This is one of several red wines by the glass at recently opened Imperial Treasure Paris. It is a bold and wonderful selection by Head Sommelier Romain Crozat. An Italian red in a Chinese restaurant in the City of Lights is – as far as I am aware – is unheard of. Crozat had worked in London and is blessed with an open outlook. As for the wine itself, Marco Capra is grandson of Tommaso Capra who founded the estate in the hills of Santo Stefano Belbo after World War II in 1945. He later handed his winemaking skills to son Luciano, who did the same honours to his son Marco in 1999. Made from 100% barbera, the wine has considerable intensity. Packed with dark cherry fruit and rich tannins from skin (and possibly some stems), the freshness keeps everything in perfect poise. The overall result is a Barbera d’Asti that overdelivers with ripe fruit, backbone structure, and lingering finish.
Romain Crozat, Head Sommelier at newly opened Imperial Treasure Paris.