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Beautiful Bordeaux

Alexis Meszoly - Skylon Head Sommelier

Alexis Meszoly – Skylon Head Sommelier

Here at Skylon we love a good glass (or bottle!) of wine, recently we caught up with Alexis Meszoly, Head Sommelier at Skylon, to get his recommendations on what’s drinking well right now.

What’s new on the wine front at Skylon?

I’ve just come back from a tasting trip to Bordeaux so if you like your reds you must come over and try some really great wines which I’ve just added to the list.

Was this your first trip to the region?

I’ve been lucky enough to get to Bordeaux three times in the past year, so it’s fair to say I love their wines!

What did you learn this most recent trip?

Lots of our guests love Bordeaux and for me to really convey what the wines are really about it’s important to understand everything – the history, the terroir, the food… I picked up lots of small pieces of knowledge which I hope to be able to pass on to our guests.

So, what were the highlights?

For me, definitely the 2009 Chateau Cantenac Brown – one of the best vintages from this Margaux producer since 1982. It gives an explosion of flavour and I think it shows a lot of potential for ageing

After a look round of all the chateaux in Médoc, we stopped by Cos d’Estournel a beautiful chateau with one of the most exquisite cellars I have ever seen. I tried the 2008 vintage of their main (predominantly cabernet) and second (predominantly merlot) wines. The main wine in particular was excellent.

What was the food like?

Bordeaux is famous for foie gras, truffles and duck – all the good stuff! – and lots of these types of ingredients appear on the menu in the main restaurant at Skylon. One of the best lunches we had over there was at Chateau Pichon and I picked up lots of ideas for food and wine matching to try out here in the restaurant.

What can we expect to see on the list at Skylon?

I’m putting a number of the wines I tried onto the list straight away like the Chateau Lynch-Bages and Chateau Cantenac Brown, which were both outstanding. If you don’t necessarily want to buy a bottle, I’m intending to make at least one of the wines available in our Enomatic machine too so you can try just a small tasting sample if you prefer.

If you want to find out more about what’s on the menu at Skylon you can find them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter, or check out their website.

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