Realized by Paris-based restaurateur Mourad Mazouz and French master chef Pierre Gagnaire in 2002, sketch is a playful and quirky restaurant housing world-class wine, innovative cuisine, and an eccentric interior.

Rest assured, the wine takes center stage in each of sketch’s five restaurants and bars, where wine director Frédéric Brugues oversees a fine cellar filled with both French and European classics and bold choices from around the world.

Among the range of whites, Bordeaux is given proper respect with clever selections of more affordable wines such as L’Esprit de Chevalier and Lune d’Or alongside legendary Laville Haut-Brion and Haut-Brion in great and mature vintages. The top red Burgundies are very recherché top crus from Comte Liger-Belair and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, as well as exceptionally rare bottles of Bouchard Père & Fils Volnay Caillerets Ancienne Cuvée Carnot 1961 and 1962 direct from the unrivalled cellars of the Château de Beaune.

The spirits list caught the eye of the 2018 judges; the presence of unexpected finds like ‘Snow Queen’, a vodka distilled in Kazakhstan using Himalayan spring water, must be applauded.