Monday, December 6, 2021

Bottle Dimensions (part 2)

 


Bottle Dimensions by ©LeDomduVin 2021
Bottle Dimensions by ©LeDomduVin 2021



Bottles Dimensions


Post under progress 

Monday, November 29, 2021

Petit jeu du soir / Little game of the evening


Petit jeu du soir 

Soustrais ton âge à 121, 
et tu devrais tomber sur ton 
année de naissance.

Voilà, pour celles et ceux qui ne comprendraient pas comment ça marche, c'est tout bêtement mathématique, et je viens de faire un petit tableau excel, car un visuel vaut mieux qu'une longue explication. Pour faire court, quelqu'un né en 2000 à 21 ans et quelqu'un né en 1921 à 100 ans. Regardez, c'est simple, n'est-ce pas?



Little game of the evening 

Subtract your age from 121,
and you should fall on your
year of birth.

There you have it, for those who do not understand how it works, it is simply mathematical, and I have just made a small excel table, because a visual is better than a long explanation. Long story short, someone born in 2000 is 21, and someone born in 1921 is 100.  Look, it's simple, isn't it?



Enjoy the rest of your evening and be safe. And give some love to each other, 'cause that's all we got! 

Peace!

Dom

@domelgabor #domelgabor #lesmemesadom #meme #game #jeu @ledomduvin 


Sunday, November 28, 2021

Pichon Lalande 1989


Pichon Lalande 1989

Over the last 4 months that I started in this new job, as a Senior Manager - Wine Management / Sommelier, working at the office by day and 2-3 times a week at the restaurant at night, especially Fridays and Saturdays, I had the immense pleasure to taste some incredible wines, some from our own cellars, some brought by our customers. 

Although, I cannot work full time as a Sommelier, due to a physical condition that has been bothering me on daily basis for decades (the reason I stopped working on the floor full time, 10 years ago), it is always a pleasure to occasionally put on my suit, proudly wearing the grape that was given to me in 1997, for my Sommelier certification, and help our restaurant team serving these amazing wines. 

The other day, I opened 2 bottles of Pichon Lalande 1989. I had not tried it for a while, and I was pleasantly surprised  by how well it showed. 

Since it was acquired in 2007, by the Rouzaud family, owners of Louis Roederer, tremendous change in terms of structure, blend and taste have been made for the better. The wines gained in texture, complexity, taste and quality. Yet, prior to this era, I must say that the wines of Pichon Lalande were more like a hit or miss, depending on the vintage. 

Personally, and although I have always appreciated it, to a certain extent, I have always found Pichon Lalande been a tricky and capricious old Bordeaux style wine, often austere, tannic and dry, and not revealing much in its youth. Marked by a certain feminine elegance and character, but rather like an old bitter lady, especially in the 80s and early 90s (I'm not going to make friends by writing this).

Fortunately, time has a taming effect on this old lady and this 1989 is a great example of it. It showed rather well after 2 hours of decanting, while restraint on the nose and somewhat on the palate too at opening. Exhibiting timid earthy notes of dark cherry, currants, leather, tobacco, smoke, underbrush, pepper and few other tertiary aromas. Gentle, supple, elegant, yet, a bit dry, with a moderate finish, slightly fading (not much tannins or acidity left, at peak?). Good with lamb and/or pigeon. 

Cheers! Santé!

Dom

@ledomduvin #wine #vin #vino #wein #lesphotosadom #pichonlalande @pichon_comtesse #pauillac #bordeaux 


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Saturday, November 27, 2021

Some of last night's wines



Some of last night's wines 

Domaine Henri Boillot Bâtard-Montrachet 2014

Nice, racy, elegant, harmonious and light on its feet, gracious like a ballerina, beautiful structure and texture, complex and rich without being too heavy. Beautifully crafted. Decanted 30 minutes before serving to give it a boost, as it is quite young and shy. Showed beautifully. Loved it. 

