2013 Weingut Keller Kabinett “H” Auction

It is very unusual to see a mere ‘kabinett’ at the acution, but this is something very special. This special riesling was actually set aside by the Keller family to celebrate the birth of HRH Prince George in 2013. Mike and I tasted this at the auction, and thought it one of the best kabinett wines we have ever tasted. 

Still so fresh and vibrant, like it was in November 2014. A fresh nose of grapefruit; fresh, lovely and long on the palate. Quite tangy, with orange citrus flavours and a touch of pithy bitter-sweetness. Great poise, balance and length. Really, as kabinett, this is perfection.

HK$980 per bottle – only 16 available

 

2013 Dr. Thanisch Berncasteler Doctor Spaetlese Auction

Full gold. Quite an expressive nose already, and this is appealing. Apple notes, slate/mineral notes, complex. This is quite forward on the palate for so young a wine, both the nose and the palate show apples and cream, with a hint of pie crust. It’s a very appetising expression. Broad and palate-filling. An earthy minerality on the finish. Long. This is very appealing, and quite complex. Will age, but already delicious now.

HK$450 per bottle – 83 available

HK$1,100 per magnum – only 4 available

 

2013 Karthausferhof Eitelsbacher Karthauserhofberg Spaetlese Auction

Fresh, lightness and florals on the nose – very pretty; this has a gorgeous freshness, airiness and lift. So elegant. Floral – sweet blossoms – on the nose. Sleek, expressive, zesty, with a nice, tight zesty finish. Great structure, and ‘bite’ for ageing, but this is lovely to experience now too.

HK$450 per bottle – 58 available

HK$1,100 per magnum – only 4 available

 

2012 Zilliken Saarburger Rausch Spaetlese Auction

Already delicious two years ago, this goes from strength to strength. The 2012 vintage style is a little ‘cuddlier’ than the taut, mineral 2013s, but that suits this Saar wine especially well. Slatey and pure on the nose, deep minerality and lovely fruit. The nose is now open and expressive – orangey citrus and a touch of stone fruit; on the palate there is a broad attack, some depth and intensity, peaches and cream noted on the palate, but then it tightens up nicely on the fresh, creamy-textured finish. Drinking well. You could enjoy this now, but not rush to drink.

HK$580 per bottle – 171 available

HK$1,300 per magnum – only 2 available

 

2013 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Spaetlese Auction

A connoisseur’s choice within this selection. There is an electric energy to this, it tastes more like a 2010. Intense, with high (ripe) acidity, and lots of energy. Gorgeous nose, and concentrated, focused palate. There’s a lot going on here, but it is clear this is an example for cellaring. You will be greatly rewarded if you do. One of the very best wines of the vintage for spaetlese.

HK$600 per bottle – 114 available

 

2012 Fritz Haag Brauneberger-Juffer-Sonnenuhr Spaetlese Auction

A little fermentation aroma/SO2 to blow off still. If you drink this now (and why not?) I’d recommend decanting two or three hours in advance to allow this to blow off a bit. It’s worth doing because the wine is already delicious to drink now. The style is gentle elegant, honeysuckle and toffee apple – very true to the house and the vineyard. This is sot, creamy, melting, yet fresh and delicious.

HK$680 per bottle – 120 available

HK$1,580 per magnum – only 3 available

 

2013 Weingut Joh. Jos. Pruem Spaetlese Auction

2013 was an ‘all auslese’ vintage for Pruem. The only spaetlese made in 2013 was this one, and it went to auction. It epitomises spaetlese’s elegant and freshness, and that particular Mosel spaetlese ‘airiness’. Super elegant, racy in structure, sleek, mineral-laden. It’s so elegant, yet it is complex and lingering. Amazingly slatey. There is a real feeling of ripe but plentiful phenolics. Lots of texture, though it is velvet. For mineral depth it is auslese level, but in style it is a true spaetlese. This is one of the finest spaetlese I have tasted from Pruem. A real delight. 

HK$980 per bottle – 237 available

HK$2,400 per magnum – 24 available

 

2012 Egon Mueller Scharzhofberger Spaetlese Auction

What a nose! Grapefruit, spice, peach, it is so complex! Wow! The palate doesn’t disappoint either – slate, peach, even a touch of passionfruit. This has the most compelling nose – so fresh and fruity, yet complex, and ‘light’. Touch of nettle and herb on the palate too – very Scharzhofberg. Textbook Mueller. You should try this!

HK$1,500 per bottle – 82 available

 

2012 Dr. Loosen Erdener Praelat Auslese Long Goldcapsule Auction

Erni’s famous “mini TBA” auction wine, made from this very special, small vineyard site. It is always unctuous, exotic and rich. Honeyed / jellied and very intese, yet bouyant and creamy. Melon, orange and spice. Delicious, decadent, yet well composed. 

