A New & Old World Pinot Noir Wine Dinner

April 29, 2015

A 4 course meal with 5 different chosen wines to pair with at RM280 excluding GST

Detailed wine talk by Dave Chan from Wine Journey on the day.

 

About the Wines That Will be served

 

Champagne R&L Legras, Chouilly

 

Legras is a producer of extremely gastronomic Champagne of great complexity and finesse, being the ambassador of many Michelin starred restaurants in France and around the world. Don't miss this offer for one of the best producers from Chouilly, one of the finest, purest Blanc de Blancs you will ever find.

Back on the 16th Century, the Family's History reached a turning point in 1808, when  Julien Barbier Honoré Legras developed one of the best vineyards in the Côte des Blancs. This Champagne vine-growing area takes its name from Chardonnay, one of the finest white grape varieties and the leading variety of this area. Six generations later, the adventure is still going on, with the production of premium quality Champagne. Domaine status was obtained in 1973. This impeccably run firm now owns 21 hectares of Chouilly's finest vineyards. Monsieur Barbier, who is a big man in more ways than one, runs his model company with a successful mixture of modern and traditional vinification methods. Even though the wines undergo malolactic fermentation, they retain a very high degree of life-giving acidity for decades.

Nowadays, Legras have extended their family heritage, manipulating the wine-making process with a blend of tradition and modernity to produce great wines. R&L Legras is the house Champagne at many of France's three-star restaurants (Guy Savoy, La Tour d'Argent, Bernard Loiseau and many more) and this must be counted among the top producers in the whole of Champagne.

 

NV R&L Legras Brut Blanc de Blancs, Grand

 

Tasitng Note:Pale lemon-yellow color. Brilliantly fresh aromas of chlorophyll, spring flowers, fresh sage, Granny Smith apple, toast and powdered stone. Very fresh, airy and dry, with subtle but gripping flavors of lemon gelato, lime skin and spices. Wonderfully elegant, pure Champagne, finishing with delicacy and terrific persistence. A perfect aperitif.  Stephen Tanzer 92points, vinousmedia.com

 

RED WINE – Flight 1

 

2012 Cherry Tart Pinot Noir by Cherry Pie, Sonoma Valley, California, USA

 

Created by famous cult estate Hundred Acre winemaker Jayson Woodbridge. While walking through a new vineyard for his now famous Cherry Pie Single-Vineyard Pinot Noir, Winemaker Jayson Woodbridge was struck with a new concept: applying his “micro fermentation” technique used on Cherry Pie to three vineyards, in order to create a “Multi-Single-Vineyard blend”. Utilizing the unique taste and flavor profiles of three single vineyards, combined with the artisan micro winemaking approach of its namesake Cherry Pie, small individual lots are micro fermented in puncheon barrels. The result: Cherry Tart redefines artisan Pinot Noir. 

 

Tasting Note: Rich and approachable, driven by layers of blackberry, wild berry, cherry and plum flavors. This is well-proportioned and maintains a fruity profile amid firm tannins. Drink now through 2022 – Winespectator 90points "Smart Buys

 

 

2011 Rippon Mature Vine Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand

 

In 1982 Rolfe and his wife Lois planted the Nrst block of vines with the express interest of growing high quality wine and released their Nrst commercial vintage in 1989. The land continues to be farmed by the Mills family, together with dedicated long-term staff. As winegrowers, the team’s principal commitment is to the soil. Nurturing a healthy, responsive medium underfoot binds the vines and the people to their land.

