Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Laurent-Perrier Bouzy Rouge Cuvée Cent Cinquantenaire 1812-1962

Laurent-Perrier Bouzy Rouge 

Cuvée Cent Cinquantenaire 1812-1962


Laurent-Perrier Bouzy Rouge Cuvée Cent Cinquantenaire 1812-1962 | LeDomduVin ©

Sometimes life brings you surprises, and I came to stumble on the story of this bottle by coincidence. 

One of my colleagues, sent me the picture above (taken by and courtesy of a friend of his who owns the bottle) asking me if I knew anything about the wine and what could be its approximate value on the current market.. 

I told him that I had no clue, but the old look of the label and the state of the bottle triggered my interest and I decided to investigate for him.  

Of course, as a seasoned Sommelier, saying that I had no clue at all about what a "Bouzy Rouge" is will be lying. And as for its value, Bouzy Rouge wines are usually rather inexpensive despite their rarity. However, I had the feeling this particular bottle may have a symbolic, if not, an historical value somehow. 

Bouzy Rouge wines are strictly produced ​​from Pinot Noir grappes and only in vintages of high quality. Only very few producers still craft this delightful and cool climate refreshing red wine.

Located in the heart of the Champagne region in northeastern France, Bouzy is a little commune of about 1,000 inhabitants in the Marne department, resting southeast of Montagne de Reims (roughly between Reims and Epernay) 

Bouzy | Google maps 

Bouzy's vineyards are situated on hill slopes called "Cotes des Noirs" (meaning slopes of the black grapes), and are classified 100% Grand Cru in the Champagne vineyards classification. 


Village of Bouzy | courtesy of www.champagne-pierre-paillard.com

Like most wines, depending on the desired style, the quality of the vintage and most importantly the grapes, Bouzy wines can be aged in vats or in oak barrels, which give them more soul, substance and character, and often strengthen their unique terroir characteristics.

Laurent-Perrier underground Cellars | photo courtesy of www.outlaws.co.uk/producer/laurent-perrier-champagne

Like for the Champagne, Bouzy Rouge are put to rest in underground cellars, labyrinth of galleries carved in the chalky soil more than 5-7 m deep (much deeper for some) naturally maintaining a temperature of about 12°C all year long. 



Photo courtesy of Wine Folly


Bouzy Rouge is a very distinctive wine, characterized by its freshness, finesse and elegance enhanced by a great acidity, and structured by well- integrated tannins delivering an harmonious palate exacerbating juicy red cherry fruit flavors with earthy mineral notes lingering in the finish (description LeDomduVin)

But enough of the facts, let's go back to the bottle. The look of it and the fact that I could not find much on the internet about it, almost put the doubt in my mind about its authenticity (living in Hong Kong close to China with the amount of fake bottles around did not help either...). 




I decided to call, then email Laurent-Perrier in order to get more info this "UB" (unidentified bottle) and exchanged  a few emails with Fanny Cribier (Chargée d'Etudes Documentaires a la maison de Champagne Laurent-Perrier), who kindly gave me the following. 



Photo courtesy of www.delcampe.net

Laurent-Perrier used to produced Bouzy Rouge until 2005. Yet, despite the fact that they stopped the production, they humbly recognised that "Bouzy Rouge" allowed Laurent-Perrier, from the 50s, to be present on the finest tables of the French Gastronomy and Paris Haute Cuisine venues and other capital culinary scenes like London.     

That particular bottle is a rare specimen as being one of the last remaining bottle amongst the few thousands of bottles produced at the time for the Cent Cinquantenaire Anniversary 1812-1962.  

As such, this bottle is part of the Laurent-Perrier Heritage and as both a high historical and symbolic value in the eyes of Laurent-Perrier. 

Such a treasurable bottle that Laurent-Perrier may convince its current owner to exchange it if he is willing to part with it. 

As I said life is full of surprises, many of the connoisseurs and amateurs I know would have not even paid any attention to such bottle... "Oh but this is just a Bouzy.. a cheap wine.. no interest..."   but I did... and I'm glad I did.. otherwise I will have never been a part this story... of this preserved memory of the past...

Thanks to my colleague John for showing me the picture in the first place and asked for my help to get more info about it.

