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Saturday, October 13, 2007

I love wine!

Some bottles opened last night, and continued tonight, remind me why I do what I do: I love wine!

First of all, a couple of Gruner Veltliner. Lenz Moser's Laurenz V Sophie 2006 is a wine that we've consumed 15 bottles of in the Goode household since summer. It's brilliant for the price - around £5 on special from Tesco - and we have six more arriving next week. But a step up is the Stadt Krems Gruner Veltliner Weinzierlberg 2006, which is one of the most enjoyable whites I've had in a while. It's aromatic, full, generous, well balanced, lively and quite thrilling. This is GV at its very best, and just under £10 from Averys. I must buy some.

Then a really good Bordeaux: Chateau Brown 2004 Pessac Leognan. This is deep, minerally, gravelly, savoury and quite tight, with lovely dense dark fruit hemmed in by firm tannins, good acidity and a touch of oak. Pretty serious stuff, definitely in classed growth league, and which is a good four or five years off its peak. Again, this is a wine that had me on wine-searcher looking to see where I can get some. Unfortunately, none available in the UK...

The picture is of the closure used to seal the Stadt Krems GV. It's a Vino-Lok, which is a glass stopper with a plastic ring doing the business of sealing, covered in a metal cap. I'm not sure about Vino-Loks: they look good, and feel nice to open (no special tool is required), but plastic allows diffusion of oxygen, and it is plastic that is making the seal. Besides, they're really expensive compared with screwcaps and Diam, their main competitors.

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At 9:28 PM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

Did you see that Chris Kissack reviewed Chateau Brown earlier this year?


Sounds like one for a dreaded consortium!

At 9:30 PM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

Er, what am I (or you for that matter!) talking about?

Wine Searcher claims that both Albany Vintners and Nickolls & Perks (two of my favourite claret suppliers) have it.

At 6:14 AM, Blogger Jan-Tore Egge said...

I too love the Stadt Krems Grüner Veltliner Weinzierlberg. I recently had the 2004 in a restaurant and thought it was slightly tired. I'm not sure if it was the wine, the seal or even my mood, but to me it seemed a far cry from the fresh 2006 I'm enjoying at home these days.

At 12:52 PM, Blogger Mike Tommasi said...


certain plastics are good enough to stop hydrogen molecules, which are very small, so oxygen is no problem. Polyvinylidene chloride (PVDC) is one such substance (it used to be the base for Saran film).



At 2:55 PM, Anonymous Ben Coffman said...

Following on fronm Alex' comments, Chateau Brown rouge is only £95 per case IB at Albany.

About that consortium, Alex...

At 11:33 AM, Blogger Nickolls And Perks said...

Chateau Brown 2003 is much better than the 2004.
Available http://www.nickollsandperks.co.uk/details.asp?prodid=11139603BCB

Treat yourself for Christmas!

At 1:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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