WYKwinos Report No. 12

Date: Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011. 7pm – 10 pm
Place: 皇子海鲜酒家 Prince of Seafood Restaurant, 240 Alton Towers Circle, #A7 Tel. 416-298-3238

Wine is a reflection of the mood which the drinker is in. To celebrate the New Year, a bubbly is selected. To wish everybody 发得 in 2011, French/German wines are here to cheer you on!

1st Bottle GRAHAM BECK BRUT SPARKLING WINE
Wine: Sparkling Wine 12.0% Alcohol/Vol. xd Winery/Producer: Made in: South Africa, South Africa
By: Graham Beck Wines
Type: pinot noir and chardonnay Year: n/a
Cost: $17.95 Region: South Africa
Food to pair: 清炒芦笋 LCBO #: Release Date: Dec 11, 2010 #593483
Remarks: Tasting Note: (a 54/46 blend of pinot noir and chardonnay) Pale copper-tinged gold. Tangerine, spicy oak and a hint of exotic fruits on the nose. Fruity and harmonious, with a yeasty complexity adding depth to the fairly dense, harmonious middle palate. Comes across as sweeter and fuller than the Blanc de Blancs, but finishes dry and crisp, with a bit more length. No shortage of flavor here. Score – 89. (Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, March/April 2009)
2nd Bottle BOUGRIER VOUVRAY 2009
Wine: White Wine 11.5% Alcohol/Vol., MD Winery/Producer: Made in: Loire, France By: Bougrier
Type: Chenin Blanc Year: 2009
Cost: $13.95 Region: Loire, France
Food to pair: 雪豆三鲜 LCBO #: Release Date: Dec 11, 2010 #106880
Remarks: Chenin Blanc at its best, as with this example, features aromas of peach, citrus, lanolin and pear. Chenin is known for its refreshing acidity, thereby making it a fine candidate for cellar maturation. Some Vouvray have been known to last for 50 years or more, but you can try them earlier than that – give this one a more conservative 2-4 years due to more approachable styling. You will, however, also get great pleasure with this highly versatile wine now if you pair it with grilled prawns, vindaloo chicken or other spicy South Asian dishes. (Vintages Dec. 11, 2010).
3rd Bottle REICHSGRAF VON KESSELSTATT RIESLING SPÄTLESE 2003
Wine: White Wine 11.5% Alcohol/Vol. MS Winery/Producer: Reichsgraf Von Kesslerstatt
Type: Riesling Year: 2003
Cost: $21.95 Region: Germany
Food to pair: 中式牛柳 LCBO #: Release Date: Nov 27, 2010 #712471
Remarks: Tasting Note: A lush, voluminous Riesling, with ripe apricot, lime and mineral lurking in the background. The structure is apparent from mid-palate through finish, suggesting this needs more time to integrate. Best from 2006 through 2016. Score – 90. (Bruce Sanderson, www.winespectator.com, Feb. 28, 2005)
4th Bottle DOMAINE DES AILES MOULIN-À-VENT 2009
Wine: Red Wine 13.0% Alcohol/Vol, d Winery/Producer: Made in: Burgundy, France
By: Cave Des Vignerons De Bel-Ai
Type: Gamay Year: 2009
Cost: $15.95 Region: Burgundy, France
Food to pair: 八珍扒大鸭 LCBO #: Release Date: Nov 27, 2010 #183442
Remarks: Tasting Note: The inimitable Beaujolais producer George Duboeuf described the 2009 vintage as one of the best of the last 50 years, and the Domaine des Ailes Moulin-à-Vent is a simply terrific-value wine from this great vintage. Bright violet in the glass with an intense nose of cherry, cassis, spice, and toast. Dry with good, well balanced tannins, cherry and black fruit on the palate. You could enjoy this wine tonight with roast beef or try it with equal satisfaction (VINTAGES panel, March 2010) with the Imperial boneless duck!Concours General Agricole de Paris 2010, France
5th Bottle CHÂTEAU LA CHÈZE 2005
Wine: Red Wine 12.5% Alcohol/Vol   xd Winery/Producer: Made in: Bordeaux, France By: Bonnet-Gapenne
Type: Cabernet sauvignon (30%), Merlot (70%)  Year: 2005
Cost: $18.95 Region: Bordeaux, France
Food to pair: 北方风味烤羊架 LCBO #: Release Date: Dec 11, 2010 #191007
Remarks:

Description 1:

From a great vintage and with some bottle evolution under its belt, this award-winning Bordeaux is a noteworthy value. On a hillside overlooking the town of Capian and the famed Garonne river, Château La Chèze was built in 1515. The Château is now home to a small family-owned winery, with 15 hectares of the 30-hectare property under vine. This 2005 vintage won a Gold Medal at the 2007 Concours Général Agricole in Paris. (Vintages Dec.11, 2 010)

Description 2:

“With its remarkable date of birth, 1515, this château has been satisfied by its precedence. However, the 2005 vintage has a more modern and sappy style. A full, enticing and silky wine with lots of character. A wine which enters the 21st century with class and elegance. Another pleasant surprise from this Premières Côtes de Bordeaux, which continues to amaze us.” (ChateauOnline)
http://www.chateauonline.co.uk/F-1001-vin/P-17378-chateau-la-cheze-2005_2000083

Matching Dishes
清炒芦笋 雪豆三鲜 中式牛柳
八珍扒大鸭 北方风味烤羊架
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