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Catching up

July 26, 2009

It has been over four months since my last post appeared on my blog. Been out of the writing for a while, not out of the wines. In contrary, I have been busier than ever, tasting, drinking, reading but above all working hard, really hard. I now have the honourable position to sell the fabulous wines of Bibendum Wine Co. on the Perth market, a huge task regarding the sheer size of the portfolio and the limits of one single person… However, it’s a pleasure to work with wines from producers like Larmandier Bernier, Huet SA, Georges Vernay, Tardieu Laurent and Rene Barbier to name just a few.

Although I was familiar with some of the producers, new windows have opened for me and new paths had to be explored. This means spending more money on drinking wines from my own stable and less resources for others. Besides that, I have decided to make a serious effort to start a modest private cellar. Again, this means less resources for every day upmarket drinking while stashing away the real treasures for later. So the question is where to go with this blog? Although I have never made an effort to offer a  comprehensive source for imported wines, I always wanted to inform my readers about different, exciting and above all good wines. I’m dedicated – resources allowing – to continue doing this, however, at a much lower publication rate. In the meantime I will keep you informed on producers, regions and everything vinous worth knowing. Salute!

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Alphonse Mellot Sancerre La Moussiere 2007

December 3, 2008

img_5110The first time I tasted this wine was at Bibbendum’s trade show last September in Melbourne. At tastings like this you get to see a fairly big number of wines, so the ones I remember best are those that have clearly marked characters like La Moussière. I was surprised to find it at my local Vintage Cellars and was keen to have a look at it again. Things are done with great attention for detail at this domaine, both in vineyard and cellar. All grapes, including the ones from the closely planted, low yielding and biodynamically farmed single-vineyard La Moussière, are picked and sorted by hand before gentle pressing and settling of the juice occurs. Fermentation takes place in both vat and new casks in which the wine spends a further 7 to 8 months on its lees before bottling. The resulting wine has a light golden colour with all aspects of terroir, fruit and winemaking fabulously balanced. Intense aromas of flowers, grapefruit, mineral and lime peel follow through to a soft, dense and textural palate that fills your mouth but never dominates the complex blend of fresh, vibrant fruit, precise minerality and a touch of spice towards the middle and back. This wine is a clear step up from most other regular available Sancerre, an absolute steal regarding pedigree and quality. 92 points

Source: Bibbendum  Price: $49  Drink: Now-2010

Web: www.mellot.com

Coming soon: Produttori del Barbaresco

November 30, 2008

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Dom Perignon Oenotheque 1985

November 11, 2008

So Barack Obama has finally claimed victory in what certainly was a historical election. On the 20th of January 2009 he’ll be sworn in as the 44th president of the United States of America, exactly 24 years after Ronald Reagan started his second term in 1985. What amazes me is how things have changed over this period of time, politically, physically and technologically, testimonies of an ever evolving matter called World. How could an event as this be welcomed better than with a little note on one of the more lustre Champagnes, changed in its own way since it was born in what is described as one of the region’s more elegant and subtle vintages? After 14 years on lees – this 1985 has been disgorged in 1999 – and a further 9 years in bottle, its colour has slowly evolved from the usual pale straw to a deep golden yellow with a fine and persistent bead disclosing its ongoing youthfulness and longevity. The palate is full and voluptuous showing citrus, hazelnuts, yeast, toasted bread, vanilla, mushrooms and earth with an ever present framework of lemony acid creating liveliness, freshness and elegance carrying through to the long finish. Given its extended lees ageing and relatively long time on cork after disgorgement, this wine clearly shows its age and with its current level of freshness I’m glad this hasn’t been kept in the cellar for another 10 years. 94 points 

Source: Cellar   Price: $500  Drink: now-2012

Winedome is back!

October 28, 2008

After a break of nearly 6 weeks Windome is back. Despite all good intentions I haven’t found the time to submit any posts, however, a fantastic trip to The Netherlands, Italy and Singapore has given me plenty of material and inspiration to make up for this all. At the last stop Deepavali or The Festival of Lights was in full swing. Here it was curry, dim sum, green tea and Tiger that ruled instead of truffels and Barolo. A remarkable contrast ultimately showing the difference between places, people, cultures and customs, a contrast sometimes as fascinating and complex as wine!

Produttori del Barbaresco Rio Sordo 2001

September 16, 2008

The Produttori del Barbaresco is a phenomenon. The fact that it is a cooperation is nothing special, there are quite a few on the peninsula, what makes The Produttori really stand out is the consistently high quality of all its wines. When you add to this the fact that it crafts wines from no less than nine different crus, it is not hard to realize The Produttori is something truly unique, an excellent producer to be considered amongst the best of the Barbaresco DOCG.

The Produttori’s flagship wines are all released as Riserva, having spend 36 months in large Slavonian botti and an additional 18 months in the bottle. But before that, the grapes from the 4.6 hectares of Rio Sordo are slowly fermented on the skins for about 21 days at no less than 30°C in order to leach out plenty of colour and tannins. Despite the softening of the latter due to the mandatory ageing before release, the structure of the wine is of such a high standard that even at 7 years of age its life has just begun. Purple red with orange reflections the nose suggests a more developed complexity straight away with cherries, red berries, dried rose, leather, earth, mocha and spices following through to a rather austere palate with a tightly knit tannic structure, ample acidity and a long, elegant finish. This is absolute class that will last for at least another 15 years.

Source: Enoteca Sileno/ The Grocer  Price: $140  Drink: 2010-2020+

Web: www.produttoridelbarbaresco.com

Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2004

September 4, 2008

This is Luca Currado’s and Mario Cordero’s entry-level Barolo, a wine mainly made from grapes from Bricco Fiasco vineyard in Castiglione Falletto, Bussia and La Coste in Monforte d’Alba, Fossati in Barolo and Ravera in Novello. Average yields are around 40 hl/ha – yields for the crus are typically 30 hl/ha – so the quality of the fruit is of what can be expected of Vietti. However, with growing conditions as exceptional as in 2004 the fruit has gained a concentration and richness not often seen at this level. Deep red in colour its nose reveals plums, blackberries, cherries, violets and exotic spices following through to a masculine and tightly knit palate where complexity is locked in sturdy fruit, fine yet powerful tannins and fresh acidity. It’s big, macho, shows class and should be left alone for at least 2-3 years before its more delicate and emotional side will be shown. 92 points  

Source: Red + White  Price: $125  Drink: 2010-2020

Web: www.vietti.com