Lines of fame

2020 H1

Just a collection of lines where I took part in. Serves also as my outsourced memory. This wall will probably remember better than I do. 

The really interesting bottles you can find with #epic when you use the search function.

28 Jun 2020

private @ Düsseldorf

Garden times


🇫🇷 NV Champagne Premier Cru Extra Brut by Leclerc Briant

🇫🇷 2012 Château Batailley

🇪🇸 2012 Rioja Gran Reserva by Contino

🇫🇷 2012 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot

🇫🇷 2012 Château Montrose


Leclerc Briant is a very nice entry level champagne and deserves credit for their crispiness and precision. Batailley is a bank and the 2012 does not disappoint. Contino got us fooled again but shows that you can get value in Spain. And it does not have to be jammy or fat. Still a good structure on the BSB. Lovely wine with some potential. Montrose knocked it out of the park. Beautiful wine with many more years left in the tank. 

Thank you, Henning, Alex and Zonk!

27 Jun 2020

private @ Essen

Drinking with somms #epic


🇮🇹 2016 Derthona Montemarzino by Roagna

🇮🇹 2018 Bianco Secco by Quintarelli Giuseppe

🇵🇹 2017 Coche branco by Niepoort

🇿🇦 2014 Palladius by The Sadie Family

🇮🇹 2014 Barbaresco Faset by Roagna

🇦🇹 2017 Perwolff Blaufränkisch by Krutzler

🇪🇸 2007 Vina Tondonia Reserva by Lopez de Heredia

🇮🇹 1999 Saffredi by Fattoria le Pupille

🇮🇹 2004 Il Querciolaia by Castello di Querceto

🇫🇷 2006 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru by Domaine Faiveley


Drank the Montemarzino way too fast so it wasn't really able to evolve but it's definitely a fine white by Roagna. Certainly needs time. Interesting wine by Quintarelli but not my cup of tea. Haven't had a Coche in ages and really enjoyed this one despite its youth. Palladius is basically still a baby but holds everything a grand wine needs. Would love to revisit in 5 years. Faset is a beautiful rarity which was very much drinkable. Perwolff again is not my cup of tea but then again I'm not a huge fan of Blaufränkisch in particular. Vina Tondonia is always rock solid but it doesn't ignite enthusiasm. I personally prefer the whites anyway. Beautiful Saffredi while it might have been past peak, so if you still hold a couple of bottles you might wanna check. Good Querciolaia with a firm grip. Beautiful Clos de Vougeot while the name might be bigger than the wine. Could be due to the vintage but it sure is in a good drinking window now. Thank you, Christine and Manuel!

26 Jun 2020

private @ Düsseldorf

Garden times


🇩🇪 2019 Brauneberger by Fritz Haag

🇫🇷 2010 Terre d'Argile by Domaine de la Janasse

🇩🇪 2018 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett by Weingut Max Ferd. Richter

🇩🇪 2018 Brauneberger Juffer Kabinett by Fritz Haag

🇩🇪 2018 Juffer Kabinett by Schloss Lieser


Easy drinking with Henning. The Brauneberger is too young even though it's just a village level wine. It kinda got worse with air. Beautiful Terre d'Argile even though I don't favor these Rhône wines anymore. Sonnenuhr Kabi is still a baby but surely a very nice Kabi, especially for the bad vintage. Loved the Brauneberger Juffer by Fritz Haag and favored it over the Kabi by his brother. But it's more a matter of taste. Both represent (some of) the best the Mosel region has to offer. Thank you, Henning!

15-20 Jun 2020

private @ Vence, France

Summer vacation


First day the French border opens after the Corona lockdown and we take the opportunity to fly out to the Côte d'Azur. These bottles accumulated over the course of 6 days and night.


