2012 January


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    2012 January


    Pieroth Newsletter January 2012

    Quotation of the Month
    Men are like wine - some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age
    Pope John XXIII
    Zodiac of the Month-Aquarius


     January, 21 – February, 19



    I know



    Those born under the sign of Aquarius not only march to a different drummer, they make up new music as they go along. They are 'mind oriented' individuals, whose thoughts never stop tick-tocking over. Because of their high focus on intellectual exploration, many inventors, eccentrics and highly original trailblazers are born under this sign. Their intense ability to live on many mental levels, holds both pain and pleasure for Aquarians. For example, in the American Hall of Fame there are more Aquarians than any other sign, yet statistics reveal that in mental institutions there are more Aquarians than any other sign too. Many extremes can surround this sign and these extremes can take them to both heaven and hell.

    But in everyday terms, most Aquarians are extremely humanitarian and often involved in social programs that assist others. They can also be objective in judgement, for they never let their emotions get in the way. Outgoing and amiable, Aquarians attract friends wherever they go and those whom Aquarians befriend have their unswerving loyalty.

    Aquarians are the zodiac's most mysterious and unusual people - and no two are anything alike. Those born under this sign - ruled by innovative and non-conformist Uranus - march to the beat of their own drum. They see life in a different way. Others quite frequently think their habits and ideas are eccentric or crazy in some way, but it is this uniqueness that makes them so special. The Aquarian mind is extremely quick and they never seem to stop thinking (it is interesting to note that many born under this sign suffer from insomnia.) Aquarians usually have strong political, environmental or social beliefs. But whether it is a relationship, career or cause - Aquarians are happiest when they have "something" to believe in and nurture.

    Wine recommendation




    ...willing to take risks

    ...stimulating effects

    Famous Aquarians

    Abraham Lincoln

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Oprah Winfrey

    Zsa Zsa Gabor


    Women's Power in Wine Making

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    Baron’Arques and Boizel - A press Conference, Walk-in Tasting & Dinner

    On November 29th 2011, a walk-in tasting and dinner for the press was held at Ark Hills Club to announce the exclusive distribution of Domaine de Baron’ Arques by Pieroth Japan and attended by Mr. Vincent Montigaud, a director of Domaine de Baron’ Arques.
    The event was also used mark the occasion of Madam Evelyne Roques-Boizels visit, who is an owner of Champagne Boizel.
    The following wines were served at the walk-in tasting.

    Wine List
    Boizel Champagne Brut Réserve
    Boizel Champagne Rosé Bruts
    Boizel Champagne Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay
    Boizel Champagne Brut Ultime
    '02, ‘00 Boizel Champagne Brut Millésime
    '00 Boizel Champagne Cuvée Sous Bois
    '96, ’95 Boizel Champagne Joyau de France
    '00 Boizel Champagne u de France Rosé
    '09 Domaine de Baron'Arques Chardonnay
    '08, ’07, ’04, ’03 Domaine de Baron'Arques

    Mr. Uehara, Grand Chef of Ark Hills Club, and the sommelier Mr. Kawahara coordinated the menu for us with the objective of matching it with Boizel and Baron’Arques wines.

    Boizel Champagne Brut Ultime
    Boizel Champagne Rosé Brut
    Sushi : Sea Bream, Rosy Sea Bass and Salmon Roe

    1996 Boizel Champagne Joyau de France
    Steamed Roll Cabbage with Canard Foie Gras 
    Coarse Salt and Mignonnette with Foie Gras

    2009 Baron’ Arques Chardonnay
    Pan-fried Homard Lobster with Green Asparagus and Eggplant Confit, and American Sauce, Cappuccino-style

    2004 Baron’ Arques
    Roast Beef Tenderloin, Red Wine Sauce French Mushrooms and Autumn

    2000 Boizel Champagne Joyau de France Rosé
    Red Berry Pie and Raspberry Sherbet

    Coffee and Petit Four

    Among 3 kinds of sushi, sea bream matched with Boizel Champagne Brut Ultime the most perfectly. Ultime that is non dose matches with white meat that has adequate fat. With Rose, rosy sea bass matched the best.
    1996, also well known as the best vintage in the century, is well concentrated and intense; you surely want to drink at least once in lifetime. This wine was matched with Steamed Roll Cabbage with Canard Foie Gras and Coarse Salt and Mignonnette with Foie Gras. This dish did not have any sauce but enjoyed lightly with coarse salt and pepper. This is a memorable dish as it was the signature dish of Chef Alain Senderens of Restaurant Lucas Carton in Paris, a three star winner of Michelin. Grand Chef Mr. Uehara trained at the restaurant and he successfully revived the real flavor on the plate.

    Baron’ Arques Chardonnay astonishingly matched with Foie Gras terrine. Roundness, weight, and temperature balanced very well with the terrine. It was indeed a indescribable  matching.

    Baron’ Arques red that went through 7-year aging was served with roast beef tenderloin. Grand Chef Mr. Uehara wanted Mr. Vincent Montigaud to taste and enjoy Japanese beef, so he selected Japanese black cattle for this dish. In order to match with the age of wine, the dish had two kinds of mushrooms and cepe, as well as Yacon which contains considerable polyphoenol like red wines.

    We thank Grand Chef Mr. Uehara and Mr. Kawahara who paid attention to the very details to create the perfect marriage for this dinner. The professionalism of all the Ark Hills Club staffs touched our hearts.
    We thank you all again very much for your proficient service!


