Wednesday, March 30, 2022

LeDomduVin: Champagne Prematurely Popping (**) (Number 124 on Feedspot Top 100 Wine Blogs)





Champagne Prematurely Popping (**)


by @ledomduvin 2022

Celebrating number 124 this year, on Feedspot "Top 100 Wine Blogs". And that's because of you all my readers and followers, so a HUGE THANK YOU to you all. 

Like every year, around the same period, I just take a quick look at the Top 100 Wine Blogs on @feedspotdotcom. 

And, every year, I'm always very happy to continue to see my blog still listed there. 


To give you a few numbers, I have created this Wine Blog in August 2008 (soon to be 14 years old) and since then, it received 1,265,866 visitors (as of today).  That roughly corresponds to an average of: 

-  90,420 visitors per year
-  7,535 visitors per month
-  250 visitors per day 
-  10.5 visitors per hour

Not bad for an independent Wine Blog, isn't it? 

Very proud of it.  More especially, I had a down period between 2013-2016, (4 years), during which I barely wrote or post anything, as I was busy with my job during the week (even at night) and very active during the weekends too, with the kids during the day and often working at the restaurant or wine events at night, on Fridays and Saturdays (Sommelier life😁👍🍷 ). 





A few years ago, out of the 215 listed wine blogs (*), I was oscillating between 80 and 95 (number 85 in 2020), and last year, I believe I was 118, and this year number 124. 

Which is definitely not that bad, considering both facts that 

- This list (of 215 blogs) includes the best wine blogs on the web (from thousands of wine blogs), ranked by traffic, social media followers, domain authority & freshness. 

- My blog is just an independent blog on which I only post very occasionally, don't spend much time on it, and from which I absolutely get no money and no other advantages whatsoever either. 

That's why I am very happy to still see my wine blog listed, and it encourages me to continue to write and post and create illustrations for it, like this popping Champagne bottle I created for this occasion (**). 

Thank you again to all of you for your support and encouragement, and for keeping this blog alive. And thank you to Feedspot.com too. Much appreciated. 
😁🙏👍👏🍾🥂🍷

Merci beaucoup,

Cheers! Santé! 

Dom 


For the Feedspot "Top 100 Wine Blogs" go to @feedspotdotcom on Instagram 

(*) It should be the "Top 200", instead of 100, no? It would make more sense somehow. 😁👍🍷

(**) Disclaimer: This illustration "Champagne Prematurely Popping" is a work of fiction. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events, is purely coincidental. (Get the joke?) 😉😁🤣🤣🤣



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Friday, March 25, 2022

LeDomduVin: Bordeaux vs Burgundy Illustration (2022 version)





Bordeaux vs Burgundy 



by @ledomduvin 2022


Dusting off and re-posting the 2019 version of my "Bordeaux vs Burgundy" illustration, (see my previous post), inspired me to create a new version of it. 

So much fun, I could not resist. And you might notice the improvement in between... 😅😁👍🍷

These 2 bottles, (Bordeaux and Burgundy), have been the protagonists of many of my illustrations and stories for my blog, for at least a decade (or even more). 

And, it is always fun to put both of them face to face, as they have a very conflictual relationship, (like the people of the 2 wine regions of the same names in real life) 😅😅😅😁👍🍷

I love both deeply, yet, my undecided heart constantly swings between the two. 

How about you? Which side are you on? 😉

Cheers! Santé! 

Dom 

PS: As some of you asked, the answer is "YES", I do all my creations myself and on my own: photos, pictures, drawings, illustrations, paintings, collages, montages, memes, texts, notes, quotes, descriptions and so much more, even music tracks. 

And Yes, LeDomduVin, Domelgabor, and Aworpyramide are the same person, me. They are just different aliases for different types of things and projects 😁👍🍷🍷🍷

Lyrics (in the illustration) from and courtesy of "I Am Woman", a song by Emmy Meli. (I love this song and the message it conveys) (watch her video at https://youtu.be/uaGM5SRStQo)





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Thursday, March 24, 2022

LeDomduVin: Bordeaux vs Burgundy Illustration


Bordeaux vs Burgundy

by @ledomduvin 2019

Dusting off and re-posting this illustration, I did 3 years ago already, as I'm preparing a "Bordeaux vs Burgundy" Wine Class. 😁👍🍷

These 2 bottles, (Bordeaux and Burgundy), have been the protagonists of many of my illustrations and stories for my blog.

And, it is always fun to put them face to face, as they have a very conflictual relationship, (like the people of these 2 wine regions of the same names in real life) 😅😅😅😁👍🍷

I love both deeply, yet, my undecided heart constantly swings between the two.

