Valentine’s Day Blues?
Hong Kong is into the second month of the Covid-Omicron wave with infection cases escalating very seriously. Some choose to blame government for what it is (and is not) doing. Vaccination aside, the important thing though is to be vigilant in personal hygiene and also refraining from social activities for a period of time. On that last note, many of us must be disappointed having to cancel our Valentine’s Day dinner plans. But why not celebrate at home? We would urge the guys to be creative. It is time to showcase your culinary talent. Even if not, so many restaurants are offering special takeaway menus tailored for Valentine’s Day. There is really no excuse not to show our affection and celebrate with our loved ones!!!
And Vinopolis would want to support you in wine. If you place order this weekend, and provided we have stock, we will delivery on
Monday (except the outlying islands). So check out our website www.vinopolis.hk.com right away.
And here are a few highlights of our recent additions:
2007 Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Nicolas Francois (WA97 at HK$950/bottle) – A real success for this premium offering from the popular Champagne house, the wine is full-bodied and with the Pinot Noir grape varietal as its major component, it is more rounded on the palate, offering aroma of fresh bread, orchard fruits, white flowers and Macadamia nuts.
2008 Delamotte Blanc de Blancs (WA95 at HK$800/bottle) – With same ownership, Delamotte is sometimes referred to as the second wine of the great champagne house Salon. But it more than stands on its own and when the price is less than 10% of the Salon equivalent, it is a really a no brainer if one is looking for just good bubbles rather than a name.
2020 Verget Pouilly-Fuisse les Combes VV (VN95 at HK$330/bottle) – This great valued Burgundy white from old vines comes across as clean, precise and a little mineral driven. The palate is beautifully integrated and poised with peach and yellow plum, leading to a crispy finish. It is hard to find a more enjoyable Pouilly-Fuisse.
2019 Kumeu River Hunting Hill Vineyard Chardonnay (WA95 at HK$400/bottle) – Our favourite New Zealand Chardonnay producer offering this medium to full-bodied silky white with flavours of peach, pineapple, roasted hazelnuts, a touch of honey and a lengthy finish.
2012 Pavie Macquin (VN95 at HK$320/half bottle) – For someone preferring to drink just a little bit, consider this half bottle of aromatic, floral, racy and complex Bordeaux red which is also of great value. There is no doubt of its potential for further development in another few years but who can resist drinking it now?
2010 Clos de Sarpe (WA98 at HK$870/bottle) – This Bordeaux red is an absolute blockbuster with a youthful nose of blackcurrant, plum and blueberry pie with hints of chocolate, roses and cigar box. It has a frame of grainy tannins and explosive freshness to lend an electric charge through the mid-palate and a very long and layered finish.
2005 Clos Fourtet (RP98 at HK$1,250/bottle) – For long one of our favourite Bordeaux estates, this is their massive offering of a full-bodied wine with notes of crushed rock, blueberry and blackberry intermixed with licorice, expresso, chocolate and an epic finish.
2003 Le Dome (RP 95 at HK$1,500/bottle) – The premium member from the Jonathan Maltus stable of Bordeaux estates, this wine is approaching full maturity and has been getting better and better. It exhibits supple tannins, a voluptuous texture but never over the top, with flavours of blueberry, raspberry, mulberry and note of forest floor.
2012 Domaine du Coulet Cornas les Billes Noires (WA96 at HK$550/bottle) – Full-bodied red from Northern Rhone, its inky purple colour is followed by an awesome bouquet of cassis, bacon fat, peppered meat, olive, and iron, with additional minerality coming after airing. It is hitting its prime now but will continue to keep well for another 15 years.
2013 Feudi San Gregorio Patrimo (WA96 at HK$550/bottle) – A Merlot based red from Campania, it is a wine that flaunts its wildness and confidence like many things from that region of Italy. The freshness and purity of dark cherry, raspberry and dark plum are the driving force…a great and rewarding wine for those who have the ambition to try!!!
2013 Klein Constantia Vin de Constance (WA96 at HK$620/500-ml bottle) – Subscribers of Vinopolis know this South African sweet to be our indulgence of its kind. We have talked about its heritage (the favourite drink of Napoleon, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens etc). It is wonderful in every aspect, the beautiful bouquet with honey, quince, pressed yellow flower, a touch of rhubarb and ginger, just enough freshness to make the wine not heavy, and all extraordinarily persistent on the palate.
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