Monthly report - June 2022

Posted on July 1, 2022 by Boris
Updated on November 26, 2022

Every rain is praised as a divine gift during these hot days in Kyiv. But as human beings, we crave a solution we can predict and replicate on a whim. Luckily, we have wine and technology to chill it. With this melting weather, there is little wonder that 74% of wines I rated this month are white!

Wait, what? Do you count wines you drink and rate?

Haha, of course, I don’t. But I do track every consumed wine in a program I’ve created for this purpose. And now that I have data and the Application Programming Interface (API) provided by Vino, I can easily calculate various statistics related to my wine consumption. I plan to share this kind of report every month. Expect boring stats like the number of rated wines per country, grape, vintage, etc. But also expect a full table of tasted wines, and the list of my favourites and outcasts of the month. Hope you find something interesting here. Share your ideas!

So this month has started with a beautiful Girolamo Russo Etna Rosato 2019, which I haven’t tasted for almost a year. At this point in time, I consider it one of my favourite light rosé wines despite the confusingly mediocre impression when I tasted it for the first time - 7.25 vs 8.5! It’s not on purpose, but the last wine of the month was another wonderful wine - Marc Hebrart Premier Cru Blanc de Blancs.

The world of wine is big, and there is always something new to explore. So this month, I have several personal novelties.

  1. At a blind tasting event, I tasted my first Pinot Noir from Alsace - J.M Dreyer Elios Pinot Noir 2020.
  2. Chandon Argentina Brut NV is my first traditional sparkling from Argentina.
  3. Lucy Margaux Le Sauvignon Sensuel 2020 is my first Sauvignon Blanc from Australia.
  4. After a long time of not drinking Bordeaux wines, and despite the hot weather, I actually tasted my first Margaux AOC - Chateau d’Arsac Margaux Cru Bourgeois 2016, and my first Saint-Estephe AOC - Chateau Laffitte Carcasset Saint-Estephe Cru Bourgeois 2016. After reading about these two left bank AOCs, I realised that my experience is pretty textbook. Margaux is refined and elegant, while Saint-Estephe is robust and rich.
  5. I tasted Auxerrois blanc for the first time in my life - Pierre Frick Crémant d’Alsace 2018.
  6. I tasted Passerina for the first time in my life, though as part of a blend in Illuminati Costalupo 2021.
  7. Borgo Conventi Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso 2019 is my first Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso.

For the first half of the month, I rated every wine consumed, and I didn’t taste any wine more than once during this period. But then I picked a few favourites for this month’s table, and the ratio of rated to consumed normalised - 74%. So, according to my notes, I consumed 79 bottles and rated 59 of them. Only one of the wines was rated twice - Golan Heights Winery Mount Hermon White 2019, I just had too many bottles of this wine and wanted to share confirmation that it was worth it.

Compared to the previous month, it’s a 103% of growth in terms of wines rated. Someone would think that it was a tough month for me, but I’d argue that I am just getting back to my regular numbers. Just take a look at the graph (the first months of the war are excluded). Besides, this month I participated in a blind tasting event and organised one myself. So this kind of explains the growth.

Country-wise, this month was more fruitful than the previous, because 13 countries are present in my ratings (compared to 8 in the previous month). And this time, France is on the top of this list. We also have Hungary, Israel, Portugal, Germany and Greece on this list! In terms of quality-price ratio, our leaders are Spain and Italy.

In June, I started to consume wines produced in 2021. As expected, these are the wines you buy to consume young - Spier Wines Chenin Blanc 2021, Spy Valley Satellite Sauvignon Blanc 2021, Testalonga El Bandito I Wish I was a Ninja 2021, Weinland Rheingau Rüdesheimer Burgweg Riesling Trocken 2021 and Illuminati Costalupo 2021.

On the other hand, I’ve tasted several older bottles. The oldest of them is Francoise Bedel L’Âme de la Terre Millésime 2006, a Champagne that spend 13 years on lees! The next oldest is Viña Tondonia Blanco Reserva 2009. The fun part is that I’ve tasted this bottle twice - on 2021-07-06 and on 2022-06-07. Just take a look at these dates! Mesmerising.

In total, I rated wines made of 40 distinct grapes. I am happy that this list includes three new members, Auxerrois blanc, Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso, and Passerina. As well as many less popular grapes like Inzolia, Baga, Colombard, Lado and Carricante. The most popular grapes are Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Chenin Blanc. Considering the heat, there is little wonder that 3 of them are white.

