Events News & Events: Rhôning in the deep | KOT Selections Trade Tasting

Rhone Valley Trade Tasting

For our very first Trade Tasting of the year, KOT Selections will be featuring two of our winegrowers hailing from the Rhône Valley. We are delighted to be working with Eric Texier, an old friend, and Helen Durand of Domaine du Trapadis. Both have exceptional vineyards outside of the well-known appellations, from which they make equally exceptional wines.

Join us on Thursday, 16 February, from 2:00-5:30pm for a tasting of the following wines:

Chardonnay
2014 Eric Texier Mâcon
2013 Eric Texier Mâcon Bussières Très Vieilles Vignes

Rhône Whites
2015 Eric Texier Côtes du Rhône Brézème Blanc
2013 Eric Texier Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Blanc

Syrah (Northern Rhône)
2014 Eric Texier Côtes du Rhône Brézème Rouge
2014 Eric Texier Côtes du Rhône St. Julien en St. Alban Rouge

Grenache-based blends (Southern Rhône)
2014 Domaine du Trapadis Côtes du Rhône-Villages Cairanne
2014 Domaine du Trapadis Rasteau Tradition
2014 Eric Texier Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Rouge

Sweet
2014 Domaine du Trapadis Rasteau VdN (50cl)

Please note that this tasting is strictly for Trade members only. Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us!

Events News & Events: Castell d’Age x Morsels

Our good friend, Olivia Junyent from Castell d’Age is coming to Singapore!

KOT Selections is collaborating with Morsels to host a 5 course dinner accompanied with a  tasting of 4 different wines – all explained by Olivia herself.

Enjoy a night of cavas and other still wines, immerse in the adventurous stories that Olivia has to share about her experiences in and out of the vineyards, and ask the questions that you have always had for a winemaker.

Make your reservations by e-mail or calling +65 6396 6302 now!

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Events News & Events: Castell d’Age Wine Dinner x ME@OUE

Our good friend, Olivia Junyent from Castell d’Age is coming to Singapore!

KOT Selections is collaborating with ME@OUE to host a scrumptious Winegrower Dinner on the 28th June 2016 – 5 wines, 4 courses, 4 cuisines – how can you resist?

Enjoy a night of cavas and other still wines, immerse in the adventurous stories that Olivia has to share about her experiences in and out of the vineyards, and ask the questions that you have always had for a winemaker.

Make your reservations by e-mail or calling +65 6634 4555 now!

Castell d'Age x KOT Selections

 

Events: Better than French Kisses!

French Wine & Cheese Tasting


We will be collaborating with the good folks at Gallery & Co. and The Cheese Artisans to bring you a glorious night to welcome a well-deserved Labour Day rest.

Taste and bring home 5 exquisite regional French wines, each paired meticulously with a selection of cheeses, and then dance the night away as Block Party ft. Julien Brochard will be DJ-ing after 9 pm. For more information, please visit the Facebook event page.

Purchase your tickets at $50 nett per person here now!

Blog News: Wine Pairing with Singaporean Hawker Food

ChixRice_1Maxwell Food Centre, located at the heart of Tanjong Pagar, has become a popular favourite amongst the CBD crowd and tourists alike. Known to be packed with award-winning stores and cheap prices, it’s hard not to love Maxwell.

We have decided to take on the challenge of conducting a wine pairing with perhaps one of the most famous stalls at Maxwell, Tian Tian Chicken Rice, and its long-term rival, Ah Tai Chicken Rice.

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 Rumours have it that the owner of Ah Tai Chicken Rice, Mr Wong, had previously worked at Tian Tian for more than 20 years, and after a fight with the management, decided to open his own stall just a few feet away. The news articles were printed flamboyantly on Ah Tai’s stall front like a declaration of war, catching the eye of many curious passersby that were deliberating between ordering the two.

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Left: 2014 Vincent Gaudry Mélodie de Vieilles Vignes, Right: 2013 Vincent Gaudry Constellation du Scorpion

We decided to bring wines from the same winegrower, Vincent Gaudry, who took over the family domaine in 1993 and immediately switched to organic agriculture, convinced that this was the only way to farm sustainably. The biodynamie crazy farmer managed to get Demeter certified in 2004, and is one of our favourite growers that produces serious Sancerres.

We brought two of his wines with us to Maxwell Centre, the 2014 Sancerre Blanc Mélodie de Vieilles Vignes, and the 2013 Sancerre Constellation du Scorpion. Both are made of Sauvignon Blanc and are grown in Loire, the centre or ‘Sancerre’ of France, where the Appellation d’origine protégée is famous for producing Sauvignon Blancs.

The old vines cuvée, Mélodie de Vieilles Vignes, is chalk-based, and has more richness both on the nose and palate, while Constellation du Scorpion (what used to be L’Esprit de Rudolf ) has a smoky quality from the silex soils. The latter is stunning when given some air, and ages beautifully.

