Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Club des Sommeliers Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueuil 2018




Club des Sommeliers 

Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueuil 2018


Funny enough, looking at some pictures from about a year ago, nearly the same day, I realized that I also bought a bottle of Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueuil. 

Obviously, January must have a subliminal effect on my love and occasional craving for Cabernet Franc wines 🍷 😋 👍😁

Last Sunday, after biking until late in the afternoon, with my daughter, we stopped by a French gourmet store, in TKO, bought a few groceries and my eyes fell on this bottle from the "Club des Sommeliers".

I don't think I've ever tasted a bottle from "Club des Sommeliers" before, so I took it  to try. And, coincidentally, I started writing that post about "Sommelier" earlier that day (see my previous post on the subject from a few days ago). I guess that bottle inspired me the rest of the post that day, while sipping  it with some charcuterie. 

The wine had nothing extraordinary, and, at that price, nothing extraordinary was expected, nor anything unexpected or wrong either. It was just a nice, quaffable, and approchable Cabernet Franc, fairly harmonious, well balanced between the fruit and the acidity and the tannins. 

The tannins are present, and add to the structure and texture, yet are integrated and not astringent. The fruit is also ripe enough to please the palate, provide a juicy attack and mid-palate, and prevent the green vegetal and astringent edges some Cab Franc are renowned for. 

Nice and quaffable, as I was saying. It went perfectly well with the saucisson. 

Cheers! Santé! 

Dom 

NB: It is important to always keep a saucisson handy for any occasions at home. 


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How much time should you spend on a bottle of wine?





How much time should you spend on a bottle of wine? 
I don't know...
About half an hour?
😁👍🍷

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Monday, January 17, 2022

Sommelier



Sommelier 


Reflecting on my 30-years career working with wine, including 25 years as a certified Sommelier and Wine Buyer, I have a profound respect for this profession and confidence in (most of) my peers.

Despite the annoying know-it-all attitude and often out-of-place arrogance, some may display, most Sommeliers (male and female alike) are usually very knowledgeable, passionate, and skilled.

I find those with years of experience and travels, driven by passion and curiosity, often to be the most humble and savvy wine people I know.

Whether at a restaurant, a hotel, a "caviste" (niche boutique wine store), a supermarket, a cellar, a winery, a distributor, a wholesaler, a Negociant, and/or any other places and positions requiring such profile, the role of a Sommelier is to act as a relay between the producers and the consumers to:

- tell the story behind the label (producer, history, geography, topography, climate, weather, exposure, nature of the soil and subsoil, the landscape, grape varieties, and everything else that constitutes the terroir and influences the style and taste of the wine).

- convey the message of both the producer and its wine (particularity of the producer, the vintage, a specific terroir, vineyard management, winemaking styles and techniques, ageing, etc...).

- transmit the passion and love for wine to both entertain and convince the guests and customers the recommended wine is the most ideal and fits the purpose perfectly.

- sell the wine by sharing knowledge and passion, love and conviction, opinions and facts, while respecting and understanding the customer's needs.

- make the customers travel to the place where the wine is from, speak about the wine as if you've made it, and enhance their journey with stories and images.

- treat the customers fairly, with a smile, and always with the same respect and interest, whether they want the least or the most expensive wines, or take your advice or not.


A Sommelier's knowledge, passion, love, curiosity, storytelling talent skills, as well as his or her attitude and behavior, greatly contribute to how satisfying the experience will be.


And, to conclude, without getting into too many details, (as if I was really getting deep into the subject, I could write a full book about "What is a Sommelier and what it takes to be a good one!" - maybe I should write that book 🤔😁👍🍷), for now, I will simply say that, besides all the above, a properly educated and trained Sommelier is an individual who has a very large array of knowledge and skills in many subjects, domains, and topics, and acquired, with time and experience, the essential "savoir-faire" (know-how), to respond and accommodate any customer's inquiries and demands far beyond just wine.  

A properly trained Sommelier's knowledge, skills, and know-how must also cover and extend to pretty much anything you can drink, eat and smoke: from mineral water to tea and coffee, spirits, liqueurs, saké, Eaux-de-vie, cocktails, whisky, Cognac, Armagnac, and so much more, basically anything from the aperitif to the digestif, as well as to all the food on the menu in detail, from the "canapés" to the "petits fours" (or "mignardises" if you prefer) and all the various dishes in between, and of course cigars.  

A properly educated and trained Sommelier is a passionate and curious individual, always eager to learn and understand, accept and adapt to new things without forgetting about the classics, who will continue to grow his or her knowledge and skills all of his or her life as the world, the people and the trends, moods, modes, and techniques evolve and change with time. 

