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2006 Château Mont-Redon Châteauneuf-du-Pape

29/09/2009 Jozef Schildermans 0

2006 Château Mont-Redon Châteauneuf-du-Pape – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (9/25/2009) Exotic spices, red fruits, kirsch, serious tannins and acidity, becoming more prominent with breathing. Quite young, a more refined style than most, not a blockbuster type, but enough stuffing nonetheless; needs several years of bottle age to integrate and gain sweetness of fruit. (Tasted over the course of four > Read more …

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Sixteen Corton Charlemagne 2002 tasted

24/09/2009 Herwig Janssen 0

Our Euryanthe wine-tasting group (10 people, among them WijnIdee editor Jozef Schildermans and collaborators Michiel Carpentier, Max Rive and Herwig Janssen, the author of these notes)  recently got together for a very interesting , educational and fun evening . Corton Charlemagne at age 7 is too young but with all these premature oxidation (‘premox’) fears , we needed to check > Read more …

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Silver but no gold for Dutch wines (update)

22/09/2009 Jozef Schildermans 2

Eight silver medals were awarded to wines during the Dutch National Wine Contest 2009, three more than in 2008. Gold medals have so far never been awarded, so a silver medal is currently the highest price in the Dutch National Wine Contest. A silver medal stands for 82 to 88 points in the international 100 points system for wines. (Gold > Read more …

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2008 Van Volxem Saar Riesling trocken

17/09/2009 Jozef Schildermans 0

2008 Van Volxem Saar Riesling trocken – Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer (6/2/2009) White fruit, spices on the nose; good balance between sweet fruit and citruslike acidity on the palate, with a dollop of sweet, spicy honey and impressions of slate. Good qpr. (tasted on the 2nd day after opening). (89 pts.)

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French harvest 2009: better and more

15/09/2009 Jozef Schildermans 0

The harvest has begun in the vast majority of French vineyards. Thanks to a hot and dry summer 2009 is expected to be a plentiful vintage of high quality. Expectations are that French vintners will harvest more grapes than in 2008, but less grapes than predicted by the five or ten years averages. In Bordeaux, hopes are high for a > Read more …

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2004 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume Vignoble de Vaulorent

11/09/2009 Jozef Schildermans 0

2004 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume Vignoble de Vaulorent – France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru (9/5/2009) Wet stones, lemon peel, orange peel and ripe white and yellow fruit on the nose and the palate; has come around nicely, starts to drink well, much better than a few years ago. Blind I probably would’ve guessed Corton Charlemagne, because > Read more …

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2006 M. Chapoutier Coteaux du Tricastin Château des Estubiers

10/09/2009 Jozef Schildermans 0

2006 M. Chapoutier Coteaux du Tricastin Château des Estubiers – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Coteaux du Tricastin (9/6/2009) Meat, leather, smoke and ripe black fruit on the expressive nose. Slightly sweet black fruit, cherry-like acidity, leather, espresso coffee and a touch of minerals/stones on the balanced, tasty, manly palate. If you like the Northern Rhone style, but cannot or will > Read more …