Wine of the YearPosted by Per-Olof Diderot Sat, December 22, 2012 16:54:07 An excited wineblogg jury gathered 8th of December to select 2012 wine of the year. A wine year that has offered many surprises from most parts of the world. But one wine must ultimately stand on top of the podium. And there was an intense battle until the finish line. But here's now the winner of wineblogg.com wine of the year awards 2012. And here is what the jury had to say: A small producer from the heart of the best that can be offered from the divine bubbly territory Champagne. With limited resources, great expertise and true passion they have managed to created a Champagne that is an outstanding achievement. Combining this masterpiece Champagne with seafood is a unique sensation and there is hardly anything equivalent to this higher experience.
Wineblogg.com jury congratulate Bertrand Lilbert to this wine of the year award for his Champagne Lilbert Blanc de Blancs 2006. A true pleasure to raise the glass and propose a triple Scanian cheer for this masterpiece.
Wine of the YearPosted by Per-Olof Diderot Fri, December 21, 2012 20:23:58 After all wine tastings this year, it was easy to find a producer that stands out from the rest, despite the high level of quality reflected from wine year 2012.
Wineblogg.com awards - wine producer of the year 2012 Here is what the Wineblogg.com editorial staff had to say: A producer who combines the best of both worlds. A balanced Europe combined with new world palette. Only a master can create a wine like the Mona Lisa's silky smile.
Wineblogg has the great pleasure to congratulate Schubert Wines from New Zealand to this award!
Cheers dear producer and a happy christmas to you all! And tomorrow you can read more about the wine of the year award.
It is a great honour to present this year's Wineblogg.com Winemaker of the Year 2011. The Champagne producer Pierre Péters is currently managed by Rodolphe Peters. He has everything required of a winemaker to be successful all over the world. In order to understand his concept for success we must go back in history.
The family began producing grapes in Le Mesnil by the Luxembourg born Gaspar Péters that married Miss Doué (which fortunately had a small vineyard in the best location of the Cote des Blancs). In the first phase they sold the grapes to the larger Champagne houses. In 1929 they decided, however, to start and sell their own Champagne under the name of Camille Peters and also purchased 2.5 hectares of Le Chétillons in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger.
In 1946 an important step was made when Pierre Péters took over and changed the company name to the present. Pierre developed the property and brand for more then 35 years. His son, Francois took over the property in 1967 and ensured sustainability. During this time the company developed and became internationally recognized by global Champagne lovers.
In 2008 Rodolphe heads Pierre Péters. With his great knowledge of modern wine production and international marketing, they have now taken a further step towards the supernovas in our wine world galaxy. I personally had the great privilege of meeting this dynamic winemaker in Le Mesnil this summer. Although he is a very busy person, I was impressed by Rudolph's professional personality. Total focus on his visitors, and at the same time running a business at a high pace. The house has an exciting future ahead with new production methods introduced with focus on pure quality, while the legacy of his father and grandfather clearly visible. What makes it even better, he is also a marketer of high international level.
Rodolphe also work as a global wine consultant supporting producers in southern France, Russia, Australia and US. When I asked how he manage everything, Rodolphe rushes out of the tasting room, to come back with a big smile and show the wine samples, sent from the other producers. An environmentally friendly and great way to "share best practice" wherever you are.
To give this prize to Rodolphe who exudes so much passion and professionalism for his work and to life, is a real pleasure. You can never achieve success in global competition without these characteristics. Finally, I want to tell you about Pierre Péters prestige vintage Champagne Les Chétillons. I have tasted several vintages and especially the one from 2000, which I drank on my 50th birthday, is particularly close to my heart. The chalky soils of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger area is full of minerals which are reflected in this totally lovely and extra-ordinary Champagne. The nose is elegant with clear complex nuances of white flowers, citrus, peach and toast. The taste makes me shed tears of happiness ... The palate is spreading lovely aromas of minerals, citrus, hazelnut and acacia honey in a perfect harmony, like the finest symphonies. The over 80 year old vines deliver everything you could ask for. And fortunately, you can still buy it in Sweden for the bargain price of 60 Euro. Price worthiness 97/100 Quality 97/100
I am already now looking forward to the day when I can buy vintage of 2008, which will be pure magic (from a very reliable source) ...
Finally, I wish all readers a Happy New Year and thank you for giving me the opportunity to write this story.
