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2007 M. Chapoutier Côtes du Rhône

25/01/2010 Jozef Schildermans 0

2007 M. Chapoutier Côtes du Rhône – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône (1/17/2010) Red and black fruits (ripe cherries, blackberries), kirsch and exotic spices on the enjoyable nose. Lots of ripe, sappy fruit on the palate, refreshed by cherry-like acidity and supported by kirsch, and hints of chocolate and pepper. Remained on the same level on the second > Read more …

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Record prices for wine at Hongkong auction

25/01/2010 Jozef Schildermans 0

A wine auction organized by Sotheby in Hong Kong on Saturday exceeded all expectations, reports Bloomberg. Rich wine lovers bid for ten hours on 800 lots and eventually spent HK$52.9 million (4.81 million euros), against Sotheby’s estimate of HK$40 million. Not included in those amounts are the auction charges. It seems the economic crisis is forgotten at least in Asia. > Read more …

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New studies cast doubt on health effects of red wine

21/01/2010 Jozef Schildermans 0

Two new studies from Pfizer and Amgen cast doubt on the healing effects of resveratrol, a constituent of red wine that is believed to counter the negative effects of aging. Resveratrol is supposed to activate certain genes in people that neutralize the negative effects of a diet rich in calories and a high intake of saturated fatty acids. But a > Read more …

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Buckfast Tonic Wine linked to crime wave

20/01/2010 Jozef Schildermans 0

Buckfast Tonic Wine, a fortified red wine made since 1890 by the Benedictine monks of Buckfast Abbey in Devon, south-west England, played a role in more than five thousand crimes in the last three years. One in ten of those crimes was violent. The statistics were obtained based on the Freedom of Information Act by BBC Scotland and used in > Read more …

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New TGV line threatens 50 Ha vineyards in the Graves

18/01/2010 Jozef Schildermans 0

A planned TGV line between Bordeaux, Toulouse and Spain threatens 50 hectares of vineyards in the Graves appellation in Bordeaux. Ten wine castles would lose many vineyards if high-speed rail link is built. These include the domains Le Tuquet, Mejean and Saint-Jérôme in the northern section of Graves and Château du Grand Bos, Château Haut Selve and Château de Castres > Read more …

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2008 Château de Majoulière Côteaux Varois Cuvée Béatrice

08/01/2010 Jozef Schildermans 0

2008 Château de Majoulière Côteaux Varois Cuvée Béatrice – France, Provence, Côteaux Varois (1/8/2010) Blackberries, vanilla and a hint of stable aromas and exotic spices on the enjoyable nose. Fruit forward on the palate, mainly blackberries and blackberry jam, supported by serious, balancing acidity, a hint of toast and black coffee and some kirsch. Balanced, tasty red from an unheralded > Read more …