EVENTS

Three wines walk into a bar, an Italian, a Swiss and a Frenchman…
 
Okay, something like that. It’s always more fun when there’s a bit of variety, right? Well, today’s tutored tasting ticks that box for sure! Here’s a brief run down on the three domaines we will be tasting – one from Italy, one from Switzerland and one from France, with the full tasting list below. I hope you can join us.

Ticket price is HKD 200; fully redeemable upon purchases of HKD 2,000 or more on event wines.

TEAM FRANCE
Domaine Jean Fournier – Marsannay
Marsannay? If you haven't caught up with what has been happening in this northern Côte de Nuits appellation, you have been missing out. Taking in Marsannay-la-Côte, Couchey, and Chenove, it sits between Gevrey-Chambertin and Dijon. It became its own AOC in 1987, but has often been regarded as a bit of a range filler. But here we have a young, energetic domaine run by Laurent Fournier (since 2003) who is a real specialist of Marsannay, and he makes several cuvées. The rise in quality in Marsannay is known by the slow moving INAO (the body that grants AOC status), and a number of vineyards here – including some worked by Fournier – are slated for potential upgrade to 1er Cru status.

2015 & 2014 Marsannay Rouge 'Cuvée Saint Urbain'
This is Fournier's signature blend from three different vineyard sites – Clos du Roy, Echezots and Longerois, 25% whole bunches and aged in 500~600 litre barrels, 10~15% new. This cuvée emphasizes juicy raspberry fruit and softer tannins. It is fleshy, sleek and mineral, and ready to enjoy for its fruitiness.

2015 & 2014 Marsannay Rouge 'Clos du Roy' 
One of the grandest sites in Marsannay and a tipped favourite for 1er Cru status (it was owned by dukes historically, and of high status in the 19th century rankings). The fruit is a little depper, more plummy, layered, with more pronounced tannins (much more limestone here). You could still drink this on its fruit, but better to age it a little more.

2015 Marsannay Rouge 'Trois Terres Vieilles Vignes'
From three sites, this time from selections of the oldest vines the domaine owns (and this is not marketing embellishment, they were planted in 1943 and 1947). There is a step up in intensity here and an almost blackcurrant-like fruit profile. Fine, very serious Marsannay. Ageworthy.

TEAM ITALY
2015 & 2014 Orto di Venezia
The only wine from Venice, grown on the island of Sant'Erasmo in the Venetian lagoon. Vines thrived here 500 years ago, but it wasn't until Michel Thoulouze* and his family decided to plant vines here a few years ago that this was revived. Producer Alain Graillot of Crozes-Hermitage fame, and agronomist Claude Bourgignon of DRC fame consult. The Istrien Malvoisie-based wine is a serious effort. We love its saline tanginess and hints of spice. It's a great seafood wine. The 2015 has just landed, so it will be great to try them side by side.
 *yes, he's actually French. We ll have to check the rule book

TEAM SWITERLAND
Domaine Jean-René Germanier
If you thought Marsannay was off-piste, how about the Swiss Alps themelves? This estate is run by Germanier's nephew, Genevan jazz saxophonist Gilles Besse. Here in the Valais we really are in alpine territory – low rain, high diurnal temperature range, lots of sunshine = long ripening, juicy fresh wines with good complexity. The hills are alive.

2015 Petite Arvine
Petite Arvine is the grape variety (100%), grown around the villages of Conthey, Vétroz and Chamoson on argillaceous shale and moraines – on the left-behind deposits of retreating glaciers in other words. Lemony with a hint of rhubarb, and goes well with fish, soft cheeses and yodeling. You must try this!

2014 CAYAS Syrah
This is one of those great blind tasting choices (you have been warned!) as this Syrah has consistently been winning medals and accolades from critics now for a decade, and happily goes toe to toe with its wine peers in the Northern Rhône. Indeed, Germanier writes this is grown on shale from slopes on the right side of the Rhône Valley. ;-)

So, there's the line up. Hardly boring. Let's play!

