What more delightful way to end the long hot summer than with a special Franco-Chilean wine from Santiago, Chile! As one of the most important wines of the region, Almaviva is the brainchild between Mouton Rothschild and Concha y Toro. Crossing the old world and the new to create some of the best wines in the Southern Hemisphere, the wine embodies the best of both worlds, with age-old French savior-faire and ideal Chilean terroir and climate. The result is a Bordeaux Classic-style Cabernet Sauvignon blend that is powerful and complex, with a much softer drinkable tannin at its youthful vintages.
The clear crowd favorites of the night were the 3rd ever vintage of 1999, and the fresh and more fruit-forward style of the yet to be released 2014. We were very honored to be the first in Asia to taste it en primeur on such a special evening. Other vintages included were 2008, 2004, and 2011. Asia marketing director Wanda Wang gave us an in-depth presentation and entertained us with interesting facts about each vintage. Sensational fine dining dishes that were designed to pair with the selected vintages were prepared by chef Kenneth Wu, the sous chef of the Jockey Club, whose refined techniques were showcased in the beautiful dishes, notably the 64 degree Taiyouran farm egg with bacon foam, and the 24 hour slow-cooked prime short rib with orange and carrot puree. It was a stunning evening to welcome fall.
Join me, Pearl Ng, in discovering the world of great wines, champagnes and spirits. I'm a Wine Specialist at Wine's Link and we regularly host amazing wine tastings and dinners, with some of the most well respected chateaux in the world.