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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 …

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 …

2015 Petit Bout de Lune

Fabien Bonnet and Stefania Galimberti are the ones behind the Les Petits Riens. They strive by the holistic approach living according to the cycles of nature, in harmony with the earth and sky. Even the bottles are sealed with their own produced beeswax. Is this still heroic viticulture or more harmonic viticulture? 😉 Les Petits Riens are making fantastic wines with a total dedication to the cause. Their approach is what one would call true craftsmanship. The quantities of the wines produced are limited. The reason is to be able to personally follow all the phases and care for the wines they make. All the wines are done biologically and actually to what would also fit the Demeter requirements. Les Petits Riens don’t own the certifications, just as many winemakers producing quality wines in the Valle d’Aosta. The reason is straightforward – they don’t need any logo to make amazing wines. The vineyard Fabio and Stefania work with is two hectares, with cultivated 12 different native and non-native vines (local Cornalin, Petit Rouge, Gamay, Erbaluce, …

2018 Roter Riesling - Winnica Silesian

2018 Roter Riesling – Winnica Silesian

Winnica Silesian is a new brand to the polish wine market, but they already managed to get widespread attention. The foundation is strong – there is a lovely story, a vivid design, there are the personality and the young strength, as well as and good social media coverage. But is there also a final product – the wine? Well, yes!  The first thing one notices is the beautiful label design. Each of the labels bears a different picture of the family or the property, accompanied by a short story and wine description. The Roter Riesling’s label tells us a story about the founder’s brother, his horse, and his temper, which shall be resembled in the character of the wine – cheerful, young and playful. Before we get to the wine, what is the Roter Riesling? For a long time, it was believed that the grape is the ancestor of the well-known white Riesling grape. The DNA analysis conducted in 2009 contradicted the popular view. It turned out that the red Riesling is a mutation of the white grape. It is more …

2018 Mari di Ripiddu Etna Bianco

Etna Bianco 2018 from Mari di Ripiddu is my first approach to wine from grapes grown on volcanic soil and also from that particular area near Catania.  I didn’t know what to expect besides some minerality, possibly salty tang, stone aromas. I certainly was not disappointed about that encounter. This particular 2018 Etna Bianco is a truly beautiful wine, perfect for a hot summer day. The grapes are Carricante and Catarratto, which are indigenous to southern Italy, especially to Sicily. The first is a high yield grape cultivated in slopes of Etna for a thousand years. The latter grape is a descendant of a well-known grape Garganega, which is used to produce many easy-drinking wines. Appearance: clean, paleNose: clean, fresh with clear lime zest aromas, a little wax, and stone Palate: dry, medium+ acidity – good incorporated, not disturbing, aromas of green apple, hints of iron on the palate.

2017 Petit Pittacum

I don’t really remember why did I completely stop enjoying and drinking red wine, but it took me years to get back to it. I think it was a couple of months ago when I randomly had some Amarone della Valpolicella. Since then, somehow, I discovered red wine again. Petit Pittacum is made by the Bodega Pittacum located in Arganza, north from Ponferrada and Villafranca del Bierzo, in the western part of the province León. Even though the winery officially opened for business in 1999, they are focused on locating older vines (50 – 110 years old), growing in different microclimates and soils, which will allow bringing different characteristics forward. They are dedicated to the grape Mencía, and the 2017 Petit Pittacum is a 100%. Grapes for that particular wine come from a small distributed plots of a 100 years old Mencía vines, located on the hills in the El Bierzo. Sourced from the slopes facing east and north, growing in the clay soil. The hills and the valleys in the El Bierzo are creating …

Godello, the grape that almost went extinct

Godello is not an ordinary grape, it brings an interesting story with it. Imagine, once it almost went extinct, but thank the hard work of Spanish viticulturists it’s slowly gaining more interest. The interest well deserved!  Where does the grape really come from? Some sources say that it was first recorded near Valencia, in the town of Godella. Other sources say that it was first cultivated in the Galician region, somewhere near the border with Portugal, which would also be supported by its genetic proximity to local Portuguese grapes. Wherever it really came from in the past, no one can deny the quality of the wines that are produced with that grape — both as a varietal wine and as blends.  “Under the dictatorship of General Franco, the wine export was prohibited. Additionally, he believed wine should be restricted only to the needs of the Church.” I can still clearly remember my first encounter with Godello. It was in Valencia in Spain, and I had only a little clue about wine at that time. I was hunting …