Western Living, a Canadian magazine, gives Poggio al Tufo’s Rompicollo an enthusiastic review in their Wine Pick section – we love the statement, “Finding Italian wines that will be loved by all palates and are great vintage after vintage is easy. Finding the ones that do that for under $40 that a trick—under $25 and you should be knighted.” Click on the icon below to read the full review!
At the “Portuguese Wine Oscars” a few weeks ago, Quinta do Noval was named the Port producer of the year. A great honor, and like us, you may not take the term “Wine Oscars” literally – and like us you would be wrong!
Below is a menu from a Commanderie de Bordeaux dinner that Fred Ek recently attended in Boston. He supplied many of the (incredible) wines from his own cellar, and poured blind with Chateau Cheval Blanc 1952 and Chateau Pavie 1952 a “Mystery Wine” that turned out to be Chateau Recougne 1952. Two of the titans of the right bank against a humble Bordeaux Superieur – the clear consenus was that the Recougne was outstanding, far superior to the Pavie and not behind the Cheval Blanc. Pretty amazing.
If you click on the menu you can download the PDF.
Winner of the 2010 Competition for Best Sommlier in the World, Luca Gardini has published a book titled the “Encylopedia of Wine”, which includes a classification of the Top 100 Producers and 3,000 Best Wines in the World. The top 50 wines of his list have been released, and the #1 wine is Quinta do Noval Nacional 2003! See here for more details and the full list.
The Wine & Spirits 2012 Restaurant Poll was just released, and Guigal and Tommasi have made a very strong showing this year! Guigal was named the #1 Rhone Brand and #11 French Brand, with Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Côtes du Rhône appearing as their top wine wines in the survey. Tommasi was named the #1 Veneto Brand and #13 Italian Brand, with their Amarone Classico and Poggio Al Tufo Cabernet Sauvignon most represented on restaurants lists. Take a look!
Market Watch/Wall Street Journal calls Mitolo Jester Vermentino the perfect aperitif, in the context of the new face Australia is putting forward. 10% alcohol, fresh and irresistible – click on the Market Watch icon below to see the article, and Page 2 to see the commentary on Jester Vermentino.
Christian Seely elaborates on how his team goes about putting together the Mas Belles Eaux wines, here doing the blending for the 2011 vintages. He is deeply involved in the winemaking of all the AXA properties – Quinta do Noval, Chateau Pichon Baron, Chateau Suduiraut – as is Technical Director Daniel Llose. Their experience and skill in growing and making wine at several of the top properties throughout the world is invaluable in creating wines at Mas Belles Eaux that reflect the superb terroir of this estate, and show how serious and great wines from this area can be.