Lines of fame

2020 Q4

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.

21 Nov 2020

private @ Düsseldorf

Soccer and wine

 

🇫🇷 NV Champagne Chouilly Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru by Pierre Legras

🇩🇪 2019 Riesling trocken by Fritz Haag

🇫🇷 2015 Château Charmail

🇫🇷 2015 Château Sénéjac

 

Toned it down again as we watch the late games of Saturday Bundesliga as we kick it off with a rather weak Pierre Legras. It might be fair value but it does not excite me enough to consider spending my money on this as I'd rather go spend a couple of bucks more for a decent one. Fritz Haag is very young and even though it's an estate Riesling it will probably even get better in a few months time. 2015 shootout Charmail and Sénéjac which is a complete draw. Money-wise and on points. Just depends on what you prefer taste-wise. Thank you, Henning!



20 Nov 2020

private @ Essen

Tim Raue Take Away Part II

 

🇦🇹 2018 Gelber Muskateller by Tement

🇦🇹 2016 Ried Zieregg Sauvignon Blanc by Tement

🇦🇹 2018 Rohstoff by Hartmut Aubell

🇮🇹 2018 Le Cupole by Trinoro

🇩🇪 2012 Bienenberg Spätburgunder R GG by Bernhard Huber

🇮🇹 2016 Bolgheri Adèo by Campo Sughera

🇪🇸 2016 Ribera del Duero Alion by Tempos Vega Sicilia

 

Gelber Muskateller interestingly smelled and tasted like Sauvignon but the acidity and length gives it away. Ried Zieregg was a pleasure and long time no see. Sure can go for another couple of years but it's definitely starting to show. Rohstoff is certainly only something for natural wine lovers who appreciate the extremes. Le Cupole is an affordable yet very elegant Supertuscan. Bienenberg 2012 is a beautiful German Pinot and did not disappoint. Good window to drink now probably for the next decades to come. Adèo is an even more affordable Supertuscan and does a pretty good job for the money. The Alion is hopelessly too young right now which does not come as much of a surprise. Probably wouldn't touch another one for the next ten years. Thank you, Christine and Manuel!



14 Nov 2020

private @ Düsseldorf

Cooking and dining with friends

 

🇫🇷 NV Champagne Borel-Lucas

🇫🇷 NC Champagne Premier Cru Extra Brut by Leclerc Briant

🇫🇷 xx Sancerre by Domaine de la Rossignole

🇫🇷 2017 Sancerre Silex by Domaine Delaporte

🇫🇷 2017 Bourgogne Blanc by Thomas Morey

🇫🇷 2014 Bourgogne Blanc by Lucien Le Moine

🇫🇷 2018 Hautes-Côtes-de-Beaunes "Vieilles Vignes" by Jean Chartron

🇫🇷 2017 Rasteau by Domaine Elodie Balme

🇫🇷 2015 Clos du Roy

 

Borel-Lucas is a cheaper champagne but unfortunately it tastes that way. The Leclerc Briant was lightyears ahead and rich joy. Domaine de la Rossignole was a decent Sancerre that lacked depth and minerality. Especially next to the Delaporte the gap was quite obvious. Thomas Morey was seriously funky that night and I'd like to try another bottle. Le Moine from 2014 was bliss and Jean Chartron did a very good job on this rather simple Hautes-Côtes-de-Beaunes. Elodie Balme is a very affordable solid red. Clos du Roy was never my favorite but it sure was the right wine for that point in time. Thank you, Alex and Tobi!



13 Nov 2020

private @ Düsseldorf

Unplanned

 

🇩🇪 2011 Saar Riesling Spätlese trocken "R" by von Hövel

🇩🇪 2015 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Auslese ** by Markus Molitor

🇫🇷 2018 Bourgogne Aligoté by Alice et Olivier De Moor

🇫🇷 2015 Monthelie Rouge by Domaine Roulot

🇫🇷 2011 Domaine de l'Horizon Rouge

 

Nice von Hövel presenting itself pretty nicely from the atrocious 2011. But it was actually an enjoyable wine. Very good Molitor from 2015 which could probably need some more years as it's losing its baby fat. Beautiful Aligoté but of course very young. Monthelie I didn't even put on Pinot. Pretty dense and extracted and will need several years more. Domaine de l'Horizon at the end was a fun wine with good structure. Thank you, Nadine and Christoph!



