For those of you who might not know me, my name is Jean-Luc Le Dû and I had the privilege of being, for the last ten years,
Chef Sommelier at one of the most celebrated restaurants in the United States, Restaurant Daniel, a New York Times Four Stars establishment
located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Thanks to the support of Chef/Owner Daniel Boulud, I was able to realize my dream of putting
together a world-class wine program that was rewarded by the Wine Spectator with a Grand Award, their highest distinction, in 2002, and a
James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Wine Service in 2003.
My introduction to wine came in the mid-eighties when a family friend brought a bottle of Château Cheval Blanc 1964 to our
annual Thanksgiving gathering. Rendered speechless by its complexity of aromas and depth of flavors, I decided that day to embark on a mission
to discover and understand wine. Little did I know at the time that it would become a lifetime pursuit!
Having been brought up in France, it was logical that I would start my journey by trying to make sense of the wines from my
homeland. However, it soon became clear to me that there was much more to wine than just France, although Burgundy and Rhône wines still
count as my favorite wines (and yes, I also have a weak spot for Loire whites). I became fascinated with the quality of classic German whites,
the surge in quality of California wines (and later Oregon and Washington State), the re-birth of both Italy and Spain and the coming of age of
Austrian, Australian and New Zealand wines. These countries, and many others, form today the large patchwork that is the World of Wine.
As a wine lover, I feel particularly lucky to live New York, where one can find some of the most diverse and interesting wines
in the world, thanks to the hard work of the many great importers and distributors this country counts. Working in the industry for the last
twenty years I have had the privilege to work closely with many of them, forging with some long time friendships. Through the years they have
introduced to many of the best winemakers in the world, either by introducing them to me here or helping me arrange tastings at their estates
during my many trips to vineyards throughout the world. As I’ve said countless times, nothing beats visiting a wine region to understand its
intricacies, the minute differences from a vineyard to another, something the French call “Terroir”
Well, at Le Dû’s Wines we propose you to share our passion for wines from around the world in relaxed and non-intimidating
atmosphere (This is the West Village after all), so come, bring a glass (or at least an open minded attitude) and let’s start the journey.