Thanks to Fanny Cribier (Chargée d'Etudes Documentaires a la maison de Champagne Laurent-Perrier) for her help in this small investigation.

Dominique Noel | LeDomduVin 

Crescendo in strength... another night of great wines

Crescendo in strength... another night of great wines


Wines of the night - 17.07.2016 | LeDomduVin ©

And here we go again, back into the apartment with the view overlooking at Hong Kong.... Beautiful, isn't it? Except for the weather this time, tainted by the usual and almost permanent grey of the blanket of clouds always hovering above the city. I let you admire the view... but i think that once again the best view of the night was the one on these 6 gems above... the wines of the night were a festival of greatness, climbing the ladder of strength and richness the closer we got to the last bottle.   

Hong Kong from the dinner's apartment - 17.07.2016 | LeDomduVin ©



Hong Kong from the dinner's apartment - 17.07.2016 | LeDomduVin ©

These bottles were served with a traditional Chinese dinner, concocted by the house Chinese Chef. Do not ask me to translate the menu, none of them spoke really fluent English and i hard a hard time trying to understand what they were trying to describe. However, I took a few pictures that speak for themselves.  





Lafite Rothschild 1961 - 17.07.2016 | LeDomduVin ©

Lafite Rothschild 1961
Level was low
Cork quite damp but still solid
Restraint on the nose at opening
Still cherry, earth, spice, with slightly evolved notes after 30 minutes
The palate is light, slightly flat in my opinion compared to previously opened bottles and not as full as I remembered it, but still possessed enough acidity to keep bright. Not bright enough compared to previous bottle.

La Mission Haut-Brion 1982 - 17.07.2016 | LeDomduVin ©

La Mission Haut Brion 1982
Literally a bomb after the Lafite,,so young and powerful. Too young in my opinion.
Beautiful nose, fresh notes, menthol, eucalyptus, smoke, earth, spice, touch peppery.
Beautiful, lush, round, coating in the pallet. Here again, touch spicy peppery, smoky, ripe figs, touch prunny.
Lovely balance and texture in the pallet, lingering until the amazing finish.
Le Pin 2000 - 17.07.2016 | LeDomduVin ©


LePin 2000.... 
How to put it? An amazingly generous and friendly fat baby. Big, round, friendly, coating, full, explosing upfront, yet gradually expanding in every way on its way to the finish. Gaining in strength and fullness. Lots of dark fruit, wood, spice, earth,. What a wine! Yet after such an incredible beginning and mid-palate... I would have love the flavor in the finish to be a little more lingering and the finish itself  longer. Strange, the first things that came to my mind, when i tasted it, were Californien style Merlot and Robert Parker... go figure... but it gave me this impression.


Petrus 1989 - 17.07.2016 | LeDomduVin ©

Petrus 1989
Sous bois,  spice, mushroom, smoky scorched earth, peppery. Very dark fruit. Almost hard. Great acidity in the pallet, lot of spicy, peppery, notes, super dark fruit and more earth. It is paysan wine (in a good way) really impressive and serious attitude. Too serious. Dark and strict. Powerful yet refine.
Beautiful, elegant, refine nose, figs, red and dark berries, some nuts, touch mineral, a smart nose. The palate follow even more beautiful and attractive

Guigal Cote-Rotie La Landonne 1986 - 17.07.2016 | LeDomduVin ©



Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 1990 - 17.07.2016 | LeDomduVin ©








Right after double decantation - 17.07.2016 | LeDomduVin ©











Monday, July 4, 2016

De Grandes Dames | Vins d'Anthologie

De Grandes Dames : Vins d'Anthologie 


Wines of the night | LeDomduVin  © 

About a few weeks ago, on June 21st, prior to the 1945 horizontale (read it here), I had another dinner where I had to prepare, condition, decant, taste and serve some amazing wines.
A selection to dream of (once again) for a Sommelier like me!

In the order of the picture above from left to right:

Haut-Brion 1986
La Mission Haut-Brion 1957
Ausone 1962
Anglus 1989
Mouton Rothschild 1970
L'Evangile 1989
Margaux 1982
Lafite Rothschild 1961
Latour 1959
Cos d'Estournel 1968
Cheval Blanc 1990
Yquem 1990


The dinner occurred at a famous Hong Kong Chinese restaurant, but I need to admit, the food was not up to par with the wines selected for that occasion.

