Starting this week we are going to begin featuring freshly added, best value offers our own procurement specialists filter and identify from our 20,000+ live wine offer database. This weekly highlights piece is intended to be a wine lover’s go-to guide to find value, be it from classic region like Bordeaux and Burgundy, or more exotic origins. Do take note of when we post these highlights – the more recent the post, the more likely you are able to secure those featuring offers.
Let’s start off our very first weekly highlights with well drinking Bordeaux below HKD 600. Regardless of market trends and shifting consumer tastes, Bordeaux has always taken a firm spot in the world of fine wines, representing quality, consistency and ageability. In combination the hunt for Bordeaux with a bit of age offering at good value becomes one of Bordeaux wine lovers’ favourite pastime.
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Bordeaux Below HKD 600
Batailley 2006 – Pauillac, Bordeaux
The 2006 Château Batailley has much more fruit intensity on the nose compared to Lynch Moussas: vibrant blackberry, raspberry coulis and cedar scents all vying for attention, the oak neatly assimilated. The palate is medium-bodied with supple ripe red berry fruit, a gentle grip in the mouth and a pleasing, ferrous finish. Give this another 2-3 years in bottle and you will have yourself a very fine Batailley. Neal Martin. RP91
Haut Bergey 2000 – Pessac Leognan, Bordeaux
I bought this wine for myself because I thought it was a sleeper of the vintage, and I couldn’t be happier. My score in two tastings was identical to what it was seven years ago. Chocolatey espresso notes jump from the glass of this dark ruby/purple-colored wine. Full-bodied, with a silky texture, loads of concentration and density, this is a beautiful wine that is both hedonistically and intellectually pleasing. The wine seems to have reached full maturity, where it should stay for another 10-15 years. RP94
Larrivet Haut Brion Blanc 2016 – Pessac Leognan, Bordeaux
The Larrivet Haut Brion 2016 Blanc has a touch more vigor and zip to it compared to other dry white Bordeaux. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, touches of green apple, pear and a touch of salinité on the finish. This is certainly one of the better dry white Bordeaux wines in 2016. RP91
Rieussec 2005 – Sauternes, Bordeaux
The 2005 Rieussec is a blend of 90% Semillon, 8% Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Muscadelle picked between 23 September and 27 October. It has a fabulous bouquet that is mineral-rich and tensile. The palate repeats its performance from last year: focused, tense, laden with botrytis-rich fruit with a crystalline and sorbet-fresh finish that seals the deal. One of the best releases from the estate in recent years. RP97
Great Value Second Labels
Les Forts de Latour 2000 – Pauillac, Bordeaux
The 2000 Les Forts de Latour is a seriously endowed wine with notes of black walnuts, black currants, crushed rock, tobacco and spice box. Full-bodied, luscious but still in need of another 2-3 years to hit full maturity, it certainly can evolve for another 15 or more years, and looks to be slightly richer and longer-lived than I originally predicted. RP92
Les Forts de Latour 2004 – Pessac Leognan, Bordeaux
Deep garnet colored, the 2004 is intensely perfumed of warm blackcurrant, pencil lead, black olives and a hint of dried Mediterranean herbs. The palate is drinking nicely now with a firm structure balanced by plenty of mid-palate flesh and finishing long. Lisa Perrotti Brown. RP90
Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux 2010 – Margaux, Bordeaux
The second wine, the 2010 Pavillon Rouge (essentially two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest mostly Merlot with small quantities and Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc) looks to be a wine to age for 20 or more years, but it is quite drinkable already. Soft, supple and luscious, with oodles of blue and black fruits, the floral character one expects, and not a trace of herbaceousness, oak or aggressiveness, this is a beautiful, round, generous wine to drink over the next 18-20 years. RP94
Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux 2013 – Margaux, Bordeaux
The Pavillon Rouge consists of just 21% of the harvest – the smallest proportion ever since much is not deselected into the third wine or sold off. It has a rather broody bouquet the demands some encouragement, but eventually reveals blackberry, cold stone and just a touch of violet. Indeed, the floral component comes through strongly with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with good acidity and tension. There is perhaps a little more coarseness compared to recent vintages on the entry, although the finish is cohesive and with a delicate touch of black pepper. Neal Martin. RP91
Clarence de Haut Brion 2008 – Pessac Leognan, Bordeaux
The super 2008 (45% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Cabernet Franc) exhibits soft, ripe tannins as well as copious black cherry and loamy soil notes intermixed with notions of smoke and roasted herbs. It is a beautifully pure, deep, already delicious and complex wine that should drink nicely for 10-12 years.RP91
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