Made-in-China might be slowly shedding its unsavoury reputation – for some liquors at least.
Grace Vineyard Deep Blue
One of the leading family-owned wineries in China, Grace Vineyard shocked the wine world by creating delectable blends in an unlikely area: Shanxi, a place known for its coal-mining industry and high air pollution rates. They enlisted French wine scholar Denis Boubals, who managed to achieve Bordeaux-like draining soil in Taigu County. The winery proved its success with the Deep Blue in February 2018 - a Bordeaux blend with concentrated cassis notes, and hints of vanilla and spice.
Priced at S$75 from alh.com.sg
Langjiu Qinghua Lang 20-Year Vintage
Aged in the company's "Tian Bao Cave" for at least 20 years, pristine spring water from the Chisui River basin and a high-altitude sorghum unique to Erlang Town are transformed into this ‘sauce-aroma’ (jiang xiang) baijiu. Expect a full-bodied tipple and long-lasting aroma, ideal with pickled or spicy foods. It also took home the double gold medal at the 2017 China Wine & Spirits Awards.
Available in selected restaurants and bars
Luzhou Laojiao National Cellar 1573
This strong aroma (nong xiang) baijiu gets its name from the cellars it was aged in. Clay cellars, dating to 1573, the opening year of distillery Luzhou Laojiao, were used to combine local red sorghum and over 600 types of yeast starters to create an intense spirit laced with Thai jasmine and fermented beans.
Priced at $215 from alh.com.sg
Silver Heights The Summit
The young and talented winemaker Emma Gao has been impressing international connoisseurs with this high quality Bordeaux blend. Not only did she cut her teeth at Château Calon-Ségur, she brought home a Diplôme National d’Oenologue from Bordeaux. The Summit features a complex nose of cracked black pepper and red fruits, followed by berries and chocolate.
Price upon request at Praelum Wine Bistro. 4 Duxton Hill.