Etikettarkiv: Terrific Wines

TWWD: Terrific Wines Winemakers Day 2018.

Terrific Wines, perhaps not  the biggest wine importer in Sweden, but according to style and influence it certainly is not of small importance for keen wine-lovers. When the modern wines  get international both concerning choice of grapes and style, Terrific Wines chooses originality, faithfulness and loyalty to soil, origin and perhaps above all, purity. This is what characterized presentations and seminars over the day.

Most representative for the characteristics above is Clotilde Davenne, owner and first of all winemaker, on Des Temps Perdus in Prehu , in Chablis.It is a highly interesting and thought-provoking journey to be led through her production during a tasting. Purity, balance and harmony in the nose and on the palate is distinctive for her wines before fruity muscular strength with or perhaps without the modern art of disharmonious high contents of alcohol.We had an almost full range from her production: Crémant de Bourgogne, white and rosé, Saint Bris ( Sauvingon Blanc from the Chablis region!), Bourgogne Blanc grown a few steps outside the appellation border for Chablis, Chablis, Chablis 1 er Cru  Montmains, Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2013 och 2014 and Bourgogne Rouge. This tasting lacked a most interesting blend of Pinot Noir and the local variety of Cesar in the small production of Irancy. You cannot get it all, sometimes.

To get it short: Bourgogne Blanc is among the most prize-worthy of quality wines you could lay hands on, and the Grand Crus from Les Clos are superb now but would change nicely and even improve in nuances with age. It is so easy to show fidelity to wines like these, Clotilde Davenne!

The seminars started with Lars Torstenson talking over rosé wines and the topic ” In rosé wines there is more than the colours.”

We took part in an exposé over choices of root varieties and fitting yeasts over maceration time. Most interesting.The AOP Tavel Les Lauzeraies always has been a good company to most spring and summer food, dry mouth-watering fresh, pretty good body and a food-friendly well balanced bitterness.

Bastien Papleux from the champagne-grower and -maker ( RM) Goutorbe- Bouillot in Damery  just outside Epernay introduced the tasters to a solera style of blend that he stated the family was first  to use in Champagne. On a careful comment that Anselme Selosse  was very early too, Bastien Papleux firmly stated that he came later!Perhaps that could be questioned, because on a visit to Selosse 1995, it was obvious that the solera system was running.

Anyhow, the long aging procedure, the solera period over 16 years, the long time sur lies and the careful work in the vine-yard made these bubblies very tasty and food-friendly. We had a good example on how small and ambitious growers and ” Recoltants-Manipulateurs” , can produce champagnes up to and over the quality from the established big houses and not the least important to a most attractive prize.

Champ de Craie, art. nr 73380 på VoS, 425 kr.

Cuvée Louise 2013 , 499 kr.

Andrea Mullineux from the South African winery in Swartland lead a seminar and presented some very ambitious products from mineralic soils where especially the Syrah variety from chist soils stood out.

Over all the day, a very ambitious and friendly atmosphere could amalgamate in  the most professional way.

TWWD is to be look forward to every year.

Interesting and mouthwatering tasting at the Terrific Wines in Stockholm 21.2.2018

Terrific Wines public Wine Club held one of their first tastings for non-professionals. The tasting was half-blind, as most of the interested participants well knew the portfolio of Terrific Wines.

Andreas Karlsson, CEO of the company, and Anna Sundin, Event and product Manager informed on activities and sparkling wines in common.

The four bubblies were :

1. Clotilde Davenne, Crémant de Bourgogne , Brut  Extra  (NV)

Colour: clear, brilliant, light greenish.

In the nose: green apples, lemon, mature pear. Well nuanced.

On the palate: very crisp attack, very dry, holds a creamy mousse.  A touch of toasted bread in the middle. Medium-long finish with food-friendly bitterness. Absolute clean and well-balanced style of Davenne character. What lacks in chalk for champagne lovers is well compensated for in absolute harmony. Love to think of suiting amuses bouches when keeping the after-taste. Zero dosage. < 3 g/l rs

90 p.  149 SEK. Art No . VoS: 7725

 

2. Gramona Imperial Gran Reserva 2012.

Colour: clear, light yellow, brilliant.

In the nose: yellow apples and plums, fine pâtisserie with brioche and newly toasted bread.

On the palate: very dry and crispy attack, fine creamy mousse in very small bubbles. More of autolytic nuances, fruit from straw-berries and pear. A hint of white chocolate and almond paste. Long well balanced bready finish. A very nice example o how long time aging on the yeast sediments could improve a sparkling wine. Probably at least 5 years sur lie. 9 g/l rs

91p. 219 SEK. Art no VoS: 71964.

