What happened with Alsace? Or rather; what happened with me and Alsace?
Going back 15 years or so in time, I recall some quite fond memories of Alsace greatness in my innocent vinous youth. The Rolly-Gassmann Sylvaner with crab at one of (then) Sweden’s best restaurants on my 25th birthday, was such a pairing [...]
Yes, there are some Roman remains in the city of Vienne that probably are worth some extra attention. But then again; Vienne is next to the Rhône river and just a few kilometers south you will find Côte-Rôtie and Condrieu. Sorry Romans, but the priorities is set on my pilgrimage visit to the world’s [...]
“Talk to Guillaume.”
My preferences in Cornas are the guys aiming for a more traditional approach. You know, no destemming or at least not completely, longer skin contact, larger casks, older casks, no fining and no filtration. That kind of stuff. Cornas simply doesn’t work well the modern way, reducing way too much of its [...]
Perhaps not as refined tannins as in 2010, but that is compensated by a to die for-coolness in the vibrant and pure fruit. Add some oriental spices, black olives in brine, a dash of greenness, violets, loads of oozing wet rocks and you probably understand the 2011 Cornas from Pierre-Marie and Olivier Clape is right up [...]
I must have been 22, perhaps 23, when I went on my first wine tasting. Amongst the wines presented there was this Saint-Joseph. Will never forget the smell and taste of raw meat and smoked sausages. Not to mention it felt like I’d bit my tongue. My entrance to Rhône…
Yup, you guessed it; Rhône [...]
It’s a never-ending learning process. Wine that is. Twenty years of intense reading about wine, tasting and naturally visiting has only resulted in one insight I can be fully certain of; the fact I’ve only scratched the surface. Basically I’m still like Manuel – you know, the guy from Barcelona – and still know nothing. [...]
Few know of her, Natacha Chave. But if you’re into Rhône, the Chave name probably made you curious. Natacha is the younger sister of Yann Chave and since a few years she produces a red Saint-Joseph and more recently she’s added a Crozes-Hermitage to he portfolio.
Natacha’s wines goes under the name Domaine Aléofane [...]
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