THIS WEEK ONLY: 10% OFF 5-Littre & larger bottles
Sometimes a half magnum just isn’t enough. Like when dining with a friend. Sometimes that three litre just won’t do it – those one litre Riedel and Zalto glasses just seem to knock through it in an instant and you are left staring at the San Pellegrino in disbelief. Sometimes its time to celebrate, to have everyone in the room with decent glassfuls of the same wine from the exact same bottle. Sometimes its simply large format o’clock.
Did you ever see someone frown in disapproval at an open large format? Me neither, that I can recall.
Fortunately The Fine Wine Experience is here to help you never have that sinking “oh no I only have half-imperials left in the fridge” feeling again!
This week only we have reduced our prices by 10% on our 5-litre and larger bottles. It’s time to never get caught short again!!
Dorothee and her father Hanno Zilliken make some of the finest Rieslings of the Mosel. Their top vineyard, the Rausch from the picture postcard medieval town of Saarburg makes wines with a special lime leaf and citrus scent and flavour, and fantastic fresh-fruit acid snap. The Saar is cooler than the Middle Mosel, and really excels in warmer vintages like 2012.
2012 was simply a standout year for the Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken, and their best Riesling Spatlese went to auction - the ONLY place you get to buy this very special wine. Only 600 bottles produced (yes bottles, not cases!). We were bowled over by its fragrance, and razor sharp cut between juicy mouthwatering fruit, and mineral acidity. We liked it so much that we decided to buy half the total production and brought the wines back to HK for wine lovers like yourself. This wine is already delicious, will go brilliantly right now with classic Cantonese food, especially wok fried crab, lobster and fish dishes, as well as roast meats, but it can also age gracefully for around 3 to 4 decades at least.
We highly recommend this wine to you.
2012 Zilliken Saarburger Rausch Spatlese Auktion
252 bottles available at only HKD 580 per btl
12 magnums available at HKD 1,300 per mag
2012 Germany Riesling Auktion Mixed-Packs
The Mosel Spatlese 6-pack
From 6 leading growers, all spatlese level, which is very food-friendly, or great as a crisp, fruity aperitif – where we think it knocks the socks, shirt and pants off Champagne. Best of all, put together a dinner table of six, order all your Cantonese classic favourite dishes, open the whole lot in one go, serve well chilled, and have fun comparing them. Asiee from heavily chilli-dominated dishes, or heavily vinegared dishes, you won't go wrong.
1 bottle, 2012 Egon Muller Scharzhofgerger Spatlese Auktion
1 bottle, 2012 JJ Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese Auktion
1 bottle, 2012 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Spatlese Auktion
1 bottle, 2012 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Spatlese Auktion
1 bottle, 2012 Dr Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese Goldkapsel Auktion
1 bottle, 2012 Zilliken Saarburger Rausch Spatlese Auktion
= 6 x 750ml bottles in an original wooden case.
HK$5,000 per case of 6 bottles.
The Auslese Goldkapsel 6-pack
From 6 leading growers – 5 from the Mosel and 1 from the Nahe (Donnhoff), these are intense, super-juicy "dessert" level wines. They pair well with cheese, with light fruity desserts, or simply on their own as marvels-in-the-glass. Even though most are actually around beerenauslese level by most standards, they show elegance, and a sense of lightness. Alcohol levels are low, fruit styles remain mostly very fresh, and acidity is crisp and round and well balanced. They are gorgeous!
1 half bottle, 2012 Egon Muller Le Gallais Braune Kupp Auslese Goldkapsel Auktion
1 half bottle, 2012 JJ Prum Graacher Himmelreich Auslese Goldkapsel Auktion
1 half bottle, 2012 Dr Loosen Pralat Auslese Lange Goldkapsel Auktion
1 half bottle, 2012 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Auslese Goldkapsel Auktion
1 half bottle, 2012 Donnhoff Oberhauser Brucke Auslese Goldkapsel Auktion
1 half bottle, 2012 Karthauserhof Eitelsbacher Karthauserhofberg Auslese 42 Auktion
= 6 x 375ml half bottles in an original wooden case.
