“You never actually own it. You merely look after it for the next generation”
Updated: Aug 19, 2021
Sounds familiar? That’s the tagline of an intriguing advertisement by Patek Philippe, long considered as the most prestigious watch manufacturer in the world, selling horological complications, many of which for HK$1M and much more, and one which taking up 8 out of 10 slots in the all time highest watch auction price ladder, with a certain of its 6300A-010 model sitting comfortably at the top at a whopping US$31M!!!
Your truly nevertheless experience all the same with a much smaller outlay of just HK$200.
The red rabbit in the video above was bought some 30 years ago as my first toy for our younger daughter. It was really heart warming when she then passed it to her baby son (our grandson) who seemed to love it. For various reasons, many do not see having children as a priority. I just want to assure them the immense joy and satisfaction to the entire family in seeing the next generation developing. It is a huge responsibility for sure. But the rewards will certainly outweigh the challenges.
OK…let’s go back to wine and hope you will find some of the following interesting:
2011 Larmandier-Bernier VV du Levant Grand Cru Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs (WA97 at HK$750) – The champagne of the vintage at not such a crazy price? It is full bodied and multi-layered, bursting from the glass with aromas of pear, peach, toasted almond, white flowers, bread and oyster shell.
2016 Kante Vitovska (DC96 at HK$250/bottle) – Great valued white from the Friuli region of NE Italy out of a grape varietal only available there and part of Slovenia, this well balanced wine offers aromas of preserved lemon, apricot and crushed oyster shell, all delivered with a polished and silky finish.
2005 Clos Fourtet (RP98 at $1,250/bottle) – A full bodied, massive St-Emilion (Bordeaux) from a top vintage, it offers notes of crushed rock, blueberry and blackberry intermixed with licorice and chocolate. This wine will continue to drink well for another 20 years.
2007 Faiveley Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru (VN92-94 at HK$1,850/bottle) – Not from the best vintage but then where can one find a Clos de Beze by a respectable producer at such valued price? It is not an intimidating wine but one that drinks beautifully with a good nose of red fruits, rose petals, and such an elegant palate that is soothing and so immensely enjoyable.
2017 Negly la Clape l'Ancely (WA96 at HK$630/bottle) – A premium offering from the Languedoc region of France out of the Mourvedre grape varietal. A seductive wine that is medium to full bodied with a rich and plushy texture, flavours of cherries and raspberries abound. There is spice and a brine element too, all to give the wine a savoury edge.
1999 d'Arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz (WA96 at HK$550/bottle) – Flagship wine from this very good south Australian producer, it is full bodied and awesomely rich. There are notes of black pepper, licorice, blackberry and cherry liquor, all offered over a palate of enormous concentration and intensity.
2018 Occidental SWK Vineyard Pinot Noir (VN100 at HK$1,450/bottle) – Every wine lover needs to have a 100-pointer in his/her cellar. This gorgeous wine from Sonoma is by the same wine making team of the reputable Kistler Vineyard. The aromas are layered and nuanced, with red and black raspberry fruits accented by tones of potpourri, dry citrus, dusty earth and amaro. The palate is silky and with depth, ending with a long, multi-layered finish.
Thanks for spending time reading this. You may also like to browse our website www.vinopolis.com.hk to view the full wine list. Purchases can be made through the website or by sending us an e-mail or simply WhatsApp 9195-7383. Drink well and drink responsibly.