LePlan-Vermeersch GT-G Ever Meulen Magnum 2014
This Grenache has a beautiful garnet colour, deep and rich, with pretty violet tints. The bouquet is complex and intense with a hint of plum, fig, blackcurrant and raspberry, blended with subtle hints of vanilla and grilled almond. This is a smooth wine, well-rounded, with lots of freshness and fruit, including cherry, and licorice. The finish is rich and long-lasting. You should buy this one if you are looking for something really special, It has been bottled in a limited edition and the label is designed for The ‘Friends of the house’ version of Waft 3, a great book about amazing cars, and it is limited to 250 numbered copies.
Vermeulen studied graphic arts at the Sint-Lucas School of Architecture in Ghent and Brussels. He debuted in 1970, working for the magazine Humo, where he drew both comics (“Balthazar de Groene Steenvreter” (“Balthasar the Green Stone Eater”) and “Piet Peuk” (“Pete Stub”), as well as cover illustrations, caricatures and illustrations to articles. When Humo published books or CDs, Meulen often provided the cover illustration. In 1983 Humo won a Gold Award for a magazine cover created by Meulen about the visit of pope John-Paul II to Poland, which featured a photograph of the pope sporting Lech Walesa‘s moustache.
Meulen also had success abroad. In the Netherlands his work was published in the underground comix magazine Tante Leny presenteert!, as well as Vrij Nederland and OOR. In France he published in Libération and Télé-Moustique. During the 1980s his work appeared in Raw and New Yorker. One of his covers for RAW won the Certificate of Design Excellence. His work has been exhibited in London, Liverpool, Angoulême, New York, Genève, Amsterdam, Lyon and Turku, Finland. Meulen’s book Verve (2006), collecting his most important graphic work from 1988 to 2005, has a foreword by Art Spiegelman. Other artists who praised his work were Saul Steinberg and Andy Warhol. Meulen also designed the annual Gouden Uil award and made album covers for the Belgian bands The Employees, Telex and singer Raymond van het Groenewoud. Meulen is known for his love of stylish cars and motorcycles, as well as old Belgian comics from Tintin and Spirou, two elements he frequently pays homage to in his work. He owns an Oldsmobile. His early work is elegant and extravagant, while from 1979 his style became “sharper and hookier”. He taught at Sint-Lucas in Ghent, where one of his students was Jeroom. In 2013 Meulen received the Henry Van de Velde Award for his entire career.