Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Return To Terroir Tasting, Stockholm, 1st September 2008

La Renaissance des Appellations Return To Terroir "Biodynamy, wine-growing for the future" tasting was held at the Grand Hotel in Stockholm on Monday 1st September 2008. 59 wine-growers were presenting their wines. The tasting was ran by the Nordic Wine Institute.

The venue itself was too cramped and, as usual, the tables used for each winery were too small.

Here are the brief wine tasting notes that I took :

Ngeringa Vinyard
This winery is new and located on Mount Barker in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia. I particularly liked their wines however. The Syrah was flavourful without being too peppery (reminiscent of a Crozes Hermitage), the Pinot Noir was very fruity, the Chardonnay was Chablis-like but was showing some oak, and the Rose was dry with some spice but I thought lacking some acidity and was my least preferred wine.

Chateau Fonroque
Located near Saint-Emilion. The wines were presented by Alain Moueix. The vineyard has been practising biodynamic viticulture since 2003. The 2007 had cherry fruit, tannins but was drinkable even now (B). The 2006 was richer, more tannic, less fruity, and should be aged (B-). The blend is mostly Merlot with approximately a quarter Cabernet Franc.

Chateau Ferran
This winery is situated in Entre-Deux-Mers. The blend is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot. The 2005 was drinkable but would be better with some age (B). The 2007 white oaked wine was nice to drink (B-) and preferable to theit unoaked version which could be better with food (C).

Chateau La Grolet
This winery is in Cotes de Bourg and has been biodynamic since 2000. The 2005, mostly Merlot with some Cabernet Sauvignon, was passable (C).
Coulee de Serrant
Both of the wines on show were disappointing. The wines tasted were 2006 Les Vieux Clos (C) and 2006 Coulee de Serrant (C+). Possibly they need some age to show their best ?

Domaine de Chateau Gaillard
Two Saumur wines were available for testing. the 2006 was very fruity with some tannins (C+) and the 2007, drawn from barrel in March/April 2008, was lacking some fruit I thought (C).
Maison M. Chapoutier
I was expecting better from this winery. 2003 Cornas (C+), La Sizeranne Hermitage 2001 (C+), Cote Rotie La Mordonne 2001 (B-), and the Le Pavillon 2001 Ermitage Red (B).

Weingut Wittmann
Situated in Rheinhesses. Gruener Silvaner Trocken 2007 was very fruity (C), Weisser Burgunder Trocken 2007 was showing some minerals (B-), Riesling Trocken 2007 (B-), and Westhofener Riesling Trocken S2007 , which was picked later than the normal riesling (B).

Domaine de Beudon
Located in Valais, Switzerland. The Fendant 2002 was very fruity (C+) whilst the 2003 was not so good (C-). The 2004 Dole (Gamay and Pinot Noir blend) (C+), and the Gammay 2005 (C+).

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