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Small and beautiful…

Remember our suggested New Year Resolution of eating out with your wife/husband at least once every two weeks and bringing a bottle of wine? But what wine to bring? Obviously a wine that can enhance the occasion and all that we carry at Vinopolis Hong Kong will be able to do that. OK OK…forget dressing this newsletter up as our objective here is to recommend some nice half bottles which are appropriate when you want to drink a little but not too much…and the list include things that are very good to some that are truly great and exclusive:

2009 Grand-Puy-Lacoste (RP95) at HK$330 each – A classic style Bordeaux with a hint of flowers, black currants, crushed rocks and earth…concentrated but velvety textured and balanced.

2009 Brane-Cantenac (RP95) at HK$350 each – With a relatively high proportion of Merlot (40%) for a left-bank Bordeaux, this one offers a nose of marked intensity and strong leather, evolving into that of apricot and red fruit after airing for 20 minutes. The body is smooth, with finesse and offering a long aromatic finish.

2012 Smith Haut Lafitte (RP95) at HK$350 each – One of our favourite Bordeaux reds full of black fruits and with a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, stunningly ripe, velvety tannin and a long long finish.

2012 Troplong-Mondot (RP96) at HK$380 each – From St-Emilion, this inky purple wine exhibits great notes of licorice and black fruits…is full-bodied but perfectly balanced.

2009 Haut-Bailly (RP100) at HK$800 each – A “perfect” wine from the point of view of Robert Parker, this one offers a nose of tobacco, graphite and black currants, hitting one’s palate with a medium to full-bodied and saturated mouthfeel. It is rich, complex and yet elegant and delicate. The wine is excellent now but one also feels that there is so much potential for the future. A classic all in all…

2013 Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (RP100) at HK$2,300 each – Napa winery managed by the Latour team of Bordeaux, there are only 1,800 cases of this wine produced. It is off-the-chart great, with an aroma of pen ink, graphite, blackberry and blueberry, plus a hint of licorice and camphor. Full bodied with great concentration and remarkable equilibrium, it is flawless and has no edges. An expensive wine, no doubt, but one that’s worth occasions no matter how big they are.

Contact us if you are interested in any of the above. Thank you for reading and thank you for your support. Happy drinking!!!


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