Cata con amigos… Dégustation avec des amis…

vendredi, 12 novembre, 2010

Gracias a mi amigo Fred para esta cena y cata !

Un par de grandes catadores : Roger – Yannick del excelente restaurante « La Toscane » en Burdeos  –  Clément  – JJ   y Vincent (uno que hace competiciones de cata )


Champagne Giraud Code Noir

100 % Pinot Noir d’Ay Grand Cru  –  élevé en fûts de chêne de la forêt d’Argonne

Langoustines crudas…i cocidas !!

* Gilles Jayer Hautes Côtes de Beaune 2003

Un vrai vigneron, sympa et bon vivant . Vino muy bueno pero no tanto tipico de los Chardonnay, pero es tambien un 2003, añada calda !

* Domaine de l’Aube des Temps 1991 VDP Oc

100 % Chardonnay passerillé – Secteur Lézignan Corbières

Véritable mythe, peut-être le premier grand vin blanc du Midi- Le Domaine est un cas particulier, Situé sur un micro terroir tellement particulier, au confluent de deux rivières, l’Aude et l’Orbieu, il est unique en son genre et pourrait à lui seul représenter une A.O.C.

Il voulait faire du liquoreux, mais il y a une levure autochtone à l’Aube des Temps qui épuise les sucres à une vitesse record.

Bouteille originale allongée avec en son centre une étiquette en forme de spirale dorée. Les deux pointes vers le bas de l’étiquette symbolisent l’enracinement de la vigne, la pointe supérieure l’envol vers Dieu qui contrôle la nature, la spirale inversée la recherche perpétuelle et inaccessible de la perfection.

Vino muy raro, pero muy intéressante !

* Ch Laville Haut Brion 1987

Domaine dont les blancs  vieillissent très bien…4ha…70 sémillon 27 sauv 3 muscadelle

El blanco de Burdeo mas Grande que conosco …. GRANDISIMO !!

« Grattons de Lormont » recette de LA Julie – Terrine Foie de Volailles – Boudin aux Châtaignes

* Domaine Charvin Châteauneuf 2003

80 Grenache & 20 Syrah: Excellente, fruto muy bueno, equilibro perfecto, se beve con mucho placer y no te pares….

* Alonso Del Yerro Ribera Del Duero 2003

Très beau vignoble situé à Roa: 100% Tempranillo, vignes encore jeunes. Esperavo bever algo mas intéressante, pega en boca, no me encanto, pero por nada…. Lastima porque El Enologo Stéphane Derenoncourt es muy simpatico i me gustan mucho los vinos de las bodegas con las cuales trabaja.

*Ch Bel Air Marquis d’Aligre 2001 Grand Cru Classé Margaux

Excellente y muy bien equilibrado.

Bouchées à la Reine

* Badia A Coltibuono “Sangiovetto” 1997 IGT Toscana

Grande Cuvée uniquement dans les grands Millésimes – Monti in Chianti, Siena

Grapes were planted immediately after the 2nd World War through the 1950’s  Sangiovese 100%

Excelentissimo vino de una añada excellente, caracter muy tipico, elegante, taninos muy suave che es raro para un Sangiovese !!  FENOMENAL !!

* Dominique Laurent Mazis Chambertin 1996

Grand Cru Côtes Nuits située au village de Gevrey. Un vino para los americanos que buscan concentracion en el Pinot Noir…. No me gusto por nada…

Raviolis Farcis au Sanglier avec Légumes d’hiver

* Henri Bonneau Châteauneuf 1993 : No etiqueta, pero muy bueno Chateauneuf du Pape de un productor mitico !!

Majorité de Grenache. Garnacha en mayoria !

* Ch. Palmer 1986 Margaux (3° Grand Cru Classé)

1986 = Merlot 48 CS 41 PV 7 CF 4: Problema con el vino. TCAP o algo similar…. que lastima !!

* Clos du Val –Napa Valley 1978

Vinifié par Bernard Portet: Muy bueno vino y muy joven. Muy parecido a un buen Burdeo. Excelente !

Pâtes Persillées Gorgonzola Italien – Stilton Anglais – Bleu des Causses

* Ch Roumieu Grand Cru 1952 Sauternes

Muy bueno vino, aunque esta un poco viejo un grande placer…

Hasta pronto para una otra cata ….i gracies !


Wine Future: Rioja 2

samedi, 14 novembre, 2009

Ryan’s Speech at WineFuture Conference in Logroño, Spain:

For the past decades the everyday consumer has been ignored. I’m not talking about the high end or even weekend wine geek, but rather the consumer who likes wine, wants a better bottle and could give a shit if the wine has terroir or 90+ points. They want to enjoy the wine for what it is, social lubricant,..