Château Haut-Brion 2000

Timid and slightly restraint at first, decanted about 2 hours prior serving it. Haut-Brion is and has been my favorite wine for the past 30 years of my career in the wine industry. It is kind of sentimental  between Haut-Brion and me. Undoubtedly amongst the very finest wine producers in Bordeaux, if not the world. A blend of 51% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Cabernet Franc, the 2000 vintage has been deemed close to perfection by various esteemed wine critics, including Neal Martin 99+ and Robert Parker 99. Beautifully balanced, structured and textured, complex, refined, the list of adjectives to describe it is endless. Loooooooooooved it. And it still shows potential to last for a few more decades. 

Chateau Lafleur Pomerol 2015

Château Lafleur is a moody wine to be drunk at the right time, which tends to open up in its youth, like this 2015, then close down for a decade or two before reopening again to show its full potential. Meaning that if you miss the window when it opens up, you might find it close and restraint, while this is an absolutely amazing wine when the timing is right. 

Although, it is probably a sacrilege to open such wine this young, it showed wonderfully last night, delivering tons of aromas, right from the opening, like dark fruits, plums, ripe cherry, chocolate, purple flowers, hints of smoke and earth, mingling in a layered, rich, opulent and complex and long lasting palate. Even better after 2 hours. As I did not open it in advance, I had to decant it twice to give it plenty of air, for it to fully express itself. What an amazing wine! If you have a case of it, drink a bottle now to appreciate its youthfulness and friendliness, but keep the rest of it, as this wine will surely last for the next 2/3 decades. 

Cheers! Santé!

Dom

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Guigal’s “La Las” wines 2014


Guigal’s “La Las” wines 2014

This trio represents the epitome of both Guigal's portfolio and undoubtedly the best of what Côte Rôtie has to offer. There are amongst some of the most sought-after wines in the world. 

Domaine Guigal La Mouline 2014

The most feminine of the 3, La Mouline should always be served first when the 3 are presented together. From a vineyard planted on the Côte Blonde, with 89% Syrah and 11% Viognier, and vines averaging 75 years old, La Mouline is like a spring blooming flower, exhibiting delicate floral aromas and violet scent, with dark and red berries fruits flavors, mingling with earthy minerals notes. Delicate, elegant and charming. A very seductive wine, despite a certain tightness and restraint due to its very young age, as this wine deserves time to express its full potential. 

Domaine Guigal La Turque 2014

Half-way between La Mouline and La Landonne, in terms of structure, texture and taste, La Turque is the youngest and most approachable in its youth of the 3. Fuller and denser than La Mouline, but not as complex and rich as La Landonne, La Turque is crafted from vineyard in the Côte Blonde planted with 93% Syrah and 7% Viognier on vines averaging 25 years old. complexity and quality. The resulting wine is supple, generous, sensual, with a strong expression of its terroir. 

Domaine Guigal La Landonne 2014

Crafted from 100% Syrah, from vines averaging 35 years old, planted in iron-rich clay and limestone on the Côte Brune, La Landonne is a complex and rich, more masculine wine, bursting with dark fruit flavors mingling with earthy, smoky, gamey meats and minerality notes. Surely the most layered, textured and structured of the 3, La Landonne is also the one that takes the most time to fully develop, gaining in flavors and complexity as it ages, rewarding those who have the patience to wait for it. 

Although, they showed well after 2 hours of decanting, they were still too young to be fully enjoyed, in my opinion, showing restraint and shyness (brought by a customer, so, no choice). Yet, personally, I will have left them in the cellar to mature a few years longer, to reach their full expressions. 

Cheers! Santé!

Dom 

@ledomduvin #wine #vin #vino #wein #guigal #ledomduvin #lesphotosadom #rhonevalley #rhone @domaineguigal



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Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Do you Movember? I do



Do you Movember? I do 

Every year, I let my goatee grow for the last few days  of October to be ready for Movember, and keep it for the whole month of November. 

Movember (a "portmanteau" of the Australian-English diminutive word for "moustache", "mo", and "November") is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches, during the entire month of November, to raise awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men's suicide.




