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Damien Coquelet, Beaujolais-Villages, 2015

Damien Coquelet, -Villages, 2015, „Les Bourrons“, Red-wine from France

5,5 points

My personal association of Beaujolais is bad if not appalling. The hype of Beaujolais Primeur: much too young, extreme fruity wine of low quality bought and drunk by British. Yes, British are known for bad taste – and as much as many of good British friends of mine would disagree – majority of British at least have a very strange taste.

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Pomerol, Château Cantelauze, 2000

Pomerol, Château Cantelauze, Jean Noel Boidron, 2000, red-wine from France

6,5 points

It is very probably senseless writing about “Pomerol” since really everything seems to be said. There are thousand more experts and each of them would certainly know more than me. I make it short: Pomerol is one of the much well known and respected wine areas and application in the Eastern region of Bordeaux (right side of Dordogne). It is considered being one the very best locations for wine in the world, some of the wines from Pomerol are really famous but also extremely expensive. Maybe two aspects are reasonable to name: the application of Pomerol does not know a classification system all reputation and reference of a wine is related to the vinery and its brand. The prices differences between vineries which even immediate neighbors are completely inexplicable as there are ranges of some hundred, sometimes even thousand Euros per bottle!

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Domaine de l´Horizon, Rouge, Vin de Pays des Cotes Catalanes, 2009

Domaine de l´Horizon, Rouge, Vin de Pays des Cotes Catalanes, 2009, Red wine from France

6,5 points

This is probably the only French wine which is sold more in Germany than in France. For example there are two wine stores in Berlin but only one in Paris where you can buy this delicious wine.

The reason is rather easy. Domaine de l´Horizon was initiated by German oenologist Thomas Treibert. Today it is owned by German wine trading family Christ and him. The vineyards according to their webpage are between 40 and even 100 years old. They produce a clear amount of wines: two white and red ones and one rosé.

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Joseph Drouhin, Laforet, Bourgogne, Pinot Noir, 2005

Joseph Drouhin, Laforet, Bourgogne, Pinot Noir, 2005, Red-wine from France

3 points

Even though after I opened it two days ago it didn’t become an exceptional experience drinking this Pinot Noir of Joseph Drouhin.

First of all it surprisingly young, fresh and very straight forward. Secondly it is really dry and without some extravagancies. I read somewhere that the wine is fruity, but I would disagree. Obvious fruity notes as raspberry and red currant but there isn’t anything too dominant. It’s likeable that the wine is light, negligible tannins but still – considering missing character – balanced. A little bit smoky and with some memories of leather, that what comes along as well.

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Chateau Lestage, Listrac Médoc, 2009

Chateau Lestage, Listrac Médoc, 2009, Cru Bourgeois, Red-Wine from France

4,5 points

You can get two different wines from Chateau Lestage: a white and a red one. The red one is called Lestage, the female version seems to be the white one which is called nicely as Chateau Caroline.

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Cháteau Le Crock, Saint Estèphe, 2009

Cháteau Le Crock, Saint Estèphe, 2009, Grand Vin Bordeaux, Red-wine from France 

5 points 

This vintage is two years older than the same wine of 2011 I tried recently. I like to risk writing that I would prefer the younger one. To avoid any misunderstanding (!), the 2011 is perhaps less drinkable yet but 2009 is. Please find my review about the 2011 here: https://avdwineandfood.wordpress.com/2015/08/20/chateau-le-crock-saint-estephe-2011/.

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Jean des Sables, Restaurant in Hossegor

Jean des Sables, Restaurant in Hossegor, France

5,5 points

Beautiful location, great architectonic and stylish building above the beach of Hossegor (30-40 km in the North of Biarritz) – so your expectation are reasonable high as the internet is full of some ecommendations, too.

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Cháteau Le Crock, Saint Estèphe, 2011

Cháteau Le Crock, Saint Estèphe, 2011, Grand Vin de Bordeaux, Red-wine from France

6 points

Crock’n Roll… Rolling Stones… perhaps my first Bordeaux which I would call stony. Introduced to me by Anne Cuvelier, a member of the impressive winemaker’s family Cuvelier who also own and run the famous vinery Leovillé Poyferré (https://avdwineandfood.wordpress.com/2015/02/20/chateau-leoville-poyferre-saint-julien-2007/ ) I had the chance to try the really exciting red of their Cháteau Le Crock which is located in St. Estèphe, probably for many a well know vinery village in the northern part of Medoc.

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Cháteau Latour-Martillac, Grand Cru Classé de Graves, Pessac-Léognan, 2011

Cháteau Latour-Martillac, Grand Cru Classé de Graves, Pessac-Léognan, 2011, Redwine from France

5,5 points

The wine area Graves is a part of Bordeaux although you would not recognize this if you wouldn’t know automatically about Graves or you turn the bottle and see the backside label.  I bought this bottle at a Casino or Intermarche kind of supermarket in the southern suburbs of Bordeaux. Although it wasn’t too cheap it demystifies the glamour and approach of a “Grand Cru Classé” wine from Bordeaux. The presentation of the wine at the supermarket board was unattractive, on the other hand, and this is likeable that so good wine is accessible to more or less everybody (you at least need to be in the suburbs of Bordeaux). So, why not to buy such wine in a supermarket! But why these wines are on sale if they are still so young? I simply doubt that anyone buys a wine at this store to take them home, store it appropriately and drink it only in some years or even in the best case in a decade.

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Domaine Duclaux, Cháteauneuf du Pape, 2000

Cháteauneuf du Pape, Domaine Duclaux, 2000, Red-wine from France

4,5 points

This Cháteauneuf du Pape is from a winemaker family Quiot, which produces wine since 1748. They should know to make wine, and they do! Everything you like to know about them, you can find at their webpage: http://www.famillequiot.com/

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Chablis, Etienne Rodier, 2013

Chablis, Etienne Rodier, 2013, White wine from France

1 point

Once a while I am curious about special offers of food chains as Rewe or Aldi; then I buy a bottle or two, just to try. To avoid any misunderstanding right away: I am not a dogmatic detractor of Aldi. Rather in the opposite, I think Aldi offers varieties of good stuff for reasonable prices.

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Bistrot Saint Sauveur, Restaurant, Le Cannet

Bistrot Saint Sauveur, Restaurant, Le Cannet, France

5,5 points

Although it will remain a miracle to me how someone can buy a real estate in this sprawl urban area of too much cement and too less green called Le Cannet I admit it it has a nice little old town center where you find another interesting and friendly restaurant close to Cannes called Bistrot Saint Sauveur.

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