Tina Cellar a Hong Kong wine importer, spoke of her fondness for Xavier’s Chateauneuf du Pape wines when she first experienced it about a decade ago by chance. The measure she has taken to finally convince and secure Mr Xavier’s commitment from their tiny French village is a moving story to be told. Fast forward to 2013 and Tina is now their exclusive wine distributor in Hong Kong! Mr Xavier himself is a wine consultant for many big French wineries and his own Xavier Branded CdP wines are cropped from the best of old vines and 2 blended GSM vintages recently got awarded 96 Points by Robert Parker Jr. He has now collaborated with Michelin 2 Starred Alvin Leung’s Bo Innovation restaurant to blend together a MSG wine (a word play on GSM, aka Grenache Syrah Mourvedre), to pair with Alvin’s Asian fusion dishes.
Rear: Base Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre for us to play with blending ourselves.
Front Glass: Our own, final adjusted blend according to what we think can pair with most foods below at Bo Innovation. It is work in progress for the afternoon as we hectically played with each component hoping for the best!
Xavier’s progressive Blending Experiment on the Spot -
He just blended the 3 Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre with different proportions on the spot. They were all great actually but with very different start to finishing palates and tannin structure. Ability to age the wines is also taken into consideration by Xavier from his own experience with regards to acidity and tannins present. The last of these 3 transitional wine blends is going to be the 2010 Cuvee to work with Bo Innovation’s food.
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