Showing posts with label WINElife. Show all posts
Showing posts with label WINElife. Show all posts

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Various things written down on Sunday evening

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!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Bordeaux 2009, WINElife, and the lovely biodynamic low-alcohol Ze Bulle Zéro Pointé

The Bordeaux 2009 campaign is a long one. But these are fun weeks, with lots of talking about prices of course. Compared to 2008 this year is expensive, but compared to 2005 and also 2000 the difference isn't always so big. Actually, some châteaux present a relatively attractive price, and at the same time some are too expensive. Compare for example the average consumer prices of the the following two second wines of second cru's:

Sarget de Gruaud Larose 2009 @ ± € 17
+14% on 2008
+7% on 2005
+2% on 2000

Les Pagodes de Cos 2009 @ ± € 51 (3x Sarget)
+82% on 2008
+71% on 2005
+151% on 2000

Pagodes is perhaps meant to be a more serious wine for the long term, but at the same time we can say it comes from the less refined Saint-Estèphe terroir... whereas the Sarget is a true Saint-Julien. Also, Gruaud Larose is in very good shape this year. I think it is quite clear which of the two is the better buy...

Before the wines were released I had listed the Pagodes as a possible buying tip, but with this crazy price I will have to take it from that list. In all actuality it doesn't deserve to be sold, and I learned that in the meanwhile the wine is offered at lower prices, implying that it's indeed a tough sell.

Anyway, the coming week some big releases are expected, which I will tweet, including the comparisons with the years 2008, 2005 and 2000. I should mention fellow blogger Gavin Quinney, who said the picture is not complete when the price comparison is limited to the two last vintages only.

Then for something completely different. I would like to promote the new Dutch wine magazine WINElife. I think it's a very beautiful new magazine, with interesting articles, and I happen to contribute to this magazine. But there is one thing that bothers me a bit, and the good thing about a blog is that I can use it to express these bothers, or even: to correct what is not perfectly correct.

The issue: above an article that I wrote about Bordeaux 2009 the editor has placed the title "Special, but not great." If you read the article you can see that this is not an accurate heading. It should have read "Special, and sometimes great." No big deal, but I wanted to have said this. For the record. For the rest my advice to all Dutch wine lovers is to subscribe to this beautiful magazine!

At last, with Bolomey Wijnimport we had a lovely tasting and dinner last Tuesday with two special guests from France, the biodynamic winemakers Philippe and Françoise Gourdon from the Saumur region, and Nicolaas Klei, the famous Dutch wine writer who has been a source of inspiration for me for over the last 10 years. For Dutch readers: if you buy Elsevier this week, you find an article by Klei about the irresistible Ze Bulle Zéro Pointé's from the Gourdons. And if you can't contain yourself... you can even buy these beauties online!