Wednesday, February 21, 2024

LeDomduVin: New Banner / Profile Picture with Bottle & Glass (the two main protagonists of my illustrations)

 




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by @ledomduvin 2024


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Cheers! Santé!

Dom

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Monday, February 19, 2024

LeDomduVin: Are Wine Sales declining?

 



Are Wine Sales declining? 



Unfortunately, yes! Over the last few years, wine sales have been and are still declining. 

The other day, as every morning, I was reading articles about the wine world. An excellent way to stay updated and informed about what is happening with the market trends, producers, brands, sales, etc. 

One of these articles mentioned that wine sales, especially for red wine, have declined over the past few years for various reasons and factors. 

Interestingly enough, when browsing the internet to do more research and better understand why, I realized that there are a lot of contradictory pieces of information on the subject, which triggered my curiosity and inspired me to write this post to further develop some of the main reasons and factors from my perspective.   

Contradictory because some articles mention that sales are good, promising a projected growth of 4.35% between 2024 and 2028 (according to https://www.statista.com/ and other sources), while most of the other articles (written in 2023 and early 2024) all mostly come to the common conclusion that wine sales (have been) and still are in decline between an estimated 2-9% depending on the type of wine. 

We should stay positive and look at the situation with a half-full glass. Hopefully, sales should go back up at some point this year.  

Yet, let me give you my two cents on the main reasons and factors wine sales have declined. 






Lack of Money 


Undoubtedly, the first reason that comes to mind is the lack of money (as I tried to depict it in my little illustration heading this post). 

Living costs have risen in most countries worldwide in recent years. This is largely due to the consequences and disadvantages of globalization (e.g., increased competition, exploitation of labor and resources, imbalanced trade, domestic job loss, elevation of domestic prices, taxation, tariffs, etc...) and the consequences of the recent ongoing wars, such as those in Russia/Ukraine and Israel/Palestine. Civil and political unrest and other economic, financial, societal, and geopolitical issues in some countries (including the Western world) have also contributed to this problem. Unavoidably, inflation came as a result. The cost of food, utilities, and energy (electricity, gas, oil, coal, etc...) increased, and many have struggled to make ends meet (worse than before for those already struggling). Consequently, Wine (and alcohol in general) gradually became a luxury many can no longer afford, even at a low price point.


COVID has had a major psychological, behavioral, and, more importantly, financial impact on people and businesses. Between 2020 and 2023, many companies delocalized, reduced their staff, and/or went bankrupt, especially within the F&B industry, leading to job loss and unemployment. In Hong Kong (where I live), many expats left to return home or to other countries with more potential prospects. Although some are now coming back, the economy is still fragile, as HK greatly suffered from these 3 years of isolation from the rest of the world, during which relying solely on the local economy due to the lack of mainlanders and tourists in general, took a toll on most people and businesses. Despite hopes of an economic rebound, 2023 was a terrible year for businesses in general and, more particularly, for the F&B industry in HK, greatly impacting wine sales and consumption in restaurants, brasseries, hotels, etc.   

Additionally, COVID awakened consciousness and self-importance, changing people's societal behavior and work ethics, with some becoming less willing to take low-paid positions and ungrateful jobs that require hard work, working long or awkward hours, early morning, late night or weekends (e.g., waiter, cook, chef, nurse, cleaners, helpers, janitor, sanitation worker, etc..). 

Despite a surge in wine and alcohol sales and consumption during the mid-2020 to late 2022 period due to COVID-related home confinement, restrictions, and more people spending more time at and/or working from home, there has been a downside. This situation, known as "The Great Lockdown," resulted in a global economic recession, job loss, and unemployment. Consequently, more people had to reprioritize their spending, and gradually, wine was not at the top of their list anymore.


Social Media (and streaming services) increased time spent on screen and, hand-in-hand with COVID, also contributed to awakened consciousness and self-importance, changing people's societal behavior and work ethics, especially those between 20-40 years old (part Millenials and Gen-Z).  

In today's fast-paced world, we often encounter social media influencers, mostly teenagers or young adults. These influencers make easy money by creating and sharing videos or reels that depict a false or fantasized image of our society and how life should be lived. Unfortunately, such content doesn't encourage people to pursue hard jobs and can lead to unrealistic expectations.


