Prior to my trip to Burgundy in June, I had the opportunity to taste some new Champagnes. Benoit Gouez, the Moët & Chandon chef de cave, presented the 2003 vintage of its Brut Grand Vintage and Brut Rosé Grand Vintage.
In light of our recent restaurant survey , I’d like to share a few of my recent wine service experiences. I was in Buffalo and Ontario earlier this month and dined at two upscale restaurants. On both occasions there were fundamental flaws in the wine service.
Olivier Krug was in New York last week and invited me for a preview taste of the new 1998 vintage Brut Champagne. It will be released in a few months, likely hitting retail shelves and restaurants by September with a retail price of $290.
On my last day in Burgundy’s Côte d’Or, I visited Domaine d’Ardhuy, a family-owned property of 104 acres, including the 7.5-acre Clos des Langres surrounding the ancient press house. The domaine is managed by Carel Voorhuis, who joined d’Ardhuy in 2002 and made his first wines there from the 2003 harvest.
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