How about you? Which side are you on? 😉

Cheers! Santé!


Dom






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Thursday, March 17, 2022

Happy Saint Patrick's Day





Happy Saint Patrick's Day


by @ledomduvin 2022

Quit "wine-ning" around! On Saint Patrick's Day, it's beer and whiskey!!!

I love doing these little illustrations, it's fun.

To my dad, whose name is Patrick and he loves Jameson and Paddy Whiskey. Have a good one dad.


Cheers! Santé! Stay safe, drink responsibly, and take good care of yourself. 😁👍🍺🍷


Dom








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Wednesday, March 16, 2022

LeDomduVin: Bordeaux Top Wines








Bordeaux Top Wines

by @ledomduvin 2022

I know, I know, there is no real point to shove it in your faces about Bordeaux Top Châteaux, again and again. We all know which ones they are, right?

Well, not all the people attending the class will be connoisseurs, amateurs, or fine wine drinkers. In fact, some may have no idea or even never heard about them.

So, here they are ...on a map!
Cool, isn't it?

I thought it will be easier for them to understand and pinpoint from which bank and appellation they come from, rather than a big explanation. A visual is worth a thousand words, right?

What do you think?

Along with the maps and numbers, I've previously posted, I have created about 15 slides altogether to be used for a Wine Class on Bordeaux. I've tried to make them educational, informative, and easy to understand at first glance.

Hope you'll like them, and, maybe even learn something from them, you never know.

Cheers! Santé! Drink responsibly and take good care of yourself. 😁👍🍷

Dom
 






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LeDomduVin: Bordeaux Soils



Bordeaux Soils

by @ledomduvin 2022

To complement the map of the soils of Bordeaux (previously posted, see 2nd picture also), I thought it would be interesting to see it from a different perspective, with a pedological view.

For those who may not know, Pedology is the study of the formation, characteristics, and distribution of soils (as they are naturally), as well as their evolution and theoretical framework for modeling soil bodies.

In short, understanding the soil composition and variations, as if you were looking at a vertical exposure of the layering soils (also called "Horizons").

I did this slide rather quickly, so it does not accurately reflect the layering of the soils of the left bank and right bank of Bordeaux, yet, it gives you a pretty good (even if rough) idea of it. 😁👍🍷

That's said, it is just a slide for a Bordeaux Wine Class, so it just needs to be friendly and eyes-catching, to prevent it from being boring. You get my point. 😉






Along with the maps and numbers, I've previously posted, I have created about 15 slides altogether to be used for a Wine Class on Bordeaux. I've tried to make them educational, informative, and easy to understand at first glance.

Hope you'll like them, and, maybe even learn something from them, you never know.

Cheers! Santé! Drink responsibly and take good care of yourself. 😁👍🍷

Dom






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LeDomduVin: Terroir



Terroir

by @ledomduvin 2022


The definition of "Terroir" is often vague for some people, even totally abstract for others.

Consequently, it is hard to define, and for good reasons, as "Terroir" is not a thing, it is a concept that is quite complex, as it encompasses several both natural and human factors.

When speaking about "Terroir", one must take into consideration all the various parameters that can, directly or indirectly, have an influence and an impact on the vineyards and, thus, the wine made from it.

The first things that come to mind are usually the geography, the topography, the weather, the climate/micro-climate, the exposure to the sun, the elevation, the terrain, the quality and specification of the soil and subsoil, natural drainage, the proximity with a mass of water, etc...

Then, usually, comes the vineyard management: monoculture or polyculture? Organic, sustainable, biodynamic? Manual or mechanical? Or a bit of both? Horse? Sheep? Chickens? Minimum use of chemicals (pesticides and /or herbicides) or natural remedies? Local or external grape varieties? clones? hybrids? American rootstock or "franc de pied"? Etc... Or, all the above?

Then follow the cellar management: full or minimal intervention? new or partly or old oak? aging in a barrel or not? short or long maceration? old or new techniques? barrels? amphora? egg shape ceramic? concrete? etc...

And finally, (some may not think that it is related to Terroir, but I do), cultures and traditions and other specific practices of a region, an appellation, an area, as well as regulations, trends, and their evolution.

As you can see and understand, "Terroir" is definitely much more complex and complicated than you can imagine. And, each one has its own definition of it. Not easy.

I have created about 15 slides altogether to be used for a Wine Class on Bordeaux. I've tried to make them educational, informative, and easy to understand at first glance.

