Monthly Archives: October 2019

Ciabot Berton Barolo 2011

Oberto Marco, Ciabot Berton, Roggeri, DOCG Barolo, La Morra, Piemonte, Italy, 2011 This wine: lot No. L.RO 02/16 (on back label), varietal nebbiolo, aged for 2 years in Slavonian oak, coated natural cork closure, 14.5% abv, Wine Society, £25 (11/18) … Continue reading

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Bluebell Hindleap BdB 2009

Bluebell Vineyard Estates, Hindleap, Brut, Late Disgorged Blanc de Blanc, Quality Sparkling Wine, East Sussex, England, 2009 This wine: lot No. L6153 (on back label), varietal chardonnay, bottled 06/2009, disgorged 08/2015, at least 69 months lees ageing, bottled 19/06/10 – … Continue reading

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Terra d’Or Aix en Provence 2000

Michel Chapoutier, Terra d’Or, AOC Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, PACA, France, 2000 On Coteaux d’Aix-en Provence An appellation, established in 1985, mainly in the Bouches-du-Rhone departement, stretching from the Durance river to the north, with the Luberon on the opposite bank, … Continue reading

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Mas de Daumas Gassac Red 2000

Mas de Daumas Gassac, Rouge, Vin de Pays de l’Herault, Aniane, Occitanie, France, 2000. In house vintage evaluation. Previous vintages tasted. This wine: lot No. L2/087W11:36 (below the capsule), organic, a blend of 80% cabernet sauvignon along with 8 other … Continue reading

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On modern closures

Here is an aide memoire for the range of bottle closure solutions in use today. Their aim is to overcome the risk of premature oxidation and cork taint (TCA), whilst allowing a desired rate of oxidative ageing, or not, as … Continue reading

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Artadi Rioja Alavesa 2010

Bodegas y Vinedos Artadi, Pagos Viejos, DOCa Rioja, Rioja Alavesa, La Rioja, Spain, 2010 Briefly, on Rioja, its sub-regions and wine styles (courtesy of the Wine Society). This wine: lot No. L12208-PV (below back label), varietal tempranillo (aka in Spain … Continue reading

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Ch Le Boscq Sainte Estephe 2012

Vignobles Dourthe, Chateau Le Boscq, Cru Bourgois, AOC Sainte-Estephe, Bordeaux, Nouvelle Aquitaine, France, 2012 This wine: lot No. L701807 (on bottle below capsule), a merlot dominated blend with cabernet sauvignon and lesser petit verdot; general processes – vinified in stainless … Continue reading

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