Grand Cru Classe

Calon Segur Grand Cru Classe 1996

We were recently gifted with this marvellous wine – it was a tremendous pleasure to drink!
What remarkable generosity on the part of the man who gave us this bottle...!

Text from Scoring 92/100 Parker points and from the very good 1996 vintage, this lovely red wine "is opaque ruby/purple-colored, full-bodied, ferociously tannic, and crammed with fruit and extract. Made in an uncompromising, traditional style, this wine will require a decade of patience. There is plenty of sweet fruit on the attack, and while the tannins are high, they are remarkably ripe with no evidence of astringency or vegetal characteristics. This appears to be a profound, classic, muscular, and powerful Calon-Segur that will age effortlessly for 30-40 years. Readers should remember that this estate possesses one of the greatest terroirs of Bordeaux, and produced a bevy of legendary wines in the twenties, late forties, and early fifties. Since then, it has been something of a hit or miss property, but under her administration, Madame Gasqueton has produced consistently outstanding wines. The 1996, a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, was made from extremely low yields of 35 hectoliters per hectare.

We accompanied the Calon Sègur with simple but very nice Spaghetti Vongole. Prepared with fine olive oil, garlic, chillies and white wine. Thanks to Giorgio Locatelli for the hint to "total reduction" in cooking this.

Spaghetti Vongole

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Mas du Soleilla

Mas Du Soleilla
la clapemas du soleilla

This is where our favourite wine comes from: Mas du Soleilla.

Mas du Soleilla is a 24 hectare estate situated to the east of Narbonne in the small wine producing region of La Clape. Quality conscious viticulture on the part of the owners, close proximity to the Mediterranean sea and high altitude each contribute to produce low-yield, high-quality grapes from twenty year-old vines. Grenache Noir, Mourvèdre and Syrah are the principle varieties grown, although Bourboulenc and Rousanne are also cultivated for white wines. These grapes ripen slowly on gravel and limestone soils before hand-picking.

The key to Mas du Soleilla is where it's located. In close proximity to the Mediterranean, the 19 hectare estate benefits from a combination of 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, and steady, strong winds. The sunshine ripens the Syrah and Grenache to perfection, but the wind keeps things cool, providing for fine acid balance.

We could not say which is our favourite wine from Mas du Soleilla, we love them all: "Les Bartelles" and "Les Chailles" are maybe our favourite but only because the "Terre du vent" and the "Reserve" are way more expensive.

By the way they have a lovely B&B.

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Sardinian wine

We are coming to sardinia for 3 years and until recently we have not found a single wine we like. We tried so many from cheap ones to 25 euro ones. To me they are all to rough and with to much tanin.
So this time we were determined to either import wine or find a good one. For a start we bought a very nice french medoc for 14 euro. But we kept feeling bad doing this. Since we have internet here now I found out that there is a winery just around the corner with good reviews called capichera.
After trying several wines from the supermarket with little success I went to an enoteca in santa teresa di gallura and told them our problem. They gave me a cannonau which they said would convince me. I also bought the cheapest bottle from the capichera winery called Assajè. And a wine called Buio Buio only because I liked the label. The man told me that both these wines I choose were not cannonau grapes but Carignano grapes another popular grape in sardegna.
At home we tried the cannonau first and did not like it but the Buio Buio was lovely and the Assajè really really nice.

The main problem it seems is that we don't like the cannonau grape.
Both wines are not cheap the Buio Buio is 16 euro and the Assajè is 18 euro. In our local enoteca I discovered that there is also a Buio (not buio buio ) a good table wine for 8 euro.

Buio Buio

buio buio

Story of the Wine:
Isola dei Nauraghi means Island of the Nuraughi which are the small ancient stone buildings that are all over the island. This particular wine is made from the Carignano grape which is grown throughout the Mediterranean vineyards. It prefers the hot climate typical of the vineyards south west of Cagliari where Mesa has their vineyards. Mesa is a new winery with significant ambitions to show Sardinian wines at their very best.
• A rich, deep nose, reminiscent of berry fruit; followed by a palate of firm, structure, good length and a touch of vanilla to finish.
• Low yields and careful attention in winery, by Mesa, a new estate, means that Sardinia’s potential for quality can be realised. A rich, deep nose, reminiscent of berry fruit; followed by a palate of firm, structure, good length and a touch of vanilla to finish.
• Sardinia’s wines have that warmth of the climate and the character of its rugged terrain. New winery Mesa has captured that essence with the Carignano grape, which has been given extra complexity with oak ageing. A rich, deep nose, reminiscent of berry fruit; followed by a palate of firm, structure, good length and a touch of vanilla to finish.


Made from Carignano grapes vinified in stainless steel vats.
The wine is a deep ruby red in colour with clear purple hues.
The aromas are intense, persistent, refined and wide-ranging, with a long, enjoyable finish. The bouquet includes red berry fruit, must and dried roses, myrtle and eucalyptus, and lastly, spicy hints.
On the palate it is smooth and pleasantly tangy and spicy, with sweet, firm, yet soluble pulp. The aromas are full and strongly fruity: blackcurrants, ripe cherries, and brambles mingle pleasantly, and give way in the finish to a sweet almondy flavour, like morello cherry flesh.
Assajé has old-fashioned elegance, and the Carignano grape variety (used 100% in this wine) displays all its typical features in the best possible expression. The voice of the terroir emerges loud and clear, with the typical fragrance and aromas of Mediterranean scrubland, while the sweet velvety substance of the wine covers a characteristically strong body.

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Wine by the fire

There is nothing better than dinner in the garden. Our garden is an allotment located 10 minutes from our home.
Light a fire, grill some fish and open a nice bottle of wine. What more does one need?
You can also see todays harvest on that picture. 2 rondinis and a cucumber. Rondins are among my favorite vegetable. Just pirce them several times and put them in a hot oven for aprox. 40 minute. Half them and serve with butter and salt - delicious! Or try this.

But actually I wanted to say something about the wine. It's a beautiful spanish organic wine called: Gago.
Thats what it tasts like: "Possesses a beautiful projected nose of blackberries, pepper, white chocolate and cedar. Deep, rich and complex with oodles of fruit, as well as glycerin and a heady finish, this should drink well for 4-5 years." (Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate) .

We usually drink the cheaper Dehesa Gago which costs only 15 swiss franks, this is a very good price for such a nice wine.
"A stunning value. Fresh, lively, blackberry, cherry, earth and smoke aromas jump from the glass of this dark ruby/purple-hued rich, medium-bodied, supple-textured, luscious wine." (Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate)

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Mas du Soleilla Reserve 2002

The wine for the dinner was the lovely " Les Barthelles" from Mas du Soleilla.
But because of the special occasion we treated ourselves with one bottle of the Reserve 2002.
A absolutely fantastic wine !

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Chateau Haut-Blanville


Coteaux du Languedoc, Grand Cuvée, 2004 (80% Syrah). A good wine.

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Still a marvelous wine


Domaine de L'Hortus, Pic Saint Loup, Grande Cuvée. Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre. Coteaux du Languedoc, 2005

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Bündner Wein


Flaescher Pinot Noir Barrique 2005 Adank. A very good wine.

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Today's wine: Chateau La Fleur Chadenne


A very nice wine we brought home from our trip to france. Berry, vanilla palate etc.

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Côtes du Jura


Don't usually drink white wine - but this bottle of Côtes du Jura Franz gave us is lovely. Its very heavy white - almost like port or sometin'. Nice.

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