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Cateva vinuri portugheze din Real,-wine boutique

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Am descoperit in sortimentatia din cadrul Real,-wine boutique cateva vinuri portugheze foarte interesante si noi pe piata din Romania. Ultimul Top 100 al Wine Spectator din 2014 contine in primele 10 cele mai bune vinuri ale anului nu mai putin de 3 vinuri portugheze, ele ocupand locurile 4 – Quinta do Vale Meão Reserva 2011, 3 – 2011 Chryseia si probabil cea mai mare surpriza, locul 1 – Dow’s Porto Vintage 2011.

IMG_20150428_200840Am descoperit cu mare bucurie ca exact producatorul de pe locul 4 – Quinta do Vale Meão este listat cu 2 vinuri dintre care unul chiar cel aclamat de Wine Spectator, dar provenind din noul an de recolta 2012. Chiar si acest nou vin are 94 pct de la Robert Parker si 94 pct de la Wine Spectator. Am incercat Quinta do Vale Meão Reserva 2012 intr-o degustare comparativa cu nume celebre de producatori din Bordeaux, Burgundia si Valea Ronului, si vinul sta fara probleme pe aceeasi linie de calitate. Este un vin dens, opac la culoare si extrem de concentrat, pe care nu-l uiti prea repede. De la acelasi producator mai este listat si Quinta do Vale Meão – Meandro 2012, un cupaj de 38% Touriga Nacional, 30% Touriga Franca, 20% Tinta Roriz si 12% alti struguri.

ahmed-ahearne-225In aceeasi categorie a vinurilor portugheze de la Real,-wine boutique am mai descoperit un alt vin pe care l-am apreciat foarte mult inca de la prima degustare: Principal Reserva 2010 ce provine din Bairrada DOC, un cupaj foarte interesant de Touriga Nacional, Cabernet Sauvignon si Merlot, care combina armonios bogatia si intensitatea aromelor de fructe negre cu aciditatea proaspata si taninul rotund si dulce, fiind un vin cu corpolenta plina si extractivitate buna. Este un vin care necesita aerare si care poate evolua frumos la sticla in urmatorii 10 ani.

id001Dom Bella 2010 sau 2012 de la Quinta de Bella din regiunea DÃO este un Touriga National pur ce provine dintr-un micro-climat situat la 380 m altitudine pe soluri de granit. Altitudinea si conditiile date de sol si pozitionarea viilor ii dau un caracter elegant si proaspat, in timp ce in gust este intens aromat si dens. Este un vin de descoperit.

Pe langa cei trei producatori de mai sus, am mai regasit vinuri de la Quinta do Popa, Quinta da Casa Amarela si Martha’s Porto din DOC Duoro, Colinas de São Lourenço si Marques de Marialva din DOC Bairrada, Quinta da Lapa din DOC Tejo, Herdade dos Grous din DOC Alentejo, Luis Duarte Vinhos din DOC Vinho Verde.

Categories: Portugal

An extraordinary culinary experience

January 21, 2013 1 comment

I attended a discreet private party last FRI evening organized by Mr Cristian Preotu and Le Manoir, that represented one the most decadent (in the most positive way) culinary and wine-pairing experience I enjoyed so far. The event had Mr Roland Birr as a guest chef that put up a mind blowing 8 hours cooking session called “Grill to Thrill” for almost 12-15 people present at the party. Mr Roland Birr is an international winemaker that produces wines in Languedoc, in Pays de l’Herault, and South Africa, and together with his Swiss company: Vive Group, specialized in events and special activities in the wine business, is touring the world cooking and introducing his wines in a unique pairing experience. Other special events organized by Vive Group are Wine & Spices, Ocean Feast, David & Goliath, Wine meets Chocolate, Meat to Steam. More information can be found here. Another similar event was held by Metro Baneasa on Oct 1st, 2012.


Most of the wines served this evening came from Mr Birr’s properties from France and South Africa: Chateau Capion from pays de l’Herault and Saxenburg in South Africa. On the side we were served for appetizers a very satisfying Champagne Duval Leroy (89/100) that is clean, mineral and full of citrus fruit, with good tension on the palate. I also had an excellent 2004 Deutz Blanc de Blancs Champagne (92/100), delicate and elegant, with plenty of tiny bubbles, hints of vanilla and roasted hazelnuts, long aftertaste and mouth watering acidity.

“Thrill to Grill” was prepared and started 4 h prior to guests arrival when the meat was placed on special barbeque devices brought by Mr Birr so it can be slowly cooked at lower temperature for almost 5-6 hours. Mr Birr’s aim was to prepare authentic food that reminds people of their childhood and the simple things in life. We started the evening with grilled coquelete cut in small pieces and served as finger food. A real treat paired by a fresh rose 2011 Capion Fiona produced by Chateau Capion.


The menu continued with veal carapaccio with fresh marjoram and olive oil produced from the 200 olive trees they have at Saxenburg in South Africa; a hot and spicy salad prepared on a large frying pan with oyster and soy sauce; grilled rack of lamb and the star of the food menu: a huge paella made with prime ingredients: fresh King prawns, chorizzo, baby squid, rabbit, mussels, clams and plenty of other ingredients. I wish I would see similar ingredients used in restaurants that prepare paella.