🇫🇷 NV Champagne Extra-Brut by Godinat & Fils

🇫🇷 NV Champagne Intense by AR Lenoble

🇫🇷 2005 Champagne Burt Millésimé by Alfred Gratien

🇫🇷 2017 Montagny by Joseph Drouhin

🇩🇪 2017 Neumagener Rosengärtchen "von den Terrassen" by Günther Steinmetz

🇩🇪 2016 Kallstadter Saumagen Riesling Spätlese trocken by Koehler-Ruprecht

🇩🇪 2015 Schloss Schwabsburg by Georg Gustav Huff

🇩🇪 2015 Westhofener Morstein Alte Reben by Seehof

🇩🇪 2015 Kostheimer Weiss Erd GG by Künstler

🇩🇪 2015 Hochheimer Hölle GG by Künstler

🇩🇪 2015 Kinheimer Hubertuslay Auslese ** by Markus Molitor

🇩🇪 2012 Wiltinger Schlangengraben Alte Reben by Loch

🇩🇪 2012 Felsenberg by Schäfer-Fröhlich

🇩🇪 2016 Sankt Nikolaus by Peter Jakob Kühn

🇫🇷 2017 Givry by Louis Jadot

🇫🇷 2015 Corton-Perrières Grand Cru by Maurice et Anne-Marie Chapuis

🇫🇷 2007 Vosne-Romanée by Louis Jadot

🇪🇸 2011 Selección Jesùs Madrazo by Contino

🇫🇷 2015 Château Haut-Maurac Cru Bourgeois

🇫🇷 2008 Château La Cardonne Cru Bourgeois

🇫🇷 2009 Château Branaire-Ducru

🇫🇷 2005 Château Sociando-Mallet "Jean Gautreau"

🇫🇷 1986 Château Sociando-Mallet

🇫🇷 1994 Château Troplong Mondot

🇫🇷 2017 Sauternes Château Haut-Mayne 

🇫🇷 2017 Sauternes Château Grand-Jauga

🇩🇪 2018 Doctor Auslese by Weingüter Wegeler


Thank you Alex, Kai and Thomas! It's been a blast!

13 Jun 2020

private @ Düsseldorf

Garden times


🇫🇷 NV Champagne Blanc de Blancs by Pierre Péters

🇫🇷 2013 Champagne Allégeance by Marie-Courtin

🇮🇹 2017 Launegild Chardonnay by Soc Agr. Nicoletta de Fermo

🇩🇪 2012 RdP Spätburgunder by Knipser

🇩🇪 2007 Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett by Joh. Jos. Prüm


Sunny summer session at my 3rd living room. Kicking it off with a Pierre Péters BdB which is definitely a good champagne while I prefer a different style. We drank the Allégeance a little too fast (as way too often) because it opened up a little during the course. This champagne needs time though. Surprisingly good and fresh is the Launegild. Very well structured, crisp and great length. Fantastic wine! The RdP does not disappoint. Can still go for ages but a fabulous Pinot from Germany. The best for last as the 2007 Himmelreich feels like it's from heaven. Perfect shape and terrific wine! Thank you, Georgia and Christoph!

10 Jun 2020

private @ Düsseldorf

Garden times


🇩🇪 2017 Deidesheimer by Reichsrat von Buhl

🇩🇪 2018 Wachenheimer by Dr. Bürklin-Wolf

🇩🇪 2017 Trittenheimer Apotheke Devon-Terrasen by Loersch

🇺🇸 2015 Rose Rock Chardonnay by Domaine Drouhin Oregon

🇩🇪 2012 Mandelpfad Spätburgunder GG by Knipser

🇩🇪 2009 Kirschgarten Spätburgunder GG by Knipser

🇫🇷 2016 Brio by Cantenac-Brown

🇫🇷 2015 Domaine de Chevalier


We kicked it off with two village level Rieslings from von Buhl and Bürklin-Wolf. Both very respectable whites while I favored the Bürklin for a touch more complexity. Sorry Alex but the Devon Terrassen were having a bad day and could not impress after the two Palatinate Rieslings. Rose Rock Chardonnay was good to drink but nothing to remember. Both Knipser wines were in good shape while I favored the Mandelpfad a little more. Might be the vintage and not necessarily the plot. Brio is very young, of course but shows potential. Beautiful Domaine de Chevalier while I would give it a few more years. 

Thank you, Henning, Alex and Zonk!

02 Jun 2020

private @ Düsseldorf

Garden times


🇩🇪 2018 Juffer Kabinett by Schloss Lieser

🇩🇪 2018 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett by Schloss Lieser

🇫🇷 2009 Château Lafon la Tuilerie double magnum


Shootout between two recent Kabi. While the Juffer has the far more intriguing and seductive nose, the Wehlener is the deeper and richer Kabi of the two. In a dream world I would mix both of them to compose the perfect Kabi. The Lafon La Tuilerie was contributed by Hartwig as he had recently won an auction with this wine. Good tannin structure and acidity, good balance this was a fun wine to enjoy. It's good value and it shouldn't be the last bottle I had. Thank you, Hartwig and Alex! 

