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Arrived: Tardy and Verdet

Two days after our return from Italy 'my' first Burgundies arrived: the domaines Tardy and Verdet.

Tardy is hard to find, and hard to get. It is sold in the Far East, in the U.S. (if they can still afford it) and in the U.K. at Berry Bros. and Rudd. On continental Europe it is only to be found at Alain Ducasse's three star restaurants in Paris and Monaco. And since this week also in Amsterdam. At Bolomey Wijnimport.

VOSNE-ROMANEE "VIGNEUX" 2006 FROM DOMAINE JEAN TARDY & FILS (THE SON IS GUILLAUME, AND HE'S THE ONE IN CHARGE NOW)

For more details about this wine I refer to an earlier posting.

The other wines come from the Hautes-Côtes village of Arcenant. Beautifully balanced organic whites. The last days I threw two tastings (that's also why I keep it short this time) and it was great to see customers react to the Burgundy blanc. Then it almost seems that one is doing good (just) by selling wine.

BOURGOGNE HAUTES-COTES DE NUITS FROM AURELIEN VERDET, THE BI…

Visit to Grattamacco

Back in Amsterdam. Experiencing a tiny post-vacation dip. No hills at the horizon. No rolling vineyard covered hills.

I think about our visit to Grattamacco, in the Southern part of the Tuscany coast, the Maremma; the Bolgheri wine region. Relatively young, absolutely beautiful.

The view from Grattamacco is simply stunning: at the one side woolly hills with trees, and just here and there grown with vines. At the other side the lowlands, eventually running into the azure blue sea.

THE VIEW FROM GRATTAMACCO

Tonight we will – undoubtedly effectively – fight our dip with good pizza and the second wine from Podere Grattamacco: Bolgheri Rosso. Grattamacco is one of the so-called Super Tuscans. But Grattamacco is also small, and not as well-known as neighbouring Sassicaia and Ornellaia.

The rise of Bolgheri as a wine region started with Sassicaia (meaning "stony soil"), the wine created in the mid 20th century by Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, a marquis from the Northern (wine) region Pi…

Visit to Tuscany's Maremma

Dear readers, give me a break. The next two weeks me and my computer will be separated, as much as possible at least. I think that's healthy. But the thought of doing no postings also gives me a somewhat uncomfortable feeling: maybe readers will walk away from a blog that remains idle for more than two weeks. But well, I will have to take that risk.

I will be visiting the Maremma. Tuscany's fascinating young wine region near the sea (sea is mare in Italian). With the renown production area Bolgheri, named after the tiny little village in the plains. But I rather visit neighbouring picturesque hillside village Castagneto Carducci. There I will find some great bottles at my favourite enoteca − later I will share with you name and address.

Besides being a wine region, this part of Italy is one of the most beautiful and heavenly places in Europe. I can't wait to go. And luckily I don't have to.

Maybe I will share some wine experience with you in the coming weeks. I'm sure…