With the opening of Park 90 at Regent Singapore, an intimate wine bar with a staggering collection of top drops rated 90 and above by Robert Parker, wine lovers have another charming new hideout in the heart of Orchard Road.
Tucked away on the lobby level of Regent Singapore, Park 90 is tea lounge by day and fine wine bar come 6pm rain or shine. Cosy, posh and above all, it stocks over 800 top labels from around the world. And given that most of them bear the stamp of approval by American wine critic Robert Parker—read: rated 90 points and above by Parker—this fine wine bar is very well named indeed.
Rising star Mason Ng, formerly of Les Amis and Atlas, helms the show at the 40-seater Park 90 as head sommelier. And what a glorious one it is, with a top-rated wine list focused on French wines—specifically Burgundies—along with American labels and a smattering of top drops from other New World regions. According to Ng, Burgundies make up to 70 per cent of the wine list.
The jewel in the crown at Park 90 has to be the 2009 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, yours for the princely sum of $27,500 per bottle. Alternatively, snag a sniffle at $5,500 per glass, thanks to the use of the Coravin system, which keeps opened bottles fresh. Park 90 is probably the only bar on the island to offer wines by the celebrated Burgundian producer, popularly known as DRC, by the glass. Other highlights on the stellar menu include various vintages of Meursault legend Domaine Coche-Dury and Domaine Armand Rousseau, another Burgundian heavyweight.
But it’s not just big names for fat wallets on display at Park 90. Ng was also careful to ensure good value and some very affordable offerings, such as the 2014 Maison Jean Fournier Marsannay Rouge Les Longeroies that’s rated RP91 and listed at $69 per bottle at Park90. Or the elegant Hudelot Noellat Chambolle Musigny 2012 at $89 per bottle, and vintage 2014 Cornas from Northern Rhone legend August Clape at $145 per bottle.
Offerings by the glass are not too shabby either. Take bubbly by glass, for instance. We liked the grower champagne from fifth generation producer Benoit Marguet, who grows his grapes and makes his wines according to biodynamic principles. Fresh and citrusy on the nose, layered with yeasty, nutty accents, Champagne Marguet Shaman 13 Grand Cru is a steal at $20 per glass ($69 per bottle). Ng aims to offer “as diverse a selection as possible” by the glass and refresh his list every two months.
Apart from the top drops on offer, wine lovers can also order in from Regent Singapore’s Basilico and Summer Palace. (We recommend the excellent deep-fried frog legs with Chinese five-spice from Summer Palace, a most addictive pairing with bubbly.) And for serious wine lovers, there are also exclusive Park90 memberships available. Tempting? We’ll toast to that!
Lobby, Regent Singapore. 1 Cuscaden Road. Tel: 9749 7049