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Margaux, l’apertura al pubblico di un gran château : Marquis d’Alesme

Era lunedi’ ed ero nel gruppo di giornalisti e blogger invitati da Millésima a Marquis d’Alesme per scoprire la loro nuova cantina a Margaux. Photo Credit @ André Ribeirinho La tenuta di 15 ettari é stata comprata nel 2006 da Hubert Perrodo, un francese che ha fatto fortuna nel petrolio con la sua società “Perenco” del quale era l’unico proprietario. La prima tenuta che compro’ a Margaux fu Château Labégorce nel 1989. Purtroppo mori’ proprio nel 2006, subito dopo l’acquisto di Marquis d’Alesme, ma da allora sua moglie Carrie si occupa di tutto. La figlia Nathalie, di soli 35 anni, gestisce ora le due cantine. Con Marquis d’Alesme i soldi investiti sono al sicuro. La nuova cantina, i cui lavori si sono appena conclusi dopo 3 anni, é incredibile. E’ un mix di stile neoclassico bordolese masticato con accento cinese, cio’ perché Carrie é di Singapore e prima di sposarsi, prima di trasferirsi in Francia, vi gestiva un’agenzia di modelle di successo ; ecco spiegato anche il suo gusto sicuro per il design al quale ha integrato simboli …

67 Pall Mall

La féerie douce de cette nouvelle adresse vinique londonienne possède des senteurs enivrantes qui auraient fait rêver un Patrick Süskind dans son laboratoire parfumé de Florence. Voici 3 étages de luxe pur en plein cœur de Londres (et en plein style britannique) avec vue sur St James’s, un verre de grand cru à la main. Un refuge du « bon gout et du bon vin », c’est là l’objectif du 67 Pall Mall, le « club » à la mode qui a ouvert depuis peu ses portes dans le Banking Hall de St James’s, designé par Simone McEwan où les membres ont accès aux meilleures étiquettes du monde vinicole, sans trop délester leur portefeuille. Le fondateur du club, Mr Grant Ashton, en avait d’ailleurs assez des surenchères appliquées aux prix des vins à Londres et avait presque abandonné l’idée d’en consommer au restaurant. C’est la raison pour laquelle il a décidé de fonder ce club, qui lui possède une carte avec 5 000 étiquettes parmi lesquelles des vins de tout horizon et adaptés à chaque portemonnaie. “It has been said …

The Mandarin Oriental in Paris, a sustainable change

“Embrace the earth, watch over its fragile splendor, tend to its melancholia and its joys; and then strive, little by little, to change the course of destiny. Cast aside our doubts. Transform ourselves, to transform our lives. And rethink the future, to reinvent the world.” Aude Revier And #Paris is cultivating the future. The City of Light has taken on an audacious challenge for the 21st century: more nature, fewer cars, less waste and greater sharing. Paris has set its sights on 2020 and a collective future in which everyone participates in sustainable change. The Mandarin Oriental near Place Vendôme is the only High Environmental Quality hotel. Bouquets of mauve hydrangeas adorn the pearly white spa cabins, fostering a sense of peace and freedom, free of dogma and uniformity. Here is a haven for spontaneous moments of enjoyment and secrets among friends; eternity can wait. Built around a 500 m2 garden, the establishment has 138 rooms and 40 suites, conceived with a careful duality in mind. The works of the brilliant artist Man Ray, and …

Endrizzi, the alphabet of flavors from the Trentino hills

Since 1885 Cantina Endrizzi has been producing Trentino wines. But Endrizzi is above all a family. This name preserves the charm of a locality : San Michele all’Adige and the passion for wine as a work of art. A philosophy of life embodied today by Paolo and Christine Endrici (Endrizzi in the local dialect) and the younger generation with Lisa Maria and Daniele. Endrizzi’s wines are made in the fresh climate of the Trentino hills, a land cultivated with environmentally friendly practices. The Masetto vineyard The sparkling Trento DOC is coming from the Pian Castello vineyard, one of the few in Trentino with an authentic clos structure. This Metodo Classico is left to mature on lees from 2 to 5 years, with a minimum dosage that does not alter the characteristics of the original grapes (Chardonnay and Pinot Nero). The Riserva Pian Castello arrive in complete simplicity, unadorned, and it taste so good! You look at it almost with astonishment, as if you hadn’t been introduced to each other. But then you start to reconstruct your alphabet …

Querciabella’s Batàr, an essential marker of the time

Who hasn’t dreamed of penetrating the secret of winery creation; of entering the heart of the demiurge and illuminating their wines with the light of everyday life? Wineries homes resemble the winemakers and thus shine a new light on their work. For me wine is an essential marker of the time, he concentrates great historical events and invites a multiplicity of viewpoints. Here, in Querciabella, the “altitude” winemaking is challenging and demanding yet produces nectars well worth the effort and worthy of cellaring. Rows of squat vines clinging to Chianti’s hillsides (800m). Vintners challenge the laws of nature to ensure proper maturation. By virtue of having cultivated their vines over generations, Querciabella have also developed a cutting-edge art. The most classy cuvee is Batar (Chardonnay 50%; Pinot  Bianco 50%), rich and tender, that exudes dried and fruit flavor, hint of salinity and great minerality, a remarkable heritage of Batard Montrachet, a love for strange and elegant things.

Brunello, l’aura du millésime 2010 déjà dans le lendemain #1

Cela fait 5 ans que tout le monde en parle, le millésime 2010 de Brunello di Montalcino va bientôt sortir. Officiellement cela se passera en février au moment des primeurs « Benvenuto Brunello », mais dès ce mois de janvier quelques domaines lancent leur nouveau millésime. Le tout premier à ouvrir la danse est le nouveau cru Vallocchio de la Tenuta Fanti le 1er janvier. 2010 en effet, est l’un des plus beaux millésimes produit à ce jour sur l’appellation, surement le meilleur de ces 10 dernières années. L’hiver a été caractérisé par de basses températures et la neige qui ont retardé le réveil végétal de la vigne, toutefois ce réveil a été ensuite aidé par d’abondantes pluies qui ont garantie une floraison luxuriante. Après donc un printemps pluvieux, l’été a été chaud et sec ; Juillet et Aout ont enregistré des températures hautes mais parsemées de pluies bienvenues qui ont rafraichi les plantes et maintenu le stress hydrique modéré. Fin septembre, tous les raisins se présentaient dans un état sanitaire parfait, avec des peaux d’un bleu sombre riches …

Heidsieck, the globetrotting dandy Champagne for this Christmas

A legend cannot be built on sand. The “Maison” of Charles Heidsieck understands this. Its president has therefore revived a somewhat forgotten legend, the man who was one of the first to introduce his wines to the New World. Known to Americans as “Champagne Charlie”, he first crossed the Atlantic in 1852 with chestfuls of bottles to convince Americans of the superiority of his wines. For the 2014 Holiday season, the house is reissuing three of these maple-wood truncks. The most prestigious, the Malle 1852 Oenothèque, contains six bottles of the iconic Brut Réserve, six of the Rosé Réserve, six of the legendary Blanc des Millénaires 1995, and three of each of the rare 1983 and 1985 vintages, along with a Riedel decanter and flutes, and a writing kit (5 000€). This ends the hunting Christmas gift season with a fantasmagoric phenomena to be captured by eye and mouth, with effects of relief and touch, a master of the cantilevered construction that mobilizes all the possibilities of space. If this sinfully “malle” lands under your Christmas tree, there’s …