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EDMOND GASSER Hôtel Beau Rivage***** • Genève Best Young sommelier in Germany 2015

VINCENT TAN Restaurant Odette • Singapour

PATRICE FRANK Hôtel de Paris***** • Monaco President of the sommeliers of Monaco

JULIA SCAVO World’s 5th Best sommelier 2013

PAZ LEVINSON Best sommelier of the Americas 2015

FABRICE SOMMIER Georges Blanc***** • Vonnas Master of Port 2010

PASCALINE LEPELTIER Restaurant Rouge Tomate • New-York Master sommelier since 2014

ERIC ZWIEBEL Summer Lodge***** • Evershot World’s 4th Best sommelier 2013

JÉRÔME FAURE Constance hôtels***** • île Maurice President of the sommeliers of Mauritius

Thank you to our ten sommeliers who have enabled us to travel the world with their selections of wines and spirits, as well as Jean Bernard for his kind collaboration.


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SURROUNDING GREAT STARRED CHEFS

EVENTS PRESTIGE

AT THE TIME WHEN HAUTE CUISINE ENTERS THE COMITÉ COLBERT, THE “FRENCH LUXURY CLUB”, WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US IN THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS PARISIAN LUXURY HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS. DISCOVER WITH US THE SOMMELIERS, STARRED CHEFS AND PERSONALITIES PRESENTED AT OUR EVENTS (ACTORS, WRITERS, ARTISTS, POLITICIANS, ETC.)

ENRICO BERNARDO “Il Vino” and “Goust” • Paris and Courchevel www. enricobernardo.com World’s best sommelier 2004, Enrico Bernardo today creates original concepts to bring out the best in wine and cuisine. In France, he owns the restaurants “Il Vino” and “Goust” crowned by the Michelin Guide.

DOMAINE LOUIS MOREAU

DOMAINE GILBERT PICQ

CHABLIS, 2015 COUNTRY: France COLOR: white TASTING: A discrete estate that has existed since 1814, which produces impeccable, honest and clean chablis. The nose opens on citrus fruits, fresh grapefruit and lime. Lively and sleek on the palate. A classic chablis. A textbook case. WEBSITE: www.louismoreau.com PRICE: less than $20

CHABLIS VIEILLES VIGNES, 2014 COUNTRY: France COLOR: white TASTING: One of the flagship cuvées of this estate in Chichée, in a very small village close to Auxerre. A chablis with a deep color, offering a hint of floral notes and other exotic things. Chablis that we love young, or perhaps more mature, after a few years in the bottle. WEBSITE: none PRICE: less than $20

ON THE CHABLIS TRAIL In France, the Chablis vineyard is a Burgundian appellation for wine lovers to discover, or to rediscover. Here is an overview of some of Enrico Bernardo’s favorite estates.

DOMAINE LOUIS MICHEL & FILS CHABLIS PREMIER CRU, MONTÉE DE TONNERRE, 2013 COUNTRY: France COLOR: white TASTING: Guillaume produces exemplary wines. Pure Chablis that has not been barrel-aged, and which ages very well. A seducing Montée de Tonnerre that delivers beautiful minerality, held up by a certain power. WEBSITE: louismicheletfils.com PRICE: less than $20

DOMAINE VINCENT DAUVISSAT CHABLIS PREMIER CRU, FOREST, 2010 COUNTRY: France COLOR: white TASTING: a big estate! Vincent Dauvissat wines are deep, pure, and have a true signature. Its Premier Cru Forest is an estate classic. A chablis with persistent minerality. A charming wine with great complexity. WEBSITE: none PRICE: between $20 and $50


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GETAWAY TO A FRENCH VINEYARD From the Bordelais to the Petite Camargue, let’s meander a little through both beautiful discoveries and safe bets. One thing is certain: French vineyards are rich and varied, and the sources of pleasure are legion...