30 May 2020

private @ Düsseldorf

Garden times


🇩🇪 2015 Ölberg by Von Winning

🇫🇷 2018 Bourgogne Aligoté by Maison en Belles Lies

🇩🇪 2016 Ohligsberger Kabinett by Haart

🇩🇪 2018 VO Riesling feinherb by von Othegraven

🇮🇱 2014 Single Vineyard Tannat by Tabor

🇫🇷 2015 Maury Tradition Sec by Les Vignerons de Maury

🇩🇪 2015 Pinot Noir by Reibold

🇫🇷 2009 Châteauneuf-du-Pape by Le Vieux Donjon

🇩🇪 2008 Cuvée X by Knipser

🇩🇪 2011 Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Spätlese by Später-Veit

🇩🇪 2001 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Auslese ** by Markus Molitor

🇩🇪 2010 Zeltinger Himmelreich Kabinett by Markus Molitor

🇩🇪 2018 Niederberg Helden Kabinett by Schloss Lieser


Very nice Ölberg by Von Winning which was scarce with minerality and shy fruit. Aligoté is just too young even though it's a simple wine. Ohligsberger was a fun Kabinett and the VO is good value for money. The Tannat was too young as expected and still pretty tight, so the Maury made the race as companion for our meat, even though it was sweeter. Pinot Noir by Reibold got everyone excited and I was surprised as it hadn't ignited anything in me in the past. Le Vieux Donjon is a classic CdP and in a good spot now. It's just that I don't need CdP in my life anymore. Cuvée X will always be a mystery to me. Sometimes it's great, sometimes I don't get it. And this was one of the latter nights. Goldtröpfchen was a value wine but it rocked nobody's world or left some disappointed even more so. Sonnenuhr yet again disappointed. It's not in a good spot now. Himmelreich from the atrocious 2010 was a mediocre Kabinett and the Schloss Lieser in the end was more fun. Thank you everyone! 

29 May 2020

private @ Düsseldorf

Garden times


🇫🇷 2008 Champagne Cuvée 225 by Nicolas Feuillatte

🇫🇷 NV Champagne La Chapelle du Clos Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru (magnum) by Delphine Cazals

🇩🇪 2018 Hubacker GG by Keller

🇪🇸 2018 La Bruja de Rozas by Comando G Viticultores

🇪🇸 2013 Rozas 1er by Comando G Viticultores

🇫🇷 2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Arioso by Rotem & Mounir Saouma

🇫🇷 2011 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Omnia by Rotem & Mounir Saouma

🇫🇷 2009 Château Bernadotte

🇫🇷 2016 Clos du Roy

🇫🇷 2009 Château Moulin Haut-Laroque

🇩🇪 2005 Trabener Würzgarten Spätlese * by Müllen

🇩🇪 2001 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Auslese ** by Markus Molitor


We kick it off with two champagnes and I personally prefer the Cuvee 225 while we had some differing opinions. It was the richer of the two and after a while in the glass it showed more complexity and depth. Hubacker was the wine of the night. Starting to close up but flexing his muscles with profound acidity which is so severely lacking in many German wines of that vintage. Comando G Viticultores is undrinkable for me. Can't rate it. It's green, it's oaky, it's tannic and overextracted. Not my cup of tea. The Arioso still needs more time and is definitely the finer and more elegant wine of the two CdP. Omnia is in a pretty good spot now but much more powerful with broad shoulders. Interesting as I had remembered it far more delicate. Nobody recognized the Bernadotte and it's a wine we know well and drank it often. Weird spot or maybe context. Clos du Roy is decent. Moulin Haut-Laroque is definitely fun for the money and with age now shows up to the table with good structure and manners. 2005 Spätlese by Müllen was what we needed while the Molitor looked a bit pale in contrast and did not excite me. 

Thank you everyone!

22 May 2020

private @ Düsseldorf

Garden times


🇩🇪 2017 Chardonnay by Wagner Stempel

🇫🇷 2017 Saint-Romain by Thierry et Pascale Matrot

🇫🇷 2014 Bourgogne Blanc by Lucien Le Moine

🇫🇷 2013/2014 Pernand-Vergelesses Sous Frétille 1er Cru by Lucien Le Moine

🇫🇷 2014 Bourgogne Rouge by Lucien Le Moine

🇫🇷 2010 Château Monbrison


An ambitious Chardonnay by Wagner Stempel but in the end too much oak and not enough depth to be a serious Burgundy opponent. Price-wise a tad too much. Saint-Romain could not convince either but it might be the youth. Bourgogne Blanc for calibration but 2014 was a good vintage. Pernand-Vergelesses underscores that as 2013 falls off by a mile to the stunning and highly enjoyable 2014. Bourgogne Rouge is a rock solid and Monbrison could have taken a few more years but it's fun to drink.