So no point to talk about the food pairing, and let's go straight to the wines, shall we?


Here they are in the order they were served.



La Mission Haut-Brion 1957 | LeDomduVin  ©

La Mission Haut-Brion 1957
It was amazing (no wonder the Haut Brion wines are my favorites) so smoky and earthy, balanced and harmonious and so flavourful... I could have stayed minutes just on the nose. Very much alive and kicking. Earthy nuances of underbrush, mushroom, game, figue, plum, spice and liquorice lingered in the lightly structured yet complex palate up until the finish. Loved it.

(DN-LDDV | 21.06.2016 | Average Retail Price 5,350 HKD | 620 Euros)





Haut-Brion 1986 | LeDomduVin  ©

Haut-Brion 1986
It was succulent and so youthful, but no surprise there as HB is my favorite wine. Almost a shame to open it so early. Earthy, smoky, red and dark berries fruit aromas and flavors with asphalt and stony nuances, so characteristic to Haut-Brion emanated from the glass and coated the rich, structured and textured palate, up to the full and generous finish. Harmonious and balanced by great acidity, quite common to most 86 Bordeaux Left Bank i tasted in the last 20 years, this wine is promising a bright future and still quite a few years in the bottle. Beautiful.

(DN-LDDV | 21.06.2016 | Average Retail Price 3,640 HKD | 425 Euros)




Latour 1959 | LeDomduVin  ©

Latour 1959
What a stunning wine! It had been quite a few months that I had not tried it and previous bottles were good, but this one was far much better than previously tasted and still so vibrant. Complex, long, rich, structured and textured, beautiful nose and stunning palate. Rich, generous, balanced, harmonious and solid enough to age quite a few more years in the bottle. Game, underbrush, mushroom, spice, wood and earth flavors mingled beautifully in the expanding palate and the lingering finish.

(DN-LDDV | 21.06.2016 | Average Retail Price 20,570 HKD | 2395 Euros)





Margaux 1982 | LeDomduVin  ©
Margaux 1982
A beauty, smooth and delicate, fragile but still very much alive and racy.  A ballerina as I like to call it. Floral, earthy nose leading to a velvety palate nuanced with dark berries, sous-bois and earthy tones balanced with great acidity and freshness tending to the gentle, silky finish. Margaux has always been feminine for me, and this 82 confirms it. A great example of what Margaux is all about, more especially in this classic Vintage. Great silhouette.

(DN-LDDV | 21.06.2016 | Average Retail Price 7,910 HKD | 915 Euros)





Lafite Rothschild 1961 | LeDomduVin  ©

Lafite Rothschild 1961
It worried me to begin with as the level was low and the overall conditions acceptable but not great, confirmation came with the cork being totally damp and friable.. color was dull and tasted a bit flat... this bottle was not a good example, though the wine was not bad but has suffered due to the oxidation and eventual old seepage. To bad. I tasted some tremendous examples of Lafite 61 before, but this one is not one of them. The problem with these old vintages of top tear wines, which traveled all around the world and passed from the hands of a collector to another via Auction Houses, is that it is very difficult to define the quality of the wine inside and more especially the conditions in which it has been stored all these years prior being opened. Even with my knowledge and experience of inspecting countless amount of old bottles for more than 20 years, it is always a difficult task. Difficult to prevent bad bottles from time to time despite obvious signs to the eyes of a seasoned Sommelier like me boasting a certain expertise on the subject.

(DN-LDDV | 21.06.2016 | Average Retail Price  13,568 HKD | 1580 Euros)



Ausone 1962 | LeDomduVin  ©
Ausone 1962
What a nice surprise as I never tasted it before and was not sure what to expect, but it was well behaved, on the light side but still complex enough to be really enjoyable.




Angelus 1989 | LeDomduVin  ©

 
Angelus 1989
Good and youthful but still felt to impress somehow despite its complexity.

