Tonight one of MNSC's own got married, at what surely must be Hong Kong's wedding of the year. Two of Hong Kong's most prominent families came together with their families and friends to celebrate the wedding of Sonia and Paulo, at the Hong Kong Convention Centre with close to 2,000 guests.
The guest list read like a who's who of Hong Kong, but what was more interesting for me were the guests from the world of wine, thanks to Paulo's relationships and his position as the founder of Altaya Wines. I'm sure there were a number of them I didn't recognize, but the long list included Frédéric Engerer, Thibault Pontallier, Jean-Guillaume Prats, Bernard de Laage de Meux and Jean-Charles Cazes from Bordeaux; Laurent Ponsot, Etienne de Montille from Burgundy; Ann Colgin from Napa; and critics Jancis Robinson, James Suckling, Jeannie Cho Lee.
Paulo thought we might repeat what we did at the last MNSC wedding and bring our own wines to the banquet, therefore we, along with some friends at the next table, were placed at one corner of the large room - away from the adults. I'm not sure why we didn't coordinate before tonight, but the end result was that MNSC members came empty-handed… Our friends at the next table, however, showed up with some 7-8 bottles - most of them magnums…
The food tonight was really fantastic, especially when you consider the sheer amount of it being served. Every single dish came to me at the right serving temperature, and just about nothing was under- or overcooked. Very impressive, but not unexpected given who the hosts were tonight.
2004 Pol Roger Brut - apparently this batch was released a little early specially for the wedding, as the wine itself is not yet available in the market. Lemon citrus, slightly yeasty. Ripe on the palate.
2004 de Montille Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Caillerets en magnum - big nose with lots of toast, roast corn and minerals on the nose. Pretty ripe on the palate. What an absolutely beautiful wine!
2004 Gloria - chosen in memory of Paulo's mother Gloria, who sadly left us last year. Mint, spices and wood on the nose. Still a little tannic.
2004 Yquem - totally sweet, with honey and orange blossoms.
1982 Mouton-Rothschild - waiters came around to some of the tables and poured us some of this. We also received a card from Paulo, addressed to the four MNSC members at the table, saying something like "Stop complaining. Enjoy the wine and share it with your table." I guess he does know us well… Smoke, grilled meats, tobacco, soy sauce, minerals, mint and dried herbs. Pretty good, but wish I had a bigger pour…
1993 Comte Armand Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux en magnum - a friend came over with this bottle and poured me a glass, since I hadn't walked over all evening to mooch off them. Smoky, grilled meats, mint and black fruits.
This was an amazing wedding, and I was fortunate enough to have been invited to attend. I hitched a ride with some friends and didn't end up partaking in the many, many delicious snacks that were being served out in the reception area… which included cotton candy, macarons, yakitori and numerous local Chinese sweet and savory treats. Nevermind… I had a great time.