Monday, June 20, 2022

LeDomduVin: The Usual Trio - Champagne, Burgundy & Bordeaux





The Usual Trio: 

Champagne, Burgundy & Bordeaux 



Over 








Dom Perignon 2010





Perrot-Minot Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru 2017






Mouton Rothschild 2014






Full description soon on my blog at www.ledomduvin.com 

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LeDomduVin: Château Mouton-Rothschild 1961 close-up




Château Mouton-Rothschild 1961




Although I left my position as Wine Quality Control Director, nearly a year ago, after doing it for 9 years in my previous job, I still love doing wine inspections and checking out these old and rare ladies in every detail. 






A few days ago, I had the opportunity to do a brief inspection of a few bottles that were bought by the wine team of one of our outlets, which included some old and rare gems, like this Mouton 1961. 






Always a pleasure to scrutinize these ladies everywhere and even gently lift up their capsule to look at what's underneath, whenever possible. 😀 😄 (we're still talking about a bottle of wine, right? 😉)






This particular bottle showed a great level, good colour and sedimentation. Despite a few nicks, scratches and tears, the capsule and label were in good condition and show no counterfeiting signs, even under the microscope and the blue light. 







That's a "Passed" for me! How about you?  What do you think? 

Cheers! Santé! 

Dom





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Sunday, June 19, 2022

LeDomduVin: Château d'Yquem 1900 close-up




Château d'Yquem 1900




Although I left my position as Wine Quality Control Director, nearly a year ago, after doing it for 9 years in my previous job, I still love doing wine inspections and checking out these old and rare ladies in every detail. 

A few days ago, I had the opportunity to do a brief inspection of a few bottles that were bought by the wine team of one of our outlets, which included some old and rare gems, like this Yquem 1900. 






It's not every day, that one gets to spend some time with a 122-year-old doyenne. Always a very humbling experience. 






Always a pleasure to scrutinize these ladies everywhere and even gently lift up their capsules to look at what's underneath. 😀 😄 (we're still talking about a bottle of wine, right? 😉)






This particular bottle showed great level and boasted a very hypnotic dark-blood-orange-gold colour. The capsule and label were in good condition and show no counterfeiting signs, even under the microscope and the blue light either. 






In my previous job, we had a "Yquem Gold Collection" boasting more than 150 vintages, from 1825 to recent years. 





Consequently, I'm very acquainted with this particular type of old bottle of Yquem, and most of them have been reconditioned at Château, back in the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s, and it is normally indicated somewhere. 






Yet, despite an impeccable label and cork, this particular bottle did not show any sign, either on the cork or on a separate label, that it has been recorked or reconditioned in the last 40 years... strange, I definitely need to investigate further 🤔🤔🤔, I will ask the Château. 

Otherwise, that's a "Passed" for me! How about you? What do you think? Superb colour, isn't it? 

Cheers! Santé! 

Dom



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LeDomduVin: Château Lafite-Rothschild 1961 close-up





Château Lafite-Rothschild 1961




Although I left my position as Wine Quality Control Director, nearly a year ago, after doing it for 9 years in my previous job, I still love doing wine inspections and checking out these old and rare ladies in every detail. 

A few days ago, I had the opportunity to do a brief inspection of a few bottles that were bought by the wine team of one of our outlets, which included some old and rare gems, like this Lafite 1961. 






Always a pleasure to scrutinize these ladies everywhere and even gently lift up their capsules to look at what's underneath. 😀 😄 (we're still talking about a bottle of wine, right? 😉)

This particular bottle showed a great level, good colour and sedimentation. The capsule and label were in good condition and show no counterfeiting signs, even under the microscope and the blue light. 

The capsule had been previously cut, so I couldn't resist opening it and having a closer look at the cork, which was also in very good condition. 








That's a "Passed" to me! How about you? 

Cheers! Santé! 

Dom



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Thursday, June 9, 2022

LeDomduVin: Au revoir Bernard...




Au revoir Bernard 




Bernard (de Laage de Meux) was a friend, an adviser, a leader and a mentor for me. I first met him in 2002, when he was working at Chateau Palmer, and I was working as a Maître-D / Sommelier for a catering business doing occasional dinners and events at the Chateau. 

