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Fine wines from France

Fam­ily-owned Cham­pagne Bil­le­cart-sal­mon cel­e­brates its 200th an­niver­sary with a series of gas­tro­nomic events around the world, in­clud­ing an Alain Pas­sard din­ner at Odette in Sin­ga­pore and a grand event at the mai­son in June. You’ll also want to get your hands on a very lim­ited edi­tion Cuvée 200. Just 3,000 mag­nums and 300 jer­oboams have been pro­duced, us­ing pri­mar­ily Pinot Noir from its Grand Cru hold­ings. A very small al­lo­ca­tion of the mag­num ($1,808) will be avail­able from Sar­ment Sin­ga­pore. Con­tact sales.sg@sar­men­twine.com for more details. Ma Cui­sine, the leg­endary Beaune wine restau­rant, has opened its se­cond out­let – in Sin­ga­pore. Mathieu Es­coffier, son of founders Fa­bi­enne and Pierre Es­coffier, is in charge of the ca­su­al­tra­di­tional French cui­sine, while An­thony Charmetant over­sees the tremen­dous wine of­fer­ings. The mus­ta­chioed busi­ness part­ners are at pains to em­pha­sise that they are a 40-seater wine bar first, restau­rant se­cond, so the right­ful fo­cus is on the 3,000-plus bot­tle wine list. The Port and Madeira cel­lar is filled with trea­sures from the last cen­tury, with some such as the Gould Campbell 1985 Vin­tage Port ne­ces­si­tat­ing neck cut­ting work with hot tongs, as the cork is too old to ex­tract with a corkscrew. While Old World wines dom­i­nate – think up and com­ing Do­maine Tessier Mer­sault Les Casse Tetes 2015 ($132) to Mai­son Chapoutier Her­mitage L’er­mite Blanc 2012 ($900) – the menu springs a few sur­prises from the U.S., Italy and soon Le­banon, Hun­gary and Por­tu­gal. 38 Craig Road. Tel: 6224 1838

Merci Mar­cel’s ex­cel­lent wine and cheese pro­gramme is a re­fresh­ing ad­di­tion to the scene, where the

Mar­cel Wine Cel­lar houses over 80 in­de­pen­dent la­bels hand­picked and im­ported ex­clu­sively to Sin­ga­pore. The wine list is well-de­signed by mood, for wel­come whites and date night, for in­stance. If you’re al­ready a fan of truf­fled Bril­lat de Savarin with a juicy Viog­nier from cult wine­maker Do­maine Gilles Flacher, then try some­thing more es­o­teric in the 36-month aged Comté with a Chi­non Caber­net Franc from Do­maine de l’r, with savoury depths that lengthen the flavours of both. #01-68, 56 Eng Hoon Street. Tel: 6224 0113

As the se­cond largest pro­ducer of wine in the world, France is still the top choice for gas­tron­omy. That leads us to So France, with 5,000 sq ft of ar­ti­sanal food, wines and spir­its across a bistro, wine bar, gourmet store and event space. The two-week-old con­cept brings its del­i­ca­cies di­rectly from ev­ery re­gion in France, with a par­tic­u­lar slant on the Nou­velle-aquitaine re­gion in the south­west, or sud-ouest. Look out for bread and pas­tries, Bay­onne ham, foie gras, char­cu­terie, cheese, and the liq­uid pair­ings in form of Cognac, Ar­magnac, Cham­pagne, Bordeaux wines and Provence Rosé.

#01-51 to 56 Duo Gal­le­ria, 7 Fraser Street. Tel: 6828 1538

An­thony Charmetant and Mathieu Es­coffier Merci Mar­cel

Cel­liers de be­nauge

Prowine Asia re­turns for its se­cond run from 24 to 27 April, tak­ing place at Hall 10 of Food&hote­la­sia (FHA).It’ll host 300 trade ex­hibitors, in­clud­ing na­tional pavil­ions from Aus­tria, Cat­alo­nia, Croa­tia, Greece, Por­tu­gal, Rioja and Sin­ga­pore. Look out also for the French pavil­ion, which will be or­gan­is­ing master­classes at its French Tast­ing Room, cov­er­ing Cham­pagne, Beau­jo­lais and Rosé wines among oth­ers. prowinea­sia.com/sg

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