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Ohh-oh Summer Wine

Folks like us at senior age are always nostalgic. Sure…we shouldn’t just think of the good old days and must look forward, embracing technology, accept changes and entrusting the younger generation more. When it comes to enjoyment of life though, there is no need to force ourselves to immerse into the music of Mirror, Error or Collar. Compositions by the like of Mozart, Chopin, Debussy of course and for popular music, there is nothing wrong to listen to the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley or like this one by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood😊

More seriously, it is now June and we are into real summer. The heat and humidity can sometimes be almost unbearable. What is better than staying under a cool shade and enjoy a glass or two of good champagne and/or white wine? And on that note, we would recommend the following from our inventory:

2014 Louis Roederer Vintage Brut (WA95 at HK$550/bottle) – This is a beautiful Champagne offering aromas of pear, plum, red berries, warm biscuits and a little smoke. Full bodied and elegantly muscular, it’s seamless and complete, with terrific depth and amplitude. It is such a steal when at 1/3 the price of its sibling of the same vintage the Cristal which is only rated 1 point higher.

2012 Henriot Brut Rose Millesime (DC97 at HK$720/bottle) – We can’t help recommending this one again…a medium to full-bodied Champagne with attractive aromas of blood orange, red berries, peach and brioche. It has good concentration, with ripe but racy acidity and a delicate mousse, all to end with a long finish.

NV (2021) Jacques Selosse Version Originale (WA96 at HK$4,600/bottle) – Now we are into serious territory with this brilliant Blanc de Blancs being the latest release Grand Cru V.O. by the house that many regard as the epitome of Champagne making. Offering up dried fruits, orange oil, buttery pastry, baking spices and beeswax, it is full bodied, deep and vinous, with layered and sapid mid-palate that’s girdled by lively acids and fine mousse, ending with a long and penetrating finish.

2019 Yves Cuilleron Condrieu les Chaillets (DC97 at HK$420/bottle) – Rhone (South France) whites have always been our favourite for their good body, complexity and not crazy prices. This one out of old vines is a prime example offering a layered texture with beautiful notes of ripe peaches, citrus and hints of cream. The wine flows onto the palate with richness, depth, purity and a long finish.

2015 Jermann Where Dreams Have No End (JS96 at HK$550/bottle) – A seriously good white out of mostly Chardonnay from Friuli (NE Italy) with a beautiful kaleidoscope of cooked apples, spiced pear and butterscotch undertones. Gorgeous and flavourful, it is one of the best dreams in years.

2018 Isole e Olena Chardonnay Collezione Privata (WA95 at HK$440/bottle) – From Tuscany of Italy, this full-bodied white is a finely chiseled and precise expression of the grapes harvested under cool weather. There are aromas of apricot and sweet pear. Intense and yet light-footed, this vintage has achieved a truly remarkable balance.

2019 Antinori Cervaro della Sala (WA95 at HK$480/bottle) – The latest offering of this good and popular Chardonnay blend by a leading Italian producer, there is no malolactic fermentation in order to maintain the wine’s tonic and fresh personality. It shows orchard fruits, honey and arcadia flower with flinty notes…a pleasant wine by any standard.

2016 Markus Molitor Riesling Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese**WK (WA96 at HK$350/bottle) – This German dry Riesling has a clear and flinty-scented bouquet of great elegance. With ripe stone fruit aromas and a delicate character, this is nevertheless beautifully lush and elegant with enormous complexity, length and mineral tension. OK…it is only in the 2-star echelon but when one also looks at its price, there is really unbeatable value.

2019 Kumeu River Hunting Hill Vineyard Chardonnay (WA95 at HK$400/bottle) – We are re-stocking this best example of a good New Zealand white. Medium to full-bodied, the mouthfeel is welcoming and silky, the flavours ranging from yellow peach and grilled pineapple to toasted hazelnuts and even a touch of honey, ending with bright citrus notes and a long finish.

2019 Donum Russian River Estate Chardonnay (JS95 at HK$600/bottle) – Finally from Donum (for whom we are their exclusive representative in Hong Kong) this excellent white that shows exotic aromas of starfruit, lemongrass and tangerine, along with hints of pear and apple. Clean and juicy on the palate, the fruits and spice flavours linger on to give an intense, mouth-coating finish. Only 410 cases produced.

Thank you for reading. Please feel free to go to our website to browse the full wine list. Purchases can be made through the website or by sending us an e-mail or simply WhatsApp 9195-7383. And wishing you all a great Dragon Boat Festival holiday ahead!!!


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