Yet, still with a foot anchored to certain service, culinary and hospitality traditions, which are the staples and standards of this profession, and to which a Sommelier is also very respectful.  

A Sommelier is like a knight, guardian of the old guard's know-how and traditions, about the "Art de Vivre" (Art of Living), as much as the "Arts de la Table et du Service" (Table and Service Arts) and the "Art Culinaire" (Culinary Art), (by always seconding and complementing the Chef and the rest of the team), with a "je-ne sais-quoi" of a modern twist attitude, allowing him and her to stand out (through time) as an essential and indissociable part of the wine (and spirits) and food scene and industry.        

I have received this grape back in 1997, after completing my Sommelier certification at the Hospitality and Tourism Management School of Talence (Bordeaux),  and it never left my side ever since. Proud to be a Sommelier. 

Cheers! Santé! 

Dom

NB: It is a beautiful grape. It was all gold 25 years ago, now it looks silver. It may have lost its gold, yet it still shines like on its first day. I broke the pin in the back, long ago, and (kind of) repaired it with a safety pin 🧷 😁👍🍷😅😅😅 It is very sentimental between my grape and I. It is my precious.


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Thursday, January 13, 2022

Château Haut Montizeau 2019




Château Haut Montizeau 2019


Blaye - Côtes de Bordeaux 
à Berson, en Gironde 

À regarder les infos de ces derniers jours dans le sud-ouest de la France (en France en général), j'ai eu un petit coup de blues et surtout beaucoup de pensées inquiètes pour la famille, les amis, les proches et même les producteurs de vins, et les autres. 

Entre les pluies diluviennes, la crue des rivières, la montée du COVID, les grèves et autres manifestations, la politique et le reste, j'avais besoin de me rapprocher de mon pays, de ma région d'origine. 

Je suis passé au mini-supermarché du coin pour acheter une bouteille, sur le chemin de la maison, la tête vide, sans vraiment savoir ce dont j'avais envie. 

Puis, j'ai vu cette bouteille de Château Haut Montizeau, une petite propriété de la commune de Berson, un petit village à environ 5 kilomètres du village où j'ai grandi. Un petit bout de chez moi, de chez ma mère plus précisément. 

Parfait pour me rapprocher des gens à qui je tiens, en pensées, même si à 10000 kilomètres de là (*). 







Le Château Haut Montizeau s'étend sur 12 hectares de vignes, plantées avec 100% Merlot, d'une moyenne d'âge de 30 ans. Le sol est argilo-sableux. Et le 2019, bien qu'un peu jeune, est déjà très approchable, et vraiment pas mal du tout, surtout pour le prix. Un bel équilibre, sur le fruit, juste ce qu'il faut d'acidité, des tannins présents, mais intégrés et soyeux. Une jolie surprise, qui m'a rappelée la maison et mon enfance, en buvant les premières gorgées. Merci. 

Santé, Cheers! 

Dom

(*) Hong Kong to Bordeaux - Map data courtesy of © 2022 Google INEGI


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Tuesday, January 4, 2022

I ❤ WINE JANUARY


I ❤ WINE JANUARY 

by @ledomduvin 2022


Everyone can do and think whatever they want, it is their choice. And, thus, I won't elaborate on the subject of "Dry January" as I've already created this meme that says it all, so, enough said!   

Yet, the only thing I will add is: 

Drink some wine, responsibly, and drink it with (and for) pleasure, to enhance a meal, a conversation, a moment, an occasion, or just simply to celebrate life, with family and friends, and colleagues, and clients or patrons, or whomever you like to drink wine with, or even alone, enjoying a blissful and pleasurable moment for yourself and by yourself (we all need those occasionally).  

By doing so, you will help all the people working within the wine industry, from the vigneron-winemaker working in the vineyards and crafting the wine, to all the other people who contributed, along the way, for this wine to arrive safely and in good condition to your glass.  

And, if you just take a minute to think about it, you will quickly realize that it amounts to a lot of people. Just to name a few: 
  • Vineyard workers and owners
  • Wine Producers
  • Viticulturists 
  • Oenologists 
  • Winemakers
  • Logistics and transportation
  • Wine ambassadors
  • Wine agents
  • Wine importers
  • Wine distributors 
  • Wine merchants
  • Wine critics 
  • Wine writers
  • Wine educators
  • Wine specialists
  • Wine consultants 
  • Sommeliers and F&B workers in general 
  • Restaurants, brasseries, guinguettes, bars, clubs, discotheques, etc... 
  • Cavistes (and other wine retailers in general)
  • Wine warehouses
  • Wine and food trucks
  • Pop-up wine vendors
  • Wine Tastings, classes, dinners, and other events  
  • etc...

