Thursday, March 7, 2024

LeDomduVin: Food & Wine tasting

Food & Wine tasting for an upcoming event at Rosewood, Hong Kong 

Ruinart Champagne Blanc de Blancs NV

Light, refreshing, and zesty, it has delicate aromas of green apple and citrus fruit, white flowers, and notes of freshly baked bread. A quaffable champagne, perfect as an aperitif and with the scallops.  

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2023

Cloudy Bay is a classic for BBQs and garden or beach parties. It is mass-produced, with over 100,000 cases annually, and is known for its mass appeal and consistency. At first glance, I did not think it was the right choice for this event, yet I was pleasantly surprised. It was nice, fresh, zesty, mineral, well-balanced, and harmonious, with a lively acidity and a mouth-watering palate. It paired well with the food of the first few dishes (Scallops, Risotto, Cauliflower, and fish). 

Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2021

I had not tried this wine for a few years and thought it might overpower the food, especially this young. Yet, it proved me wrong. A blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Merlot, and 1% Malbec, the 2021 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a medium to full-bodied, opulent, and layered wine with rich aromas of ripe black currant, tobacco, leather, and hints of dark chocolate. The palate is smooth, well-structured, and textured, with good balance, acidity, depth, and length. Despite its youth and aging potential, it is incredibly approachable now. Love it.   

Cheers! Santé!


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