DOMAINE CHIROULET

DOMAINE DE BROUSSE

CÔTES DE GASCOGNE, 2015 COUNTRY: France COLOR: white TASTING: A pretty Gros Manseng selection grown in brown clay earth. A very aromatic wine with floral notes of elderberry and lilac. The palate reveals richness and complexity, finishing with a beautiful tension. Consume with fish tartar with a little citrus zest. WEBSITE: www.chiroulet.com PRICE: less than $20

GAILLAC COUNTRY: France COLOR: white TASTING: Made using the oldest method of producing sparkling wines. Made from 100% Mauzac grapes, this is a very nice aperitif wine with fine bubbles. The nose is very fruity, with white peaches and citrus notes. The palate is intense and delectable. WEBSITE: domainedebrousse.fr PRICE: less than $20

PATRICE FRANK

JULIA SCAVO

Hôtel de Paris***** • Monaco www.hoteldeparismontecarlo.com Head Sommelier at the Hôtel de Paris, Patrice helps manage the world’s biggest hotel cellar (600.000 bottles). A Master Sommelier, he is President of the Association Monégasque des Sommeliers.

CHÂTEAU PÉBY FAUGÈRES

SAINT EMILION GRAND CRU CLASSÉ, 2012 COUNTRY: France COLOR: Red TASTING: This enclave within the Château Faugères produces a magnificent wine using Merlot. Very nice notes of toasted and woody ripe fruits. The palate carries a deep richness that is dense and balanced. The new Lalique bottle was introduced with the arrival of Silvio Denz. Can be stored for more than 10 years. WEBSITE: www.chateau-pebyfaugeres.com PRICE: between $100 and $200

CHÂTEAU MALARTIC LAGRAVIÈRE PESSAC LÉOGNAN, 2013 COUNTRY: France COLOR: red TASTING: The nose of this 2013 is complex, dominated by ripe red fruits. On the palate, it is rich and ample with a beautiful length. The woodiness tends to melt. Decant and consume with hare à la Royale. WEBSITE: www.malarticlagraviere.com PRICE: between $20 and $50

Consultant Sommelier - World’s 5th Best Sommelier 2013 - Europe’s 3rd Best Sommelier 2013 - Central Europe Sommellerie Champion 2012 - “Master of Port” Finalist 2012.

FOR LOVERS OF CURIOUS WINES… Replacing classic champagne with one of the best English sparkling wines, making a lobster blush at the sight of this red Mosel siren, discovering the only Romanian wine able to offer two decades of vertical tasting. All finished off with a tawny!

NYETIMBER

HEYMANN-LÖWENSTEIN

VINARTE

FONSECA

WEST SUSSEX, BLANC DE BLANCS, 2009 COUNTRY: United Kingdom COLOR: White (sparkling) TASTING: Its suave nose recalls white flowers, and pears tinged with hints of almond. On the palate, the satin texture of the melting bubbles is counterbalanced by the freshness of citrus and zest, which structures the wine together with the noble bitterness. Perfect for scallops, foie gras and pear WEBSITE: www.nyetimber.com PRICE: between $50 and $100

MOSEL, TERRASSENMOSEL, ROTH LAY, 2014 COUNTRY: Germany COLOR: White TASTING: Blending the purity of citrus with earthy perfumes and aromatic essences, this wine makes silkiness and amplitude interact with an incredible depth and a fresh backbone, as if cut from steel. Mint and lemon risotto, lobster claw, bisque foam. WEBSITE: www.heymannloewenstein.com PRICE: between $20 and $50

VILLA ZORILOR, DEALU MARE, ZORESTI, PRINCE MATEI, 2010 COUNTRY: Romania COLOR: Red TASTING: An olfactory double whammy between the high, floral notes on a smoky background and the juicy, wild fruit; a similar palate, oscillating between delicacy, freshness and firm tannins, cocoa, framed by generous aromas - plum, blackcurrant, cherry - tinged with spices. WEBSITE: www.vinarte.ro PRICE: between $20 and $50

