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Clemens & Alois Lageder

Clemens & Alois Lageder

Alois Lageder. Italy's biodynamic champion is a fourth-generation winemaker who flirted with economics before finding his true calling among the vines. Richard Baudains visits his estate to see his sustainable wine-growing philosophy in action. In 2010 Alois Lageder had the idea of asking farmers to bring their sheep and cattle down from the mountains to winter in the vineyard. The result was a revitalised plot, healthy vigorous plants and perfect, even ripening. At a practical level, the animals eat the grass between the rows and leave their manure, but in Lageder's vision something else less thangible but no less significant was going on, and it was to do with the Steinerian philosophy of the vineyard as a microcosm of the natural world, the internal harmony of its elements and influence of the cosmos.

The Löwengang barrel-fermented Chardonnay, first released in 1984, was a milestone in Italian wine and the breakthrough for Lageder. The evolution continued in 1995 with the inauguration of a new eco-sustainable winery at Magrè. At that point Lageder felt he had everything sufficiently in place to return to his original ambition of converting the estate to biodynamics. 'We are working on detail in the wines, which is the next quality step forward. This involves greater differentiation in the harvesting and vinification in smaller lots, partial maceration for the whites and whole-bunch fermenting on some of the reds. All the top-selection and single-cru wines and the majority of the rest of the production are fermented without selected yeasts and without sulphites, and generally the amount of intervention has been reduced, especially during ageing.

Alois Lageder – Löwengang Chardonnay

Alois Lageder – Löwengang Chardonnay

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The Löwengang barrel-fermented Chardonnay, first released in 1984, was a milestone in Italian wine and the breakthrough for Lageder.

 


 

 

Andrea and Dario Pieropan

Andrea and Dario Pieropan

Soave: why producer is key. Northeast Italy's classic dry white has come on in leaps and bounds in the past few decades. Michael Apstein gets to the heart of this hilly region, highlighting six of his favourite producers and selecting 12 of the best wines to try. Pieropan. In 1971, decades before the Soave consorzio began to study the concept of crus, Pieropan started to bottle its now iconic Calvarino. Still a family business, fourth-generation winemakier brothers - Andrea who lookgs after the vineyards, and Dario who runs the cellar - are in charge. All 46ha of its Soave vineyards, which were certified organic in 2015, are in the Classico zone. As befits a vicitulturist, Andrea insists: 'The vineyard name is more important than the appellation,' which explains why Calvarino is proudly displayed on the front label, while Soave Classico is relegated tot he back label. Pieopan bottles wine from antoher cru, La Rocca, which has more clay in the soil and translates into a more robust wine compared to the racier Calvarino. Pieropan consistently makes great wines, from its Soave Classico to its cru, that have precision, reflect their origins and develop marvellously with a decade or more of bottle age. When I visited Pieropan last September, Andrea poured a 1995 Soave Classico Superiore that he had opened three days earlier. It was magnificent, with a Riesling-like nose and a waxy, creamy texture.

Pieropan – Soave Classico Calvarino

Pieropan – Soave Classico Calvarino

94 points Decanter

A blend of Garganega and Trebbiano di Soave, this delivers more stone fruit and less spice than the regular Soave Classico. Nonetheless, it still has gossamer elegance and invigorating freshness. A substantial wine that cries out for chicken in a creamy sauce.

 

Pieropan – Soave Classico

Pieropan – Soave Classico

90 points Decanter

Garganega with 15% Trebbiano di Soave, this is floral and lacy yet its persistence belies its delicacy and a hint of white pepper enhances its appeal. A fresh and vibrant wine that would go well with shellfish or other simple seafood. Pieropan's wines have all been certified organic since the 2015 vintage.

Vanaf 1 april 2018 zijn er prijswijzigingen in ons assortiment. Wij hebben getracht deze onontkoombare prijswijzigingen, zo laag mogelijk te houden. Door vorst, hagel en droogte viel de duivenoogst dit jaar tegen. In een aantal wijngebieden zijn de volumes een stuk lager dan voorgaande jaren. Hierdoor zijn wij genoodzaakt om een deel van de prijzen te verhogen. 
Vanaf 1 april zijn de nieuwe prijzen bij alle producten zichtbaar. De prijzen zijn vermeld in euro’s exclusief btw en inclusief accijns en rechten. Typefouten, jaar- en prijswijzigingen voorbehouden.

