Pinot Noir Tasting Toolkit

You love wine, but sometimes you search for your words to describe it? Bookmark this page to enrich your technique and vocabulary about a very famous red grape: PINOT NOIR

This infographic was made by Cellier Domesticus from infos of  Social Vignerons. Read more HERE


Pinot Noir is used alone in Burgundy to make nearly all red wines from there. In Champagne it’s used with Chardonnay or Pinot Meunier, probably because of that and because most expensive red wines like Domaine Romanée Conti are made of it, passionate people about this grape give a a reputation of a snob grape well expressed in the film Sideways a total ode to Pinot Noir.
The fact that it is mainly suitable in cool climate, you’ll find it mainly in Burgundy in France, in Switzerland, USA, Australia, New Zealand and even Canada (Ontario like at Prince Edward County).

Richebourg from Henri Jayer was heralded in 2015, world’s most expensive wine at 15 195$ per bottle!

Nuis-Saint-Georges, Aloxe-Corton, Gevrey-Chambertin, Marsannay, Santenay you can’t go wrong :


Because it can be very light you have to be precocious with Pinot Noir, don’t match a great burgundy with a very spicy dish or you may cover it’s delicate and silky profile.
A bit different if coming from the new from the old world, a good match is certainly Duck. I would go for Duck confit with old world and roasted duck if from the New World.

Duck Confit TIP : There is two things very important to succeed confit, it needs to be fatty and not dry, also the good amount of salt can be difficult to achieve. If you do confit I also strongly advise to buy the whole duck and use all the other parts to make so amazing appetizer. HERE find a FULL DUCK MENU

Roasted Duck : One of the best roasted duck I have ever made was first smoked with oak from a wine barrel for 4 hours at 100°F, then I kept it overnight wrap in plastic film. The day after I roasted it on the BBQ. If you can’t smoke the duck a good TIP is to ‘faisander‘ overnight by mixing Jack Daniels with spices and herbs all over the duck and inside the beast. Leave it in the fridge overnight et « voilà » it’s like smoked!

Cheers to your next Pinot’ experience!

Check out how we went viral on Twitter too with our Partner Julien Miquel and Social Vignerons :


Franck Boulbès CEO of Cellier Domesticus
Empowering #winelovers with better wines & less energy!

The Future of Wine Innovation was in San Francisco @BonAppetech

I am very humble and proud of being part of the startup contest organized by  33entrepreneurs for 33USTour in San Francisco for their Food & Beverage Grande Finale. It was not only challenging to achieve the work to be done and make it happen, but you also come out of this changed!.. People were very friendly but serious about their thing (yet competitive with 100 000$ prize money!) all wishing to disrupt how we do things rather than come up with a radically new stuff or gadget. This creativity and energy was palpable and we are thankful to have taken place in this pioneer conference, that I predict and hope will result in a long term movement.

The chosen Startups went through #33entrepreneurs as well as #BonAppetech. As I missed the first wave being only second in Montreal for the 33USTour, I had to hit the battleground again to be part of the Grande Finale in California ! We practice our pitch and play to our strength like the tagline of the contest suggests!
We knew technology and product were good, but it’s how you explain user benefits the trick. So we asked our customers! 

The future of wine may not be e-commerce and who is going to be the next amazon of wine? First because it might be simply be Amazon itself (with drones with obviously Cellier Domesticus technology inside). The Uber of wine shopping is not exciting, it is as most convenient for the distribution chain of value. For the sustainability of certain grape or even vineyards we need to have a better use of our ressources and energy. Climate and wine industry depend on it.
ANALOG MAY DISRUPT DIGITALWe don’t really dream of Drones delivering bottles of wine to our door. Why, because it’s human being at the vineyard, in a caviste, a restaurant or by friends pouring the wine and sharing their experience that makes it enjoyable and very unique. Drinking wine is a face to face thing. That global experience about wine makes it so divine. In my opinion Vino Volo the airport wineshop nailed it with understanding that the staff must be trained and communicate well about wine. Even in an airport    

Hit the wave of change! Let’s play with the power and goodness of nature.


Now through the back door by directly applying to San Francisco, we were back on the game.
Competitors and jury expectations were even higher than Montreal in July. Finally the welcome of the attendees or other startups was really overwhelming during the two days. I really enjoyed it and learned that the best is simply stay closer to my instincts.

After 500 candidates and 10 cities, only 80 startups were also part of that contest. It is very challenging and clearly very instructive to discover what are the over innovations and visions of people from Korea or Germany. The venue was at the Innovation Hangar next to the beautiful Palace of Arts in San Francisco.


The first place in our heart goes to one of the two winners : Feeding Forward, CEO Komal Ahmad is a very inspiring lady. She totally deserves the best and has a bright thinking as an entrepreneur with an impeccable integrity and goodness. Chapeau, clever and good!


