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DRC with Hermann Botolen @ the Weinbank

On the 23rd of January, the great Hermann Botolen hosted a sublime dinner featuring the best from Gerhard Fuchs' cuisine at Weinbank, paired with some outstanding wines from Burgundy's most famed Domaine. The always charming Christian Zach was the man in charge in front of the house. A truly memorable evening with fine wine, fabulous food and great wine people!


2013 Meursault A.C. Coche-Dury

Restrained character, slightly nutty feeling, reductive but tame, refreshing acid structure, finesse and elegance, lengthy finish


2013 Meursault A.C. „Luchets” Roulot

Richer, riper nose, giving, poppyseed character, fine, lively and lots of concentration!

Great potential!


2013 Meursault A.C. Les Chevalieres, Bernard Boisson Vadot

Youthful, fine, restrained, elegant poppyseed backbone, fresh acid, great finesse, elegance but lots of vivacity, reductive style, young vintage, cool climate wine. 

(almost like Richard Leroy's Chenins)


2007 Perrieres 1er Meursault, Coche Dury

Nearly Chablis-ish at first, great tension, salty element, what a persistent length. This is truly a fine wine! Long haul!


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Die einzige Konstante im Universum ist die Veränderung. (H.v. Ephesus)

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The only constant in the universe is change. (H.v.Ephesus)

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An underdog from Margaret River

Si Vintners, Margaret River, WA


1. Si White 2014


Reduced notes almost like our Leithaberg Chardonnay from Gernot Heinrich! 12,4 alc

Great texture, med acidity and white fruit, balanced finale!




2. Halcyon Vineyard 2012 Chardonnay 

Great reduced notes; ripe pear notes, layered; balanced, refeshing acid structure, great freshness! 100% MLF! Beautifully balanced!

30ppm SO2


3. Chinchecle 2012 (Semillon)

10 days skin contact in whole bunches (maceration carbonique), in concrete egg; great skin contact flavour; great structure; beautiful finale!


4. Sophie 2014

100% PN

Floral aroma, intriguing, slightly restrained!

5 days whole bunch

Fermented in eggs and the old oak

100% MLF

Great balance, beautiful spectrum of flavours; good texture! 


5. 2012 Pinot Noir Halcyon Vineyard 

2 years in barrel; fleshy, meaty, garrigue, developed, great fruit structure, beautiful balance, smokey just a touch, this is the best WA Pinot so far tasted! Little cloudy!


6. SI Red 2013 (80CS/10PV/10Malbec)

15 mts stainless steel

Primary fruit driven (just bottled last week); great balance, purity of fruit, enough structure through the grape tannin!


7. Halcyon Vineyard 2012

CS, great structure, beautiful density, great finale! Cassis and purity!

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Coravin & truly fine juice @ D'Vine Duesseldorf

Fruit day:


A fantastic pre-launch tasting with Coravin founder Greg Lambrecht on July 1 in Düsseldorf's D'Vine put smiles on several wine geeks' faces!


The highlight for me was the 1996 Clos de Vougeot from Rene Engel, a masterpiece of Vougeot, coming from the upper part, closer to the castle. Silky, intriguing, massively attractive with lots of forest fruit. Seductive all the way!


While the 2002 Corton Charlemagne from Bonneau du Martray provided lots of charme, depth and persistence, Ponsot's 2002 Morey St. Denis Clos des Montluisants Blanc was shining so bright and was a pure enjoyment.

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Sauvignon at its peak - Margaux, Pfalz & Südsteiermark

Flower day:


A) 2013 Kirchmayer "Katl", Kamptal, Austria

youthful, restrained aroma of citrus and pineapple; confected aroma, interchangeable with GV in the nose; fresh acid, balance and finesse, persistent finish.


B) 2012 Vergelen, Schaapenberg, South Africa

green tea, steely, racy aroma, restrained; slightly vegetal aromas; fresh acid but richness of fruit, velvety, purity/grassy.

C) 2012 Hannes Sabathi, Kranachberg G STK Lage, Südsteiermark, Austria

genereous fruit concentration, balanced, youthful; salty element, richness of fruit, fresh acid, lengthy finish.

D) 2011 Clos Henri, Marlborough, New Zealand

exotic, fruit forward, generous; racy acid element, fresh, crisp grassy herbaceousness, well balanced but depth of fruit on the palate, richness and finesse to be found.


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Pontet Canet Vertical 1920 - 2010

On this flower day:



Pale tawny and brick red nuances, etheral, developed, floral, pencil shaves, fresh acid but rather thin body, ripe, round tannins, hay, violets and med long finish, long haul for the age. Very fine wine!
Dark, opaque core, tawny rim, toffee, more developed; fresh acid, cedar and dark brooding fruit (warm vintage), more body than 1920, earthy, long haul. Finesse!
Med brick red, youthful rim; enticing floral aroma, forest floor; med intensity, restrained, rather linear, full fruit concentration, ripe acidity, masculine body, a bit "cerré", drying tannins, not too charming, tca influence
Dark ruby red core, brick red rim; layered, youthful, complex and full fruit concentrated nose, great concentration of fruit, great acid structure, lively, enticing, long haul!
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Chez Roland Velich

 Fruit day:


 1. Blaufränkisch 2012 Burgenland
500-3000 ltr barrels,
Only remontage, bottled 2 days ago
Great balance, freshness but also fullness!
2. Moric Reserve 2011 (bottled in May)
Neckenmarkt & Lutzmannsburg
Mainly limestone. Lifted, great extraction, floral & spice, full fruit concentration, spice, lengthy finish. Grippy, finesse!
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Tasting Burgundy with Jasper Morris MW

On this fruit day:
1. Roulot Meursault 1er Charmes 2008 (Dessus)
Very lifted, youthful, deep, rich, nutty, matches; Great fresh attack, bright acidity, roasted poppyseeds, med. concentration on mid palate, long finish, drinking really well now! Gunflint! Saltiness!
Late season in 2008, northern cold wind!
2. Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2005
(2006 low acid, very aprroachable)
2005: greatest vintage for red wine according to Jasper!
Large amount of skin-juice ratio - tannin
Poppyseeds, intriguing nose, lots of tension, youthful, grabs very much your attention, great freshness, purity, great fruit concentration, length, persistence, massive layers! Lifted! Lemon peel! 19,5/20.
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andreas wickhoff mw
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