Monthly Archives: November 2015

Corton-Charlemagne from Bonneau du Martray

In October I tasted four vintages of the Corton-Charlemagne from Bonneau du Martray (2013: 92+/93(+), 2001: 93-94(+), 1998: 92, and 1985: 94) ahead of the Swedish importer Tryffelsvinet’s annual release. Since I participated in the tasting as a representative of BKWine, the tasting … Continue reading

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Champagne village profile: Chouilly, a grand cru in the Côte des Blancs

Key facts Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Côte des Blancs Vineyards and grape varieties: 522.5 hectares (1291.1 acres), of which 98.7% Chardonnay, 0.9% Pinot Noir, and 0.4% Pinot Meunier. Classification: Grand cru (100%), used to be a grand cru for white grapes only and premier cru … Continue reading

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Champagne village profile: Oiry, a grand cru in the Côte des Blancs

Key facts Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Côte des Blancs Vineyards and grape varieties: 88.4 hectares (218.4 acres), of which 99.4% Chardonnay and 0.6% Pinot Meunier. Classification: Grand cru (100%) Noted for: Chardonnay from grand cru-classified vineyards. Maps Google Maps view with the villages in the Côte des … Continue reading

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Champagne village profile: Cuis, a premier cru in the Côte des Blancs

Key facts Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Côte des Blancs Vineyards and grape varieties: 176.0 hectares (434.9 acres), of which 96.2% Chardonnay, 3.5% Pinot Meunier, and 0.1% Pinot Noir. Classification: Premier cru (95%) Noted for: Chardonnay from premier cru-classified vineyards. Maps Google Maps view with … Continue reading

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Champagne village profile: Celles-sur-Ource in the Barséquanais with quite a lot of Pinot Blanc

Key facts Located in subregion/area: Côte des Bar / Barséquanais Vineyards and grape varieties: 307.8 hectares (760.6 acres), of which 82% Pinot Noir, 11% Chardonnay, 2% Pinot Meunier, and 6% other, mainly Pinot Blanc. Classification: ”Autre cru” (80%) Noted for: Several varietal Pinot Blanc Champagnes originates from … Continue reading

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Piedmont wines from Ferdinando Principiano

French-Swedish online wine dealer Caviste, with a habit of selling mixed cases from one producer at a time, shocked his faithful customers by moving outside of France, to Italy, Piedmont and the producer Ferdinando Principiano. Admittedly, if a shortlist of “non-French wines most Francophiles approve of” … Continue reading

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Some thoughts after yesterday’s terrorist attacks in Paris

Already before yesterday’s multiple terrorist attacks in Paris, I didn’t have much sympathy for Islamists in general or Islamic terrorists in particular. What is obviously relevant to this blog – the Islamist intolerant views on alcoholic beverages – is of course hardly … Continue reading

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