wine tasting with pierre legrandois

i have a very nice wine tasting at the mandarin oriental last saturday with pierre legrandois, the cheif somelier for the hotel in hong kong.

firstly, the setting was certainly impressive being in the super exclusive krug room located right in the middle of the hotel kitchen with a stunning marbe table and an entire wall being a floor to ceiling window overlooking the action on the kitchen.

pierre legrandois is a very ''sympathique'' somelier who is passionate about wine and certainly very knowledgeable.  his approach was entirely casual and accessible: he was there to demistify wine and to give us a tour of the most typical wines that we may encounter in all good quality restaurants.

for me, being at diploma level of WSET, the information he provided was mostly a review of what i had heard before in other tastings and classes.  however, it was delivered with insight and enthusiasm and that made me feel very comfortable with what i have learned until now.

his selection was classic and very interesting in that the wines we tasted were very good representations of their kind and the quality was outstanding. 

we tasted:


2003 riesling cuvee f. emile trimbach, alsace france

2004 chassagne montrachet fontaine gagnard, burgundy france

2006 sauvignon blanc leewin estate, margaret river australia


2004 gevrey chambertin vielles vignes f. magnien, burgundy france

2001 brunello di montalcino siro pacenti, tuscany italy (my favourite, described below)

2003 cabernet suavignon voyager estate, margaret river australia


2001 brunello di montalcino siro pacenti - tasting notes:

our tasting notes are based on the WSET systematic approach to tasting (diploma level 4 - light wines):


clear bright, deep ruby red at the core with tints of purple.  with a paler rim and plenty of long, and luscious legs at the bowl.


clean, developping, medium (+) aromas of dark forest fruits - blackcurrents, blackberries, blueberries, gamey (animal/meaty), spciy, loquorice, vanilla.  complex and at the same time elegant.


dry, medium acidity, medium (-) tannins (ripe and round), full body, medium (+) alcohol.  medium intensity as nose. characters of tobbaco box, raisins and toffee. complex, savoury, and long lasting. pleasant and soft on the palate.


complex, long lasting and savoury.  each nose and sip reveals layers and layers of aromas and flavours.  very well balanced and pleasant on palate.

a good wine to drink now but can be kept for years.