HK$6,800 per case of 6 half bottles.
Joh. Jos. Prum Auction 3-pack
This is the leading estate in the Mosel's so-called "golden mile", and here is a selection of the very best they made in this top vintage.
1 half bottle, 2012 Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese Auktion
1 half bottle, 2012 Joh. Jos. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Auslese Goldkapsel Auktion
1 half bottle, 2012 Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese Lange Goldkapsel Auktion
= 3 x 375ml half bottles in an original wooden case.
HK$4700 per case of 3 half bottles.
Over the past several months we have seen a very flat fine wine market overall. One category however that has continued to see strong and increasing demand, is fine Burgundy. The issue is that while plenty of delicious Burgundy is made, the very best wines are made in such tiny quantities, “Bordeaux-scale” customer orders can simply never be filled.
Many full original cases are opened on initial release by merchants, and the bottles split up amongst those lucky loyal customers who get allocations – a few bottles of this, a few bottles of that, one bottle of that if you are lucky. So, full original cases of these wines are rare from the start, and over time become rarer still.
Click here to view our list of fine Burgundy available in full original cases. Happy shopping!
Here are ten key picks from the full list…
2005 Chateau de la Tour Clos Vougeot ‘Vieilles Vignes’, HK$24,000 per case of 12 bottles. 1 case available
A leading estate in this grand cru, and they make two cuvees – a ‘regular’ Clos Vouget, and this old vine version. 2005 is a rock solid cellaring prospect, and earned an unusually high 97/100 from Burghound.
2005 Domaine Armand Rousseau Chambertin Clos de Beze, HK$180,000 per case of 12 bottles. 1 case available
The top estate for the appellation, and in one of the greatest examples ever made. This is a full original UK-release carton, and earned 98/100 from Burghound.
2009 Domaine Hudelot-Noellat Richebourg, HK$36,000 per case of 6 bottles. 1 case of 6 bottles available
This estate has been on a rapid rise since mid last decade. This is a very top example. 96/100 from Burghound.
2009 Domaine Sylvain Cathiard Romanee St Vivant, HK$82,800 per case of 6 bottles. 1 case available
One of the true greats in the Cote de Nuits. Very hard to find in a case. 94-97/100 from Burghound.
2001 DRC Assortment, HK$288,000 per case of 12 bottles. 1 case available
This was a great year at DRC. This is full, proper, original assortment (like all in our list), not a ‘made up’ one.
Contains – 1 x Romanee-Conti; 3 x La Tache, 2 x Richebourg, 2 x Romanee St Vivant; 2 x Grands Echezeaux; 2 x Echezeaux
2010 DRC La Romanee Conti, HK$336,000 per case of 3 bottles. 1 case of 3 available (banded OWC)
After, or alongside the mythical 1945, perhaps the greatest RC ever made. 99/100 from Burghound.
2008 Domaine Joseph Drouhin Musigny, HK$54,000 per case of 12 bottles. 1 case available
One of the very very top producers of Musigny, and a favourite wine of ours. The ’08 is superb, completely classic, and rivals the ’09. 95/100 from Burghound.
2007 Domaine F. Raveneau Chablis Les Clos, HK$22,800 oer case of 6 bottles. 1 case available
The top producer, the top vineyard, one of the top recent vintages. 95/100 from Burghound
2007 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier Montrachet, HK$24,000 per case of 6 bottles. 2 cases of 6 bottles available
Stunning Chevalier Montrachet from the leading producer. 96/100 from Burghound
2008 R & V Dauvissat Chablis Les Clos, HK$18,000 per case of 12 bottles.
A seriously smart buy – very pure top Chablis in a great vintage. 96/100 from Burghound
But do also take a look at the full list attached. There are fine Burgundies at a range of levels and prices there – some for current drinking and some for cellaring.
It is with great pride that we make this pre-shipment offer of the 2013 vintage from Mosel first growth Joh. Jos. Prum. It is a privilege to represent this great family estate here in Hong Kong. We love these wines. They make amongst the world’s very finest white wines, and I think you will agree therefore, that they also offer some of the best value in the world of fine wine.
