Where To Enjoy Some Of The Best Deals On Premium Wines In Singapore
The variety of fine wines available to us today is extraordinary, but getting your hands on these gems at the best prices can be a little tricky. On top of receiving professional help in purchasing some of the finest the market has to offer at the newly launched Grand Cru, Wine Concierge, for an additional 10 per cent service charge, guests visiting The Fullerton Hotel Singapore can now also enjoy their drinks in the comfort of the Grand Cru at the South Courtyard lounge located right outside the boutique.
Making its debut this month, this unique wine concierge service is not only a premium wine retailer but also a first of its kind pick-and-drink wine destination housed in a five-star hotel in Singapore that offers premium bottles at retail prices.
The boutique is opened six days a week (closed on Sundays), and boasts a recognisably exceptional range of wines that stretches across the Old and New World, with a strong focus on top producers in Bordeaux and Burgundy in France, alongside a growing but tight curation from America, Australia and New Zealand, Chile, Germany, Italy and Spain. A quick browse through the menu will reveal feted labels like Burgundian legend Ramonet, Beaujolais royalty Jean-Louis Dutraive, Spanish powerhouses Vega Sicilia and Bodegas Muga, and Napa's Bryant Family Vineyard, as well as Australian stalwart D’Arenberg.
In fact, according to a spokesperson, premium examples such as the Bollinger Special Cuvée, Achaval Ferrer Malbec and the Dom Pérignon P2 2000 “are priced significantly lower than other 5-star hotels”. What's more, the concierge’s service extends beyond its menu, which means staff can help source a particular label or vintage that isn’t on its list.
Grand Cru also claims to have one of the widest range of top-scoring wines retailing in a hotel; out of more than 500 labels on its current wine list, more than 30 are 100-pointer wines, as rated by major wine critics such as Burghound, Wine Spectator, Wine Advocate and Vinous. And as if that fact alone isn’t enough to get thirsty, bargain-hunting oenophiles to make a beeline for the boutique, more than 100 wines on its list are priced under $100.
For example, while there’s the 2010 M.Chapoutier De L’oree Ermitage Blanc (awarded 100 points by Robert Parker) available at $363, there is also a delicious Ayala Champagne Brut Majeur Blanc NV (92 points by Wine Spectator) for $88, as well as a 2012 Vega Sicilia Pintia (93 points by Venous) at $105 that’s drinking beautifully right now—rich yet energetic with youthful tannins that add to the wine’s good structure.
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There’s even a small selection of half-bottles offered, which is especially attractive if you’re only planning to stay for a tipple or two. Of course, wines can be paired with a diverse selection of dishes, from moreish bar bites like crispy fish skin and chicken popcorn to local dishes such as satay and char kway teow and even Impossible Foods sliders, available from 6.30pm until midnight.
Visit Grand Cru Wines for more information.
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