Tag: 2011 vintage

A Trip Down the Rhône River; Tasting the 2011 Vintage

It is late Sunday evening when we arrive at Lyon airport for our annual Rhône En Primeur trip. Wet snow starts to fall heavily as we collect our rental car and race down the motorway to Ampuis, the centre of Côte-Rôtie. Monday morning we wake up to one of my favourite views in the world; […]

Austria: news of the 2011 vintage. And Blaufränkisch: the country’s next ‘Red Bull’?!

It was only my second visit to Austria but my inaugural, and most satisfactory, encounter with the fine estates of Knoll, Nikolaihof, Ehmoser, Bründlmayer and Pichler-Krutzler; along with Prager, Schloss Gobelsburg, Moric and Wachter-Wiesler. I sense a most exciting offer beckons this autumn! Austria’s 2011 vintage, echoed across much of Europe, was characterised by a […]

2011 – A Portfolio of Perfect Wines

Ending Wednesday evening with a tasting at the most consistent First Growth of recent times, Ch. Latour, was a great experience in their modern tasting facility – a stark contrast to many of the other more traditional rooms we had experienced earlier in the day.  Very much within the context of 2011, the Les Forts […]

2011 – Excitement Builds

Following a remarkably pleasant flight (and a particularly enjoyable glass of wine at the airport) we have landed in Bordeaux and can’t wait to start tasting the wines of 2011. Our schedule is remarkably similar to previous years (if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it), so all of the eager anticipation that’s been building during the […]