L'Evangile 1989 | LeDomduVin  ©


L'Évangile 1989
Pretty good, consistent and well structured, and thorough till the end.
Too young somehow and slightly restraint somehow but still very elegant.

Mouton Rothschild 1970 | LeDomduVin  ©


Mouton Rothschild 1970
Much better than expected for a vintage that was not so great... but then again was not that up to the par for a wine pretending to 1st growth position a few vintages later...

Cos d'Estournel 1968 | LeDomduVin  ©

Cos d'Estournel 1968



Château Cheval Blanc 1990 | LeDomduVin  ©

Cheval Blanc 1990


Yquem 1990 | LeDomduVin  ©


Yquem 1990



Corks of the night | LeDomduVin  ©


Trouble | LeDomduVin  ©


Corks of the Night | LeDomduVin  ©



Standing by the ladies of the night | LeDomduVin  ©

...... till next time Ladies

Dominique Noël | LeDomduVin

LeDomduVin | Portrait

Portrait

Dominique Noël | LeDomduVin 

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Rêve de Sommelier | Une horizontale de 1945

Rêve de Sommelier | Une horizontale de 1945



1945 Horizontale | LeDomduVin © 

Ouvrir de belles bouteilles est une passion et un privilege. Passer du temps avec ces grandes dames d’un certain âge me comble. Ces flacons historiques, légendaires que dis-je, sont des perles rares qu’il faut savoir bichonner, préserver, admirer et aimer.  

Voila plus de 24 ans que je travaille au quotidien avec des vins (et spiritueux) du monde entier, et bientôt 20 ans officiellement en tant que Sommelier et responsable des achats dans la plupart des établissements pour lesquels j’ai travaillé.  Tout d’abord pendant 6 ans dans différentes villes de France, puis 5 ans a Londres, en Angleterre, en restaurants, hôtels et casinos privés ; pour ensuite évoluer en tant que Caviste, directeur de magasins et responsable des achats pendant 9 ans a New York, et finalement continuer l’aventure depuis bientôt 5 ans a Hong Kong.

Durant toutes ces années, j’ai eu la chance de travailler pour des gens très fortunés qui avaient du gout et surtout l’argent pour se payer de superbes nectars, des mémoires du passé qu’il valait mieux laisser attendre afin d’en capturer pleinement toutes leurs complexités. Et Dieu seul connait le nombre de ces vestiges que j’ai eu le plaisir d’ouvrir et de déguster (jamais or vraiment très rarement pour ma consommation personnel malheureusement..(sic)..).   

Il y a quelques jours, je partageais sur Facebook des photos d'un dîner fait le 21 Juin (a lire ici), ou j'avais revêtu ma tenue de Sommelier après le boulot, comme il m’arrive de le faire assez fréquemment (en dehors de mon travaille quotidien), pour préparer, conditionner et servir des vins de 1957, 61, 62, 70, 82 et 89... mémorable.... mais quelques jours plus tard, le 26 Juin, j’ai fait l’expérience de ce qui doit être la soirée que tous Sommeliers rêvent de faire au moins une fois dans leurs vies...

J'avoue que depuis 4 ans je n'ouvre que des vins d'anthologie…. je dois être l'un des Sommeliers les plus chanceux du monde de pouvoir avoir accès à de tels flacons historiques... mais ce soir la fut mythique.... une horizontale du millésime 1945 comme j'en ai rarement vu ou eu l'occasion de préparer et servir... et tout ça dans un appartement privé surplombant Hong Kong... je vous laisse apprécier la vue...  


Hong Kong view from mid-levels | LeDomduVin ©


Et bien voilà... je l'avoue... j'ai encore passé une grande partie de la soirée avec de très grandes dames d'un certain âge... quel régal... mûres, distinguées, charmeuses, discrètes, exubérantes ou excentriques... ces vierges ne demandaient qu'à s'ouvrir après tant d'années de solitude... je leur soulevais la capsule... insérais délicatement et méthodiquement mon Durand jusqu'à entendre un léger soupir lascif à peine audible à chaque traversée... accompagné d'un soulagement à chacun des bouchons que je retirais tout en douceur par de légers à-coups et va-et-vient expérimentés ... elles ne se sont pas faites attendre très longtemps... le désir étant plus fort que de se restreindre... elles se livrèrent jusqu'à la dernière goutte... sur la fin.. ma main sur leurs épaules... je caressais leurs flancs... m'enivrais une dernière fois des volutes de leurs parfums... tout en leur caressant l'étiquette... ce soir mon histoires avec ses dames fut troublée et troublante... (avec quelques sédiments)... nous nous sommes égarés dans nos ébats... le temps s'était arrêté... It was a night to remember... A Sommelier night....