HK$3,600 per bottle – 6 available

HK$1,800 per half-btl – 36 available

 

2013 Weingut Donnhoff Oberhauser Bruecke Eiswein Auction

Donnhoff is an eiswein master and you’d do well to find any of his eiswein, but when it really works, he sometimes makes a tiny portion of very special eiswein for the auction. Cream blossom and peach on the nose – that purity and lift that comes from this style (intense concentration but no botrytis). Creamy, fine, elegant, still very much about riesling’s elegance, despite the sheer intensity of expression here. This is really quite faultless – which cannot always be said for esiwein. This is very very special. (If we didn’t sell all of it on the day of the tasting, be very quick for any that is left).

HK$5,200 per bottle – SOLD OUT

HK$2,800 per half-btl – SOLD OUT

 

2011 Peter Lauer Piesporter Goldtrpchen Trockenbeerenauslese Auction

Mike and I were just so amazed by this at the auction, and the chaps at Mosel Wine Report gave it 100 points. I’m not surprised. This is spectacular TBA, and about 1/10th the price of Egon Mueller’s! It is a bright orange-gold and pours thick in the glass. Unctuous, and so rich and intense – a real ‘essence’ of a wine, laden with botrytis, perfectly poised and balanced between its fruit, intensity and acidity, it is lively, but with no unwanted ‘edges’. Incredibly intense, yet still very much a riesling. Has to be experienced to be believed. Like a Tokaji Eszencia. 

HK$3,200 per half-btl – only 12 available

 

 

Domaine Leflaive was built up over the past century, and the reputation today for wines made back in the ‘80s is very high. I have tasted ‘85s and ‘86s here that have thrilled. But every so often there is a generation of extraordinary talent at the helm, and at this domaine that has been Anne-Claude Leflaive (1956-2015). The strength of the change she brought here was in viticulture. She trialed biodynamic viticulture from the early ‘90s and went entirely biodynamic in 1997. It was an approach others, such as Lafon, Lafarge and Dujac were to also emulate with success. Whatever one thinks of any individual tenet of biodynamism what seems obvious is that those estates that have focused relentlessly – obsessively perhaps? – on the health of the vineyard soils and ecosystem are almost invariably amongst those whose quality has risen. By the mid-90s Domaine Leflaive achieved its well-deserved super star status. 

 

World stocks of super star whites – obviously – deplete much faster than world stocks of super star reds. Blink too long and many wines on the list below will simply pass into wine mythology and attract prices to match.

 

I’ve had (more than) my fair share of Leflaive wines over the past twenty years or so. I think of them as distinctly luxurious in style. By that I don’t mean ‘bling bling’ heavily ‘made up’, but rather as a style that exudes sheer quality at every level, stylish rather than fashionable perhaps? There always seems to be just the right balance between charm and reserve. The wines please, yet they can clearly age, and hold, in the cellar, including the entry level wines.

 

Highly recommended.

2001 Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron (WA93)

This is just so stylish and good. It marks the beginning of a chunky step up in quality at this chateau. All the raw material exists at Pichon to make truly great classic claret, and in 2001 a dedicated focus on achieving it led to this beauty. It is now drinking very well, and it’s that factor that for me puts this into this week’s trio – the right quality, beginning to drink, and better value than many claret peers at this price.

HK$920 per bottle – 12 bottles available

 

2010 J. Faiveley Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru ‘La Combe d’Orveau’ (BH90-93)

The answer to one of those smarty pants wine nerd questions about “which Burgundy vineyard is classified at three levels – grand cru, premier cru, and village?” It’s this one. Jacques Prieur got their piece upgraded to grand cru (Musigny no less). The Faiveley bit is next to that, and Erwan Faiveley likes to call it their “secret” within the domaine range. Needless to say it’s a beautiful wine, not Musigny, no, but serious premier cru, and here it is in a top top year. Something to squirrel away and pat yourself on the back for in a few years for having found. Especially at this price.

HK$900 per bottle – 1 case of 6 bottles available

 

2005 Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese Goldcapsule (WA95-96)

Yes, I know, this list looks a little predictable, doesn’t it? Seriously though, I was so pleased to see this on our list. It is one of my all time favourite Prum wines and in my view, one of their absolute best wines ever. Rare to be able to buy this ten years on. Don’t be afraid to try a bottle if you pick up one of the 6-packs, but this is a wine that will cellar seemingly forever.