20 May 2020

private @ Düsseldorf

Garden times


🇩🇪 2017 Alte Reben by Knebel

🇩🇪 2015 Rehbacher Steig Sommerseite by Georg Gustav Huff

🇩🇪 2012 Saarfeilser Fass 13 by Peter Lauer

🇫🇷 2010 Château d'Escurac

🇪🇸 2006 Finca Villacreces

🇪🇸 2016 Finca de Los Locos by Artuke

🇪🇸 2010 Gran Reserva 904 by La Rioja Alta

🇫🇷 2009 Château d'Ampuis by E. Guigal

🇫🇷 1986 Château Beychevelle


Thank you everyone who participated! Funky start into our little session. Alte Reben was somewhat muffled and maybe needs more time. Rehbacher Steig also failed to impress while I loved it very much 4 years ago. Saarfeilser was in a funk as well, so Riesling-wise it was a blackout. Château d'Escurac was a pleasant surprise for me as I anticipated that it would need longer. But at that price point it's a fabulous Bdx. Impressive Villacreces with power and balance while the Artuke is too young, of course and tastes artificial. Must be the modern style. Fabulous as always is the Gran Reserva although it might take a few years until it truly peaks but it's wonderful to drink right now also. Wonderful Château d'Ampuis coming right out the gates and a beautiful Château Beychevelle which is slightly behind the apex IMHO. 

17 May 2020

private @ Düsseldorf

Garden times


🇫🇷 NV Murmure Blanc de Blancs 1er Cru by J.L. Vergnon

🇩🇪 2018 Riesling 100 by Lukas Hammelmann

🇩🇪 2015 Saar Riesling by Van Volxem

🇩🇪 2019 Brauneberger Riesling by Günther Steinmetz

🇩🇪 2018 Niederberg Helden Spätlese trocken by Thanisch

🇫🇷 2015/2016 Saumur blanc by Domaine Guiberteau

🇫🇷 2005 Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Didiers 1er Cru Cuvée Jacques Duret by Hospices de Nuits

🇩🇪 2011 Brauneberger Mandelgraben * by Markus Molitor

🇮🇹 1996 Granato by Foradori

🇩🇪 2015 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett by Joh. Jos. Prüm


Thank you everyone who contributed!

Nice starter with the Murmure which with air started to evolve. Hammelmann is still disappointing and tasting it back fresh with a fresh palate didn't do anything for me. Solid Saar and Brauneberger Riesling. Niederberg Helden was way too sweet and failed to impress while it was supposedly the winner of the Thanisch vs. Schloss Lieser battle at LaVinesse. With experienced tasters. It's hard to believe for me. Saumur blanc 16 is so much better than the 15 which makes you want to throw out everything of it from 15. Nice NSG and Mandelgraben. Very interesting Granato which I had never had with comparable age. Sonnenuhr Kabinett is just stunning as always.

09 May 2020

private @ Düsseldorf


Garden times


🇫🇷 2010 Champagne Special Club by Pierre Gimonnet

🇫🇷 NV Champagne Les Arpents Rouges by Nowack

🇫🇷 2014 Clos de Guichaux monopole by Domaine Guiberteau

🇩🇪 2010 Berg Rottland by Georg Breuer

🇩🇪 2018 Unfiltered Chardonnay by Peth-Wetz

🇩🇪 2016 Niedermenniger Herrenberg Spätlese feinherb AP 11 by Hofgut Falkenstein

🇩🇪 2018 Riesling 100 by Lukas Hammelmann

🇩🇪 2018 Riesling trocken by Wittmann

🇩🇪 2018 Abtsberg Kabinett by Maximin Grünhaus

🇩🇪 2012 Kabinett by Markus Molitor

🇫🇷 2016 Morgon Côte du Py by Jean Foillard

🇩🇪 2016 Niedermenniger Herrenberg Spätlese feinherb AP 11 by Hofgut Falkenstein

🇬🇷 2014 eclipse by Gentilini

🇫🇷 2010 Château Cantenac Brown


Thank you everyone who was involved! Gimonnet was decent but Les Arpents Rouges was far more interesting. Took a while until it opened up though. Fantastic Clos de Guichaux but it should also lay low for a couple of more years. Very fine Berg Rottland but I will say that I am not a particular Breuer fan. Excellent wines but just not my style. Falkenstein overrated as always. Riesling 100 has to be a joke when you look at the prices. Riesling trocken by Wittmann was the better Riesling. Fantastic Kabinett by Maximin Grünhaus and again the question why I am not able to stock up on it more. Solid Cantenac Brown from a fabulous vintage. 

