colour, spice, bay leaf, pepper and some liquorice. Matched with grilled filet of lamb and potatoes au gratin and we were in food heaven.

Sancerre, the golden nectar of angels as a sales woman at Copenhagen airport once said and I tend to agree. Henri Bourgeois La Bourgeoise Sancerre was of course no exception. Gun-flint aromas and a spicy bouquet of subtle wood and a very reminiscent taste of the Sauvignon flower and grape. Matched with grilled salmon, baby potatoes and lime dressing this was a Sunday dinner to remember.

Catstello di Fonterutoli, our all-time favourite winery in Tuscany that just keeps on make wonderful wines year after year. When I found the 2012 vintage of Fonterutoli in the wine shop it was another must to buy. Not only because once again it have received 92 points in Wine Spectator. But mostly because 2012 was the summer we visited Fonterutoli. A hot and dry summer has made it very well proportioned with dark berries and spice flavours with an intense and smooth taste.

2012 Fonterutoli No 10

NV Ruinart R Brut Champagne

2009 Peter Lehman Wigan Riesling

2009 Xavier Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2010 Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

2011 Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Cuvée Margot

2012 Fonterutoli

2007 2010 Campogiovanni Rosso di Montalcino

2009 Château La Nerthe Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2010 Henri Bourgeois La Bourgeoise Sancerre

2008 Brunello di Montalcino Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona

2011 Jacquesson Cuvée nº 737

2011 Trimbach Gewurztraminer

2001 Château Cassagne Haut-Canon La Truffière

2012 Barone Ricasoli Torricella

2009 Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

2012 Brancia Tre

2012 Domaene Gobelsburg Grüner Veltliner

October 21, 2014

September wines

Summer temperatures continued yet for another month which meant plenty of rosé wines and light summer food. And not to forget summer clothes. I don’t think I put on socks until the second half of the month.

The highlight of the month was of course TheMan’s and my 3 year anniversary. Unbelievable that it has been 3 years already. 3 years since a walk by the sea, followed by a glass of Taittinger Brut Réserve, a glass of Australian Riesling from Tim Addams and a bottle of Château Mont-Redon Châteauneuf-du-Pape. I’m no doubt a true wine geek remembering all this… And in those three years we have managed to visit both Taittinger and Château Mont Redon. A visit to Tim Adams requires some more travelling, but you never know…

As anniversary dinner this year we stayed true to our first dinner and the Rhone Valley with having a very nice bottle of Croezes Hermitage from E. Guigal. Blackberries, cherries and violets in an excellent mix of pepper and herbs.

2010 Rotari Rosé

2011 Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Cuvée Margot.

2013 Château des Demoiselles Cuvée Madame

2009 Domäne Wachau Riesling Smaragd Singerriedel

NV Delamotte Brut

2012 J M Brocard Chablis Vieilles Vignes Sainte Claire

2008 Kononkop Pinotage

NV Dopff Brut Cuvée Julien

2012 Schloss Gobelsburg Kammerner Gaisberg Riesling Erste Lage

2009 E. Guigal Croezes Hermitage

2005 M. Chapoutier Les Arenes Cornas

2012 Torricella

September 16, 2014

August wines

 Back home again from France our holiday continued for another two weeks. Two weeks that of course flew by and included both DIY-work at home and some boating.

Wine wise we continued with a lots of French with some mix of Italian. Looking at the list below I realize now that it isn’t much other than French and Italian wine in our cellar. I think we need to broaden our horizon a bit…

Favourite of the month was 2008 La Bastide Blanche from Bandol (one of the favourite places of our trip to France). Mourvèdre and Grenache in a perfect combination. And yes you can almost taste and smell the sea.

Another favourite and also amazing fizz for the money was NV Dopff Brut Cuvée Julien from Alsace. The perfect aperitif to get a dinner going with winter apples, biscuits and hints of grapefruit.

It was also with great fondness we opened a bottle of 2010 Mas de La Grange Blanche Châteauneuf-du-Pape from Domaines Moussett., where we stopped the first night on our trp. Lots of red berries, cherries and pepper. Smells of leather and cocoa. A young CdP at clearly at its best.

