Archive for October, 2011

1995 Bordeaux @La Veranda Crowne Plaza

October 27, 2011 Leave a comment

I recently had a lovely dinner at Crowne Plaza’s restaurant La Veranda. The restaurant is already refurbished for some time and it has a new positive, luxury and youthful look. There is also a section called The vineyard, somehow separated from the rest of the restaurant, that is absolutely gorgeous to host wine-dinners or wine related events because it is private, cozy and has a special cellar-like construction in the middle of it filled with fine wines.

I had a 7 courses dinner and had the chance to try two interesting older wines from Bordeaux. Both are coming from the same 1995 vintage and both have a welcoming 12.5% alcohol level: something very rare these days unfortunately.

The dishes as they appeared on the table were:

Tuna Tartare   

With Baby greens and avocado

This was an amazing dish that I absolutely loved. The sesame seeds inside do miracles. Definitely a mandatory dish when you visit La Veranda if you are into fish tartar. It actually went very well with the red wine also, and it emphasized a new dimension: earthier that I could not feel separately into the wine.

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Categories: Bordeaux, France

1990 Clos de Vougeot Guy Castagnier

October 23, 2011 1 comment

Even though I am not new to opening and drinking wines, I continue to be amazed by the miracles of Audouzing a bottle of old wine. The operation with the biggest impact on an old wine is to have a proper aeration that will not damage the wine and will give it exactly the right amount of air: not too much to spoil it, but just enough to bring out the best. The best example is my latest bottle of wine opened on SUN for lunch: a 1990 Clos de Vougeot by Guy Castagnier.

While this is not an extremely old wine, we are still talking about a 21 years old bottle of wine. I easily uncorked the bottle and the cork was less than 1 cm soaked in wine. I poured a sip of wine in a glass and gave it a try to see how the wine feels like. At that point the nose was completely muted, very thin on the palate and with virtually no aftertaste whatsoever. My first thought was that this wine is completely dead.

So I just left the wine in the bottle and put it in a colder place and left it there for about 2 h. Coming back to it after two hours, I found a completely different wine.

1990 Clos de Vougeot Guy Castagnier

Dark red ruby color and very youthful, with no signs of aging. The nose was totally different: well developed, filled with strong primary aromas, youthful, with aromas of red fruits mixed with subtle gamey and spicy flavors. The mix of primary-secondary aromas is really enticing. Lively and medium bodied on the palate, it certainly gain body meanwhile,  well structured and balanced, with a surprising bright acidity; pure red fruits mixed with nutmeg and cinnamon flavors dance on the palate, while the tannins are totally integrated. It ends with a medium plus finish, spicy and with a light touch of grippy tannins in the aftertaste, just enough to remind that there is plenty of life left in it. The wine is surprisingly youthful, subtle and lively. (91/100)

A very nice wine that comes from an excellent 1990 vintage and a Grand Cru vineyard in Burgundy. It accompanied very well a slowly cooked casserole made with autumn vegetables and goose legs.

Categories: Burgundy

2005 Chateau Leoville Poyferre Saint-Julien

October 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Had this wine on FRI evening. Opened it and left it to breath in the bottle for about 2 hours.

2005 Chateau Leoville Poyferre Saint Julien

Blend of 62% Cab sauv, 28% Merlot, 8% Petit verdot, 2% Cab franc. 13.5% alc

Dark red garnet color. The wine continued to open up over 1 h. Initially very closed and not giving up much, it started to open up after a while into a well developed and intense nose, really smoky and mineral: huge pencil shavings and ink aromas, red currant, cassis, green vegetables, cedar and even bacon fat. Beautiful and complex nose with singing Cabernet Sauvignon typicality.

