Friday, 27 November 2015

Porta Del Vento Catarratto 2013

One of the few companies, which I "follow", scrupulously, and one of my stainless certainties about Sicilian wines.
The Marco Sferlazzo’s wines are in constant qualitative progress and this Catarratto vinified dry, no exception.
I've already written it before and it's up to repeat myself, however I do it with great pleasure.

It 'a wine screaming Sicily, such as the nose as the palate, beginning from the island's fruit - grapefruit, orange, pomegranate, fig, apricot - herbs and white flowers, and so much iodine salinity.

The nose and the mouth twins, for a drink that is primarily balanced and measured. So much flab, for a draft, very dry and degreaser, very persistent and irresistible drinking.
You could not resist.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Le Grand Tasting 2015 | Paris

Friday 4th and Saturday 5th December, in Paris, the Carrousel du Louvre will host the tenth edition of “Le Grand Tasting”, organized by Mr. Michel Bettane and Mr. Thierry Desseauve, founders of the homonymous wine-guide.

Yet another, and unmissable opportunity to discover and taste the excellence of French wine - personally selected by Bettane & Dessauve - with a strong presence of Italian companies - over 40 - and others coming from all over the world.

They calledLe festival des meilleurs vins” and there was no better title. Simply browsing the list of participants, to realize what you will taste.

Finally, exclusive Ateliers Gourmets, Master Class and Master Class Prestige, which will allow, by reservation, to participate in special tastings, illustrated by experts and/or producers.

Friday, 13 November 2015

Chateau La Canorgue Rosé 2014

Here we are in Bonnieux, north side of the Luberon, in Provence, and most likely, you will have seen the movie by Ridley Scott – A good year - with the "Gladiator" Crowe, who plays the role of a broker in the City.
Well, many scenes were filmed right in this estate, organic since over 30 years.

Given the success of the movie, of course, to us simple mortals, the estate closed to the visits, even though many people tried - and they are still going on today, undeterred - to climb over the high wall.
Instead the visits are much appreciated, at the nearby wine shop.

The wine is not that of the movie, but a successful mariage rosé between Syrah (70%) and Grenache (30%).
The nose, intense and elegant, with tangerine and peach, always inevitable red berries - currants, strawberries and raspberries - with floral puffs, while the spice is a little hidden.

The first impression on the palate is a Big Babol sour - not consider it reprehensible, but the exact opposite having a lascivious drink. In addition, the other fine qualities of a good rosé: freshness, not too much fruit, right vinosity. Three elements of a sip really balanced.

The end is floral and slightly spicy, not very persistent, coming from a bottle that, in four persons, lasted a blink!

Ah, those French, they make good rosés.

Friday, 6 November 2015

Nominé-Renard Champagne Special Club Brut 2004

A small and young maison de récoltant, born in 1960, cultivating 20 hectares of vineyard – 50% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir and 30% Pinot Meunier - divided between Côte de Sézanne and the Valley of the Marne.

This is the jewel of the company 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir - from old vineyard, "Special Club" version, only in the best years. Steel only, performed malolactic and at least 42 months on the lees.

Both the nose and the palate, have finesse and delicacy. Notes of pastry and peach, are mixed with a touch of grilled almond and hazelnut, tied with delicious minerality, while the freshness is more nuanced. 
The sip, fairly tense, reveals a round size, yet slender, whose light weight structure, makes it preferable during the aperò-time.