Dez 21 2012 Chateau Rieussec will make no 2012 vintage

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by Jane Anson in Bordeaux –  Chateau Rieussec, the Sauternes estate owned by Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) has joined Chateau d’Yquem in announcing that it will not be making a 2012 vintage wine.

DBR director Charles Chevallier told they ‘simply felt there was not sufficient juice of first wine quality to justify the production this year.’ He confirmed however they would be making a second wine, Les Carmes de Rieussec. Continue reading „ Chateau Rieussec will make no 2012 vintage“

Dez 20 2012

Olivier Bernard succeeds Sylvie Cazes as President of the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux!

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olivier_bernardThe board of the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux met on the 18th of December and thanked Sylvie Cazes warmly for her accomplishments during her four years as President of the organization.

Sylvie Cazes increased the number of tastings abroad with members of the UGCB and innovated by introducing such new markets as Brazil and India. She also focused her attention directly on consumers. Thanks to her impetus, the Week-end des Grands Crus now attracts some 1,800 wine enthusiasts from around the world to Bordeaux, and the number of events organized abroad in conjunction with wine importers and distributors has increased significantly. Today the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux offers their 134 members the opportunity to take part in more than 80 international events a year, attended by some 35,000 trade professionals and journalists as well as 11,000 consumers.

The members of the board unanimously elected Olivier Bernard to succeed Sylvie Cazes as president. This well-known figure from the Pessac-Léognan appellation, where he manages the family estate, Domaine de Chevalier, is also the Managing Director of the family firm Financière Bernard (Lucien Bernard, Millesima, Sobovi, Wine&Co, etc.). Said M. Bernard Continue reading „Olivier Bernard succeeds Sylvie Cazes as President of the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux!“

Dez 19 2012 Chateau d’Yquem will not make 2012 vintage

Tag: Weingütersigi.hiss @ 11:33

joy of terroir, terroir, by Chris Mercer – Chateau d’Yquem has pulled out of making a Sauternes in 2012 after the vintage failed a post-harvest taste test.

‚Prepared to not make a vintage‘: Yquem

The LVMH-owned Sauternes first growth confirmed to that ‚there will be no Chateau d’Yquem in the 2012 vintage‘.

It is the first time in 20 years that the chateau has made such a call.

‚This is a very difficult decision, but the tasting of the harvest confirmed that the level of quality is not satisfactory to become Yquem,‘ said chateau spokeswoman Valérie Lailheugue.

A late start to this year’s harvest meant that all Sauternes producers were already under pressure, but poor weather in October proved too much for many grapevines to handle. Continue reading „ Chateau d’Yquem will not make 2012 vintage“

Dez 18 2012


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Etiquette MR 2010 specimenEvery year since 1945, a great artist has created an original artwork for the Château Mouton Rothschild label. Thus, on the initiative of the Château’s owners, the most famous names are brought together in a collection to which a new work is added each year. The commission to illustrate the 2010 vintage was given by Baroness Philippine de Rothschild to the American sculptor Jeff Koons, born in York (Pennsylvania) in 1955 and a leading figure of contemporary art.

In the vein of Pop Art and kitsch, Koons takes familiar objects and uses a wide variety of techniques to illuminate them with colours, distort and recreate them. For a time he was the world’s most expensive living artist, while the exhibition of his works at the Château de Versailles in 2008 aroused high passions. Koons also revisits Antiquity, as with this Birth of Venus, a fresco from Pompeii, which his silver drawing turns into a Venus with Vessel – both the cup which holds and the ship which, under a bright sun, bears off into the distance an exquisite wine…Surely Mouton Rothschild 2010!

A Premier Cru Classé, Château Mouton Rothschild comprises 84 hectares (207 acres) of vines at Pauillac in the Médoc, planted with the varieties typical of the region: Cabernet Sauvignon (83%), Merlot (14%) and Cabernet Franc (3%). This First Growth benefits from exceptionally favourable natural conditions, in the quality of the soil, the position of its vines and their exposure to the sun. Combining a respect for tradition with the latest technology, from grape to bottle it receives meticulous attention from highly skilled winemakers and vinegrowers responsible foreach parcel of the estate. The grapes are harvested by hand in small open baskets, sorted on vibrating tables and vinified in oak vats, after which the wine is matured in new oak casks.


2010 was a dry and relatively cool year, with an ideal amount of sunshine and a few showers at just the right time, in mid-June and early September. A dry and cool spring was followed by a generally dry summer with some very hot spells. The harvest took place in excellent conditions between 28 September and 13 October. Naturally concentrated, the grapes were small and their juice, rich and highly coloured, displayed good acidity. The wine is a dark and intense red with a blueish tint. With Cabernet Sauvignon predominant, it displays a complex range of aromas. From lightly toasted vanilla notes, the nose opens with airing to reveal fruit aromas, especially blackcurrant and black cherry. Powerful and well-integrated tannins reveal exceptional depth and roundness on the palate, ending on a fresh and mineral finish. Length, elegance, harmony: Mouton Rothschild 2010 promises to be a remarkable vintage – and a worthy successor to the 2009!