2011 Chateau Capion Le Colombier (90/100) blanc was served with the veal carapaccio and what a great combination it was. Spending big part of the night outside watching Mr Birr cooking while he was keeping a close eye on the 4 bottles of Colombier to remain untouched, I confess it was a real struggle to touch that wine before the carpaccio was served. I did however manage to have a few sips of the wine as a reward for resisting outside on the cold evening.

2011 Chateau Capion Le Colombier is produced in a limited quantity every year – around 9000 bottles, and is sold based on  allocation to the 58 partners that distribute Capion’s wine all over the world. A blend of Viognier and Roussanne this wine happily combines freshness and creaminess. I enjoyed a lot its pronounced white flowers character, its lemon and pineapple aromas, the mango spiciness on the finish and its freshness.


With Paella, the options of red wines served were more than generous: 2008 Chateau Capion Le Juge (88/100) that comes from 25 years old vines from a plot in one of Languedoc’s Grand Cru’s – Terrasses du Larzac, predominantly Syrah (70%) blended with Grenache and Mourvedre, the wine is serious and is drinking well now. It has structure, soul and a medium long chocolatey finish.

2000 Saxenburg Pinotage Private Collection (91/100) was a superb surprise as the wine shows no signs of aging or being tired. It has a well developed nose, fully open and still on primary (fruity) aromas with beautiful spiciness, structure of smooth and ripe tannins, balanced and a long fresh finish. It is probably the oldest Pinotage I tried so far and I loved it. There was another red wine that I did not get to taste.




To end this Gargantuan dinner, French cheese assortments, chocolate and cigars were served next to a 2000 Graham’s Vintage Port (93/100) that continued to open up in the glass for the rest of the evening. There is abundant richness both on the nose as on the palate for this wine, and it smells and tastes like the chocolate candies filled with dark cherries and rum that I used to eat in my childhood. Long finish, good balance and overall such a great wine. For me, this wine was a very close and personal experience as it had the power to take me back in time and bring back such warm memories.


This type of event that brings together so much passion for cooking and wines, shared by the small group of people present deserves to be promoted, repeated and repeated again so everyone can sample it at least once. Every wine lover should look up for the next time it happens and do whatever it takes to be on the guests list. The question is not whether one will like it, but how ecstatic will one be after.

P.S. Mr Roland Birr will be back on February 10th to cook for a larger group of doctors at the Parliament’s House.

2009 Prats & Symington Quinta de Roriz Prazo de Roriz Douro

O crama detinuta de o legenda a vinului din Bordeaux: Bruno Prats, fostul proprietar al Chateau Cos d’Estournel din St-Estephe, impreuna cu un alt producator la fel de cunoscut intre amatorii de vinuri Porto: Symington, atestati ca exportatori de vinuri Porto inca din 1652. Vinul de astazi este un vin sec, un cupaj din cel putin 5 tipuri de struguri specifici Portugaliei, ce pastreaza aceleasi proportii ca si vinul de Porto.

Culoarea este rosie inchisa cu reflexii purpurii, tradand un vin foarte tanar. Nasul este bine dezvoltat si puternic aromat, cu umbre de fructe rosii si negre de padure coapte, condiment – rozmarin, bitum dar si o nota lactica. Un vin plin, rotund, cu taninuri sanatoase, coapte si putin dulcege, bine echilibrat, extractiv, si un final mediu spre lung, condimentat. Vinul isi pastreaza bine aromele in postgust. Poate fi consumat acum alaturi de fripturi suculente, dar poate aduce arome noi probabil dupa o invechire aditionala de 2-3 ani. 14% alc (87/100)

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2003 Chateau Lange-Reglat Sauternes and 2007 Monte Velho Herdade do Esporao

April 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Sauternes AC lies on the west bank of the Garonne, upstream from Graves in Bordeaux. The appellation is only given for sweet white wines; if the wine is dry, it has the right to no higher appellation than Bordeaux AC.

2003 Château Lange-Reglat Sauternes

The wine has a clear deep amber color. The nose is clean, medium intensity, with mineral aromas and stone fruits. In the mouth the wine is creamy, lusciously sweet, has medium acidity, full body, with fruit notes: apricot and peach, vanilla, honey and caramel.  The aftertaste is medium plus. This wine needs more acidity to balance the sweetness. It is a decent wine that can be paired with foie gras and blue cheese.

2007 Monte Velho Herdade do Esporao

I tasted previously the Esporao Reserva 2006 which is the top cuvee from this producer and for 15 € it was a nice bottle of wine. The 2007 Monte Velho was a real disappointment. The wine has a medium red color and is watery like. The nose is dominated by alcohol. Even after 1h in the glass, alcohol was still dominating the nose. There are some red fruits far in the background. In the mouth the wine reveals some discreet red fruits aromas and again more alcohol. I don’t think this wine has any after taste; the only thing leaving behind is the alcohol. A real disappointment.

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Categories: Bordeaux, Portugal
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