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Assorted French wines I had before my travel to KFWE NYC and L.A.

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:

2015 Chateau Rollan de By, Medoc, 2010 Chateau Peyrat-Fourthon, Haut-Medoc, 2015 Chateau Tour Blanche, Medoc, 2010 La Demoiselle D'Haut-Peyrat, Haut-Medoc, 2018 Chateau Gardut Haut Cluzeau

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

This past week’s wine….

We were invited to a friend our ours for Shabbos.  So we brought some bottles and he had quite a few as well.  Here is what I can blog about, because some of the wines we tasted were more experimental – which were one off wines.
2004 Roberto Cohen Sancerre Rouge – Score: B+
We opened this one on Saturday day, and I swore this wine was a bottle of junk.  It was not flawed – but rather overly sharp and acidic.  It tasted like a cup of cherry juice left out over night.  Well we put it in the fridge and the next day – it was wondrous.  Smooth almost velvety.  The nose was packed with cherries, raspberry, vanilla, and a touch of chocolate.  The mouth of the medium bodied wine was flowing with ripe cherries, perfectly smooth, almost caressing like.  The finish could have been longer.  Not an overly complex wine, but the finish had hints of chocolate and wood.  This wine did not taste overly oaked.

2001 Celler de Capçanes Montsant Peraj Ha’Abib – Score: A
This wine is mad.  We opened it Friday night and it was so heavy and overpowering we had to put it to the side.  When we got back to it – the wine was just right.  This wine is a powerhouse.  It starts with an almost non-penetrable purple color.  It is followed up by a nose that is filled with chocolate, mint, ripe plum, vanilla, and lots of oak.  The awesome thing about this wine is that its shoulders are so broad that the high 14.5% alcohol is not even noticed.  The mouth of this full bodied wine is velvety and almost perfectly balanced.  Those nice and tangy tannins are now gone – it feels like we may be at the peak for this wine, but I am sure it has yet more to show off.  The mouth is filled with black plums, raspberries, sweet wood, and tons of vanilla.  The finish is nicely laden with ripe fruit and oak.  The real take away for me about this wine is that it has not lost any of its complexity – it is still filled with layer after layer of fruit, wood, and chocolate that keep come at you long after the wine is finished.  Quite impressive.

2000 Four Gates Chardonnay – Score: A
I have blogged about this one – but it has improved.  I think I gave it a score of A-.  That is old news.  This wine is still a beautiful golden straw color.  The nose is getting stronger.  It is replete with peach, citrus, apricot, creme, and vanilla.  The mouth of medium to full bodied wine is almost velvety smooth but still kicking.  The fruit forward nose flows through to the mouth.  The fresh fruit flavors, peach and citrus are very evident and they are joined with tight wood to make a melodic conversation that is complex with layers – but not annoyingly such that it would get in the way of enjoying it.  The wine is great by itself – but even better with some nice hard cheeses (because of its acidic nature), fish and roasted chicken.  The clean yet complex lines make this a real winner.

2004 Four Gates Chardonnay – Score: A-
The nose on this straw colored wine has lychee, citrus, apple, and wood aromas.  The mouth of this medium bodied wine is filled with citrus, peaches, and lychee.  The wine is complex with sweet wood and spice that play in tandem with each other and make the long finish quite enjoyable.  This wine has filled out since my last tasting.  It continues to get fatter and a bit more buttery.  Nice with heavier foods.

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