12 Nov 2020

private @ Essen

Tim Raue Delivery

 

🇦🇹 2017 Sauvignon Blanc Maggie Montgomery by Hartmut Aubell

🇫🇷 2012 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc

🇮🇹 2014 Redigaffi by Tuarita

🇮🇹 2017 Saffredi by Fattoria Le Pupille

🇦🇹 2018 Sizilianische Blutorange by Stählemühle

 

The Sauvignon Blanc is the project my sister from another mister started in order to raise some money for the Tiertafel in München. Natural Sauvignon Blanc that sure still needs some time but has all the right ingredients to become a very good wine. SHL Blanc is in a very good spot now and opens up after a few minutes in the glass. Redigaffi was a real treat and the first Merlot in quite a while. Chocolate opulence and elegance. Almost perfect after just 6 years. Saffredi was a big change after the Redigaffi but after the first sips it shows surprisingly well after only 3 years. Firm but silky tannins. Beautiful Supertuscan with lots of potential. The blood orange by Stählemühle is indeed a monument. Thank you, Christine and Manuel!



08 Nov 2020

private @ Düsseldorf

Garden times

 

🇫🇷 NV Crémant de Bourgogne Blanc de Blancs by Cave Bissey

🇫🇷 NV Champagne Enfant de la Montagne by Bertrand-Delespierre

🇩🇪 NV X-Ray Sekt Brut by Weinforce

🇩🇪 2018 Riesling by Schätzel

🇩🇪 NV Jubiläumscuvée by Heymann-Löwenstein

🇦🇹 2010 Ex Vero II by Werlitsch

🇮🇹 2018 Chianti Classico Faunae by Frescobaldi

🇦🇹 2018 Kastanie Blaufränkisch by Haiden

🇮🇹 2016 Franco by Podere dell'Anselmo

🇨🇭 1997 Riesling x Sylvaner Spätlese by Schipf

 

This cremant is another example why I don't like cremant, no matter how much they claim to be very close to champagne. Well, they're not. Bertrand-Delespierre is a champagne but did not impress either. Yes, it's a bit cheaper but it's not enjoyable enough to justify not spending a couple more bucks. X-Ray is a Sekt that Weinforce let produce. A bit sweet for my taste but not a bad effort. Schätzel is a very good estate Riesling. Jubiläumscuvée is a special blend with different vintages. Solid but quite developed. Ex Vero is always special and 2010 was a treat. Chianti Classico was barely drinkable. And the Kastanie was also pretty freakish of nature. Nothing I would buy. Franco is an impressive Supertuscan but definitely too young. Tastes more like whisky right now and needs at least another 5 years. The Spätlese was decent but nothing worth remembering and definitely beyond peak. Thank you Christoph, Henning, Peter, Curd and Nadine!



31 Oct 2020

private @ Düsseldorf

Garden times

 

🇩🇪 2017 Riesling Brut by Griesel & Compagnie

🇫🇷 NV Cuvée de Réserve Blanc de Blancs by Pierre Péters

🇩🇪 2019 Riesling trocken by Fritz Haag

🇩🇪 2013 Riesling von der Fels by Keller

🇫🇷 2008 Mâcon-Villages by Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon

🇮🇹 2016 Rotaliano Teroldego by Foradori

🇫🇷 2015 Moulin à Vent Les Rouchaux by Louis Boillot

🇫🇷 2010 Château Sénéjac

🇫🇷 1935 Château Lynch-Bages

🇩🇪 2016 Brauneberger Juffer Kabinett -4- by Max Ferd. Richter

🇩🇪 2011 Monzinger Halenberg Auslese by Emrich-Schönleber

🇩🇪 2010 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Auslese *** by Markus Molitor

 

Griesel Sekt is growing on me. The Riesling version was way different than what I remembered but it makes more sense now to me. Wasn't part of the BdB it was gone before I could have a sip. Famed 2019 Riesling trocken is indeed a wonderful wine and for the money you will hardly find many rivals but I don't see 94PP. Still very good value for money. Von der Fels is in a perfect spot now. Fresh and vibrant and no more reductive notes. Beautiful Riesling. Macon-Villages left me puzzled. A good wine in itself but I wouldn't have put my money on Chardonnay or Burgundy for that matter. I must've been tired. Rotaliano is a fun red that is very accessible now which actually surprised me. Can still go for years. Les Rouchaux is a very different kind of Beaujolais but a style that I like as it has more extraction and dense aromas with a good grip and the potential to go for years. Château Sénéjac was beautiful to drink and it hasn't peaked yet as the 2010 firm tannins are still very much present. But a lovely wine that doesn't break your bank. Bordeaux does not have to be expensive. Lynch-Bages was unfortunately way over the hump. Drinkable but not enjoyable. Juffer is in a funk mode right now. Probably needs more time to settle and come out of the corner again. Halenberg and Sonnenuhr were both outstanding Auslese which made perfect companions for our dessert. Good drinking window. Could lay for longer but why wait? Thank you, Henning, Christoph, Lars and Nadine!