Extremely tight on the palate but very well structured. As much as this wine is closed now on the palate, it has everything in place to become a grand  vin in time. Fully ripen and polished tannins, a velvety mouth-feel and really well balanced. Distinctive flavors of coffee, cocoa, green vegetables and cassis on the palate. Surprisingly mineral and long finish with good grip, and a pleasant cocoa-coffee like bitterness in the aftertaste. (93/100)

This wine needs aging and I firmly believe that even a prolonged decanting would not help much at this stage. The tightness on the palate will not loosen up with aeration. What this wine needs is to be left alone for at least 5 years. The wine definitely has all the ingredients of a really grand vin. The wine’s structure and the overall impression reminded me of the 2000 Chateau Cheval Blanc I had in June this year while having lunch at the property. It can be that good in time.

Comparing the Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2003 I had in October 2010 with the 2005, I can say that by far the 2003 offers more drinking pleasure now.

Categories: Bordeaux, France

(P) Vinuri destinate HoReCa la Festivalul PROVINO

October 21, 2011 Leave a comment

Vinarte, producator cu o traditie de 13 ani pe piata din Romania, participa la Festivalul PROVINO – Vin. Arta. Gastronomie de la Iasi. In Expozitia PROVINO vizitatorii vor putea degusta vinurile Vinarte din Gama Colectie, din care fac parte: Soare, Cabernet Sauvignon; Prince Matei, Merlot; Prince Mircea, Merlot; Cuvee d`Excellence, Riesling sec; Cuvee d`Excellence, Sauvignon blanc; Sirena Dunarii, Riesling dulce; si vinurile din Gama Enoteca: Castel Starmina, Merlot; Castel Starmina, Riesling sec; Castel Starmina, Negru de Dragasani; Castel Starmina, Roze; Castel Starmina, Tamaioasa Romaneasca; Villa Zorilor, Feteasca Neagra, si Villa Zorilor, Merlot.

„Consideram ca Festivalul PROVINO de la Iasi reprezinta o buna oportunitate de promovare a produselor Vinarte pe o piata neexplorata inca, dar care beneficiaza de un mare potential, un excelent prilej de a ne intalni cu reprezentantii HoReCa si consumatorii de vinuri bune, si de a stabili noi contacte de afaceri”, a declarat Costel Cainamisir, Director Comercial la Vinarte.

Vinarte are podgorii situate in trei regiuni prestigioase din Romania: Dealu Mare, Samburesti, Vanju Mare, si produce vinuri nobile, de calitate, cu denumire de origine controlata (DOC). Plantatiile Vinarte includ atat soiuri internationale precum Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, cat  si soiuri locale, autohtone,  care produc vinuri cu un caracter aparte: Feteasca Neagra si Negru de Dragasani.

„Vinarte a facut o serie de investitii atat in partea agronomica cat si in tehnologia centrelor de vinificatie, devenind un nume important in sectorul productiei de vinuri din Romania. Suntem convinsi ca viticultura romaneasca are toate atuurile pentru a-si consolida si releva prestigiul pe piata mondiala. Ca o recompensa a calitatii, in ultimii ani, vinurile Vinarte au obtinut numeroase medalii la concursuri internationale prestigioase”, au precizat reprezentantii Vinarte.

Crama Basilescu prezinta la Festivalul PROVINO vinurile de creatie Golem Alb 2010 si  Golem Rosu 2008, vinuri din gama Basilescu – Feteasca alba – Ancestral 2009, Tamaioasa romaneasca – Autentique 2009, si vinuri din colectia Eclipse selection: Feteasca Neagra 2009, Merlot 2009, Rose 2010 si Busuioaca de Bohotin 2009.

„Numele pe care il poarta crama si succesul pe care l-au avut vinurile facute la Urlati in vremea lui Nicoale Basilescu sunt argumente datorita carora producem si azi vinuri cel putin la fel de bune ca in perioada interbelica. Apreciem intiativa echipei Provino de a culturaliza consumatorul roman de vin, urmarind astfel un scop comun cu cel al producatorului de vinuri”, a precizat Ing. Gabriel Lacureanu, reprezentantul Cramei Basilescu.

