2015 harvest report update, 9th of September

We are confident of volume as well as quality of the grapes! Berries are healthy and concentrated, bunches are big and clean and the weather is perfect for picking. I am in touch with winemakers and winegrowers to provide you my harvest report update. Let’s get through what’s going on at the moment: Bordeaux, France Right Bank. Whites (first Sauvignon Blancs) have been already picked and they are fermenting in the wineries. Other Sauvignon Blancs (for fuller […]

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Les Tuileries 2012 Coteaux du Giennois

Les Tuileries 2012 comes from appellation Coteaux du Giennois, which lies North from Pouilly Fume and Sancerre in the Loire Valley. Only Sauvignon Blanc grapes may be used for the production of white wines in the Coteaux du Giennois AOC. Whites are considered to be light and basic. They are not very popular although I think they are great as a summer refreshing beverage. Les Tuileries 2012 has medium deep, greeny-straw colour and it is quite watery. […]

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Miss Eugenie Extra Brut Methode Traditionelle NV (2014)

One look at the bottle of  Miss Eugenie 2014 and I was in love! In my opinion Jerome Choblet is the master of wine labels as each wine I have a pleasure to taste had very interesting label. In general, Jerome’s wines have not only great labels but also the wines are extraordinary. Let’s have a closer look at this women-friendly sparkling wine ;) (Men will also enjoy it, but we will fall in love with the […]

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Domaine Michel Thomas Sancerre Rose 2014

Domaine Michel Thomas Sancerre Rose 2014, a wine made from Pinot Noir grapes in Loire Valley, was not something I was expecting when I heard ‘I’ve opened Sancerre, you want some?’ ;) I do not often drink Sancerre Rose, not to say I barely drink any roses :p But this one was delicious and I consider it my ‘refreshing white’ if I cannot decide whether I want a white wine or a red one ;) Domaine Michel […]

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Clos le Grand Beaupreau Savennieres 2010

Clos le Grand Beaupreau Savennieres 2010 stole my heart at the very beginning, with the first sip! Recently I’ve been tasting a lot of wines from  Loire Valley and that one is definitely my favourite! Clos le Grand Beaupreau 2010 was a deep gold coloured wine. The aroma was simply beautiful, pure and quite intense – honeysuckle, acacia honey, lychee and orange peel with a subtle hint of rose petals and eucalyptus. Its bouquet reminded me a […]

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Silex Sancerre 2013 Michel Thomas

One look at the bottle of Silex Sancerre 2013 and I was intrigued! As I’ve never tried any silex wines before I couldn’t wait to taste it. Why was it so important for me? The finest Sancerre wines come from soils of the region. The famous French silex soils are rich and ‘flinty’ and so are the ‘silex’ wines.     Michele Thomas Silex Sancerre 2013 is a bit hazy wine, greeny-straw coloured with subtle legs on […]

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‘2014 –The Five Smiley Vintage’ – Loire tasting. London 2015

The five smiley vintage – organized by Charles and Philippa Sydney, the Classic Loire Valley tasting took place in London, the 21st of January 2015. It was a good experience as it was the first time after harvest when I had opportunity to taste so many Loire wines from 2014 vintage at the same time. 2014 – The Five Smiley Vintage “Now that is a pretty cool vintage! The only problem is finding a name that encapsulates […]

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November’s last weekly blend

Last week was all about good wines, shopping and gifts that made me feel better. In addition to tasting notes of new wines in this post I will write about problems with white wines from 2014 vintage, some new gadgets in my collection and others that I hope you will find interesting. Let’s start with tasting notes of whites from last week. Les Hauts de Smiths 2012 The second wine of Haut Smith Lafitte is a nice, […]

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Château de Minière – 14 shades of cabernet franc. Reds.

Last week I wrote about rosé wines and wines with natural CO2 (pétillant naturel) made in Château de Minière – the article is available here. Now it is time for their reds. The first wines that I tasted were the unoaked entry level wines: three vintages of Rouge de Minière and one Chevalier de Minière. Rouge de Minière Cabernet Franc 2013 has a deep red colour and a medium intense aroma which consists of red currant and […]

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Château de Minière – 14 shades of Cabernet Franc. Roses and pétillant naturel.

I think that each wine lover is able to recognize the Cabernet Sauvignon in the glass, as it is one of the most popular grapes varieties in the world. Its close relative, Cabernet Cranc, is mainly associated with the Right Bank of Bordeaux where it is blended with Merlot. As a single varietal wine Cabernet Franc has not gained such great fame as Cabernet Sauvignon and pure Cabernet Franc is difficult to recognize even for those who […]

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