Ryan Opaz - wine future

The problem is retailers, importers, and the press were all trying to sell the same package of BS that you need to “know wine” to love wine. It’s the teach first drink later model, which I believe leads too often to consumers afraid that they might do something wrong, and as a result they end up simply buying based on price and what the label looks like. Why, because they are the only things not trying to tell them that they aren’t smart enough to enjoy wine. The consumer has choices, or is starting to, and the internet is bringing us these choices.

these consumers now are talking about wine and buying wines, and are doing it with the tools they use to communicate within their social circles everyday.

Facebook, once a college meet up site, is now a place where brands are being built…While in another more recognizable form for many of us we have Social tasting note sites like Adeggaand Cellartracker which are allowing consumers to share online what wines they own and to see what their friends are drinking.

A lot of people laugh at these online tools  but it reminds me of a quote I found online: “This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.” This was Western Unions response to the telephones invention.

Ironically similar statements are being made about blogging today. The truth is that we are seeing the fading away of yesterdays’ tools of communication, giving way to a new way of looking at wine.

Today’s consumers have voices. The internet have given them voices, And these voices are not your competitors or enemies, but rather clients, readers, buyers, and sometimes new friends.But the real truth is that the consumer is tomorrows critic. And in the end if they don’t know where Tempranillo comes from it doesn’t matter,  they do know whether or not they like the wine. As a group they have an aggregated voice that is powerful and broad.

they will be the ones to buy your products, and share their thoughts with their friends, just like they always have. If you do not listen to them…you lose. If you choose to engage with them…you win.

Today the internet is also a conversation. It is not monologue it is a dialog. If you are not prepared to engage and talk to your consumer, be prepared for disappointment. Today’s consumer wants a conversation…no they expect one.

YEEEAAAPPP…. I could not agree more with you Ryan (Catavino ) ! Thanks.

Pirata sbarbaro

Jancis Robinson M.W. : « I can’t honestly say that we solved the wine business’s problems.  In fact I felt that we did not discuss its gravest ones – economic peril for so many – in enough detail.

b8e0fdeca0ba939af6d11827358d09510Jancis Robinson M.W. – O.B.E & Robert Parker Jr

But the conference was certainly not a waste of time, and represented a huge coup on the part of Pancho Campo (seen at the microphone) and the Wine Academy of Spain team to have managed to get such a high-profile crowd together. »

WineFuture on video | Tasting Notes & Wine Reviews from Jancis Robinson


Robert Parker’s ‘Grand Garnacha tasting »: The Grand Garnacha Tasting – Wine Future Conference – Catavino

« Tonight ( Friday 13th) in the hall of the Rioja Forum in Logrono Robert Parker sat at the head table overseeing a sold out auditorium of 450+ representatives of the wine world eager to share a glass with him. Kevin Zraly, the pre-eminent figure in wine education in the US & Pancho Campo MW, President of the Wine academy of Spain who organised the event, moderated the session. Catavino was there, live-blogging, photographing, tweeting, and recording tasting notes live on, and I was part of the team.

List of wines poured:

Châteuneauf-du-Pape –France/Francia
Domaine Charvin 2007
2. Marcoux Vieilles Vignes 2007
3. Mont Olivet – La Cuvee du Papet 2007
4. Chapoutier Barbe Rac 2007
5. Barroche Pure 2007
6. Vieille Julienne 2007
7. Pierre Usseglio-Mon Aieul 2007

Atteca Armas 2007 – DO Calatayud
9. Mancuso 2005 – Vino de la Tierra de Valdejalón
10. Espectacle 2006 – DO Montsant
11Clos Erasmus 2005 – DOCa. Priorat
12. Aquilon 2006 – DO Campo de Borja

Pandora – Alban 2006
14. Sine Qua Non Atlantis 2005

Killikanoon Duke 2006
16. Greenock Creek Cornerstone 2006
17. Clarendon Hills Old Vines Romas 2006
18. Torbreck Les Amis 2005

. Marqués de Riscal de 1945
20. Contador 2007

He ( Robert Parker)  spoke lucidly and passionately about his love of wines and his unpretentious style and incredible knowledge was somewhat captivating. For Parker the responsibility of the great winemaker is to “capture and translate the essence of your terroir and faithfully respect the vintage given to you by Mother Nature”.

Report from Raymond Magourty for « Catavino ».

YYYEEEAAAAPPPPPP…. When it’s nice…it’s nice?? STOP the fuss ! Enjoy on your own  !!

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