02 May 2020

private @ Düsseldorf

Spontaneous Schäfer-Fröhlich tasting


🇩🇪 2018 Riesling trocken by Schäfer-Fröhlich

🇩🇪 2017 Kupfergrube GG by Schäfer-Fröhlich

🇩🇪 2017 Felseneck GG by Schäfer-Fröhlich

🇩🇪 2016 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett by Schloss Lieser


Spontaneous get together with Henning and his first visitor for this year. We start off with a basic Riesling by SF and since we have some more SF in the cellar we continue our journey that way. Felseneck > Kupfergrube. Which doesn't come much of a surprise but this wine was way different a year ago. It has developed the typical SF nose again and is by far the better wine. Not saying that the Kupfergrube is bad but it's hard to beat the Felseneck. 2016 Kabi by Schloss Lieser was a night cap. In good shape but as I remembered it, it's a tad too sweet for my taste. Still a very nice Kabi! 

30 Apr 2020

private @ Düsseldorf

Natural nights


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🇫🇷 2012 Champagne Fac-simile by La Closerie

🇫🇷 2016 Champagne D'un Iota by La Closerie

🇫🇷 2013 Les Beguines by La Closerie

🇫🇷 2016 Chardonnay by Domaine des Murmures

🇫🇷 2013 Arbois La Croix Rouge Chardonnay by Renaud Bruyere & Adeline Houillon

🇫🇷 2014/2016 Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru by Maison en Belles Lies

🇫🇷 Ratafia de Bourgogne by Didier Meuzard


Thank you, Olivier for the invitation! We kicked it off with some beautiful champagnes. Loved the Beguines while the Fac-simile was easily the wine of the night. Such power, expression and elegance at the same time. A rich and tasty one. Preferred the La Croix Rouge over the Domaine des Murmures. Corton GC is great as always but both are too young to drink right now. 16 is a baby and 14 is slowly starting to wake up.

12 Apr 2020

private @ Düsseldorf

Garden times


🇩🇪 2016 Oestricher Klosterberg by Peter Jakob Kühn

🇩🇪 2016 Westhofen KR by Keller

🇩🇪 2017 Abtserde GG by Keller

🇮🇹 2011 Tenuta di Valgiano

🇩🇪 2018 Stephansberg Auslese trocken by Michel


Klosterberg left me quite speechless. Ever single time I drink Peter Jakob Kühn I wonder why I don't have more of that in my fridge. Westhofen is still young and needs to develop while the Abtserde was very much drinkable. Normally, you should wait another 5-10 years. Tenuta di Valgiano is a decent red wine. Auslese by Michel did the job but didn't really linger in my mind.

5 Apr 2020

private @ Düsseldorf

Corona drinking


🇩🇪 2018 Kabinett by Schätzel

🇩🇪 2017 Limestone Kabinett by Keller

🇩🇪 2015 Felsenberg GG by Dönnhoff

🇩🇪 2018 Abtserde GG by Keller

🇩🇪 2009 Hubacker GG by Keller

🇮🇹 2008 Terra di Lavoro by Fontana Galardi


Fantastic simple Kabi by Kai Schätzel. Limestone is as vibrant as ever. The Felsenberg definitely could have used some more time. Give it 3-5 more years. The Abtserde was astoundingly drinkable and presented itself in peak shape though young. The Hubacker then demonstrated what aged Keller GGs can do. Without any 09 fat and good acidity. Rock solid Terra di Lavoro as nightcap red but certainly not 95PP.  

19 Mar 2020

Schorn @ Düsseldorf

Post Pop-up Party


🇩🇪 2016 Réserve Sekt by von Buhl

🇩🇪 2018 Riesling trocken by Hexamer

🇩🇪 2018 Als wär's ein Stück von mir by Gunderloch

🇩🇪 2016 SL Riesling trocken by Schloss Lieser

🇩🇪 2015 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett by Joh. Jos Prüm

🇩🇪 2016 Niedermenniger Herrenberg Spätlese AP 11 feinherb by Hofgut Falkenstein

🇩🇪 2015 Alte Reben Chardonnay by Bernhard Huber

🇩🇪 2009 Gemischter Satz magnum by Juliusspital

🇫🇷 20xx T'em T'em magnum by Pic St. Loup

🇫🇷 NV Champagne Blanc de Blancs by Pierre Péters

🇫🇷 2016 Saumur blanc by Domaine Guiberteau


A little thank you dinner for all the participants after our little pop-up event and right before Corona measures start to take effect.

