Yesterday, we attended both the commercial and the general sessions of the KFWE 2015. The new venue was bigger, but barely large enough for the number of visitors. We managed to taste many wines and speak to some of the industry’s newest wine makers and here we bring a few of the interviews:
Here is an interview with Jay Buchsbaum from the Royal Wine Corporation, sponsors of the event:
We started our tasting with two Herzog selections: Special Reserve Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012. The Alexander Valley, which we always liked, was full-bodied wine exhibiting blackberry, cherry and licorice aromas and flavors, it was nicely balanced with ample but smooth tannins
Next we spoke to Matthieu Guyon of Domaines Rollan de By…
The winemaker’s own son spoke to us about his father’s passion for wine, which well explains why we found the two wines we tasted rather superior.
We started with Château Tour Seran 2012, this wine was voted as the world’s top Mevushal Wine. Made from a blend of grapes from the Médoc region, with 65% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 10% Petit Verdot. An unusual wine, with a delightful smokiness, floral notes, cassis fruit, perfectly balanced tannins, a very subtle sweet overlay and an elegantly long finish. Decadent taste at its best!
Next we tried the Château Haut Condissas 2012, also made from a Médoc blend with 60% Merlot, 20% Petit Verdot,
10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Cabernet Franc. Another interesting wine with mineral and blackberry notes, it exudes nobility from first drop to long finish!
We segued into a short conversation with George Anlou of the Compagnie Vinicole Baron Edmond de Rothschild…
Their Haut Médoc has long been a favorite of mine, in its price range ($27 to $32) and the 2012 did not disappoint. With deep notes of dark juicy cassis and tobacco on the long finish, it is a blend of Bordeaux Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes.
We tasted some superb wines, but there is more to come…