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C’est les vacances!2018/7/19

 

Where to go and what to do if you are heading to Provence this summer.

Today’s destination: the city of Arles and its photography festival!

 

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Arles is one of the most culturally active city in the south of France. Many cultural festivals and events proceed there each year for the greatest satisfaction of thousands of art and traditions lovers.

The International Photography Festival known as “Les Rencontres d’Arles” was created by Lucien Clergue , Jean-Maurice Rouquette and Michel Tournier in 1968. More than forty years later this festival is definitively, the most important event around photography in the whole world.

 

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Usually organized around more than 50 events installed in various exceptional patrimonial places of Arles, Les Rencontres d’Arles (in English the Meetings of Arles) , each summer in July, intend to contribute to transmit the world photographic inheritance and also want to be the crucible of contemporary creation by the discovery of young talented photographers.

 

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Thanks to a demanding programming directed by talented François Hebel and a challenging public, the Rencontres d’Arles explore the current stakes of photography and attest capacity of this medium and importance of the figure of the photographer, witness of the world which surrounds it.

 

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How does it work?

The main event is during the first week of exhibition with official opening of all of the events, in the city and in the Parc des Ateliers.
During this first week the day end by a night screening in the Roman Theater..
After the first week you can visit during 3 months the most important exhibitions in the city and in the Parc des Ateliers.

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One unmissable place to visit is holding every year is the Espace van Gogh.
Originally built in the sixteenth century as Arles main hospital and it remained as such well into the twentieth. It’s major claim to fame is that it was here that Van Gogh was committed after the infamous episode of cutting off his left earlobe in December 1888.
The courtyard has been extensively planted out to resemble as closely as possible his famous painting “Le Jardin de l’Hôtel de Dieu”.
The complex now houses the town library as well as exhibition spaces, shops and a cafe.

Information :
Rencontres d’Arles
10 rond point des Arènes
13200 Arles

www.rencontres-arles.com

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Today’s wine: Les Hauts Lieux Châteauneuf du Pape 2012, Domaine de la Vieille Julienne.2018/7/9

AOP Châteauneuf du Pape

 

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With only 6,000 bottles produced, the Les Hauts Lieux is a rare and fantastic wine treasure. Jean-Paul Daumen, the winemaker, selects grapes from the highest terraces in the vineyard Cabrieres, and uses no sulfur during the winemaking process, only adding a small amount immediately prior to bottling. Fermented in cement tanks and aged in large oak casks, this wine is meant to showcase place and region before stylistic winemaking choices.

Grapes varieties: 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 10% Cinsault, 5% Counoise

Soil: higher slopes facing North, made of a mix from Miocene, Helvetian and Villafranchienne. Influence of clay soils. Covered with pebbles from Villafranchienne terrace.

 

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Average age of the vines: 70 years

Yield: 20hl/ha

Farming methods: certified organic, and biodynamic agriculture, vines are co-planted. Treated with copper and so2, organic herbal teas.

Vinification: harvested entirely by hands. First sorting at the vineyard, second sorting at the cellar right after arrival.
Natural years only, no SO2 added, fermentation for 20 days. Light extraction to respect the grapes.

Elevage: 1 year in oak barrels and 6 months in bottles.

Bottling: no fining, no filtering, 2mg of so2 added
Total so2: 40mg/l

Serving temperature: 16-18 degrees
Decant for 2 hours prior to drinking

Time to drink: from now now through 2030

Tasting notes:
Dense, luscious, and brooding, this wine has aromas of rich berry compote, candied rose petal, and fruit liqueur. On the palate, anise and black tea notes are accompanied by a graphite spine and boysenberry pie flavors, with a full bodied and voluptuous mouthfeel and a long, mineral finish.

To enjoy with: Rich gamebirds like pheasant, guineafowl, or pigeon accompanied by caramelized roast carrots, potatoes, and beets are delightful when eaten next to a rich, full-bodied Chateauneuf Du Pape such as this.

