In my eternal quest to find white wines with butter-toast notes, I stumbled across this beauty from New Zealand.
A single vineyard Chardonnay, spontaneous fermented in both new and old oak barrels, and some steel tanks as well.
The Babich Family is New Zealands most experienced winemakers, founded all the way back in 1895. Their focus is on easy drinking wines, which applies well to our wine of the week.
One region that I have forgotten the last couple of years is Chablis. I don’t know why, really, when you get a good bottle nothing is better. So when we ordered a mountain trout from Hardanger, we got this weeks wine to go with.
When I started collecting wine, Chablis was one of my first and favourite wines to get. Opening a bottle and smelling the bouquet was like being at the beach or fishing from a cliff at home. And perfect with shrimp, crabs and the fish we get at home. And one of my first favourite producers was Laurent Tribut.
Tributs wines have been a staple of the great Chablis that we get here in Norway for the last few decades. His wines are crystal clear and pure. They have everything you want from a Chablis and are perfect with seafood. But also great to drink by them selves.
Tribut Chablis 2016 - 295,90 kr
Oh my Word what a wine! Like a evening stroll on the beach in the nose, with the saltiness and minerality really coming through. Great acidity and then the lime and ocean in the mouth, makes this just perfect. Great with just about any seafood.
This week we head to northern Spain and the famous wine region of Rioja. Mostly known for their robust and powerful red wines, but lately we've seen more whites, rosé and sparkling being produced.
I had the pleasure of spending the week in Ålesund. A great week of exploring the beautiful countryside in this spectacular part of Norway. There is also some great restaurants and Apotekergata 5 sticks out. Anders Göransson has really transformed the restaurant in the classic Hotel Brosundet to an outstanding restaurant. And in addition there is a great little bar where you can get all of their wines if you only want to have a drink. And there are some gems there for sure. I found this weeks wine among the great list that they have to offer.
As many of you know I’m not to fond of the Beaujolais Nouveau. The wines are just not finished. But that doesn’t mean that Gamay isn’t great. On the contrary, in can be fantastic. In Apotekergatas winelist I found Chateau des Jacques Fleurie 2015 at a very reasonable 700,- kr. It cost 250,- in the vinmonopol so this is a good buy, both in the shop and in the bar.
Chateau des Jacques Fleurie vineyard is east/south-east oriented in a nice windy place. The grapes benefits from a consistent maturation. The top soil is very thin and appears to be salmon-coloured in places where the crystalline rock of the subsoil is flush with the surface. What I like is that the wine needs two or three years to reach its peak, and can then age comfortably for several decades. Have some patience with the Gamay! Then you will be revarded!
Ch. des Jacques Fleurie 2015 - 249,90 kr
Lovely bouqet of flowers, strawberries and raspberries. Very elegant acidity that balances the wine really well. Pure pleasure in the mouth with great lenght. So good.
This Burgundy style beauty from South Africa is our wine of the week. Made from 100% Chardonnay grapes, partially spontaneous fermented and stored in oak barrels.
It's rich, round and smooth. It imitates much what is loved by expensive Chardonnays from Burgundy. Delicate smells of butter, toast, oak and roasted nuts, at an affordable price.
I've picked my flight of wines for this summer. A good blend of whites, reds, rosé and bubbles. Summer vacation up north in Norway, calls for many different occasions; wine vice. You need good aperitifs, interesting food pairings and things to just enjoy on the terrace.
Kjerringøy is a peninsula 30 minutes outside of Bodø, north of the Arctic circle. Stunning scenery, great for hiking and where my better half has her family roots.
To this beautiful place I've brought a good variety of bottles for everyone to enjoy. I've selected things to go well with my cooking, but also new stuff that can be fun for all to try.
The bottles, brief tasting notes and food pairing
Finally some heat and what better way to enjoy the warm summer than a great and affordable champagne?
The history of our Lanois goes back to 1872 when the house of Launois Père et Fils was founded in the village of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. Located on the prestigious Côte des Blancs, the home of the very best Chardonnay grapes, the vineyards are classified
as “Grand Cru”: la crème de la crème. And it shows in this weeks wine
Launois Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut 2011
An outstanding Blanc de Blanc. A lot of citrus fruits on both the nose and in the mouth. Great minerality, acidity and length. A perfect aperitif for these long summer days.
Have you seen the cow?
Austrian producer Meinklang is easily recognisable with their cow logo and well known for high quality wines.
Meinklang is a multi cultural family operation run and owned by the Michlits family. The Angus cow on the bottle is a symbol of the diversity of their farm. Meat, fruits, vegetables and wine are all biodynamically farmed by the family. Impressive!
"Prosa", our wine pick of the week, is a semi sparkling rosé wine, made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes. Semi sparkling means that there is less bubbles than in a normal sparkling wine, and the bubbles appear more gentle in your mouth.
This is one of my absolute favourites. One of my "go to" bottles when I shop. It's clear, refreshing and with the grace of only 10,5% alcohol. Perfect sunset wine in the summer.
The poor summer has postponed one of my favourite hobbies, drinking great rosé wines from Austria. Finally we had some warm weather so I ran to the Vinmonopolet and bought my favourite, Langmanns Schilcher Klassik and it didn’t disappoint.
The Langmann winery has traditions going back to 1746. Today it is run by Stefan Langmann and we in Norway are lucky because it is to us the export most of their wines! They use the local grape Blauer Wildbacher, a greap not grown in many places outside of Westeiermark where Langmann is situated. Their rosé has been a favourite of mine for years. It always has the same good quality, great acidity that makes it so fresh and fruity.
Langmann Schilcher Klassik 2018 - 132,90 krA classic Schilcher rosé.
The first ting you notice is the acidity. It is so present, but never to much. It makes me think of red currants right away. The ones we would pick in late summer and eat to many of. It also has hints of wild strawberries. And it is so, so fresh.
This is great alone on a lazy, hot summers day. It will work well with some light barbecue as well and a fresh salad. Enjoy :-)
This summer has been a strange one. From torrential rainy to autumn like days, it’s itching like the warm days of last year. But to compensate we thought we could recommend a particularly sunny wine from Germany.
Dr. Loosens wines has a reputation for being easy to drink and low in alcohol. A typical beginners wine. But they have a great range of good, high quality wines as well. And the Kabinett from Wehlen is one of my favourites. It takes its name from the sun dial on the side high above the river facing the tiny village and it is so good and refreshing.
Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2017 - 159,90 kr
Superb Kabinett. Love this Predikat. Great acidity to balance the sweetness. The apples and lime dominate on the bouquet and in the mouth. But it’s greatest asset is the freshness. It is so cool and crisp to drink. And just makes you want to pour another glass.