PORTO, TAWNY, 20 ANS D’ÂGE COUNTRY: Portugal COLOR: Red (tawny) TASTING: Intense with its dry fruit, such as fig and raisin, praline, both classic and salty, with tobacco fragrances. Its strength lies in the harmony of luxurious softness and digestible freshness. Its generosity is expressed by its spices: clove and nutmeg on an umami background. WEBSITE: www.fonseca.pt PRICE: between $50 and $100


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A WORLD APART… Often unknown or misunderstood, sweet wines are nevertheless wines that bring a lot of pleasure to the table. You still need to mature them in a cellar for a certain period time to sublimate different dishes, not just desserts…

JÉROME FAURE Constance Hotels & Resorts***** • Île Maurice www. constancehotels.com Corporate sommelier of the Constance Hotels & Resorts Group in the Indian Ocean managing a tea, of 54 sommeliers. President of the Sommeliers of Mauritius. Knight of the Order of Merit and Master Sommelier.

PAZ LEVINSON www. pazlevinson.com Consultant Sommelier Best Sommelier of the Americas 2015, Best Argentinian Sommelier 2010 and 2014, Paz represented Argentina, his country, in the “World’s Best Sommelier” competition in 2016.

CANADA, A SURPRISING VINEYARD During her preparation in Canada for the 2016 World’s Best Sommelier Contest, Véronique Rivest (world second in 2016) introduced Paz Levinson to many celebrities in Canadian viticulture. Selected extracts…

CHÂTEAU GILETTE

TOKAJ HÉTSZŐLŐ

KLEIN CONSTANTIA

MAS AMIEL

CAVE SPRING

HENRY OF PELHAM

BACHELDER

NORMAN HARDIE

BORDEAUX, SAUTERNES, 1996 COUNTRY: France COLOR: white TASTING: This estate is legendary for its old vintages, which are only marketed 20 years after harvesting. This 1996 vintage has a saffron, toasted bread and caramel nose, and keeps a fresh and light palate, making it perfect for a white pudding with creamy morels. WEBSITE: gonet-medeville.com PRICE: between $100 and $200

ASZU 5, PUTTONYOS, 2004 COUNTRY: Hungary COLOR: white TASTING: This wine made from the Furmint grape variety. On the nose, cut hay, mandarin and apricot, perfectly expressing these great Hungarian sweet wines characterized by a beautiful acidity. Ideal with a lemon meringue pie ... not too sweet. WEBSITE: www.tokajhetszolo.com PRICE: between $20 and $50

VIN DE CONSTANCE, 2008 COUNTRY: South Africa COLOR: white TASTING: Known as Napoleon’s wine, this liqueur is intoxicating with notes of apricot jam and ginger. On the palate, it is ample, with a sustained but well-balanced sweetness. Stick with the classics, pairing it with a foie gras terrine laced with an apricot jam. WEBSITE: kleinconstantia.com PRICE: between $50 and $100

MAURY, 1969 COUNTRY: France COLOR: red TASTING: This old natural sweet wine is oxidative. Made mainly from Grenache, it is surprisingly youthful. Notes of prunes, cocoa, and tobacco are released ... nothing pairs better with a spice-crusted saddle of lamb, or simply a cigar. WEBSITE: www.masamiel.fr PRICE: between $50 and $100

NIAGARA PENINSULA, BLANC DE BLANCS, 2008 COUNTRY: Canada COLOR: white TASTING: The oldest vines on the estate offer this classic sparkling wine. On the nose, it presents red apple, brioche and bread crust. On the palate, the beautiful acidity is reminiscent of Champagne: mineral, rich, long. Very well made: even when aged 8 years, it still displays great potential. WEBSITE: www.cavespring.ca PRICE: between $20 and $50

ONTARIO, BACO NOIR RESERVE, 2013 COUNTRY: Canada COLOR: red TASTING: It is interesting to taste a wine from one of the most important hybrids in Canada. The reputation of Baco Noir is due to the absence of unpleasant flavors that are often found in other hybrids. A wine rich in black fruits, lively, with medium tannins, ideal for pairing with pasta bolognese. WEBSITE: henryofpelham.com PRICE: between $20 and $50

