The Château Couvent-des-Jacobins is a magical place. Perched high on the plateau, indeed in the medieval township of St.-Émilion itself, its contents are secreted away behind an imposing entrance. Through the door and to the back you are in a very charming sheltered ‘garden of prayers’, the cloisters of the couvent surrounding it. It’s a surprising and very special spot. Below this lie an extensive series of cellars – St.-Émilion literally having been hewn from below ground, and its warm-tone buildings built from the limestone removed to make the cellars… or is it vice versa? A double-benefit, certainly. 

For centuries the wines of this estate were made by the Dominican order of friars – the Frères Prêcheurs Jacobins, and with close ties to England, the wine was served at royal weddings. For the past 116 years the Château Couvent-des-Jacobins has been owned by the Joinaud and Jean families and this evening we will be joined by Xavier Jean from the château

I met Xavier during the 2016 vintage en primeurs in April 2017. I was impressed by the classic not-over-the-top style of Château Couvents des Jacobins. This Grand Cru Classé wine comes from 10.7ha of vineyards on the limestone plateau itself, and soils varying on clay / limestone / and sand composition, 80% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot on average. About 2,250 cases are made each year of the grand vin, and an additional 600 cases or so of the second wine, Menut des Jacobins.

But there is also another very special small cuvée made called Calicem, that debuted with the 2015 vintage. I have been super impressed with the 2015 and 2016 releases, and after tasting them we immediately sought to represent them here in Hong Kong. Calicem is made in a special way, in demi-muid, and from a 1ha plot they purchased in 2015, planted in 1961-1962 with old clones of 100% Merlot giving naturally low yields. Only around 250 cases are made each year.

This evening we have raided the cellar at Château Couvent-des-Jacobins, and as we are in 2018, we thought why not focus on the “8s”, so we will enjoy 2008, 1998, 1988, 1978, all ex-château. We will also try the very special Calicem 2015 and 2016

All this at Tim’s Kitchen for a very special price, so please be quick to secure your seats, and I look forward to welcoming you there.


1978 Couvent des Jacobins
1988 Couvent des Jacobins
1998 Couvent des Jacobins
2008 Couvent des Jacobins
2016 Calicem
2015 Calicem

Château Couvent des Jacobins and "Calicem" Dinner with the Owner - Back to 1978 - 13th Dec, Hong Kong
Wine Luncheons and Dinners
Date Thursday 13 December 2018
Time 19:00
Venue Tim's Kitchen (Shop A & 1/F, 84-90, Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong)
Ticket HKD 1,180 per seat
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Event wine list

Vintage Wine Bottle size Score
1978 Couvent des Jacobins 750ml -
1988 Couvent des Jacobins 750ml -
1998 Couvent des Jacobins 750ml WA86
2008 Couvent des Jacobins 750ml WA85-87
2016 Calicem 750ml -
2015 Calicem 750ml -

Wines available for sale

Vintage Wine Bottle Size Unit of sale Qty of unit Qty of btl Btl price (HKD) Score Location
2015 Calicem - Calicem Saint Emilion 750 Bottle 21 21 1,100 - HK
2015 Calicem - Calicem Saint Emilion
750 ml Bottle HK HKD 1,100 / BTL 21 case available
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Under the law of Hong Kong, intoxicating liquor must not be sold or supplied to a minor in the course of business. 根據香港法律,不得在業務過程中,向未成年人售賣或供應令人醺醉的酒類。 The wines are offered subject to remaining unsold. Title to all wine remains with The Fine Wine Experience until paid for in full.提供的货物仍有待售。 货物所有权只在收到全额付款到The Fine Wine Experience的帐户後转移。
HK / HK storage; ready for delivery within 1-2 business days.
HK-Shop / available for in-store purchase in Sai Ying Pun.
HK Pre-arrival wines in transit to Hong Kong. Please contact us for arrival estimate.
En-Primeur / wines still in chateau; will arrange delivery to once wine is received in HK