2011 La Clarte de Haut-Brion Blanc (WA90-92)

The greatest white wine from Bordeaux - Chateau Haut-Brion Blanc, eye-waveringly expensive, undeniably great. I have been very impressed with the second label - fresh, zingy, forward, sufficiently complex, and very stylish in expression. It's worth every cent of its asking price.

HK$1,500 per magnum - 10 cases of 6 magnums per case available

Also consider 2009 ($740 per bottle), 2010 ($760 per bottle)

 

2005 Le Petit Cheval de Chateau Cheval Blanc (WA90-92)

It's from Chateau Cheval Blanc's amazing estate. It's from 2005. It's in party format 6-litre. It makes sense - you know it does!

HK$9,800 per (6-litre) imperial, 2 available

 

1996 Les Forts de Latour (WA90)

One of the loveliest northern Medoc vintages, this is now drinking very nicely.

 

HK$1,700 per bottle – 2 cases of 12 bottles, plus 8 bottles available.

We’ve just acquired a very nice parcel of top Burgundy wines from a private collector, who purchased all of these wines on release, some directly from the producer, and kept them in Beaune professional storage ever since. Top provenance, top condition.

Highlights include 2005 Clos des Lambrays (9 cases!), 1962 Leroy La Romanee (3 OWC from 2012 release) and 2001 Vogue Musigny (8 cases).

 

All wines available in HK for immediate delivery. Happy shopping!

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.

Small offer of one of our favourite wines – Rioja 

& Linden's report on a recent tasting of CVNE Rioja back to 1928

 

I’ve been lucky to try a lot of old Rioja, but that impression always seems to surprise. My entirely unscientific working theory is that it’s a by-product of old school viticulture and winemaking – particularly the latter. The fresh wine going into neutral casks is robust to begin with. Small aromatic and fruit details are traded away by long ageing, and what is gained is grand Rioja’s slightly vanillin old wood aromas and flavours, notes of honey and smoke, and a slightly oxidative tone. I have wondered whether all those years in wood trade away something at the start of the wine’s life, but somehow ‘inoculate’ the wine against the vagaries of long cellaring – in other words, they reach their peak sooner, but stay on a plateau seemingly forever, only to decline very, very slowly after several decades.

J-L CHAVE Hermitage Rouge & Blanc Dinner

7th July 2015

 

When: Tuesday, July 7th 2015, at 730pm
Where: 2/F, Chater Room III, Happy Valley Clubhouse, The Hong Kong Jockey Club, Shan Kwong Road
Seats: Limited places, HK$3,850 each