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Christmas Opening Times

CBW CHRISTMAS DELIVERIES
(Last Orders)

Please order before Midday.

LONDON:
FRIDAY 20th December for Delivery MONDAY 23rd
(Some emergency deliveries can be made on Tuesday 24th)
FRIDAY 27th December for Delivery MONDAY 30th December

UK NATION WIDE:
TUESDAY 17th for Delivery THURSDAY 19th
THURSDAY 19th for delivery MONDAY 23rd
(some emergency deliveries can be made up to Friday, but do not rely on this)
FRIDAY 27th for delivery TUESDAY 31st (except Scotland)

As you know we use LCB and they can get quite hectic in the lead up to Christmas. We will do all we can to minimise this, but if you do have any problems, please EMAIL Orders@carteblanchewines.com or call Ben on 07738566880.

We reopen fully on the 6th January 2020.

We wish you a very Happy Christmas and New Years Eve, and would like to thank you for your continued support, which has got us over the 10 year mark this year. THANK YOU!

Ben, Ian Tamsin and the team.

Camille Braun, Alsace visit, Sept 2019

 

Alsace is perhaps every wine lovers must go-to destination. Vinously overwhelming and gastronomically enriched, the region sits with its back to France, leaning on the Vosges mountains and its guard up against the east, and the sense of history here is palpable. One expects to step out of the car in a Hansel and Gretel village and be subsumed by ginger bread and spice aromas and immediately drawn into some elaborate celebration of one food or another. Although sadly not the case, one is drawn to the way the villages nestle in the foot hills and all treat their history as sacrosanct, with each one lucky enough to be in the vineyards, fiercely protective of their viticulturally heritage. People are warm and friendly, the place feels organised and clean and once of the tourist routes, a sense of time moving slightly slower than everywhere else is seductive. But you will know all this, I’m sure you have been there…

Camille Braun own 18 hectares of biodynamically farmed vines around the village of Orschwihr to the south of Colmar. The houses sit in the lee of the Grand Ballon and Petit Ballon, the Vosges highest peaks, and to the south of Bollenburg, a long and unusual tongue that sits on a north south plain between the Vosge

s proper and the plains of the Rhine. The 18 hectares are splint up into over 30 parcels, principally on Bollenberg, but with a small parcel on Pfintsberg, the Grand Cru overlooking Bollenberg and planted on ‘Calcaire Gres and sandstone, and Kaefferkopf, a Grand Cru in the more northerly village of Katzenthal and Ammerschwihr, bought recently and adding some granite soil to their portfolio. Other ‘Lieu Dit’ are taken from the climats of Uffholz in the south, Effenberg and Luft on Bollenberg and Buchrod, an extraordinary wine made from co-fermenting 7 varieties togeth

 

er, and unique t this area.

 

The wines are fermented in either large old Foudre and oak barrique, or in the cellar above ground in stainless steel. Ma

 

cerations for the whites are generally 12 hours depending on vintage (as in 18) and for the reds, which naturally are quite full bodied this far south) have a short cuvaison and are aged in old barrique. Sulphur usage is always kept to minimum, with Christoph preferring to use a cellulose filter (which is a bit like a tea strainer) instead of SO2, if it is needed at all.

The wines we tasted are too numerous to outline here, but we have shipped the following, which we all thought were delicious:

2018 Pinot Gris Uffholtz 
Generous and beautifully poised. A classic wine showing the class of the vineyard and winemaker.
2018 Sylvaner ‘Nature’
Surprisingly refined. Sappy with green plum fruit and seamless acidity, perfectly balanced. 17mg/litre so2
2018 Riesling ‘Luft’ Bollenberg
Deeper clay helped to avert heat stress in this vineyard in 18. The palate is fresh, has concentrated lemon fruit and a long finish. Amazing (what I wrote in my note!)
2015 Riesling ‘Grand Cru’ Kaefferkopf
Granite soil has given this wine an energy and tension that was new to me in this region. A very accomplished wine, and demanding of more attention.
2018 Gewurztraminer ‘Lune Rousse’ (skin contact) 
The least likely wine but this caught all of our hearts. One large tub of destemmed Gewurz is pumped over (by hand) twice a day and left for a 15 days, and then raised in 500 litre demi-muid. The result is ethereal and mineral, and quietly scented with the varieties hall mark fruit.
2017 Pinot Noir ‘Nature’ 
Intense, ripe fruit, quite concentrated, not what I was expecting. The vintage (harvest was 21st August!) shows throug

h, but it is contained and very elegant, and will age too. No SO2

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Ca di Mat, Gredos Mountains

We are thrilled to welcome Curro and Jesus, otherwise know as Fedellos de Couto, to the list with their new project, Ca di Mat. The wines are now in the UK and details can be found in the producers pages here