With wines and wine glasses in hand, we braved the crowd and queued up at both Chicken Rice stalls.

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The queue at Ah Tai was short but had quite a steady stream of customers, and were cheerfully greeted by Mr. Wong himself.

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In comparison, the queue for Tian Tian Chicken Rice snaked around the middle section of Maxwell, with both tourists wielding DSLRs snapping photos incessantly, and PMEBs playing Candy Crush on their phones patiently waiting for their turn, already mentally braced for the long line.

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 Tian Tian Chicken Rice

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Ah Tai Chicken Rice

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Mr. Ong YiXin, Managing Partner at KOT Selections

We brought our own wine glasses to Maxwell and did our wine pairing there, drawing quite some attention to ourselves. In spite of how out of place we might have looked, the wines actually went really well with both Chicken Rice plates. We aimed to find the best Chicken Rice first, then paired it with both Sancerres to determine the matchmake in heaven.

Although we’re not food connoisseurs, we evaluated the Chicken Rice based on 3 different criteria:

#1 Rice:
Tian Tian Chicken Rice: Slightly clumpy and wet, stuck together probably due to the starchiness. Some bits were also overcooked to our disappointment.

Ah Tai Chicken Rice: Grains are distinctively separated, has a bite to the rice itself and not overtly oily. The rice was also slightly more fragrant as compared to Tian Tian.

Winner: Ah Tai Chicken Rice

#2 Chicken:
Tian Tian Chicken Rice: Rather dry and distinctively fibre-y. Not succulent and certainly not very memorable.

Ah Tai Chicken Rice: Although it was not boneless, it had great flavour and was delightfully tender.

Winner: Ah Tai Chicken Rice

#3 Chilli:
Tian Tian Chicken Rice: Has a good balance of spiciness, ginger, sweetness and sourness.

Ah Tai Chicken Rice: Rather two-dimensional – it was just sweet and sour.

Winner: Tian Tian Chicken Rice

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 It became evident that Ah Tai Chicken Rice was the better of the two – in spite of what the queues indicated. Pairing it with the 2013 Constellation du Scorpion, the high acidity and the smoky flavours managed to cut through the oiliness of the Chicken Rice perfectly.

The 2014 Mélodie de Vieilles Vignes, a rounder, riper Sauvignon due to the differences in vintages, had stronger fruit and herbaceous notes, did not particularly improve the taste of the rice nor the wine. This was particularly due to the fact that it was not as high in acidity as the Scorpion.

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The perfect pairing was indeed the Scorpion and Ah Tai Chicken Rice – together, the flavours came into focus, the rice itself tasted cleaner, the flavours were enhanced, and the wine tasted rounder and deeper.

Events News & Events: March Cellar Door | Rock & Rhône!

March Cellar Door

This March, we want to spice things up by bringing out the big guns. With a great lineup of acts from Rhône to showcase, like Eric Texier, Helen Durand, Guillaume Demoulin and Laurent Charvin, it promises to be epic!

Get ready for a myriad of flavours as we are bringing out a variation of reds and whites, magnum róses, and sweet reds for a night to remember. Tickets are priced at $50 per pair, and the show starts at 6pm-9pm. Dress to impress in your tight leather pants and studded vests, and get ready for a good Friday ahead!

Whites:
2009 Eric Texier Domaine de Pergaud Brézème Blanc (Vieille Rousette)
2012 Eric Texier Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

Róses:
2013 Château de Trinquevedel Tavel Rosé
2014 Château de Trinquevedel Tavel Rosé
2012 Château de Trinquevedel Tavel Rosé «Les Vignes d’Eugène»

Reds:
2014 Domaine du Trapadis Côtes du Rhône-Villages Roaix «Les Perrières»
2014 Domaine du Trapadis Côtes du Rhône-Villages Cairanne
2011 Eric Texier Séguret Vieilles Vignes
2012 Domaine Charvin Côtes du Rhône Rouge
2012 Domaine Charvin Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Sweet Reds:
2013 Domaine des Bernardins Muscat de Beaumes de Venise VDN
2014 Domaine du Trapadis Rasteau Vin Doux Naturel

Events News & Events: February Cellar Door

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Wander along the Loire Valley with wines from our French copains

This month, we will be sharing new vintages from a trio of dashing young growers – Mathieu Baudry, Benoit Amirault and Guillaume Piré. All of them are well-rooted in their family wineries, located along the Saumur-Bourgueil-Chinon bend of the UNESCO-recognised Loire Valley. This spirited trip is not to be missed. Guarantee your spots at info@kotselections.com!

