Monthly Archives: May 2013

Taltarni, Tache, Brut 2009

Taltarni, Tache, Brut Rose, 2009; South Australia A blend of grapes from Victoria and Tasmania; a blend of roughly 55% chardonnay, 40% pinot noir and 5% pinot meunier, plus a dash of cabernet sauvignon with the dosage, to give colour; … Continue reading

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Seyval blanc 3 weeks after bud burst

Seyval blanc 3 weeks after bud burst.  Four days sun, otherwise mostly rain in the last 2 weeks since my last post.  The inflorescences are just starting to show.  

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Sparkling wine – outside Champagne

The generic term for most sparkling wine made in France, but outside Champagne, is crémant. The complete range of legal terms for such wines, is: cremant (ou crémant) for wines made in the same way as champagne, that is the … Continue reading

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Pieropan Soave, 2011

Pieropan Soave, DOC, 2011. 85% garganega, 15% trebbiano di soave, screw cap closure, 12% abv. Hennings Wines, about £14. Soils/climate – volcanic soils, west facing hillsides at 100-300m above sea level. Vinification – 5200 vines/ha, 80-90hl/ha yield, hand harvested; fermented … Continue reading

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Bernard Defaix, Chablis PC, 2010

Domaine Bernard Defaix, Cote de Lechet, Chablis 1er Cru, 2010. 100% chardonnay, cork closure, 13% abv. Nickolls and Perks, about £13.50+vat. Soils/climate – Poor pebbly soils. Vinification – a blend from young vines, for freshness, and old vines, for structure. … Continue reading

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Glen Carlou, 2010, Cabernet sauvignon

Glen Carlou, Cabernet sauvignon 2010, Paarl, South Africa. 100% cabernet sauvignon, coated cork closure, 14.5% abv. SA Wines Online, about £12+vat. Soils/climate – warm dry summers and cold wet winters; variety of slopes and soils. Vinification – 15 months in … Continue reading

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Grower Champagne event

En francais – Les Champagnes de Vignerons This was at Fulham Palace on 27th March 2013, organised by the French Trade Commission in UK – UBI France.  They have a range of similar events, there was another in April this … Continue reading

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