In short, over the past 5 years, the increase in living costs due to the pandemic, the wars, and other global economic, societal, political, and financial factors, combined with an attitude and behavioral change toward working and work ethics, have led to a shortage of employees in various industries such as F&B, retail, agriculture, construction, hospital, and other physical or manual labor jobs. This has resulted in more people being unemployed or earning lower salaries, leading to financial constraints that have forced these people to reassess their priorities and spending habits, thus declining wine sales.  
   

Lack of interest


It is a fact that, in general, Millennials and Gen Z have a lack of or low interest in alcohol, mostly for health, generational and behavioral reasons, I believe.   

For example, my son, who is 17, does not drink or smoke. This is great! And I'm very happy about it.  Yet, it is not for the lack of making him try some wine occasionally (e.g., Christmas or birthday).  It would have been difficult not to while having a father who is a Sommelier and a Wine Buyer, working with wine and alcoholic beverages for the past 33 years. 

Even though it's not something to be proud of, I'm glad my children aren't following my example. I was born in the early 70s and grew up in Bordeaux, France as a teenager in the 80s. Back then, drinking and smoking were quite common, and my friends and I started at a much younger age.

Nowadays, Millenials and GenZ tend to consume less alcohol compared to preceding generations, Boomers and GenX, when they were the same age. Is it because they saw their parents drinking with most meals (an old habit in most Western countries) and are not interested in doing the same? Or, could it also be the result of parents being abusive with their kids due to alcohol, demonstrating alcohol is not a good thing (a recurring problem in most countries, unfortunately, often leading to domestic violence and other problems)? Probably a combination of both. 

However, those who consume alcohol prefer white and/or rosé wines rather than reds, and/or are exploring other beverage categories like RTD (ready-to-drink) premixed drinks, cocktails, and craft beer. These convenient options allow them to enjoy alcoholic beverages, premixed and/or pre-made cocktails at home or on the go.

Consequently, wine sales have become increasingly reliant on older drinkers from the previous generations, Boomers and GenX, who have habits of drinking wine as an aperitif and during meals (lunch and/or dinner). Yet, these generations, especially the boomers, are aging fast and health consciousness prevails over wine consumption, leading to declining wine sales for this population segment.    


Health Concerns


Body health has been a major concern for more than two decades due to the increasing amount of pollution and the alarming results of the various scientific reports coming out yearly. The main culprits are overproduction and overconsumption, which have led to the pollution of air, water, and soil. The consequences can be observed everywhere in our daily lives. Just look at the amount of trash generated daily by each of us. 

Despite being a recurring topic since the 90s (more like the 70s, actually), we have only found minor solutions to tackle this pollution problem, let alone the climate change situation, which is partly created by pollution. The problem is that the efforts of a minority to make a change are not enough compared to the majority of people and the government's lack of concern and actions to address these issues. 

Like for Tabaco a few decades ago (and still ever since), anti-alcohol campaigns at doctor's offices, hospitals, and even taught at schools have mushroomed in the past 10 years, raising awareness about the negative aspects and consequences of drinking alcohol, even with moderation. No wonder Millenials and GenZ kids are not as big consumers as the preceding generations.  





******work in progress*****


These were my two cents on why wine sales have declined in recent years and will probably continue to do so if we continue on the path we have been on these few decades.   

Cheers! Santé!

Dom 

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

LeDomduVin: Still within the Top 150 of the "Best Wine Blogs" list on Feedspot! THANK YOU for your continuous support!

 




Still within the Top 150 of the "Best Wine Blogs" list on Feedspot! THANK YOU for your continuous support!  



At the start of each year since 2019, I check Feedspot's 100 Best Wine Blogs list to see where my blog ranks. And, thanks to you and your continuous support, I'm still there, at number #107. That is great! And it is because of you, my followers and readers. So, THANK YOU! Much appreciated.  

Some of you may say: Why is it so great? You're not even in the Top 100.  
And I'll say: Yes, you're right, but I'm still on the list and, once again, not so far from the Top 100. This encourages me to work even harder and better to reach that goal. 

You must realize that the "Feedspot's 100 Best Wine Blogs" list includes 1952 Wine Blogs representing the best wine blogs on the web (out of thousands of other Wine Blogs), ranked based on traffic(*), social media followers, and freshness. 

Therefore, being on the list is already greatly satisfying, and achieving the Top 100 would be amazing, yet reaching number #107 is excellent for me.  

