Michel Negrier, export director of Domaines Barons de Rothschild—Lafite Wines
Always thrilled to receive a wine tasting invite, Aspri Spirits’ Domaines Barons de Rothschild (DBR) affair was promptly marked up in my calendar.
A well-executed do at the plush Grand Hyatt had kind of set the tone for a lavish afternoon right at the reception.
As I was directed towards Soma (an intimate sit down section of the hotel), I was greeted by the distinguished Michel Negrier, export director of Domaines Barons de Rothschild—Lafite Wines.
Passionate about wine, music and sports among other things, the gentleman narrates the very interesting DBR tale with a documentary that traces the company’s past, present, future and talks extensively about Lafite Wines.
Quickly then, we move on to the highlight of the afternoon (well, in my opinion anyway). The wine tasting session brings to light the extensive range of DBR- Lafite wines that Aspri will be bringing to India.
The Réserve Spéciale Bordeaux Blanc, Réserve Spéciale Bordeaux Rouge and Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon.
First up in my goblet is what Negrier describes as an appetiser in itself—the Réserve Spéciale Bordeaux Blanc. An exquisite white wine that truly needs no companion, this Bordeaux make uses a variety of grapes like the Sauvignon, Sémillon and Muscadelle. I will soon realise that this one scores highest on my list.
Next up is the Réserve Spéciale Bordeaux Rouge. From the Entre-Deux-Mers region, Negrier reveals that this red wine works Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to create a fine blend. With a hint of Cabernet Franc also included, I’d have to say the wine was very smooth, not grainy, and not too fussy either. A simple, good red wine that would pair well with most foods, I reckon.
Finally my gullet made way for the Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon. The name makes evident the variety of grapes used. My first sip registered mental notes of the fruity kick and fleshy structure of the wine. Negrier confirms, sharing that the wine employs aromas of black cherries, raspberries and plums, finished off with a hint of spice. Most potent and with a strong taste, Negrier believes the Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon will be a big hit in the Indian market. I, for one, have always been a Rosé loyalist so prefer a subtler, effortlessly smoother taste, but by gauging the reaction of my fellow tasters, I’d have to admit that Negrier’s done his groundwork and this one will indeed be popular with the majority.
Anyways, like all good things must come to an end, so did the wine tasting. After taking seconds and peering over at the Domaines Barons de Rothschild’s Lafite range, I work in the obvious when, where and what questions.
So here are the deets: Aspri will release close to 14 DBR wines in India. This would include the ones I mentioned, along with Légende Bordeaux Rouge and Blanc, Réserve Spéciale Paulliac, Blason d'Aussières Corbières, Château d'Aussières Corbières, Aussières Rouge and Blanc (Vins de Pays), Le Dix de Los Vascos, Réserve Spéciale Médoc, The Grande Réserve and Los Vascos’s Chardonnay.
Priced at Rs 1,990 upwards, we recommend you stock up on Domaines Barons de Rothschild’s wines at the airport duty free to save yourself a sizeable amount of the cost.
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