 

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Parker comments and points: 93:More firm and backwards, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Hauts Lieux is a longer-term prospect. Big minerality, dark fruits, iron, steel and licorice all emerge from the glass. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, edgy and concentrated, with building tannin. Give this beauty 4-5 years in the cellar and enjoy through 2032. It should be one of the longest lived efforts in the vintage. Jean-Paul Daumen continues to fashion some of the top wines of the vintage, in just about every vintage. We started the tasting with his 2013s and these have to be considered successes in the vintage. Finishing up harvest on October 17th, the wines have classic Vieille Julienne characters, as well as good concentration and ripe tannic structure. I think they’ll be some of the longest-lived wines in the vintage. Looking at the 2012s, these are stunning wines that show the more structured, age-worthy side to the vintage. While I normally prefer the Hauts Lieux, the 2012 les Trois Sources has more flesh and texture at this point. Either way, both are superb and warrant a place in your cellar. In addition, his Daumen label continues to offer serious bang for the buck.

 

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Today’s wine: Les 3 Sources Châteauneuf du Pape 2014, Domaine de la Vieille Julienne.2018/7/5

AOP Châteauneuf du Pape

 

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Grapes varieties: 70% Grenache, 10% Cinsault, 5% Syrah, 5% Counoise, 5% Mourvèdre, 5% divers

Vineyard: 5,9 ha

Soil: mid height slopes facing North, made of a mix from Miocene, Helvetian and Villafranchienne. Covered with pebbles from Villafranchienne terrace. Molassic yellow sands.

 

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Average age of the vines: 75 years

Yield: 26hl/ha

Farming methods: certified organic, and biodynamic agriculture, vines are co-planted. Treated with copper and so2, organic herbal teas.

Vinification: harvested entirely by hands. First sorting at the vineyard, second sorting at the cellar right after arrival.
Natural years only, no SO2 added, fermentation for 20 days. Light extraction to respect the grapes.

Elevage: 1 year in oak barrels and 6 months in bottles.

Bottling: no fining, no filtering, 2mg of so2 added

Serving temperature: 16-18 degrees

Time to drink: between 10 to 15 years

Tasting notes:
color: dark red, clear robe.
nose: good clarity, pepper, raspberry, damson plum, comes with good heart, and a charming curve to it.
palate: juicy, very enjoyable – here is the finesse of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, with early silk, ease of flow, then a second stage of flowers. This is very fine, has attractive, belle balance, good late detail. This has a Pinote nature!

To enjoy with: grilled lamb in a pepper sauce, game birds, black truffle linguine pasta.

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Next wine tasting!2018/6/14

Summer is approaching!

 

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Come and enjoy refreshing wines at aVin next wine tasting this Sunday 17th of June, from 1pm to 6pm at Studio Itto, Meguro.
Entrance: ¥2000 deductible from the first bottle purchased.

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http://studiolamomo.com/itto1f/info/access/

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Today’s wine: Les Fleurs de Mai 2016, Domaine Georges Vernay2018/6/8

 

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Moving to the reds from this estate and aged in old barrels, the 2016 IGP Fleurs de Mai is a layered, beautiful 100% Syrah from the Northern Rhône that offers lots of blackberries, olives and peppery, even floral characteristics; it has medium-bodied richness, sweet tannin and a great finish. Complex with nice freshness.
Excellent acidic line and tender tannins. Such a long, aromatic finish! Pushes all the Syrah buttons. Pure pleasure.

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Origin : Northern Rhône Valley, Collines Rhodaniennes IGP

Les Fleurs de Mai is 100% Syrah grown on the hills just above the Condrieu appellation boundary, within the Collines Rhodaniennes IGP. This is a happy hunting ground for many good-value reds and whites.

SO2: 21mg/l

Viticulture : Organic
Harvest : Manually harvested at maturity, the grapes are then loaded & transported to the cellar in cases.

Vinification: The grapes are first de-stemmed and then placed into temperature controlled stainless steel vats for a fermentation of between 2 to 3 weeks.
Élevage: In oak vats for 8 months.

Vines years average: 50 years old

Vineyards: Mature vines planted on the plateau adjacent
to the Condrieu appellation.
Annual Production: 5,000 bottles

 

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Bottling: without fining or filtration
to eat with: Veal and olive stew
Service Temperature: 16-17° C
Vol: 13,5% vol
To drink: from now until 2021

Bottle Size: 0,75l
Price: ¥2,478

 

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