Like Komal I feel responsible and it is my duty to empower people or company with more but in respect of the environment giving forward the minimum climate change. What is disrupting about the foodies or techies at the conference, it is business when they really make happening sustainable and ethical values. From the roots and deeply in the mind of their founders, it’s not part of a marketing plan or charity business public relation plan. FoodFully or EatYourSpoon were also very good startup with a strong dedication to respect ressources and limit waste.

For us :

To love wine, we have to respect the life in the bottle, so the work of the winemaker and most important the grape, the earth and the climate. 

Because this is really TERROIR, for people who really loves wine!

By visiting California and having the chance to meet great thinkers there, I am convinced about our intuition that progress and innovation is in the way of making better but with actually less. Purely bigger $$$ is better may be obsolete and replaced by #ZeroWaste or own interpretation of the dream would be a #ZeroWarmEmission! 
All ready every winelover can benefit now of a #CleanEnergy wine storage solution.

We’ve done the math for every kilowatt we drive with Cellier Domesticus technology we estimate that we save the equivalent of a trip from San Francisco to Napa 40 miles in an electric SuperCar! It’s on the house because what we really care is the kiloJoules of hot air not changing global climate for wine!

We are more passionate than ever after this experience and we will continue to empower more people with less energy, thanks to human energy. I have always believe that technology and progress is really useful if it serves a greater good. We have learned a lot from all the good people. #33Entrerpeneurs did a great contest, as we made the come back from Montreal, we could surprise you again with future announcement, even if we were not on stage in San Francisco! Stay tuned…

Good luck to #GoodFoodInnovationand Bon Appétech.

California your beyond expectation, we love you and the Napa don’t worry we’ll be back soon to empower more vineyards and collectors with our climate goodness 🙂


Note : San Francisco is a magical place, how not speak about the good experience in restaurants?! I will strongly recommend those two french restanrants (can’t help, I know) : Chouquet’s making tartiflette from real Reblochon and real Foie Gras in terrine just amazing Sauternes is good there too!
Chapeau where I had the incredible pleasure to end sharing a Calvados, with international oboe soloist  Eugene Izotov, that can only happen in SF. Un délice, a #WineOboesession 😉

By Franck Boulbès, a simple #winelover disrupting wine industry one #cellar at a time.

Franck Boulbès CEO of Cellier Domesticus
Empowering #winelovers with better wines & less energy!

Closson Chase Vineyards in PEC "la joie de vivre" façon Hospices

Let me share a secret about my favorite #wine #region for a weekend, only 4 hours from Montréal and less than 3 from Toronto!

One of the best emerging wineries are also located in one of the most beautiful country side of Canada  : Prince Edward County in Ontario

With a multitude of waterfronts and beautiful sunsets, you also have the chance to get the best fruits, vegetables or eggs directly from the farm. The list of local wineries is growing each year. Best of all, the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, in this climate moderate by the lake, have found a limestone soil with a great potential and characteristics. 

Closson Chase Vineyards
629 Closson Road,
Hillier, Ontario K0K 2J0
Toll-Free 1.888.201.2300
Phone 613.399.1418
Fax 613.399.1618

Closson Chase Vineyards with it’s roof church inspired from Hospices de Beaune does not only offer a similar look, but the winemaking is also inspired by the best wines from Burgundy. Believe me, we were at Chorey les Beaune, true winlovers will find a peaceful scenery to enjoy wine with a very fine taste  » tout est de bon goût ». The CCV South Clos Chardonnay is really a very elegant wine, with I am sure a great potential of aging. I’ve rarely found in a Canadian white wine such a nice balance between oak and acidity. It is really worth getting a case and opening a few every year, this wine has potential and I am usually hard to change from my french origins and favours for Chablis or Meursault.

Closson Chase new Chardonnay vintage kickoff private party was a very pleasant event, with serious collectors form Toronto or Ottawa, very enthusiast about previous vintages. It was a good opportunity for me, to discover their new Chardonnay and to meet the passionate team making the wine.