    From left, Ms. Naomi Kawashima, Mr. Laurent Faivre (Managing Director and Representative Director of Pieroth Japan), Madam Evelyne Roques-Boizel, Mrs. Faivre

    From left; Madam Evelyne Roques-Boizel, Mr. Laurent Faivre, Ms. Naomi Kawashima, Mr. Vincent Montigaud

    Madam Evelyne Roques-Boizel and Mr. Kawahara


    Winery of the Month

    Languedoc : France’s oldest wine-producing region

    2,500 years ago, the Phocean, founders of Marseille, colonized the peoples of Mediterranean sea-board. The Greeks taught the Gauls to appreciate wine, the Romans taught them how to cultivate the vine. Thus, the Languedoc vineyard came into being at the crossroads of two cultures. It flourished due to the combination of a mild climate and human skills. The Roman historian Livy speaks of “wines of light”.

    Wine-growing monks

    In the middle ages, religious orders built their houses only in places where vines would grow easily. Each abbey in Languedoc has its own vineyard and cellars, some of them famous, such as the one at Saint-Hilaire where the technique for making the sparkling wine of Limoux was discovered.

    Limoux : a Languedoc vineyard with its own identity

    An exceptional situation

    Domaine de Baron’Arques, since 1998, belongs to Baroness Philippine de Rothschild and her two sons.

    Situated in the commune of Saint=Polycarpe, near Limoux in the Aude department, it used to be called Domaine de Lamber. A very ancient estete, it belonged to the Abbey of Saint-Polycarpe in the 17th century.

    At the revolution, the estate was sold at public cution to a Mr. Estribaud-Gaure from Carcassone for 19,300 livres. “Lambert Farm comprises buildings, a yard,, fields, vines, cultivated and uncultivated land”, the whole covering just over 81 hectare (200 acres).

    After subsequently passing through several hands, Domaine de Lambert was sold in 1875 to Michek Tesseyre. As the deed of sale recores, there were then “three pairs of oxen, three horses, a mare and 150 sheep” at Lambert.

    At the time, the estate covered 103 hectares (254 acres), still its current size. The Tessyre family soon stopped rearing sheep, preferring to extend the vineyard. 47 hectares (116 acres) were under vines by 1910, the same as today.

    The house, with its terrace and garden, was built between 1890 and 1900.

    In 1998, Mr. Chereau, a Marseilles lawyer and heir of the Domaine, sold it to Baroness Philippine de Rothschild and her two sons. The thress entrusted management of the Domaine to the family compaby, Baron Philippe de Rothschild.

    The estate was in very poor condition, calling for extensive renovation of the vineyard and winemaking facilities, process that took five years.








    Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA, wishing to assert its presence in Languedoc without having to wait for the renovation work to be complete, concluded a partnership with Vignerons du Sieur d’Arques to produce a high-quality red wine in the region. The wine is made from selection of grapes supplied by Vignerons du Sieur d’Arques and it is vinified under the supervison of Baron Philippe de Rothschild’s winemakers. It was called Baron’Arques, after the names of the two partners. Three vintages of Baron’Arques were marketed: 1998, 1999, and 2000.


    The renovation of Domaine de Lambert was nearing completion, heralding the disappearance of the Baron’Arques brand. However, as the name had become familiar to consumers, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild decided that it should be kept: Domaine de Lamber, in which Vignerons du Sieur d’Arques have a minority shareholding, therefore became Domaine de Baron’Arques.

    Wine & Food -

    Grilled Lambs with Salted Kelp Mint Sauce and Mas d’en Gil Clos Fonta

    It is not yet officially authorized, but it is well known that Mas d’en Gil is a biodynamic-oriented producer. They are famous for not only wines but also for their olive oils. They perform vineyard works and cellar jobs based on Moon Calendar. This calendar is very useful in deciding the best day to drink wines. According to the calendar, wines seem to taste delicious on fruit days and flower days. Mrs. Marta Rovira, a member of family who owns the winery, presented me with the calendar, and I carry it all the time to figure out which day is good to drink wines.

    04 Clos Fonta is still young but it has already shown the genuine potential. Complicated nose with the hint of spice, ripe fruit, along with smooth sweet tannins are the characteristics of this wine.

    When thinking about which meat to match with Clos Fonta, I think red meat is preferable. I have been eating lambs since when I was a child. Knowing carnitine, inherent in lamb, helps burn the bodies fat, I have been eating it more often these days. Seasoning first with salt, herbs, and black peppers, and then grilling, this simple style is already delicious. But this time, I made this simple sauce for the grilled lamb.

    I have tried to match this salted kelp used in the sauce with Australian wine before, and I discovered that this kelp match perfectly with full body red. Adding the sauce that has salted kelp also known as the best friend of full body red to grilled lamb, I fully assure you that this goes well with Clos Fonta. Salted kelp has strong UMAMI and is a very useful ingredient.

    Another ingredient in this sauce is mint. In England, they eat lambs with mint sauce, and this was a hint for my sauce recipe. And the outcome was very successful and satisfactory.

    Grilled Lamb with Salted Kelp Mint Sauce 




    Herb de Provence

    Black Pepper



    Salted kelp (minced) 1 large spoon

     ( I chose the one from Oguraya Yamamoto)

    Pepper mint (minced) 2-3 tea spoons

    Olive oil to your taste


    Season the lamb with salt and black pepper. Sprinkle Herb de Provence. Grill on a grill pan or a fish grill until the fat portion gets nice brown color, and then turn it over. Please be careful not to grill too much. After grilling the other side for 1 minute, place it on a plate and cover it with tinfoil to leave it for another 5-7 minutes.

    Make the sauce by mixing the minced salted kelp, pepper, mint and olive oil.

    Text by Mami Whelehan.

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