The uncertain of times...
As the Covid situation is getting really serious in Hong Kong, the general mood is one with worries, despair, even desperation. The big concern on our health and that of our loved ones is understandable but one must not resolve into irrational acts and making the situation more chaotic. Many amenities are closed and we probably don’t want to go out much anyway. That can be boring. It is important though to keep the right attitude and not to be knocked down emotionally even without Covid actually infecting us. Enjoy spending more time with family. Take care of the elderly. Read a book. Learn something new. Keep one’s humour. Find something (anything) enjoyable and live positively.
On that note, it is not a bad idea to have a glass or two over a meal and especially if any of you want to stock up a bit now that we are probably spending more time at home than at any juncture in the past. Here are a few highlights of our recent additions:
2009 Malartic-Lagraviere Blanc (RP95 at HK$540/bottle) – We are re-stocking this popular good-valued Bordeaux white that boasts notes of lemon and lime marmalade intermixed with honeysuckle, freshly cut grass and a slightly waxy character. A serious, complex and enjoyable wine indeed.
2012 Larcis Ducasse (RP95 at HK$530/bottle) – This St-Emilion estate has been producing some breath-taking wines in the last two decades with Robert Parker scoring its 2005 vintage the perfect 100 points. The gorgeously intense 2012 though has our nod as the one with the best value. The flavour of abundant dark fruits, licorice and the totally balanced structure provides immense pleasure to anyone ready to uncork a bottle.
2012 Ch. Latour (WA96 at HK$4,100/bottle) – To many, this estate is the best of the Bordeaux First Growths with their wines having the perfect balance between intensity and elegance…and need we say more? Perhaps just to add that at the price we are offering it…you probably can’t find a better deal in the market.
2018 Beaucastel CNDP (WA95 at HK$560/bottle) – Quite a full-bodied offering from this reputable estate in Southern Rhone, it is a blend of Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah and small amounts of other grape varietals. The wine shows an intensity of raspberry and cherry, with an underpinning of savoury elements such as dried meat and spices.
2018 Terlano Pinot Noir Reserva Monticol (WA95 at HK$320/bottle) – Must be the first Italian Pinot we offer…and this one arriving next week is seriously good, with plenty of floral detailing focused on violet and Alpine wild flowers, making it a silky wine with plenty of freshness and energy.
2013 Castellare di Castellina Sodi di San Niccolo (WA96 at HK$580/bottle) – A majority Sangiovese blend from Tuscany (Italy) with a powerful bouquet of dark cherry, spice, tobacco and clay, all intermixed seamlessly. The freshness and balanced structure further add to the wine a bright and buoyant personality.
2018 Ridge Vineyards Geyserville (WA96 at HK$400/bottle) – Our first offer of a Zinfandel blend by this excellent winery from Sonoma (California). There are layers of warm fruits with spicy accents on the nose, and a mineral-tinged undercurrent that adds to its appeal. In the mouth, it is generously fruited and very juicy, with the silky tannins providing the support, and finishing very long and layered.
2015 Sena (JS100 at HK$920/bottle) – From arguably the most prestigious Chilean producer, this red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Melbac, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Some may debate whether the JS rating is a touch generous but there is no doubt that this vibrant, well-structured and very elegant wine offers immense drinking pleasure.
Thank you for reading. Please feel free to go to our website www.vinopolis.com.hk 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.