Martin Boetz and Sam Christie started Mongrain in Surry Hills, Sydney 15 years ago and branched out in Melbourne a few years later. Two years ago, Martin left Mongrain to concentrate his fledgling Cooks' Co-op produce business centred around a rural property he lives on near Sackville, on the Hawkesbury River - not far from our friends at Willowbrae Cheese - and supplying a raft of other successful restaurants in and around Sydney. It is a great space and I was lucky to be invited to this trade only event, thanks to my good friends at Prince Wine Store, Philip Rich and Jon Osbeiston. It was fitting as a good 70% of the wines were French. And I had a chance to finally meet Andrew Guard who specialises in organic and biodynamic wines and Jean-Paul Prunetti of France Soir restaurant fame in Melbourne where I have dined a few times.
Champagne, Riesling and Alsace, Sancerre, Chablis, Bourgogne, Cotes-du-Rhone were all very well represented, but Bordeaux was more or less absent. The Italians were there in force and I even tried some Argentinian Malbec, a wine I really like. And then there was a 2010 Corton Grand Cru from Lucien Le Moine, an appropriate name for a sacred wine! I think this was the best white wine I have ever tasted...I was really tempted to drink a full glass, but reason prevailed...(see last photo)
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.
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