NIAGARA, LOWREY VINEYARD, PINOT NOIR, 2013 COUNTRY: Canada COLOR: red TASTING: This pinot noir evokes the potential of the region’s grape variety. Red fruits, like wild strawberries, dominate the first nose. The second time, the undergrowth, the soil and the black fruits are revealed. Balanced on the palate. The controlled acidity supports the fruit. Drink immediately or leave in the cellar 5 to 7 years. WEBSITE: thomasbachelder.com PRICE: between $50 and $100

COUNTY CABERNET FRANC, PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY, 2013 (MAGNUM) COUNTRY: Canada COLOR: red TASTING: One of the best sulfitefree wines tasted recently. The purity of the grape is expressed in notes of black fruits (blackcurrant, blueberries) and others, light, green pepper and eucalyptus. The acidity is reminiscent of the best Loire Cabernet Francs. Crunchy fruits and notes of graphite are striking on the palate. WEBSITE: normanhardie.com PRICE: between $50 and $100


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ALONG LAKE GENEVA IN SWITZERLAND… Edmond Gasser regularly meets Swiss vine growers. He invites us to share his discoveries on a white grape variety emblematic of the chasselas in the Lemanic arch: Fendant, king of the grapes in French-speaking Switzerland...

EDMOND GASSER Hôtel Beau Rivage***** • Geneva www.beau-rivage.ch Sommelier at "Le Chat Botté", Best Young Sommelier in Germany in 2015, finalist at the Best Young Sommelier in France in 2015, winner of the Challenge Sud de France de la sommellerie in 2016, Edmond Gasser is a professional with a future.

DOMAINE LES HUTINS

DOMAINE HENRI CRUCHON

DOMAINE BLAISE DUBOUX

DOMAINE SIMON MAYE

AOC GENEVA, 2015 COUNTRY: Switzerland COLOR: white TASTING: Light yellow color, bright, aromas of fleshy fruit, white peach, lemongrass and kumquat. Balanced and juicy palate ending with beautiful floral bitters, camphor, cardamom. Pair with a pressed mountain cheese, such as a Vacherin Fribourgeois. WEBSITE: domaineleshutins.ch PRICE: less than $20

AOC LA CÔTE, 2015 COUNTRY: Switzerland COLOR: white TASTING: Pale golden color, honeysuckle and bergamot on the nose, with some sweet nuances reminiscent of fresh sourdough. Well-structured palate that keeps its self-control. We can already discern the power of this terroir. Delicately iodized and sapid finish. Pair with fish from the lake, scallions, and peas. WEBSITE: www.henricruchon.com PRICE: less than $20

AOC LAVAUX, 2015 COUNTRY: Switzerland COLOR: white TASTING: Golden color, the first nose is discreet then opens up with almond, beeswax, quince flower, and hawthorn. Fleshy, structured palate, driven by a distinguished mineral. The end of the palate comprises noble bitterness and a finely tannic sensation. Pair with a roasted veal sweetbread. WEBSITE: www.blaiseduboux.ch PRICE: less than $20

AOC VALAIS, 2015 COUNTRY: Switzerland COLOR: white TASTING: Silvery color, precise, mineral, and smoky nose. The palate is clear, chiseled. It is reminiscent of citron and leaves a hint of a verbena infusion on the palate. The fendant here is the mouthpiece of this great Valais terroir. Serve with a scallop carpaccio and tabbouleh of colorful cabbages. WEBSITE: www.simonmaye.ch PRICE: between $20 and $50

THE PURE STYLE OF THE CHARDONNAY GRAPE VARIETY Since its foundation in 1808, by Appoline Henriot, seven generations of Henriot have succeeded one another as the head of this Champagne House. This house is still recognized for the quality of its grape supply, mainly from the Champagne Premiers Crus and Grands Crus. Its production style is heavily influenced by Chardonnay. www.champagne-henriot.com


