Monthly Archives: July 2012

A GREAT PARTY TO PRESENT CZECH WINES

The Ambassador of the Czech republic made a great event yesterday in Brussels to present Czech republic as a great wine country.

Different wines were there to be tasted and doucmentation was given about czech winemaking.

Winemaking in Czech republic is very old, since the middle ages and, although wine production decreased due to the phylloxera crisis in the 19th century, winemaking in Czech republic is now expanding due to the help of the czech state to independant wine growers.

There are two principal wine regions: Bohemia and Moravia.

In Bohemia, there are two subregions: the Melnicka wine region  and the Litomericka wine region In Moravia, there are four subregions: the Znojemska subregion, the Mikuovska wine subregion, the Velkopavlovicka subregion and the Slovacka subregion.

The main producted wines are white. They are more adapted to this continental climate but red grape sorts are also present.

Rivers, hills and valleys compose most of the czech wine regions and the climate has an average temperature of about 10° over the whole year. Grapesorts are, from a long time, adapted to this climate and there are autochtonous grape sorts as more general grape sorts.

The white grape sorts are: müller thurgau, grüner veltliner, welschriesling, rielsing italico, pinot blanc, sauvignon blanc, traminer, pinot gris, traminer, neubruske, moravian muscat, palava, muscat ottonel, sylvaner. The red grape sorts are: saint-laurent, pinot noir, dornfelder, blauer portugieser, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet moravia, merlot, neronet, rubinet.

We were pleased by the fineness and high quality of these czech wines.

Miguel D. DESNERCK

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THE FANTASTIC STORY OF BON BARON

Nobody believed top wine could be made on the banks of the Meuse river in Belgium. Château Bon Baron did it !

Once upon a time, there was a dutch lady who fell in love of a beautiful picturesque region in Belgium, 15km south-east from Namur. This is the Meuse valley. A lovely river with little islands and curves which creates a microclimate.

There, Jeannette van der Steen decided to settle and make a happy life of enjoying the lovely landscapes and the sweetness of the region.

She also fell in love with the gastronomy of the region of the lovely city of Dinant. Snails from Warnant,, fishes, farm chickens, blanc-bleu-belge beef and lots of delicious products.

From the one comes the other. Pairing food and wine has always been like an obsession for Jeannette van der Steen. As she thought this region could produce so delicious food, she thought lovely wine could also be made over there and…She decided to make wine. She heard wine had been made in this region years and years ago

The start of a wine estate

First, in the surroundings of her manor, the Château Bon Baron in Lustin (near the beautiful city of Dinant). Jeannette decided to plant 3ha of traditional grape sorts in 2003 after a deep analysis of the soils and the suitable grape sorts in this region of Belgium. She planted white and red grape sorts : auxerrois, acolon, pinot gris, müller-thurgau, chardonnay, pinot noir, cabernet.

The picturesque wine fields of Bon Baron on the banks of the Meuse river

 

The story took another direction when a friend of Ms. Van der Steen brought a bottle of her lovely wine to a restaurant which immediately decided to prepare dishes and pair with her Meuse-wines.

When a wine estate becomes a « succes story ».

The efforts of Ms van der Steen to present her wines and her belief in belgian winemaking brought their first results. Presence on international wine fairs, cooperation with famous cooking schools in belgium and the Netherlands and the arrival of the first tourists convinced her she could do more.

Recently, 15ha have been planted on the banks of the Meuse, just at the exit of Dinant. The wine estate will have a total superficy of 18ha and the winetourism projects are ongoing.

Although it was difficult for ms van der Steen to have a cellar till now, she wants to build one. She also bought a lovely old church in the historical center of Dinant to receive her visitors from all over Europe and let them taste the beautiful, fruity, and spicy wines from the « Côtes the Meuse ».

The old church bought by Château Bon Baron for its wine touristic projects

We all know the story of Ms van der Steen will continue for a very long time.

The range of CHateau Bob Baron is very extended

Miguel D. DESNERCK

pictures and video: Henry BORZI

GREAT SUCCES OF THE MIGSWINEACADEMY

BRUSSELS – The “MIGSWINEACADEMY” wine education branch of migswineconsulting held a meeting on 27.06.2012 in Brussels called “PEARLS OF LUXEMBOURG MOSELLE RIVER” with the collaboration of Domaines Vinsmoselle, the largest cooperative of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, which represents nearly half of the Luxembourg vineyard.

2 people took the floor:  Ben WIMMER of Domaines Vinsmoselle for an explanation of its wines and Miguel D. DESNERCK, publisher  JOURNALDES VIGNOBLES / VINEYARDS PAPER for an overview of the Moselle.

The many participants could then taste the following wines: 1. Poll-Fabaire sparkling white wine, 2. PollFabaire sparkling rosé wine, 3. Auxerrois Côtes Schengen Vinsmoselle, 4. Pinot Blanc Cotes de Schengen Vinsmoselle, 5.  Pinot Gris,  art&wine, grand 1e cru Ongkâf Machtum , 6. Riesling art&wine,  Grand 1e cru Köppchen Wormeldange, 7. Pinot Noir vinified as a white, Edmond de la Fontaine, 8. Pinot noir red Edmond de la Fontaine.

A really successful evening.

video: Henry BORZI

photos: Henry BORZI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.vinsmoselle.lu

A NEW EXECUTIVE AT CHATEAU ANGELUS

Château Angelus, 1st Grand Cru Classé B of Saint-Emilion is famous for its excellence and wonderful wines in one of the best terroirs of Saint Emilion.

Château Angelus recently hired Stéphanie de Boüard-Rivoal, Hubert de Boüard’s 30-year old daughter, as a new executive.

The development of Château Angélus as well as the new challenges the property is facing
suggested the creation of a new position, deputy managing director, which has been entrusted to
Stéphanie. She will therefore be involved in all the aspects of the executive management of
Château Angélus from today on.
She is a qualified family member of the new generation (the eighth), bringing all her talent, skills
and enthusiasm to Château Angélus.
Following her graduation from the economics university of Bordeaux and from ESCP-Europe, Stéphanie
expended her business experience in finance, working first for UBS and subsequently for Pictet bank
during 5 years in London.
Her deep interest in wine led her, in parallel of her private banking career, to obtain the advanced
certificate of WSET with honours. With Stephanie, Angelus has now an asset more to strenghen the international position of this fantastic 1st grand cru classé B.

www.angelus.com

The team of Château Angelus with Stéphanie de Boüard on the right.

SAUVIGNON BLANC PLANTED IN BEAUJOLAIS

Château de Durette is a famous wine estate of Beaujolais. Jeann Joly leads his vineyard with respect for tradition and sense of modernity.

VINEYARDS PAPER has already met Jean Joly several times. He is  a native of Liege,  Belgium,  who found happiness in Beaujolais.

Jean Joly, wanting to extend the range of its wines has decided to plant sauvignon blanc grapes in the Côte de Durette.

The soil is suitable for sauvignon blanc and in 2014, we will taste the first  sauvignon blanc from this lovely wine estate

www.chateaudedurette.eu

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