Saturday, January 24, 2009

Hours of cooking and good wine

Above a gentle simmering 3 hour lamb in wine with tomato rissotto, we found time to squeze in a test of a bottle Châteauneuf-du-Pape. 'Mas De Boislauzon' is a situated in the northern Rhone, in the district of C-d-Pape. The wine results from a blend primarily consisting of 75% Grenache, 15% syrah, mouvedre make up the rest.
Location of Mas De Boislauzon press here

Mas De Boislauzon 2006

Bouquet: dark ripe cherries, herbs, notes of spices, marcipan and peber.
Tastenotes: its a very fine balanced wine. The palate is broad, and even with an impressive volume of 15% alcohol, this wine is freshly bouyant with a fine minerality, along with a long finish. - a classic and made for good food.

Distributor: Viniportugal 185 kr/bottle if not on sale.

Drengene i køkkenet: Drud & Eggert

Sunday, January 18, 2009

An evening with wines from the New World

The other night we had tree reds up for a test. Given a menu of  slow cooked ossobuco, there was free play of wines from pinot to heavy cab’s. The first wine was indeed a pleasant surprise from New Zealand, the second bottle originated from Portugal (old world), and finally a classic from down under (Australia). Two out of three New world wines – a delighting and welcome initiative.

Momo 2007, Pinot Noir, Malborough New Zealand

Bouquet: Red fruits, vanilla, hint of cinnamon and base of ’dirt’. The base evolved in the glass from dirt to animal notes (typical Pinot)

Taste notes: the wine is well balanced but with a fresh acid. The wine has an elegant lightness and taste of mineral. The wine presents itself with a very fine structure.

Reguengos (Garrafeira dos socios) 2001

In the deepth of hot Alentejo reside the village of Reguengos. The producer of same name provide a series of typical Portuguese table wines to a top wine under the label Garrafeira dos socios (=The wine cellar of the a associated members), perhaps a nomen reminiscent of a system where wine farmers (contributors) of local grapes received good wines from the common cooperative.

Bouquet: A rounded bouquet of boysenberries and cinnamon. The bouquet rests dense in the glass, heavy and creamy.

Taste Notes: Dense wine with notes chocolate and ripe pears. Both provide a rounded base of the wine.    

The Twentyeight Road, d’Arenberg 2001

D’arenberg has long been one of Australia’s best and most interesting producers. For more than a century the wineyeard has produced wine using different European grape varietals on Austrialian soil. Of their many products, with rather bizarre names, the 28th road is found among their top wines. This wine is produced from a single field using very old and low yielding Mouvedre grapes.

Bouquet: the bouquet presented it self with a high vertical structure – as if coming out the glass. Found herein were the following: Dark berries, but with a green base, liquorice, chocolate. Most characteristic is the surprising essence of peat (tørv), which led one to associate the wine with whiskey. 

Saturday, January 3, 2009

2009 a new season

Dear Friends, 

Happy new year - a new season has begun, new vintages are released. See you soon for impressions and discussions. / Anders 

'life is good, wine is better' (Fernando Pessoa)