The Piemonte Brachetto DOC "Acquesi" from Cuvage reveals itself, immediately, delicately sweet, well supported by an acidic vein which ensures that it is never cloying. Strongly typical, it gives a lively and fully satisfying sip.
Acquesi was founded in Acqui, Piemonte in 1952. Same quality, re-launched Liberty Style, dating back to the early 1900s from the city of Turin, Italy. Acquesi only produces DOC and DOCG wines from the prestigious Piedmont region. Their wines are made with the Metodo Martinotti technique (long charmat).
Matching the Piemonte Brachetto DOC Acquesi to this dish is not a way of exploiting the common place that presents this a lovers’ wine. The “concubine smile” is the name of a tasty variety of lychees, famous for its green tones, popular in Southern China and in Hong Kong. Chef Xue here has combined in a rather simple and modern way the flavours of two worlds, the western and the Chinese. The wine, with its soft acidity, not invasive elegant bubbling and its sweet flavour coming together with the hints of raspberry, is a refreshing and pleasant match with the little cold tomatoes that have been impregnated by the aroma of the lychees. By the way, the dish recalls love in any case, since the “concubine” who gave the name to the fruit was Yang Yuhuan, one of the Four Beauties of China at the Tang Dinasty time. Emperor Xuanzong loved her and ordered that the lichees had to shipped fresh for her to Xian from Southern China.