And now the most fascinating part. The favourites and outcasts of the month. Usually, this list matches the list of the best-rated/worst-rated wines, but sometimes I want to emphasise a label or two. In June, my favourites are:

The outcasts of this month are those that disappointed me. I mean, there are wines that I rated lower, but that was totally fine and expected. But these labels…

  • 6.5 Costador Metamorphika Chenin Blanc 2017 - it might be a faulty bottle or serving issue, but still I have not expected it to have so many issues. I tried this wine on the second day, and the experience was slightly better but still disappointing.
  • 7.0 Chandon Argentina Brut NV - despite being my first traditional sparkling from Argentina, the experience was not fascinating. A mediocre crowd-pleaser with a high price tag. Not for me, not for you, believe me.
  • 7.0 COZs vn-c2 bg 2017 - tasted blind and was shocked. I wanted to taste this wine for a long time, but now I am glad that I didn’t buy a bottle myself. Overly straightforward. And I don’t believe in its potential.
  • 7.0 Weingut Tement Temento Green 2020 - one of my favourite table wines of the previous summer, this year is bland and soulless. I was almost crying.
date country producer name vintage rate QPR
2022-06-30 France Marc Hebrart Marc Hebrart Premier Cru Blanc de Blancs NV NV 8.00 1.9098
2022-06-29 South Africa Crystallum Crystallum Peter Max Pinot Noir 2018 2018 8.25 3.4385
2022-06-29 Italy Borgo Conventi Borgo Conventi Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso 2019 2019 7.50 3.0628
2022-06-28 Australia Jacob’s Creek Jacob’s Creek Classic Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 2016 6.00 1.5000
2022-06-28 Italy Illuminati Illuminati Costalupo 2021 2021 6.50 3.7320
2022-06-27 South Africa Spier Wines Spier Wines Signature Chenin Blanc 2021 2021 7.40 5.5509
2022-06-27 Australia Jacob’s Creek Jacob’s Creek Classic Chardonnay 2017 2017 7.20 3.3453
2022-06-26 Germany Weinland Rheingau Weinland Rheingau Rüdesheimer Burgweg Riesling Trocken 2021 2021 7.30 4.6340
2022-06-26 Argentina Bodega Catena Zapata Bodega Catena Zapata Catena Chardonnay 2020 2020 7.40 3.3915
2022-06-26 South Africa Stellenbosch Hills Stellenbosch Hills Chenin Blanc 2019 2019 7.20 2.2302
2022-06-24 New Zealand Brancott Estate Brancott Estate Letter Series T Pinot Noir 2019 2019 7.20 1.9143
2022-06-24 Spain Viña Pomal Viña Pomal Viura Malvasia 2017 2017 7.50 2.4038
2022-06-21 South Africa Testalonga Testalonga El Bandito I Wish I was a Ninja 2021 2021 7.20 1.6319
2022-06-21 South Africa Sadie Family Sadie Family Skurfberg 2020 2020 8.50 2.7466
2022-06-21 France Les Vignes De Paradis Les Vignes De Paradis Chenin 2019 2019 7.40 2.5422
2022-06-21 Spain Costador Costador Metamorphika Chenin Blanc 2017 2017 6.50 1.2184
2022-06-21 South Africa Testalonga Testalonga El Bandito Skin 2019 2019 7.50 1.4423
2022-06-21 France Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Bretonniere Cuvée Parcellaire Monopole 2017 2017 8.50 2.8744
2022-06-20 Australia Lucy Margaux Lucy Margaux Vin de Soif 2020 2020 7.00 1.3914
2022-06-20 France Clos du Tue-Boeuf Clos du Tue-Boeuf Le Petit Buisson 2020 2020 7.50 2.8819
2022-06-20 Spain Jaume Serra Jaume Serra Cava Organic Brut NV NV 7.00 4.0813
2022-06-18 Israel Golan Heights Winery Golan Heights Winery Mount Hermon White 2019 2019 7.50 3.9348
