Happiness is a big reason why I enjoy wine so much! When I sip a nice wine that I like, I’d smile from my heart. When I see a very good vintage wine from an outstanding chateau, my eyes will look like the heart-shaped emoji icon. Not every wine will make me happy, just like not every guy will make your heart beats faster. One of the wines that most people will be happy to sip is Krug champagne. I’m also very delighted to meet with Maggie Henriquez, the President and CEO of Krug, again. She introduced the newly launched Krug 2004 to Hong Kong market. Krug 2004 has been aged for at least 13 years, with a combination of 39% Chardonnay, 37% Pinot Noir and 24 % Pinot Meunier. This is the third vintage after 1981 and 1998 that has more Chardonnay than Pinot Noir. The weather was better than 2003 and Chardonnay was outstanding in 2004. It is very fresh and lively with white flowers, green apple, kumquat, mineral, honey and candied spices notes. The acidity is high with great potential. If you drink Krug, you should know that they have a Krug App, where you can scan the Krug ID to get more detailed information about the champagne, as well as a music pairing song recommendation for you. So which song is a good pairing with Krug 2004? Krug has invited Lianne La Havas, the British singer-songwriter to be the musician for Krug 2004. We paired the champagne with her song Unstoppable. I asked Maggie when they would invite musicians to do the music pairing for Krug. She said that when the chef de caves thinks that it’s about the right time to release the champagne, they would recork the bottle to settle for another year and invite the musicians to do the pairing. How do I feel about the music pairing? It does taste better under a more relaxed and happy mood with more fruitiness coming out from the pairing.
I’m also so blessed that I tried my first bottle of Chateau Latour 1947 at a gathering! I’m so happy and it feels like I’ve won Mark Six! I still keep smiling whenever I think about it. 1947 was a good vintage in Bordeaux. How does this 1st growth grand cru classe taste like? It has forest, toasty, dried mushroom, leather, old oak, dried raspberries, dried roses and dried tea leaves notes. It has more dried prune and toffee notes after breathing. It's amazing and still very lively at 70 years old! There is really a kind of happiness that you can only get from wine!
我喜愛葡萄酒的其中一個重大原因是快樂！喝到佳釀時真的會從心底笑出來，見到超級大莊的好年份葡萄酒會即時心心眼！當然不是每支酒都會令我心心眼，就等如不是每個男人也會令你心動一樣。其中一個肯定人見人愛的快樂來源是Krug香檳！很高興又與Krug香檳總裁兼CEO Maggie Henriquez 會面，今次她帶來全新Krug 2004年到港為亞洲發佈會的首站。全新Krug 2004年最少陳年了13年，包括39% Chardonnay、37% Pinot Noir 及24% Pinot Meunier。 這支2004年是繼1981及1998年後第三支會以Chardonnay比重多於Pinot Noir的Krug香檳， 因為這年天氣比2003年好，而Chardonnay亦特別出色。此香檳味道非常清新活潑，帶白花、青蘋果、柑橘、礦物、蜜糖、糖衣香料等味，酸度高，非常有potential。如果你有飲開Krug，應該知道佢有自己的Krug App，只要數一數Krug ID便知這支酒的詳細資料，最獨特的是Krug特別為不同Krug香檳提供配對的音樂pairing。那2004年配那首歌？Krug邀請了英國歌手兼作曲家Lianne La Havas 為這年份的代言人，並一起邊喝邊聽她作曲及演繹的Unstoppable。我問Maggie她們何時邀請音樂家為香檳作音樂配對。她說當釀酒師認為支酒可以差不多出世時，她們會將酒從新裝新酒塞再放一年，然後邀請音樂家來試酒並創作。聽著音樂pairing喝Krug2004年真係好飲點，心情更愉快開懷，果香更跳脫！
近日更有幸喝了人生第一支Chateau Latour 1947年！簡直開心到有如中了六合彩！現在回想都仲笑咪咪！1947年係波爾多的好年份，到底這支波爾多一級莊的葡萄酒是什麼味的呢？希望在此與大家分享。此酒帶乾菇、烤烘、舊橡木、森林、皮革、乾紅莓、乾玫瑰及乾茶葉味，以七十之齡仍然很活潑，唞氣後乾梅子及單寧開放了，亦帶點拖肥的餘韻，好棒啊！有種快樂是葡萄酒才能給你的呀！