 

3. Menger- Krug Méthode Rurale Brut Riesling, 2012.

Colour: Brilliant, clear, deep golden.

In the nose: powerful nuances of white flowers, honeysuckle, apples and pears. A hint of delicate yeasts.

On the palate: fresh, mouth-watering  and crispy acidity, soft and creamy mousse. Hints of straw-berries and very mature  rich apples and honey. Very long nuanced tasty finish. So rich in structure and taste that this wine demands a very rich food. Or, why not, on its own with just some salted walnuts and almonds. 6 g/l rs.

To me the most exciting and interesting new experience to day.

 

92 p. 299 SEK, art. no VoS : 77456.

 

 

4. Champagne Pointillart Leroy Brut 1 er Cru,             Descendance.

Colour : clear, yellow, brilliant.

In the nose : apples, chalk, fine bakery, newly baked baguettes.

On the palate: fresh and crispy acidity in the attack, soft and smooth mousse, apples, pears and strawberries. Balanced bitterness, chalky and with a hint of gun-powder. To me more of the aperitif champagne than the food type. Well, amuse bouches with bouchet ris de veaux  or caviar de lavaret de Tjust is not real food, is it?

A very personal and interesting premier cru from a small producer. A very nice champagne to a very reasonable price.

This wine will certainly improve with aging in the bottle. Hopefully the winemaker in the future would / could afford invest in even more time sur lie compared with what CIVC demands! At least with a part of the harvest. 9 g/ l rs.

90 p. 299 SEK art no VoS: 70318.

So the conclusion is : a variety in styles, personalities and prices but all very classy.

 

 

Terrific Wines Wine Day, TWWD, den 6.3.2017

Terrific Wines arrangerade sin traditionella Wine Day den 6.3. på Hotel Sheraton i Stockholm.

Bland utställarna utmärkte sig som vanligt Clotilde Davenne med ett antal ursprungstypiska, mycket rena och harmoniska AOP Bourgogne och Chablis. Clotildes Bourgogne Blanc är kanske inte så lätt att sära från hennes Chablis, men det är väl inte så underligt med tanke på att hennes Kimmeridge Bourgogne ligger endast 20 m. på fel sida av den dragna gränslinjen! Vinälskaren får med andra ord ett fantastiskt prisvärt ”Chablis” till priset av en Bourgogne Blanc.

Tillsammans med Clotilde Davenne kunde följande storheter provas:

7725 Crémant de Bourgogne, 70241 Saint Bris ( Sauv. Bl.), 5562 Bourgogne Blanc, 6307 Chablis, 72879 Chablis 1er Cru Montmains,74000 Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses, 75088 Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos, 70403 Bourgogne Rouge, 70403 Irancy.

Mycket kan sägas om denna enastående provning, men utrymme och tid begränsar utsvävningarna till : Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2013 är nog det bästa och mest nyanserade Chablis jag någonsin druckit. Med tanke på dess utvecklingspotential avseende ädel mognad väntar härliga år på den som lyckas lägga beslag på några flaskor.

Alla vinerna var rena och inte bara ursprungstypiska utan som det tycks även producenttypiska!

Ytterligare kan sägas, att Bourgogne Rouge upplevdes som lätt och med en fantastisk pinotnäsa fullt i klass med de bästa Bouzy Rougeexemplaren. Bör njutas ungt. Irancy var en ny bekantskap i form av en cuvé av PN och César, en lokal blå druva. Denna gav ett tillskott av matvänligt tannin till vinet.

Bourgogne Blanc och Cremant de Bourgogne är väldigt mycket renrasig klass för pengarna. Som Lars G säger : Clotildes Crémant är inget för veklingar med <3 g RS!

Det spanska cavahuset Gramona presenterades av Xavier Gramona.

En strålande estradör, som bl.a. genom sina utkastade frågor tvingade till eftertanke. Ett exempel: Tänk på de fem bästa mousserande viner varifrån i världen som helst. Vad har de gemensamt?

Svaret skulle bli: tiden i flaska på jästfällningen! Undra på att diverse gamla RD alltid fallit på och bakom läppen.

Gramona Enoteca Brut Nature 2001 är definitivt den bästa cava jag smakat. Trots en mångsiffrig prislapp står den sig väl mot flera prestigechampagner, möjligen bakom Bollingers RD och Selosse dito.

Etienne Sipp från det  vinhuset Louis Sipp i Alsace visade pedagogiskt mångfalden av jordarter i Ribeauvillé orsakat av upprepade jordförkastningar. Rena och fina viner med hög kon- centration.