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Burgundy loses marketshare

23/12/2009 Jozef Schildermans 0

After two years of record growth in 2006 and 2007 and a stabilization in 2008, Burgundy experienced a serious drop in wine sales in 2009. Exports outside of France fell by almost a quarter (-24%). Domestically the decline was limited to one percent. Overall this is nevertheless a decline in Burgundy wine sales of thirteen percent. From July 2008 to > Read more …

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2008 Domaine les Hautes Cances Côtes du Rhône Villages Cairanne Blanc

23/12/2009 Jozef Schildermans 0

2008 Domaine les Hautes Cances Côtes du Rhône Villages Cairanne Blanc – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône Villages Cairanne (12/10/2009) Subdued aromas of ripe yellow fruit, orange peel and orange liqueur on the very ‘clean’ nose. Balanced on the palate, with refreshing citruslike acidity and hints of orange peel, ripe fruit and exotic spices. Easy drinking, good qpr. > Read more …

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2007 Domaine les Hautes Cances Côtes du Rhône Villages Cairanne Vieilles Vignes

22/12/2009 Jozef Schildermans 0

2007 Domaine les Hautes Cances Côtes du Rhône Villages Cairanne Vieilles Vignes – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône Villages Cairanne (12/8/2009) Red and blue fruit, licorice, violets and a hint of the stable on the aromatic, enjoyable nose. Masses of ripe red and blue fruit on the palate, intermingled with licorice, exotic spices, chocolate and kirsch. Balancing cherry-like > Read more …

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Study: Ambient Lighting Modifies Wine Flavour

21/12/2009 Jozef Schildermans 0

White wine tastes better with red or blue ambient lighting than with green or white light. The ambient light affects the taste, but not the smell, according to a double-blind study carried out by four German psychologists. The researchers let a group of wine lovers taste identical Rieslings in the tasting room of a winery. The room was illuminated in > Read more …

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2007 Domaine les Hautes Cances Côtes du Rhône Villages Cairanne Tradition

21/12/2009 Jozef Schildermans 0

2007 Domaine les Hautes Cances Côtes du Rhône Villages Cairanne Tradition – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône Villages Cairanne (12/15/2009) Black fruit, a hint of liquorice and sweet spices on the slightly lactic nose. Good balanced between ripe fruit, sweet spices, liquorice and cherrylike acidity on the enjoyable palate. The Vielles Vignes has a bit more stuffing, but > Read more …

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Environment friendly bottle for Moselle wines

15/12/2009 Jozef Schildermans 0

Manufacturer OI launches a super lightweight version of the typical bottle for  Moselle wines and German wines from the Rheinhessen region, also known as the Schlegel bottle. The OI Schlegel Lean + Green bottle weighs 360 grams instead of 440 grams for a regular Schlegel bottle. The bottle is produced by OI in the Netherlands in green and white glass. > Read more …

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Jura rejects vin jaune in bag-in-box

14/12/2009 Jozef Schildermans 0

The Confrérie du royal vin jaune (Brotherhood of the royal vin jaune) rejects vin jaune in bag-in-box. Vin jaune is the typical sherry-like white wine from the French Jura region. A company from the region recently launched a bag-in-box with vin jaune. “In the New World consumers accept that wine is sold in many modern packages, like … cans and > Read more …

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2005 Podere Rocche dei Manzoni Barolo Rocche

07/12/2009 Jozef Schildermans 0

2005 Podere Rocche dei Manzoni Barolo Rocche – Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo (11/28/2009)Dusty tannins, cherries, other red berries, cinchona bark… very primary, was best on the third day after opening the bottle, with no signs of oxidation. Not a complex wine, and rather in a modern style, but lots of tasty fruit, with some depth. For the price, a great > Read more …