Shop Tasting: An Italian, a Swiss and a Frenchman walk into a bar...
Tasting
Date Tuesday 10 October 2017
Time 18:30 - 20:00
Venue The Fine Wine Experience Shop
Ticket HKD 200; fully redeemable
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Event wine list

Vintage Wine Bottle size Score
2014 Domaine Jean Fournier - Marsannay Rouge 'Cuvée Saint Urbain' 750ml --
2015 Domaine Jean Fournier - Marsannay Rouge 'Cuvée Saint Urbain' 750ml --
2014 Domaine Jean Fournier - Marsannay Rouge 'Clos du Roy' 750ml --
2015 Domaine Jean Fournier - Marsannay Rouge 'Clos du Roy' 750ml --
2015 Domaine Jean Fournier - Marsannay Rouge 'Trois Terres Vieilles Vignes' 750ml --
2014 Orto di Venezia 750ml --
2015 Orto di Venezia 750ml --
2014 Jean-René Germanier - Cayas Reserve Syrah 750ml WA 92
2015 Jean-René Germanier - Petite Arvine 750ml WA 89

Wines available for sale

Vintage Wine Bottle Size Unit of sale Qty of unit Qty of btl Btl price (HKD) Score Location
2014 Domaine Jean Fournier - Marsannay Rouge Cuvee Saint Urbain 750 BOTTLE 67 67 180 - HK
2015 Domaine Jean Fournier - Marsannay Rouge Cuvee Saint Urbain 750 BOTTLE 96 96 200 - HK
2014 Domaine Jean Fournier - Marsannay Rouge Clos du Roy 750 BOTTLE 21 21 240 - HK
2015 Domaine Jean Fournier - Marsannay Rouge Clos du Roy 750 BOTTLE 363 363 260 - HK
2014 Orto di Venezia 750 BOTTLE 132 132 250 - HK
2015 Orto di Venezia 750 BOTTLE 91 91 250 - HK
2013 Jean-Rene Germanier - Cayas Reserve Syrah 750 BOTTLE 225 225 460 WA94 HK
2014 Jean-Rene Germanier - Cayas Reserve Syrah 750 BOTTLE 444 444 380 WA92 HK
2015 Jean-Rene Germanier - Petite Arvine 750 BOTTLE 287 287 250 WA89 HK
2014 Domaine Jean Fournier - Marsannay Rouge Cuvee Saint Urbain
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 180 / BTL 67 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
67
Qty of btl
67
Btl price (HKD)
180
Score
-
Location
HK
2015 Domaine Jean Fournier - Marsannay Rouge Cuvee Saint Urbain
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 200 / BTL 96 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
96
Qty of btl
96
Btl price (HKD)
200
Score
-
Location
HK
2014 Domaine Jean Fournier - Marsannay Rouge Clos du Roy
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 240 / BTL 21 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
21
Qty of btl
21
Btl price (HKD)
240
Score
-
Location
HK
2015 Domaine Jean Fournier - Marsannay Rouge Clos du Roy
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 260 / BTL 363 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
363
Qty of btl
363
Btl price (HKD)
260
Score
-
Location
HK
2014 Orto di Venezia
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 250 / BTL 132 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
132
Qty of btl
132
Btl price (HKD)
250
Score
-
Location
HK
2015 Orto di Venezia
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 250 / BTL 91 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
91
Qty of btl
91
Btl price (HKD)
250
Score
-
Location
HK
2013 Jean-Rene Germanier - Cayas Reserve Syrah
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 460 / BTL 225 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
225
Qty of btl
225
Btl price (HKD)
460
Score
WA94
Location
HK
2014 Jean-Rene Germanier - Cayas Reserve Syrah
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 380 / BTL 444 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
444
Qty of btl
444
Btl price (HKD)
380
Score
WA92
Location
HK
2015 Jean-Rene Germanier - Petite Arvine
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 250 / BTL 287 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
287
Qty of btl
287
Btl price (HKD)
250
Score
WA89
Location
HK
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