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Wine mileage

Posted by torchtaker, Oct 28, 2009.

Hi Snoothers,

I am from Amsterdam, Netherlands and have recently become intensely fascinated by wine. Did a wine course during the spring and have taken the advice of my teacher (make good wine mileage) very seriously.

French and German wines have been my primary "study objects" thus far, but I am adding new regions / countries to the mix continuously.

Have enjoyed the many fun and informative posts of many of you and will try to convert some of my novice experiences into posts that may be of interest to others.




Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Oct 28, 2009.

Welcome Vincent!

I like many here most likely, have visited your fair town. Are you familiar with Wijn Antiquariaat? 1e Weteringdwarsstraat 2A, 1017 TN Amsterdam A treasure trove of aged wine, though the only wine retailer in Amsterdam I am familiar with.

I look forward to hearing more from you!

Reply by torchtaker, Oct 29, 2009.

Hi Gregory,

I haven't yet visited that place, but will surely put it on my list. Thanks.

Fortunately there are quite a few very good wine retailers in Amsterdam. My wine course teacher works at Cave Rokin near Dam square, which is very good. They have an enormous collection of fine wines.

Reply by GregT, Oct 30, 2009.

So what do you drink? And more importantly, what do you think of it?

Reply by torchtaker, Oct 30, 2009.

I try to drink something new all the time, but have noticed that I am exceptionally fond of white burgundy and German riesling. These two types of wine match very well with my taste: fresh, dry, complex, carefully balanced acids.

Among white burgundy the following wines I recently tasted stand out:

- Puligny Montrachet 1er cru Hameau de Blagny 2005 from Domaine Martelet de Cherisey
Very complex, full-bodied chardonnay with refreshing fruit tastes and very long lasting. A very classy burgundy!

- Chablis 1er cru Mont de Milieu 2006 from Joseph Garnier
Best chablis I ever tasted! 2006 is a very rich year for Chablis, I have been told, making it not a classic bone dry chablis, but a more complex one, while keeping the very mineral taste

- Saint Aubin 1er cru Les Cortons 2007 from Domaine Roux
Arguably even better than the Puligny which is a lot more expensive and is grown at only about 1km distance. This wine is ultra-complex, yet immediately inviting. It can probably be drunk until 2015 or so, but even now already it is delicious.

- Meursault Les Criots 2004 from Domaine Buisson Batteault
Upon first opening and smelling, this is not very inviting. The typical Meursault stench you learn to love after a few sniffs and definitely after the first sips. This is a Meursault of the classic type from a classic producer and a very good year.

I will drive to Burgundy's cote d'or early next spring to try many of these wines' peers and bring back a trunk load to crowd my wine closet with ;-)

Does anyone have suggestions of white burgundies I should not miss out on?

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