The 7 bottles of the night | LeDomduVin ©


Les vins présents au diner ce soir la ne se limitaient pas qu’a l’horizontal de 1945, les voici dans l’ordre de service.



DRC Montrachet 2004 | LeDomduVin ©

DRC Montrachet 2004
Jeune (trop jeune peut-être..), équilibré et structuré, grande acidité, mélange de fruits jaunes (pomme) et agrumes, légèrement toasté, beurré, avec des nuances minérales au nez et en bouche, un palais enrobé, soyeux, rond, long et riche sur la finale... suave et tendre. Superbe!

(DN-LDDV | 26.06.2016 | Average Retail Price 4,360 USD | 33,698 HKD | 3,922 Euros)


DRC Romanee Conti 1966 | LeDomduVin ©

DRC Romanée Conti 1966
Wow !!! Quelle surprise, je goûtais ce vin pour la première fois : incroyablement frais et jeune, beaucoup de cerise et de fruits rouges fraîchement écrasées, très belle acidité, encore un très bel équilibre et une fin de bouche texturée à souhait, encore assez complexe et dynamique, belle fraîcheur, un vin élégant, complexe et plein de charme. Palpitant.

(DN-LDDV | 26.06.2016 | Average Retail Price 11,450 USD | 88,541 HKD | 10,307 Euros)




Haut-Brion 1945 | LeDomduVin ©
Haut-Brion 1945
Je pensais que servi juste après la DRC RC, le contraste serait trop grand, mais je me suis trompé, ce Haut Brion 45 était un vin délicieux sur la fraîcheur et le côté lumineux, frais. Le nez avait les caractéristiques mêmes pour lesquelles il est connu: la terre, le fumé, des arômes de gibier se mêlant a des nuances de sous-bois, bois épicé, figues et champignons. J’aurais pu rester de longues minutes seulement sur le nez (mauvaise habitude entre moi et Haut Brion). Étonnamment, le palais était vif, gorgé de cerises rouges et de baies, toujours ce coté fumé avec des notes terreuses, là encore, l'acidité est sans doute le secret de sa jeune attitude, la fin de bouche est assez longue et séduisante. J’adore, même si un peu léger (mais il n’y a pas de mal, Haut Brion est mon vin favori)

(DN-LDDV | 26.06.2016 | Average Retail Price 3,860 USD |  29,890 HKD | 3,480 Euros)



Petrus 1945 | LeDomduVin ©
Petrus 1945
J'adore Petrus, bien que j’en ai goûté certains vraiment inconsistant dans ma carrière, mais ce 1945 était incroyable ... riche, détaillé, complet et complexe, harmonieux, texturé, structuré, équilibré et se développant en complexité avec le temps au nez et en bouche... quel vin fantastique, riche et sur la longueur. Il promet encore quelques belles années à venir. Tant le nez que le palais étaient incroyablement attrayant. Sûrement le meilleur de la sélection ce soir.

(DN-LDDV | 26.06.2016 | Average Retail Price 9,570 USD |  73,988 HKD | 8,612 Euros)


Mouton Rothschild 1945 | LeDomduVin ©

Mouton Rothschild 1945
J'ai ouvert et goûté ce vin d’innombrables fois dans ma carrière, et j’ai toujours été un grand fan, mais le fait d’être servi après le Petrus ne lui a pas fait de faveurs, car il était un peu moins complexe et puissant que le roi de la rive droite. Néanmoins, il était aussi mémorable. Une pure expression de son terroir Médocain et de son âge avec des arômes d’épices, bois, sous-bois, champignons et gibier bien marqués au nez et en bouche. Encore plein de vie, Incroyable.