Whether you movember or not, you can still donate if you want at

https://hk.movember.com/

https://us.movember.com/about/foundation

This November is gonna get hairy again. 😁👍

Be safe, be cautious, and take good care of yourself and your love ones.  

Dom

#moustache #noshavenovember #movember #Movember2021 @movember #goatee #stache #lesphotosadom #ledomduvin @ledomduvin #donation #donate #menscancer #menshealth #cancer #awareness @domelgabor #domelgabor

THANK YOU ALL (once again)


THANK YOU ALL  by ©LeDomduVin 2021
THANK YOU ALL 
by ©LeDomduVin 2021


THANK YOU ALL 



THANK YOU all for your continuous support! Much appreciated 🙏👍🍷😁

I'm very happy to still see my blog on the list of Feedspot Top 100 Wine Blogs (*), nestled amongst some of the most influential and informative wine blogs in the world. What an honor! 

Not that I do anything to deserve it, as I don't write much and don't really advertise it either, (as I only do that as a hobby and only post on my blog when I have time), yet, it pleases me to see that I am still there at number 132. That's great!👌👍 🤘🍷😁

And this thanks to all of you, so THANK YOU. I raise my glass to you all. 

Cheers! Santé! 

Dom

(*) In fact, it should be Top 300, as their list contains 292 Blogs.

If interested, find the Feedspot Top 100 Wine Blogs list at 

https://blog.feedspot.com/wine_blogs/

#ledomduvin @ledomduvin #feedspot #toponehundred #wine #wineblog #vin #blog #toponehundredwineblogs #thankyou #thankyouall #number132 #numberonehundredthirtytwo





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Monday, November 8, 2021

HKB - Hong Kong Baijiu


HKB - Hong Kong Baijiu by ©LeDomduVin 2021
HKB - Hong Kong Baijiu
by ©LeDomduVin 2021




HKB - Hong Kong Baijiu 


Trying a new gimmick Baijiu with the team to see if we can do something with it, to drink straight and/or in cocktails 🍸.  

The nose is pretty soft and almost sweet for a Baijiu, not as pungent or alcoholic as I thought it will be. Aromatics of lychee, pears, pineapple, and ripe exotic yellow fruits, mingle with notes of white flowers, chrysanthemum, and hints of fresh almond. The taste is awfully strong for my personal taste, yet, definitely ok for a Baijiu. Displaying similar notes as in the nose. 



HKB - Hong Kong Baijiu by ©LeDomduVin 2021
HKB - Hong Kong Baijiu
by ©LeDomduVin 2021



Personally, I cannot and would not drink it on its own, the reason why I asked our mixologist if he could use his magic and imagination to ease the taste and make it more palatable (to my palate😁). 

He prepared a lovely cocktail made with pineapple juice, homemade camomile syrup, lemon juice, and HKB Baijiu. The result was light, crisp, fragrant, juicy, easy to drink, and delightful I must say. I'm not so much into pineapple usually, but it paired really well with it. The camomile also added a "je-ne-sais-quoi" making this cocktail very tasty. 



HKB - Hong Kong Baijiu by ©LeDomduVin 2021
HKB - Hong Kong Baijiu
by ©LeDomduVin 2021


As for HKB Baijiu, I said that it is a "gimmick" as the story behind it started with a French guy (Charles Lanthier), who, while working in China and discovering the traditional Chinese spirits (also known as "Chinese White liquor") decided to create a "Baijiu" to help Westerners to get better acquainted with it, first intended for the American and European markets. 

Produced in small batches in the Sichuan province (China), HKB (Hong Kong Baijiu) is first distilled from a mash of five grains (sorghum, rice, sticky rice, corn, and wheat), prior being blended in Italy by a grappa producer after aging (in large, neutral terra cotta urns) for two years. 

Regarding the origins of its name, as it has nothing to do with the "Fragrant Harbour" (HK's nickname, known as "Port aux Parfums" in french), I guess the "Hong Kong" part was just to make it more appealing to Westerners. 😉😁👍 

Santé! Cheers! 

