Apr 10 2012 Neusiedlersee is Austria’s latest appellation

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by Richard Woodard – Neusiedlersee has been named as the latest DAC appellation in Austria – completing the family of DACs in Burgenland and the first to focus on the Zweigelt grape variety. From vintage 2011, wines can be released under the Neusiedlersee or Neusiedlersee Reserve DACs, alongside Burgenland’s existing DAC appellations: Mittelburgenland, Leithaberg and Eisenberg.

Straight Neusiedlersee wines should be ‘variety-typical, spicy and harmonious’, made up of 100% Zweigelt, matured in steel or oak and at least 12% abv. Meanwhile, Neusiedlersee Reserve wines can be pure Zweigelt or a blend consisting of at least 60% Zweigelt, with the remainder made up of indigenous varieties. The Reserve wines must be matured in traditional big wooden casks or in barriques, with a minimum abv of 13% stated on the label.

Zweigelt is Austria’s best-known red grape variety and the most widely planted grape in Burgenland, with 1,812ha under vine. ‘Through the new Neusiedlersee DAC, fruitiy and harmonious red wines marked by local climate and soil characteristics should be emphasised and their level of awareness raised,’ said Andreas Liegenfeld, head of Burgenland’s regional wine committee. Austria created the DAC (Districtus Austriae Controllatus) designation in 2003, with other DACs across the country including Weinviertel, Traisental, Kremstal and Kamptal.

Apr 10 2012 Bordeaux 2011 – Price is ’single factor‘ of vintage, say merchants

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by Adam Lechmere – As the UK wine trade makes its way back from Bordeaux they are more preoccupied with price than at any time since the 2008 vintage. At this stage of the week there are points on which most agree. Few would argue that the vintage is not ‘mixed, to say the least,’ as Neil Sommerfelt MW of Jeroboams said. But, he added, ‘when they are good they are very good.’

Decanter’s consultant editor Steven Spurrier has his reservations about certain wines and communes but his overall summing up is that the left bank has produced ‘a classic claret. They are straightforward, very good wines, perfectly expressive of their chateau.’ Continue reading „ Bordeaux 2011 – Price is ’single factor‘ of vintage, say merchants“

Apr 10 2012 Herve Berland moves to Chateau Montrose

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by Jane Anson in Bordeaux – Herve Berland, managing director of Mouton Rothschild since 2006, and with the Rothschild family since 1977, will be heading to Chateau BerlandMontrose after his retirement from the Pauillac First Growth.

Berland was at Mouton during the 2011 en primeur tastings, and understands he will be starting his new job today, Tuesday April 10. Berland’s decision to join Montrose, just a few kilometres away from Mouton in Saint Estèphe, will confirm the Second Growth’s habit of attracting former First Growth directors to its 94 hectares

Jean-Bernard Delmas, formerly director of Chateau Haut-Brion, has been in charge of the property since the Bouygues brothers, Martin and Olivier, bought it in 2006. Delmas retired last year.

Nicolas Glumineau, technical director of Montrose, told, ‘Montrose has the terroir of a First Growth, and we certainly look to challenge them each year. Mr Berland will provide the continuity in terms of our search for excellence, Continue reading „ Herve Berland moves to Chateau Montrose“