Mrz 25 2010

FRANCE: Moet Hennessy staff on strike

Tag: Weingütersigi.hiss @ 21:29

Stuart Todd – A strike by staff at LVMH-owned Moët Hennessy Champagne et Services (MHCS) has entered its second week after talks between unions and the company ended in deadlock. Around 1,100 staff in vineyards, production and administration are supporting the strike, according to the CGT trade union. Action began on 17 March following a dispute over pay.

“MHCS came into effect at the start of 2010 with management claiming that it was strictly a way of simplifying operating structures within the Champagne division,” CGT union branch secretary, Patrick Leroy, told just-drinks today (25 March).

“However, we fear it could lead to rationalisation, with a knock-on effect on jobs, wages and working conditions,” he said. MHCS groups Champagne brands Moët et Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Ponsardin, Krug, Ruinart and Mercier.

“We are demanding a 2% increase in salaries and a bonus as a consequence of the creation of MHCS of EUR1,500 per worker,” said Leroy. MHCS was not available for comment.

Mrz 25 2010

FRANCE: Bordeaux hails near-perfect vintage

Tag: Regionensigi.hiss @ 21:27 editorial team – Bordeaux’s wine trade body has labelled conditions for the 2009 vintage as „almost perfect“. The most recent grape season and harvest „met, almost perfectly, the five conditions required for a great red Bordeaux vintage“, said trade body the CIVB today (25 March).

Its high praise will heighten expectation among buyers following a series of harvests that, while by no means disastrous, have failed to live up to a critically acclaimed 2005.
The CIVB’s five conditions for a perfect textbook vintage involve early flowering and fruit-set in warm, dry weather, early colour change, good ripening throughout August and September and dry weather for harvest.

The 2005 vintage met these conditions „perfectly“, the CIVB said. „So, will 2009 be a textbook vintage like 2005? This will certainly be the case in many vineyards, but probably not all,“ it added.

Mrz 25 2010

Wine Country sounds alarm over grapevine moth

Tag: Oenologie,Regionensigi.hiss @ 21:11

Peter Fimrite, Chronicle Staff Writer

Monica Cooper, Napa County's viticulture farm adviser, fi... Officials have put 162 square miles of county land under ... The discovery of the European grapevine moth in Napa Coun...

The monster that is threatening to turn premium Napa Valley wine into rotting slime was quickly plucked out from underneath the peeling bark of a grapevine.

The white cocoon containing the beast was barely large enough to cover biologist Monica Cooper’s fingertip, but its presence is no more welcome in Wine Country than pod people from outer space.

Hundreds, possibly thousands, of European grapevine moths are now emerging from cocoons in dozens of vineyards in the heart of the world famous wine-growing region. It is the first time the pest has ever been seen in North America. Continue reading „Wine Country sounds alarm over grapevine moth“

Mrz 25 2010

Super Tuscan’s Degustation – Der Bericht

Tag: Reife Weine,Weingütersigi.hiss @ 15:17

Sigi Hiss – Der Bericht der Super Tuscan’s Degustation ist nun endlich fertig. Mit einem Fragezeichen hinter Sassicaia. Aber lesen sie selbst. Über gegenteilige sowie zustimmende Meinungen, freue ich mich ebenfalls.

Mrz 25 2010

Leoville Las Cases releases second wine

Tag: Weingütersigi.hiss @ 13:29

Leoville-Las-Cases by James Lawrence – Bordeaux second growth Chateau Leoville Las Cases has released its second wine, Le Petit Lion du Marquis de Las Cases.  The release of the wine, from the 2007 vintage and priced at €16.20 a bottle, was announced yesterday.
Le Petit Lion will be produced from younger vines from both of the estate’s established vineyards, and is intended to be approachable from an early age, the 2007 containing 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Yorick D’Alton of the Delon family, owners of the chateau said, ‚To preserve qualitatively the Grand Vin, Chateau Leoville Las Cases decided to create a second wine with the 2007 vintage. ‚As a second wine it is easier to drink, and you can drink it earlier. It has a significant presence – over 50% – of Merlot.‘  The property said that it expected to release about 2000 cases a year.

Until recently, the estate had produced two wines, Leoville Las Cases and Clos de Marquis. No further details on the release of the 2008 and 2009 wines have been announced.

Mrz 25 2010

New ‚atomic bomb‘ test can detect vintage fraud

Tag: Allgemeinessigi.hiss @ 13:27

by Maggie Rosen – Radioactive carbon dioxide can help detect vintage fraud, Australian scientists say. In a study presented to the American Chemical Society meeting in San Francisco this week, Dr Graham Jones of the University of Adelaide showed that measuring the amount of C-14 – or radiocarbon – in a wine can help determine whether it is really from the vintage stated on the label.

Between the 1940s and 1960s, atomic testing released C-14 into the atmosphere, which has since been diluted by CO2 from burning fossil fuels.

Mrz 25 2010

ProWein – Entdeckung 2

Tag: Weingütersigi.hiss @ 13:19

Sigi Hiss – Das Weingut Schwarzer Adler in Oberbergen/ Kaiserstuhl ist mit Sicherheit keine Entdeckung im eigentlichen Sinne! Die Linie Weingutsweine (weißes Etikett), welche ich auf der ProWein probiert habe, ist erstaunlich, in vielerlei Hinsicht. Wie ich schon oft erwähnt habe, ist es heutzutage so, dass viele von Eleganz & Finesse sprechen, erzählen oder schreiben – was dann bevorzugt wird, ist dann meisten eine andere Geschichte.

Die „weiße Linie“ des Schwarzen Adlers ist schmeckbar mit moderatem Alkoholgehalt ausgebaut, trocken bis teilweise knochentrocken. Dabei geht weder Dichte oder Substanz verloren, Aromatik flöten oder ein gewisses Reifepotenzial ist schon nach „5 Tagen“ aufgebraucht. Nein absolut nicht. Continue reading „ProWein – Entdeckung 2“