After an extensive tasting across Bordeaux in April, these wines stood out for their exceptional quality for the price. We think these offer some of the best bargains of the entire campaign, and they come highly recommended.
2015 Château Figeac, 93-94 points, available @ HK$1,080 per bottle
2015 Château Cheval Blanc, 95-97 points, available @ HK$5,000 per bottle
2015 Château Lafite Rothschild, 94-96 points, available @ HK$4,200 per bottle
2015 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, 94-96 points, available @ HK$1,180 per bottle
2015 Château Mouton-Rothschild, 93-95 points,available @ HK$3,900 per bottle
2015 Château Leoville Las Cases, 95-97 points, available @ HK$1,350 per bottle
2015 Château Pichon Comtesse de Lalande, 96-98 points, available @ HK$950 per bottle
2015 Château Bélair-Monange, 94-96 points, available @ HK$1,180 per bottle
2015 Château Pichon Comtesse de Lalande, available @ HK$950 per bottle (96-98 points)
2015 Château Bélair-Monange, available @ HK$1,180 per bottle (94-96 points)
2015 Château Pichon Longueville Baron, available @ HK$950 per bottle (94-96 points)
2015 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière, available @ HK$560 per bottle (93-94 points)
2015 Château d'Issan, available @ HK$400 per bottle (93-95 points)
2015 Château Grand Puy Lacoste, available @ HK$470 per bottle (92-94 points)
2015 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge, available @ HK$600 per bottle
2015 Château Rauzan-Ségla, available @ HK$525 per bottle (93-95 points)
2015 Château Montviel, available @ HK$240 per bottle (93-95 points)
2015 Château d'Aiguilhe, available @ HK$175 per bottle (93-94 points)
2015 Château Pontet Canet , available @ HK$795 per bottle (94-95 points)
The 1980s witnessed something of a quiet revolution in Barolo and Barbaresco. Luciano Sandrone, and peers were labeled ‘Modernistas’ for employing new French oak barriques, shortening macerations, and making a more supple ‘international’ sort of wine from the beloved Nebbiolo. Sheer sacrilege to the likes of Bartolo Mascarello and the ‘Traditionalistas’ over the fence.
The battle of ideas that took place has largely cooled off since then, as we see more modern practices in winemaking (if not maturation) amongst the traditionalists, and a few botti and larger oak casks making their way into the once staunch modernist estates.
Angelo Gaja, a figure much like Robert Mondavi or Ernst Loosen in his enormous contribution to bringing to world market attention the wines of his region, has for several decades now made some of Italy’s finest wines. He is that sort of rare individual that can see both a vision at home – to raise quality to its maximum – and abroad – tirelessly developing export markets.
Initial winemaking is rather traditional (warm fermentation, long cuvaison), but after that there is a modern twist, with ageing in both traditional botti, as well as French oak barriques.
Bruno Giacosa has been one of the leading Barolo/Barbaresco producers of the past three decades – some would argue the leading producer. Certainly some of the most thrilling, rapture-inducing Piedmontese wines I have ever tasted have originated from this casa. Certainly in the stretch of vintages offered below, the wines are simply outstanding.
In light of where some equivalent Burgundy and Bordeaux wines are priced, I think these offer true value when you consider the quality. Take a look at those Wine Advocate ratings
Christophe Roumier, b. 1958, is the third generation at the helm of Domaine Georges Roumier in Chambolle-Musigny, and one of the very greatest vignerons of his generation.
Here he makes one of the finest domaine-bottled Bonnes Mares available today. This grands crus terroir is mostly in Chambolle’s terres blanches (white soil), giving wines of finesse and fragrance, but there is also a portion on terres rouges (red soil) in Morey, giving wines of more structure and substance. In addition to Roumier’s attention to detail and quality focus, two further factors contribute to the greatness of his Bonnes Mares: firstly, it is a blend of these two soils (about 3/4 blanches and 1/4 rouges); and secondly, he owns a sufficient portion of it – about 1.4ha - to manage elevage very precisely, something much more challenging for a small quantity (like his Musigny). The Roumier Bonnes Mares is an absolute reference point amongst Burgundy’s finest wines.
We are pleased to offer the following rarities from Domaine Emmanuel Rouget.
Rouget began making his own Echézeaux in 1985, trained by and mentored by Henri Jayer. Rouget assisted Jayer at his domaine, and so learned his craft by the greatest Burgundy vigneron of a generation.
In 1989 the first Cros Parantoux under the Rouget label appeared, sitting alongside that of Méo-Camuzet and Henri Jayer (Jayer retired – officially – in 1991, but Cros Parantoux, in small quantities, continued at Domaine Henri Jayer until the 2001 vintage). It is this vineyard that is perhaps most closely associated with Henri Jayer, because it was Jayer who brought it back from desolation, the first vintage appearing with this name in 1978.
La Romanée is the smallest grand cru vineyard in Burgundy (0.8542ha), making it also the rarest (3000 – 4000 bottles per year only). It is also regarded as one of Burgundy’s greatest vineyards – wine from this vineyard has been famous in Europe for over 600 years! It’s long fame has been closely connected to the most famous Burgundy vineyard of all – La Romanée-Conti. At various times in history these two vineyards have been combined, so too the wine. But, for the past 200 years the two vineyard – and the two wines – have been separate.
The vineyard is owned by the Liger-Belair family, and has been managed since 2002 by the 7th generation, Louis-Michel Liger-Belair who has worked hard to elevate this wine’s status and reputation to its rightful place.