"Excellent," as my wine blog is just a hobby. I only write when I have time and when the inspiration comes. I don't impose any quotas on myself or anything else. I have always been independent and always will be, so I can write about anything and everything I want whenever I want. 

Moreover, I have always shared my knowledge and passion for wine (on my blog and social media pages) without a profit motive or interest in brands or producers. I don't get any money or free goods from it. Although it would be nice, I'm not making a dime with it. I'm not an influencer, either. I just love writing and want to do it freely without anyone looking over my shoulder. 

Consequently, being on this list is a great reward. I am humbled and feel privileged about it, as so many wine blogs are better than mine. And yet, here I'm at number #107. Thank you.  

This number constantly oscillates throughout the year, so I look at it only once (or twice) yearly. Usually, every end of January or early February, to be consistent. I have been in the Top 100 several times in the past few years. Therefore, it is doable, and I will work harder to reach it again.  

  • 2019 - Number #92
  • 2020 - Number #85 
  • 2021 - Number #132
  • 2022 - Number #124
  • 2023 - Number #97
  • 2024 - Number #107

Thank you all for making this goal possible and achievable. Your likes, comments, and feedback motivate me to continue writing and sharing my passion and knowledge for wine, as I have been doing on this wine blog for the past 16 years.  

You are the reason why this blog still exists and continues to thrive, and I cannot thank you enough for that. And thank you to Feedspot, too.  

Share the passion, share the knowledge, share the love, share the wine! 

Cheers! Santé! Et Merci! 

Dom 

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(*) Just to give an idea, in terms of traffic on my blog, here are a few numbers: 
  • 16 years of existence
  • Total of 1575170 views (as of 15.02.2024 at 5.44pm HK time)
  • average of 98448 views per year
  • average of 8204 views per month
  • average of 269 views per day

The above are the averages over the past 16 years. However, traffic has dramatically increased in the last 3-4 years.  

To give you a better idea, here are the stats for today (15.02.2024 at 5.44pm) courtesy of www.blogger.com  

 


Thank you for all these views! Much appreciated.  

Dom 


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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

LeDomduVin: Happy Valentine's Day






HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY



Celebrate it with some wine! 
There is only love inside a bottle of wine! Share it with those you love! 
Share the love! Share the wine! 

Cheers! Santé!

Dom 

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Friday, February 9, 2024

LeDomduVin: 龙年快乐 - Happy New Year of the Dragon 2024



龙年快乐 - Happy New Year of the Dragon 



May the Year of the Dragon be filled with confidence, strength, and courage. I wish you all prosperity and joy.  May you and your whole family be filled with happiness in the Year of the Dragon. Happy Chinese New Year 2024. 

Cheers! Santé! 

Dom

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024

LeDomduVin: THANK YOU SO MUCH !!!




THANK YOU SO MUCH !!!



10000+ views in the last 7 days on www.ledomduvin.com 

Exceeding 10000 views in 7 days doesn't happen very often, and I wanted to "thank you" as it is because of all of you. I am very grateful for your help and support with my blog and all my pages on the various Social media platforms. Thank you !!! 😁👍🍷🙏❤️

Your "views", "likes" and "comments" are the reasons why I kept this blog going for the past 16 years and continued to write and post. So, thank you very much for all your support and appreciation. They really encourage and motivate me to continue writing and posting. 

Cheers! Santé! I raise my glass to you all and thank you again for making www.ledomduvin.com such a successful blog. 

Your friend and humble servant, 😌 🙏🙏🙏

Dom 

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LeDomduVin: Back to Earth




Back to Earth



I titled this post "Back to Earth" because when it comes to wine, I'm usually in the stratosphere with the "top-notch" and "expensive" wines. 

Yet, for once (yes, it happens occasionally), I recently served some more "down-to-earth" and "accessible" wines for a private dinner.

It felt good to be back on regular ground. 




Henriot Brut Millésimé 2008


Henriot Champagnes are brilliant champagnes and excellent "value for money". Their "Blanc-de-Blancs" is one of my favorite casual champagnes. And their vintage ones offer as much as some of their peers for 3 or 4 times less the price. Especially when from a great vintage, like 2008. 

Established in 1808, Champagne Henriot is one of the rare independent Champagne houses that has remained in the same family throughout its history. The 2008 vintage celebrates its 200th anniversary. 

A blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir, Henriot 2008 is a delightful champagne, fresh and crisp, and at the same time, rich, dense, and "gourmand," with lovely stone fruits, white flowers, and mineral aromas, great acidity, structure and texture, and a long lingering finish. Really enjoyable and a steal at that price! 





Humbert Frères Charmes Chambertin 2018


I have opened quite a few bottles of this wine in recent months. This is one of the cheapest Charmes Chambertin around, and while it may not be as complex as some of the best producers, it still offers plenty. 

The nose offers subtle aromas of blackcurrant, dark cherries, and floral notes combined with earthy, smoky nuances. The palate is relatively light in weight and texture yet well-balanced and vibrant due to great acidity, enough fruit ripeness, and a good grip of integrated tannins to give you something to chew on. Loved it.

Cheers! Santé!

Dom 


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Monday, February 5, 2024

LeDomduVin: Perrot-Minot and Palmer served over the weekend





Perrot-Minot and Palmer served over the weekend







Perrot-Minot Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru "La Richemone" Vignes Centenaires Cuvée Ultra 2018


Christophe Perrot-Minot is a talented winemaker, and all his wines are excellent. He really deserves the praise he has received over the past two decades. My favorite is the "La Richemone" Vignes Centenaires Cuvée Ultra.

Just over a year ago, I secured a little more than 12 bottles of the very sought-after vintage 2018, which is quite impressive knowing that only 2531 bottles were produced, and it is highly coveted by connoisseurs.

The reason why is that Christophe owns about 1.9 hectares of “La Richemone,” but only 0.9 hectares of his oldest vines, planted in 1902, go into the “Cuvée Ultra.” Basically, less than 10 barrels were produced in 2018. And the resulting wine is gorgeous.

Intense color for a pinot noir. The attractive nose presents incentive aromas of fresh and ripe dark and red berries and cherries, mingling with mineral, floral, spicy, and earthy notes. The palate combines freshness and brightness with complexity and richness. A little subdued at first, it gained weight and intensity after about 1 hour and a half of opening in the bottle (no decanting). Fermented with 60% whole bunches and aged in 20% new wood, it is balanced and focused, with racy acidity, and structured with fine-grained tannins, framing and elevating the fruit from beginning to end. A delicious wine! Love it.






Chateau Palmer Margaux 2009


I am a big fan of Palmer wines and consistently recommend and serve them whenever possible. The 2009 vintage is an exceptional wine that combines richness, complexity, ripeness, weight, and balance. It has a heavily textured and structured profile, with a dark, ripe, dense, generous, and ample character that is larger than your usual Palmer wine. It is concentrated and has tannins that need some time to mellow down. Even after 2 hours of decantation, it still had a fiery profile, with a lot of strength and attitude. Although it is drinkable and enjoyable now, it is still very young and will benefit from a few more years of aging in the cellar. It is a surprisingly big wine that packs a punch for a Margaux. Love it! 

Cheers! Santé!

Dom



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LeDomduVin: Karaoke Night!




Karaoke night! 



I titled this post "Karaoke Night" as I served these wines during a private dinner where the host and the guests sang Karaoke songs between each dish, from videos displaying lyrics on 3 big screens on the surrounding walls. It was a relaxed and casual night. A Karaoke Night!   






Philipponnat Clos des Goisses Extra-Brut 2012

Beyond its pale golden color and attractive aromas of yellow fruits, stone fruits, and toasted brioche, it is rich, dense, intense, complex, ample, and layered, with an excellent balance and a long, satisfying finish. What a beautiful Champagne!






Bernard Bonin Meursault Vieilles Vignes 2019

Pale goldenish color. It boasts aromas of lemon zest, apple, and stone fruits mingling with chamomile, gingerbread, buttery toasted oak, and mineral notes. Medium-bodied, Fresh, zesty, complex, and elegant, with excellent structure and good tension on the palate. Focus from the attack to the long and crisp finish. Love it. 






Palmer Margaux 2016

A blend of 47% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 6% Petit Verdot, Palmer 2016 is a great combination of power, richness, complexity, freshness, balance, and elegance. Deep, inky color in the glass. The nose displays fresh, fragrant, concentrated blackberries, earth, and flower aromas. Beyond its fresh and juicy attack, the palate expands and gains in density, intensity, richness, and complexity, balanced by excellent acidity and framed with present, chewy, yet integrated tannins. The finish is youthful and very long, demonstrating aging potential. Although probably too young, Palmer 2016 is incredibly approachable and drinkable now. A sophisticated and classy wine. 