Dez 14 2012

Eiswein in Deutschlands wärmster Region konnte geerntet werden

Tag: Regionen,Weingütersigi.hiss @ 17:13

Weinbauern in Baden und Württemberg freuen sich über die frostigen Nächte: An mehreren Orten im Land ist am frühen Donnerstagmorgen Eiswein geerntet worden. Gefrorene und mit Eis bedeckte Trauben wurden auch in der wärmsten Region Deutschlands, dem Kaiserstuhl in Südbaden, von den Reben geschnitten.

Beim Kaiserstühler Winzerverein in Oberrotweil bei Vogtsburg im Kreis Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald seien 500 Liter Eiswein mit einem Zuckergehalt von 180 Grad Oechsle aus den Trauben gepresst worden, sagte Kellermeister Leopold Laible. Gelesen wurden die Trauben bei minus neun Grad. Die Helfer hatten sich dafür dickt eingepackt.

Bereits in den Nächsten zuvor wurde Eiswein geerntet, wie der Geschäftsführer des Badischen Weinbauverbandes in Freiburg, Peter Wohlfarth, sagte. Dies gilt auch für Württemberg. Eiswein wird wegen seiner extremen Süße besonders als Dessertwein geschätzt. (dpa/lsw)

Dez 11 2012

Robert Parker: Anteile am “ The Wine Advocate“ verkauft

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Sigi Hiss – Robert Parker & sein „The Wine Advocate“ gehen den Weg in die Zukunft nicht mehr alleine. Es wurden substanzielle Anteile an 3 asiatische Investoren verkauft, welche die finanzielle Leitung übernehmen sollen. Namen der 3 sind nicht publiziert worden. Neuer Geschäftssitz der Publikation wird Singapur werden. Als neue Chefredakteurin wird Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW die Publikation fungieren. Robert Parker betont, dass er Mitbesitzer und CEO bleiben wird.

Umgestellt wird wohl auch die mediale Form des „The Wine Advocate“ werden. Von der reinen Printausgabe geht man den Weg hin zu einer Art Email-Newsletter für die rund 50.000 Abonnenten. Über den Amazon-Store wird es zusätzlich dazu noch eine Kindleversion geben. Anzeigenfrei bleibt der Wine Advocate auch nicht mehr, es soll Werbung geschaltet werden können. Jedoch keine von Weingütern oder Wein-Vertriebsorganisationen.

Dez 10 2012 Vranken-Pommery spends E37m buying new vineyards

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by Richard Woodard – Champagne group Vranken-Pommery Monopole has spent more than €37m increasing its vineyard holdings with the purchase of five companies in Vranken Pommerythe region, including Bissinger & Co.

The deals, for a total of €37.6m, include the acquisition of Bissinger’s Domaine du Montchenois, a 22-hectare vineyard on the Massif de Saint-Thierry, north-west of Reims, and supply contracts covering some 228ha of vines in total.

Vranken-Pommery said Bissinger was the primary focus of the acquisitions, which also include traditional broker GV Courtage, SC du Pequigny – the owner of 2.6ha of vineyards in the southern Aube area – and CDA Gmbh, the agency which handles Vranken-Pommery and Bissinger products in eastern Europe.

‘These acquisitions will enable the company to streamline its organisation and flows, improve the security of its grape supplies … integrate the additional margin linked to a flow of 2m bottles a year, have in its possession a single, uninterrupted domaine of over 20ha in Champagne,’ said the company, which owns the Pommery, Vranken and Heidsieck Monopole brands. It financed the purchases with a capital increase of €42.5m, using the remainder of the funds to strengthen its financial structure.

Dez 10 2012

VDP: Mitgliederzuwachs an der Saar

Tag: Regionen,Weingütersigi.hiss @ 17:10

Weingut Peter Lauer verstärkt den Großen Ring des VDP Mosel-Saar-Ruwer

Ab Januar 2013 wird das Weingut Peter Lauer aus Ayl an der Saar in den Großen Ring des VDP Mosel-Saar-Ruwer aufgenommen. Mit dem 14. Neuzugang des Großen Rings seit 1990 steigt die Mitgliederzahl im VDP Mosel-Saar-Ruwer auf 33 Prädikatsweingüter an.