2011 Arthur Metz Gewurztraminer

2012 Leth Duett Riesling Grüner Veltliner Trocken

2013 Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Les Baronnes Rosé

2012 Epicuro Zinfandel

2010 Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
NV Taittinger Brut Réserve

2011 Trimbach Riesling

2009 Domaine du Vieux Lazaret Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2007 Castelnau de Suduiraut Sauternes

NV Louis Roederer Brut Premier

2012 Barone Ricasoli Torricella

2008 La Bastide Blanche

NV Pol Roger Brut Réserve

2011 Le Volte

2005 Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva

2008 Palmer & Co Blanc de Blancs Brut

2010 Mas de La Grange Blanche Châteauneuf-du-Pape

NV Dopff Brut Cuvée Julien

2012 Domaene Gobelsburg Grüner Veltliner

August 31, 2014

July wines

Nothing is like waiting and after having planed our trip to France since January it was finally time to go in July. On Bastille Day (July 14) we arrived in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Château des Fines Roches. Sitting almost next to the vine we had dinner watching the sun set over the different châteaus and wine yards. What a fantastic way to start a holiday. And guess what we were drinking?! The obvious choice of course - 2009 Château La Nerthe Châteauneuf-du-Pape from the château next-door

We spent one week in Rhone visiting both small family owned wineries and large well known wineries such as Château Mont Redon, Château La Nerthe, Paul Jaboulet Aîné and M. Chapoutier. Despite being small or large they have one thing in common and that is passion for wine and winemaking. Just like last year we met with very passionate and proud people who work very hard to craft some of the best wines in the world.

Our second week started with a weekend in Marseille. A city that neither of us really liked. It was extremely hot (even in the middle of the night), so eating bouillabaisse was totally out of the question. But most of all we didn’t like the mix of old and new that everyone finds charming. For us it was just a loud, dirty and worn down city. Leaving Marseille behind and driving east along the Mediterranean coast we headed for Cassis and Bandol and of course the wines coming from that area. The highlight of that area was most likely our visit to Château Pibarnon. The drive on a steep narrow road higher and higher up was quite an experience and I think we both let out a sigh of a relief when we finally arrived at the chateau. A magnificent chateau with a magnificent view and magnificent wine.

The final days of our trip was spent on the Rivera in Cannes and Nice. Both TheMan and I had been there before so instead of hitting the beach like everyone else (we did that too) we visited several little villages in the mountains. Visited the home of painters Renoir, Matisse and Chagall and of course just enjoyed being away from home. Sitting in a park watching people can be wonderful relaxing.

As usual we enjoyed the French food and never really had a bad meal. Some meal were of course a lot better than others. For example one night at Le Park 45 where we sat in the garden watching the sun set in the Mediterranean having gambas, sea bass, duck breast and coriander-apricot ice cream. To drink our favourite domaine in Bourgogne - Olivier Leflaive Montrachet Puligny 2009.

Another wonderful and interesting meal was at Keisuke Matsushima in Nice on my birthday. French fine dining by a Japanese chef. How about foie gras and nougat? Or pigeon breast in a Japanese style bird nest?

Also as per usual when it was time to go home after 14 days on the road neither THeMan nor I wanted to go home. For us there is something special about France, the food, the wine and the people which make us want to come back again and again. And again. And we will.

2013 Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Les Baronnes Rosé

2006 Taittinger Brut Millésimé

2001 Clos du Mont Olivet Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2009 Château La Nerthe Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2012 Château Gigognan Cotes du Rhone Vignes du Prieure

2013 Domaine d'Eole Rosé

2013 La Lauza Cuvée Aurelia

2013 Domaine de Cagueloup Bandol Blanc

2011 Telegramme Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2013 Domaine du Paternel Cassis Blanc de Blancs

2013 Château Sainte Marguerite Cru Classé

2009 Domaine Leflaive Puligny Montrachet

2010 Château Romassan Rouge Bandol

2012 Le Domaine de Frégate Cru Classé Rosé

2013 Domaine Guilbert Rosé

2013 Domaine Des Trois Filles Rosé

2011 Domaine Le Clos des Cazaux Gigondas

2003 Tenimenti Angelini Brunello di Montalcino

2011 Couly-Dutheil Domaine Rene Couly

2013 Château des Demoiselles Cuvée Madame

July 10, 2014

June wines

Yet another month with nice summer weather and temps far above average. But as always it did rain and was cold as well on Midsummer. Why change an old tradition?!

