Mr. Bardet is a good soul and visionary for the growth of Maison Louis Max wines. The company he runs has an illustrious past.
Founded in 1859 by a Russian immigrant and passed on generation to generation, the name and quality of the wines has withstood the ages. Add an inventive graphic artist, illustrator, Pierre Le Tan (known for his work with the New Yorker) to the field and you have distinctive labels that make the wines of Maison Louis Max stand out from the rest of the playing field.
Labels are a most important ingredient in a wine's presentation, a philosophy that Philippe Bardet follows. After the label comes the true test—what is in the bottle?
One is to show the label off at my not-so-famous dinner parties.
The second is to show the wines to my friends who own retail wine shops, let them sample the wines and ask why don’t they carry these exceptional wines.
Thirdly, I go to many restaurants and pay a corkage fee, then immediately send a glass of wine to the wine steward/sommelier and chef to sample. Maybe that is all that is needed for them to order the wine for the future?
My favorites include:
A true, white Burgundy.
Minearlity and yeast make this an example of what a true, white Burgundy should taste like.
Others that I sampled and enjoyed are:
NUITS SAINTS GEORGES 1er CRU LES DAMODES 2010