Christmas is just around the corner. Here are some savvy gift ideas we can help with. These are gifts with universal appeal, but will also be ideal for the wine connoisseur that is hard to buy for (us, for example, haha!)….
Zalto Wine Glasses
These beautiful hand-blown lead-free crystal wine glasses are designed for specific types of wine in mind – enhancing experience of fine wine, while offering a very stylish look.
$525 per glass
Dom Perignon Jeff Koons Limited Edition
These gift pack bottles of Dom Perignon come in very special limited edition packaging. They feature a label, capsule and box designed by contemporary artist Jeff Koons, in collaboration with Dom Perignon. Jeff Koons’ artworks sell for astronomical prices. So these striking, beautifully packaged bottles offer the collectible interest of Jeff Koons, and the refined quality and festive spirit of Dom Perignon.
2004 Dom Perignon Jeff Koons Limited Edition - $1260 per gift-packed bottle
2003 Dom Perignon Rose Jeff Koons Limited Ediiton - $2500 per gift-packed bottle
Christmas is the perfect time for vintage port, and is a feature wine in the traditional Christmas dinner. The following examples are available in Hong Kong for immediate delivery in time for Christmas gift giving (or your own celebration)…
1963 Quinta do Noval Nacional Vintage Port (WA99), 1 bottle, HK$42,000
1960 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port (no label), 1 bottle, HK$1,600
1947 Sandeman Vintage Port, 2 bottles, HK$4800 each
1970 Taylor’s Vintage Port (WA96), 12 bottles, HK$1500
1935 Taylor’s Vintage Port (no label), 1 bottle, HK$7,500
1945 Taylor’s Vintage Port (from Hugh Johnson’s cellar), 1 bottle, HK$12,000
2001 Chateau Gazin
This is a very lovely property sitting high on the Pomerol plateau right next to Chateau Petrus. (Indeed, in 1969, Chateau Petrus bought a piece of Gazin and incorporated it into Petrus!)
2001 was a very fine vintage in Pomerol, and this wine exemplifies that. This is a highly regarded (WA94) utterly delicious Pomerol, ready to drink.
3 x cases of 12 bottles, HK$9000 per case ($750 per bottle equivalent)
2005 Chateau Pape Clement
I’m a fan of Pape Clement’s smoky cigar and earth-like tone. This is bold, rich, brooding, and still in need of cellaring. A well-priced, blue-chip red Bordeaux (WA98).
10 x cases of 12 bottles, HK$15,600 per case ($1300 per bottle equivalent)
1996 Chateau Leoville Las-Cases
A truly wonderful vintage in the Medoc, and a great vintage choice of this super 2nd growth St-Julien estate. Really lovely fruit, concentration with elegance and refinement, and a lovely very Bordeaux leafy note in the fragrance. Classic, stylish wine that you can serve now (1.5 hour+ decant), or continue to cellar. (WA98)
48 x bottles, $2100 per bottle
4 x cases of 12 bottles *ex-chateau*, HK$27,600 per case ($2300 per bottle equivalent)
1996 Chateau Haut-Brion
Such a fragrant, elegant, and refined first growth and this example epitomises that. Available by the individual bottle. (WA92).
30 bottles, HK$3250 each
2009 Domaine Chevillon Nuits St Georges 1er Cru ‘Vaucrains’
A few years ago I attended a vertical of this wine back to the 1930s. I thought “this is terrific”! Dark fruit, and sticky fruity tannins. This is really delicious. ’09 is one for the cellar, but the richness of fruit allow for it to also be enjoyed now. (BH92-95)
5 x cases of 12 bottles, HK11,760 per case ($980 per bottle equivalent)
2009 Chateau de la Tour Clos Vougeot ‘Vieilles Vignes'
An under-appreicated estate focused on this fine grand cru vineyard. Their holding is large enough that they make a special cuvee from the oldest vines. In 2009 they absolutely nailed it. A very smart choice for the cellar at this price. (BH96)
4 x cases of 12 bottles, HK$19,200 per case ($1600 per bottle equivalent)
2009 Domaine Bruno Clair Chambertin Clos de Beze
A classic family estate with a focus on this vineyard. Clos de Beze loves the ripe vintages - it always seems to soak up the sunshine without losing balance. A great cellaring choice. (BH93–96)
36 bottles, HK$2200 per bottle
2008 Domaine de Vogue Musigny
Quality here today is utterly superb. Supremely fine Musigny. (BH96)
2 x cases of 6 bottles, HK$26,400 per case ($4,400 per bottle equivalent)
We are delighted to offer this parcel of Ridge Monte Bello in original cases. Here are 2 spectacular vintages of Monte Bello – 2008 (WA97+) and 2009 (WA98). With California cult wines soaring in prices, here’s an estate that offers not only superb quality, but also great value (only HKD 1,300-1,400) and amazing history backed by solid track record.
2008 RIDGE MONTE BELLO (WA97+)
8cs of CASE6 available at HKD 7,800 per 6 btl
"... a decidedly muscular Monte Bello endowed with layers of dark fruit. Tobacco, mint, asphalt and crushed rocks develop in the glass, adding tons of complexity and finesse. A long, saline finish rounds things out beautifully. In 2008 the cold growing season stretched into October and the wine definitely has the feel of a cool vintage. The spring frost and the second year of drought conditions lowered yields significantly. Yields were just 1.25 tons per acre on average, but some of the older vineyards came in at less than 1 ton per acre. The balance of fruit, tannin and structure is simply extraordinary, but the wine needs time, most likely lots of it. In 2008 the blend is 72% Cabernet Sauvignon and 28% Merlot. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2038. "
2009 RIDGE MONTE BELLO (WA98)
15cs of CASE6 available at HKD 8,400 per 6 btl
"72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot is simply magnificent. Layers of dark red fruit, flowers, spices and graphite are all woven together in this utterly impeccable wine. The 2009 is an especially huge, intense Monte Bello, yet a sexy, silky core of fruit lies within its imposing frame. Everything comes together in this glorious, radiant wine. Last year the 2009 had some pretty stiff competition from the 2010, but today it is simply firing on all cylinders. Eric Baugher describes 2009 as a year with cold weather early on, followed by heat in early June and July. The fruit was brought in on October 12, just before an intense downpour swept through the region. There is a purity and silkiness supported by structure in the 2009 that is impossible not to admire. Simply put, this is another utterly magnificent, towering masterpiece from Ridge. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2049. "
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.
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.
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!