Favourites of the month are:
2010 Cuvée Sextant
2012 Fonterutoli No 10
2012 Domaine Weinbach CuvéeTheo Gewurztraminer

All wines with strong characteristics, great craftsmanship and knowledge behind.

Being summer there has of course been a lot of rosé wine, where again just like last year and the year before Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Les Baronnes Rosé has become my favourite.

2012 Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Les Baronnes Rosé

2009 Fonterutoli

2012 Mas du Rouyre Viognier

2010 Cuvée Sextant

2012 Fonterutoli No 10

2012 Joseph Drouhin Bourgogne Aligoté

2007 Palmer & Co Blanc de Blancs

2012 Domaine Weinbach CuvéeTheo Gewurztraminer

2013 Clos Henri Sauvignon Blanc

2009 Fratelli Revello Barbera d'Alba

2007 Campogiovanno Brunello di Montalcino

2008 Brunello di Montalcino Villa Poggio Salvi

2009 Masi Amarone Costasera

NV Ariston Fils Champagne Carte Blanche

June 16, 2014

May wines

One week it was Easter and the next week it was May. Calendar is slightly crazy this year. Just like every year May disappeared somewhere in between busy working schedules trying to finish up before the summer and wonderful sunny days when you just want to be outside.

Three wines stood out particular well this month. From the New World and Napa Valley, California - 2005 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon Kronos Vineyard. Dark red colour with a medium body. On the nose blackberries, liquorice, cassis and leather. On the palate cherries, blackberries, chocolate and liquorice. Just amazing and clearly a proof that Cabernet Sauvignons from the New World are as good as the French ones.

From France and Margaux, 2007 Château Brane-Cantenac which we opened in honour of Dad’s 80th birthday. It was also the first bottle I bought when getting serious about wine. Again in honour of Dad and remembering the (pretty) golden label from his cellar when I was a child. But I’m sure it said 1984 on his bottles… (At his death there were plenty cases of 1984 Bordeaux in the cellar which Mum happily drank without knowing what goldmine it actually was...) Nevertheless the 2007 vintage wasn’t too shabby either. Still young with a medium body. Dark fruity nose with both hints of cedar and minerals or gravels really. On the palate black currant, plums, earth and oak with a slight herbal finish.

Last but not least from Italy and Tuscany, 2007 Castello di Fonterutoli. The Fonterutoli Estate is avery special place to TheMan and I after celebrating my 40th birthday there a couple of years ago, but we would not have gone there in the first place if it wasn’t for their amazing wines. 85% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot makes it a wonderful intense and complex Chianti Classico. Great structure. Plenty of cherry, chocolate and vanilla on the nose. On the palate lots of cherry and dried flowers with a rich and persistent finish.

2009 Domäne Wachau Riesling Smaragd Singerriedel

NV Henri Giraud Esprit Rose

2004 Baron de Ley 7 Viñas Reserva

2009 Tim Adams Semillon

NV Bruno Paillard Première Cuvée

2010 Seghesio Cortina Zinfandel

2012 Mazzei Codice V

2012 Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Les Baronnes Rosé

2011 Trimbach Riesling

2009 Château des Jacques Morgan

2005 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon Kronos Vineyard

2009 Fonterutoli

2012 Chateau Ste Michelle Chardonnay

2010 Rotari Rosé

NV Taittinger Brut Réserve

2012 Schloss Gobelsburg Kammerner Gaisberg Riesling Erste Lage

2010 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Poliziano

2009 Château Grillon Sauternes

2007 Château Brane-Cantenac

2012 Barone RicasoliTorricella

2007 Castello di Fonterutoli

NV Champagne Henri Giraud Esprit de Giraud Blanc de Blances