24 Oct 2020

private @ Pulheim

Game night

 

🇫🇷 2009 Bisseuil Blanc de Noirs 1er Cru by AR Lenoble

🇫🇷 2016 La Parde de Haut-Bailly

🇮🇹 2011 Barolo Cerretta by Ettore Germano

🇮🇹 2011 Barbaresco Chiaramanti by Ca'Rome'

🇮🇹 2010 Brunello di Montalcino by Il Poggione

🇱🇧 1999 Château Musar by Gaston Hochar

🇫🇷 1982 Château La Lagune

🇩🇪 2019 Marienburg Kabinett by Clemens Busch (x2)

🇩🇪 2009 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese by Joh. Jos. Prüm

🇬🇷 2006 Kamaritis by Koutsoyannopoulos (Volcan Wines)

 

Beautiful champagne with a heavy creamy texture. 2009 was a warm vintage and you can feel the heat here. I still like it but it probably won't get much better than it is now. Drink up. La Parde de Haut-Bailly was a stunning wine. Unfortunately it had an error in the nose but wow that thing really kicked my palate. It has the potential to become a GRAND wine. Mind you, it's only the second wine of Haut-Bailly. Outstanding value for money. The Barolo was surprisingly accessible but, of course, with grip. The Barbaresco was very enjoyable and both wines have potential for the next decade at least. Brunello shone again and proved to be rock solid. Chateau Musar was a fine wine but yet again it didn't have that Bordeaux vibe that I remember. La Lagune was mostly gone unfortunately. Marienburg is a fun wine with serious character and a long life ahead. Can be drunk now but should probably wait for a few more years. Beautiful JJP despite 2009. Kamaritis is a very nice effort from Greece. Thank you Sabine and Kai for your hospitality! Additional thanks to Ariana, Caro, Thomas and Alex!



17 Oct 2020

private @ home

Spanish night

 

🇪🇸 2011 Vina Gravonia Blanco by Lopez de Heredia

🇪🇸 2008 Vina Tondonia Blanco by Lopez de Heredia

🇪🇸 2004 Neo by Bodegas y Vinedos Neo

🇩🇪 2019 Juffer Kabinett by Schloss Lieser

 

Heads up Gravonia vs. Tondonia. Unfortunately not the same vintage, so it wasn't the real duel that we had hoped for. In the beginning both are very close. With a little bit of air the Tondonia seems to open up a bit more but then again it's three years older. Considering the price difference it might be a smart idea to rack up on Gravonia instead of the Tondonia. However the Tondonia shows slightly more depth. Both are enjoyable now and for many more years to come. The Neo is an enigma. We didn't like it at all when we opened the bottle. And it wasn't much better when I tasted it back a day later. One week later the nose had slightly oxidized but the wine was much more enjoyable. The wine probably needs a couple of more years. 2019 Juffer is much better than the 2018. Good structure! Thank you, Christian!



10 Oct 2020

Concept Riesling @ Düsseldorf

Alex' birthday

 

🇫🇷 NV Champagne Blanc de Blancs 1er Cru by Henriet-Bazin

🇫🇷 NV Champagne Lumière et Craie Blanc de Blancs  by Jean Velut

🇫🇷 NV Champagne Noir de Craie Blanc de Noirs by Jean Velut

🇩🇪 2015 Terra Montosa patientia (magnum) by Georg Breuer

🇩🇪 2010 Frühlingsplätzchen GG (magnum) by Emrich-Schönleber

🇩🇪 2012 Hermannshöhle GG (magnum) by Dönnhoff

🇩🇪 2013 Morstein GG (magnum) by Wittmann

🇩🇪 2012 Kirchenstück by Battenfeld-Spanier (not in pic)

 

Henriet-Bazin is a wonderful champagne and definitely punching above its weight class. You really can't complain for the money. The same goes for the Jean Velut. I can't even remember when I had champagne in this range that were this enjoyable. Of course, I preferred the BdB over the BdN. Terra Montosa was rather weak and I suppose it's not going to get any better. Frühlingsplätzchen was showing nicely from a rather difficult 2010 vintage. 2012 Hermannshöhle kicked some serious ass and showed why this wine has been famous for so long. 2013 Morstein is a powerhouse that still needs some time to settle and flexes its muscles but with elegance. 2012 Kirchenstück was also in a very good spot. I guess we were mostly in luck that day. Thank you for the invitation, Alex! And all the other generous people who contributed!



