BY CK Lam
The Chateau Palmer Wine Dinner organized by Asiaeuro introduced the renowned wines from the Margaux appellation of Bordeaux for an intimate set of 36 guests. The event held at Hotel Equatorial Penang begin with a Processco reception at the Blue Moon before proceeding to The View restaurant for dinner.
Damien Grelat, Export Director for Asia along with Bernard de Laage de Meux, Development Director of Château Palmer, guided us through the different vintages of Château Palmer: Alter Ego Margaux 2009 and 2005, Château Palmer Margaux 2006 as well as the 2004. The Alter Ego is a “second label,” produced by the Chateau since 1998.
Guests were enthralled with a sumptuous four-course dinner, paired with the four wines from Marquax. The first course was the hors d’oeuvres – light dishes of grilled Hokkaido scallops and pan-fried jumbo prawn.
The dish of grilled Hokkaido scallops, foie gras, hamachi sashimi with traditional condiments was accompanied by the Alter Ego Margaux 2009. The velvety red wine with an almost exotic nose and terrific concentration went well with the food.
Pan-fried jumbo prawn with creamy saffron sauce; accompanied by the Alter Ego Margaux 2005. The elegant full-bodied wine decanted before serving was more complex with fruits and spices, as compared to the 2009 vintage.
From the light dishes, we moved on to the entree menu. My choice of char broiled Milk fed Dutch Veal Sirloin was served with black truffle demi glace and saute vegetables. The dish was paired with both the Chateau Palmer Margaux 2006 and 2004. It was an opportunity to taste the two vintages. Both the reds were of good quality, with the full-bodied Chateau Palmer Margaux 2006 being my favorite preference for the evening. The aroma and acidity of this smooth deep red ruby color wine with lovely floral was delicately balanced for a lovely finish. The pairing was simply perfect.
On the other hand, the purple-ruby color Chateau Palmer Margaux 2004 with a blend of 47% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petit Verdot has interesting strength and more muscular. According to Damien Grelat, this 2004 bottle provides good value for money.
The evening continued with dessert, a serving of molten lava cake paired with a scoop of ice-cream.
Bernard de Laage de Meux, myself and Damien Grelat (right)
It was an enjoyable evening with the Chateau Palmer Margaux wines. These great wines are available at Vino Vino Bistro. The 2009, 2005, 2006 and 2004 go for RM850, RM920, RM2,100 and RM2,100 per bottle.
Vino Vino Bistro
Lorong Bayan Indah 2
11900 Bayan Lepas
Tel: 04 6451188
Monday to Saturday – 12noon to 1am
Sunday – 5pm to 1am
* Many thanks to Asiaeuro for extending this invitation.