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Food & Wine Pairing- Breuer Spätburgunder

The wine:

Georg Breuer Spätburgunder 2005

Rheingau, link Germany

100% Pinot Noir

13% Alcohol

0.5 grams/liter residual sugar

Residual acidity N/A

Price in Norwegian Kroner:  186,-

Wine pairing by Vinosseur

Wine pairing by Vinosseur

The Food:

Gourmet pizza topped with

Thinly sliced fresh figs

Orange marinated fresh fennel

Dried cranberries

Manchego cheese

Thinly sliced duck breast

(No sauce on homemade pizza dough!)

Gourmet Pizza by Vinosseur

Gourmet Pizza by Vinosseur

Category: 1 WINE, 2 Main Course, 6 FOOD & WINE PAIRING


A tasting note: 1989 Weingut Karthäuserhof Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg Auslese

Date tasted: 3rd March, 2009


2009-02-24_220091008I surprised my small group of friends (and myself!) on one of our “gourmet pizza” evenings by pulling this wine out of my cellar.  I didn’t tell the small group of 5 what it was I was surprising them with to see if they could identify the country of origin, variety and “guesstimate” the vintage… I was not surprised when they had difficulties with this blind tasting as I was a bit surprised by the vitality of the wine considering the age. Also unexpected was the bouquet which emerged from the glass.

The first thing that I have to reiterate is that I not only pulled the wine from my cellar, but I also opened and served the wine at cellar temperature. A perfect 13 degrees Celsius (55.5 degrees Fahrenheit). After pulling the cork, which was in excellent shape, and some wine was poured into the glasses, what emerged from the glass was a massive herbal bouquet!
Anyway, back to the color for a moment. Yellow, but quite light in color actually. Surprised all of us that the wine was 20 years old. Looked more like a 10-year old wine in the glass. (Flash was used for this photo – which doesn’t really reflect the true hue of the wine, sorry!)

Ok, now back to the bouquet! Slight petrol/sulfur hints which burnt off after some time in the glass, but always present were these amazing aromas of spearmint and Thai basil with hints of “minerality”!! We all agreed that the Thai basil was dominant along with other herbs. Very interesting.
ON the palate, this Auslese wine with an 8.5% alcohol content, was almost completely dry after 20 years as you might kumkwatimagine, but there was a mild sweetness at the front end when the wine first hit the tongue, but it quickly gave way to a very elegant but high level of acidity. Much more elegant in fact that many of the Karthaüser’s I have tasted in the past. Oh, of course, on the palate there were plenty of ripe lemons and a splash of kumkwat.. The wine was very concentrated and the finish very long.

A very nice wine for drinking today. If you own this wine, I would enjoy it now even though I feel it still had some cellar life left.. But why wait, drink it! This wine is exactly the reason that I am in love with the Riesling!!


Category: 1 WINE, 3 TASTING NOTES, Eitelsbach, Germany, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer

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Wine Tasting with Vinosseur – Georg Breuer Spatburgunder (Pinot Noir) 2005



Germany's Fantastic 2007 Vintage

I hosted a successful wine tasting tonight at Altona. We had more than 25 interested guests. We tasted 6 wines. My overall impression is that, although I love young German Riesling, this vintage needs some time in the cellar. The first wine was a Grüner Silvaner (and the only non-riesling of the tasting) from Weingut Wittmann in the Rheinhessen and was quite open, fresh and good. The next four wines were quite closed and didn’t give much on the nose nor the palate. The last wine, the Fritz Haag, was open, approachable and extremely nice. I have a lot of confidence that this wine will age well over the next 20-30 years.  The Weiser-Künstler was quite reductive. The last four wines were decanted 15 minutes before.

Weingut Wittman Grüner Silvaner – Rheinhessen

Robert Weil Kiedricher Gräfenberg Riesling Kabinett Trocken – Rheingau

Battenfeld-Spanier Riesling “S” – Rheinhessen

Dr. Bürklin-Wolf Wachenheimer Böhlig PC Magnum – Pfalz

Weiser-Künstler Einkircher Ellergrub Riesling Kabinett – Mosel (about 70 grams residual sugar per liter; alcohol 7.5%)

Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Sunnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel – Mosel (about 145 grams of residual sugar per liter; alcohol 7.5%)

– vinosseur

Category: 1 WINE, Events




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