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2006 Dönnhoff Schloßböckelheimer Felsenberg Riesling Spätlese

29/04/2009 Jozef Schildermans 0

2006 Dönnhoff Schloßböckelheimer Felsenberg Riesling Spätlese – Germany, Nahe (4/5/2009) Orange peel, citrus fruit, sweet honey, exotic spices and a hint of wet stones on the expressive nose. Ripe yellow fruit, citrus peel, stones, smoky slate, sweet honey and searing acidity on the intense, deep and long palate. Tasted after decanting. Impressive wine, only 8% alcohol, good qpr. (92 pts.)

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LVMH Denies Moët Hennessy Sale to Diageo

24/04/2009 Jozef Schildermans 0

LVMH, the largest luxury group in the world, denies that it wants to sell its beverage division Moët Hennessy to Diageo. Moët Hennessy owns the prestigious champagne brands Krug, Moët, Veuve Clicquot and Dom Perignon. Bernard Arnault, the main shareholder of LVMH, said in the Financial Times on April 22 that he “officially denies reports in certain newspapers today that > Read more …

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2007 Domaine Charvin Côtes du Rhône Rouge

23/04/2009 Jozef Schildermans 0

2007 Domaine Charvin Côtes du Rhône Rouge – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône (4/5/2009) Cherries, red berries, kirsch and a hint of spice on the fresh, elegant nose. Ripe red fruit, kirsch, spices on the persistent and balanced palate. Best on the second day. Plain delicious wine. (90 pts.)

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2006 Domaine Charvin Côtes du Rhône Rouge

20/04/2009 Jozef Schildermans 0

2006 Domaine Charvin Côtes du Rhône Rouge – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône (4/7/2009) This only strut its stuff on the second day after opening. Cherries, kirsch and exotic spices on the slightly alcoholic nose. Sour and sweet cherries, kirsch, chocolate and good acidity on the fairly thick, rather balanced palate. Good persistence. Difficult to judge right after > Read more …

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Third Event of Natural Wine

20/04/2009 Jozef Schildermans 0

Saturday and Sunday 2 and 3 May, Aalst, Belgium The third event of natural wine in Aalst, Belgium welcomes this year nineteen growers and suppliers of pure and natural wines and products. The salon is an organization of Wijnfolie from Aalter. The participants will include: Domaine Léonine, Domaine Matin Calme, Domaine La Marche, Domaine Le Scarabée en Domaine Potron Minet > Read more …

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2006 Domaine Charvin Châteauneuf-du-Pape

17/04/2009 Jozef Schildermans 0

2006 Domaine Charvin Châteauneuf-du-Pape – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (4/10/2009) Ripe strawberries, black cherries, kirsch, exotic spices in the slightly lactic, elegant and engaging nose. Spicy and fruity on palate, with good persistence and depth; accessible in its youthful exuberance (after decanting), but this will surely close down in the near future. A great Charvin CDP in the making. > Read more …

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French Consumers Refuse ‘Mixed’ Rosé Wines

14/04/2009 Jozef Schildermans 0

French consumers do not care for rosé wines made from a mixture of white and red wine. The E.U. wants to allow such cheaper mixed rosé wines to better compete with similar wines from the new world. In countries such as Australia and South Africa it is allowed to make rosé wine by blending white and red wine. In France, > Read more …

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Original business idea: Vin et Prénom

06/04/2009 Jozef Schildermans 2

On the French website Vin et Prénom you can order wines to name. A “cuvée prénommée” is an original wine gift for a friend with the same first name as the wine. The site only delivers to French address (but if you own a house in France you can order the wine from your country of residence). The wines are > Read more …