Details are as follows:

  • Date: Friday, 26 February 2016
  • Time: 6:00 pm
  • Venue: 64 Neil Road (088834)
  • Tickets are priced at S$50 per pair at the door

Wines Featured:

Whites
2013 Château de Fosse-Sèche Saumur Blanc «Arcane»
2014 Château de Fosse-Sèche Saumur Blanc «Arcane»
2014 Bernard Baudry Chinon Blanc
2013 Pollen House White (Bastingage)

Reds
2013 Pollen House Red (l’Aiglerie)
2013 Château de Fosse-Sèche Saumur Rouge «Eolithe»
2014 Bernard Baudry Chinon «Les Granges»
2013 Bernard Baudry Chinon «Domaine»
2013 Bernard Baudry Chinon «Le Clos Guillot»
2014 Yannick Amirault Bourgueil «La Coudraye»
2012 Yannick Amirault Bourgueil «Les Quartiers»
2012 Yannick Amirault Bourgueil «Le Grand Clos»

Events News & Events: February MasterClass: Mosel Rieslings

Website_MasterClassThe Rieslings have landed! We are extremely pleased to present a selection of stunning wines from our long-time friends and partners, Daniel (Weingut Vollenweider), Konstantin and Alexandra (Weingut Weiser-Künstler). Located on opposite banks of the same town, Daniel’s wines are bold and striking, while Konstantin and Alex fashion exquisitely poised Rieslings.

Our Managing Partner Ong YiXin will be conducting a Masterclass on these wonderful wines. Guarantee your spots at info@kotselections.com!

Details as follows:

  • Date: Monday, 22 February 2016
  • Time: 6:30pm
  • Tickets at S$30 per person at the door

Wines Featured:

2014 Weiser-Künstler Riesling
2013 Daniel Vollenweider Wolfer Riesling
2013 Daniel Vollenweider Goldgrube Riesling

2014 Weiser-Künstler Enkircher Ellergrub “Grosse Eule”
2012 Daniel Vollenweider Schimbock Riesling

2013 Daniel Vollenweider Wolfer Goldgrube Riesling Spätlese
2007 Daniel Vollenweider Wolfer Goldgrube Riesling Spätlese
2007 Weiser-Künstler Enkircher Ellergrub Riesling Spätlese

Events News & Events: Boucherie Grenache at Le Bistrot du Sommelier

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We’re partnering with Le Bistrot Du Sommelier and Huber’s Butchery to bring you Boucherie Grenache, a très chic wine dinner showcasing the best of both worlds – our Grenache-based wines from the Rhône and Languedoc, paired with Huber’s famous dry-aged Black Angus Beef.

<< Charcuterie Maison>>
Hure
Beef Tongue Terrine served with Vinaigrette

Rilette de Canard
Duck Rilette

<<Entreé>>
Tartare de Boeuf
30 Days Dry Aged Beef Tartare served with ‘Dauphine’ Potatoes

2012 Château de Trinquevedel Tavel Róse «Les Vignes d’Eugène»

<<2nd Entreé>>
Faux Filet Maturé 45 Jours Fumé en Vol-en-vent de Foie Gras et Truffes Noire
45 Days Dry Aged Smoked Beef Striploin in Foie Gras and Black Truffle Vol-en-vent, Shallots Vinaigrette

2013 Alain Chabanon «Campredon»

<<Communal Main>>
L’Entrecôte de Boeuf Maturé 60 Jours en Crôute D’Herbes, Pomme Vigneronne
60 Days Dry Aged Beef Ribeye Crusted with Herbs, served with Vigneronne Potatoes and Red Wine Sauce

2011 Eric Texier Côtes du Rhône Séguret Vieilles Vignes

2011 Domaine du Trapadis Rasteau «Les Adrès»

<<Dessert>>
Poire Belle-Hélène
Poached Pear served with Dark Chocolate Ganache and Crunchy Hazelnut Praline

2014 Domaine du Trapadis Rasteau Vin Doux Naturel

For one night only on 9 March 2016, Wednesday, at S$148++ per person, you’ll be enjoying róse and grenache wines paired with the soul food of France. Reserve your seats now as they are limited, call the bistro at +65 9821 3047 today! See you there!

Events News & Events: We’ll be at the Alsace Festival 2016!

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KOT Selections is proud to announce our participation in the Alsace Festival 2016 at the Colonial Room, The American Club, on 5 March 2016, Saturday, from 1:30 – 5:30pm. We will be featuring wines from our remarkable winegrowers, Albert Boxler and Josmeyer. Come and savour the breadth of Alsatian flavours with us!

  • Albert Boxler

2011 Pinot Gris Réserve
2011  Gewurztraminer Réserve
2009 Riesling Grand Gru Sommerberg Vendanges Tardives

  • Josmeyer

2012 Pinot Auxerrois Vieilles Vignes «H»
2012 Riesling «Dragon»

Please visit the Alsace Festival website to purchase your early bird tickets before 22 February 2016.

See you!