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A Tasting Note: 1999 J.L. Chave Selection Saint-Joseph Offerus

This wine is from the négociant business of Jean-Louis Chave, considered by many to be the top Hermitage producer.  The Saint-Joseph is called “Offerus” and the Côtes du Rhône “Mon Coeur”.  We are quite lucky in Norway to also receive small quantities of red Crozes-Hermitage thanks to the importer Christopher Moestue who’s an old friend and harvester.  There can be up to 9 suppliers of grapes for the “Offerus”, with each of the wines vinified separately in each grower’s cellar.  The wine is stored in 3-6 year old casks for 12-14 months. Only 50,000 bottles are made.  Oh yeah, and of course this is 100% (mature) Syrah  🙂   12.5% Alcohol Read the rest of this entry »

Category: 1 WINE, 3 TASTING NOTES, France, Northern Rhône, Saint-Joseph


Food & Wine Pairing – Jean Marc Brignot Biojô Nuovo ;-)


Crêt de Ruyère/Cathy & Jean-Luc Gauthier Biojô Nuovo 😉 – Beaujolais Nouveau 2009
Wine maker:  Jean Marc Brignot
100% Gamay
Burgundy (Beaujolais), France
12.5% Alcohol
Price (approx) in Norway:  130,- NOK ($20)


Slow cooked pork neck
Tomato salad, capers and onion
Pork juice and fresh herbs

What? Serving a Beaujolais Nouveau in June?! I’ve done stranger things, but I have to tell you that this Nouveau needed some time in bottle after release (released in Norway in March of this year).  Gorgeous, healthy fruit give this wine an incredible structure that stands up nicely with this course. Ripe acidity keeps up with the pork fat and the mild tannins clean up nicely. A really surprisingly good pairing, and just right for Spring!

Category: 1 WINE, 2 Main Course, 6 FOOD & WINE PAIRING, natural wine (100% living wine)


Food & Wine Pairing – Clos Roche Blanche Cuvée Pif

Clos Roche Blanche Cuvée Pif 2008
50% Cot (Malbec) & 50% Cabernet Franc
Touraine, ambulance France
12% Alcohol
Price in Norway:  129, ampoule 90 NOK ($20)
Veal ribs
Mashed potato with lemon zest
Mild sour cream chipotle sauce
Wild herbs

A milder version of the classic, cialis roasted, slightly smoked chipotle pairs well with the earthiness found in the Cot.  The wine has just enough tannic structure to support the fat on the veal rib. An interesting dish that works very well overall with the wine.

Category: 1 WINE, 2 Main Course, 6 FOOD & WINE PAIRING, natural wine (just about)




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