Our "Lombardi Trophy" Winner
Pietro’s (232 East 43rd Street in NYC) wins the “Lombardi Trophy” for steak restaurants. Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers were the most dominant football team ever and they did it the old-fashioned way. “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing. You don’t do things right once in a while – you do things right all the time.”
Day in – day out – year in – year out – Pietro’s delivers. Their steak for two, lamb chops, shellfish, salads, chicken parmigiana, chopped steak, “the football” Chicken Pietro are all great. The service is professional – no fumbles or interceptions. Regulars and newcomers are treated exactly the same. Sal, John, and Billy are the owners and they are working at the restaurant every day.
Because Pietro’s excels at Italian food, as well as steaks, chops, and fish, it is a perfect venue to explore the “voices of the earth.” Pietro’s has a $25 corkage fee and has agreed to extend a fabulous service to our community. VDLT can deliver wine to Pietro’s so it is waiting for you when you arrive. Soon you will be able to order any wine from VDLT (with a few days’ notice), and it will be on your table at Pietro’s when you arrive. A truly wonderful convenience. JOIE DE VIVRE!! And like most real joie de vivre, it’s affordable. VDLT wine is so attractively priced that adding $25 to its cost makes it still less than half the price of restaurant wine, as well as twice as good.
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THE BEST SANDWICH EVER IS…
We once smuggled Schatzie’s standing rib roast into France, and it brought Gerard Boyer, Michelin three-star chef and Bibi, chef at L’Ami Louis in Paris, to their knees. This meat is meticulously selected at the market and belongs on every food lover’s bucket list. For those of you from Missouri (the Show Me state), we suggest that you go to Schatzie’s (555 Amsterdam Avenue at 87th St) this Saturday at noon. For $15, this wonderful meat on the best French baguette in America is yours. Our Super Bowl parties are standing room only, so we cook a few of Schatzie’s standing rib roasts and buy many baguettes. We have the best time ever eating the best sandwich ever.
Ooopps!! Almost forgot the magic – Domaine Drouhin-Laroze’s Gevrey Chambertin 2008 and the beef are a marriage made in heaven.
* * * * * 2012 Accomplishments * * * * *
~ The Wine Lover’s "Dream Trip," plus 16 wonderful gourmet food prizes ~
~ Burghound dinner at Vic & Anthony’s ~
~ Drouhin-Laroze vertical tasting of three vintages of 5 Grand Crus and 4 Premier Crus ~
~ Our introduction of 3 Voix de la Terre private labels: Rose Champagne, Chablis, and Chablis Vaulorent ~
~ The Hackley School alumni tasting dinner ~
~ The Font du Loup tasting dinner at Catherine’s Restaurant in Goshen, NY ~
~ Posting of the corkage policy for 500 NYC restaurants ~
~ VDLT wines tasted on the Snooth Webcast ~
* * * * * There Is No Wealth But Life * * * * *
VDLT is proud, but not satisfied with its 2012 accomplishments. These will be the building blocks for the vision we have for our community. Joie de vivre is not a birthright of the rich. In fact, it eludes most of them. Joie de vivre is smelling every flower. Joie de vivre is understanding that the truth is in your glass, not Robert Parker's, Allen Meadows', or Raphael's. Joie de vivre, like happiness, is not a destination; it's a way of traveling. VDLT's current tools and events will constitute our dance floor. Enjoying food and wine with family and friends is one of life's greatest pleasures. Sharing these experiences, as well as ideas that enhance them, is VDLT's recipe for pursuing joie de vivre.
CAVU…ceiling and visibility unlimited.
These are the introductory words from a video we made of the tasting party VDLT had for Philippe Colin on April 15, 2011. His spectacular wines outshined Philippe's warm smile and easy manner. Experts and novices, we were all totally spellbound by these gems. The simple but wonderfully energetic Bourgogne, the Village Chassagne-Montrachet clearly was beyond anyone's expectations and the climb from the Premier Cru Chenevottes to the Puligny- Montrachet and finishing on the tip-top of Everest with the Chevalier-Montrachet was so thrilling that it left us breathless.
Wine Spectator above is telling the world what we all learned on that magical evening. VDLTwine.com is particularly pleased to notice the average retail price for the 2009 Chevalier-Montrachet is $270 while our price is $175.
