Le Nez du Vin
Jean Lenoir is born in Burgundy and a pioneer when it comes to the world of wine aromas. In 1981 he released the first version of his aroma kit which is better known as Le Nez du Vin. He started releasing more and more aroma kits for wine, coffee and Armagnac.
Jean Lenoir: does he need any introduction? Born in Burgundy, his boundless enthusiasm, his accent and his work are a reflection of his identity.
In 1978 he pioneered wine’s début into the world of culture as a work of art thereby putting it on an equal footing with the fine arts. In 1981, as a result of his research into vocabulary to describe wine, he created Le Nez du Vin®, a unique and learned combination of written works and aromas that was an immediate success. Its originality astonished experts and amateurs alike. From lenezduvin.fr
The masterkit which I bought contains 54 unique aromas. It retails for 300€ in Europe. Now you might wonder why I decided to spend so much money on a few aromas. The answer is quite simple: It’s a once-in-a-lifetime investment. I know people who acquiered their set 20 years ago and the aromas still work. Of course the aim behind Le Nez du Vin is to help you to develop a better smelling skill and to find the words that you need to describe wine.
Since I knew that Le Nez du Vin works for me (I used it many times at a friends house) I decided to go with the masterkit right away. Next to the masterkit there are smaller sets available, too.The sets for red wine, white wine, new oak and for wine faults always include 12 aromas.The masterkit however does not include new oak and wine faults. It includes a much larger variety of red wine aromas and white wine aromas.
The masterkit also includes Champagne and old oak aromas. Another benefit of the masterkit is that it comes with 54 cards explaining each aroma in detail. These cards give answers to the following questions what grapes cause which aromas? How does terrain influence them and what are good examples of wines that have a certain aroma? The masterkit also comes with a useful book. For more information on the master of Le Nez du Vin I recommend their website.
I definitely think that one can learn a lot with such an aroma kit. A few other producers also offer similar sets to the one of Jean Lenoir. I’ve never used any other though. In the future I plan to buy the two missing wine aroma sets (new oak and wine faults) to complete my collection. I probably won’t buy the coffee and Armagnac aromas since I’m not too interested in either of them.
I love using Le Nez du Vin together with fellow-wine friends. It’s especially fun when learning together. Usually afterwards we uncork a good. Always fun to see who finds what kind of aromas but most of the time we end up with the same aromas : )
Have you used Le Nez du Vin or something similar in the past? How was your experience with it?