Travel blogger Stuart George attended a recent Disznókő tasting hosted by Christian Seely at Maze in London, and the experience left him “glowing all the way from Mayfair to Stockwell.”
While the pairings were extremely daring, George reports, the Disznókő offerings held their own beautifully. Among them: 2008 Late Harvest, 1993 Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos, 2009 Tokaji Dry Furmint, 2005 Kapi Vineyard Tokaji Aszú 6 Puttonyos, and the superb 2005 Tokaji Eszencia:
“Perhaps the rarest and most overwhelming of all sweet wines, Tokaji Eszencia is a lightly alcoholic syrup made from the small quantity of juice that drips from the Aszú grapes before they are mashed to a paste…
“…A ‘few hundred’ 500cl bottles were made of this wine – or rather grape juice – of simply astonishing sweetness, concentration and length, and one that supports the legend of Tokaji as an elixir capable of raising the ill from their bed. At any rate, I was glowing all the way from Mayfair to Stockwell.”
GrapeRadio.com has audio of Philippe Guigal’s seminar at the Hospices du Rhône a few years back. An absolutely terrific hour of insight into, as the moderator says, perhaps the greatest winery in the world today.
Jancis Robinson of the Financial Times recently published a colorful piece all about the Lurton family tree, which includes five generations of wine producers across over 30 Bordeaux châteaux. Of course, the real Lurton family story lies in brothers Jacques and François Lurton, both of whom owned and ran Jacques et François Lurton before Jacques left the family business for work as a consultant. François heads up the family’s operations in Chile, Argentina, Portugal, Spain and Bordeaux, France, leaving quite a legacy for the sixth generation of the Lurton clan.
Read more about the Lurton family history here (subscription required) or here.
Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore visited Chateau Montelena earlier this month, prepping for “day in the life” feature of the winery’s Bo Barrett and others. Look for it to air in early 2011. Until then, enjoy a few actions shots from the main event below:
Writing on jancisrobinson.com, Julia Harding, MW, offers a brief history of Quinta do Noval’s unfiltered LBV from 1993 until now under the leadership of Christian Seely. When Seely arrived in 1993, he set out to make a port that could be enjoyed earlier than traditional vintage ports, but that could also be put aside to age for 5 to 10 years.
“I was quite surprised by the longevity of these LBVs, even the 1994 was still going strong. The 2000 seemed to be particularly in need of more time to open fully and the 2004 was definitely a baby, although when I tasted it with a morsel of delicious Old Winchester (an English hard cheese made in Hampshire, it turns out), it became soft and generous and absolutely ready to drink – an indication that Seely has achieved his aim of a dual- purpose, flexible LBV.”
2004 was the first year that the LBV is comprised exclusively from grapes grown on the estate, thus becoming the Single Vineyard Unfiltered LBV. Harding’s vertical tasting of vintages back to 1994 has high praise Noval ports for their consistently lovely flavor, no matter when they are enjoyed.
Check out this fantastic documentary on Guigal and all of their work in the Rhône that aired recently on France 3. It’s in French, but large segments, particularly those looking at the global sales of the wines, are in English. The full video is here.
Yesterday’s post on Stephen Tanzer’s Winophilia points to the Dog Point Vineyard 2009 Sauvignon Blanc as the quintessential New Zealand sauvignon blanc, “with aromas of lemon grass, grapefruit pith and pepper that practically scream out their variety.”
“This concentrated, vibrant sauvignon displays a classic sauvignon herbaceousness that’s tempered by the wine’s sheer richness of grapefruit and soft citrus fruit and its almost dusty impression of extract.“
Read the rest of Tanzer’s list of New Zealand’s crisp sauvignon blancs here.
We’ve just started shipping the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 from Chateau Montelena, and are very excited to offer our first taste of what is already one of the most heralded vintages for Napa Cabernet in the last 50 years. Check out winemaker Cameron Parry giving a little insight into the vintage and the wine:
“One of the reasons this champagne is so great other than the flavor is the unique gold color which to me is a dream. It’s the perfect meal accompaniment or celebration toaster and is truly the little pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.”