Monday, June 29, 2009


During Vinexpo, we drank the following wines at home paired with Mumu’s cooking :

Blanc de Valandraud N°1 2008 (barrel sample)
Calvet Thunevin Maury 2004, always good
Quintessence de la Coume del Mas 2001 Banyuls, delicious
Tenuta Di Trinoro 2007, power in a velvet glove
Syrah 2007 Enira, Bulgarian wine which will certainly stand out in blind tastings. Marc Dworkin told me to wait some time before opening this bottle. I couldn’t as my curiosity couldn’t wait (and why wait?).
Corton Charlemagne 1994 from domaines Leroy, bottle n° 766 out of 1152 ! Still a bit young, goes to show the level of this wine !
Trotanoy 1989 in magnum, the last in my cellar, one of our favorite wines in a successful vintage in the « Right Bank ».
This shows how – pleasantly - dangerous it is to follow a great bottle by a better one, it was the case with this magnum of Petrus 1989, simply the greatest Pomerol. We shared it with true wine lovers used to drink the best wines in the world. Too bad it was my last one but it is true that wine taste better in magnums!
Valandraud 2005 of course very good, but hard to taste afterwards.

Staglin Chardonnay 2006, good wine
Marcassin 2003 California Chardonnay, I prefer « lighter » wines with more « minerality »
Y from Yquem 2006, so different than any wines produced in Bordeaux or elsewhere.
Fleur Cardinale 2005 which, of course, was more than good
Valandraud 2005 again – it was the 2005 series.
Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon 2005, Californian but not too much, almost in a Bordeaux style.
Pétrus 1971, I was waiting for an opportunity to drink this bottle, a total success in this great vintage. A great Pétrus at top maturity. This bottle – with Pétrus 1955, are the 2 wines which proved, after now more than 30 years, that there is THE wine and great wines (it’s a long story).
A Porto, Quinta do Infatado 1995, still a good wine sold at an attractive price.

The other meals were those of the Jurade in Saint Emilion, and Ducru Beaucaillou where superb 1961 and 2008 were served, and the Fête de la Fleur in Château d’Issan.

During Vinexpo, I saw with pleasure many friends or old relationships like Gilles du Pontavice, Jacques Salée and Jo Gryn. Many press articles on our wines and many contacts with old and new customers.
This week, I have a lot to catch up following this week in Vinexpo as well as the release of Pingus, Flor de Pingus and Psi.

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