Hope you'll like them, and, maybe even learn something from them, you never know.

Cheers! Santé! Drink responsibly and take good care of yourself. 😁👍🍷

Dom






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Tuesday, March 15, 2022

LeDomduVin: Bordeaux Time Line



Bordeaux Time Line

by @ledomduvin 2022


It is hard to compress nearly 2000 years of Bordeaux history into such a small timeline, so I had to make choices.

And, unfortunately, I couldn't elaborate further, as I did not want to make it too complicated either. After all, it is a slide for a Wine Class, so, it has to remain clear, concise, and to the point.

What do you think?

Along with the maps and numbers, I've previously posted, I have created about 15 slides altogether to be used for a Wine Class on Bordeaux. I've tried to make them educational, informative, and easy to understand at first glance.

Hope you'll like them, and, maybe even learn something from them, you never know.

Cheers! Santé! Drink responsibly and take good care of yourself.
😁👍🍷

Dom







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LeDomduVin: Bordeaux Reading the Label



Bordeaux Reading the Label


by @ledomduvin 2022

Reading Bordeaux labels can be quite challenging for those who are not acquainted with it (and don't get me started on Burgundy or German labels, it's even worst 😅).

Yet, if you take the time to understand it, it is quite simple and logical somehow. I hope this slide will help you to better understand it.

To be fair, this is an old example of Bordeaux Label, Château Margaux for this example. Nowadays, front labels tend to be more sober, clean, colorful or not, and/or minimalistic, crowding the back label with countless details, descriptions, and symbols/signs/logos.

I recently read an article talking about getting rid of the back label, which may work for the national/local market, but might prove difficult for export.

Moreover, it will contradict the current trend of having cleaner and easier to read front labels, as well as ruin all the efforts that have been made within the last 10-15 years to achieve it.

Are we going to regress and go back to complicated front labels? Time will tell.

Along with the maps and numbers, I've previously posted, I have created about 15 slides for a Wine Class on Bordeaux. I've tried to make them educational, informative, and easy to understand at first glance.

Hope you'll like them, and maybe even learn something from them, you never know.

Cheers! Santé! Drink responsibly and take good care of yourself. 😁👍🍷

Dom








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LeDomduVin: Bordeaux 6 Main Grape Varieties



Bordeaux 6 Main Grape Varieties


by @ledomduvin 2022


Bordeaux wines are mostly made with these 6 predominant grape varieties:

  • Red: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc
  • White: Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle

Both respectively are complemented by a small percentage of a few other grape varieties authorized in the blend.

Yet, climate change is changing things around, as the vineyards are more frequently impacted by temperatures shifting drastically and rather unpredictable weather patterns (late frost, hail storm, winter storm, summer storm, etc...) and the vine diseases that may come as consequences.

Consequently, a bunch of Bordeaux "pirates", led by influential people, like Jean-Baptiste Duquesne (Château Cazebonne) and Loïc Pasquet (Liber Pater), are leading the way to challenge Bordeaux "establishment", cultures and traditions, by reviving and replanting some of the grape varieties that existed in Bordeaux prior phylloxera, and speaking "franc de pied" and "biodynamie" as a common language.

Creating the future of Bordeaux with ancient grapes and more natural vineyard management methods, and a twist of new techniques and technologies in the cellar. Bordeaux is starting to embrace new ways for the better.

As stated on the slide, QTY, %, values may differ depending on the source and the vintage (of course), as every year, these numbers change ever so slightly, depending on various factors and reasons.

Therefore, these numbers on the slide are just rough averages to be taken for reference only (just to give you an idea basically).

Along with the maps I previously posted, I have created about 15 slides for a Wine Class on Bordeaux. I've tried to make them educational, informative, and easy to understand at first glance.

Hope you'll like them, and maybe even learn something from them, you never know.

Cheers! Santé! Drink responsibly and take good care of yourself. 😁👍🍷

Dom








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LeDomduVin: Bordeaux in Numbers (2)



Bordeaux in Numbers (2)

by @ledomduvin 2022

It is always interesting to look at numbers, as it gives you a better sense of understanding of the extent of the subject, in that specific case: Bordeaux, its regions, appellations, productions, etc...

As stated on the slide, QTY, %, values may differ depending on the source and the vintage (of course), as every year, these numbers change ever so slightly, depending on various factors and reasons.

Therefore, these numbers on the slide are just rough averages to be taken for reference only (just to give you an idea basically).

Along with the maps I previously posted, I have created about 15 more slides for a Wine Class on Bordeaux. I've tried to make them educational, informative, and easy to understand at first glance.

