We are really proud to introduce our guests and wine lovers to a brand new device for wine pouring, 'Coravin' , that we believe is about to revolutionise fine wine service.
Basically, the Coravin allows us to access very fine wines of rare vintages and complexity by performing the neat trick of extracting wine from a bottle without actually opening it. So, there is no effect on the quality of wine in the bottle or its aging process.
Thanks to this device we are now pouring a selection of 'Fine Wines' giving you the opportunity to discover some of the finest vineyards around with a glass of wine or a flight pairing with the Gourmand Tasting Menu.
How does it work?
A long, thin needle is inserted through the foil and cork into the bottle.
Then, Argon (an odourless, tasteless, harmless, inert gas) is pumped through the needle, creating pressure within the bottle that pushes wine back out through the needle.
When the desired amount is poured the needle is withdrawn creating pressure within the bottle that pushes wine back out through the needle. The cork, thanks to its very elastic nature, seals itself up when the needle is removed.
It will not work on a bottle sealed with a screw cap or an artificial cork, however it is perfect for old and valuable wines that are rarely found poured by the glass.
This is a very exciting revolution for wine lovers which we are very honoured to be promoting at L'Ortolan.
The 'Fine Wine' Selection:
Sancerre ' Les Caillottes ', Francois Cotat, 2011
Chablis Grand Cru 'Vaudésir', Gerard Tremblay, 2010
Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru 'Les Folatieres', Chavy Jouet, 2012
Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru, Remi Rollin, 2003
Les Ormes de Pez 'Cru Bourgeois', St. Estephe, 1996
Chateau Haut Bailly 'Grand Cru Classé', Pessac Léognan, 1999
Clos de la Roche Grand Cru, Domaine Arnaud, 2008
Sassicaia, Bolgheri, Tenuta San Guido, 1999
Ice Wine, Inniskillin 'Gold', Vidal (37.5cl), 2012
Tokaji Aszu, 6 Puttonyos, Dobogo (50cl), 2007
I am looking forward to telling you more about Coravin at L'Ortolan, over a glass of Chateau Haut Bailly 1999, probably one of my favourite Grand Cru of Pessac-Leognan, that I am delighted to pour by the glass.