Rendez-vous Wines & Spirits where…

Story & photos by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet

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The indomitable Travelling Gourmet tastes the Wines & Spirits of all the appellations of France including Champagne, Alsace, Languedoc-Roussillon, Val de la Loire, Sud-West, Bordeaux & more…

MUCH more at the Hilton Singapore. Organised by Maison Economique UBIFrance of the French Embassy, I tried many good but little known wines and found some gorgeous gems.

Tendil et Lombardi Champagne


One of the 75 maisons de champagne in the region, I liked:

Blanc de Blancs of which only 50,000 bottles are produced. It riveted me with the intense lime and fresh cut lemon flavours plus the excellent ‘attack’.

Rose de Saignee made with 100% Pinot Noir. I admired the colour of pink roses made by 5o hours of skin contact, something unusual in Champagne where most Roses are made by adding red wine. Ripe red berries seduced my tastebuds…

The piece de resistance was Cuvee Hymenee. Hymenee means in Greek: a perfect marraige, something very rare nowadays. Here the marraige of 50% Pinot Noir & 50% Chardonnay makes this a good match with Coquille Saint-Jacques (scallops) in a light creamy sauce spiked with garlic.


To be continued…

About thetravellinggourmet

As a renowned Travel, Food & Wine Writer he has travelled the world in a keen & indomitable pursuit of exotic delicacies & fine wines. His articles have been published in over 20 prestigious publications, both local & international. Dr. Lim has toured and trained in Wine Evaluation & Oenology in most of the world's top wine producing areas from France to Australia. The Travelling Gourmet says, "Gastronomy has no frontier. These are the gastronomic voyages of The Travelling Gourmet. My unending mission. To explore strange new cuisines, to seek out new wines and new culinary experiences, to boldly go where no gourmet has gone before...." Have pen, will travel. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any other information storage & retrieval system, without permission from Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet and/or MSN. Material may be works of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents may be true but may also be products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance whatsoever to actual person or persons, either dead or living, events, or locales may be entirely and purely coincidental and unintentional. No part of this website may be used to villify others or for criminal purposes. Interests: Travel, Food, Wines, Cooking, Wine Appreciation, Parachuting, Languages, Music, Reading, Swimming, Hunting, Ballet, Fencing, Archery, Anthropology and more... The Travelling Gourmet is a copyrighted trademark. All rights and photos reserved. No part may be reproduced without permission.
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