Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Christmas Meal in November!!!

Those who know me...they know...that I dislike Christmas. Well..not exactly the 2-3 days...but the whole build up to it. Already in the stores and shops there are Christmas articles etc....grrrrr!!!! So...why the title?..well.. blame daughter No. 1 Bianca...who will be disappearing with her 'hubby' Jochen to Brazil for 5 weeks in December..and so will not be around for our get together on Xmas Eve. Hence...our 'Christmas' Meal in November. Off to our local eatery....and a couple of recent purchases...the first a 'simple' Franken..the second a more 'serious' wine from the Ahr Valley.
Fürst Spätburgunder Tradition 2007
Franken, Germany
The red wine 'Prince' of Franken Rudolf Fürst never disappoints. My good friend Robert visited the property recently and got to try the 'Hünsrück' 2007 and other wines of real quality. Quite by chance I had bought this bottle a few days ago...sweet, ripe fruit...dark smoke..lithe and earthy...honest style...you get something for your money here..a 'Spaßwein'..full of lively minerally tones........and at € 13.50..value for money.
Points 16



Deutzerhof Grand Duc Spätburgunder 2005
Ahr, Germany
"Grand Duc" refers to a type of owl that patrols the vineyard..and the wine spends nine months in new barrique. Medium deep colour...meaty FUNKY nose..touch of game..shocks you at first..Pinot at this age?...reminded me of a 10 year-old Chateauneuf-du-Pape...in the mouth it is cooler...a dry mid-palate..with a tough tannin structure ...will it develope?...2005 was not a top year on the Ahr....
Points 16.25



The second wine 'pointed' more..but the first was more enjoyable..I think we have all been there....

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