Nach einem Önologie-Studium an der Ecole Nationale in Montpellier/Frankreich hat Florian Lauer 2005 begonnen, Verantwortung in seinem seit 1830 bestehenden Familienweingut zu übernehmen. Gleich in seinem zweiten Jahrgang wurde er vom Gault Millau WeinGuide für den besten feinherben Riesling Deutschlands ausgezeichnet. Eine Vielzahl weiterer Auszeichnungen folgte. Die langjährige Kontinuität auf sehr hohem Niveau war dann auch der von Kollegen meistgenannte Grund für die Aufnahme in den Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter. Continue reading „VDP: Mitgliederzuwachs an der Saar“

Dez 10 2012

Eisweinlese beginnt

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Bis Weihnachten sind es zwar noch ein paar Tage, aber auf dem Weinberg im Rheingau ist bereits Bescherung. «Das ist perfekt, es kommt kein Saft raus, es ist eine homogene Masse», sagt Dirk Würtz und kaut auf einer tiefgefrorenen Traube herum. Mit einem kräftigen Ruck reißt er in der Nacht zum zweiten Advent eine weitere frostbedeckte Folie an einem Weinstock auf und schaut hinein. Überall kleine, funkelnde Weintrauben.

«40 Liter würde ich hier heute gerne ernten», sagt Würtz, Betriebsleiter des Weinguts Balthasar Ress in Hattenheim im Rheingau. Sein Atem steigt dampfend in die sternenklare Nacht hinauf, als er sagt: «Die schaffen wir heute Nacht auf jeden Fall.»
Continue reading „Eisweinlese beginnt“

Dez 07 2012 Inside the First Growths Part 3

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Bordeaux first growths 1855A lasting legacy

All five histories are finely intertwined. At key moments in their development, a handful of owners controlled them. For almost the entire 18th century, just two families – the Ségurs and Pontacs (and later Fumels) – owned all four original first growths. And for two years, from 1718 to 1720, when de Ségur also bought Mouton, all five châteaux had their fates, and their commercial directions, dictated by these two key dynasties.

The role that politics played in their ascendancy became clear, but it is their geographical position, their terroir and their obsessional detail that really set them apart. Lafite stands at the highest point of Pauillac, with some of the deepest gravel of the appellation. Latour has some of the most exceptional terroir in all of Bordeaux within its 47 hectares of the walled L’Enclos. Mouton was the site of some of the great leaps forward for Bordeaux wine over the past four centuries, and its Continue reading „ Inside the First Growths Part 3“

Dez 06 2012

Laurent-Perrier: Erfolgreich aus der Reserve gelockt

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Sigi Hiss –  Siècle aus dem Französischen übersetzt, bedeutet soviel wie Jahrhundert oder Zeitalter. Ganz besonders ist damit aber in Frankreich das 17. Jahrhundert gemeint. Diese Periode mit Schloss Versailles als symbolträchtiges Wahrzeichen gilt als glorreiche Zeitgeschichte Frankreichs, dem damals mächtigsten Staat Europas. Grand Siècle La Cuvée ist ganz simpel der Ausdruck des bestmöglichen Champagner des Hauses Laurent-Perrier. Zum 200 jährigen Jubiläum kitzelte man noch letzte Reserven an Exklusivität und Qualität heraus und es entstand der „Les Réserves Grand Siècle“. Zu gleichen Teilen aus Pinot Noir und Chardonnay und den Jahrgängen 1999, 1993 und 1995 assembliert.

Continue reading „Laurent-Perrier: Erfolgreich aus der Reserve gelockt“

Dez 05 2012 Inside the First Growths Part 2

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Power in unityFirst Growths, Bordeaux First Growths, . I did not want to write a standard history of the estates, in which each was treated separately. I wanted to write an overview linking all five, to understand the moments when they became more powerful by working together and to trace some of the more difficult moments in their histories. It was going to be a delicate political dance.

I considered including all first growths of Bordeaux – which means also Châteaux d’Yquem, Ausone, Cheval Blanc and Pétrus – but the book would have become unwieldy in terms of size, and the stories of the other châteaux were not linked in the same way. Until the 19th century, Left Bank and Right Bank Bordeaux were different worlds, without even a bridge across the Garonne in Bordeaux city to allow for easy access between the two. Yquem, however, was tough to leave out, because it was crowned in the same ranking as the reds – and famously placed one ranking higher than them. But I decided Sauternes had its own, very different story, and the book needed to be focused if it was going to work. All nine are in the book, because they have a joint research and development club, mainly led by the châteaux’s technical directors, working with oenology students at the University of Bordeaux. But the heart of the story is the Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant reds of the Left Bank. Continue reading „ Inside the First Growths Part 2“

Dez 05 2012 Montalcino rallies round as Soldera’s Brunellos are destroyed

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by Kerin O’Keefe –  Vandals have destroyed thousands of litres of ageing Brunello in the cellars of cult producer Gianfranco Soldera.Soldera cellar

The cellars at Soldera’s Case Basse estate in Montalcino were broken into and the taps opened on all of his Brunello barrels, draining the every litre of vintages from 2007 to 2012 – more than 600 hectolitres (60,000 litres) of ageing wine. No bottles, nor any valuables were taken or damaged.