Extraordinary Wine at Excellent Prices
- Available in bottle, 6-pack and 12-pack pricing -
Bourgogne Chardonnay 2009
Saint-Aubin Les Combes 2009
Chassagne-Montrachet Les Vergers 2008
Chassagne-Montrachet La Maltroie 2009
Puligny-Montrachet Les Demoiselles 2007
Marvelous spent just $198 on wine for the Queen's dinner at 525 East 80th. He ordered the Platinum Kit 3 – a special 3-pack from vdltwine.com. The Voix de la Terre Champagne need not be ordered as it is always in the fridge.
Immediately after the toast, Lenard's tantalizingly delicate fried shrimp will be passed and for sure there will be a quiet hum of approval and contentment. After guests are seated Leonard "Marvelous" Sampson will serve his fluffy scrambled eggs and salmon topped with caviar and accompanied by Philippe's Colin 2009 Chassagne-Montrachet Les Vergers. No doubt this wine is already amongst the Queen's favorite as Colin's wines are highly regarded in England. Those new to the wine will marvel at its freshness and burst of citrus zest all wrapped in elegance.
Steak at the Chief's is rarely matched on any continent thanks to Schatzie the Butcher. Drouhin-Laroze's Grand cru 2007 Latricieres-Chambertin is a majestic wine more than capable of partnering with Schatzie's voluptuous prime meat. It is impossible to intake this wine without thinking how beautiful life is.
Marvelous will call Coogie and Michael at Ideal Cheese to plan one of their wonderful cheese courses with gems from all over the globe. The third wine in the 3-pack is Dubreuil-Fontaine's Grand cru 2008 Corton-Charlemagne which is as precise as a Swiss watch however remarkably generous. This magnificent wine will stand up to…in fact even enhance the most diversified cheese course.
Writing this fun email fills us with pride in not just this 3-pack but for all the VDLT's wines. Thanks Raphael – You Are a Treasure!!
Live Life… "Smell the Garlic"!
Escargots the size of golf balls!!!
L'Ami Louis 1986…The enticing aroma of butter and garlic peaks as the pyramid of escargots are set before us – the Chief insists that Scott and Pat experience at least one of these gems before ruling them out of their life forever. When the Chief returns from talking with Antoine, Louis, and Bibi – yes, you guessed it – the heavenly escargots are all gone.
The Moral of the Story is:
1. You learn more by saying yes than no
2. A coward dies a million deaths – a hero but one
3. The Chief loves to share good food and wine with friends and loved ones.
The Chief now begs – no, insists – that you buy one VDLT 3-pack – it might change the way you buy wine forever. Just one 3-pack (like the escargots) will teach newcomers the quality and value of VDLTWINE. 3-packs are also perfect for seasoned members to economically explore more of the "voices of the earth" in search of favorites.
Additionally 3-packs make delicious gifts and we can add personal cards. The Chief has served each and every one of these wines in his home and everyone knows the level of effort and pride that goes into an evening at 525. By now you should have clicked 3 PACK KIT and started selecting your kit. Just throw a dart – they are all winners!
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Tasting great grand cru and premier cru wines is a pleasure! Drinking them in several varied vintages is even more unusual!! Drinking them with their famous maker is remarkable!!!
Philippe and Christine shall be present at a tasting of their wines on April 10th at 525 East 80th Street (PHB) from 6 pm to 10 pm. A buffet dinner will be available.
Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 2006, 2007, 2009
Clos de Bèze Grand Cru 2006, 2007, 2008
Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru 2008
Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2007, 2008, 2009
Latriciéres-Chambertin Grand Cru 2008, 2008
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Craipillot 2008, 2009
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Au Closeau 2008
Chambolle-Musigny 2008, 2009
Gevrey-Chambertin 2008, 2009
VDLT is privileged and delighted to host an event of this magnitude. Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 877-SIP-VDLT.
The most difficult thing about wine is to discover, and fast, what kind of wine lover you are. If you have heard about the Domaine Rousseau in Gevrey-Chambertin, or about the Château Rayas in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, you better know that when I started as a professional in the world of wine, at the beginning of the year 1995, nobody was interested in those wines, nobody, and I found the door wide open at Rousseau, where I started buying with the vintage 1994. Rayas came a little later as I was not in charge of the Rhône Valley, my partner during those years, was.
Rousseau wines were left aside as Denis Mortet or Philippe Charlopin took over, pleasing the wine critics, through their more concentrated, extracted and oaky wines.
