Barcelona – Barcelone…..just so goooood !

vendredi, 16 décembre, 2011

5.30 pm.. just can’t face being in the cold in Cadaqués when my friends invite me for a tasting at Marc & Marla’s place in Barcelona….. GOOOO!

Vino Artesano is run by Marc & Malena…Such a little place and a true selection of wines made by  » passionate producers », so rare in Spain… sorry Catalonia :)))

Packed with people outside, and inside, nice Cava’s tasting, delicious stuff with fine bubbles (true Catalan stuff.. not the copy ), plenty of people to meet, but missing some nice friends: Dominique, Christophe, Nuria, Oriol, Pascal, Eric, Fréd, Ingrid, Pierre,  etc…… saw a STAR on my way out ! When I say a « Star », a star to my standard .. i.e. a great wine producer who has done such work to help spanish wine to be recognized in the world.. Barbier himself !

A tour in barcelonetta for diner… plenty, basic, friendly, fresh food & nice company with Vince « Ze legend »… (i.e. the guy thanks to who « J.M » was made redundant and « Sancho Pancho M.UU » designated as the vilain…)  Good laugh while dining !

Of course being in Barcelona you just can’t go for a drink without kissing Isabelle (at Monvinic)  – especially beeing French !!!  Being introduced to some nice people from the trade & a nice spanish sommelier « Tout est possible »!! First bottle was a delicious « Montilla-Moriles » ( Jerez seco style, on a different terroir..), then a bottle of « Pirata », just the normal stuff for a « Corsaire’s meeting », and to finish a delicious easy drinking red wine made in France…. yes some time they can do good stuff even in the south of France: light color, elegant, fruity and with some sort of guts:  www.lesclosperdus.com

A bit late… crawl to reach my B&B, that I will recommend with pleasure: « Salsas and Co«  ….. ZZZZZZZZZZZ……zzzzzzzzz………ZZZZZZZZZZ…… No noise… great sleep and nice breakfast …. Great time in Barcelona but time to go back to ze Bodega… meetings, tastings, printer: Have to sort out a problem for my label « Sirenes de Cadaqués » as someone in the DO is apparently jalous of the name…. Might have to change it. It is just incredible that people are not interested in making « just good wine », they have also to come and annoy you with delation and tricky things, anyway….. Let’s go for lunch, orders,etc…

End of the day for a walk around Cap de Creus in the wind ( 7-8 beaufort).. Nobody, beautiful light, great wind, nice to clean your brain…mind you, with this wind  in 10 minutes it’s done !

Now, time to see the friends in the village at Garbi’ restaurant and at MUT for a drink and « Julie & the gang » at Tropical !

Cheers…

IVO

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London, Cadaqués & Catalan wines…

lundi, 12 décembre, 2011

The good taste of Cadaqués is picking up in London and more places are offering « Pirata » or « S’Alqueria » two of my wines…. « Sirenes de C…. » arriving next year !!

– Lutyens – in the city – received the wines two weeks ago…. Thank you to Andrew Connor the N-Z Sommelier !!

http://www.lutyens-restaurant.com/

– In Covent Garden: « The 10 Cases »… This new wine bar in Covent Garden has a policy of 10 whites and 10 reds on their list. Pirata was one of their best wine/feed back so far….. The suckling pig is apparently excelent !  Looks rather nice end very decent prices…Pirata by the glass at 6.4£…

http://www.the10cases.co.uk/#/find-us/4556019736

– The Milestone Hotel ( High Street Kensington) carries on Pirata (which is by the glass) and again, great success and feed back from customers…

http://www.milestonehotel.com/

& also « Hotel du vin » has just taken « Pirata »… Thanks to all the Sommelier and a special thanks to Ronan Sayburn one of the very first Sommelier to list S’Alqueria on the wine list of a great restaurant in London!

http://www.hotelduvin.com/

– This new wine shop in south London: « The Wine Tasting Shop » owned by Julia Michael will now list Pirata….

http://thewinetastingshop.co.uk/

18 Hildreth St SW12 9RQ

Transport Balham tube/rail

Telephone 07701 043037 mobile
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So….no reason why you should’nt be having a Merry Xristmas and a Very happy new year….

IVO


Bordeaux 1996 Grands vins : Dégustation, tasting, cata…

samedi, 10 décembre, 2011

Christmas is coming soon and here we are again for a nice tasting….. 18 Grands Crus from Bordeaux Vintage 1996. Du to prices completely out of this world five 1st Grands Crus Classés will not be shown for this tasting. Sorry for them !

The worst wines – Les vins les moins bons – Los vinos mas malos:

PauillacPichon Longueville Baron: No major problem, but no pleasure, very light for a Pauillac

– Sans défaut, mais sans plaisir. Trés maigre pour un Pauillac.

– Ningun problema mayor, pero sin placer. Super ligero para un Pauillac.

Pessac-Léognan Château Smith Haut Lafite: Very light in colour, cacao, moka still present due to to much ageing in oak. round, soft, watery style. Not at all what I am enjoying.

– Robe trés claire, cacao et moka au nez du a un élevage trop important. Bien que souple et rond, trop liquide. Pas du tout le style de vin qui me fait plaisir.

– Color demasiado claro. Los aromas de Cacao i moka salen pero parece que ques ha permanecido demasiaso en las barricas. El vino es muy ligero – como aigua – y no tengo ningun placer en bever lo.

– Pomerol – Vieux Chateau Certan: Very light colour, taste like a very good Grenache ( ie blend is Merlot & Cab Franc…). Tasted better wines from this very expensive estate.