And, surely many others that also depend and/or work directly and/or indirectly with wine and the wine industry... 

So, you can do whatever you want, it is your choice, but, think that by stopping drinking wine for a full month, you also jeopardize the job and (to a certain extent) the life of all these people cited above and all the other ones that are not mentioned. Think about it...    

I'll let you meditate on that... 

Cheers! Santé! 

Dom 




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AIWC - Asia International Wine Competition 2021





AIWC - Tasting wine as a judge for the Asia International Wine Competition (at home) 😁👍🍷


AIWC - 

Asia International Wine Competition 2021



Once again, I'm so excited as, for the 4th consecutive year, I have been invited to participate in the Asia International Wine Competition (AIWC) as a Wine Judge. 






Thank you, Adam Levy (@alcoholprofessor) and Beth Dorrough (@bethdorrough) to give me the chance and the opportunity to participate in this wine competition, once again. It's always with great pleasure. 






This year again, the wine samples were sent at home for all the judges to taste. Definitely not as many wines as the previous years, but, hey, quality over quantity, right? 😉








Cheers! Santé! And may the best wines and best ratio value for money get the medals. 

Dom


NB: Wine tasted on December 18th, 2021 (forgot to post it on the blog earlier 😅)







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Friday, December 31, 2021

HAPPY NEW YEAR & BONNE ANNEE 2022

 




Happy New Year & Bonne Année 2022!



Happy New Year & Bonne Année 2022

I wish you all the best, to your family and your loved ones too.
And more importantly, I wish you a safe, healthy, meaningful, and more joyful New Year than 2020 and 2021 combined!

Full of love, hope, courage, kindness, and happiness. And filled with peace, dreams, ambitions, resolutions, goals, satisfaction, success, friendship, and lots of unforgettable moments.

2021 has been a terrible year for most of us. Probably even worst than 2020 for some of us. A year a lot of us need to forget and put to the past.  

Yet, for some others, not everything was necessarily negative and not everything has to be forgotten about this particular year. Some people have had a great year, with lots of good and positive things that happened to them. 

Personally, some of the moments and encounters I experienced this year were quite unique and beautiful, resulting in fond memories that will last forever. And I don't want to forget them, on the contrary, I want to keep them close to my heart and mind. I also changed my job in august this year, which is also a very positive thing.

This is a new year. A new beginning. And things need to change for the better. Let's make it happen and make this new year count for everyone. And let's continue to dream and have dreams. And also let's be a little crazy too 😉 ( 'cause we're never gonna survive unless we are a little crazy - Seal)

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

Be safe and take good care of yourself and your loved ones. And give some love to each other, 'cause that's all we've got.

Thank you,

Dom

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Happy New Year & Bonne Année 2022 

Je vous souhaite tout le meilleur, à votre famille et à vos proches également.
Et, plus important encore, je vous souhaite une nouvelle année sûre, saine et sauve, significative et plus joyeuse que 2020 et 2021 réunis !

Pleine d'amour, d'espoir, de courage, de gentillesse et de bonheur. Et remplie de paix, de rêves, d'ambitions, de résolutions, d'objectifs, de satisfaction, de succès, d'amitié et de nombreux moments inoubliables.

2021 a été une année terrible pour la plupart d'entre nous. Probablement encore pire que 2020 pour certains d'entre nous. Une année que beaucoup d'entre nous ont besoin d'oublier et de mettre au passé.

Pourtant, pour d'autres, tout n'était pas forcément négatif et ceux-la ne veulent pas tout oublier de cette année qui vient de passer. Certaines personnes ont eu une excellente année, avec beaucoup de choses bonnes et positives qui leur sont arrivées.

Personnellement, certains des moments et des rencontres que j'ai vécus cette année étaient assez uniques et beaux, résultant en de bons souvenirs qui dureront pour toujours. Et je ne veux pas les oublier, au contraire, je veux les garder près de mon cœur et de mon esprit. J'ai aussi changé de travail en août de cette année, ce qui est aussi une chose très positive.

C'est une année nouvelle. Un nouveau départ. Et les choses doivent changer pour le mieux. Faisons en sorte que cela se produise et faisons en sorte que cette nouvelle année compte pour tout le monde. Et continuons à rêver et à avoir des rêves. Et soyons aussi un peu fous aussi 😉 (car nous ne survivrons jamais à moins d'être un peu fous - Seal)

"L'avenir appartient à ceux qui croient en la beauté de leurs rêves." -Eleanor Roosevelt

Soyez prudent et prenez bien soin de vous et de vos proches. Et donnez-vous un peu d'amour, parce que c'est tout ce que nous avons et c'est tout ce qu'il nous reste. 

