A very enjoyable and educational recent wine dinner at Restaurant Markus, hosted by Marcus Lai of Asia Wine Cellar showcasing the wonderful wines of Domaine Gros Frere et Soeur.

All wines were from the same 2017 vintage but different plots in and around Vosne Romanee area, some only metres from another; contrasts were remarkable, and given time to open up in the glass, each wine was quite outstanding.

Every wine is beautifully made, the standout memory for me was the harmony of fruit, acid, tannins and body; not one managing to stand out from the whole. None of the wines were decanted so it did take some time for the slightly off type smell to evaporate and allow the real deal to shine.

My personal two favourites were the GFS  Chemin des Moines de Vergy, and the GFS Vosne Romanee 1er Cru. Overall these were the most impressive set of red Burgundies I have had the pleasure of meeting in a very long time.

Marcus Lai will sit his final exams for the prestigious Master Of Wine title next year. If he gets through I’m pretty sure he will be the first Malaysian MW. His wine knowledge is stupendous, coupled to which he is an entertaining educator. We wish him the very best with the final exams.

Food by Markus Lee was superb, the first pasta dish one of the best I have had.  Homemade Limoncello Meringue Pie was gorgeous—we’ll bring a wine for that next time!

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