– Trés léger en couleur, se goute comme un bon Grenache ( Assemblage Merlot Cab Franc.. ), bu de meilleurs millésimes de ce domaine trés cher.

– Color muy clara, i ligero tambien en boca. Parece a una super buena vieja Garnacha ( Cupaje de Merlot i Cab Fanc…). Bevido añadas mucho mas intéressantes de este « Château » super caro..

Noël approche et nous voiçi de nouveau pour une de ces dégustation merveilleuse de 18 Grands vins de Bordeaux: Horizontale 1996. En raison des prix ridiculement exorbitant des cinq 1er cru classé, il n’a pas été possible de les présenter à la dégustation, tant pis pour eux !

My discovery – Mes découvertes – Los vinos que descubrio:

– Saint Emilion 1° Grand Cru Classé – Château Pavie Macquin http://www.pavie-macquin.com/pavie-macquin.htm: Nicolas Thienpont. Beautiful intense & lively color for this wine. Once in the mouth, very structured, « classic » great right bank wine, quite strong character, outstanding bottle !

– Belle robe à la couleur burlat intense, trés jeune. Une fois en bouche trés présent, puissant mais en rapport avec ce qu l’on notait à l’oeil et au nez. Un brin austère mai quelle bouteille !

– Color del vino intensa pero parece todavia muy joven. En boca es potente, suave ..una botella Exceptional !

Estamos cerca de Navidad, y la suerte de catar 18 de los Grandes vinos de la añada 1996 en Burdeos ! Por precios completamente ridiculos, los cinco 1°Grand Crus Classés no estaran en la cata ! Que lastima para ellos !

The one I loved on that day – Mes préférés du jour – Mis preferidos del dia:

– Saint Julien – Château Ducru Beaucaillou : A very classic « Château », often difficult to enjoy at his best… so here we are, Everything from a Grand Vin: Colour, power, lengh.. a real pleasure.

– Un classique, souvent difficile à apprécier. Là on y est… un vrai plaisir et tout d’un Grand Vin: couleur de la robe, puissance, souplesse, longueur… un Vrai plaisir.

– Un classico entre los ,grandes vinos de Burdeos, pero por una vez que se puede disfrutar. Tiene todas las caracteristicas de un Grande Vino: color, poder de la estructura, suavidad i final largooooooo… Una botella de sueño !

– Pomerol – La Fleur Pétrus http://www.moueix.com/: I drink wines from this estate quite regularly & I have never been dispointed ! A very bright color, very elegant, soft,smooth, velvety, superbe to drink now…

More informations on the web site of the club by end of january: http://www.invinoveritastoulouse.fr

J’ai le plaisir de boire assez réguliérement des vins de ce domaine. Jamais été déçu ! Trés belle robe brillante, fin et trés élégant en bouche, doux et soyeux avec une belle longueur.. Un style tout en dentelle, un vrai délice !

Plus d’informations sur le site du club de dégustation, fin Janvier:  http://www.invinoveritastoulouse.fr

Tengo la suerte de bever vinos de este Château regularmente. Siempre super buenos ! Vino de color muy brillante, muy elegante y suave en boca. Una botella muy rica y mucho placer !

Mas informaciones en el sitio del club de cata al final de Enero:  http://www.invinoveritastoulouse.fr

Ivo


Grand Tasting, Paris 2011

dimanche, 4 décembre, 2011

Este año , como siempre, estuvo en Paris para el Grand Tasting, en el Louvre !! Muy buena cata, pero meno gente que en los años anteriores. As every year, I was in Paris for the Grand Tasting which took place at Le Louvre…. Very nice tasting, but with less people than usual…

Super vinos de mi amigo …  Delicious wines from my friend  François Despagne…

Hubo el placer de ver amigos de Francia productores i tambien unos primos…  Had the chance to meet some friends producers as well as some cousins..

Fue invitado a una cata « VIP » organizada por Idealwine : http://www.idealwine.com !! Encuentro un par de amigos i clientes también; Un momento muy bueno con vinos estupendos a beber…. 

Vino espectacular – Fabulous wine…La Mordorée 2000

Was invited to a VIP tasting organized by Idealwine http://www.idealwine.com… Met some friends and customers too…Great moment with incredible wines, poured for us to drink…. Thanks to Idealwine !!

Por la noche fuimos a cenar a « Le Tastemonde », rue de Suréne, cerca de La Madeleine. El dueño Sylvain y su Staff fueron super simpaticos, y cocina como vinos, muy buenos.

For diner we went to the restaurant Le Tastemonde near La Madeleine. Sylvain the owner and the staff were perfect, food and wine as well.

Era super simpatico de ver a encuentrar de nuevo mis amigos « bloggers »: Olga, Franck « Le Savoyard », Lionel l’Oranais, Benjamin le Lyonnais,  Miss Vicky:http://missvickywine.com/ , etc…

Savoyards are always in the right places…. Los Savoyards tienen siempre planes buenos…

Tambien encuentro a Michel Bettane y Thierry Desseauve; los organisadores…. It was nice to meet again my blogger’s friends: Olga, Franck « Le Savoyard », Lionel l’Oranais, Benjamin le Lyonnais,  Miss Vicky, etc…  Met also Michel Bettane & Thierry Desseauve the organizers..

Por la segunda vez un grupo de productores de vinos de España, con su distribuidor francés : Aalto, Bodegas Magaña, etc…. For the second time some spanish producers were there, with their french distributor…

Will see if worth it next year…

IVO