Crama Basilescu are plantatii atat la Urlati (60 de hectare – n.r.), zona propice soiurilor rosii, cat si la Pietroasele (40 de hectare – n.r.), o regiune viticola renumita pentru soiurile albe si aromate. Viile de la Urlati produc Feteasca neagra, Cabernet sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot noir, Sauvignon blanc iar cele de la Pietroasele: Busuioaca de Bohotin, Tamaioasa romaneasca, Feteasca alba, Riesling italian.

Categories: Pub

Liliac de la Lechinta

October 21, 2011 8 comments

O noua crama se prefigureaza a-si lansa vinurile in Romania. Deja a aparut un banner gigant pe bulevardul Magheru chiar vis-a-vis de Vodafone. Liliac pe numele ei, este o crama care produce vin la Lechinta, undeva pe langa Targu Mures.

Intrebarea importanta este daca consumatorul de vin din Romania este deschis sa accepte o eticheta care aminteste mai mult de vinurile din lumea noua (motivele animale sau pasarile fiind des intalnite pe etichetele acestor vinuri) sau este inca conservator. Lacerta a mizat pe soparla verde, deci exista deja un precedent, dar fiind inca la inceput de drum este dificil de apreciat daca a fost sau nu o alegere inspirata.

Ce parere aveti ?

Categories: Romania

(P) Conti Grup – Partener de Servicii la PROVINO

October 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Conti Grup, unul dintre cei mai importanti furnizori de echipamente, accesorii si utilaje HoReCa din Romania, este Partener de Servicii al Festivalului PROVINO – Vin. Arta. Gastronomie organizat la Iasi in perioada 3 – 6 noiembrie. Conti Grup asigura linia de bucatarie utilizata de maestri bucatari pentru realizarea show-urilor gastronomice in cadrul salonului exclusivist „Art, Music and Gastronomy”.

„La Festivalul PROVINO vom incerca sa propunem solutii complete, nu ne vom rezuma doar la echipamente individuale. Speram ca factorii de decizie din Horeca sa fie prezenti in numar cat mai mare la acest festival unde ne dorim in primul rand sa cunoastem cat mai multi oameni din domeniu. Implicit, speram sa le captam acestora atentia asupra avantajelor pe care Conti Grup le aduce in piata, stim ce insemna cu adevarat sa “construiesti” HoReCa impreuna si avem toate ingredientele care sa faca un client sa cresca”, a precizat Gabriel Ailoae, proprietar Conti Grup.

La PROVINO vor fi expuse cateva dintre echipamentele Conti Grup, nelipsite din bucatariile restaurantelor de astazi, pornind de la cuptorul cu convectie Retigo, un cuptor din gama Premium, cu o serie de functiuni care pot face diferenta in bucatarie, pana la accesoriile pentru inventarul din bucatarie si din sala de restaurant.

„Garantia calitatii produselor noastre este data de reputatia brandurilor pe care le alegem si distribuim pe piata romaneasca: Fagor Industrial, Winterhalter, Retigo, Zanolli, Aluminox, etc. Obiectivul nostru principal este sa abordam personal fiecare proiect in parte, indiferent de complexitatea sau simplitatea lui si sa ii asiguram succesul. In ceea ce priveste piata din judetul Iasi, consideram ca zona de gastronomie este tot mai diversificata si mai sofisticata, unele din restaurantele de aici fiind recunoscute in toata tara. Vinul bun merge cel mai bine cu o mancare de calitate, pentru aceasta consideram ca orasul Iasi poate oferi Festivalului PROVINO valoarea de care ar trebui sa se bucure”, a adaugat reprezentantul Conti Grup.

Categories: Pub

Vinul, investitie la fel de sigura ca aurul

October 14, 2011 11 comments

In revista din Septembrie a aparut un articol despre subsemnatul si investitia in vin. Un articol de Vali Ceafalau cu poze din pivnita mea. Puteti accesa articolul intreg la urmatorul link:

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