Wine of the YearPosted by Per-Olof Diderot Wed, December 07, 2011 22:50:05 And the winner is ... It's a real joy and sit down to sum up this year's jury meeting. So much good wine in combination with fine Italian cuisine from the Silver Spoon Project, that already get me going for next year's meeting. This year's wines are a selection of the best in each price range. Competition has been fierce, especially in the class between 10-20 euro . One of all the winners has also been chosen to win this year's wineblogg wine of the year 2011. And here comes now the presentation of this year's winners with a brief comment and link to previous articles.
2011 Wineblogg.com "Wine of the Year" and vintage Champagne! Diebolt-Vallois Brut 2005 Really get positive chills in my body when start I writing about this Champagne, which crushed all competitors in its path. A superior majority of the jury appointed this divine wine as the winner. The flavour is extremely rich with enormous elegance and complex aromas of green apples, citrus and almond paste. I think this is clearly, one of the best vintage champagnes I tasted, if not the best. And when its made by fantastic people, it makes it even better. Champagne D-V rules. Congratulations to Isabelle and rest of the family. http://www.wineblogg.com/#post107
Non vintage Champagne! Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs. An excellent cooperative based on divine Chardonnay soil in the heart of the Cote des Blancs. The Champagne is very good and for a price that will surprise you. Lots of lovely mineral and citrus flavours that are extra suitable for winter oysters. http://www.wineblogg.com/#post115 Red under 10 Euro! Paul Mas 2010 from Languedoc. With the glorious grape combination of GSM, which outperforms all competition, for a price that easily could be 10 Euros more and still stay in competition (hope the producer don't increase the price now ). Happy that there are still certain stores selling this excellent bargain ... http://www.wineblogg.com/#post112
Red between 10-20 Euro and this year's readers wine! L. Jadot Beaune Premier Cru 1999 A sensational wine from a favourite producer, that to everyone's surprise releases mature Burgundy, with high quality, to bargain price level. Hope you kept some. Why not use it to a New Year's eve dinner. http://www.wineblogg.com/#post7
Red between 20-30 Euro! Moreson Cabernet Franc 2008 After all the French winners, it is finally time for a glorious South African wine. Doing it with this "Bordeaux grape", makes it even more impressive. A big wine that still needs a couple of years in the cellar. The best 100% Cabernet Franc wine I tried so far (Vergelegen was also great, but this one even better). Congratulations to all Moreson fans worldwide. http://www.wineblogg.com/#post97 White between 10-22 Euro! Clos Henri Sauvignon Blanc 2008 A fabulously good wine from New Zealand that maybe unfair had to compete whith all the other winners. A separate white tasting had definitely changed the ranking. Best wine I ever tasted with this grape. A super bargain! Already waiting for the next vintage to arrive. http://www.diderot.se/ # post193
Dessert wine! d'Arenberg Noble Chardonnay Semillon 2010 A given winner who really impressed the wineblogg jury. Many were pleasantly shocked and wondered if I had poured in some fresh acacia honey in the glass. So complex wine... that I did not think was possible for a dessert wine from "Down Under" (sorry ) . Chester Osborne produces world-class quality wines! A Christmas gift to my lovely Mom... http://www.wineblogg.com/#post128
The price for this year's readers wine went to B.O.J from Bromma, Sweden. A warm welcome to next year's jury meeting.
So I can now close the book for this year's tested wines and hope for an even better 2012. France won "wine of the year" again, but other wine countries made a significantly challenge. Fun to see South Africa and New Zealand including expected Australia. Here's a comment to Mr Robert Parker who believe that France will find it more difficult in an increasingly competitive global wine market. Think the result speaks by it self. France various wine regions is on its toes and defends the position well. Cheers!
Wine of the YearPosted by Per-Olof Diderot Fri, December 02, 2011 23:34:24 Time to choose! Finally time for this year's vinblog jury to meet and choose among the great wines that has been nominated in each category for this wine of the year. I am really looking forward to surprise the participants with a massive symphony of great wines and good food. I will comment by twitter feed @ perolofdiderot when the results are revealed.
Now it's time to get ready for my highlight of the year!
Wine of the YearPosted by Per-Olof Diderot Wed, November 09, 2011 19:36:14 I need your vote! A selected jury (no wine snobby is welcome) will meet in December to decide the wine of the year awards, choosing by earlier tested wines presented in the blog 2011.
Now is your chance to make your voice heard for the award of readers favourite. Send me an email and suggest your favourite wine by the end of November. The winner will receive a personal invitation to attend at next year's jury session (which is a great honour, where you can test all the great wines together with a specially designed dinner by "The Silver Spoon project". If you unlikely can not attend I will arrange with another special prize.
Today I am happy. My youngest daughter is home from the United States and nice to see her again after months of waiting. Now I will not let her go for a while.