Blend of the week – November 2014

Another week goes by and into this week’s blend I want to include a beer along with the wines as I found this particular beer very amusing. So let’s start the tasting summary of this week’s four wines.

Do you know any of these wines below?

Vin d’Alsace Riesling 2013

 Alsace Riesling Vin d’Alsace 2013

I bought this wine as a consolation because I couldn’t find any German Rieslings anywhere in Bordeaux. It was not the perfect choice but at least it was well priced and we had a different grape variety wine other than that of Bordeaux :) This Alsace Riesling was quite watery in colour with passion fruit and peach aromas and a hint of steely lemon. On the palate some residual sugar was present and the wine tasted of peaches, grapes and apples. The acidity was high but not high enough to hide the residual sugar and therefore the wine was too sweet for me even if it had a good balance. A good drinkable Riesling from Alsace but not for special occasions.

– – – Alsace Riesling 2013; Vin d’Alsace France; SCVB Haut-Rhin; Riesling; 12% vol.; about 6 Euro; #46.2/2014 – – –


Chablis Vieilles Vignes 2010 Domaine Dampt

Chablis Vieilles Vignes Domaine Dampt Grand Vin de Bourgogne 2010

This is an easy to drink Chablis. The aroma is full of apricot with a hint of unripe mirabelle. The acidity on the palate is nicely hidden under the peach and apricot flavours. This Chablis tastes a bit of quince and has some vegetal hints in the mouth such as a blackberry leaf with a note of lime on the long finish. Good price for the quality but don’t expect very complex Chablis

– – – Chablis Vieilles Vignes 2010; Domaine Dampt; Grand Vin de Burgogne; France, Burgundy, Chablis; Chardonnay; 12,5 % vol.; about 12 Euro; #46.2/2014 – – –


Seigneurs d’Aiguilhe Comtes von Neipperg 2009 Cotes de Bordeaux AOC

Seigneurs d’Aiguilhe Comtes von Neipperg 2009

A very good red wine from Castillon and the second wine of Chateau d’Aiguilhe. The nose is refreshing, fruity and complex. You will find lots of black cherry, black currant and blueberry notes. After a while wine shows more oak aromas, white pepper and thyme. In the mouth Seigneurs d’Aiguilhe has a raisin fruit character with black currant and black cherry. The tannins are present but they are ripe and noticeable just after drinking.

– – – Seigneurs d’Aiguilhe 2009; Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux; SCEA du Chateau d’Aiuilhe; Comte von Neipperg; Merlot, Cabernet Franc; 14% vol.; about 18 Euro; #46.2/2014 – – –


Champagne G.H. Mumm is on the podium this week as it was the only one that I fully enjoyed without any “buts”. Moreover it brings up the memories of an amazing day I spent with my man during his birthday celebration so the champagne has not only a good taste but gathered lots of emotions that makes it even more special.

Champagne G.H. Mumm Brut Cordon Rouge NV

Champagne G.H. Mumm Brut Cordon Rouge NV

This champagne comes from Reims and is a special cuvee made from Pinot Noir (45%), Chardonnay (30%) and Pinot Meunier (25%). In the aroma there is almost no fruit apart from some lemony freshness however this champagne has an amazing smell of bread, French brioche and buttery cookies. In the mouth G.H. Mumm is well balanced with not a high acidity level and some residual sugar. Finish was very long with a note of bready cookies preceded by a caramel, lychee and white peach notes.

– – – Champagne G.H. Mumm NV Cordon Rouge Brut; France, Champagne, Reims; Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier; 12% vol.; about 32 Euro; #42.2/2014 – – –


The witch on her broom ;) Hobgoblin – The Unofficial Beer of Halloween Wychwood Brewery

For this week’s blend post I would like to end in a different way by showing you an interesting beer! It comes from the English Wychwood Brewery and was brought to us by our lovely friends from Jersey who have been visiting us last week. I am not a fan of beer unless it is a hot beer with honey and sweet spices as I often drink during the winter ;) But the label and the idea of this beer made me eager to taste it and I did enjoy its mischievous character.

Hobgoblin – beer of Halloween, Wychwood Brewery, England

Hobgoblin The Unofficial Beer of Halloween Wychwood Brewery

Halloween was a while ago but I loved this unofficial beer of Halloween for its crazy label with witches on brooms engraved on the bottle and the game of ‘the wheel of misfortune’ included on the label. The beer is dark with a toasty aroma and nice caramelized bitterness on the palate and at 5,2% vol. of alcohol. It was brewed with roasted malts and contains barley malt. After I warmed it up and added some honey the beer become a bit weird… it was drinkable with my modification but definitely it tastes better when it’s cold and without any additives ;)

And what about you? What was your wine of the week? You are very welcome to share your opinion in the comment box below :)

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