Crafted in keeping with the long-time Japanese tradition for making the best Baum Kuchen (spit cake), the Queens Brûlée is a specialty of Nishimoto Ltd., a company located in the Kouchi prefecture countryside.
Concocted only with grape must derived exclusively from the red Lambrusco and white Trebbiano grape varieties, this sumptuous vinegar is aged for a minimum of 12 years, time in which it is transferred in and out of a series of casks made from different wood species. The acetic fermentation generated by these procedures does not go through an alcohol stage and contributes to an unparalleled density and flavour. As far as quality confirmation goes, only a ruthless tasting carried out by a professional panel of incorruptible jurors can ultimately earn the product the much-coveted Protected Designation of Origin. Devoted to the production of Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena since the second half of the 19th century, the Leonardi company is situated in an oasis surrounded by 10 hectares of lush vineyards that supply all of its production needs. In addition to the classic 12-year vinegar, Leonardi is also known for its magnificent «Extravecchio» (extra old) version that legally implies an ageing period of at least 25 years, which in this case exceeds…30 years!
The end result is an incomparably smooth condiment that nobly balances out its inherent sweetness and acidity for a taste that borders on utter perfection. Bottled in a small 100-ml vial as imposed by the consortium, this Italian sensation tastes just as delectable on grilled vegetables and roasted meats as it does on a sliver of aged Parmigiano Reggiano, strawberries, ice cream— or even on its own as a digestive! When served to the Monde Selection Jury for the very first time this year, this renowned balsamic vinegar was met with immediate acclaim and honoured with a Grand Gold Medal as well as a unanimous “coup de cœur» right from the outset.