Livon Dinner @ Domani - 20/03/14

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I had never tasted Livon wines until last night and I’m really very glad that now I can say I have. An invitation to Domani is one I rarely turn down as guaranteed great food, great wines, and great service are all part of the package and last night was no exception.

Livon makes wines in Friuli, Tuscany and Umbria but last night we were focused on just their very top Grand Cru wines which they make in Collio, Friuli. A vertical tasting of 5 vintages, spanning over ten years, of their top white wine Braide Alte was a great sight to see in a market mainly dominated by vertical tastings of red wines. White wines often pair better with food, especially seafood, so many more interesting food pairings can be had as a result. Top white wines can also stand up to some meat dishes as these wines did last night when served with veal. 

The wines were all showing well, some better than others of course, but the elegance and complexity of the whole line up was really what stood out. A blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Picolit and Moscato, Braide Alte is a wine which I think most wine lovers will enjoy or certainly appreciate, such is its depth and sophistication. 

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Livon Manditocai Friulano 2012 

Served as an aperitif this wine has lovely intense tropical aromas alongside peach and pear notes on the nose. A lovely freshness with touches of honey and white flower blossom. Very elegant, medium bodied with peach and tropical flavours on the palate. Lovely texture, nice complexity and well balanced. 17

Livon Braide Alte 2011 

Lemon colour with gold flecks. Medium intense floral and honey aromas with touches of peach, pear and tropical fruits. Nice mineral touch on the palate with guava and some ripe citrus flavours. Very pure and elegant. A touch of spice. Lots of complexity. A lovely wine. 17.5 

Livon Braide Alte 2007 

More developed honey notes than the 2011, with toast, floral and mineral hints. A mineral freshness on the palate with a herbaceous note, fennel and smokiness. Nice acidity, rounded, smooth, very well balanced. A lovely long finish. 18 

Livon Braide Alte 2004 

Deep golden colour. Not as intense at the 2007. More floral, honey character with savoury, toasty notes. Still nicely complex. Spicy finish which is a touch flabby. Not going to improve with time. Drink now. 17 

Livon Braide Alte 2001 

Pale gold colour. Herbaceous, savoury nose, lots of freshness, very lively. Highly elegant and complex. Lovely texture with good acidity. Honey, floral and smoky mineral notes mix on the palate. The wine of the evening. 18.5 

Livon Bradie Alte 1997 

Almost pale amber in colour. Very floral and very honeyed on the nose with a touch of oxidation adding a slight toffee/burnt sugar character. Smells almost like a sweet or fortified wine. Complex, full bodied. Drops away a touch on the mid-palate. Drink now. 17.5 

Livon Collio Tiareblu 2010 

The only red of the evening, a Merlot Cabernet blend. Very cool climate in style, fresh aromas of red and black fruits, black plum, raspberry. Very elegant aromas with a touch of spice and smokey toasty oak. Medium fine tannins, medium body, medium acidity. Fresh and tasty but not a show stopper like the whites. 16.5 

The wines are available exclusively to buy in HK from Watson’s Wine Cellars 

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