In Champagne, the term Blanc de Blancs designates Champagnes made only from Chardonnay grapes. A classic Blanc de Blancs is restrained and elegant when young, yet with ageing it develops a mouth-coating brioche richness that overlays an intense expression of fruitiness.

Pol Roger’s vintage Blanc de Blanc is produced in small quantities from Grand Cru vineyards. Interestingly, it is never produced in magnums, just single bottles.

Pol Roger — Blanc de Blancs

1996 Pol Roger Blanc de Chardonnay. Fully mature, rich and complex with a long finish. Apricots, brioche, bready with a hint of yeast. Very good!


Pasta alla norcina is a typical recipe from Umbria; specifically the ancient town of Norcia, famous for its sausages and cured meats. There are actually two versions of pasta alla norcina. This one is made with Norcia sausage crumbled into a pan with oil and onion, fresh cream, truffle and pecorino.

This is a very simple recipe with few ingredients but so flavourful and creamy you’ll want to make it part of your regular pasta menu.

Remove the casing from the sausages and crumble the meat filling. Peel and chop the onion finely. Bring a large pot of water to…


I admit to being a Nebbiolophile and in this expensive and highly appreciated top Barbaresco you will find all the expected traditional, and for the Nebbiolo grape typical references to varying degrees; roses, dried cherries, leather, violets and perhaps a hint of tar, but no truffles. This bottle (slow ox’d for 7 hours) was robust, but pure, with floral and mineral notes, opulent but not forceful in any way with splendid tannins present. This is a truly great wine, mature and balanced with great complexity, earthy of course, with an elegant finish with nuances of acid berries and also an…


2006 Comm. G.B. Burlotto Barolo Monvigliero. Firm classic style, a fabulous effort from Burlotto. Still young, but a truly great wine!

G.B. Burlotto in Verduno has a storied past. The estate was founded in the late 19th century by Commendatore Giovanni Battista Burlotto who made the wine himself until his death in 1927. The Commendatore’s wines were highly esteemed in the early 20th century and they rivaled French Bordeaux for space in well-stocked European cellars. After his death the estate lapsed and Burlotto wines lost prestige. Today, however, G.B. Burlotto wines are once again highly acclaimed thanks to the work…


Being a dedicated ‘Barolophile’, I have seen that demand and appreciation for Nebbiolo has skyrocketed the last ten years. As prices have risen for the best Barolos and Barbarescos (the most famous Nebbiolo wines) wine-lovers have looked out for alternatives, but Nebbiolo, unlike many other grapes, has never really prospered outside (northwestern) Italy. The Nebbiolo grape has long been associated with the Piedmont region, but alpine regions like Valtellina in Lombardy offer an interesting alternative.

Valtellina

Within the Valtellina zone, where Nebbiolo is known as ”Chiavennasca”, the wines are defined by two basic quality levels. The base is the Valtellina…


The Stadsbiblioteket, the main branch of the Stockholm Public Library System, is one of the most distinctive buildings in the Swedish capital. The 360-degree tower of books at the top is a bibliophile’s temple to reading in-the-round. The graceful rotunda is open to the public, who can climb to the top of the stacks and peer down on the collections below.

View from Odengatan

The City Library in Stockholm was created by world-famous architect Gunnar Asplund and is a great example of the style called Swedish Grace. This library was recently listed as one of the world’s most beautiful libraries by the magazine…


A wine of pure pleasure and a sophisticated gastronomic wine, Cristal
is both powerful and delicate, combining subtlety and precision — Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon, Cellar Master

This Champagne is a favorite of mine. Powerful with fine bubbles. Balanced, bready, apples, nuts and brioche, with a slight hint of earthy nuances, a bit reductive. Drink now IMO (Aug 2018).

Bottle Label

The House (Winemaker’s Notes)

Our House’s most famous wine was created in 1876 to satisfy the demanding tastes of Tsar Alexander II. The emperor asked Louis Roederer to reserve the House’s best cuvée for him every year. He was particularly fond of the…


Still young, with typical fine tannins — cherries, tar and roses with a hint of tobacco. The wine has a broad and emphatic balsamic richness with a hedonistic meaty feel, while maintaining a freshness and zip. A great Barolo with potential and real good value for money…

Picture from the Cellar

Brunate

First labelled and sold as a single-vineyard wine in 1934, Brunate is one of the Grand Crus of the Langhe region, even if the classification has not yet been made. Why? Because of its ability to deliver high quality fruit year-in, year-out. …


Barolo is a wine worth devoting yourself to…

Traditional “Old School”, cherries, roses, cedar, violets and tobacco with a typical hint of tar and a long finish. Still rather young, but accessible — imposing and delicious, drinking nicely right now. (Drink 2018–2030.)

Why is Barolo so special? Why is it considered the king of Italian wines? The Italian Stallion of red wines? The answer is deceptively simple: it’s a matter of terroir and each winemaker’s specific style of wine-making.

Barolo is one of the world’s most stern, tannic, full-flavored wines, offering aromas of road tar, leather, bing cherries, tobacco, and…


Classic and typical, but very young — cherries, roses, tobacco, a bit of leather and some tar with a hint of floral nuances. Rather long finish…

Winemaker Notes

An impeccable balance. Aroma and finesse with power and body at the same time. Sweet nose, with hints of cherry, black currant and licorice. Fruity tannins. A union of characters.

Coypyright — Per Kamperin

WS

Cherry and plum flavors are buried in a dense matrix of tannins, shaded by tobacco, leather, tar and iron notes. Linear and persistent on the finish, if less expressive at this stage than its peers. Best from 2021 through 2040.

WA

Per Kamperin

Writes about Champagne & Italian wine. http://perkamperin.com/

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