Merci,

Dom



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Thursday, December 30, 2021

Happy New Year and Best Wishes for 2022



Happy New Year 

and Best Wishes for 2022 



With the last sunset of the year comes hopes and resolutions for the new year. I wish you all a Happy New Year 2022, filled with joy, health, wealth, success, peace, and love. Take good care of yourselves and stay safe. And give each other love, 'cause that's all we got! - Dom






Avec le dernier coucher de soleil de l'année viennent les espoirs et les résolutions pour la nouvelle année. Je vous souhaite à toutes et tous une bonne et heureuse année 2022, remplie de joie, de santé, de richesse, de réussite, de paix et d'amour. Prenez bien soin de vous et restez prudents. Et donnez-vous de l'amour, car c'est tout ce que nous avons ! - Dom







I took this picture, about a month and a half ago, while trekking the Wilson Trail, top of the Black Hill, at Tiu Keng Leng (NT, Hong Kong). The view of Victoria harbor, from there, is breathtaking and offers some of the best sunsets over the city of Hong Kong from a distance.  


NB: For those of you who may wonder, Domelgabor is another one of my aliases, mostly used for my personal creations (other than the ones I do that are related to and/or for Ledomduvin): photos, drawings, illustrations, graphs, visuals, collages, montages, videos, writings, compositions, and experimental electronic music, and many other things that go through my mind and end up being creative projects.     

Once again, Happy New Year and best wishes for 2022. Take good care of yourselves and stay safe. And give each other love, 'cause that's all we got! 

- Dom


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Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Enrique Mendoza "Las Quebradas" Monastrell Alicante 2018



Enrique Mendoza "Las Quebradas" 

Monastrell Alicante 2018



This bottle was one of my Christmas presents. A gift from someone who knows me well, and thus, also knows that I love Spain and more especially Spanish wines. 

This is a 100% Monastrell crafted from 70-year-old vines, planted at 500 meters altitude, on rocky-calcareous soils, from "Las Quebradas" estate, located in Alicante DOP (Denominación de Origen Protegida), south-east of Spain, right below Valencia. Aged in French oak barrels for 16 months. 

And the result is really impressive, and I could have described it with my own words, (as I normally do), but after I read RP words and rating, I really had nothing to add. So here it is: 


Enrique Mendoza "Las Quebradas" Monastrell Alicante 2018

"The 2018 Las Quebradas is pure Monastrell from a dry-farmed and head-pruned vineyard with very poor soils covered in limestone boulders (caliche). It fermented with indigenous yeasts in square oak vats with manual punch-downs of the cap. It matured in Allier barrels for 16 months. It feels very young and still marked by the élevage. The palate is terribly stony and mineral with a chalky texture, serious and powerful with terrific balance. In general, these 2018s are a little more delicate and fresher than the 2017s, which were very Mediterranean." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 94pts


Thank you for that bottle. It's a nice present. Highly recommended. 

Cheers! Santé! 

Dom

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Sunday, December 26, 2021

Vin du lendemain...



Vin du lendemain...



Château Fortia Châteauneuf-du-Pape "Cuvée du Baron"2017


I bought this bottle the other day, late, at a local supermarket, as I needed a bottle for a last-minute event, for my son. 

I must say the selection at the local supermarket near my residence is really unimpressive, really bad I should say. 

However, amongst every other uninspiring bottle, I found this bottle, which was really the only one that talked to me at the moment. So, I bought it. 

Of course, my son forgot to bring the bottle to the event... so, I found this poor bottle alone in my kitchen and I could not leave it like this. I had to open it to give it a purpose. Yes, I know, I'm nice like this, I never let a bottle down or on her own. 😉

And the verdict: it is way too young to drink now and will take time to fully develop and attain its full potential. So, after drinking a glass of it, I decided to wait until the next day (today), to check if it would be better. 

And, 24h later, Hallelujah !!! (alleluia), even if still too young and still presenting a firm tannic structure and texture, it tasted much smoother, tamed, and integrated than the previous day.

Boasting dark berries and fruits, pepper, earth, a touch of spice, and more earthy notes and minerality, with oaky, toasted, and mocha nuances. 

It paired really well with the saucisson, as the fat mellowed down some of the edges of this wine. 

My advice, (for what it is worth), if you buy some, let it seats in your cellar for a while, as it is still too young to be enjoyed now. Yet, if you cannot wait, double decant it or open it and wait for the next day, it will be so much nicer. 

Cheers! Santé! And Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones. 

Dom

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