Before the talk Franken region from Germany, let's quick and simple overwiev all German wine region as well as grape varieties of country.
There are officially 13 wine region in Germany, mostly well-known regions are Mosel, Rheingau and Franken. Mostly planted grape variety is Riesling which is covering 20,8 % of the nation vineyards. The other grapes are followed by Müller-Thurgau ( Rivaner), Silvaner, Spätburgender, Dornfelder.
The Franken region is centered along the Main river most of its vineyards planted on hilly slopes of the river. Würzburg is the principal city and wine center of region's and home the famed vineyard of Stein. Here is the region most planted grapes are Silvaner and Müller-Thurgau.
Silvaner grape is one of the oldest variety that was the most important grape in Germany. Today is Silvaner, covering planted only 7% in the all regions of country therefore it has been suggested that Franken is the only place on the world where Silvaner outperforms Riesling.
This region is also home to the distinctive bottle that called Bocksbeutal and protected by European Union. More than 40 % of all Franken wines are bottled in the Bocksbeutel. Only Franken and nearby region in northern Baden are allowed to use this bottle shape, with selected areas in Portugual ( Mateus rose), Italy ( Greco di Bianco), Greece ( Kafelonia, Paros, Peloponnese)
The main reason to write this post is just because l am searching, learning and writing. l believe this is the most efficient way to study wine and keep in mind all this comprehensive topic. So, Let me write what l have learned about this striking region of Tuscany...
Tuscany is one of the famous, rich history and outstanding wine regions in Italy. Situated in central region in the country. Thin-skinned Sangiovese is the main grape variety, followed by other grapes are; Colorino ( Red), Canaiolo ( Red), Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Trebbiano( White), Vernaccia.
The Tuscany is the first DOC and DOCG zones to were authorized in Italy. There are officially eleven DOCG and this post slightly will focus Brunello di Montalcino which is one of the including DOCG.
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
Montalcino is the small sub-region in Tuscany, only permitted grape varietal is Sangiovese Grosso (locally knowns as Brunello ). Brunello is powerful, with more alcohol, exract and tannin than Chianti.
There are also some aging requirements by law that every producer should follow this regulations. lf bottle labelled only Brunello; should be Minumum 2 years in wood plus 4 month in the bottle, may not be sold before January 1 of the 5th year following the harvest. If bottle labelled Brunello Riserva; minumum two years in wood plus 6 month in the bottle, may not be sold before January 1 of the 6th year following the harvest. Minumum alcohol level should be 12.5 %. DOCG established year; 1980. Principal soils are clay and galestro
Biondi- Santi most well-known producer in the region and they are also proud of the invention of Brunello style. First isolate the Brunello clone and bottle it in 1865. l highly recommend to go visit their officially web-site for more information viticulture, vinification, history all about producer. Here is the website; www.biondisanti.it
l do really love both study Spanish regions and Spanish wines. Ribera del Duero is an important wine-producing region as Rioja which is the another most well-known region in Spain. The name Ribera del Duero, literally means banks on the river Duero.
First you should know about Ribera Del Duero that produces only red (Tinto) and small amounts Rose ( Rosado) wines. Not Allowed White wines. Absolutely Spain's top red wine producing regions that most widely planted grape varieties are Tempranillo, variously knowns as Tinto del Pais and Tinto Fino, followed by Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot. Moreover, there is one white grape variety in the region, called Albillo or Albillo Mayor, permitted for the freshness in the Rosado Wines ( Rose )
The red wine may be labelled Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva as you see the pictures that mean is aging requirement categories, Crianza wines must age for two years prior the release ( one year in cask), Reserva wines must age for three years prior the release ( one year in cask), Gran Reserva wines age for five years prior the release ( two year in cask).
l served and taste Arzuaga Reserva 2008 at Burj Al Arab Hotel that wine was very complex wine with black fruit, ripe blackberries, cherry aromas. Extremely full-bodied body and tannin, high,strong acidity, well-finished, powerful wines.
Château Haut-Brion is one of the first growth wine which is the most famous Clasifiacation of the Bordeaux in 1855 and comes from Graves ( Pessac Leognan ) Not Medoc
Pessac Leognan was created northern Graves, it is really big prestige and famous sub- appellation both red and dry white wine. This appellation established 1987 and grape varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cot (Malbec), Carmenère, whites for Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris, Muscadelle. Minumum potential alcohol should be 11%, max, residual sugar 4g/l both red and whites. Wines may not be released until October 1 of the year following the harvest
l should say first that the wine was absolutely amazing. l love the take note when l taste kind of great wines.
l think, we could keep at cellar 7-10 more years however Chateau-Haut Brion every time great.
The wine was pale to garnet appearance, on the nose is very clear Black Cherry and currant, Cedar and of course violent aromas dancing together. Well-balance fully body& Tannin, smooth, clear black fruity aromas on the mount. High- Premium wine.
Before the talk this wine, l would love to tell basic information about this wine regions of Chablis!
The Chablis regions is northernmost wine district of the Burgundy region in France. The wines of the Chablis district has four different appellation these are - Petit Chablis, Chablis, Chablis Premier Cru and Chablis Grand Cru. All these four appellations wines should be Chardonnay 100 % grape variety.
I tasted Chablis from Grand Cru Appelations which mean is highest quality of this regions. Grand Crus Chablis should be minimum potential alcohol %11, maximum residual sugar 4g/l and principal soil types are Kimmeridgian Clay-Limestone. Also, Grand Cru appleations are divided 7 different sub-regions. l know lot of informations should keep on mind but l really love the study and taste wine. So this seven regions are name Bougros, Preuses, Vaudesir , Grenouilles, Valmus, Les Clos and Les Blanchots.
This wine come from Les Blanchots it was very delicate bouquet. extremely white floral aromas such as hawthorn, Acacia and little Linden. l did not get too much fruity aromas. well- harmonious all flavor in the mouth, Ultra-premium Chablis.