All posts tagged: wine

2017 Petit millésime, Grand vin

Primeurs 2017 à Bordeaux, quelles sont les tendances de ce millésime ? On vous dira que c’est terriblement 2014 ; certains vous diront que c’est plein de fraicheur et de fruit, d’autres que ça manque d’opulence; que Pauillac et St Julien sont parfaitement verticaux, à couper en lignes droites avec des ciseaux alors que les autres appellations sont des montagnes russes; Vous détesterez et vous adorerez. Ce sera l’opposé de ce à quoi vous vous attendiez ou, très précisément, ce que vous souhaitez, et cette schizophrénie vous donnera le tournis. Comme un fil Instagram, nous recevons de multiples commentaires et nous passons allègrement de la rive droite à la rive gauche, du Cabernet au Merlot, d’un monstre de puissance à un vin charmeur. Tout et son contraire. Là aussi on a la tête qui tourne. Seulement il se passe une chose inouïe de vendange en vendange : le vin, lui, s’impose. Même si l’on veut ignorer Bordeaux, quelque chose s’imprime en nous et on l’adopte. L’important est de continuer à être curieux. Dans le fond ce vin est français : le style il l’a. Et il …

Like Christopher Columbus, I left Palos de la Frontera…

By the time you read this, I’ll be on my way for a 3 months wine journey in #AustralAsia, but before heading to the Barossa Valley, I visited old friends in Spain near the town of Toro and the Duero river. I used to work in the area when I was in charge of the mkg dept. for François Lurton – Bodega Lurton – located on a wide plateau above the river, made of a deeply gravelly, sandy soil with big rusty-coloured rounded stones. These stones are highly reflective and the gravelly soils are well-aerated. The altitude is between 700m to 800m above sea level. All of these factors lead to the production of a very high quality of grapes with optimal ripeness and concentration but with an element of freshness. The location of the nearby Duero River has a positive influence on the plots helping to temper any extreme summer temperatures. But, at that time, we didn’t reinvent or redesign a wine space. Today a miracle has taken place in Valdefinjas, another little village in Castile-León : Under the vast sky, wine …

The very first Médoc International Film Festival #VD7A , gems from terroir

Wherever you gaze between the Gironde estuary and the ocean, the undulating vineyards reflect a landscape shaped and configured by man according to the contours and gravelly outcrops. The place works its charme immediately. A barren region strewn with proud castles, the Médoc owes its success to the prestigious marriage in 1152 between Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine, and Henry Plantagenet, the future king of England. The alliance promoted trade between Bordeaux and the British Isles, boosting the business of Bordeaux winemakers and merchants. This was a boon for the Médoc, where the great terroirs began to produce the most famous wines in the world. You have to breathe in the salty smell of the ocean and the resinous scent of the pine trees in spring, and see the first flights of wood pigeons over the vines in early autumn to understand that the Médoc is a world of its own. Wine is the only treasure of the land here, along with nature. People pay as close attention to their vines as Kobe beef producers to …

Lights on at the Mercato Centrale in Florence for a magic Christmas

The Florentine Mercato Centrale offers in abundance everything grown and produced on fertile soils of Tuscany. If you’re looking for Tuscany’s signature specialty, you can buy Fiorentina for dinner, a sizable, at least one kilo heavy, piece of Chianina beef on the bone. There’s also trippa, aromatic sausages made from boar and donkey, ham and mortadella, lard from Colonnata, mature and young sheep cheese, farmer’s yoghourt, dried boletus mushrooms and, of course, extra virgin cold-pressed olive oil, tangy, with a distinct bitter note. Bakeries sell Tuscan bread, baked without salt, and crispy cantucci with almond. Traditionally you have to deep them in sweet Vin Santo before putting them in your mouth. Of course, it is possible to have snack at the Central Market. Moreover, it is essential to arrive hungry and elbow your way to the queue at Da Nerbone café. Place your order at the bar, and then eat your catch slowly, washing it down with wine from Chianti Classico. Here, the Chianti Classico Company has a wine shop. The Enoteca Chianti Classico is …

The endlessy attractive world of sweet white

Sweet wines are under a cloud these days. The sporty, health-oriented contemporary trend lists them under « forbidden pleasures ». Everything is lumped together : Tokay, Sauternes and various sweetened atrocities. To like the sweet wines is almost bad form, just try to confess it to neophyte connaisseurs who swear by dry wines and Brut. And yet, there is nothing deeper and more philosophical than communicating with an outstanding Vin Santo or Trockenbeerenauslese. This is actually one of the final steps in taste development. After all, we all go through more or less the same motions. At first we like the light sweetish Moscato d’Asti, then the powerful, tannic dry reds from the New World, then we discover the variety of dry whites, then we proceed to the elegant reds enjoying their gravity and balance. And finally, as the spiral makes yet another turn, we are again enchanted by sweet wines, now by those at the top of wine ratings. We find a spot for them, at the end of a dinner, in the unhurried flow of an …