The Macallan, the Edition No. 3
The latest release from The Macallan, the Edition No. 3 is the result of a collaboration between the Speyside whisky producer and renowned master perfumer Roja Dove. The third in the Edition Series, this limited edition release sees Dove lend his sensory skills and experience to whisky production by describing the distinctive aromas of particular oak casks, which master whisky maker Bob Dalgarno used to shape No. 3’s final character. A combination of casks was used to create the single malt, including Tevasa and Hudosa as well as other European and American oak refill casks. Brimming with notes of fresh citrus, apple, and vanilla, the whisky is best enjoyed neat alongside dark chocolate or matured cheeses at the end of a meal. www.themacallan.com
Louis XIII The Legacy
In a move to honour the contribution of its four generations of cellar masters, Louis XIII has released a limited edition decanter called Louis XIII The Legacy. Limited to a release of just 500 decanters worldwide, each decanter is personally and individually hand-signed by André Giraud, Georges Clot, Pierrette Trichet (who is also the first female cellar master of a major Cognac house), and Baptiste Loiseau, the house’s current and youngest cellar master. The precious decanter holds one of the most famed Cognacs in the world, made from a blend of up to 1,200 eaux-de-vie sourced exclusively from grande Champagne sites. “Louis XIII The Legacy represents the importance of transmission in continuing a great legacy. A century in the making, a gift of Louis XIII is the gift of time,” says Baptiste, adding that the complexity and depth of the Cognac is best savoured neat or along with caviar or lobster. www.louisxiii-cognac.com
Krug Les Créations de 2004
Krug has recently released its latest vintage Champagne, the Les Créations de 2004. It is the final Champagne in the second ever trilogy of vintages created by the house, the first being 1988, 1989, and 1990, while the second comprises 2002, 2003, and 2004. Made from fruit at the peak of their ripeness, it offers ginger, candied citrus, plum, and mirabelle on the nose, leading to a palate of brioche, honey, oranges, lemon, and mandarin. “With its freshness, vibrancy, and citrus notes, Krug 2004 will pair beautifully with sea urchin, salmon tartar, or caviar,” recommends cellar master Eric Lebel. www.krug.com
Produced by Groot Constantia — the oldest wine-producing estate in South Africa — the Grand Constance is a wine that has re-emerged from the mists of history under the careful guidance of winemaker Boela Gerber. (Groot Constantia’s Cloete Cellar, the only place where the historical wine was ever made, has on display a bottle from the 1821 vintage.) Using a blend of red and white Muscat de Frontignan from the block of vines sited next to the Grand Constantia Manor, the recreation was first unveiled in 2010, whereupon it garnered international interest and acclaim. Ever since, it has been in raking in awards at wine shows and competitions, winning over critics with its richness and singular expression. Offering a nose and palate typically dominated by dried apricot, honey, caramel, rose petal, and Turkish delight, the wine is a great accompaniment to creamy cheeses and rich paté. The 2014 Groot Constantia Grand Constance and other Groot Constantia labels are distributed by Stellez Vine. www.stellezvine.com.sg
Petrus/Chateau Montrose/Tua Rita Giusto di Notri
When it comes to wine gifting, you can’t go wrong with the classics. Ranking among our favourites right now is the 2001 Chateau Montrose, which by our reckoning is approaching its peak. The wine has lots to offer in complexity and depth, with appealing notes of juicy blackcurrant and cherry backed by nuances of earth and compost. Possessing quite a bit of power and assertiveness, this is a great accompaniment to grilled and roasts meats or dishes such as beef stew or beef brisket.
The 2007 Tua Rita Giusto di Notri is also a very attractive choice, seeing that it is already a decade old. Soft and elegant with lovely concentration of aromas and flavours evoking ripe black fruits, it pairs beautifully with lamb rack, pork belly, or barbecued meats. It offers extraordinary value for its price, but the fact that it will benefit from another five to 10 years of cellaring means that this is a gift that keeps giving.
If you are feeling particularly indulgent, opt for a 1961 Petrus magnum, which is undoubtedly one of the most sought-after wines of all time. Packed with black cherry, coffee, and dark fruit characters, this is something entirely in a league of its own, to be appreciated on its own or alongside a lightly seasoned premium cut of steak. There is only one bottle of it in Singapore. These wines are available from The BB Cellar. www.thebbcellar.com.sg
Dom Pérignon Vintage 2009
This year, Dom Pérignon partners Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka to unveil a distinct facet of Dom Pérignon Vintage 2009, a vintage the maison defines as one marked by luminous vibration and radiant emotions. “Light is the bridge between our shared aesthetic ideals and creative values,” says Yoshioka, who has created a crystal installation called Prism that cradles the Dom Pérignon bottle at its heart. The wine itself, described by Yoshioka as “a memory of light”, is complex and profound, offering guava, ripe peach, and brioche on the nose and palate — Pierre-Louis Araud, the ambassador of the Champagne house, suggests pairing it with caviar, oysters, and seafood. Prism will be made-to-order by Baccarat and available via Dom Pérignon Private Sales, while a limited edition bottling sees the artist reinterpret Dom Pérignon’s emblematic shield as a force emerging from the dark tinted Champagne bottle, reprised on the coffret along with Yoshioka’s signature. www.domperignon.com