Bernard Dugat-Py Charmes Chambertin 1996

This bottle was a gift to the host from one of the guests, and although I was very tempted to open it, I did not, so I can't tell you about it. Next time, maybe.😊👍🍷



Cheers! Santé! 

Dom

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Thursday, February 1, 2024

LeDomduVin: 3 to Party




3 to party


The other night, I opened 3 bottles of these 3 beautiful wines for a private party. What a blast! 






Krug Vintage 2000

Krug 2000 is a rich and complex vintage champagne that mimics the uniqueness of the last year of the millennium. Nicknamed "Stormy Indulgence," it is dense and intense. Beyond its attractive pale golden color and fine bubbles, it boasts aromatics of yellow and stone fruits, mingling lightly toasted brioche, mineral stones, and sea breeze notes. The palate is gorgeous, rich, complex, layered, and lengthy. What a beauty! 





Louis Latour Batard Montrachet 2016

This wine exemplifies the exceptional aging potential of high-quality white burgundy, particularly those bearing the name "Montrachet". At 7 years old, this Bâtard-Montrachet from Louis Latour was at the perfect age for consumption. Its pale gold color is a sign of age, and yet, it possesses a youthful nose, boasting complex aromas of stone fruits and hints of vanilla mixed with smoky and toasty notes. The palate is medium to full-bodied, rich, and well-balanced, with hints of buttery, mineral, herbal and brioche nuances. The finish is refreshing, with a pleasant hint of saltiness and chalky minerality. Love it. 





Ponsot Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes 2019

Ponsot is a staple in my book, and this “Clos de le Rocche VV 2019” has been recurring in my choice of wine for different events over the past 10 months. Some may argue that it is too young and must be waited for a few years. And yet, it is such a good wine, and it has been so approachable these past months that I could not resist serving it again. Light in color, yet intense and dense in the nose and palate. The nose offers bright, freshly crushed wild red cherry aromas with floral, mineral, and earthy notes. Medium-bodied, the palate is vibrant, vivid, fresh, elegant, and refined, with a long, delightful finish. Love it. 

Cheers! Santé! 

Dom



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LeDomduVin: Ornellaia 2019 Tasting Lunch




Ornellaia 2019 Tasting Lunch


On Monday, I was invited to the "Ornellaia lunch" at CIAK in the Kitchen, where I joined Kerry Wines team Stephen (@st4phen7) and Steven, and a dozen Sommeliers and other people from the F&B world and wine business. 





Casual atmosphere for a casual, relaxed lunch with some great wines and good bistro food. 




Ornellaia "Le Volte" 2019

A delightful surprise! It was pleasant, bold, forward, silky, and juicy, offering good red and dark fruits, excellent balance, texture, and structure. Very open and easy to drink. A steal at this price. Highly recommended. 




Ornellaia "Le Serre Nuove" 2019

It is in the same vein as "Le Volte," yet more complex and sophisticated, layered and generous, richer and much longer on the palate, with great acidity and a good grip of tannins contributing respectively to freshness, texture, and structure. There again, it was delightful. Still young, yet incredibly satisfying still! 




Ornellaia "Ornellaia" 2019

On the nose, it boasts rich and complex aromas of blackberries and fresh floral and herbal notes. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is smooth and silky, polished and refined, balanced and long with firm yet agreeable chewy tannins. The finish is an excellent example of how Ornellaia combines strength, elegance, complexity, and aging potential. Loved it. 
 



DVO Napa Valley 2018

DVO is a collaboration between Dalla Valle and Ornellaia. Although it combines the best of both worlds, it shows more of California than Tuscany. A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Cabernet Franc aged for 22 months in 75% New Oak, and only 400 cases made, it is one of these garage wines, sought-after and expensive. Yet, it is a beautiful, fleshy, ripe, generous, ample, and voluptuous wine. Loved it. 



Thank you to @kerrywines_hk, Stephen, and Steven for inviting me. Enjoyable lunch, good company, and lovely wines. 

Cheers! Santé!

Dom 


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Wednesday, January 31, 2024

LeDomduVin: A Charming Meursault



A charming Meursault 


I opened this bottle for an afternoon drink, and it was perfect! 

