Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Back to work and objectives

Again, regarding the wines tasted Sunday during our meals :
Château de Marsannay, Champs Perdrix 2002 : A wine we enjoy, ripe Chardonnay, opulent, perfect with small shrimps bought alive and cooked in Italian olive oil (we have 2 suppliers who spoil us!), followed by a great bottle of Porte du Ciel 2001 which should receive a 95/98, note it well deserves for a Côteaux du Languedoc, if it was to be compared to a few great wines from Châteauneuf, Spain or even California. As for this region, will it ever get the recognition it deserves from the press, stores and clients?

Yesterday for lunch and dinner we tasted: Pavie 2003, Chassagne Montrachet Vieilles Vignes from Amiot, Flor de Pingus 2003, Egregore from Mr Bernard Magrez 2003 and an unknown Médoc.

Despite a spring-like weather, Saint Emilion is gearing up for Winter. Almost all the stores are closed and some are in full renovation (Hostellerie de Plaisance), others change ownership and style (Clos du Roy): This is why we decided yesterday to eat in the 2nd trucker stop (after La Puce aux Bigaroux) in Saint Pey d’Armens: with a 11.50 Euros menu more than decent! (the restaurant was full)
In the office, I bought more 2005 futures, as prices don’t seem to level off. This vintage, while waiting for Mr. Parker’s updated notes, is still highly regarded by the whole profession.
Catherine Manuaud is traveling through Belgium and Luxemburg, Xavier Serin is leaving for the US at the end of the week, we will be soon in Austria, then Singapore and Japan.
The new year is starting well, orders after the holidays are filling our workplace.
This year’s target: revenues between 13 and 15 millions Euros, or more than 1.2 Million bottles.

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