A Real Wine Time
For the past six years, insider wine connoisseurs in London, Paris, Monaco and Hong Kong were the only ones privy to Sarment, a consulting brand providing the ‘ultimate wine experience’ to its clients through a series of renowned winemakers and sommeliers, and exclusive access to some of the highest quality bottles and cellars in the world. This year, Sarment makes its first foray into the public arena with the launch of a wine concept flagship store in Shanghai, where a line-up of cherry-picked wines is available for purchase or to be enjoyed in the on-site bar and restaurant, the latter boasting a seasonal menu overseen by three Michelin-starred chef Michel Del Burgo.
In an avant-garde, bi-level space designed by Yann Debelle de Montby (Lanvin, Celine) and Milanese firm Vudafieri Saferino, Sarment features a long bar, leather stools, and circular portholes for the many wines on offer. These run the gamut from the rare to the affordable, with France’s 2000 Chateau Cheval Blanc ringing in at 13,800RMB and a 2010 New Zealand Forrest Pinot Noir costing 280RMB, but all have had the singular Sarment stamp of approval. Should you opt for an in-house tasting, chef Del Burgo’s delightful, monthly-rotating edibles prove the perfect accompaniment, making this the best fine wine n’ diner in town.