The Ugly Truth, The Pretty Bubbles (Mailly Champagne Recent Releases)

The ugly truth is that I – quite lazily – did not really want to write about Champagne cooperative Mailly (which takes its moniker, and the fruit from its Grand Cru vineyards, from the town of the same name). In fact, I felt so lazy about it, that I employed the writer’s laziest device (the dash) in the very first sentence (shame on me!).

Mailly tasting room

Founded in 1929, this mainly Pinot Noir brand of Champers is owned by twenty-five families (three of which account for more than eighty percent of the outfit overall), produces 500,000 bottles a year, and is farming from the same spots it has since the 1960s. It’s a co-op; the least sexy of Champagne’s production options from a consumer perspective.

Mailly viewNo fancy house (though the fact that the seven floors of the co-op stretch down over twenty meters underground is pretty cool). There’s a neat little tasting room, white chalk roads, and cellars dug by hand (over a period of thirty-six years; by the company founders, mind you, and not by the Gauls).

But while Mailly might not be much in the way of looks when considered next to its more, uhm… media-friendly Champers peers, its wines give plenty of those superficially sexier houses in the region a total run for their money…

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For October 26, 2015

Vinted on October 26, 2015 binned in wine mini-reviews

So, like, what is this stuff, anyway?
I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up of those twitter wine reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find these wines, so that you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • 13 Leitz Rudesheimer Berg Schlossberg Riesling Trocken (Rheingau): Sometimes, delicious is just delicious & that's all there is to it $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Lavau Rasteau (Rasteau): It's world is a mystery of dark plummy fruit, spice, iron, and blood; oh, yeah, & over-achievement, too. $17 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Murdoch James Estate Pinot Noir (Martinborough): Savory enough that you'll wanna shoot a deer in the park & then light the grill. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Hidalgo Faraon Oloroso Sherry (Jerez): Success! Mashing up posed class and deliciousness into one eminently drinkable package. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Ferarri-Carano Tresor Red (Sonoma County): Conducting itself as fruitfully it pleases, without a single trace of inhibitions. $52 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Ferrari-Carano Fume Blanc (Sonoma County): You said she's wood-aged? That's funny, she doesn't really *look* wood-aged to me… $16 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Ferrari-Carano Prevail Back Forty Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley): …I'm soooo sexehhhhhhh it huuuurrrrtzzzzzz…! $90 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Wakefield Jaraman Cabernet Sauvignon (Clare Valley, Coonawarra): There's a Jaramaaan waiting in the skyyy with mint & sweet plums. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 M. Chapoutier Monier de la Sizeranne Hermitage (Hermitage): Give it some time for its sinewy shoulders to fit into that oak shirt $125 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Ricci Curbastro Franciacorta Brut Saten (Franciacorta): Like washing down your party's fine hors d'oeuvres with fine silk. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<



“Living Patrimony” (Bollinger Champagne Recent Releases)

Vinted on October 22, 2015 binned in elegant wines, kick-ass wines, on the road, sexy wines, wine review
Bollinger house

“Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful…”

In theory, it ought to be easy to hate on the Champagne house Bollinger.

Bollinger racksThey’re big (producing about 3 million bottles annually); they’re kitschy-famous (getting the royal warrant from the UK market in 1884, and then becoming the official Champers of agent 007); they’re fairly corporate (a staggering – and, one imagines, barely manageable – 175 shareholders); they have that other matriarch, the one with the famous and too-oft-cited quote about basically drinking Champagne all of the time (and let’s not forget that Lilly Bollinger originally resisted the release of a rosé, viewing it as “red-light district” wine, which casts serious doubts as to her sanity in my view…); and they have 5 kilometers of cellars under the town of Ay, housing 700,000 magnums full of aging wines (ok, that last bit is actually really cool).

But with Bollinger, we have a clear case of the gimcrack facade belying a core of true vinous substance (rather than the other way around). So… sorry, but the haters are gonna need to shelve that shiz for a few hundred words.

On a rainy day in September, my visit included a chat with Adjoint de Cave Denis Bunner, a young guy who had a my-job-is-really-awesome smile chiseled onto his face in a near-permanent state. He seemed to revel quietly in the history of Bollinger, dating back to when Ay was the epicenter of Champagne production. He described Bollinger as a “living patrimony” to Champagne, thanks primarily to Madame Jacques Bollinger’s tenacity: “She would say, ‘if it’s good for the wine, I don’t care about the cost; we do it!'”…

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