After the tasting through the current portfolio of Les Vins IDS with Benjamin Uzan, we continued with other wines. I said then that I would revisit the wines that I and Elie Cohen had collected for this tasting, along with some wines that Ben Sitruk brought, that he sells on his site. I was once again joined by Elie Cohen, Ben Sitruk, and Elie Dayan, a few of the French kosher wine forum members.
To say that Victor wines are an enigma would be an understatement. They are the USA importer of some Taieb’s wines. Other Taieb wines are either imported by Royal Wine (Laurent Perrier) or Andrew Breskin’s Liquid Kosher for the Burgundies.
However, Victor Wines also makes their own wines and there are many of them. The distribution of their wines and the Taieb wines inside the USA is problematic and haphazard at best. Onlinekosherwine.com has started to sell a few. Other than that the ONLY place I have ever seen all the wines or even most of the wines in a single place is the Kosher Kingdom on Aventura BLVD in Miami/Aventura, Florida. Of course, that makes sense since Victor wine’s headquarters is in Hollywood, FL, not far from Miami or Aventura, Florida.
The family that runs Victor Wines has been the in meat and restaurant business for many years according to their website.
Ari Cohen bought a bunch of the wines, ones that were not available at the family’s restaurants. Then we bought the rest of the wines at the restaurant and we were ready to taste them. Overall, I was not impressed. The wineries where they make the wines are not that impressive but I am always looking for good news. Also, Ben brought in some wines, like the WONDERFUL 2010 Chateau Peyrat-Fourthon. Sadly, the 2010 La Demoiselle D’Haut-Peyrat, the second label of Chateau Peyrat-Fourthon, was dead. We also tasted the Chateau Gardut Haut Cluzeau, which is another name for Grand Barrail that I tasted a few times with Nathan Grandjean.
Finally, we had dinner the next night and we brought tons of wines over and there were really only a few wines that were either interesting or new to me and those are also listed below.
Many thanks to Arie Cohen and Ben Sitruk for bringing a couple of wines to taste, including the Chateau Peyrat-Fourthon wines and the Chateau Gardut Haut Cluzeau. Thanks to Jonathan Assayag for bringing a wine I have never tasted to the dinner, the 2005 Chateau Moncets, Lalande de Pomerol. The wine notes follow below – the explanation of my “scores” can be found here:
2010 La Demoiselle D’Haut-Peyrat, Haut-Medoc – Score: NA
Sadly this wine was dead
2015 Chateau Tour Blanche, Medoc – Score: 70
This wine is all over the place, just a pure mess, sad. The fruit and mouthfeel are black with hints of red notes, but besides that, the wine is really not that interesting at all. Sad. Read the rest of this entry
We were invited over to a friend’s of ours house and I brought over a bottle of Saint-Emilion wine. I was really hopeful that the wine would have a good showing, but alas it was not meant to be. Still the evening was awesome. Our friend as usual made food to die for. There was poached fish, lamb stew, roast, and tons of sides. The food was the star of the evening and we really thank her as always for such a warm and friendly home.
The wine notes follow below:
Chateau Tour Des Agasseaux Lussac Saint-Emilion 2001 – Score: B+
The nose on this garnet colored wine is active with cassis, cherry, and a nice dollop of wood. The velvety mouth on this medium to full bodied wine starts with cassis and plums. The mid palate is the problem – it is MIA, really not there. Actually it is a hole and that is its flaw. The finish is long with spice, mint, tobacco, and wood flavors. The loss of the mid palate is a real shame as I was looking forward to better showing by this wine.
Four Gates Cabernet Franc N.V. (Original Release 1997 & 1998 Vintages) – Score: A-
WOW! Just a bit of background. Four Gates has released two N.V. Cabernet Sauvignon vintages in a row. So, to distinguish between the use the cork. A long 2+ inch cork is the telltale sign of the original release (97+98), while a shorter cork is congruent with the later N.V. release. The nose on this garnet and orange tinged wine, is more akin to a Cabernet as is much of the wine’s current attitudes, and is filled with cassis, cherry, and oak. The mouth on this medium to full bodied wine is still electric and velvety with blackberry, raspberry, and cherry flavors. The mid palate has nicely integrated tannins, while the finish is nice with cherry and vanilla. Quite a nice showing for a wine of this age.