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Nenad Jelisic's rating system (Nenad Jelisic Points = NJP)

5,0 NJP = A fabulous, unique and world-class wine. Closer to heaven, you cannot come. If you like wine then it is a must to buy and try this wine; 4,5 NJP = An extraordinary good wine. Only small micro details distinguish this wine from to be a 5 points wine; 4,0 NJP = A very good wine. A wine that has almost everything that the most highly rated wines (4,5 and 5,0 NJP) should have; 3,5 NJP = A more than good wine. A wine that has both finesse and good taste and a wine that you greatly enjoy while drinking it; 3,0 NJP = A good wine that is well above average. A wine that lacks just a little to end higher up, i.e. to 3,5 NJP; 2,5 NJP = A wine that has ended up in no man's land. Close to be a good wine, but also close to be a below average wine; 2,0-1,0 NJP = A below average wine. You can drink it, but in return it provides no excitement; 0,5 NJP = A bad wine, but still if you make an effort when you drink it, it is drinkable; 0 NJP = A catastrophically bad and non-drinkable wine. It does not even suit for cooking.

Better than last year France, French wine tasting day 2014, Grand Hotell, Stockholm, 20-10-2014

(24-10-2014 by Nenad Jelisic)

   37% respectively 50% of the wines, which got more than 2,5 NJP on this tasting, come from Rhone respectively Bordeaux. Rhône is a French wine region that is divided into two wine districts: 1. the Northern Rhône and 2. the Southern Rhône. The Northern Rhône consists of 11 appellations: Château-Grillet, Chatillon-en-Diois, Clairette de Die, Condrieu, Cornas, Côte Rôtie, Côtes du Rhône, Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and St-Péray. The Northern Rhône, which has a colder climate than the Southern Rhône, has a continental climate with hot summers and cold winters. The climate of the Northern Rhône is influenced by the mistral, a strong, northerly wind that usually blows during the winter and spring.

 

   The best vintages of the Northern Rhône, 1929, 1947, 1978, 1999, 2003, 2009 and 2010.

 

   The grapes of the Northern Rhône, only Syrah for red wines. Viognier, Marsanne and Rousanne for white wines.

 

   The soils of Northern Rhône, mostly granite, otherwise sandy soils with some limestone.

 

   The Southern Rhône consists of 14 appellations: Beaumes de Venise, Châteauneuf du Pape, Côtes du Rhône, Côtes du Rhône Villages, Côtes du Ventoux, Côtes du Vivarais, Gigondas, Grignan-les-Adhémar (to 2010, the appellation had the name Coteaux du Tricastin), Lirac, Muscat de Beaumes de Venise, Rasteau, Tavel, Vacqueyras and Vinsobres.

 

   The best vintages of the Southern Rhône, 1978, 1990, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2007 and 2010.

 

   The grapes of the Southern Rhône, mostly Grenache, followed by Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Carignan.

 

   The soils of the Southern Rhône, vary. Stony soils on the hills and clayey soils on low-lying terrain.

 

   Bordeaux, French wine region which is divided into three areas. The first area is located on the Garonne and Gironde river's left bank and it is called the Left Bank. The second area lies between two rivers, the Garonne and Dordogne, and it is called Entre-Deux-Mers, the area "between two rivers". The third area on the Dordogne river's right bank is called the Right Bank (also called Libournais). The first area (Left Bank) is divided into two wine districts: Medoc and Graves, there also Sauternes and Barsac are embedded. The second area (Entre-Duex-Mers) is divided into nine appellations. The third area (Right Bank) is divided into whole series of individual appellations and the most famous between them are Pomerol and Saint-Emilion, which together form the Libournais.

 

   Bordeaux, the best vintages, 1900, 1904, 1906, 1914, 1918, 1924, 1926, 1929, 1945, 1947, 1949, 1953, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1982, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1996, 2000, 2005, 2009 and 2010.

 

   During this tasting, 193 wines were tasted and 30 of them got more than 2,5 NJP (16%). Last year, 12% of wines got 2,5 NJP or more, no wine got over 4,0 NJP. In addition to the wines I chose to taste, I asked all exhibitors to present their best wines in case I had not already chosen/tasted any of them.

 

   No wine got more than 4,5 NJP. To the wines that got 3,5 and 4,5 NJP belong:

 

1. La Rival 2010, 4,5 NJP,

2. Château Soleil 2010, 3,5 NJP,

3. Comtes de Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Taittinger 2005, 3,5 NJP,

4. Les Hauts de Canon La Gaffeliére 2010, 3,5 NJP and

5. Taittinger Brut Millésimé 2006, 3,5 NJP.

 

   The best wine maker (producer) at the tasting: Stephan von Neipperg. This is what I call high quality. 8 of producer’s 11 of wines (73%), which I tasted, got more than 2,5 NJP and of these: 5 got 3,0 NJP, 2 got 3,5 NJP and one got 4,5 NJP; note that this was the only wine that got more than 3,5 NJP during the tasting. That producer’s wines are of very high quality were also confirmed by the fact that of 15 wines, which comes from Bordeaux and that got more than 2.5 NJP, came 8 wines (53%) from this producer.

 

   Stephan von Neipperg belongs to one of the most internationally known wine producers (wine makers) in Bordeaux. He has 251,4 hectares planted with vines in Bordeaux. Of these 251,4 hectares belong 128 hectares to Château Guiraud in Sauternes. Stephan von Neipperg also owns vineyards in Bulgaria. The oldest vines among these 251,4 hectares are about 50 years old. The blue grapes that are grown here are dominated by Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. While the green grapes are dominated by Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. The red wines are aged in oak barrels between 12 and 18 months, while the white sweet wine (Château Guiraud) is aged in oak barrels for 24 months.

 

   The best importer at the tasting: Vinette Vinagentur. This is the first time that I choose the best importer at some tasting, but this time I had no way out. Vinette Vinagentur has 11 wines in its assortment, all of which were presented at the tasting, and 8 of them (73%) got more than 2,5 NJP what is really impressive.

 

   The best wine in all categories at the tasting: La Rival 2010, 4,5 NJP, red dry blend wine (90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc), Lussac-Saint Emilion, Bordeaux.

 

 

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