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Mundus Vini 2012

Since many years I’m judging at different international wine competitions. That’s interesting and those blind tastings are useful for the training of my nose and palate.

On this year Mundus Vini competition, the most important contest with more than 6000 samples, something happened which I never saw before! We had many wines with medal’s, not because we where not critical enough, no, the wines where just so good! In the last flight of sparkling wines (probably vintage Champagne) we had 7 wines with a Grand Gold Medal, which means 95 or more points. In international juries it’s normal to have the wines differently scored, but we had 2 sparkling wines where all the 7 members of the jury voted for Grand Gold. I had personally one sparkling with 100 points. Something not very often happened during my almost 30 years as wine professional .

Montecristo Open Eagle

Normal I prefer well stocked cigars. When I had my first Montecristo Open Eagle, since 2009 on the market, I was really surprised. The Eagle Format is 21cm long and 1.5cm wide like a Robusto. The cigar was perfectly rolled and very velvety and mild to smoke right from the beginning until to the end. At the beginning mild hey flavours and a little bit of spices. The second half was spicier, full bodied but still nice and very equal burning. A realy good Cuban cigar for beginners or for aficionados before dinner.

The Influence of the bottle size during aging Château d‘Escurac 1998

During a tasting of a half, a bottle and a magnum of Château d‘Escurac 1998 I could clearly see the difference from the bottle size on the aging process. All the bottles where stored the last then years at ideal conditions at the same place.

The half bottle was ripe with lots of chocolate, coffee and a bit of plum on the nose. The tannins where fine and silky. The wine is ready to drink and has a potential of 1 to 2 years.

The bottle had less of the aging flavors but more fruity components. The tannins where ripe but clearly present. Aging potential 2 – 4 years

The magnum was still young and fresh with more vanilla and fruit flavors. The tannins where still very present. This bottle has an aging potential from 5 to 7 years

Private consumption in Switzerland

The 7th January 2010 the analyst from CS Credit Suisse announced there prognose about a negative growth of private consumption in Switzerland for 2010. There arguments, more unemployment and less immigration.

I think like in USA or GB the privat consumption will still stay strong. Consumer say in difficult times: I like to spend some money and do me something good

Penfolds Grange 2004

Penfolds Grange 2004  

During Vinexpo in Bordeaux I could taste Grange 2004 with Winemaker Peter Gago.

Really a great wine. Very concentrated in the nose with flavors of ripe cherries, tobacco and a hint of cigar box and vanilla. Very complex, full bodied lots of ripe tannins and very long on the palate. To drink from 2012 to 2034. 97 Christen points.

Grange 1994. Delicate flavors of mint, eucalypt, chocolate and spices. Concentrated and not a bit tired! To drink from now until 2024. Unfortunately there is only one bottle left in my private cellar. 94 Christen points

I’m a bit jealous not being able to spend 600$ per bottle. Peter Gago mentioned that the wine was sold in Australia in only a few days. I’m sure in Europe are still plenty of bottles left.

In the same tasting I did appreciate very much St. Henri Shiraz 2005. Rich flavor from red berries and already a hint of chocolate. Full bodied and very long lasting. To drink now until 2025. 92 Christen points.

The potential of this wine is very high. Peter offered as well a 1991 vintage. Still very complex with flavors of truffles and leather, full bodied and long lasting. Not a bit tired.90 Christen points. The good news St. Henri Shiraz is selling for 60 to 100$

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