A merlot of good provenance, from a good vintage, at just about affordable price but safely above the danger zone. The owner is Alain Vauthier of Ch Ausone fame, the region is St-Émilion, the vintage is the first „vintage of the century” since 2010, the price is around €30. With the 2016 Ch Pey la Tour failing to cut the mustard and thus losing the title of the cheapest visual aid for „Bordeaux for Dummies” courses, Fonbel is a good candidate to fill the vacancy.
“Stylish – Ch de Fonbel 2015 St-Émilion” A teljes bejegyzés megtekintése
A Terroir Squad az osztrák borászat egykori csodagyerekénél járt, aki mára a biodinamika és a természetes bor mozgalom egyik vezető képviselője lett.
“Claus Preisinger – Terroir Squad” A teljes bejegyzés megtekintése
Officially Rioja but shows no resemblance to the standard style – this is a garnacha fruit bomb, not a savoury, elegant tempranillo. Rioja Baja, where the grapes come from is closer to Navarra both in terms of climate and varietal selection than to the „real” Rioja (Alta & Alavesa). Vendimia started out as a carbonic macerated young wine but since then
seems to have grown in stature. “Sweet Little Sin – Palacios Remondo La Vendimia 2017” A teljes bejegyzés megtekintése
Winner of the latest Decanter mencía panel test (March 2019 issue). Not having tasted the other 88 contestants, my approval is hilariously unfounded but this time I can easily believe that it’s the best (having tasted quite a few panel test winners over the years this is the exception rather than the rule). It also made it to
Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list in 2018. “Mencía tour de force – Palacios Petalos 2016” A teljes bejegyzés megtekintése
Not my favourite among the
new batch of Vida labels but still way above the earlier ones or the Hungarian average. The graphic design is fine, my quibble is mainly personal: I never liked Peter Pan (even less so his best known fan). “Breath of fresh air – Vida Ölelés Merlot 2016” A teljes bejegyzés megtekintése
An old favourite and standard recommendation over the years. 2016 is an excellent vintage in Bordeaux, and there is much to like about this wine. But it doesn’t make my heart beat faster.
“Budget Bordeaux – Chateau Pey la Tour Reserve 2016” A teljes bejegyzés megtekintése
The previous vintage of this wine was one of my favourite Hungarian whites in 2018. Considering how great 2016 proved to be for quality whites in Hungary (and in Austria) I had every reason to hope for something extraordinary. Alas, this wine is not the anticipated step forward.
“Lamb – Kreinbacher Juhfark Selection 2016” A teljes bejegyzés megtekintése
Newcomer of the year.
retasting of some of the 2016s fully justified my high hopes for the Csopak Kódex wines so I was in bullish mood when our little circle set off for the 6 wine flight. Were my expectations fulfilled? Yes and no. “Older and wiser – Csopaki Kódex 2017” A teljes bejegyzés megtekintése
The new Vida labels are works of art
I’m not sure I’ve tasted a single Hungarian red from 2013 that I was happy with (or for that matter from 2015). I know that in Szekszárd it was long spells of rain in September that ruined an otherwise promising vintage so I wasn’t really expecting the Vidas to come out with their top wine.
“Integrity unharmed – Vida La Vida 2013” A teljes bejegyzés megtekintése
A regional hybrid: harvested in Sopron, vinified in Etyek. Sounds risky but the wine is faultless. Was named the best Hungarian kékfrankos (blaufränkisch) at some domestic wine competiton and won bronze at Decanter World Wine Awards scoring 88 points.
“Dressed in Oak – Etyeki Kúria Kékfrankos 2015” A teljes bejegyzés megtekintése