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Vintage Pairs Round 21, 12th December 2018

In this session of Vintage Pairs, we served:

Weingut Maximin Grünhaus Abtsberg Grosses Gewächs, 2016 & 2015

Grosses Gewächs, or “GG” as it is widely abbreviated, is wine from a top (VDP-approved) vineyard, unchaptalised, and – critically – fermented dry. Only one GG per vineyard may be made. The Maximin Grünhaus estate (re-)joined the VDP in 2015, so these are the first two vintages for this particular label. 2015 was full and fruit-driven, while 2016 was a touch lighter, but perhaps more charming and precocious. How did they show tonight? Did you pinpoint Riesling, and perhaps the Ruwer (Mosel)?

 

Domaine Marquis d’Angerville Volnay 1er Cru ‘Clos des Ducs’, 2009 & 2008

There are no vineyards designated Grand Cru in Volnay – unforgivably – but if there were this monopole 1er Cru of d’Angerville’s (and perhaps Lafarge’s monopole Clos du Château des Ducs) would be a clear contender. The wine combines tensile strength and depth, with Volnay’s elegance. But it can be a game of patience. The 1978 for instance rivals – in my view – the best of the Côte de Nuits in that great year. So I am curious to see how this pair, at 9 and 10 years of age, is showing today. Are they still a bit closed, or are they beginning to blossom? How did the neighbouring yet contrasting (’09 hot; ’08 cool and wet) vintages show? Did the depth and class come through all the same? Did you like them?

 

Domaine Clape Cornas, 2010 & 2009

I am a great admirer of this traditional Cornas specialist. For a long time it was an open secret that the wines were amongst the front ranks of all Northern Rhône Syrahs, yet the price was always guilt-inducingly low. Not so anymore, deservedly. I was in their cellar in 2011 tasting the various large wooden vats of different plots that would go on to be assembled into the 2010 vintage. I was blown away by the quality. It did not surprise me that the Wine Advocate went on to give the final wine 100/100, but I think that also marked a tipping point for the wine’s growing status. I still think the value is there, and in any case, I’m simply a fan. I’m curious to see where this pair goes. ’10 is quintessentially classic, perfectly balanced season, while ’09 was a little on the warm side – though that is less of an issue for Syrah than Pinot Noir.

 

Château Léoville Las-Cases, 1989 & 1988

Arguably the leader of the St.-Julien commune (though Ducru-Beaucaillou might clear its throat at that today), and certainly true back at the end of the 1980s when this pair was made. Las Cases sits on the same magnificent Gunzian gravels as its immediate neighbour (across a little stream) – Château Latour in Pauillac. So while it has something of St.-Julien’s elegance and restraint, it also has something of Pauillac’s depth and power. It’s as old school as a wool tie with check shirt and tweed jacket, but cut well and from good cloth. What I think is so great about Bordeaux like this today is that these are 30/29 years old, offered directly from the château’s cellar, represents the top of the second growths, and yet only costs what it does. Bordeaux today – unlike 7 or so years ago – is a relative value proposition. Here we have another pair of contrasts that might make them taste more than a year apart – did you prefer the hot-blooded ’89, or the cool as a cucumber ’88?

 

Château Climens, 2001 & 1962

Goodness, did I entirely neglect to include a New World wine? That wasn’t very adventurous of me. And yet I couldn’t resist including these – I’ve been meaning to for ages. I just love Climens, and again Sauternes’ value is amazing… though of course we shouldn’t call this Sauternes, as its identity is closely tied to that sub-district – Barsac. Much like Volnay tells you something more specific than Côte d’Or, Barsac tells you this is relative elegance and grace. Climens is quite special too in that it is pure Semillon – no Sauvignon or Muscadelle to exoticise things up in the fragrance. The 1962 is the archetype because in addition to the longevity (I hope, tonight) of pure Semillon, ’62 is a relatively elegant-styled (not too rich, and with elevated acidity) vintage. On-form the ’62 Climens is an understated classic. The 2001 is something else, however. It was the relatively classic, yet rich and exuberant vintage that caused a fuss for Sauternes in general (best vintage in a generation, etc), and this estate in particular, the 2001 Climens garnering 100/100 in the Wine Advocate on release. For much of this century, this ’01 has been fairly shut down – is it still that way, or has it begun to open up?  