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MADEIRA, AN ISLAND WINE The growth of wine on the island of Madeira began with its rich volcanic soil, a favorable climate and a variety of imported grape varieties. These wines today attract many enthusiasts from around the world…

FABRICE SOMMIER Georges Blanc***** • Vonnas (France) www. georgesblanc.com Head Sommelier and Restaurant Manager at the Georges Blanc group. Meilleur ouvrier de France 2007, he scooped the Master of Port 2010 award as well as the Best cigar pairing at the Habano sommelier 2013 and 2014 competition.

BARBEITO

JUSTINO’S

HENRIQUES & HENRIQUES

BLANDY’S

MADEIRA, 20 ANS COUNTRY: Portugal COLOR: white TASTING: Amber and topaz color. A complex nose of dried fruits, apricots and roasted almonds, with a touch of smoked tea. An ample palate with a pleasant softness and hint of eucalyptus. The acidity comes with the power and richness of currants and Earl Grey. A great bottle. WEBSITE: vinhosbarbeito.com PRICE: between $100 and $200

MADEIRA, 1995 COUNTRY: Portugal COLOR: white TASTING: Yellow straw with evolved hues, this wine presents itself in the most beautiful way. Vibrant and honest, the nose of fruits and citruses is the prelude to a structured and voluminous palate. With a touch of softness and a well-coated acidity, this wine is one of the best ambassadors of the vineyard. WEBSITE: justinosmadeira.com PRICE: between $20 and $50

MADEIRA, 1997 COUNTRY: Portugal COLOR: white TASTING: Pretty, glossy color. On the nose, vanilla and cognac with candied fruits. The half-dry palate offers freshness, with quince cheese and salted butter caramel. A magnificent finish and a superb length. This bottle is a must-have when exploring this type of wine. WEBSITE: henriquesehenriques.pt PRICE: between $50 and $100

MADEIRA, 1969 COUNTRY: Portugal COLOR: white TASTING: The color is vibrant with green hues. The powerful nose expresses white fruits and candied peach. The palate has a splendid richness with an exceptional acidity allowing a majestic length. As Renaud says, it brings men together. Thank you! WEBSITE: www.blandys.com PRICE: between $20 and $50

«ADMIRABLE» MALIBU WINES… Did you know that the first Malibu vineyard on the west coast of the United States was planted in the 1800s? Béatrice Cointreau, from a long line of winegrowers and distillers in the Cognac region of France, to this day owns a family vineyard called the «Admirable Family Vineyard». Located in Malibu, very close to Point Dume, famous for its surfing beaches, the property extends over two hectares, with the vineyard mainly consisting of chardonnay, syrah and viognier. The opportunity for wine lovers to discover its «Fantastic 4», «It takes 2» and «Malibu Pearl» wines or, for the lucky ones, to actually go there. www.admirable-malibu.com


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ERIC ZWIEBEL

Alsace wines come from seven main grape varieties: sylvaner, pinot blanc, riesling, muscat, pinot gris, gewurztraminer and pinot noir. Always presented in their typical slender bottle, they are superb for Christmas.

DOMAINE DOPFF AU MOULIN CRÉMANT D’ALSACE, CUVÉE JULIEN COUNTRY: France COLOR: white TASTING: On the nose, this wine has notes of apple, pear, orange zest, brioche, yeast, and hazelnut. On the palate, the attack is round and creamy, with fine and invigorating bubbles. The finish is pleasant and light, influenced by saline notes and good length. WEBSITE: www.dopff-au-moulin.fr PRICE: less than $20

DOMAINE PAUL GINGLINGER

ALSACE, PINOT BLANC, 2014 COUNTRY: France COLOR: white TASTING: The nose of this white pinot is discrete and complex. It is, however, dominated by notes of stone fruits such as peach, apricot and mirabelle. It has a slightly oily palate with fruit notes and a nice length. WEBSITE: www.paul-ginglinger.fr PRICE: less than $20