Me in « Enchanted Chardonnay »
Through more than ten years, they went through numerous upgrades and transitions and they are now reaching an interesting apogee rewarding their passion. Not only the scenery is really beautiful and very well maintained, but the people are truly dedicated to make quality wines and work respectfully with their environment. As context always impact your tasting, I must admit that the charming environment and staff had a positive impact from the beginning. After a few drinks of 2012, we went to visit the cellar with the winemaker now in charge, Keith Tyers.
Keith Tyers
He has been working with the successful winemaker previously in charge Deborah Paskus, and shows a real concern about letting the soil express itself vintage after vintage. No cheating! After ten years spent at Closson Chase he admitted his preference for 2007 and 2009 vintages. 
Keith sucking barrel into the beer Pichet
He was very enthusiast about showing us, how different, the same wine, taste from a barrel to another. They use only french oak apart one barrel made here in Prince Edward County that we had the chance to taste and compare. Keith is very open minded and to challenge everything. As the group asked questions, we could feel how dynamic and honest, he is. No elitism here, he wanted us to taste the difference between a french oak barrel and the one made in PEC. While sustainability and growing organic are very important values, his curse to excellence make him believe a too fast burning of the wood was the weakness of the local barrel maker. The micro-oxygenation was impacted by this and resulting in a greener wine. We could indeed taste it. I do not only love the place or the wine, but the people and the business practices are also very inspiring. You also feel his dedication and work involvement with each of his « 146 barrels and 146 different wines » as well as his vines on the field.
PEC Barrel
Meursault Barrel

With a nice group of music under the tent and excellent bouchées, introducing the new vintage, Seaton McLean told us that CCV Chardonnay 2013 just received 94 points from Decanter in next September Edition. People behind CCV are tenacious pioneers facing challenges like the frost  damage in last May, but the owners have been patient enough to get their maturity, a hard work and a loyalty that pays off. 

I guarantee the place is worth a visit, if you can’t wait to get a case in your wine cellar : 
(click on the bottle of CCV South Clos Chardonnay 2013 at 39,95$)
Link to Chardonnay South Clos 2013

Thanks Geneviève Bellerose, for the nice pictures 😉

Franck Boulbès CEO of Cellier Domesticus
Empowering #winelovers with better wines & less energy!

The Enchanted Objects, #IoT by David Rose @C2MTL : design, human and magic!

 #C2Montreal started with David Rose and his Enchanted Objects, it was the perfect fit for me and very useful for my business Cellier Domesticus. David Rose, in my opinion, is a prophet in electronic engineering and digital technology, with his work at MIT Media Lab. Probably the most relevant speaker I have ever heard with a great vision for IoT (Internet of Things). From this moment, C2MTL became a succession of #RevElevation (my hashtag creation for « elevate your dreams » as Rêve means dream in french). As one of the 25 emerging entrepreneurs chosen by Stephen and Claudia Bronfman Fondation, I had in mind that my perspective would change, but as much in an hour, wow! He confirmed me that for any IT company, developers and innovation are much important than data storage or cable speed. David Rose was limpid, it’s not a question of connectivity but a question of design, being useful to human and giving a little magic in your life.

David Rose :
« Objects are avatar for services »
« Computer efficiency is adding motion and magic with IoT »

At Ambiant Devices,  many interesting projects like a light that changes colour with the weather, the market trend… A simple but very intelligent example was the umbrella, that will lights up when it’s going to rain. I also loved the Door Bell ringing when someone is reaching home within a few miles.
That was a very good example of Anticipation Power. Read the future that is really magic.

Another magical power, is teleportation. Kind of a sneak peek of this power : The google earth coffee table form Mr Rose was for sure a very explicit example. I was envious of having the same one to play with my son at home, to show him parts I know of France for example. 

EnchantedObjects you can find NEST as an Enchanted Thermostat :
Learns your routines to heat or cool your house at the right times.
What about our technology, is the Guardian Angel from Cellier Domesticus Enchanted ?

Our first concern was the DESIGN, even for the first prototype I wanted the sensor in a wood bottle to fit the wooden racks. No way I would put an antenna near my old Sauterne. Sure our product name is divine : Guardian Angel, but our connected bottle-sensor is acting like an alarm system through alerts and protect in real time the wine cellar. 
Then a cellar on the cloud, meaning you can access in real time temperature and humidity form any device is convenient and it is obvious that everything needs a cloud now.
Ok it’s good looking, useful and even necessary for wine investment, freedom of the cloud is cool, but monitoring temperature and humidity is not enchanted or magic.

The magic is in our patented method of controlling climate. You can now teleport a climate from any place in the world at any depth. Meaning that if you want to have the exact climate of a natural cellar in Champagne at 15 meters deep you can! Playing with climate like god by TELEPORTATION of terroir this is kind of enchanted. Best of all replicating natural seasons pattern you can save up to 70% of your energy cost. Even better than a Nest in your wine cellar!

Ultimately, the Guardian Angel also have an ANTICIPATION power, by letting you know how fast your wine cellar is aging each specific origin and climate. Thank you David Rose for giving us so much enlightenment on what we have been intuitively driven developing our product. I hope to be a good IoT/Jedi and Mr Rose you are a spiritual mentor!

May the magical force be with David and for a long time…

Franck Boulbès CEO of Cellier Domesticus
Empowering #winelovers with better wines & less energy!