Tag: sweet wines

A grape bunch, semillon, partially attacked by noble rot (botrytis), Sauternes, Bordeaux

A master of noble sweet wines: Château Raymond-Lafon

Château Raymond-Lafon, the chateau and wine estate of the Meslier family, is next door to the legendary Château d’Yquem. Only a few meters apart, the vineyards differ and both chateaux have the same strict selection

Chateau Cloche Tokaji Barrique Cuvée 2011

There is a Tokaji to suit every taste

Could it be that Tokaji is more than “just” sweet botrytis with points (puttonyos)? After a tasting of a number of Chateau Cloche’s products, I can say that the answer to that question is YES!

Tokaj bottles waiting to mature. 1999, 5 puttonyos Aszu

New rules in Tokaj: puttonyos no more

An era is gone in the Hungarian wine region of Tokaj. Many of you probably remember Tokaj Aszú with its different number of puttonyos. It could be 3, 4, 5 or even 6. The more

Semillon grapes, affected by noble rot (botrytis), Sauternes, Bordeaux

Sauternes wine and foie gras, a winning combination

What a great combination. A company that sells foie gras buys a Sauternes château. The château is famous Château Rayne Vigneau. The buyer is Trésor du Patrimoine, a company that sells foie gras as well

Pantelleria. A drop in the Mediterranean

“Are we in Iraq?”, asks a fellow traveller, looking out the car window. “I think it looks like Tunisia,” says another. “Are we in the right place?”, asks number three. Yes, we are in the

The vineyards at Chateau d'Yquem, Sauternes

Sauternes – the death of a myth

It is sad when something you have always believed in turns out to be false. I suppose I am not the only one having learned early on that the fog that causes noble rot in

Alsace – dry or sweet?

We have probably all experienced a bottle of wine from Alsace that did not go well with the food we served. The reason being, for the most part, that the wine was sweeter than we

No Château d’Yquem 2012

There will be no 2012 vintage of Château d’Yquem, the most famous Sauternes chateau. The conditions for the development of noble rot was bad this year, and the chateau’s director Pierre Lurton would rather refrain

Sweet things from Alsace

You probably had at least one sweet wine during the Christmas festivities. Here are some more suggestions for sweet wines even if the end-of-the-year party is over. Maybe with a cheese, the Christmas pudding or

Sweet wines from Alsace

On sweet and semi-sweet wines from Alsace During Christmas and New Year there are often many opportunities to drink a sweet or semi-sweet wine. They go, for instance, extraordinarily well with foie gras and blue

Gaillac gets vendange tardive

Vendange tardive is a designation that means that the grapes are harvested later than the normal harvest – that is actually the literal translation of the word. It is perhaps not something that one often

Bunches of ripe grapes, noble rot, Sauternes

Noble rot

Noble rot is what makes some sweet wines what they are. Noble rot, or botrytis cinerea (or pourriture noble in French), is a kind of fungus, a mushroom, which can develop on the grapes in

Sweet white wines from Bordeaux – not just Sauternes

“Vins d’Or de Bordeaux” (Golden Wines from Bordeaux) is a theme under which Bordeaux wants to publicise the sweet wines from the region, and perhaps in particular some of the lesser known appellations. Sweet whites

Chateau Cloche Tokaji Barrique Cuvée 2011

There is a Tokaji to suit every taste

Could it be that Tokaji is more than “just” sweet botrytis with points (puttonyos)? After a tasting of a number of Chateau Cloche’s products, I

Alsace – dry or sweet?

We have probably all experienced a bottle of wine from Alsace that did not go well with the food we served. The reason being, for

No Château d’Yquem 2012

There will be no 2012 vintage of Château d’Yquem, the most famous Sauternes chateau. The conditions for the development of noble rot was bad this

Sweet things from Alsace

You probably had at least one sweet wine during the Christmas festivities. Here are some more suggestions for sweet wines even if the end-of-the-year party

Sweet wines from Alsace

On sweet and semi-sweet wines from Alsace During Christmas and New Year there are often many opportunities to drink a sweet or semi-sweet wine. They

Gaillac gets vendange tardive

Vendange tardive is a designation that means that the grapes are harvested later than the normal harvest – that is actually the literal translation of

Bunches of ripe grapes, noble rot, Sauternes

Noble rot

Noble rot is what makes some sweet wines what they are. Noble rot, or botrytis cinerea (or pourriture noble in French), is a kind of

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