From Beaune to Singapore: Ma Cuisine on Craig Road presents over 600 labels of classic, rare and quirky wines

Step into Ma Cuisine Singapore, and you get the feeling you’ve stepped into a chic Parisian winebar, complete with its own treasure trove of cellars, a Madeira room and a Port room.

Ma Cuisine's vintage Hermitage from the cellar

From Ma Cuisine’s cellar: Hermitage wines from Northern Rhone

Maybe it’s the spiffy handlebar moustaches they sport or their effervescent chatter about wine, but sommelier-owner Anthony Charmetant and chef-owner Mathieu Escoffier’s passion for vino is infectious, setting the mood for wonder and discovery as they unveil the rare and unusual quaffs they have in store.

Says Charmetant, “Through our personal histories and relationships with winemakers over the years, we tap into beloved French regions—notably Burgundy, Rhone and Bordeaux. In addition, our ever expanding connections with winemakers from across the globe allow us to curate a diverse, yet comprehensible collection at Ma Cuisine Singapore.” We might add that Escoffier’s parents started a well-known bistro of the same name in his hometown of Beaune. He himself had a short stint as executive chef at Saint Pierre, and prior to that, worked at Michelin-starred restaurants around the world.

Ma Cuisine's Anthony Charmetant and Mathieu Escoffier

Co-owners Anthony Charmetant and Mathieu Escoffier

Ma Cuisine Singapore’s over 600-label strong cellar includes classics and rare vintages to wines from lesser-known new-generation winemakers such as Domaine Tessier and Domaine Combier. Escoffier has prepared a short menu of French classics and Burgundian specials to go with the wines. For instance, he recommends a Côtes du Rhône “Khayyam” 2015 Domaine Mas de Libian ($78), a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, to go along with La Pissaladière ($19) a crisp anchovy tart from Nice; or Meursault “Les Casse Tetes” 2015 Domaine Tessier ($132), a chardonnay with Le Jambon Persillé ($27), a homemade terrine of braised pork shoulder with garlic and parsley.

Meursault 2012 Domaine Roulot goes well with Le Jambon Persillé

Meursault wines paired with Le Jambon Persillé

Ma Cuisine Singapore’s collection also includes a wide selection of rare fortified wines such as the full-bodied and rich Port Vintage Gould Campbell 1985, and an 1850 d’Oliveiras Madeira Verdelho Reserva that has been aged for 150 years in oak casks. These can be slowly enjoyed on their own as sweet endings to the meal, or paired with accompaniments, for instance, matching the rich and fruity Port White Colheita 1989 Barão de Vilar ($225) with Fromages Affinés or artisanal cheeses ($33/150g).

Port wines and cheese at Ma Cuisine

Port wines and cheese at Ma Cuisine

38 Craig Road. Tel: 6224 1838

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