Dom 

#hkb #baijiu #hongkongbaijiu @ledomduvin #lesphotosadom #ledomduvin #spirits #cocktail




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Sunday, October 31, 2021

Highlights of last night wines



Highlights of last night wines by @LeDomduVin 2021
Highlights of last night wines
by @LeDomduVin 2021


Highlights of last night wines 



Once again, last night, the restaurant was quite full, the energy was joyful and we opened some seriously good wines, here are some of the highlights of last night.  



La Clarté de Haut-Brion Graves 2011 (Magnum - 1.5L) by @LeDomduVin 2021
La Clarté de Haut-Brion Graves 2011 (Magnum - 1.5L)
by @LeDomduVin 2021



La Clarté de Haut-Brion Graves 2011 (Magnum - 1.5L) (@chateauhautbrion_)

What a beautiful wine! The predominance of Sauvignon Blanc in the blend provides freshness, brightness, focus, incredible balance, and length. Aromas of honeysuckle mingle with citrus, yellow fruits, white and yellow flowers, as well as slightly herbal, vegetable notes. The palate is beautifully balanced, structured and textured, layered, generous and complex, yet light on its feet and elegant. Loooooove it. 




Domaine Lignier-Michelot Nuits-St-Georges 2012 (Magnum -1.5L) by @LeDomduVin 2021
Domaine Lignier-Michelot Nuits-St-Georges 2012 (Magnum -1.5L)
by @LeDomduVin 2021



Domaine Lignier-Michelot Nuits-St-Georges 2012 (Magnum -1.5L) (@domaine_virgile_lignier )



Domaine Lignier-Michelot Nuits-St-Georges 2012 (Magnum -1.5L) by @LeDomduVin 2021
Domaine Lignier-Michelot Nuits-St-Georges 2012 (Magnum -1.5L)
by @LeDomduVin 2021



This wine was amazingly good and still so youthful, I was very surprised and impressed. Lots of ripe dark and red cherry, mineral, generous and complex palate, great balance, full of life, and really smooth. Well integrated. Highly recommended.




Château Angélus Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 1978 by @LeDomduVin 2021
Château Angélus Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 1978
by @LeDomduVin 2021



Château Angélus Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 1978 (@chateauangelus) 

I was a bit skeptical at first when seeing the condition of the label, and more especially the state of the cork, black and dirty on top, soft, soaked, and crumbling in the middle and at the base. Even the first smell inspired something rotten inside. The light brick/brownish color also revealed an advanced stage. However, the taste was ok, so, I served it, and to my surprise, it opened up after about 10 minutes and revealed some interesting aromatics: smoky earth, underbrush, dark fruits, leather, horse saddle, forest floor. The soft and light palate showed some fruits, good acidity, and structure. Fragile, but still very much alive. Surprising. Definitely, a must-taste. 




Château Lafite Rothschild Pauillac 1978 by @LeDomduVin 2021
Château Lafite Rothschild Pauillac 1978
by @LeDomduVin 2021



Château Lafite Rothschild Pauillac 1978 (@chateaulafiterothschild)

Label in good condition. Light green bottle with thinner glass than I remembered and the punt also not as deep as I thought it would be, but still presenting some features from the 70s. I'm always careful when it comes to Lafite Rothschild, counterfeits are always a concern. The cork seemed correct, with expected dimensions and conditions. The nose presented some smokiness and earthiness the like of Haut-Brion, more than a Pauillac. Tasted very young too. Surprising here again. Fake? Maybe not... 

Most vintages of the 70s for Bordeaux wines being quite mediocre overall, I cannot help to think that, either 1978 is an extraordinary underrated vintage, which has somehow developed gracefully over the last decade, after being tight and closed all these years, and, thus, must be discovered at once, prior it reaches its peak, as these two wines above exhibited some really interesting and enjoyable features. 



