Not all wine lists are created equal and a closer look at the Taj-First Growths Wine List underlines this fact. The list includes a selection of wines considered to be the most sought-after in the world that are now available for enjoyment by wine lovers at Taj Cape Town. Written by hand and bound in white leather, the Taj-First Growths Wine List is presented separately to the hotel’s regular wine offering and includes the full pedigree and tasting notes of each vintage.
The list includes 36 of the top wines in the world, including the very best South African offerings. “These wines are so scarce that many consumers will never have the chance to ever taste them,” said Rene Dehn, The World of First Growths Ambassador. “Now, at Taj Cape Town, guests have the unique opportunity to try not only the very best in South African wine, but to compare these with a unique selection of offerings from the globe’s most iconic estates.”
This exclusive list allows for the best South African offerings to be benchmarked about the most celebrated wines in the world, promoting South African wines on a global stage.
About The World of First Growths
A series of the most coveted vintages from the globe’s top wine-producing countries, The World of First Growths is an initiative of international members-only wine society, The White Club. Although traditionally used when referring to a classification of wines from the Bordeaux region of France, the term “first growth” (“premier cru”) here refers to a collection of wines of unparalleled quality – the blue-chip stocks of the wine world – meticulously chosen by an independent panel of wine professionals, sommeliers, hotel directors, media experts and local consumers through a series of blind tastings.
Compiled under the guidance of Malene Meisner of The White Club, the First Growths collection includes 42 wines – six each from France, Italy, Spain, Australia, the United States and South Africa, with the only exception being Bordeaux, where six from both Left Bank and Right Bank have been selected – plus two stand-alone sweet wines, the outstanding Château d’Yquem from Sauternes and South Africa’s award-winning Vin de Constance. Only wines whose origins are 100-percent traceable and where consistent quality is guaranteed feature on the list.
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About The White Club
An independent fine wine and Champagne connoisseurs’ club that is based in Switzerland, but includes a membership that spans the globe, The White Club is widely acknowledged as the arbiter of vinous superiority. At regular tastings held in various five-star venues around the world, members enjoy such wines as Dom Pérignon Rosé 1959 (the rarest Champagne in the world; the kind served by the Shah of Iran at his wedding and a bottle of which fetched $85000 on auction in 2008) and the Romanée-Conti (considered the most prized and expensive wine in the world – three bottles of the 1990 vintage were sold for US$72,000 this year).