Year: 2020

Cambon La Pelouse 2010

2010 Château Cambon la Pelouse

Château Cambon lies exactly between Château Cantemerle and Château Giscours. Also, their location is the highest hill of Macau, literally on the border of the appellation with Margeaux. Part of the vineyard (6 hectares) is managed organically, but it is not clear about the complete transition. Whether or not any organic grapes have been put into the ‘Cambon La Pelouse’ 2010 bottle is also not clear. The grapes: Merlot (50%), Cabernet Sauvignon (47%) and Petit Verdot (3%) come from the oldest vines belonging to the Château (35 years on average), whose yield is limited to an average of 38 hectolitres per hectare. The year 2010 was relatively dry, but without an extreme summer, which directly influenced the great concentration (the average weight of grapes was 15% lower than in 2009), the beautifully developed aromas and appropriate level of acidity. The maturity of the grapes was checked every day during the harvest period to choose the best moment of the vintage. After double selection and sorting, before the fermentation begins, the grape must did undergo a …

Pandemic Rose Winnica Miłosz

2019 Pandemic Rosé – Winnica Miłosz (PL)

I have the impression that this current ideal moment for the release of a wine label like that is often more eagerly discussed than the content of the bottle itself. I have to admit – it was the label design, basic information about the vineyard and its location that brought me to taste a Polish wine again. Why the series “Pandemic Wines”? Obviously, Krzysztof Fedorowicz does not have a clairvoyant on his payroll to predict what the year 2020 will be like. At the beginning of the year, during archaeological works in Zielona Góra, graves dating back almost 700 years to the time of the Black Death Pandemic were discovered. A few weeks later, virtually the whole world stopped due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The figure of the Pestdoctor on the label and the name “pandemic wine” was a brilliant idea that perfectly fitted into this current, strange reality we live right now. Zielona Góra and its surrounding is a region that has made a significant mark on history for wine in the Central European …

Quarz - Kellerei Terlan

2014 “Quarz” Kellerei Terlan

Kellerei Terlan is one of those huge names, mentioned right at the beginning of various wine publications in the context of Alto Adige. Two specific wines most often appear – “Vorberg” a Pinot Bianco, and “Quartz” a Sauvignon Blanc. Let’s start with the region itself. Despite many different influences, Alto Adige, this beautiful Alpine region, border changes, various monarchies, and republics that usurped the area remained true to its local traditions. Despite this, it has unfortunately failed to maintain most of its local, indigenous tribes. Although Kellerei Terlan has a few such wines in their portfolio, let’s face it – these are not the most significant points of this winery’s program. Like the vast majority in Alto Adige, they are orientated on international varietals introduced in the region by the Habsburgs. The young generation of winemakers, which is slowly taking over the family business, is investing more and more in the revitalization of the local strains… but this is a topic for a separate text and maybe even a research paper for the DipWSET. Kellerei …

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You are missing out

This story is not going to be a summary of the French associations for natural winemakers. The lately officially recognized by the Institute for Origins and Quality (France) natural wine certification — “Vin Méthode Nature” won’t be discussed. Let’s talk about how you’re probably missing out on beautiful wines, places, people, and their stories. Maybe you already know some of those natural wine extremists. These people will only drink wine if it’s 100% natural, no intervention, zero additives, made with unknown grapes, unknown locations, and by unknown winemakers. I was very much into that hip natural-wine ephemeral (mostly online) community. The pursuit was real — we were after the most nothing-added, hardcore, down-to-earth wines one can find. I wanted to try all the big names and of course all the unknown ones as well. Natural wine is pretty much Wabi-Sabi → it’s a celebration of imperfection. That’s the funny part about that. Even thou, the pursuit is after what is not-known and not-discovered, most of those natural-wine zealots aren’t in the reality that keen on experimenting, as you might …

2018 Louro Rafael Palacios

2018 Rafael Palacios “Louro”

I’m starting this post for at least 5th time, backspacing everything after several words. I bought the bottle at the “Powinno” wine store in Wrocław (Poland). A few days ago I’ve texted Karol, the owner, to ask about the wine. I thought it’s a 100% Godello, turns out it’s cut with Treixadura, but in unknown amounts. Some vintages were cut 90/10 Godello/Treixadura, but no fix information is available. – I’ve just opened the bottle yesterday evening. – I said.– What do you think? – Karol asked. – Well… to be honest… I’m still thinking. Godello do Bolo (2018) from Rafael Palacios is no ordinary Godello wine, that’s sure. I’ve never tried a pure Treixadura wine, but what I’ve read, it’s supposed to inject some lemony-citric aroma, sometimes some herbs, some apples, which seems pretty normal as it is related to Loureiro. Of course, it’s only up to 10% in the cut, but the typical expected Godello aromas are also not very clear in the case of that 2018 Louro. I was curious if the wine …

Cortes de Cima 2011

2011 Cortes de Cima

The 2011 vintage was not an easy one for the Alentejo region. After the record rainfall in the winter season, the region got hit with a record of tropical heat in May. Cortes de Cima decided to harvest super early that year, the yield and grape quality was very good. Fermentation went in controlled temperature, grapes stemless. Aged for 12 months in 80%/20% French/American Oak barriques. The wine is a sensationally done assemblage of 35% Aragonez (Tempranillo), 35% Syrah, 13% Touriga Nacional, 7% Petit Verdot, 5% Alicante Bouschet, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine was already beautiful, as a young one in 2011 and 2014. Who made it without opening and stored in good conditions until 2019 can enjoy a beautiful, elegant but powerful wine. 👀 Appearance: The wine is clear with deep intensity, garnet in appearance. 👃 Nose: clean, pronounced aromas of ripe fruits, as well as some wood, smoke. 👅 Palate: one can truly taste all that ripe, soaked in sun fruit. Beautiful ripe black cherries, plums, ripe berries, there is also something from …