Château Lafite Rothschild and Angelus 1978 by @LeDomduVin 2021
Château Lafite Rothschild and Angelus 1978
by @LeDomduVin 2021



Or, these two wines are amongst some of the exceptions of this particular vintage, 1978, which, in Bordeaux, was nicknamed "the miracle vintage" due to a beautiful September, which saved the "Millésime", while most producers were expecting the worst, yet, it ended up not being so bad after all, even producing some rather fine wines for some Chateaux. Trying more Bordeaux 1978 should give us the answer.  


Cheers! Santé!

Dom 

LeDomduVin (aka Dominique Noel)     



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DRC life's cycle... ...in the hands of LeDomduVin


DRC Echezeaux Grand Cru 2014 by @LeDomduVin 2021
DRC Echezeaux Grand Cru 2014
by @LeDomduVin 2021



DRC life's cycle... 
...in the hands of LeDomduVin



DRC Echezeaux Grand Cru 2014 by @LeDomduVin 2021
DRC Echezeaux Grand Cru 2014
by @LeDomduVin 2021



As a wine professional, Certified Sommelier and wine buyer, market analyst, and also, and more importantly as a Wine Quality Control Director, I spent a good part of my career focusing on recognizing and fighting against fake wines and counterfeited wine bottles, with thorough inspections prior buying, awareness via some posts on my blog and even some videos on YouTube on the subject.




DRC life's cycle... ...in the hands of LeDomduVin by @LeDomduVin 2021
DRC life's cycle... ...in the hands of LeDomduVin
by @LeDomduVin 2021



More especially, when it comes to some of the most sought-after wines in the world, like Domaine de la Romanée Conti (DRC), or the like of Henri Jayer, or more recently Rayas, and many others like Petrus, Lafite Rothschild, Cheval Blanc, Latour, Mouton Rothschild, even Le Pin, Lafleur (Pomerol), Jaboulet La Chapelle, and even Dujac, Chave, Roumier, etc, etc... as well as some Barolos and Super Tuscan too, which are probably some of the most counterfeited wines in the world.  




DRC life's cycle... ...in the hands of LeDomduVin by @LeDomduVin 2021
DRC life's cycle... ...in the hands of LeDomduVin
by @LeDomduVin 2021



To prevent expensive empty bottles to be found and sold in the grey market, I have adapted "a necessary routine" into my daily job, which consists to:


 

DRC life's cycle... ...in the hands of LeDomduVin by @LeDomduVin 2021
DRC life's cycle... ...in the hands of LeDomduVin
by @LeDomduVin 2021



- Always deface or disfigure the label of all the expensive bottles (and others potentially interesting to counterfeiters) that I open, (with a pen or even a cutter).
- Break the corks
- Break and discard the bottles




DRC life's cycle... ...in the hands of LeDomduVin by @LeDomduVin 2021
DRC life's cycle... ...in the hands of LeDomduVin
by @LeDomduVin 2021



DRC empty bottles can reach very expensive prices (refer to this screenshot from and courtesy of eBay, below, for example), more especially the old and rare ones, and I cannot and won't let that happen under my watch. 




DRC life's cycle... ...in the hands of LeDomduVin by @LeDomduVin 2021
DRC life's cycle... ...in the hands of LeDomduVin
by @LeDomduVin 2021



Provenance is the key, and I always check the provenance (usually directly from the producer, ex-Domaine, or ex-chateau, or from a reliable and honest Négociant or supplier with direct allocations) and inspect thoroughly the conditions and history of each bottle, prior to buying these old and rare ladies. 




DRC Echezeaux Grand Cru 2014 by @LeDomduVin 2021
DRC Echezeaux Grand Cru 2014
by @LeDomduVin 2021



This bottle of DRC Echezeaux Grand Cru 2014 is pristine, coming directly from the estate, via OPTIM (a branch of FICOFI), an irreproachable provider when it comes to DRC and Petrus. 



As you see from the pictures above, I had to apply "my routine" to this bottle too. This is the life cycle of a bottle of DRC in the hands of LeDomduVin. 😉😁👍🍷

Cheers! Santé! 

Dom

LeDomduVin (aka Dominique Noel)



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