(DN-LDDV | 26.06.2016 | Average Retail Price 13,410 USD | 103,666 HKD | 12,068 Euros)


Latour 1945 | LeDomduVin ©
Latour 1945
Je me attendais a tellement mieux de Latour 45 ... et été un peu déçu... Le niveau était un peu bas... au bas des épaules. Le bouchon déjà se présentait mal, complètement imbibé, friable, fragile et s’effritant en enfonçant les lames du Durand… mais aussi recouvert d’une substance terreuse qui s’est avérée être des résidus de sédiments du vin infiltrés entre le verre du goulot et les cotés du bouchon suite a de mauvaise condition de stockage a mon avis.  Il m’a semblé que le vin avait atteint son apogée et souffert d'une légère oxydation au nez. Couleur très terne et trouble due à beaucoup de sédiments épais au fond de la bouteille, on aurait dit de la vase. Mais le vin n'avait pas complément disparu et a réussi a nous surprendre après près de 3 heures d'ouverture. Finalement, il s’est révélé sur le tard, mais je continue de croire que cette bouteille a souffert et n’avait rien à voir avec celles goûtées précédemment en d’autres occasions. Les vins de Latour sont des vins solides et qui vieillissent très bien ; malheureusement, on n’est jamais a l’abri d’une bouteille qui a mal vieilli ou n’a pas pu évoluer dans des conditions de stockage satisfaisantes.

(DN-LDDV | 26.06.2016 | Average Retail Price 4,595 USD | 35,507 HKD | 4,133 Euros)



Egon Muller-Schwarzhof Schwarzhofberber Auslese 2003 | LeDomduVin ©

Egon Muller-Schwarzhof Schwarzhofberber Auslese 2003 GK
Ce vin était incroyablement bon ... doux mais pas trop sucré pour un Auslese ... et équilibré par une acidité incroyable, un vin onctueux, racé et d’une grande fraîcheur, il recouvre tout le palais sur son passage, très minéral, c’est un vin riche, complexe et sexy, sur le fruit et la douceur.
A tomber, j’ai adoré. Une Bombe a ce prix la..... comparé aux autres bien sur.  

(DN-LDDV | 26.06.2016 | Average Retail Price 293 USD |  2,442 HKD | 285 Euros)



The corks of the night | LeDomduVin ©

Mes favoris (rouge seulement comme je l'ai aimé les deux blancs), du meilleur au moins... comment dire… (difficile de dire au moins bon, car ils présentaient tous des caractéristiques précises et uniques qui font d’eux des vins d’exceptions….)

1. Petrus 1945
2. DRC Romanée Conti 1966
3. Haut-Brion 1945
4. Mouton Rothschild 1945
5. Latour 1945

Encore une fois, ce fut un rêve de Sommelier devenu réalité, surtout pour un Sommelier chevronné comme moi… une rare occasion qui ne se présente presque jamais due aux quantités minimales de ces vins sur le marché... et qui ne se représentera peut-être plus  …. 

Des vins superbes et inoubliables ....


Portrait with the bottles | LeDomduVin ©



Dominique Noel | LeDomduVin



Friday, October 16, 2015


2012 Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc




I need to admit that I did not write much for the past 3 years as I’m not tasting as often as I used to and cannot find the time to scribble my sporadic notes anymore, but it is killing me as I love writing and more especially sharing about wine and other experiences like the following one.

What triggered the need to write this little post is a bottle sipped daily over a week by one of my colleagues (while left into a fridge in between) which still tasted surprisingly good after all that time. It was not just good, in fact, I was very impressed.

She was just having her lunch at her desk at the office and I realized she was sipping a glass of white with her shrimp and fish homemade dish. Curious, I approached her and asked if I could try the wine. She aware me that it had been opened for about a week already and was probably not very good; which aroused my Sommelier’s curiosity even more.   

She poured me a glass and bringing it to my nose, my rusty olfactory memories awakened and led the way to the exercise of deduction and dissection that each tasting, blind or not, is. The aromas gently brushed my nostrils to find their way to my bulb wriggling at the idea of being used once again after so long.

