A friend and wine importer from Munich and his colleague came to taste a few wines at the Essentiel today among which were Bad Boy 2011 and 2012, the organic Chateau Vieux Poirier 2011, Domaine des Sabines 2011, Clos du Beau Père 2011, Les Dentelles 2007, Virginie de Valandraud Blanc 2011 and Bad Girl 2009.
A visit of our vines at Valandraud and the winery where we are currently putting Valandraud 2011 in bottles. A taste of the wine being bottled, from the tank and just a quick taste to gage the 2013 vintage (These guys are professionals), a taste before the malolactic fermentation from the barrel: Virginie de Valandraud 2013, pressed cabernet sauvignon, followed by a barrel of merlot - It was superb. Then a taste from the tanks of a selection for our 3rd wine, not as sexy at the moment but all of our knowledge and our goodwill with these nice new barrels and some time will see it right. If not then it will be 'declassified' as even our 3rd wines, sold at the same price as some crus classés, need to be on par.
A meal at home with just a drop of our new Bad Boy Gold 2004 opened the day before, followed by a very nice Trotanoy 2005 with truffles then sirloin and potatoes. Dessert was the usual, Gateau Basque from Lopez and coffee.
Thursday 6 Feb 2014