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Vintage Wine Bottle size Score
2016 Weingut Maximin Grünhaus Abtsberg Grosses Gewächs 750ml -
2015 Weingut Maximin Grünhaus Abtsberg Grosses Gewächs 750ml -
2009 Domaine Marquis d’Angerville Volnay 1er Cru ‘Clos des Ducs’ 750ml BH95
2008 Domaine Marquis d’Angerville Volnay 1er Cru ‘Clos des Ducs’ 750ml BH94
2010 Domaine Clape Cornas 750ml WA100
2009 Domaine Clape Cornas 750ml WA99
1989 Château Léoville Las-Cases 750ml WA91
1988 Château Léoville Las-Cases 750ml WA92
2001 Château Climens 750ml WA99
1962 Château Climens 750ml WA89

Wines available for sale

Vintage Wine Bottle Size Unit of sale Qty of unit Qty of btl Btl price (HKD) Score Location
2015 Maximin Grunhaus - Abtsberg Grosses Gewachs 750 BOTTLE 120 120 380 - HK
2015 Maximin Grunhaus - Abtsberg Grosses Gewachs 1500 BOTTLE 22 22 950 - HK
2016 Maximin Grunhaus - Abtsberg Grosses Gewachs 750 BOTTLE 120 120 380 - HK
2016 Maximin Grunhaus - Abtsberg Grosses Gewachs 1500 BOTTLE 30 30 950 - HK
2009 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville - Volnay 1er Cru 'Clos des Ducs' 750 BOTTLE 4 4 2,500 BH95 HK
2009 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville - Volnay 1er Cru 'Clos des Ducs' 750 OC12 1 12 2,500 BH95 HK
2009 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville - Volnay 1er Cru 'Clos des Ducs' 1500 OC6 1 6 6,000 BH95 HK
2009 Domaine Clape - Cornas 750 BOTTLE 4 4 2,000 WA99 HK
2010 Domaine Clape - Cornas 750 BOTTLE 2 2 2,200 WA100 HK
1989 Chateau Leoville Las Cases 750 BOTTLE 5 5 2,000 WA91 HK
1962 Chateau Climens 750 BOTTLE 2 2 2,400 WA89 HK
2015 Maximin Grunhaus - Abtsberg Grosses Gewachs
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 380 / BTL 120 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
120
Qty of btl
120
Btl price (HKD)
380
Score
-
Location
HK
2015 Maximin Grunhaus - Abtsberg Grosses Gewachs
1500 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 950 / BTL 22 BTL available
Bottle size
1500
Qty of unit
22
Qty of btl
22
Btl price (HKD)
950
Score
-
Location
HK
2016 Maximin Grunhaus - Abtsberg Grosses Gewachs
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 380 / BTL 120 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
120
Qty of btl
120
Btl price (HKD)
380
Score
-
Location
HK
2016 Maximin Grunhaus - Abtsberg Grosses Gewachs
1500 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 950 / BTL 30 BTL available
Bottle size
1500
Qty of unit
30
Qty of btl
30
Btl price (HKD)
950
Score
-
Location
HK
2009 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville - Volnay 1er Cru 'Clos des Ducs'
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 2,500 / BTL 4 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
4
Qty of btl
4
Btl price (HKD)
2,500
Score
BH95
Location
HK
2009 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville - Volnay 1er Cru 'Clos des Ducs'
750 ml OC12 HK HKD 2,500 / BTL 1 case available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
1
Qty of btl
12
Btl price (HKD)
2,500
Score
BH95
Location
HK
2009 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville - Volnay 1er Cru 'Clos des Ducs'
1500 ml OC6 HK HKD 6,000 / BTL 1 case available
Bottle size
1500
Qty of unit
1
Qty of btl
6
Btl price (HKD)
6,000
Score
BH95
Location
HK
2009 Domaine Clape - Cornas
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 2,000 / BTL 4 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
4
Qty of btl
4
Btl price (HKD)
2,000
Score
WA99
Location
HK
2010 Domaine Clape - Cornas
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 2,200 / BTL 2 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
2
Qty of btl
2
Btl price (HKD)
2,200
Score
WA100
Location
HK
1989 Chateau Leoville Las Cases
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 2,000 / BTL 5 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
5
Qty of btl
5
Btl price (HKD)
2,000
Score
WA91
Location
HK
1962 Chateau Climens
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 2,400 / BTL 2 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
2
Qty of btl
2
Btl price (HKD)
2,400
Score
WA89
Location
HK
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