To show its support for the small and sustainable wineries located around the world, The Baker & The Bottleman is to launch a series of wine nights Led By Master Sommelier Pierre Brunelli, which will take place in the Bottleman on the second floor of the property.
In Wan Chai’s vibrant Lee Tung Avenue is The Baker & The Bottleman. During the day, it is a modern sustainable bakery serving fine British bakes, and as darkness falls, it turns into a natural wine bar. From 6:00 pm every Thursday through to Saturday, The Baker & The Bottleman’s upstairs space transforms into a relaxed and casual wine bar where guests can enjoy snacks, natural wines, cheese and cold cuts, and now, the new themed wine nights.
On 29th October (Saturday), The Bottleman will host its first wine tasting night with the theme of Champagne Growers, focusing on biodynamic Champagne varieties, with a curated food pairing experience. The Champagne Growers Night is priced at HK$880+10% per guest. On 12th November (Saturday), the wine night series will continue with the theme of “France vs New World”, which is priced at HK$680+10% per person.
Champagne Growers Night – 29th October
The Champagne Growers Night is a journey into the world of biodynamic viticulture, which eliminates the use of chemicals and uses only natural materials and composts. Six 75 ml glasses of Champagnes will be served throughout the evening, paired with various snacks.
The tasting experience will begin with Larmandier-Bernier, Longitude, Blanc de Blancs, MV from the Cote des Blancs subregion of Champagne, with notes of bright Meyer lemon, fresh grated hazelnut and chalkiness; and Fleury, Rose de Saignee, MV, with notes of rich rose, cranberry, burnt orange skin and confected cherry. The Champagnes are served with the complementing flavours of truffle pudding, anchovies on toast, and beef crackers.
Next will be Vouette et Sorbee, Blanc D’Argile, MV, a rich blanc de blancs with great vinosity, with notes of quince, yellow plum, toasty almond and a salty finish; Bereche & fils, Coteaux Champenois, 1999, a mature red wine from the Montagne de Reims subregion with tasting notes of Beetroot-Esque earthiness, dried mushroom and dried cranberry; and Cedric Bouchard, Roses de Jeanne, Cote de Val-Vilaine, Blanc de Noir, 2018 from Cotes des Bar, which exudes rich notes of green apple, cranberry, and toasted nuts.
The three Champagnes are served with a cured meat platter that consists of truffled ham, chorizo and serrano, and truffled Brillat-Savarin with crackers, bread, pickles, vinegar/olive oil and honey.
For the final pairing, savour a Vilmart, Ratafia de Champagne, Chardonnay, MV ( Vilmart, Ratafia de Champagne, Pinot Noir, MV ) from the Montagne de Reims subregion, which is sweet with hints of biscuit, almond, dry raspberry, and cocoa, with an indulgent dessert of sticky toffee pudding.
France vs New World Night – 12th November
The second wine night will showcase the difference between French wines and New World wines, defined as wines produced outside the traditional wine-growing areas of Europe and the Middle East. Each flight will be paired with a special snack selected by The Baker & The Bottleman team.
The flight will kick off with Bret Brother Saint Veran La Combe Desroche, Burgundy, 2019 from France, a highly linear style of wine from the Maconnais in southern Burgundy, with notes of ripe yellow apple, fresh butter and some nuttiness, paired alongside Craven Chardonnay, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2021, a light and flinty South African chardonnay with notes of ripe Meyer lemon, fresh almond and white flowers.
The following flight will feature David Reynaud, Crozes-Hermitage, Les Georges, Rhone Valley, 2019, a meaty and inky Syrah from France’s Rhone Valley with black pepper, black olive, blackberry, and a touch of smoke, as well as Fromm, Syrah, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2017, a light style of New World Syrah with hints of dried flowers, white and black pepper, and fresh mulberry.
The final flight will include Jerome Bretaudeau, Statera, Pinot Noir, Loire Valley, 2020, a beautiful, structured, and complex example of Pinot Noir from the Atlantic in northwestern France, along with Simha, Beauregard, Pinot Noir, Tasmania, Australia, 2018, a unique style of Pinot Noir that is created first by fermenting in amphora and leaving for three months on the skin. The wine showcases a lovely pepperiness, some brambly fruit, dried flowers and supple tannins.
About the Bottleman’s wine selection
The Bottleman’s hand-picked wine selection begins at HK$180 per bottle for takeaway and HK$380 for dine-in, featuring a diverse range of vintages from around the world. With unique labels from Loire Valley in France to Bio Bio Valley in Chile, the selection is sure to please and intrigue all wine fans.
For more information on The Bottleman’s new themed wine nights and evening wine bar, visit https://thebakerandthebottleman.hk/.
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