Highlights were the Sonnenuhr Kabinett. T'em T'em is solid, as are the SL trocken and the BdB champagne. Hofgut Falkenstein I will never get. Thank you, everyone!

17 Mar 2020

Schorn @ Düsseldorf

Post Pop-Up wines


🇫🇷 1976 Pommard by Léon Violland

🇫🇷 2015 Faugères by Domaine Léon Barral

🇫🇷 2017 Saumur by Domaine Guiberteau

🇩🇪 1998 Pinot Noir by Philippi

🇫🇷 2003 Réservé Cuvée Syrah by Château de Fonsalette 

🇩🇪 2004 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese by Joh. Jos. Prüm


A weak Pommard on the downturn followed by the very stron Faugères. Saumur 2017 is in much better shape than the 2016. 1998 Philippi is still in good shape and showing only slight signs of tiredness. Chateau de Fonsalette was nice and that's about it. For the money I'd definitely get some other wines. Not impressed. Auslese by JJP from 2004 is divine!

08 Mar 2020

Eiskeller Bar @ Düsseldorf

Spontaneous evening


🇫🇷 2015 Bourgogne Blanc by Château de Bel Avenir

🇫🇷 2014 Bourgogne by Domaine de Montille

🇩🇪 2015 Bienenberg Chardonnay GG by Bernhard Huber

🇪🇸 2006 Vina Tondonia by Lopez de Heredia

🇩🇪 2018 Marienburg Kabinett by Clemens Busch


Very nice basic Chardonnay by Domaine de Montille. Bienenberg Chardonnay with lots of power and character. Vina Tondonia at the age of 14 still a bit young but a wonderful wine. Rock solid Kabi by Clemens Busch. Thank you everyone!

29 Feb 2020

Le Flair @ Düsseldorf

Star night with friends


🇫🇷 NV Champagne Cumières 1er Cru Brute Nature by Georges Laval

🇫🇷 20xx Jacquère by Marie & Florian Curtet

🇩🇪 2017 Marienburg Fahrlay GG by Clemens Busch

🇫🇷20xx Jura Fleur de Savagnin by Domaine de la Tournelle

🇩🇪 2011 Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Auslese by Fritz Haag


Thank you, Jan and Olivier! I wasn't convinced about the Cumières but everyone seemed to love it. For me it was on the downturn and I was wondering if this could've been much better. Not in love with Jacquère. Fahrlay was obviously way too young and not in a charming spot right now. Enjoyed the Fleur de Savagnin and the Auslese by Fritz Haag despite the awful vintage 2011.

28 Feb 2020

El Mundo @ Düsseldorf



🇫🇷 2015 Tresor by Bouvet

🇫🇷 NV Champagne Meunier by Salmon

🇫🇷 NV Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut by Pierre Péters

🇩🇪 2018 Chardonnay by J. Neus

🇩🇪 2017 Alte Reben Chardonnay by Bernhard Huber

🇩🇪 2007 Tschuppen by Ziereisen

🇪🇸 2012 Avior by San Vicente de la Sonsierra

🇩🇪 2003 Saarburger Rausch Spätlese by Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken

🇩🇪 2013 Scharzhofberg Kabinett by Von Hövel

🇩🇪 2016 Kupp Kabinett Faß 8 by Peter Lauer


Nice and eays BdB by Pierre Péters. Alte Reben by Huber are very nice but too young. Tschuppen is drinkable, Rausch from the hot 2003 disappoints. 2013 Scharzhofberg is very good. As is the Kupp Kabinett which still needs time but is enjoyable. Thank you everyone!

19 Jan 2020

private @ Essen


🇫🇷 NV Les Beguines by La Closerie

🇮🇹 2014 Sanct Valentin Chardonnay by St. Michael Eppan

🇫🇷 2011 Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru by Jean-Paul & Benoît Droin

🇮🇹 2008 Barbaresco Vigneto Starderi Vürsù by La Spinetta

🇺🇸 1996 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon by Robert Mondavi


Kicking off the night with a dreamy Les Beguines. Interesting Chardonny from South Tyrol but not my type of Chardonnay. A very nice Chablis by Droin but considering this is Grand Cru it is clear why the Chablis is still lightyears away from "true" Burgundy. Solid Barbaresco with a price tag. Overshadowed by the Oakville from the 90s. Thank you, Christine and Manuel!