Hope you'll like them, and maybe even learn something from them, you never know.

Cheers! Santé! Drink responsibly and take good care of yourself.  😁👍🍷

Dom








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LeDomduVin: Bordeaux in Numbers (1)



Bordeaux in Numbers (1)


by @ledomduvin 2022

It is always interesting to look at numbers, as it gives you a better sense of understanding of the extent of the subject, in that specific case: Bordeaux, its regions, appellations, productions, etc...

As stated on the slide, QTY, %, values may differ depending on the source and the vintage (of course), as every year, these numbers change ever so slightly, depending on various factors and reasons.

Therefore, these numbers on the slide are just rough averages to be taken for reference only (just to give you an idea basically).

Along with the maps I previously posted, I have created about 15 slides for a Wine Class on Bordeaux. I've tried to make them educational, informative, and easy to understand at first glance.

Hope you'll like them, and maybe even learn something from them, you never know.

Cheers! Santé! Drink responsibly and take good care of yourself. 😁👍🍷

Dom








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LeDomduVin: Bordeaux 6 wine types


Bordeaux 6 wine types


by @ledomduvin 2022

Most people think about Bordeaux being mostly reds and some whites. Yet, Bordeaux produces 6 types of wines:

- Red
- Clairet (between Red and Rosé)
- Rosé
- Dry white
- Sweet white
- Sparkling (Crémant)

Along with the maps I previously posted, I have created about 15 slides for a Wine Class on Bordeaux. I've tried to make them educational, informative, and easy to understand at first glance.

Hope you'll like them, and maybe even learn something from them, you never know.

Cheers! Santé! Drink responsibly and take good care of yourself.  😁👍🍷

Dom









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Tuesday, March 8, 2022

LeDomduVin: Bordeaux Distances Map







Bordeaux Distances Map


by @ledomduvin 2022

Many wine buyers and wine critics will tell you, if you plan to have a busy schedule visiting Châteaux and tasting in the various appellations (during the "En Primeur" for example), you have to seriously take into account the distance and time, and plan accordingly if you don't want to be late to your visit or appointment.

Bordeaux may seem quite small and its wine regions quite close to each other, yet, a trip from Bordeaux center to Pauillac, which usually takes about 45 minutes, to drive the 45 kilometers separating them, may take more than 1 hour if you encounter traffic on the road.

More especially, when you know (or realize) that "La route des Châteaux" (i.e. the Châteaux sightseeing road), is basically the only road you can take, and, worst of all, that it is a single lane road (on both sides), where usually locals, Châteaux workers, professionals, tourists, trucks, and tractors meet to form a never-ending single line of vehicles stretching from beginning to end (meaning Bordeaux to Pauillac, even to Saint-Estèphe), and it takes forever.

That's why it is better to book your visits and appointments long in advance, to be able to group them within the same appellation (if possible), and start from north to south, with Lafite, Mouton, Pontet Canet, and Pedesclaux in the morning, then Lynch-Bages, Pichon Baron, Pichon Lalande, and Latour to finish the day. 😁👍🍷

You won't necessarily be able to do more than 4 Châteaux in the morning and 4 in the afternoon. I used to do it every year, in the 2000s, and I can tell you it is tight, especially if you have the visit + the tasting (some Châteaux have several labels + other chateau labels from the same owner). One Château per hour is usually the best plan.

Think about it next time you go to Bordeaux, there is always lots of traffic there, and do NOT plan Medoc in the morning, then Saint-Emilion/Pomerol in the afternoon, that's the worst planning ever.

Hoping my map will help you. 😁👍🍷

Cheers! Santé!

Dom







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Sunday, March 6, 2022

Château Le Bon Pasteur 2013 (special label edition)


Château Le Bon Pasteur 2013 (special label edition) by ©LeDomduVin 2022
Château Le Bon Pasteur 2013 (special label edition)
by ©LeDomduVin 2022



Château Le Bon Pasteur 2013
(special label edition) 



This is a rare edition label that was created to commemorate two historical facts of this particular vintage. A collector, I should say, as only a limited quantity of bottles, of the 2013 vintage, has been dressed with this particular label. 

First, the celebration of Akeed Mofeed, (the racehorse on the label), winning both the BMW Hong Kong and the Longines Hong Kong Cup, in 2013. 
It was a very exciting horse racing year for Mr. Pan Sutong, the owner, who just bought this horse the previous year. 