Vibrant white floral and citrusy aromas, like grapefruit and lime, mingled with unripe stone fruit and gooseberry notes, discreet vegetal nuances and a hint of mineral zest. Pretty good so far for one week old wine that has been opened and closed and went back and forth from the fridge quite a few times.
Although it had many occasions to get acquainted with air in the last few days, I still gave it a few swirls in the glass, by habits maybe but mainly because it seemed so fresh like if the cork was just removed moments ago.

My taste buds resounded with joyful agitation when the bright and refreshing liquid caressed them on his way to the back of the palate before disappearing in my throat, quenching my thirst for exiting wine and enhancing my knowledge and skills trough such an interesting experience.
Well balanced and harmonious, crisp and light, showing structure and texture complemented by great enhancing acidity lingering in the finish, this wine, reintroducing flavors in the palate reminiscent of the aromas on the nose, was beautifully crafted and surprisingly rewarding even after being uncorcked a week earlier.     

A smile enlightened my face as the distinguished scallop shell of Chateau Carbonnieux appeared to my eyes wide opened ready to unveil the mystery of which producer could have crafted such wine that could resist time and repeated contacts with oxygen with no signs of oxidation after a week.     
I was impressed. I always loved Chateau Carbonnieux, but loved it even more after this experience. Definitely recommended to keep a few of this gem in your cellar, it will effortlessly complement any fish and shellfish dish accompanied with creamy sauce, as well as summery salads and goat cheeses. Love it.  

I had the chance to taste and buy and drink and sell loads of bottles of Carbonnieux Blanc in my 23 years career in direct relation with wine either in restaurant, like in the mid 90s as a Chef de Rang/Maitre D’/Commis Sommelier at the “Relais de Compostelle” in Pessac where it was a “figure de proue” of our wine list mostly featuring the jewels of the Pessac-Leognan Appellation for years; then later as Sommelier/ Head Sommelier / Wine buyer in England in 3 restaurants; then in New York in two boutique stores where I was working in as Head Sommelier / Wine Buyer while managing the store…and even now as a regular buyer.

I also had the chance to meet the humble Perrin family many times in numerous occasions; they are as lovely, gentle and charming as their wines. Late Anthony Perrin was a great man for whom I had much respect and Eric is the one that I now talk to mostly when he is behind the table during tasting telling the story of his wines, he is so approachable and friendly.     

I previously wrote a little post on Haut-Vigneau that you can also read here: http://www.ledomduvin.com/2010/11/2008-chateau-haut-vigneau-pessac.html

Cheers

LeDom du Vin 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Cork Sucked into the bottle 


It has been a long time since i have written anything on my blog, spending too much time on other things unfortunately. However, it happens that for better visual and internal training purposes I draw schemas, principles and procedures. I will from time to time share them with you like the one below.

Usually when warm or when temperatures tend to go up or rise in a wine cellar, the wine inside the bottle expands thus pushing out the cork, yet when it cooled down like below, it contracts and can suck the cork back in. Both will result in allowance of bacteria and oxygen into the wine, which will reduce the flavor and oxidize it, if not completely spoil it.

Drawing by LeDom


Tuesday, August 11, 2015


France, UK and US School Class/Age System 

Comparison Table (Simplified) 


Nothing to do with wine, but I was looking for a simple comparison table of the School Class/Age System in France, UK and US and could not find one, so I created this simple one:


France
 UK
 USA
 Age
Kindergarten
PS


 3
MS


 4
GS
(12eme)
 Year 1

 5
Elementary or Primary School (US)
 CP
(11eme)
 Year 2
 Grade 1
 6
 CE1 (10eme)
 Year 3
 Grade 2
 7
 CE2
(9eme)
 Year 4
 Grade 3
 8
 CM1 (8eme)
 Year 5
 Grade 4
 9
 CM2 (7eme)
 Year 6
 Grade 5
 10
High school (US)
College (France)
Secondary School (FR/UK/US)
6eme
 Year 7
 Grade 6
 11
5eme
 Year 8
 Grade 7
 12
4eme
 Year 9
 Grade 8
 13
3eme
 Year 10
 Grade 9
 14
2nd
 Year 11
 Grade 10
 15
1ere
 Year 12
 Grade 11
 16
Terminal
 Year 13
 Grade 12
 17