Summer Lodge***** • Evershot www.summerlodgehotel.co.uk Europe’s Best Sommelier (finalist in 2006 and 2008) World’s Best Sommelier (finalist in 2007, 4th in 2013 and representative of England in 2016)

BIECHER ET SCHAAL ALSACE GRAND CRU, RIESLING, ROSACKER, 2013 COUNTRY: France COLOR: white TASTING: The nose of this white pinot is discrete and complex. It is, however, dominated by notes of stone fruits such as peach, apricot and mirabelle. It has a slightly oily palate with fruit notes and a nice length. WEBSITE: www.biecher-schaal.com PRICE: less than $20

DOMAINE BOTT GEYL ALSACE GRAND CRU, GEWURZTRAMINER, SONNENGLANZ, 2008 COUNTRY: France COLOR: white TASTING: Expressive and aromatic nose, with intense fruit aromas like mango, lychee, and pineapple. Hints of white truffles, beeswax, and dried exotic fruits. A powerful, rich, oily and sweet palate. A gourmet texture with an extremely long finish. WEBSITE: www.bott-geyl.com PRICE: less than $20

THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

PASCALINE LEPELTIER Rouge Tomate • New-York www.rougetomate.com Head sommelier of the Rouge Tomate gastronomic restaurant in New York, finalist in the Best Sommelier in France contest in 2008, 2010 and 2012, honored as a Master sommelier since 2014.

HERMANN J. WIEMER

LITTORAI

NEW YORK, MAGDALENA VINEYARD, 2014 COUNTRY: United States COLOR: white TASTING: The northern edge of New York State is where great white wines are produced. This dry riesling comes from a plot protected from the cold. It combines mineral tension and density on the palate, with notes of candied citrus, honey, and lime trees reminiscent of Palatinate wines. WEBSITE: www.wiemer.com PRICE: between $20 and $50

CALIFORNIA, SONOMA, CHARLES HEINTZ, 2013 COUNTRY: United States COLOR: white TASTING: Ted Lemon has learned the trade with the great winegrowers of Burgundy. Today he produces chardonnays of superb purity, notably his Heintz. The attack is suave, the finish is saline and long, the palate is subtly crafted with white peach, lilac, and sweet spices. WEBSITE: www.littorai.com PRICE: between $50 and $100

Although wine is nothing new in the United States, things happen both in volume and quality. In California, Oregon, New York, and Washington, winemakers produce cuvées that are worth just as much as the Old World classics.

EYRIE VINEYARDS OREGON, PINOT NOIR, ORIGINAL VINES, 2012 COUNTRY: United States COLOR: red TASTING: Planted in 1965 by David Lett, Oregon’s oldest Pinot Noir vines are vinified today by his son Jason in a sheer style, combining acid notes of black cherry, notes of violet and black tea with a superb tannic, silky and mineral structure. Impressive! WEBSITE: eyrievineyards.com PRICE: between $50 and $100

RIDGE CALIFORNIE, SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS, MONTE BELLO, 2011 COUNTRY: United States COLOR: red TASTING: Paul Draper has made Monte Bello a benchmark ... the altitude preserves the freshness; the Californian sun ensures the perfect maturity of cabernets and merlots. Notes of blueberry, licorice, and sandalwood blend together. The tannins are rich and precise, the woodiness controlled. A great wine! WEBSITE: www.ridgewine.com PRICE: between $100 and $200

© Wendy Wilmoth

A GETAWAY TO ALSACE


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THE CÔTE DE BEAUNE VINEYARD Twenty wine-making communities occupy France’s Côte de Beaune, along the 30-km long route des Grand Crus, each with its own appellation or designation in addition to those specific to all Burgundy vineyards. Discoveries....

