For my last posting I tasted a ship load of wines, so this posting will be nothing more than a short hello. As I've said before, maintaining a blog takes a lot of work, and time, which I do not always have, especially not towards the end of the year. So this will be an 'easy' posting, mentioning some things that I think are worth mentioning.
WineLife Magazine. For those of you who read Dutch, the new WineLife is out. A special Champagne issue, with only one shortcoming, the great Champagnes that I import (Barnaut, Ulysse Collin and Georges Laval) are not listed. But one of the articles (about Champagne) is from me, and there's a very interesting article about cruising Burgundy by Jan van Roekel.
There was a bubbly party for the launch of this new WineLife issue, and for the presentation of the first book from Huib Edixhoven (sorry guys, again written in Dutch). I will see him tomorrow and I have to admit to him that I didn't start reading yet... But I hope his book will have lots of success!
On our way home from that party, a little light in the head from all Jacquesson etc., we decided we wanted to eat something very French. Unfortunately the very French restaurant was full, but then, at once, we were in total luck: in another street I heard someone say "they have a Beaujolais Nouveau evening". They what? They appeared to be talking about the restaurant across the street, and upon further investigation I saw that they were pouring Château Cambon made by Marcel Lapierre's son Mathieu (read: one of the best Nouveaus around). We popped in and were very happy to hear that there was exactly one last table available!
We had blood pudding and Boeuf Bourguignon, and had a guest at our table! It appeared that the importer of this wine (one of the importers) was present that evening. So we emptied several lovely Cambons with Rein Dieben from Wijnkoperij de Loods (Breda). Needless to say we had a great evening.
In the meantime several of 'my' wines ended up in several publications. Much praise this time for Château Brown rouge 2005 (Pessac-Léognan, as a result almost sold out), Yves Martin's Sancerre Chavignol, Champagne Ulysse Collin, Delecheneau's Nouveau Nez, and even some more wines. I still have to update the press-section of my website...
Well, there's no chance for me to be bored. I also had a great Grand Bordeauxs tasting where the most popular wines were the Clos du Jaugueyron 2006 (as always), the G de Château Guiraud 2009 (also as always) and the Château du Tertre 2006. That year I worked at Du Tertre, so I'm glad it is being received so well! I'm almost sold out for this lovely Margaux, and that's both a good and a bad feeling.
Finally worth mentioning: at my eBay auction a La Tâche 1989 fetched just over 900 euro's. A good catch for the buyer, but what a lot of money! And then to realise: at the time the wine just hit the market, it was sold for 'just' 150 euro!