Michel Bouzereau Meursault-Charmes 1er Cru "Les Charmes Dessus" 2019

Fresh, crisp, pleasant, easy, gentle, and charming, with a good vibrancy. Medium-bodied, layered, and well-balanced between the yellow fruits, the chalky minerality, the zesty acidity, and the light butteriness. Nothing too extravagant or over the top, just a really well-crafted, quaffable Meursault-Charmes. It is a steal at this price compared to its peers. Highly recommended. 

I loved it on its own, as it is so crisp and easy to drink. Yet, it will pair well with appetizers, white fish, and white meat. 

Cheers! Santé! 

Dom

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Tuesday, January 30, 2024

LeDomduVin: 3 better than 2...




3 better than 2…



For certain things in life, it is said, “One is not enough, and three is too many!” 😉😄😅

However, 3 bottles may not be enough when it comes to wine.






Cheval Blanc Saint Emilion 2018

A blend of 54% Merlot, 40% Cab Franc, and 6% Cab Sauv, lovely scents emanate at the opening, filling the air with ripe red and black berries aromas, complemented with floral, autumnal, and tobacco notes. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is rich, ample, graceful, generous, and layered, with ripe fruit and silky texture. The present but integrated tannins provide excellent structure. It expands nicely from the attack to the long finish. Its welcomed freshness and seamless profile help to compensate for its ripeness and 14.5% alcohol. Complex, elegant, charming, and already enjoyable now, it will reward those who wait for it a little.





Mouton Rothschild Pauillac 2016

Served after the fuller and richer Cheval Blanc 2018, Mouton 2016 appeared relatively flat and inexpressive. Was it its regular 13.5% alcohol, compared to the overwhelming 14.5% of the Saint Emilion? It showed better after a while, boasting dark berries aromas mixed with floral and herbal scents and forest floor, earthy nuances. A blend of 83% Cab Sauv, 15% Merlot, 1% Cab Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot, this is an elegant, vibrant, fresh, medium-bodied, and earthy wine with a delicate and aromatic profile, a lovely mineral, silky texture, and a good (if light) overall structure. Still, it lacks length on the finish, as it vanishes too quickly for such a good vintage and pedigree. Will it develop? Time will tell!  






Vieux Chateau Certan Pomerol 2016

A blend of 85% Merlot, 14% Cab Sauv, and 1% Cab Franc, VCC 2016 is a beautiful wine. Boasting attractive crushed red berries, licorice, graphite, and mineral aromas with gentle earthy and oaky nuances. The palate combines elegance, richness, complexity, ripeness, freshness, texture, and structure, framed by chewable tannins, providing excellent substance and subsistence, greatly expanding from the lovely attack to the long finish. It is focused, profound, complex, layered, and sophisticated; with this tastefully enjoyable impression, you could masticate it like one of your favorite steak cuts. I love the chewiness of this wine. Then again, VCC is one of my favorite wines ever! 

Cheers! Santé!

Dom  

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Tuesday, January 23, 2024

LeDomduVin: Artadi Viñas de Gaín 2020





Artadi Viñas de Gaín Vineyard Selection 2020 


con Jamón Ibérico, queso, huevos and patatas fritas.

The other day, I was at “Bayfare Social”, a cozy, vibrant, and welcoming Spanish restaurant in Rosewood (HK), to do the wine service for a private dinner. After the service, as it was my first time coming to this venue, I decided to taste some of their food with one of their wines by the glass.

With the suggestions of Cillian (the restaurant manager) and Yann (the assistant restaurant manager), I went for the “HUEVOS ROTOS” (Ibérico Ham, Fried Potato, Spanish Egg, and Aioli – see picture) and the “TXIPIRONES” (Baby Squid, Spanish Egg, Padrón Peppers), and chose the Artadi Vinas de Gain 2020 to go with it.

Pairing the wine of a great Rioja producer like Artadi with some Spanish comfort food was a wise decision, as it was a great match!

More especially a wine I know pretty well as I visited Artadi a few times in the mid-2000s and love their wines (I bought and sold a lot during my “New York” years).







ARTADI VIÑAS DE GAIN 2020

A beautifully crafted wine with a dark red color. It boasts aromas of ripe plums, black fruits, and berries intertwined with chocolate, licorice, earthy and toasted notes. The palate is medium-bodied, fruity, ripe, rich, dense, complex, yet fresh, vibrant, and youthful, with present and persistent yet integrated tannins, providing this attractive wine with a gentle texture and solid structure. Well balanced, it expands nicely until the long finish. Still a bit young (IMO) and yet so approachable now, too. Loved it.

