Pre 'Typhoon Mangkhut' White Truffle Birthday Dinner

Octavium, 8/F, 22 Des Veoux Road, Central, Hong Kong

Tasted September 15, 2018 by Goldstone with 87 views


Greg and Sayo's joint birthday dinner coincided with the arrival of literally the first white truffle of 2018 from Alba.....and the impending arrival of a Category 5 hurricane (or typhoon as we call them in Asia).

Flight 1 - Aperitif (1 note)

White - Sparkling
2000 Pol Roger Champagne Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill France, Champagne
90 points
Drank from magnums. Medium straw gold colour. Persistent beads of very small bubbles but moderate mousse. Super nose of new leather, ozone and high piano notes of grapefruit. Palate is grapefruit skin and its white pith followed by yeasty brown bread. Some resonance, length and headiness. Has improved from when I last drank it a couple of years ago, when it was rather painfully young and acidic. It is now very enjoyable as an aperitif although I don't think it has the characteristics of a great vintage.

Flight 2 - Blue Lobster with ' trompette zucchini, burrata and Amalfitan lemon/ Italian Porcine with corn polenta & parmesan emulsion (1 note)

A really lovely elegant and precise Chardonnay from central Sicily specially sourced by the sommelier - the lobster with burrata and a lemon emulsion particularly complemented the wine....and vice versa.

Then came Chef Bombana's signature home-made tagliolini with chantrells and masses of white truffle....which went sublimely with the wine.

2005 Tasca D'Almerita Chardonnay Sicilia Italy, Sicily, Sicilia
92 points
From the Octavium cellar. Light lemony gold. Nose is light lemon verbena and a medium bass note of oak. Palate is beautifully mellow, rounded harmonious light sherbert lemons, white apricot and a lovely medium-bass organ note, white nougat and white Turkish delight....almost an Eastern spice note. Moderate but very pleasing resonance and length. Still so young. So more-ish.

Flight 3 - Mayura Beef Sirloin with green tomato, Tropea onion and potato/ Roasted 'Te Mana' New Zealand Lamb with 3 styles of artichoke (2 notes)

The 'Te Mana' lamb had 3 Michelin stars written all over it - beautifully elegantly and simply presented and an explosion on the tastebuds.

One of my very best experiences with Sassicaia....the La Conseillante is still a baby.

1997 Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia Sassicaia Italy, Tuscany, Bolgheri, Bolgheri Sassicaia
94 points
From a double magnum opened but not decanted for 5 hours. Semi opaque deep ruby-purple colour but transparent at the meniscus. Nose is deep mature black/red cherry, high noted acetone nail varnish, oak, roses. Palate is gorgeous acidic freshness, tons of tannic backbone but already accessible, pencil lead precision, graphite, very integrated and harmonious. A truly beautiful wine. Great resonance on the finale but just short of thunderous. Superb with the white truffle and chantrelle mushroom Tagliolini.
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1998 Château La Conseillante France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
91 points
From a double-magnum opened several hours ahead but not decanted. Lovely but still too young even though perfectly accessible now. Linear, elegant, perfumed,very enjoyable but barely entering its drinking window in magnum format. Overshadowed by the double magnum of Sassiccaia 1997 served alongside. I would hold off for 3+ years if I had this in my cellar.


The birthday couple managed to get just about the last flight out of Hong Kong to go on safari before the typhoon shut down the airport.

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