 

HK$1000 per bottle, 3 cases of 6 bottles available

New Release: 2005 Dom Perignon

This is an ample yet subtle Dom Perignon, with classic bready/yeasty notes, and soda/chalk minerality both on the nose and the palate. There’s a wonderfully refreshing citrus flavour, and a pithy bittersweet edge. It shares some of the fruit intensity of ’04 and ’03 (with less intensity and more refined elegance than those two), but with more minerality – like the lovely 1975. It’s quite forward and accessible now (not always the case with DP), yet there is good underlying ageing potential. I don’t think this is a 50/60 year Dom like the 2002, but good for 20 to 30 years evolution, and with the advantage that it is lovely to drink already.

 

- 94/100, Linden Wilkie

 

 'The 2005 Dom Pérignon opens with the classic Dom Pérignon bouquet. Warm toasty notes meld into expressive fruit in a supple, silky Champagne endowed with stunning depth, nuance and complexity. Sweet floral notes add lift as the wine opens up in the glass. Overall, the 2005 is a relatively delicate, gracious DP, but what it lacks in depth it more than makes up with persistence and its open, totally inviting personality. Today it's hard to see the 2005 making old bones, but it is a gorgeous wine to drink while the 2004 ages. In 2005, the release is scheduled to last about six months, which means production is down around 50% over normal levels. All I can say is the 2005 is fabulous, especially in a vintage that required considerable sorting to eliminate rampant rot in the Pinots.'

- 95/100, Antonio Galloni

 

*l’Oenotheque is gone. Dom Perignon is now released in three ‘plentidues’. P1 is the current release. P2 is a recently disgorged release of a vintage at about 17 years of age, showing some bottle age complexity (currently the 1998), and P3 is a recently disgorged vintage showing full aged complexity – currently vintages from 1990 and older. (The 1971 is as good as it gets in my view).

 

2005 Dom Perignon

HKD 980 per bottle (Special Offer HKD 950 for order of 24+ btls)

After the news of the 2015 “Winemakers’ Award announced by the Institute of Masters of Wine, Egon Muller became the first German winemaker to be honoured with this prize. Egon Muller is the 6th generations of his family to make wines in Scharzhof estate since 1797. The Muller wines are never too fat. Scharzhofberg is one of Germany’s most prized vineyard and it is situated in a cool zone with wind blowing through the side-valleys. Even the parcels at the foot of the vineyard lie a good 50 meters higher than similar parcels in the Saar. Thus the grapes benefit from a longer hang-time with ideal south-southeast exposure. 

 

Old vines (many still on their original 19th century rootstocks), meticulous harvest, strict grapes selection, low yield, natural fermentation in old barrels -- all these factors contribute to its highest quality and makes it one of the most sought-after wines in the world.

 

 

We are delighted to offer you a range of his Riesling from Kabinett to Trockenbeerenauslese, half bottles to rare magnums, all ready for immediate delivery. Please kindly let me know if any appeals to you.

We are delighted to offer for sale this superb private cellar. This collection has been carefully put together by a meticulous collector and connoisseur, with utmost care for condition and provenance. There are plenty of blue chip selections including hard to find wines, and rare formats. All priced to sell.

 

Included too are some old vintages from superb sources. Take note of - 

 

1955 Chateau Montrose – a Mahler-Besse provenance bottle, and a lovely vintage for Montrose.

2005 Faiveley Musigny – ultra rare, less than 200 bottles produced.

Liger-Belair and Bouchard La Romanee in pristine Original Wooden Cases

1949 Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese – one of their finest vintages and from an impeccable source.

1855 Taylor Vintage Port ‘Scion’ - a recent release from them.

 

Note too a distinct taste for the finest Champagne, with Krug d’Ambonnay and Collection, Salon, Dom Perignon Reserve de L’Abbaye, and others.

 

This is a real connoisseur’s collection and well worth looking through very carefully.

This is a vintage to pay attention to at the most fastidious addresses, and particularly in the northern Medoc, which is the focus of our offer. The key positive here is that phenolic ripeness was achieved, but over a long season with no “big summer” boost, so there is real complexity and elegance, along with freshness and detail. It is a connoisseur’s vintage. By and large, pricing seems fair – not bargain pricing like we saw when the 2008s were released, but not silly prices like we have been seeing more recently, thank goodness.

 

Note – we tasted the wines, and received a lot of offers. This is our selection. We chose wines that meet one of two criteria – either they are simply the very best of 2014 (like Lafite), or they are near the top in quality and offer great value for money for the quality (like Grand Puy Lacoste). In other words, we stand behind this selection, and have turned down a lot of other wines we don’t think make sense for 2014 en primeur.

Ch. La Tour- / Laville- / La Mission Haut-Brion Dinner

2nd September 2015

 

What: Ch. La Tour- / Laville- / La Mission Haut-Brion Dinner
Where: Amuse Bouche, 22/F, The Hennessy building, 256 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai
Time/Date: 7pm, Wednesday 2nd September 2015
Tickets: $7500 per person.