The wine paired better with the HUEVOS ROTOS (in the picture) combination of ham, egg, and potatoes, echoing in harmony in a festival of flavors on the palate. 

I also like the cozy, comfortable, cheerful, and accessible restaurant atmosphere, where people were smiling joyfully and chatting while sipping a glass of wine with some Spanish fare. The restaurant felt good and alive. Loved it. Highly recommended. 

Cheers! Santé!

Dom

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Monday, January 22, 2024

LeDomduVin: 3 to Tango!




3 to Tango!


Another night with some excellent wines.





Juyondai Harima Yamada Nishiki Junmai Daiginjo (Nakadori)

Made from Harima Yamada Nishiki rice, Nakadori sake is considered the finest of the batch for its clarity, expressive aromas, well-balanced structure, purity of flavor, smooth texture, and versatility. One of Juyondai’s premium, it boasts fresh aromas of lychee, white peach, and hints of green melon. Medium to full-bodied, but not heavy or too rich, the palate is complex and layered. It offers an elegant, soft, velvety texture with fruity flavors, making it an ideal aperitif or a perfect companion to seafood like sashimi. Beautifully crafted. Loved it.







Dugat-Py Moyzeres Chambertin Grand Cru 2018

Beyond its clear, bright, hypnotizing crimson color, the Dugat-Py Moyzeres Chambertin 2018 reveals attractive, freshly crushed red cherries and berries mixed with earthy, spicy, and floral notes on the nose. The palate combines freshness, elegance, refinement, balance, and length with sexiness, richness, complexity, and juiciness. The mid-palate is luxurious and concentrated, with integrated tannins, remarkable acidity, and a long-lasting aftertaste. It is a perfect blend of grace and equilibrium, showcasing the extraordinary quality of the 2018 vintage. Although open and easy to drink now, it will undoubtedly benefit from a few years of cellaring. Delightful wine! Loved it.







Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion 2005

La Mission Haut-Brion 2005 is a stunning wine! The opening displays enticing blackberry, cedar, and tobacco aromas, mingling with earthy notes and menthol nuances. Medium-bodied, the palate is refined, elegant, ample, supple, generous, and incredibly well-balanced between the ripeness of the fruit, the refreshing acidity, and the fine tannins, providing respectively juiciness, freshness, elegance, complexity, texture, and structure to this splendid example of this great vintage. Loved it.


Cheers! Santé!

Dom


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LeDomduVin: Some lineup!



Some lineup!



The other day, I enjoyed opening some great bottles again. 


Raifuku Junmai Daiginjo Ultra 8 Sake

Light and easy-going, a bit short for my taste. I like my sake with a bit more weight and length. 


Juyondai Akaiwa Omachi Junmai Ginjo (1800ml) 

Brewed with 'Omachi' (often referred to as the ancestor of sake rice) from Akaiwa in the Okayama prefecture, this sake is rich, smooth, medium to full-bodied, and delightfully layered. It boasts distinctive cantaloupe aromas and a rich umami finish.


Louis Latour Meursault 2017

Overall, it is an elegant, light to medium-bodied, well-balanced wine with notes of citrus, honey, and oak and a reasonably long finish.


Jean-Noel Gagnard Batard-Montrachet 2018

I love JN Gagnard's wines, and this Batard is delightful. It boasts fresh and enticing stone fruits, white flowers, and zesty aromas. The palate is crisp, refreshing, and mineral, with a good density and outstanding balance, and the glycerine coating the palate and layered flavors expand till the seamless finish. Now, that's a great wine! 


Denis Mortet Clos de Vougeot 2019

I love Denis Mortet's wines, and this "Clos de Vougeot", although still too young, is another excellent example of this talented and skilled winemaker. Refined, elegant, complex, rich, long, and extremely satisfying. 





Chateau Latour Pauillac 2015

Deep garnet-purple color, it offers lovely aromas of ripe black and red berries, mingling with notes of licorice, red roses, and cigar box. The palate combines red and black fruits with freshness and ripeness, gentle texture, and integrated tannins. It is expressive, generous, ample, layered, structured, balanced, and surprisingly drinkable. 


Mouton Rothschild Pauillac 2005

So open and easy to drink right now, aromatic, complex, smooth, and layered, with a long finish. Loved it. 

Cheers! Santé!

Dom 


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