Emmanuel Reynaud, of Château Rayas, went out of fashion during the nineties, as his wines were not concentrated enough to perform during worldwide blind wine tastings, also because wines had the reputation to be much better when his uncle was doing them. It is funny to notice that several “major” wines his uncle did, were actually made by him, like the 1998 or the 2001, as Jacques Reynaud died suddenly in 1997.
Fundamentally, Eric Rousseau or his father Charles, Emmanuel Reynaud and his uncle, have been doing similar wines for the last fifty years, it is the world that has changed around them, they have remained faithful to a traditional approach of wine and, when show business has taken over wine tradition, they have found themselves ousted from the wine nomenclature.
When they were considered to be the best, in the sixties and seventies, people use to open bottles after a minimum of ten years of cellaring, but, at the end of the nineties, the world of wine became similar to the world of fashion, something new had to happen every year. In the course of less than fifteen years, wines have been successively over-oaked, then over extracted and finally over-ripe.
Today, wines have come back to their original function, please the nose and the palate and be drunk till the last drop. That is why the good old classics are back in town.
What is the purpose of this short story?
Enhance the fact that you can like a wine nobody searches for. You only need to have a clear vision of what you want and, even more, of what you don’t want.
A 100 points wine is only a trophy if the wine does not speak to you. A 91 points wine is marvelous if it displays the kind of aromas that you like, if it sings a melody you want to listen to, if its sensuality meats yours. I do not want to drink the wines of Bernard Magrez, owner of Château Pape-Clément* and Château Fombrauge* among several other estates, even if I had them for free. They do not meet my esthetic or cultural criteria; I reject their conception (I also condemn, but this has nothing to do with the subject, the confusion they produce in the consumers mind about what a French wine should or should not be).
Ducru-Beaucaillou, Figeac or Haut-Batailley, are some of the referential Bordeaux wines for my taste. Vintage after vintage, freshness, complexity, precision and elegance, which are the four most important words in my wine vocabulary, have always been there: Through the scorching heat of 2003, through the amazing volume and power of 2009, through the delicacy and class of the vintage 2004, through the slick, almost skeletal structure of the vintage 2008, every time, balance has been achieved and harmony has been reached. I understand Leoville-Las-Cases can deliver here and there almost perfect wines, but, whether the wine is perfect or not, it does not talk to me, I pass my turn, I find it boring, I say I, not you. I have never liked Cos d’Estournel and I feel perfectly fine not having one in my cellar, and if it gets 200 points, I couldn’t care less. I leave the bottles to those who can enjoy them, so what?
That is what I want you to obtain from yourselves, a conscious choice. I love the wines of Drouhin-Laroze, I love the wines of François Mikulski, I love the wines at Domaine Arlaud and at Domaine Cécile Tremblay. I taste the wines of Domaine Trapet, I understand how refined they are, but they lack a little strength, I understand the wines of Roulot, but I find the expression of the different plots he has, too similar, a little like if the wine method overpowered the soil expression. I hear people talking about blasphemy, I don’t care, and I am free.
Price also is an issue, and a big one. Haut-Batailley is on my list as, not only do I like what the wine has to say, but I also appreciate the fact that I will not hesitate to open bottles to please my friends, as its price is SO reasonable.
Availability is also an issue. I don’t want to pay 8 times the price Jean-François Coche-Dury charges for his wines, as, if it is true he is a great producer of Meursault, he is certainly not five times greater than Mikulski, not even two, and maybe, in a real blind tasting, which means the same level of wine and the same vintage, I bet most of the people that pretend to know so much, would be deeply embarrassed.
Madoff was once a superman but the world discovered it was all fake. Ausone* 2001 is not a great wine even if it is supposed to be the wine of the vintage for you know who. Cheval Blanc 2001 same, Latour 2001 same again. If the wines were tasted blind, things would be different, as the truth is only in the glass.
You too, feel free, taste what we have to offer, compare with what you can find here and there, and go for what you have decided is good for you.
* I usually admire what Ausone achieves, but not in 2001. I have tasted two or three vintages of Pape-Clément that I have liked, especially lately, but I have a long record of vintages I have deeply disliked. Fombrauge, and especially the Cuvée known as
Magrez-Fombrauge is exactly the kind of wine I have no intention to ever drink.