Happy New Year & Bonne Année 2022!
Happy New Year & Bonne Année 2022
LEDOMDUVIN: SHARING KNOWLEDGE AND PASSION FOR WINE SINCE 1991 - Tasting everything from everywhere, from the multimillion-dollar Chateaux to that small, unknown cellar ending a dirt path surrounded by vineyards... a wine blog to enjoy till the last drop!
Nothing beats a good Gin and Tonic 😁👍😋😋😋😋
To expand their selection and offer a different Gin experience to their clients, Fok-Hing created a special edition gin to celebrate Chinese New Year 2021! It was the Year of the Ox, and the festivities inspired them to enhance their original classic London-style gin with mandarin orange flavors.
The resulting Gin called Fok Hing Gin "5 blessings" is a premium Gin (about 5 times the price of their regular Gin) (around HKD588, USD75 or 66 Euros), which is both flavorful and delicious, with hints of mandarin orange (of course), and also floral and herbal scents mingling with hints of spice and white pepper nuances.
I paired it with "Fever-Tree" Premium Indian Tonic, a company that creates some of the best-tasting mixers (I have tasted) to complement the world's finest spirits. Their Tonic is their benchmark, since 2005, but they also craft some excellent ginger beers, ginger ales, and other lightly flavored sodas as well. Highly recommended. It was delicious.
For more details, go to their website at
Fok Hing Gin: https://fokhinggin.com/hk/five-blessings
Fever-Tree Mixers: https://fever-tree.com/en_GB
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As a Sommelier, with over 30 years of experience, I can say that food and wine pairing is somewhat of a specialty of mine, as I love it and I'm quite good at it.
You see, even if I don't know the menu or all the ingredients of the dishes to be served, I developed some kind of a method based on my instinct, knowledge, skills, and know-how ("savoir-faire"), and gut's feelings, to pair the most ideal wine (I can buy or at my availability) with each dish, and I rarely miss.
And, last night, once again, was a great example of it, like the wines, I selected to go with the menu of our guests, matched perfectly with the food and showed wonderfully too. It was a blast. Great wines, love them all.
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The interesting and humbling thing about wine is that no matter how many books you've read and studied on the subject, or how many videos you've watched, or how much knowledge you have or think to have, or how many wines you've tasted and no matter how many years of experience you have, you still continue to discover, learn, comprehend, understand, appreciate and share new things, information, ideas, tastes, aromas, and flavors, as well as embracing moments and experiences with people on a daily basis.
That's why I love my job and still have the same passion, even after 30 years in the wine industry, tasting between 2500 and 5000 wines a year (up to nearly 10000, when I was working in retail, that's a staggering 192 wines per week..).. insane, but not uncommon, more especially for wine critics.
And, yet, to be honest, despite some proudly naming themselves this way, no one is a real "wine expert", as there are so many countries and regions and people producing wines, even the best of us cannot claim to know everything. One more reason to remain humble and curious when it comes to wine (and most subjects for that matter).
The other day was a good example of it. One customer brought a bottle of Red Burgundy, an Aloxe-Corton 1999, from a producer I have never heard of before: Dubois Bernard et fils. Rings the bell to you? I must admit, it didn't for me.
Doing a little research, I learned that the winemaker, Jean-Luc Dubois, who passed away in 2009, (RIP), is now survived by his cousin, Jacques Dubois, who is the 5th generation, crafting quite a few wines from the high altitude parcels of his family's tiny 7 hectares Domaine (13 hectares depending on the source), located in Chorey-Les-Beaune, in existence since the mid-1850s.
Domaine Bernard Dubois Pere et Fils produces a few whites and mostly reds from various appellations including:
Domaine Bernard Dubois et Fils Aloxe-Corton Burgundy France 1999
A really pleasant surprise as this wine showed beautifully, boasting clean, crisp, fresh, mineral, enticing dark, and red cherry, flowers and earthy aromas and flavors enhanced by great acidity and expanding gracefully in the harmonious, structured, textured, balanced, and focused, layered palate, offering both complexity and depth, as well as purity and terroir reminiscent notes. Highly recommended. Especially at this price, this is a steal!
To discover or re-discover.
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Last night at the restaurant we had a big party and these were the wines the team and I opened, tasted, and served.
A blend of 45% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay, and 20% Pinot Meunier, Krug 2006 exhibits a clear champagne robe with fast crystalline bubbles. Fine, elegant nose, boasting crisp, bight floral and mineral aromas mingling with yellow stone-fruit and toasted notes. The palate is refined and finely chiseled, focused, rich and layered, with sharp acidity and a long silky finish. Loved it, yet a bit young in my opinion, it will definitely benefit from a few more years of cellaring to fully express its full potential. Not as intense and expressive as 2004, now, but will definitely be a great contender in the years to come.
Beautifully crafted and elegant, light to medium-bodied, yet complex and structured, very fragrant and enticing right from the opening, offering attractive aromas of white flowers, citrus peel, agrumes, and stony minerality, enhanced by a razor-sharp acidity, bringing tension and precision along the expanding palate, till the end of the long-lasting finish. Highly recommended.
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|Bottle Dimensions by ©LeDomduVin 2021|
I have created the above collage to complement a previous post on bottle dimensions, that I wrote back in 2017. If interested you can read it here
This collage came to mind as I was revisiting the table that I created for the previously mentioned post, and I thought that creating such a collage could come quite handy as a simple, yet informative visual to show the various bottle dimensions and variations in lengths and diameters, at one glance.
I had the idea to create it to show it during a zoom meeting to my colleagues, as I'm part of a team participating in the opening of new restaurants in HK, for which I'm involved in the concept and design of the wine cellar and the creation and building of the wine lists (selections, prices, etc...).
A visual is often better understood than a thousand words, as it speaks for itself, no explanation needed.
And, in case you're interested, here is the revisited and updated version of LeDomduVin Bottle Dimensions table (that I created back in 2017 for my previous post):
Hope this post was as helpful to you as it was to me.
Stay safe and take good care of yourselves, best wishes to all of you for this end of the year holiday.
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