Wine Blown: Château Cantin 2010

Food poisoning is no laughing matter, I’ll tell you that. This week was a bumpy road to an experience any wine lover (or should I say hedonist) hates, dreads, despises – something that restricts him from enjoying his desires to the fullest. For the sake of your enjoyment, I won’t get into details, but I’ll just thank da laaaawd for making this week’s Wine Blown possible in the last moment. And what a better moment than the weekend, so let’s jump right in!

Château Cantin 2010, a Right Bank Bordeaux, is showing a very nice colour here – humongously deep garnet with a chunk of sediment left in the bottle, so, automatically, here’s one more reason to finally invest in that decanter you have been putting off since last Christmas. I like to say that the nose is typical Bordeaux, i.e. that chances are very, very small to get this region wrong on a blind tasting. It’s elegant, smooth, a bit restrained, but leaving out the bullshit completely. Continue reading “Wine Blown: Château Cantin 2010”

Wine Blown: Netzl Winzersekt 2011

Having studied in Burgenland, constantly surrounded by blooming vineyards, I always flutter when somebody brings out Austrian wine. It’s like that feeling you get when you watch your favourite movie for the 28th time or see people quoting that author you thought would never become Facebook mainstream – a more charming experience every time.

Netzl Winzersekt 2011 is a damn hard wine to find, which is surprising because this producer is pretty well-known in major parts of Europe. Wine Searcher even states:

We can only find a few stores in Europe that have this wine. We have only been able to find the 2011 vintage for sale over the last month.

A friend opened this bottle for us to try at a laidback dinner and my, was I blown away by the result. Pale, almost watery yellow in the glass with a spring-water nose reminiscent of lilies, acacia, lime juice, baked almonds, brioche and waves of ripe nectarine and peach. No bottle aging notes, yet. Continue reading “Wine Blown: Netzl Winzersekt 2011”

Wine Blown: Bratanov Merlot Single Barrel 2012

Don’t worry, the first Bulgarian wine I’m going to write about is not going to be Mavrud, because realistically, no one knows what the fuck that is. Except the Bulgarians. And some wine experts that were lucky enough to get hold of this plump liquid. But today, we’re going to cover easy stuff – Merlot.

From the outside, Bratanov Merlot Single Barrel 2012 looks like something cryptic that you would keep closed in a vault until the dark forces send you a signal to open it up. What you get for aesthetics is a green bottle and a piece of carton stuck to the neck of it. No hidden messages, but only the basic information about the beverage. In the glass, the wine is gorgeous like a horse – silky, smooth texture, opulent body and serious body. Continue reading “Wine Blown: Bratanov Merlot Single Barrel 2012”

Wine Blown: Clos de l’Oratoire des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2007

Every now and then I start my article with the thought that it would be so cool to be in the epicenter of action, i.e. in the wine region I’m about to describe. Doesn’t every writer strive towards being fully inspired by his/her surroundings and bringing the reader a close to tangible experience? Of course. But hey, an apartment with a sunny view and some imagination is good enough for now. The Rhone Valley will eventually be crossed off the bucket list.

Clos de l’Oratoire des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2007 has one hell of a name and if you don’t know even a tad of French, you’re in for some laughs and confused squints. Drinking it is a whole other story. Continue reading “Wine Blown: Clos de l’Oratoire des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2007”