Cathay Pacific is to introduce new red wines in first class and business class as part of a special wine promotion. The wines come from France and Argentina and include three red and two wines from Bordeaux and four red wines from Argentina. The wines have been selected by wine consultants Lau Chi-sun and Roy Moorfield and will be available from November across the entire route network on a rotational basis.
These wines will be available in first class:
- Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2011
- Château Bouscaut Blanc 2012
- Château Haut-Bergey 2005
- Chateau Olivier Red 2009
- Domaine de Chevalier 2012
These wines will be available in business class:
- Andeluna 1300, Malbec 2014
- Las Perdices Reserva, Malbec 2013
- Mendoza Vineyards Gran Reserva, Malbec 2012
- Bodega Ruca Malen Yauquen, Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
The new First Class wines
Château Smith Haut Lafitte 2011
Château Smith Haut Lafitte produces one of the best white wines from Bordeaux. The 2011 vintage, made primarily from Sauvignon Blanc grapes with a small percentage of Sauvignon Gris and Semillon grapes, is bright and vibrant dominated by attractive citrus fruits and white flowers. On the palate, it is rich and complex with a nice balance between oak and fruit followed by a persistent finish.
Château Bouscaut 2012
The relatively cool 2012 vintage was excellent for the whites. The aroma features fresh citrus fruits, while new oak tampers with the palate, leaving a long finish of vanilla and fruits. It is a beautiful wine with a wealth of richness and vitality.
Château Haut-Bergey 2005
The 2005 Château Haut-Bergey is a wine of very good structure. Round and smooth with nice ripe to dried red and black fruits, plus hints of undergrowth and tobacco. This wine is very well balanced and elegant.
Chateau Olivier Red 2009
Made from one of the greatest vintages in the last 60 years, this wine reflects its real quality. Dark fruits dominate the aroma, leading to a beautifully balanced palate, which is a hallmark of the vintage. The sustained flavour trails into an elegant and persistent finish.
Domaine de Chevalier 2012
The 2012 Domaine de Chevalier is one of the stars of the vintage. Filled with purity, equilibrium and balance, it is very floral with a sweet bouquet of red and black currants, graphite and well-integrated toasty oak. This attractive wine showcases the elegance and finesse for which this famous estate is renowned.
The new Business Class wines
Andeluna 1300, Malbec 2014
This award winning Malbec has an attractive violet colour with aromas of black fruits and subtle toasty nuances. On the palate, it is fresh and soft with intense red and black fruit flavours, combined with spices and chocolate that complement the soft tannins to produce an exceptional wine with a long finish. This wine pairs well with red meat dishes such as grilled tenderloin, beef stews and casseroles.
Las Perdices Reserva, Malbec 2013
The 2013 Las Perdices Reserva Malbec Reserva offers aromas of red fruits accompanied by notes of vanilla and coffee from its oak ageing. Smooth on the palate, well-balanced with ripe tannins and flavours of plums, gooseberries, chocolate, and coffee, this wine is the ideal accompaniment to grilled meats and hard cheeses.
Mendoza Vineyards Gran Reserva, Malbec 2012
Aged for one year in French oak barrels, the 2012 Mendoza Vineyards Gran Reserva has aromas of incense, spices as well as black and red cherries. The medium-bodied palate shows a profusion of fine-grained tannins with complex flavours of plums, cherries and sweet spices, and a long finish. It has a classical, serious profile, with restraint and poise.
Bodega Ruca Malen Yauquen, Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
This wine is a blend of 50% Malbec and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, which are carefully selected and blended to best express the characteristics of each varietal in Uco Valley, Mendoza. On the nose, this wine displays black fruit and spicy notes. It is fresh and vibrant while the tannins are sweet, adding to the wine structure and body. On the palate, it is juicy and persistent, with cherry-plum notes and a touch of star anise. It is a wonderful match for grilled cuts of red meat, pasta with tomato-based sauces and empanadas.