Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Beginning of the holidays

Lots of work and orders. In France, the Summer holidays are starting for everyone (from July 14 until August 15). Half of the staff will be on holiday, except in the vineyards where the holidays are between August 15 and September 15.

Last night, we had dinner at Bel Air/Valandraud with our Japanese friend and great client.
Lamb Tajine with olives and Moroccan desert for 13 people – which for me is a good number. Vertical tasting of Villa Mongiron 2003/2004 and Fleur Mongiron 2000/2001/2002/2004. The wines produced by Guillaume Quéron are remarquable, but many professionals already know that. Their only problem is that they are in Bordeaux appellation. If they were in Margaux or Pomerol, Guillaume would have been wealthy.
The high cost of production, as Paul-Marie Morillon from Ch. Lafont Fourcat would say, will be the main cause why small properties will go out of business.
After this nice series, we drank a cult wine with desert: Clos Erasmus 1999 (93 RP), 65% Grenache, 20% Cabernet Franc and 15% Syrah, produced in Priorat by Daphné Glorian. We loved it, so as our Japanese friends and Gilles Moreaux, a friend from my youth in the 70s when Disco was keeping us up and going through the night.

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