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FROM THE HOME TASTING TABLE: Deiss Grasberg Alsace 1er Cru 2004

Very bright, liquid pale gold in the glass… Incredibly complex in the nose, with personal associations like honey, lemon, grapefruit, candied orange peel, calcareous dust, summer hay with loads of floral scents like chamomile, blossoms, white and yellow fruit, almonds, nuts, mint… it just goes on and on in the glass, multi-layered and never-ending fascinating. […]

FROM THE HOME TASTING TABLE

Some time ago a friend of mine, wine buyer/salesman for a human scale quality wine import in the Netherlands, brought me 3 bottles to taste. He wanted to know my honest opinion on those wines. He knows that I am always honest. If I don’t like a wine, it is not because I like the […]

CAHORS, THE FRENCH MALBEC – MARATHON TASTING

During an extremely short press-trip to Cahors (3 days) organized by the UIVC (Union Interprofessionnelle du Vin de Cahors), I had the chance to taste more than 120 Cahors AOP wines in two morning sessions. The tastings took place at the blind tasting, control and research Centre of the Cahors wine profession in Anglars-Juillac. In […]

CAHORS: HISTORIC CAPITAL OF MALBEC (4)

Please red the previous message before this one WHAT ARE TYPICAL CAHORS MALBEC AROMAS? This is of course again a short generalization; all depends on terroir, (micro) climate, style, vintage etc. However, during the marathon tasting in Cahors, I had the chance to check it and it is quite representative. Very common are fruit aromas […]

CAHORS: HISTORIC CAPITAL OF MALBEC (3)

Please red the previous message before this one A NEW GENERATION Cahors image has still to be a bit improved, especially in the lowest range of quality. The old ‘bulk’ quality for jug wines offered in the past decades was a bad caricature of what Cahors should be. This is changing slowly but surely in […]