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A Lapostolle Affair with Diego Urra

Ayana Resort and Spa Bali Evening of Fine Food and Premier Lapostelle Chilean Wines on Thursday, July 1, 2010.


Bali News: A Lapostolle Affair with Diego Urra
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(6/19/2010)

While sunsets from the Cliffside of the Ayana Resort & Spa in Bali are always spectacular, a memorable evening of fine food and wine planned for Thursday, July 1, 2010, promises to be even more so when accompanied by a gourmet menu prepared by the Resort's Chef William Gumport and premium wines from Chilean estate of Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle and Cyril De Bournet.

Lapostelle is a respected name in Chilean wine now enjoyed in more than 70 countries worldwide. The estates were founded in 1994 by the Marnier Lapostolle family from France and the Rabat family from Chile.

The Marnier Lapostelle family is an aged and esteemed name borne by the owners and founders of Grand Marnier as well as a host of other fine spirits and liqueurs. Less known, perhaps, is the family's generations-old connection with fine wine making that traces its roots back to the Loire Valley and as owners of Chateau de Sancere.

Transported to Chile, the Marnier-Lapostolle family hold true to the traditions of quality that have made Grand Marnier world famous. The family describes its vineyard in Colchagua, Chile as a "coup de Coeur" where their commitment to making world-class wines that combine French expertise and Chilean terroir are setting international standards for New World wines.

Using vines that are more than 100 years old and have never been grafted, Lapostelle now operates three vineyards producing 200,000 cases annually of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenère, and Syrah.

An Evening to Remember

Starting at 6 p.m., just in time to toast the setting sun over the Indian Ocean, the Asmara Gazebo with its 350 year-old Javanese "joglo" will serve as the backdrop for an evening of great food, outstanding wines and gentle conviviality.

Lapostolle wine ambassador Diego Urra will be on hand to guide the diners through what promises to be a magical tasting experience of French-crafted Chilean wine.

THE MENU

Aperitif

Duck liver mousse and orange gelee

Casa Lapostolle Chardonnay & Grand Marnier Mojito - Tasting Notes: Color: Bright yellow with delicate and pale green hints. Nose: Mineral notes with exuberant fruit aromas such as papayas, lime, mango and sweet spices at the end. Mouth: Concentrated but very refreshing at the beginning, followed by a good acidity that is balanced with lovely sweetness. The finish brings a light sweet spices touch coming from the oak.

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Appetizer

Jimbaran tuna tartar, marinated pineapple and soy-tangerine dressing

Cuvee Alexandre Chardonnay 2005 - Tasting Notes: Color: Intense and bright yellow with subtle pale golden shadows. Nose: Complex and intense flavors, harmony of different aromas such as honeycomb, caramel and tropical fruits. Also elegant notes of fresh white flowers, sweet orange and spices produce and expressive and unique expression of fruit. Mouth: Elegant and balanced, rich with a vibrant and pleasant natural acidity that leads towards a long lasting finish were you can find more citrus and sweet spices.

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Entrée

Grilled asparagus with sweet bacon, soft poached egg and summer truffle

Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2005 - Tasting Notes: Color: Bright and deep red ruby with a purple robe. Nose: Apaltas vineyard fruit expression as its best. Plums, cherries, blackberries and blackcurrant with sweet spices coming from elegant French oak aromas. Black spices from the Carmenère gives a unique and complex additional Mouth: Powerful and deep structure that surprises. Soft and chewy palate that evolve towards a long and pleasant finish with a very well achieved balance.

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Intermezzo

Duck tortellini with mushrooms and parmesan

Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 - Tasting Notes: Color: Pretty and inked ruby red with young purple shadows. Nose: Intense nose with an array of spices (such as black and white pepper), and delicate red and black fruit combined with a touch of smoke at the finish from the barrel ageing. Mouth: A pleasant medium body with good concentration and structure. Well balanced with smooth tannins, a lively acidity, and a long and enjoyable finish.

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Main course

Herb crusted lamb rump, glazed red onion and soft corn polenta – cheese cake

Cuvee Alexandre Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 - Tasting Notes: Color: Deep ruby red with purple hints. Nose: Intense black fruit aromas, blackcurrant, and cassis combined with light touches of cider, tobacco and Herbs de Provence. Sweet spices return at the finish to add complexity. Mouth: Soft tannins with a firm body. Well balanced structure, good acidity and long finish.

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Dessert

Grand Marnier crème brulée, araguani chocolate ice cream



Cost for the evening including pre dinner sunset cocktails, 5-course dinner, wine and finish at the Rock Bar is Rp. 1,000,000 (US$106)

Seating is limited and reservations are a must. Contact ++62-(0)361-702222 or email fb.reservations[at]ayanaresort.com


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