Le Petit Ballon Wine Review: September 2017
The Man behind every bottle of Petit Ballon brilliance is Master sommelier Jean-Michel Deluc. Originally from Gers in France, Jean-Michel began his journey of wine discovery here is England studying for five years to become a sommelier. With this duel perspective, Jean-Michel’s expertise and knowledge continued to grow and develop. International acclaim was inevitable for Jean-Michel, by 1990 achieving Master sommelier status, in 1994 becoming the Head Sommelier at the Ritz in Paris and from 2003 – 2006 presiding over the Paris-Île-de-France Sommeliers’ Association. Recognition was achieved, in the US Starwine competition, that brings together the top 60 tasters in the world, where Jean-Michel was recognised as one of the best tasters in the world.
The brand in collaboration with more than 400 skilled winemakers are at the heart of every bottle of Petit Ballon wine, one big family, who share an appreciation, love and passion for innovative and traditional wines. Their mission is, “to continuously discover new winemakers so that every month is a discovery with the opening of a new box” Now, I know who I trust choosing my wines, do you?
The subscription service is not just about receiving two bottles of wine direct to your door each month, it is about a journey of wine discovery in the comfort of your own home. The Grape Expectations box includes 2 bottles of wine, that have personally been given Jean-Michel’s seal of approval, a taster card for each bottle of wine providing facts, tasting notes and food parings. Also, ‘The Gazette’ magazine which encompasses the main theme of the box, this month being ‘Crafty Cocktails’ which was packed to the rafters with food recipes, cocktail concoctions and one of my fav features was the cocktail tips and tricks, I shall be taking note.
Château Val Joanis, Les Merises 2015, a quality velvety looking wine, with amazing aromas of chocolate, cherry, smoke, pepper, black fruits and licorice, tasted smooth and balanced, which paired up perfectly with a cheeseboard. 8 Place du marché, 8 Place du Marché 2015, a metallic golden coloured wine with a fresh citrusy fruity aroma, with tasted of a hint of English tea and white mint to tantalise the taste buds. Fresh, fun and ideal for making and shaking up a refreshing cocktail or two.
Wonderful wines, chosen with a wealth of experience and knowledge, delivered direct to your door, become part of the Petit Ballon family and savor every moment.
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