Then, our paths crossed again while I was working in New York (2002-2011). And finally, here in Hong Kong, our paths mingled even more, as I ended up working with him, at Goldin Wines, for 7 years (2014-2021). And, our friendship continued to this day, even after my departure from Goldin Wines, (back in July 2021).  

Basically, I knew him for 20 years, during which, he was, in turn, a client, a host, a guide, a salesman, a Chateau representative, a consultant and even my direct boss, but, most of all, he was a great man and someone I really enjoyed spending time and talking with.      

And, understandably, I was devastated when I heard the news, early this morning (June 9th), about his passing on June 7th. 







He was a kind, discreet, generous, approachable, personable, courteous, educated, polite, well-mannered and charming man, in many ways. 

He was passionate, knowledgeable, opinionated, opened, optimistic and pragmatic, and always with a smile. 

And, most of all, he was a globetrotter and a people person, always sharing his passion, knowledge and experiences with others, always with a touch of humor. 







He loved life, wine, food and people. 

He also loved traveling and be part of the actions. He was both reactive and proactive in everything, leading the way, and always keeping himself busy with many things and projects at the same time. 

He was a good man, dependable, authentic and charismatic. He will truly be missed, as he was really appreciated everywhere he went by most people he met. He was known at the 4 corners of the world. 

All my thoughts and condolences go to his family, friends and colleagues, and loved ones, and everyone else who crossed his path, while traveling, at a restaurant, during a tasting  or a wine event, or even at work. 

May you rest in peace now Bernard. Peace to your soul. You will be missed. 

Thank you for taking me under your wings all these years, and thank you for being a friend and a mentor. 

Dom 



Et, j'ai aussi ecris ce petit texte en Français. 




Il vient de partir...
De nous quitter...
Il regardait toujours vers l'avenir,
mais tout vient de s'arrêter.
Un père, un frère, un époux, 
un ami, un mentor, une inspiration, 
un homme généreux et doux,
réactif, énergique, positif 
et toujours dans l'action. 
Il aimait la vie, le vin et les gens, 
le bien manger et le bien boire, 
les rencontres et les voyages. 
Des décennies à vadrouiller, 
par monts et par vaux, 
aux quatre coins du monde, 
il connaissait du monde et 
était apprécié de tous 
pour ses qualités humaines 
et professionnelles. 
Condoléances à la famille et aux proches, 
ainsi qu'à celles et ceux qui l'ont croisé 
au détour d'un repas ou d'une dégustation.
Merci à lui de m'avoir 
pris sous son aile 
et guidé durant toutes ces années. 
Paix à son âme et 
qu'il repose en paix. 
Au revoir Bernard...

Dom







C'est un grand monsieur qui nous a quitté...

Mes anciens collègues et moi-même partageons la peine de son épouse et de ses enfants, ainsi que le reste de la famille et les proches, en ce moment de deuil.

Nous vous présentons nos plus sincères condoléances et nos sentiments les plus affectueux.









Nos pensées vous accompagneront ce Vendredi 10 et Samedi 11 Juin 2022. Il nous manque déjà.

Je continuerai de penser à lui et de parler de lui, car, le souvenir d'une personne disparue ne disparait vraiment que si l'on cesse de penser et de parler d'elle comme si elle était encore là.

Bernard vous resterez a jamais dans mon esprit et dans mon cœur. Reposez en paix et paix à votre âme.

Pour clôturer ce post en votre hommage, Bernard, je vais utiliser ces petites expressions qui vous tenaient à cœur, que vous aimiez dire, et que je vous ai entendu dire si souvent face à un problème ou une situation compliquée, et qui serviront sûrement à toutes celles et ceux qui sont dans la peine et vont avoir du mal à faire le deuil de votre départ si soudain et si inattendu, dans les prochaines semaines, mois, et années qui vont suivre:

"Force et courage! Force et confiance! Courage et confiance!" - Bernard de Laage de Meux 

Au revoir Bernard.... Je ne vous oublierai jamais. 
Et encore, merci pour tout, et merci pour vous. 

Dom




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