08 Oct 2020

Café de Bretagne @ Düsseldorf

Oyster meet-up

 

🇫🇷 NV Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature by Laherte Frères

🇫🇷 NV Champagne Cuvée No. 741 by Jacquesson

🇫🇷 2015 Love and Pif Aligoté by Yann Durieux

🇫🇷 2012 Chablis Vent d'Ange by Domaine Pattes Loup

 

Kicking it off with a fine BdB by Laherte Frères which wins over time and certainly is a champagne that can lay low for a while. The same goes for the 741 even though this is not even the current cuvée. Jacquesson is delicate in structure so you need to concentrate a little on the champagne. Love and Pif is a nice Aligoté and seems to be in a good drinking window now. Or maybe even just starting. Vent d'Ange is an atypical Chablis with broad shoulders and a structure that I wouldn't have expected from a Chablis. Thank you, Irene and Olivier!



03 Oct 2020

private @ Düsseldorf

French sit-in

 

🇫🇷 2011 Champagne Blanc de Blancs 1er Cru by Dhondt-Grellet

🇫🇷 NV Champagne Rosé 1er Cru by Clément Perseval

🇫🇷 2017 Coteaux-Champenois Extravagante by Aurore Casanova

🇫🇷 2017 Les Onglés by I. et S. Bernaudeau

🇫🇷 NV Frênette by Huber Gaillot

 

Dhondt-Grellet is a bank. Always a wonderful champagne and the 2011 BdB makes no exception. Highly enjoyable and still many years left in the tank. Clément Perseval with striking acidity that will leave a Joker face and give you an immediate face lift. Too straight for my taste but not bad. The Extravagante was exactly that extravagant. With burnt rubber but not like some Meursault this was pretty exhausting over time and also came with quite the acidic punch. Nice Onglés which was probably still too young as it was enjoyable but didn't really show much. As prices keep rising there must be more to it. Frênette as a downer at the end concluded the evening. Thank you, Olivier!



02 Oct 2020

private @ Düsseldorf

Zonk's birthday

 

🇪🇸 2015 Izar-Leku by Artadi

🇫🇷 2009 Champagne Vintage by Pol Roger

🇫🇷 NV Champagne Cuvée No. 737 Dégorgement Tardif by Jacquesson

🇫🇷 2009 Champagne Minéral Grand Cru by Agrapart & Fils

🇫🇷 2009 Champagne Luminous Edition by Dom Pérignon

🇫🇷 2008 Champagne Dom Pérignon

 

🇦🇹 2017 Ex vero I by Werlitsch

🇺🇸 2017 Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay by Shafer

🇫🇷 2017 Arbois Chadonnay by Domaine du Pélican

🇳🇿 2017 Block 6 Chardonnay by Felton Road

🇦🇹 2017 Löwengang by Alois Lageder

🇫🇷 2017 Meursault-Charmes 1er Cru by David Moret

🇫🇷 2016 La Cuvée du Couvent by Domaine Capmartin

🇫🇷 2016 Château du Retout

🇫🇷 2012 Château d'Ampuis by E. Guigal

🇫🇷 2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape by Clos des Papes

🇫🇷 2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Chapouins by Famille Perrin

🇮🇹 2005 Valpolicella by Dal Forno Romano

 

Fantastic Izar-Leku with almost champagne qualitites. Way to go, Artadi. Fun bubbles! Rock solid 09 Pol Roger that seems to be in a good spot righ tnow. Loved the 737 DT and it's always a treat. Probably the oldest Jacquesson I've had so far. Finesse and vinous aromas. Personal winner was the Minéral. I just love what they're doing with their champagnes! 2008 DomP is still reductive and IMHO not in a very good spot now and will still take years until it will show all of its potential. 2009 has advanced further than the 2008 and is more enjoyable although it is probably the worse of the two vintages. Ex vero I was delightful to drink despite its youth. Not a Chardonnay day for me. Shafer did not convince me but I liked the Domaine du Pélican. Block 6 was out of the question for me and Löwengang was not for me either. David Moret should have saved the round but it didn't. Pretty impressive Tannat by Capmartin and very good value for money. Obviously too young but already accessible when aerated for a couple of hours. Same goes for the Château du Retout. Nothing big but fun for the money. 2012 Château d'Ampuis was not charming at all and probably needs a few more years. It's miles away from the 2009. 2012 Clos des Papes was good but not too memorable as was Les Chapouins. Valpolicella 2005 was in a good spot, probably even better in a few years as I enjoyed a perfect 1999 not too long ago. Thank you for the invitation Zonk!