sabato 27 ottobre 2012

Montagne de Reims

Montagne terroir is rich in chalk a type of  limestone derived from the deposition of tiny life-forms on the bed of the sea which a millennia ago was in this area, thus give a Champagne Ardenne an extraordinary characteristic from his wine especially in Ambonnay, Trepail and Bouzy. Minerality and saltiness drive the wine from that area. Lately have been taste two different R.M. from this part of Champagne from Trepail David Leclapart and from Ambonnay Egly Ouriet.
Leclapart a blanc de blanc Apotrè from Trepail
David believe in the respect from life so his wine are pure and simply, the use of barrel is primordial, traditional pressing and the adding of sulphur as discreet as possible, indigenous yeast, no insemination with lactic acid bacteria. The racking and bottling are performed according to the rhythms of the moon. The malolactic fermentation is systematic because it allows to stabilize the wines and limit the use of sulfur.  Certified by Ecocert in Europe.
His wines are complex and subtle thats what i find on it, developed with time, texturally and refined, mouth fully and full of rhythm; like listen and album of ECM in the 90'.
The second one was Egly Ouriet with is premier cru a Vrigny 100% pinot meunier maybe one of the first producer to bet in the third grapes of champagne just 2 hectare of vineyard made a beatiful gold champagne with toasty characteristic and honey scent very long and completely minerality a very food champagne, I loved....

sabato 20 ottobre 2012

Sauvignon blanc

is certainly the white varieties most important and popular, along with Chardonnay in the whole world, which make some of the best white wines in the world. It is good to specify Blanc, because there are different varieties of it, mostly depending on the color of the grapes, Sauvignon Gris and Rosé (which gives the wines a good body), appreciated in the Bordeaux and Loire. There are Sauvignon Jaune, Noir, Violet and  the last is Sauvignon Vert or Sauvignonasse considered related to the Friulano or Tocai in Italy, very popular in Chile (less abstract, more rustic, less potential aging ). It is a grape with penetrating aroma, which allows the immediate recognition, the typical scents: gooseberries, nettles, moss and cat pee (characteristics that are best expressed in Sancerre and central areas of the Loire). In California, Australia and New Zealand has been tested with fermentation and aging in oak resulting in wines more complex, but with the loss of the freshness and aroma that have rightly made ​​him famous. However, with this method, thanks to careful selection in the vineyard and better calibrated dosages of wood, made a great Sauvignon capable of long aging. Accompanied by Sémillon and Muscadelle produce in Sauternes one of the greatest sweet wines in the world, with great longevity. Very vigorous plant, needs good pruning to avoid excessive vegetative growing. In Italy, even today, the best Sauvignon are produced in Friuli and Alto Adige,  almost all matured in stainless steel.

venerdì 5 ottobre 2012

A pinot noir for Alsace by Albert Mann,
500 horn manure
501 horn silica
502 Yarrow
503 Chamomile
504 Stinging Nettle
505 Oak Bark
506 Dandelion
507 valerian
508 Equisetum Casuarina
This number there are all the different homemade compost which Albert Mann apparently using to fertilized his vineyards to balance the atmosphere and the biodiversity in the land.
Also only using "selection massale" which consist in high quality vines, to maintain diversity.
After several months of fermentation, the wines remain in contact with their lees to stabilize them naturally, every thing is in according with moon for more energy and vitality.
Clos de Faille is a beatiful Pinot noir from Alsace made in a beautiful manner i loved this 2009.
Thanks to the Mann family