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As Victor Hugo once wrote: “God made only water, but man made wine.” Fine wine paired with gourmet meals ascends to the heights of culinary artistry. From Bordeaux to Tuscany, this month Heritage Fashion chooses some of our favorite bottles from legendary European winemakers.
Château Mouton Rothschild (France)
Bordeaux wines are always among the most coveted in the world. And when it comes to Bordeaux, you can’t fail to mention Pauillac, a legendary commune home to some of the world’s most famous wines, such as Château Mouton Rothschild.
The average price of a Château Mouton Rothschild wine is US$618. This enchanting Bordeaux red is recommended to be served at slightly higher than 15oC to fully awaken the fresh sensation and complex flavors of this wine. Château Mouton goes well with all types of meat. One delicious pairing is with roast veal and rosemary; a single bite of the veal and a sip of Château Mouton will make you want to thank France for such a perfect gift from nature.
Petrus Pomerol (France)
Also a Bordeaux product, a bottle of Petrus Pomerol wine has an average price of US$2,771. Petrus Pomerol reaches maturity point after 20 years; however, younger bottles, dating back to around 2012, can still be amazingly refined if decanted for two to four hours before serving.
Featuring a reddish-brown color and flavors of coffee, cinnamon, chocolate, damp soil and even the sweetness of fresh flowers, Petrus Pomerol blends harmoniously with many dishes. The wine pairs strikingly well with Asian foods such as Peking duck rolled with a bit of cucumber, spring onion and soy sauce. Less elaborate, a medium rare steak with a nice char marvelously accentuates the taste of Petrus Pomerol.
Château d’Yquem (France)
For connoisseurs, debates over the best wine is always a never-ending game. Château d’Yquem, however, is an exception, as most wine connoisseurs admit they it is simply one of the best white wines in the world.
A bottle of Château d’Yquem may age for over 30 years, but even though “with age comes wisdom,” a newer Château d’Yquem is still highly appreciated for its fresh natural fruit tastes that seem condensed in every single drop. In contrast to red wine, Château d’Yquem can be served instantly without being decanted, given its sweet and subtle tastes. Ideal serving temperature is also a bit lower than that of red wine – just 14oC awakens the flavors and aroma of Château d’Yquem. Seafood is the most common pairing for this white wine, but gourmands have another suggestion: foie gras, whose fatty and delicious taste goes perfectly with a glass of Château d’Yquem.
Masseto Toscana IGT (Italy)
While France is reputed for its wine capital of Bordeaux, Italy prides itself on its wine cellars in Tuscany, which exports the country’s choicest wines. Masseto Toscana IGT, one of the most expensive products of this region, has an average price over US$700. It’s favored for its smooth texture and harmonious blending between succulent fruits, herbs, coffee, black pepper and vanilla.
The generous fruit and delineated aromatics of Masseto is a good blend for fatty foods such as Italy’s signature Parmesan cheese or pasta dishes such as spaghetti Bolognese. More elegantly, venison stew with local herbs is an intriguing accompaniment for a bottle of Masseto.
Vega Sicilia Unico Gran Reserva (Spain)
As one of the oldest wine brands in Spain, Vega Sicilia Unico is reputed for its strong and warm flavors formed by the blending of various local grape varieties. Bottles that date back over 20 years ago are praised for an impeccable harmony of flavors including leather, smoke and bitter chocolate, which are finished with a slightly bitter aftertaste.
To plan a feast that serves Vega Sicilia, chefs usually favor simple and refined menu that moderates spices and accentuates all the shades of this unconventional wine. Lamb chops with garlic and just a sprinkle of salt is a unique addition to serve with a glass of Vega Sicilia. And of course, it’s hard to stop with just one glass!