jamie goode's wine blog: Argentina, again

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Argentina, again

I seem to be covering Argentina quite a bit of late. Today was the Argentinean trade tasting at Lords, which seemed quite well attended. I caught a seminar on terroir and Malbec, which was presented by Philippe Rolet of Alta Vista.

He presented three single vineyard Malbec wines, from roughly similar altitudes, in three different vintages. The goal was to show consistent differences between the vineyards. The wines, from 2003, 2004 and 2005, were all fantastic, and all three vineyards seemed to have their own individual stamp.

But beacuse this was a 'generic' tasting, the rules were that the wines had to be shown bagged (blind). Politics. However, it was clear from the corks that these were Alta Vista's single vineyard wines, which made the bagging process rather pointless.

Chatting later to someone, their comment was that the wine business in Argentina is very political. 'Imagine Italy', they said to me, 'but ten times worse!'

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At 5:21 PM, Blogger TEAK said...

Hello - I'm TEAK

Please could you tell me who has the biggest wine budget per annum in the UK?

At 5:54 PM, Blogger Colin said...

Good to have met you today Jamie.

You would have enjoyed the afternoon seminar which was all about aromatics, anthocyanins and tannins. Oh, and the politics with the bottle bags occurred again.

At 6:14 PM, Anonymous david said...

Jamie, did you get the low down on the figures we discussed concerning the Iraqi imports

At 6:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We swilled some today didnt we brothwr

At 7:14 PM, Anonymous Al from Texas said...

Hey James - great company - loved your chat, see you soon fellow uberimbiber

At 7:34 PM, Anonymous Alistair said...

Colin, don't forget to let me have your address so I can sent you those samples????

At 10:12 PM, Anonymous Alex Layke said...

TEAK - I'd say it was Keith

At 2:01 AM, Anonymous Kevin Lewis said...

Jaime-Happy to join your Blog-

I actually love Malbec and it is nice to see that it is gaining popularity! It's too bad that you could tell the wines from the corks..Did you enjoy these wines from Alta Vista? Which others are your Malbec favs? Cheers!

At 7:45 AM, Anonymous Adam Hodge said...

I have just polished off a bottle of 1991 Weinert Cabernet Sauvignon. How does this stuff rate in your knowledge of Argentinian wines.

It was a very pleasant bottle- big but soft fruit , great length.

At 1:07 PM, Anonymous Dave Arnold @ Inbibers said...

Jamie - need the statistics you promised sooner rather than later my friend.


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