Monthly Archives: April 2013

Chablis Vieilles Vignes 2011, Christophe & Fils

IMG_20130410_183905I love a good Chablis. Problem is it doesn’t come cheap and even worse, the name doesn’t guarantee quality, as many supermarkets examples will show. So on that basis I don’t often take the risk to buy a bottle.

A bit of basics, Chablis is the northernmost region of Burgundy, pretty much in between Paris and Dijon. So we’re talking cool climate where the aspect, slope and orientation of the vineyard is key so that the vine can make the best of the available sunshine and heat.

The soil in which the grapes for this wine (and most of the best Chablis) grow is called Kimmeridgian, after the name of the village of the same name in Dorset. Continue reading

WEST Advanced (Level 3) – Session 1

WSET3 booksI have recently started the Level 3 of the WSET award in wine and spirits. Level 2 concentrated on the main international grape varieties (Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot, Syrah/Grenache), and the main wine producing regions. I’m hoping level 3 brings me that step closer to better appreciating some of the more outlandish varieties as well as providing a more in-depth understanding of the wine producing regions of the world. But most of all the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® should give me the robust framework to analyse properly every wine I taste. It is very structured Continue reading