Most observers assume this was a personal attack on Soldera (pictured), one of the most outspoken Brunello producers and a staunch advocate of the rule that allows only 100% Sangiovese in the blend.

Fellow producers and their consorzio, shocked at the crime, are rallying behind him.

‘When the news broke late yesterday, I called Soldera to offer solidarity,’ Fabrizio Bindocci, managing director of Il Poggione and president of the Brunello Consorzio, told

‘I was pleased to find the usual Soldera: driven, determined and tough. He told me right out, “I’ll get through this. I’m not giving up and I’m not beaten”,’ Bindocci said.

Although Montalcino’s producers are notoriously individualistic and tight-lipped, they are dropping their usual reserve.

‘I’ve already received phone calls from numerous producers offering their support for Soldera and asking what they can do to help. In a situation like this, where an act of cowardice of this magnitude has been inflicted on another producer, we are rallying together like a family for Soldera. And we would do the same for any of our producers,’ Bindocci added.

Soldera’s annual production of 15,000 bottles of Brunello di Montalcino, almost always designated Riservas after five and six years ageing, are among the most sought-after and expensive bottlings in the denomination.

[Images: Paolo Tenti]

Dez 05 2012 Inside the First Growths: Part 1

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by Jane Anson – Decanter’s Bordeaux correspondent, Jane Anson, followed the five estates for a year, enjoying privileged access to compile the first ever book on their Bordeaux legendslegendshistory and modus operandi. Here, she gives a unique insight into the ties that bind these legendary châteaux.

The invitation that landed in my letterbox sometime in March came from a new sommelier school to be opened later this year by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) of Bordeaux. It was to a dinner, which was being held to officially announce the new school, at the Salon Bleu, in the 18th century headquarters of the CCI on Place de la Bourse in the town centre.
The name would have meant nothing to most of the invitees, but I was at the end of an 18-month period spent researching and writing about the 1855 first growth châteaux. I had a feeling that the Salon Bleu was at the heart of their story. Continue reading „ Inside the First Growths: Part 1“

Dez 05 2012 Bordeaux launches winemaker and estate matchmaking service

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by Jane Anson in Bordeaux –  The Bordeaux government is launching a new initiative to match young winemakers looking to buy their first estate with properties owned by older winemakers approaching retirement. The plans come from the French national land agency, SAFER, together with the Ministry of Agriculture in the Gironde: the idea is to help the estimated 1,000 vineyard owners who are over 55 and do not have a succession plan in place. Continue reading „ Bordeaux launches winemaker and estate matchmaking service“

Dez 05 2012

Deutschlandpremiere: Piper-Heidsieck präsentiert ausgezeichnete Prestige Cuvée Rare 2002

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Jüngst von der anspruchsvollen Jury der IWC London zum sechsten Mal in Folge als „Sparkling Winemaker of the Year“ ausgezeichnet, zeigt sich in der neuen Piper-Heidsieck Prestige Cuvée Rare 2002 das ganze Können von Kellerchef Régis Camus: Nach sieben Jahren auf der Hefe hat der Champagner eine raffiniert seidige Textur und entwickelt Noten von Frühlingsblüten und exotischen Gewürzen. Das honorieren auch renommierte Weinführer wie der Wine Spectator: Hier wurde der Rare 2002 aktuell mit 95 von 100 möglichen Punkten ausgezeichnet.

Reims, Dezember 2012. Ein reichhaltiger Körper, außergewöhnliche Finesse und eine meisterhaft ausbalancierte Säure – diese Attribute schreibt der Wine Spectator der kürzlich vorgestellten Jahrgangscuvée von Piper-Heidsieck zu. Und auch auf anderen Weinwettbewerben wurde der Rare 2002 bereits hoch gelobt: MUNDUSvini 2012 zeichnete den Champagner mit der großen Goldmedaille aus, und der Weinführer Gilbert & Gaillard vergab 97 von 100 möglichen Punkten. Seit Herbst dieses Jahres ist der Spitzenschaumwein, der mit Reinheit und einem herausragend mineralischen Charakter brilliert und Noten von Birne, gerösteter Haselnuss, Brioche, exotischem Sandelholz, Zitrusfrüchten, weißer Kirsche und Kumquat aufweist, in Deutschland erhältlich. Continue reading „Deutschlandpremiere: Piper-Heidsieck präsentiert ausgezeichnete Prestige Cuvée Rare 2002“