We nemen je graag mee in de wereld van de wijnboer en vatten hieronder de verschillende bevindingen van de druivenoogst van het afgelopen jaar samen. Het merendeel van de wijngaarden in Europa heeft een moeilijk begin van het groeiseizoen gehad.

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Lorenza Sebasti, Castelllo di Ama
‘Goede terroirwijn verveelt nooit’

Tekst: Ronald de Groot

Italië is een bijzonder land, met een waanzinnige veelzijdigheid. Er zijn veel clichés over te verzinnen, en toch brengt het ook altijd weer aangename verrassingen. Zoals de sprankelende Lorenza Sebasti, CEO van Castello di Ama, een bijzonder familiewijngoed in Chianti Classico. ‘Voor Italianen is het glas altijd halfleeg. Dat bevalt me niks. Voor mij is het op zijn minst halfvol’. Dat typeert de kracht en de energie die deze bijzondere persoonlijkheid uitstraalt.

Famille Perrin, Winery of the Year (Meininger Awards)

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Famille Perrin
 has been named ‘Winery of the Year’ at the 14th Meininger Awards – Excellence in Wine & Spirit, organised annually by German publisher Meininger Verlag during the ProWein International Trade Fair in Düsseldorf.

From the iconic “Hommage à Jacques Perrin” and the legendary "Château de Beaucastel" to the partnership with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie at Miraval, Famille Perrin has experienced more than a century of success. From North to South, the grape varieties of the Rhône Valley hold no secrets for Famille Perrin. Individually, they reproduce the singularity of each terroir, as is the case with the Syrah from the Côte Rôtie to the Cornas, via the Crozes Hermitage of Domaine Les Alexandrins. Together they blossom in the Château de Beaucastel in which the 13 traditional varieties are blended and reveal the complexity of each plot in the various appellations of the South. With this award, the world of wine commends both a pioneer and visionary family: a pioneer in organic farming since 1953 and in biodynamic winegrowing since 1970, the first to have used the Rhone varietals in the U.S. and to believe in the potential of Paso Robles from 1989.

Famille Perrin said: “The wines we produce are the progeny of a history, family, culture and secrets passed down through five generations of winegrowers. We would like to dedicate this award to Jacques Perrin who followed his own ideas, sometimes regardless of those of others, to affirm our own identity, at the risk of perhaps being misunderstood, at least for a while. We continue to be inspired in our daily work by the thoughts of this man whose favorite quote was: ‘A fine wine must be the purest possible expression of the origin of taste’.”

If the worldwide success of “La Vieille Ferme” has contributed, since 1970, to the recognition of the quality of the Rhone Valley wines in more than 80 countries and to the development of the wine estate, the company has remained a family business. Famille Perrin consists of two generations, nine brothers, sisters and cousins who share the tasks and decisions under a philosophy of excellence initiated by Jacques Perrin. The legendary cuvée “Hommage à Jacques Perrin”, a tribute to him, is the only non Bordeaux French wine to be distributed by Bordeaux negociants alongside the Premiers Crus Classés. Associated with the world’s finest wine producing families, Famille Perrin is a member of the Primum Familiae Vini association since 2006.

Geraakt door de charme van Puglia

woensdag 28 februari 2018

li veli

Het volgende artikel is geschreven voor SENS Magazine nummer 7.

Auteur: Wilko van der Kooi, Wijnkoperij De Gouden Ton Amsterdam Centrum

Masseria Li Veli
Geraakt door de charme van Puglia

Als we het in de wijnwereld hebben over grote Italiaanse wijnen, gaat het vaak over de beroemde wijnen uit Piemonte en Toscane. Niet zo gek natuurlijk. Maar dan doen we wel een groot aantal andere Italiaanse wijnregio’s tekort. Puglia bijvoorbeeld, in de hak van de Italiaanse laars, waar we het grootse Masseria Li Veli bezochten.

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