 

“ Nick Mills’ Rippon Pinots can appear a bit austere and taut when they’re young as he refuses to bow to the trend for earlier drinking styles and is unrelenting in his aim to produce terroir expressive wines built to age. These wines really open-up after a few years in bottle, developing gracefully into some of the longest living Pinots currently coming out of New Zealand. Though this estate may be somewhat under the mainstream radar, it comes highly recommended by me! “ Lisa Perotti-Brown, eRobertParker.com

 

“ Wines of New Zealand hosted a tasting from the 2010, 2011 and 2012 vintages, proving Central Otago is developing a terroir as well as a varietal expression of Pinot Noir…. In a league of its own was Rippon. From vines planted between 1982 and 1985, all on original rootstocks, the three 2010s (all 13.5%) showed depths of flavour that will evolve over the next decade: the Rippon was earthy, totally complete; Emma’s Block was fresher and more vibrant, while Tinker’s Field was both broader and more open yet seductively pure with great finesse. “ Steven Spurrier, Decanter

 

Tasitng Note: Medium ruby-purple in color, the 2011 Pinot Noir has an enticing nose of blackberries, red currants and black raspberries with touches of orange zest, cinnamon stick and black earth, plus a whiff of dried mint. Medium-bodied with great balance on the palate even at this youthful stage, it delivers stacks of fruit layers and a medium to firm backbone of grainy tannins that is fused with refreshing acidity right through to a long finish. Drink it now to 2020+. Lisa Perotti-Brown 93+points, eRobertParker.com

 

 

RED WINE – FLIGHT 2

 

Jean-Michel Guillon, Gevrey Chambertin, Burgundy

 

Jean-Michel Guillon, established his Domaine in Gevrey Chambertin in 1980. Began with a mere 2.5 hectares, he has then expanded the domaine's holding to 13hectares that covering some of the prestigious vineyards such as Mazis Chambertin & Clos Vougeot Grand Cru, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Crus (La Petite Chapelle, Champeaux) etc. His passionate son Alexis joined him in 2004 to ensure the passing of this rising Domaine.

Winemaking is rather simple here with Grand Crus are not de-stemmed; Petite Chapelle 1er cru half de-stemmed and the rest are 100% de-stemmed. All wines are aged in 100% new oak except the Bourgogne.Guillon produces wines that are fleshy, juicy, pure & seductive Gevrey-Chambertin with good depth & class.

Jean-Michel Guillon's wines has quickly attract attention of the world. This address is highly recommended and please do not missed the opportunity to grab a few bottles of these truly delicious wines. The priority for both Mazis Chambertin & Clos Vougeot Grand Cru will be given to balance order. 

Allen Meadows, Burghound:
“ I would describe his wines as being amongst the best of the “new world” school of Burgundy, which is to say modern Burgundies that retain a clear sense of style and grace. One thing that I have noticed over the last few vintages however is that the Guillon wines are becoming more classically styled, and in particular more structured, especially as the 1er and grand cru levels. Jean-Michel Guillon is indisputably a man on a mission to make world class wine” 

 

 

2011 Gevrey Chambertin Champeaux, 1er Cru

 

" A generously wooded nose that is compositionally similar to that of the La Riotte but with more emphasis on the earth component and here it adds an appealing note of wet stone, which continues onto the intense and highly energetic middle weight flavors. What I really like about the mouth feel is that the tannins are quite fine and together with the minerality, the overall impression is classic Champeaux, which is to say a Gevrey 1er of finesse and refinement. This is worth a look as it's understated and harmonious and while it's a bit woody today, the underlying material appears to be present such that this should be able to absorb the oak in time. " Allen Meadows 90-92points

 

2011 Gevrey Chambertin Petite Chapelle, 1er Cru

 

From 50+ year old vines and vinified with <35% whole clusters in 2011
" There is generous wood with plenty of floral influence to the agreeably fresh plum, violet and cassis aromas. There is exceptionally good richness and mid-palate concentration to the intensely mineral-driven, deep and focused flavors that culminate in a driving finish that is at once gorgeously complex and persistent. This is terrific though be aware that plenty of patience will be required. " Allen Meadows 91-94points, Sweet Spot Outstanding

 

 

 

TERMS & CONDITIONS
1.  Due to limited seating, admission is strictly by RSVP only, subject to availability and final confirmation by the restaurant.
2.  Prepayment is required to confirm reservation.

3.  No refunds will be provided for last minute cancellations from the Guests.
4.  Seating will be in a communal (shared table) setting in a private room.
5.  Confirmed guests are advised to disclose any dietary restrictions to the restaurant well in advance so an alternate arrangement may be provided.

 

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