From left: 2012 Volpi Moscato, 2010 Mâcon-la Roche Vineuse Les Cras Olivier Merlin, 2013 Albert Bichot Beaujolais Nouveau, 2004 Chateau du Tetre Margaux, BBR Wm Pickering 20yr Tawny Port

November Wine Frenzy

It’s the time of the year again! I have been following the tradition of the new wine in November. Yes “Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé !” My first posting about this interesting topic was two years ago. Since then, the special November wine always appeared at the right time on my dinner table. November Wine Frenzy Ponti had a great deal this year from the usual producer Albert Bichot. It was HK$149 per bottle, buy 2 get 1 free — truly a steal, cheapest in 3 years! After gathering the numbers from my network of wine lovers, we decided to go for 15. However I was too late in placing the order,… Read More

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2010 Mâcon-la Roche Vineuse Colour

Burgundy Wine – the Love Affair of the Palate

Looking up the history of Burgundy (Bourgogne, France) wine was fulfilling. It is probably one of the original wine regions that has the most complete documentation of its history, both in chronological events and extensive viticulture and oenology records. Pioneered by Roman Catholic monks, the Cistercians took the Burgundy wine to a peak with their great skills towards the end of Medieval times. The idea of terroir was probably born here as the monks discovered the consistent results were always tied to specific vineyards in Burgundy. Local sovereignty contributed to the development by introducing favorable laws at times. Despite challenging time around the two World Wars, the Burgundian had overcome hurdles. They have striven to become the… Read More

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Mâcon-la Roche Vineuse, Les Cras Olivier Merlin

Here comes the 2010 Burgundy En Primeur

More wines had arrived, snatching up my personal and impersonal space. Cases of bottles are piling up my home and office room, crying “drink me, drink me!” The fist of my 2010 Burgundy En Primeur, ordered last year, came stacking up on each other in 4 cartons two weeks ago. That was a week after “The Last of My 2008 En Primeur“. 2010 Burgundy En Primeur They are: St Aubin Le Charmois 1er Cru, Domaine Jean-Claude Bachelet Mâcon-la Roche Vineuse, Les Cras Olivier Merlin Chablis Blanchots Grand Cru, J.P. & Benoît Droin Vosne-Romanée, La Combe Brûlée, Domaine Bruno Clavelier The first 3 are whites and the last is red. They are all… Read More

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Love at first “Drink” — 2010 Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet

2010 Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet Region: Cote de Beaune, Burgundy [Bourgogne], France Class/Vineyard: Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru Les Embrazees Grapes: Chardonnay Vintage: 2010 Style: full body, dry white Alcohol: 13.5% Price: HK$343.5 Score/Rating: Jancis Robinson 16/20 Intense pear and apple aromas. More complex fruit in the palate – citrus, green apple, slightly smoky and honeyed. Well structure and creamy full body. Good minerals and tartness. The finish was interesting. It’s long and developing, almost to recognizable lychee to me. This 2010 Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet was a treat. I got one during Ponti’s Burgundy Pomotion (25% off) last week. Tried it and went back for more the next day! It was “love at first drink!” Nevertheless, my experience… Read More

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Summer Wine Party

Wine Party A party without loud music, perhaps not suitable for teenagers, was what we had last week. I called it a wine party even though we only tasted 5 different wines during the enchanted night. 6 of us sharing the above wines was just appropriate, nicely not to throw us off alcohol limit into binge drinking! The Whites Our wine party began with Marlborough 2011 Saint Clair Sauvignon Blanc, a little charming one as aperitif. Everyone just had a tiny glass of this as I used half of the bottle to cook live mussels. Why this particular wine? The principle is simple – tasty wine will cook to delicious dishes while leftover or… Read More

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