Second, 2013 was also the year when Mr. Pan Sutong bought Château Le Bon Pasteur, Michel Rolland's family estate in Pomerol. The original team was kept and Michel Rolland continues to this day, as the main consultant œnologue / winemaker, to keep a close eye on what was once his family's wine, and to contribute to the ever-growing quality and success of this estate's wines. 




Château Le Bon Pasteur 2013 (special label edition) by ©LeDomduVin 2022
Château Le Bon Pasteur 2013 (special label edition)
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Kudos to #benoitprevot and @brice_sun_33 and @bdldmhk, and the rest of the team, for their incredible work and devotion to making what Château Le Bon Pasteur has become and is today. 

I had a bottle (that was given to me) and popped it last night, and to my surprise, (as 2013 was not a great vintage overall in Pomerol and Bordeaux in general), it was delightful. Very enjoyable with this pâté as a starter. 

Dark, inky color. Medium to full-bodied, offering plenty of dark fruit and earthy notes. Supple attack expanding generously in the balanced mid-palate until the end. Fairly long finish. This wine has a solid grip, intense mouthfeel with inky tones, and firm, yet integrated tannins. It is both structured and textured, ample, and fairly well balanced too. Time has had a beneficial impact on this wine, and, in my opinion, deserves more than the ratings tell. Loved it. 

The last few vintages of Château Le Bon Pasteur I have tested (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) were all stunning wines. Definitely, a Pomerol wine to keep an eye on. 

Cheers! Santé! 

Dom 










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Thursday, March 3, 2022

LeDomduVin: Bordeaux Map of the soils

 

Bordeaux Map of the soils by ©LeDomduVin 2022
Bordeaux Map of the soils by ©LeDomduVin 2022


Bordeaux Map of the soils

by ©LeDomduVin 2022

Still working on that same PowerPoint presentation as yesterday, for a "Wine Class" about Bordeaux, and, this time, I was looking for a map of the soils of Bordeaux, online. And, to my surprise, there are no real maps of Bordeaux soils "Per Se". 

All the maps I could find were, (again), either too detailed or too colorful or too monochrome and too difficult to read, or, too simple and lacking essential or specific details I needed. So, once again, like yesterday, I decided to do a "Map of the soils of Bordeaux" myself.  

So, I drew a rough map of the Bordeaux wine regions and went online to search the internet for clues and practical info. Unfortunately, much has been written on the soils of Bordeaux, but rare are the maps that are truly showing the various soils or are approachable enough without being too technical.  

Fortunately, years ago, I made one of the best decisions of my life by buying a 1947 edition of "Le Vignoble Girondin", a very informative and essential book about the Gironde region and Bordeaux wines, written by Germain Lafforgue, an agricultural engineer and "Directeur Honoraire des Services Agricoles de la Gironde", (back then).   

If interest you can read my previous post introducing you to this book back in October 2017, here.  

This particular book includes 2 fantastically detailed maps: the first one is about Bordeaux wine regions, and the second one is about Bordeaux types of soils, which was exactly was I was looking for to complete my map and be able to use it for my presentation and share it with you on this blog.    

I tried to keep it as simple and readable as possible, yet, detailed enough to provide the reader with an informative experience easy to read and grab at first glance. 

So, what do you think? Not bad, isn't it? I'm pretty proud of it. Nicely done. 

Hope you will find it useful, or, at least, interesting. In the meantime, take good care of yourself and your loved ones. Peace.   

Cheers! Santé!

Thank you, 

Dom 










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Wednesday, March 2, 2022

LeDomduVin 's Bordeaux Map

 

Bordeaux Map by ©LeDomduVin 2022



LeDomduVin's Bordeaux Map


Working on a PowerPoint presentation for a "Wine Class" about Bordeaux, I was looking for a clear, yet, detailed enough, map of Bordeaux, online. And, there are thousands of Bordeaux Maps. However, all the maps I could find were either too detailed or too colorful or too monochrome and too difficult to read, or, too simple and lacking essential or specific details I needed. So, I decided to do one myself.  

I chose the clearest and more "color-friendly-for-the-eyes" map I could find, (original map courtesy of ©CIVB 2017), deleted everything on it, except the areas delimited by colors corresponding to the various appellations, repopulated the map with the main appellation's names, and added the main grape varieties. 

I tried to keep it simple and readable, yet, detailed enough to provide the reader with an informative experience easy to read and grab at first glance. What do you think? Not bad, isn't it? (Let me know in the comments below the post, I'm interested to have your opinion).

Cheers! Santé!

Thank you, 

Dom 


PS: I may add more details about Bordeaux to complement this post later on. In the meantime, take good care of yourself and your loved ones. Peace.   










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