Saturday, November 26, 2022
LeDomduVin: Magnums... Juyondai & Benjamin Leroux
It might not work for everyone or everything, but, for wine, large formats are usually better.
As the wine usually tends to take longer to evolve the bigger the bottle is, the wine usually remains fresher and often tastier, in my opinion.
Although it might not matter much for young vintages, it is particularly true for older vintages.
Last night, I was doing the service at our Japanese restaurant for a group of 10 people, and I selected some magnums of Sake and Burgundy, as I think that Sake is mandatory, and Pinot Noir perfectly complements the delicate and refined yet flavorful flavors and tastes of the Japanese cuisine.
Sake is a must in a Japanese restaurant, and without it, something would be terribly missing, and the whole experience would not be the same. So, I selected this Juyondai Cho Tokusen that I have been buying a lot lately, but this time in a 1800ml bottle. Not only it is great with various dishes, but it makes for the perfect apéritif to wake up your taste buds and open your appetite. Rather light to medium bodied, well-balanced, fruity, and lightly sweet, with aromas of melon, lychee, peach, and mineral nuances. Harmonious and soooo easy to drink. Love it.
This came as a great surprise to me, the host, and his guests. To me, I bought it based on "instinct", not knowledge, as I had never tried this 2018 and therefore did not know what to expect. Yet, I like to challenge myself. To one particular guest, a wine connoisseur, who always wanted to try Benjamin Leroux but never really had the chance to do so before, and absolutely loved the wine. To the host, because this guest was important to him, and he was pleased with me for having selected this particular wine. Was it a combination of my skills, knowledge, and experiences, or just luck? However, I am grateful it worked, as everyone was pleased with the food and the overall evening experience, enhanced by the quality of this beautifully crafted, soft, silky, and delightful wine.
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