In 2013 Prum release is ALL at auslese level and above…
2013 Joh Jos Prum Bernkasteler Badstube Auslese, HK$280 per bottle
2013 Joh Jos Prum Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Auslese, HK$290 per bottle
2013 Joh Jos Prum Graacher Himmelreich Auslese, HK$300 per bottle
2013 Joh Jos Prum Graacher Himmelreich Auslese Goldcapsule, HK$620 per bottle, HK$345 per half bottle
2013 Joh Jos Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese, HK$330 per bottle, HK$190 per half bottle, HK$820 per magnum
2013 Joh Jos Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese Goldcapsule, HK$690 per bottle, HK$380 per half bottle, HK$1650 per magnum
These will have a very broad drinking window – their lusciousness and juiciness will make them appealing in their youth, but this is also a classic selection for the cellar – 4+ decades with ease.
As we have just been appointed by Prum, we have been privileged to purchase a broad selection of back vintages form their cellars. These wines will join the 2013 shipment. The full list on offer is attached. We would draw your attention to the following picks, should you wish to put a range of Prum styles in your cellar:
2008 Joh Jos Prum Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett, HK$265 per bottle
Just as 2013 is an auslese vintage, we think 2008 was the ultimate kabinett vintage. Not every vintage makes the ‘real’ cabinet style, which magically delivers plenty of flavour and freshness, but in the lightest possible way. It makes the perfect aperitif. Linden’s pick.
2007 Joh Jos Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese, HK$335 per bottle
Spatlese means, literally, ‘late picked’, but it is not a dessert wine. These offer great flexibility – either as an aperitif, or which a range of foods. This wine would go well with a broad range of Cantonese food. Mike’s pick.
2003 Joh Jos Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese Goldcapsule, HK$830 per bottle
This was a hot vintage all over Europe marked by many failures, and a few stunning successes. This was one of them. The Prum family loves to show this wine
2002 Joh Jos Prum Graacher Himmelreich Eiswein, HK2200 per bottle
Picked long after everything else, in the depths of winter when the grapes freeze, concentrating the juice. Very pure, racy, rich, but still elegant. Delicious, and very special!
We got our hands on a very nice parcel of Chapoutier Ermitage – all purchased on release and stored under ideal conditions. With minimum 10 years aging, these are drinking perfectly right now. Well-stored, well-priced, ultra high Parker scores, and ready for immediate delivery. What more can you ask for?
Chapoutier produces wine from a range of appellations in Northern and Southern Rhone. They are most famous for their Ermitage, which is consistently one of the most highly praised wines by Robert Parker. Take a guess on how many 100 pointers they got… a mind-boggling 24 wines!!! (Only Guigal has more, sitting at the top with 25). The next contender only has 12…Petrus w/ 9, Haut Brion w/ 6, Latour w/ 5, DRC w/ 4, and Lafite w/ 3…
These are rich, fruit forward, intense wines with tremendous character. Loads of blackberries, tobacco, liquorice notes. With age they develop unbelievable complexity, richness and depth.
Chapoutier Ermitage “Le Meal”
Made with 100% Syrah grapes from a single vineyard site “Meal hillside”. The slope is composed of high terraces of shingles and clay which helps contribute to soil warming. Vine age at around 50 years old. Deep garnet red colour with purple rims. Ripe fruits, hints of blackberry jam, smoky with powerful tannins.
Chapoutier Ermitage “l’Ermite”
Made with 100% Syrah grapes from a single vineyard site situated at the top of the Hermitage hill in a place named “the Ermite”. The vines are 80 years old and are on very poor, granitic soils. Colour is very deep garnet red, almost black. Juicy black fruits, smoky, pepper with a powerful yet velvety structure.
Chapoutier Ermitage “Le Pavillon”
Chapoutier’s top wine. Made with 100% Syrah grapes from a single vineyard site that has 90-100 year old vines. The soil has sediments on top of a granitic subsoil. Very low yields due to the vine age. Tarry and smoky, raspberry, blackberry, walnut, liquorice, tobacco. Intense, concentrated with a finish that lasts for minutes.
