Sipping in Style at Le Crocodile with Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle (Video)

Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle with the latest from Grand Marnier

Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle with the latest from Grand Marnier

Occasionally, people have accused me of being biased towards French cuisine. I don’t think I am—I love just about all cuisines.  But I do admit, having being raised in pre-culinary aware England, that my awakening to serious food came through early trips to France.

This is a round about way of saying that it doesn’t take much to lure me to Le Crocodile, especially when the star of the show (aside from Michel Jacob’s food) just happens to be the charming Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle.

The well traveled president of Marnier-Lapostolle (and great granddaughter of the creator of Grand Marnier) slipped through Vancouver last week to present wines from the family’s various ventures. And while the emphasis was on the Chilean Cuvée Alexandre wines, there was no escaping Ms. Lapostolle’s obvious enthusiasm for recently introduced Kappa Pisco, or the latest incarnation of Grand Marnier liqueur—the less sugared, more nuanced, peach and raspberry kissed Signature Collection No. 2.

It’s been a while since I was at the Apalta winery but I have some indelible memories. It’s a truly remarkable,  dramatic, modern design that enjoys spectacular views across the valley. The architecture is quite spectacular and the decor luxurious and elegant without being over the top.

The Lapostolle winery:  an architectural wonder. Image supplied

The Lapostolle winery: an architectural wonder. Image supplied

 

The barrel cellar rivals some of the most best anywhere—including Opus One. In the last few years they’ve added Lapostolle Residence—one of the more exclusive (and smallest) Relais Chateau properties.

 

I never fail to be impressed by chef Michel Jacob’s cuisine—and this night was no exception…

A few top tastes?

A perfect match ...

A perfect match …

Smooth and seductive foie gras crème brulée and toasts with barrel fermented, broadly textured, almost nutty toned and creamy Chateau de Sancerre Cuvée Connetable 09. (91 pts)

 

Lobster - scallop terrine. And, yes, it looks as delicious as it tasted.

Lobster – scallop terrine. And, yes, it looks as delicious as it tasted.

An impossibly beautifully presented lobster scallop terrine swimming in saffron beure blanc, well matched with apple toned and creamy textured 2011 Cuvée Alexandre Chardonnay. (90 pts).

 

A perfect match: duck breast and venison two ways, with Cuvée Alexandre Carmenere

A perfect match: duck breast and venison two ways, with Cuvée Alexandre Carmenere

Le Crocodile’s duo of duck breast and venison two ways was another stunning dish—even more so when paired with the earthy and gently herbaceous, rich, dark berry toned Cuvée Alexandre Carmenere 2011, (91 pts) in my mind the best match of the three Alexandre Cuvée reds paired with this course.

 

ApaltaThe other star of the night was the now ten year old icon Clos Apalta 2002. The Michel Rolland orchestrated blend of Carmenere, Cab Sauv and Merlot is still really fresh and vibrant with beautifully balanced black fruit and licorice notes, in plush tannins with a touch of mineral. Judging by its performance the 2012 (BCLS $124.99) should perform equally well, if not better, a decade from now. (93 pts).

 

Kappa's package is as sleek and sexy as the liquid within

Kappa’s package is as sleek and sexy as the liquid within

Lapostolle Kappa made its first appearance a couple of years back. Distilled with a firm nod to Cognac, made from Muscat grapes, It’s crystal clear and tastes as pure as it looks, with floral and fruity notes and a dangerously smooth texture and finish—all befitting its unabashedly sleek and sexy package. You could sip it straight, or weave it into a sexy little cocktail, as did star barman around town, Jay Jones. He married Kappa Pisco with Lapostolle ‘Casa’ Merlot, Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge, Bittered Sling Plum and Rootbeer bitters, and La Fee Absithne mist to make a plummy toned, not too sweet, festive party opener.

 

Hear what Alexandra has to say about her Kappa

 

 

You’ll have to wait until the new year to taste the Grand Marnier Signature Collection No. 2, as it’s only just been released. And won’t make it here in time for the holiday season (too bad!). But here, again, is why Alexandra likes it!

 

 

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Tim has been covering the food and wine revolution for about 20 kilos. Count 15 kg alone thanks to the blossoming cuisine and wine culture of British Columbia, Canada. Tim’s hallmark is seeking out and recommending value wines from BC and around the world that offer quality at every level. He also scopes out noteworthy restaurants that live up to their promises—and often over deliver. Readers depend on the Hired Belly for his “Belly’s Best” and “Belly’s Budget Best” picks to help them find the right wine for the occasion. He writes, tweets and shoots his own images for columns in the Vancouver Courier and North Shore News. He also contributes to WHERE Vancouver magazine, as well as to several other publications. They include Taste magazine, Tidings Magazine, and Montecristo. His columns are frequently picked up by major newspapers across Canada. Tim is a frequent judge for wine competitions, such as Vancouver Magazine International Wine Awards. He is a founding judge of The BC Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Wine. He is frequently invited to judge at The BC Wine Awards, and others. Tim has traveled to taste in many of the world’s leading wine regions, most recently in Burgundy, Argentina and Chile.

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