This Mother’s Day, show mum how elegant, refined and sweet she is with a gift of wine to match her personality. wine etc’s Mathieu Marc Pouchan explains his favourite Mother’s Day selections, priced from HKD$239 to HKD$3350, available at wine etc shops now.
For the sweet and sophisticated mum, Rieussec 2010, Sauternes (375ml, HKD$415) is blessed with a pure and lifted bouquet with ripe peach, nectarine and honey with hints of shaved ginger that poke their head above the surface with aeration. It is very subtle with a medium-bodied palate and fine tannins, a perfect acidity and convincing harmony. This is a sophisticated Sauternes with superb mineralite and outstanding persistency.
For chic and classy mums, Schlumberger Gewurztraminer Les Princes Abbes 2011 (750ml, HKD$239) is an elegant and light-footed silky white offering textbook Gewürztraminer character with accents of rose petal, cream and spice with the flavors of lychee, melon and candied grapefruit zest. It shows an echo of minerality on the finish.
For cultured mums, Bouscasse Frimaire Pacherenc du Vic Bilh 1996 (500ml, HKD$785) offers a blend of Petit Manseng and Petit Courbu with notes of candied fruits and flavors of spices and truffles. Pair it with foie gras from the Gascony region, rich desserts, yellow fruits (apricots, peaches, etc), or cheeses from the Pyrénées.
For the lovely and refined mum, Yquem 2008, Sauternes (375ml, HKD$1,390) has a subtle, delicate but very pretty bouquet with fine definition and astounding minerality. The palate is beautifully poised, tense and tightly coiled on the entry and then it explodes with pure, unbridled, joyous fruit, struck with a silver thread of acidity. It displays exemplary tension and freshness along with great persistency in the mouth.
For the mum that is like no other, Climens 2001, Barsac (750ml, HKD$3,350) has a deliriously complex and intense bouquet that is beautifully defined: dried quince and marmalade, honeycomb and antique furniture. Like mum, this is a wine that demands attention and sticks out from the crowd. It is wonderfully balanced with fabulous intensity and a long, citrus-tinged finish that is utterly beguiling.