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May 23, 2014 02:19 PM

Wines we enjoyed in Flanders

Just back from our second honeymoon. We waited five years for the first, but now we go every year. Gent, Antwerp, Bruges and Lille in five days. London in 2015, Venice 2016.

Actually I now know the Mount Riley Pinot Noir 2011 from Marlborough New Zealand was not as it should have been. Faded fruit, lacking attack and intensity, I suspect this wine was mis-stored. Dinner was amateur hour. I wish I had ordered a 70% Aglianico/30% Barbera wine from Campania instead. Does anyone know about such wines? It had a rather long name.

Our second night in Antwerp we had a very fine meal at le Zoute Zoen which sports a list of 400 wines. The 2012 Pouilly-Fuissé from Dom Thibert was right on. Fine with tortoise ceviché and two fish dishes and didn't clash with an asparagus app.

In gorgeous Bruges (the prettiest city in the world) we had a very leisurely dinner on the banks of a canal at la Pergola, the restaurant of Die Swaene. They were out of the Chave St Joseph rouge, but second choice was a 2010 Maranges 1er cru Clos de Loyères from Vincent Girardin, a marvelous vintner who I now understand to have retired. Anyone know about this? BTW the Maranges was excellent. Maybe it should have been my first choice.

Finally at Jour de Peche in Lille a 1er cru Mercurey blanc from Suremain complemented an all seafood dinner.

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  1. Aglianico-Barbera blends are rare, those grapes are not traditionally grown in the same regions. Could have been the De Conciliis Bacioilcielo or Telaro Roccamonfina.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Thank you, Robert. I knew if anyone knew, you would.

      It was the Bacioilcielo, but I'm afraid it also would have been mis-stored there.