Chapoutier Ermitage Blanc “Le Meal”
Consistently one of the top white wine made in the Rhone Valley. Made with 100% Marsanne grapes, from the single vineyard site “Le Meal”. The vines are more than 50 years old which gives very low yield. Golden yellow color. Tropical fruit, toasty almond, honey notes, all wrapped in a round, oily texture.
We managed to get our hands on 120 bottles each of the newly released 2004 Dom Perignon Jeff Koons Limited Edition and 2003 Dom Perignon Rose Jeff Koons Limited Edition, both at cheapest price in town! These will surely go much higher in value (given Jeff Koons’ already cult-like status in the art world and underlying excellent quality of the Dom Perignon Champagne).
Buy now while supplies last!
These LIMITED EDITION Dom Perignon bottles, each in its specially designed individual gift box, is an extension of the Balloon Venus project – a curvilinear sculpture created by Jeff Koons for Dom Perignon that opens to reveal a bottle of Perignon Perignon Rose 2003. Only 650 pieces were made, and were allocated only to VIPs at USD 20,000 each – a bargain by Koons’ standards.
“The gift box was designed by Jeff Koons himself, for both Dom Perignon Vintage 2004 and Dom Perignon Rose Vintage 2003, with a careful all-embracing conception of the outside and the inside facets. The outside reproduces on a dark background the Balloon Venus for Dom Perignon matching their colour with the cuvee: pink for the Rose and yellow for the Blanc. A view of the artist’s studio is visible on the reflective surface of the Balloon Venus and refers to the creative energy of the artist. The image is underlined by Jeff Koons’ signature.
Similar to the boxes, the bottle foils give a pop-twist to the colour of its cuvee, Dom Perignon Blanc or Rose, interpreting the tension between the colours and the dark bottle. It bears a metallic shield with the same colour layout as the foil and the box. The label plays with coloured surface on the depth of shield, emphasizing its allure, playful and still mysterious”
2004 Dom Perignon Jeff Koons Limited Edition
“Intense, Elegant and Radiant”
Price = HKD 1,300 per bottle (sold in CASE of 6, each bottle in individual gift box)
Limited to 12 btls per customer
2003 Dom Perignon Rose Jeff Koons Limited Edition
“Vibrant, Seductive and Infringing”
Price = HKD 2,600 per bottle (sold in CASE of 6, each bottle in individual gift box)
Limited to 12 btls per customer
Join us in your very own share of a barrel of fine Burgundy! You will even have your name on the label, alongside the top producers tending our barrels. Sound interesting? Read on….
2013 Hospices de Beaune Meursault-Genevrières 1er Cru, Cuvée Baudot
*ONLY 2 SHARES REMAINING*
Available by the 1/4 barrel share (6 cases) for HK$68,400 per share (only $950 per bottle), delivered in Hong Kong
Elevage: Alix and Etienne de Montille (masters of the Cote de Beaune)
Tasting Notes: Combining both delicious fresh fruit (stone fruit and a touch of pineapple), with a refined mineral-led level of detail and complexity. There is sufficient fruit intensity to satisfy early drinking, but also sufficient structure for longer aging.
Your name on the label! Perfect for celebrations, entertaining, and gifts!
As an acknowledgement of your contribution, you get to put your name officially on the wine label. It’s nice to be able to open a wine like that and have a story to tell. The wines also make very special, personalized gifts – something unique to you.
Very limited offer
With only 2 shares remaining for 2013 Hospices de Beaune Meursault-Genevrières 1er Cru, Cuvée Baudot obviously this is a very limited offer, and is offered on a first-come first-served basis, subject to remaining unsold. I have found over the years that these wines have provided a lot of fun – both opening at family gatherings, parties, and so on, and seeing the wine’s evolution in bottle. They’ve made perfect gifts too.
Please let us know if you’d like to join in our 2013 barrels!