DOMAINE PHILIPPE PACALET

DOMAINE MARQUIS D’ANGERVILLE

BEAUNE 1ER CRU, LES PERRIÈRES, 2009 COUNTRY: France (Burgundy) COLOR: red TASTING: Philippe Pacalet is a wine artisan. He defines himself as a revealer of terroirs and not an interventionist. Upon tasting, there’s a beautiful concentrated mouthfeel of red fruits. A complex, mineral wine. It exudes a great fruitiness. WEBSITE: philippe-pacalet.com PRICE: between 50 and 100 $

VOLNAY 1ER CRU, TAILLEPIEDS, 2003 COUNTRY: France (Burgundy) COLOR: red TASTING: Guillaume d’Angerville manages the Marquis d’Angerville winery while preserving essential values. This wine has structured tannins. A complex mixture of red and black fruits. Smoky touches and earthy aromas add a hint of masculinity to this very elegant wine. WEBSITE: domainedangerville.fr PRICE: between 50 and 100 $

VINCENT TAN Restaurant Odette • Singapour www.odetterestaurant.com Head sommelier at the gourmet restaurant Odette in Singapore, Vincent Tan has acquired oenological expertise after 10 years in Asia.

DOMAINE PAUL PILLOT CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1ER CRU, LES GRANDES RUCHOTTES, 2011 COUNTRY: France (Burgundy) COLOR: white TASTING: A floral scent, soft on the nose, but providing a crisp acidity to the palate. A structured wine with a polished, refined finish and an unbelievable capacity to accentuate food flavors; and most certainly a great wine to have at the beginning of a meal. WEBSITE: none PRICE: between 50 and 100 $

DOMAINE FRANÇOIS CARILLON PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1ER CRU, LES CHAMPS GRAIN, 2010 COUNTRY: France (Burgundy) COLOR: white TASTING: Pure hints of yellow flowers and ripe peaches. An amazing balance between the purity of fruits and the use of oak, bringing a greater level of complexity to the wine. An example of great winemaking. WEBSITE: francois-carillon.com PRICE: between 100 and 200 $

HENNESSY MENU AT THE SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, PARIS Up to the beginning of February 2017, the Shangri-La Hotel Paris is hosting the Shang Palace restaurant, run by starred chef Samuel Lee Sum, an unusual tasting experience centered around a gourmet menu and Hennessy X.O and Hennessy Paradis Impérial cognacs. Combining the chef’s inspiration with creations and selections from Hennessy’s master blender Yann Fillioux, this menu is a perfect match between the subtlety of Asian flavors and the elegant character of Hennessy cognacs. Menu price: $310. www.hennessy.com and www.shangrila.com/paris


PHILIPPE FAURE-BRAC World’s Best Sommelier 1992

ERIC BEAUMARD 8 Vice-Best Sommelier in the World 1998

GÉRARD MARGEON

Head Sommelier for Alain Ducasse

DISCOVER THE TASTINGS OF THE WORLD’S BEST SOMMELIERS PHILIPPE BOURGUIGNON France’s Best Sommelier 1978

PHILIPPE JAMESSE

Head Sommelier, champagne expert

OLIVIER POUSSIER

DAVID BIRAUD

World’s Best Sommelier 2000

World’s 2nd Best Sommelier 2016

ENRICO BERNARDO

World’s Best Sommelier 2004

SHINYA TASAKI

World’s Best Sommelier 1995

DISCOVER THROUGHOUT THE ISSUES OF OUR MAGAZINE AN EXCEPTIONAL OENOLOGICAL HERITAGE THE MOST MAJESTIC COGNAC AND CHAMPAGNE HOUSES, THE GREAT CHATEAUX AND ESTATES. THE TASTING NOTES OF THE GREATEST SOMMELIERS, THE LEGENDARY CELLARS OF THE STARRED RESTAURANTS, THE AUCTIONS OF THE FINEST BOTTLES.

WINE TASTING  

10 sommeliers deliver their tasting notes

WINE TASTING  

10 sommeliers deliver their tasting notes

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