Saturday, December 31, 2022
2023... Let's make it a better year together
Chateau Haut-Bergey Pessac-Leognan 2005
Friday, December 23, 2022
Thursday, December 22, 2022
Joyeux Anniversaire Petit Frère (2)
Wednesday, December 21, 2022
Joyeux Anniversaire petit frère
and best wishes
for the holiday season to you all
Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Petite visite du Christmas French Market
at Asia Society Hong Kong
- "L'Imperatrice Wine" represented by Roland Tram (Senior On Trade Sales Executive)
- "Easiness" represented by Minnie Wong (Founder/owner) and Kim, her husband
- "Vines and Terroirs"
- "Links Concept"
Patrick Piuze Chablis Grand Cru "Bougros" 2020
Hoffman-Jayer Bourgogne Hautes-Cotes de Beaune 2018
Jean-Francois Marechal "Le 20 Gourmand" Vin de Savoie Apremont
Friday, December 16, 2022
Maison Louis Latour Monrachet 2012
Domaine Arnoux Lachaux Clos de Vougeot 2009
Chateau Margaux Margaux 2015
Mise en place…..
Pausing with a 3L of
Mouton Rothschild 1973 (my birth year)
Tuesday, December 6, 2022
Krug Grande Cuvee 170eme Edition
Chateau La Conseillante 2009
Monday, December 5, 2022
AIWC - Asia International Wine Competition 2022
Oddero Barolo 2017
Friday at Yakumo
Juyondai Cho Tokusen Banshu Yamadanishiki Junmai Daiginjo.
Robert Groffier Père et fils Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru "Les Amoureuses" 2018
Mise en place
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
UGCB Tasting HK - Vintage 2019
- see all the labels of the wines you're about to test at once
- speed taste all the wines one after another in a much faster fashion
- enable you to easily remember what you have tested before
- have a good overall appreciation of the quality level of the wines and the appellation
- arrange in order from worst to best (ascending) or best to worst (descending) as you prefer
- make a faster decision on the ones you liked the most
Pessac Leognan (White)
- Domaine de Chevalier
- Malartic Lagraviere
- Pape Clement
Pessac Leognan (Red)
- Domaine de Chevalier
- Larrivet Haut-Brion
- Pape Clement
- Smith Haut Lafite
- La Couspaude
- La Dominique (of course, as it is my name and I love their wine)
- Le Bon Pasteur (of course as this Chateau belonged to the previous company I worked for, and I know the wines and the team rather well, I was even behind the table at the previous UGCB to pour the wine and represent the Chateau, with my friend and mentor the late Bernard de Laage de Meux, who passed away earlier this year, and for whom I had tremendous respect, may he rest in peace)
- La Lagune
- La Tour Carnet
- Cantenac Brown
- Rauzan Segla
- Langoa Barton
- Leoville Barton
- Leoville Poyferré
- Lynch Bages
- Pichon lalande
- Ormes de Pez
- Phelan Segur
- Lafaurie Peyraguey
- de Rayne Vigneau
- Minnie Wong (EaSiness Wine)
- Jean-Baptiste Copot (Blacksheep Restaurants Head Sommelier)
- Roland Tram (Senior Sales Manager at Imperatrice)
- and your humble servant, myself, Dominique Noel (a.k.a. LeDomduVin) 😁
As for the 2019 Bordeaux vintage, I will say: solid vintage, lots of black, dark ripe fruits, with ample, generous, ripe, juicy, rich palate, even thick for some; so a lot of volume and layers, yet with good acidity for the freshness and nice chewy tannins, fairly well integrated overall, bringing nice structure and texture to most wines.
Overall, I really like this 2019 vintage, lots of very good surprises. Personally, I mostly loved the wines from Pauillac, Saint-Julien, Haut-Médoc, and Pomerol. These appellations are in the lead in my opinion (from what I could taste that day).
That said, some seemed overripe to me, with a bitter aftertaste or presenting some bitterness, mostly due to some unintegrated alcohol and some tannins that lacked a bit of maturity.
Some said the 2019 Bordeaux vintage is a winemaker's vintage and I tend to agree. Even more so, in my opinion, once again, I could tell that those who are making good to great wines, bad years and good years, have been making stunning wines.
Unfortunately, and once again, those who despite some recurring advice to change their methods and technologies in the vineyard as well as in the cellar, to get better, produce better wines, and obtain better scores, unfortunately, continue, out of stubbornness or lack of vision or motivation or maybe for financial reasons, to produce lesser wines.
I won't name anyone as wine is so subjective that everyone has his or her own taste. Yet, every year i try to approach the UGCB tasting with an open and fair mind, by saying to myself "this year you will be surprised" and yet, I was not...
Good winemakers will always be good winemakers! Yet, those who don't want to learn or admit or see or change will never be as good.