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2007 Château Pesquié Côtes du Ventoux Quintessence

28/10/2010 Jozef Schildermans 2

2007 Château Pesquié Côtes du Ventoux Quintessence – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Ventoux (10/21/2010) Cocoa, orange peel, kirsch, vanilla and ripe black fruit on the aromatic nose. Quite dense on the palate, with masses of ripe black fruits, sweet spices, cocoa, kirsch, violets and licorice, with a backbone of soft, sweet tannins and refreshing cherry-like acidity. Quite modern > Read more …

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2009 Château Pesquié Côtes du Ventoux Terrasses

26/10/2010 Jozef Schildermans 0

2009 Château Pesquié Côtes du Ventoux Terrasses – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Ventoux (10/20/2010) Red and black berries, violets, sweet spices, kirsch, and cherry-like acidity in a delicious and balanced package. Remained fresh on the second day and even gained some weight. Very good qpr. (88 pts.)

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2006 Ca’ Viola Langhe Bric du Luv

21/10/2010 Jozef Schildermans 0

2006 Ca’ Viola Langhe Bric du Luv – Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC (9/23/2010) Kirsch, violets, exotic spices and earth on the nose. Kirsch, ripe red and black fruit, violets, exotic spices, cinchona bark and serious acidity on the broad, still primary palate. Delicious already, but will improve a lot with additional bottle age. Quite impressive wine. (93 pts.)

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Less wine for Japanese diplomats

20/10/2010 Jozef Schildermans 0

Japanese diplomats will have to thin their wine cellars. The Japanese foreign ministry has started an audit to measure the value of the wine cellars of the Japanese embassies abroad. Wine cellars that are too big need to be culled. The affected Japanese embassies will either have to sell the wines, or send them to colleagues with smaller cellars. According > Read more …

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Protests against nuclear dump in Champagne

19/10/2010 Jozef Schildermans 0

The association of champagne growers CIVC has gone to court in an effort to close the nuclear dump in Soulaines, 9km away from the champagne vineyards in the Côte de Bars. The CIVC requests that the Administrative Court in Châlons-en-Champagne cancels the permission to store low-level nuclear waste in Soulaines. The French atomic agency ANDRA received the permission in 2006. > Read more …

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Wine cheaper than water in New Zealand

18/10/2010 Jozef Schildermans 0

Researchers at the University of Otago in New Zealand claim that wine in their country is cheaper than water. A standard glass of bulk wine costs in New Zealand often no more than 62 NZD-cents (34 eurocents), compared with 64 cents for a glass of bottled wine, 67 cents for a glass of water of 250 ml and 43 cents > Read more …

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Zork comes to Europe

14/10/2010 Jozef Schildermans 0

The alternative Australian closure for a bottle of sparkling wine Zork SPK which we reported on back in 2004, is coming to Europe. The British supermarket chain Tesco now sells four sparkling wines with this resealable stopper: Sparkling Brut Rosé Mateus, Tesco 1531 Blanquette de Limoux, Dino Durello Spumante, and Tesco Finest Angas Brut Rose, reports the British magazine Harpers > Read more …

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2009 Domaine de Fondreche Côtes du Ventoux Fayard

07/10/2010 Jozef Schildermans 0

2009 Domaine de Fondreche Côtes du Ventoux Fayard – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Ventoux (10/5/2010) Blackberries, cherries, kirsch, vanilla and sweet spices in the inviting nose. Masses of black fruit, refreshed by cherry-like acidity; tannins are still strong, was best on the second day, a lot of material for such a humble wine, will be better in a > Read more …