15 Jan 2020

LaVinesse @ Düsseldorf blind tasting session


🇩🇪 2018 Scheurebe trocken by Weingut Weiler-Fendel

🇩🇪 2018 Scheurebe trocken by Weingut Karl Heidrich

🇩🇪 2018 Kerner trocken by Weingut Karl Heidrich

🇩🇪 2018 Lahntal Riesling & Scheurebe by Schreiberlay

🇩🇪 2018 Unkeler Blanc de Noir trocken by Krupp

🇩🇪 2018 Pfaffenröttchen #4 Frühburgunder Blanc de Noir by Kay

🇩🇪 2018 Spätburgunder Roseewein trocken by Weingut Karl Heidrich

🇩🇪 2018 Lahntal Rosé by Schreiberlay

🇩🇪 2018 Bopparder Hamm Spätburgunder Weißherbst feinherb by Weingut Volk

🇩🇪 2018 Engehöller Bernstein Riesling by Líthos

🇩🇪 2018 Engehöller Goldemund Riesling feinherb by Líthos

🇩🇪 2018 Handstreich by Weingut Winfried Persch

🇩🇪 2018 Engehöller Bernstein Riesling Spätlese by Lanius-Knab

🇩🇪 2018 Engehöller Goldemund Kerner Spätlese by Weingut Weiler-Fendel

🇩🇪 2018 Königswinterer Drachenfels Riesling Spätlese süß by Weingut Pieper

🇩🇪 2018 Bopparder Hamm Fässerlay Riesling Spätlese by Weingut Walter Perll

🇩🇪 2003 Bopparder Hamm Feuerlay Riesling Spätlese by Matthias Müller

🇩🇪 2004 Bopparder Hamm Feuerlay Riesling Spätlese by Matthias Müller

🇩🇪 2003 Schloss Fürstenberg Riesling Spätlese by Weingart

🇩🇪 2004 Bopparder Hamm Ohlenberg Riesling Spätlese by Weingart

🇩🇪 2004 Schloss Fürstenberg Riesling Spätlese halbtrocken by Weingart

🇩🇪 2009 Bacharacher Hahn Riesling Spätlese by Toni Jost

🇩🇪 2006 Bopparder Hamm Feuerlay Riesling Spätlese by Matthias Müller

🇩🇪 2018 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese by Schloss Lieser


The theme is the region Mittelrhein. 

I have the list somewhere. But these were for the most part very mediocre and subpar wines. And of course, most of you know that I hate Rosé so this was particularly painful for me. Schloss Lieser was a pain reliever at the end. 

14 Jan 2020

private @ Düsseldorf



🇩🇪20xx Breumel in den Mauern GG by Müller-Catoir

🇩🇪2011 Idig GG by A. Christmann

🇫🇷 NV Champagne Blanc de Blancs 1er Cru brut nature by J.L. Vergnon

🇺🇸 1999 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon by Philip Togni

🇫🇷 1995 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

🇫🇷 2000 Château Pichon-Longueville au Baron de Pichon-Longueville

🇬🇷 2011/2012 Trilogia by Christos Kokkalis

🇩🇪 2018 Felseneck GG by Schäfer-Fröhlich

🇮🇹 2013 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo by Emidio Pepe


Another fabulous night with the boys. Müller-Catoir is normally not my style but I actually enjoyed this one. 2011 Idig was so much better than the 2012 which supports the idea of aging. Togni was a very nice Napa Cab. Good GPL while I don't agree on 95PP. Fabulous Pichon Baron from the 2000 vintage. Trilogia tricked everyone again but when in line with Bordeaux the texture will betray the Greek wine. Felseneck was in pretty bad shape that day which can only relate to the young age but it will definitely come around. Rock solid Emidio Pepe. Thank you, guys!

11 Jan 2020

private @ Düsseldorf

Natural nights


🇫🇷 2016 Champagne D'un Iota by La Closerie

🇫🇷 2015 Champagne Les Basses Croix & Les Gillis by Émilien Feneuil

🇫🇷 Champagne Les Beguines magnum by La Closerie

🇫🇷 2014 Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru by Maison en Belles Lies

🇫🇷 Zapoi by Aurelien Lefort

🇫🇷 2001 Condrieu Les vendanges de Noé by Mathilde & Yves Gangloff

🇫🇷 Poiré by Yahou Fatal


La Closerie is always a treat and how fabulous that magnum was. From the very first sip to the last drop. Corton Charlemagne is grand but they sure need time to develop. Thank you, Olivier! 

