Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Le Grand Tasting 2017 12th edition | Paris



Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd December, in Paris, at the Carrousel du Louvre, will be held the twelfth edition of “Le Grand Tasting”, the annual wine tasting, organized by the journalists Michel Bettane and Thierry Desseauve, founders of the same wine guide.

A fundamental and unforgettable opportunity to discover and taste the French wine excellence, selected personally by Mr. Bettane & Mr. Dessauve.

Focus, it goes without saying, on the oenological gems of France, starting with the beloved Champagnes - over 70 Maisons - but not only because all the French wine regions are superbly represented, with other wine companies coming from the most important countries. You have just to browse the list of exhibitors to find out what you will going to taste.

Last but not least, exclusive Ateliers Gourmets, Master Class and Master Class Prestige, which will allow, upon reservation, to participate in special tastings, illustrated by experts and producers.

Real-time updates, by following the official site, as well as their social pages.




 

Friday, 10 November 2017

Vini Corsari 2017 | Castello di Barolo





The cultural association Giulia Falletti of Barolo, with the collaboration of Giuseppe Rinaldi winery, Les amis de la cugnette and Os Goliardos, organizes the annual wine tasting (5th edition), with possibility of purchase, on Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th Dicember, from 11 am to 6 pm, with the wines of 30 European winegrowers, which will be held in the Barolo Municipal Castle.

A lot of Italian and French producers, with some presence from Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

For any info, see the web site as well as their fb and twitter pages.



Sunday, 29 October 2017

Vini di Vignaioli Vins de Vignerons 2017 | Fornovo di Taro (Parma)




Sunday 5th and Monday 6th November, back the classic appointment, in Fornovo di Taro village, near Parma (North Italy), with the unmissable event of Vini di Vignaioli, Vins de Vignerons 2017 (winegrowers wines), this year celebrating the sixteenth edition.

Not only tasting, but also knowing directly the winegrowers and tune into their modus, to understand their working philosophy.

This edition will present more than 130 winemakers, with the possibility, as usual, to purchase the wines in tasting, and there will be also a large group of high quality food, and publishing companies.

As usual, you can find the list of winegrowers, and other useful information, by consulting their website and the fb page.


Friday, 20 October 2017

Vodopivec Vitovska Origine 2009




I have always considered the Vitoska of Paul and Valter Vodopivec, the best ever and even this bottle confirms me.

In the beginning, a finely chiseled nose, dynamic and very clean.
Fresh attack, known as broom, and then with fruity sensations - white peach, apricot and pear - followed by tones of clay and delicate minerality that will accumulates massive stony doses.

On the mouth it is just elegant, vertically elegant and with precise acid-tannic tone.
The fruit merges wonderfully with the mineral propensity, which, here, flows into salty-iodated territories, giving it complex and immense pleasure.
Remarkable tasty progression and marked persistence, it ends resuming salty tones, apricot and almond.

I repeat, and I emphasize, in my opinion, the best Vitovska ever.
Absolutely.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Jacquesson Champagne Cuvée n° 728 n.v.




One of the oldest Champagne Houses, from 1954 ownership of the Chiquet family.
So, only high quality, without shortcuts and compromise, that is the philosophy of the brothers Laurent and Jean-Hervé.
About 270,000 bottles produced, not much if you compare with the big quantities about Champagne production. Only grapes from villages classified as Premier and Grand Cru and are not practiced filtration and clarification.

Just turn the bottle and the back label shows all the information about this noble liquid.
728 is the progressive number of cuvées, according to the cellar register.
728 means harvest 2000 (68%) and vins de réserve for the rest, and blend of 36% Chardonnay, 37% Pinot Meunier and 27% Pinot Noir, with a very low dosage (5 g/l) and disgorged during the second quarter of 2004. Yes, 2004!

Intense and brilliant ancient gold, with very fine bubbles.
The nose reveals a beautiful intensity and great finesse.

The first nose is grilled, on the flavors of pastry and smoked hazelnut, then appear aromas of candied fruits - apricot and melon, lime and grapefruit. Little by little, ginger, combined with apple and pear confit, while a strong minerality completes this refined olfactory range.

All this is a prelude, as a natural consequence, to an elegant mouth, racy and surprisingly very young, with a clear and sharp acidity. A straight and tense Champagne, powerful and very smoky mineral. Finish with good length and remarkable persistence.
A Great Wine (with bubbles) and an excellent gastronomy Champagne.




Friday, 29 September 2017

Rizzi Barbaresco Nervo “Fondetta” 2004




From the historic vineyard Fondetta, practically a cru inside the Nervo cru, in Treiso village.
A clear and precise reading by the Dellapiana family about an opulent vintage and, in my opinion, not so great.

Wonderful hints of leather, violet and dried rose petals, an incisive fruit - cherry and plum - with earthy feelings and dense balsamic waves, which are corollary to a highly articulated nose.

The attack on the palate is symmetrical, developing great freshness, with accurate acid-tannic balance. Delicate spice and solid mineral vein.
Full sips, wrap-around, complex taste. Eucalyptus, licorice and mentored notes, detail a long finish and elegant persistence.