2022-06-17 France Gérard Bertrand Gérard Bertrand Héritage Kosmos 888 2019 2019 7.60 1.8110
2022-06-16 Spain Codorníu Codorníu Cava Clasico Brut Nature NV NV 7.30 4.2882
2022-06-15 Austria Weingut Bründlmayer Weingut Bründlmayer Zweigelt 2015 2015 7.50 3.3383
2022-06-15 France Maison du Vigneron Maison du Vigneron Crémant du Jura NV NV 7.20 2.9736
2022-06-15 France Pierre Frick Pierre Frick Crémant d’Alsace 2018 2018 8.00 2.6172
2022-06-15 France Domaine de la Touraize Domaine de la Touraize Crémant du Jura Millésimé 2018 2018 7.75 2.5223
2022-06-15 France Mouzon-Leroux Mouzon-Leroux L’Atavique NV NV 8.25 2.0390
2022-06-14 Spain Jaume Serra Jaume Serra Cava Brut Nature NV NV 6.50 3.7597
2022-06-13 Austria Weingut Tement Weingut Tement Temento Green 2020 2020 7.00 2.5564
2022-06-12 Greece Ktima Papaioannou Ktima Papaioannou Malagouzia 2020 2020 7.25 3.8510
2022-06-12 Spain Juvé y Camps Juvé y Camps Reserva de la Familia Gran Reserva Brut Nature 2017 2017 7.50 2.9547
2022-06-11 Italy Zeni Zeni Garganega Veronesse Vigne Alte 2020 2020 7.00 1.9386
2022-06-10 New Zealand Spy Valley Spy Valley Satellite Sauvignon Blanc 2021 2021 6.50 2.6302
2022-06-10 Spain R. López de Heredia R. López de Heredia Viña Gravonia Blanco Crianza 2013 2013 8.00 2.6966
2022-06-10 France Francoise Bedel Francoise Bedel L’Âme de la Terre Millésime 2006 2006 9.00 2.2410
2022-06-10 Australia Lucy Margaux Lucy Margaux Le Sauvignon Sensuel 2020 2020 7.75 2.1672
2022-06-10 Israel Golan Heights Winery Golan Heights Winery Mount Hermon White 2019 2019 7.50 3.9348
2022-06-08 Italy Foradori Foradori Fontanasanta Manzoni Bianco 2019 2019 7.50 3.7503
2022-06-08 Spain Fedellos do Couto Fedellos do Couto Conasbrancas 2018 2018 7.50 2.7736
2022-06-07 France Simon Bize et Fils Simon Bize et Fils Bourgogne Les Perrières 2017 2017 8.00 2.0870
2022-06-07 South Africa Sadie Family Sadie Family Pofadder 2020 2020 8.50 2.1749
2022-06-07 Spain R. López de Heredia R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia Blanco Reserva 2009 2009 9.00 3.1737
2022-06-07 Hungary Lenkey Pinceszet Lenkey Pinceszet Betsek Korposd Furmint 2011 2011 8.00 2.4000
2022-06-07 Portugal COZs COZs vn-c2 bg 2017 2017 7.00 1.1609
2022-06-07 Argentina Chandon Chandon Argentina Brut NV NV 7.00 1.2895
2022-06-07 France J.M Dreyer J.M Dreyer Elios Pinot Noir 2020 2020 7.75 2.2378
2022-06-06 Italy Tasca Tasca Tenuta Regaleali Nozze d’Oro 2018 2018 7.75 2.2632
2022-06-06 France Raoul Clerget Raoul Clerget Crémant de Bourgogne Brut NV NV 7.25 2.0539
2022-06-05 Italy Tasca Tasca Tenuta Tascante Buonora 2019 2019 7.50 2.0351
2022-06-05 Italy Barberani Barberani Foresco 2019 2019 7.25 2.0539
2022-06-04 France Philippe de Charmille Philippe de Charmille Crémant de Loire Brut NV NV 7.00 2.4488
2022-06-04 New Zealand Marlborough Sun Marlborough Sun Sauvignon Blanc 2020 2020 7.25 2.2083
2022-06-03 France Chateau d’Arsac Chateau d’Arsac Margaux Cru Bourgeois 2016 2016 7.50 1.6636
2022-06-02 France Clos du Tue-Boeuf Clos du Tue-Boeuf Vin Blanc 2019 2019 7.50 3.6858
2022-06-02 France Chateau Laffitte Carcasset Chateau Laffitte Carcasset Saint-Estephe Cru Bourgeois 2016 2016 7.50 1.8594
2022-06-02 South Africa Storm Storm Vrede Pinot Noir 2019 2019 8.50 2.9590
2022-06-01 Italy Girolamo Russo Girolamo Russo Etna Rosato 2019 2019 8.50 5.4592

Thanks for reading!