09 Jan 2020

Noa Foodbar @ Düsseldorf



🇫🇷 2008 Champagne La Grande Année by Bollinger

🇩🇪 2012 Idig GG by A. Christmann

🇩🇪 2018 Kirchspiel GG by Keller

🇫🇷 2003 Château Montrose

🇩🇪 2004 Graacher Domprobst Spätlese by Willi Schaefer

🇩🇪 2013 Trittenheimer Apotheke Alte Reben Auslese by Loersch


The Grande Année was way better than I had remembered it. The last time it was completely closed but this one was drinking very nicely. A rich and elegant champagne from the famed 2008 vintage. Idig in good shape but showing that it needs time. Wouldn't touch another one for a couple of years. Kirchspiel 2018 is still in an open phase and showing all of its potential. Not long until this one will go dormant though. Highly enjoyable the Montrose from the hot 2003 vintage. What a wine! I would never have guessed it to be 2003 with its elegance and fine structure. Wonderful. The Willi Schaefer was slightly disappointing as it is from one of my favorite vintages 2004. Just needed a little more oomph. 2013 Auslese by Loersch is just fabulous and can still go for ages. Thank you, Hans and Fabian!

08 Jan 2020

private @ Düsseldorf



🇫🇷 2010 Champagne Vieille Vigne du Levant Grand Cru by Larmandier-Bernier

🇫🇷 2002 Champagne Millésime by Jacquesson

🇩🇪 2016 Graacher Domprobst Kabinett by Max. Ferd. Richter

🇩🇪 2012 U500 Riesling by Von Winning

🇫🇷 2010 Château Jean Faure

🇫🇷 2001 Cos d'Estournel

🇫🇷 2015 Morey-Saint-Denis "Clos des Monts Luisants" monopole Vieilles Vignes by Domaine Ponsot

🇦🇺 2006 Amon-Ra by Ben Glaetzer

🇫🇷 2018 Haute-Côtes de Nuits by Emmanuel Rouget


The champagne is still too young despite the years it has already seen. 2002 by Jacquesson is a very nice champagne but questions arose as to whether it is worth the money. Domprobst Kabi was a very fine and elegant Riesling that made me wonder again why we are drinking so few wines by Constantin. U500 was way different than I remembered it. Still a very good Riesling but somehow it dove back and closed up a bit. Would let this lay down for a while longer. Interesting Jean Faure and certainly from a very good vintage. Cos is always good but this might be on the weaker side of Cos. Especially considering the fact that they very rarely take a misstep and regularly produce wines at the top end. Ponsot is a legendary winemaker but this bottle was slightly disappointing. When looking at the price tag maybe even more so. Same goes for the Rouget while we give this the benefit of the doubt as it was very young. Amon Ra is a powerful Shiraz from Australia and it is just like I would expect it to be. Broad shoulders but with elegance and good structure. Thank you, Hans and Fabian!

02 Jan 2020

Peppino @ Millstatt am See, AT

Carinthia closing ceremony


🇫🇷 2011 Chablis Clos Béru monopole by Château de Béru

🇫🇷 2015 Chablis Butteaux 1er Cru by Domaine Francois Raveneau

🇮🇹 2010 Costa Russi by GAJA

🇮🇹 1999 Lupicaia by Castello di Terricio

🇮🇹 1991 Amarone by Dal Forno


Clos Béru is a razor sharp and precise Chablis with substance. The Butteaux was off and just too young so it didn't showcase all it had to offer as it is normally an iconic wine. Costa Russi is very good but maybe still 5-10 years from its peak. Lupicaia was drinking very nicely and it was a very pleasant surprise. The Amarone is still strong and powerful but shows signs of age and can still last. Thank you, Stefan and Manuel! 

01 Jan 2020

private @ Millstatt am See, AT

Carinthia times


The stuff that we drank over the past few days, while we were not at some restaurant :D Thank you, Christine and Manuel! 


🇩🇪 2012 Hipping Versteigerungswein by Keller

🇮🇹 2006 La Bora di Kante Chardonnay by Azienda Agricola Kante

🇮🇹 2015 Redigaffi by Tua Rita

🇫🇷 1985 Château Lynch-Bages

🇪🇸 1987 Unico by Vega-Sicilia


Fabulous Hipping and slowly beginning to hit the spot. Powerful Chardonnay by Kante but it's young and not necessarily my style. Redigaffi is also still a baby but drinkable  The 1985 Lynch Bages was a very pleasant surprise. I haven't had to many Bdx from that vintage but this one hit it right out of the park. Perfect state right now. Unico is always a treat when in good condition. Thank you, Christine and Manuel!