Monthly Archives: June 2013

Domaine du Joncier in Lirac

I recently tried three red wines from Domaine du Joncier, located in the Lirac appellation of southern Rhône. All three are blends, but with one dominant variety each: Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. A common feature of the wines is that they are produced with no … Continue reading

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Franciacorta tasting

About two weeks ago, a tasting of Franciacorta was on the schedule in our wine tasting club AuZone. Franciacorta is Italy’s probably best-renown sparkling wine district (although Prosecco may be the best known), and sports a DOCG classification and some Champagne envy, in the best … Continue reading

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Name investigation in Pessac-Léognan: all wines with Haut-Brion as part of their names

I don’t think I’m alone in being confused by the many different wines from the Bordeaux appellation Pessac-Léognan that have Haut-Brion as part of their name. Some of these are connected to Château Haut-Brion itself or are produced by the … Continue reading

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En primeur tasting of the 2012 vintage at Château Haut-Brion

Mid May I visited Bordeaux to attend the annual Weekend des Grands Crus, and took the opportunity to tail a friend in the wine business who vists Château Haut-Brion to taste en primeur. This means tasting barrel samples of the youngest … Continue reading

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Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay

There are times when I take the good old phrase from Monty Python – “and now for something completely different” – to heart and abandon not just France but Europe and the Old World entirely, and send my palate to … Continue reading

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Mixed Champagnes

Every spring, a large wine tasting club I’m active in, arranges a Champagne tasting. This tasting is in an “open” format, where the participants taste the wines two at a time in their own pace. You go and pick them up at a serving station, … Continue reading

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