The Hong Kong Team Recommends
As we’ve entered the summer months and for the first time many of us are not able to take off as usual during the summer, it’s imperative that our wine fridges are stuffed full of goodies. To aid you in your quest for the best, we have an exciting range of wines from France, California, Italy and Spain.
Champagne Paul Goerg Premier Cru Blanc de Blancs NV is quite simply outstanding. The Chardonnay is sourced from premier cru vineyards around Vertus in the Côte des Blancs. It is an example of refinement and complexity and shows off the Goerg group’s skill in the cellar. This modestly priced Blanc de Blancs offers length, breadth and complexity. with a fine, persistent mousse.
We’ve selected three whites for these summer months to reflect what we hope will be a sun-drenched July & August with plenty of BBQs and Junk Boats. They’re all fresh and vibrant with a fabulous streak of mouth watering acidity.
The Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin 2017 Chablis needs little introduction, it’s a wine from one of the best domaines in Chablis and from one of the greatest recent vintages. Full, yet precise on the palate with impressive length and vibrant stone fruit flavours, it’s utterly delicious. Eden Rift’s Estate Chardonnay 2017 in its second ever vintage sings with bright Meyer lemon peel and white peaches, with a floral undercurrent plus touches of crushed slate. Domaine Fouassier’s Sancere Clos Paradis 2017 packs a punch with its taught, mineral and focused refreshing acidity.
We’ve also chosen four brilliant reds, at different price points, delivering four very different styles. All drinking extremely well today.
If you’re seeking a good value ‘every day’ house red Burgundy, try this superb 2017 Mercurey Vieilles Vignes cuvée crafted by Vincent Charton. It is wonderfully fragrant, pure and fresh and is drinking terrifically. As for Italian reds, they really come into their own with food due to their higher acidity profile. The wines of Riecine in Chianti Classico are plump and silky with fresh, enticing notes of crunchy cherry and strawberry – not too heavy or rich, but rather elegant and linear. La Reserve de Leoville Barton has been our house claret for over a decade and the 2014 vintage is the perfect introduction to the Barton style. At just HK$260 a bottle, this is a sure-fire winner amongst claret lovers. From the exceptional 2010 vintage, Contino’s Rioja Reserva is incredible value for its quality. It glides effortlessly across the palate, with concentrated and layered creamy fruits, but is so well balanced it retains great lift and freshness.
Our house rosé, Ch St Baillon, has received an epic write up by UK critic Matthew Jukes for the 2019 vintage and we are very excited to share this with you. His full tasting note can be found below in all its splendour.
NV Champagne Paul Goerg Premier Cru Blanc de Blancs | HK$295 per bottle
2017 Sancerre Clos Paradis Domaine Fouassier | HK$220 per bottle
2017 Chablis Jean-Paul Droin | HK$195 per bottle
2017 Eden Rift Estate Chardonnay Cienega Vally | HK$315 per bottle
2017 Mercurey Vieilles Vignes Vincent & Jean-Pierre Charton | HK$175 per bottle
2017 Chianti Classico Riecine | HK$180 per bottle, HK$360 per magnum
2010 Contino Rioja Reserva CVNE | HK$360 per bottle
2014 La Reserve de Leoville Barton St Julien | HK$260 per bottle
2019 Ch St Baillon Cotes de Provence Rose | HK$125 per bottle, HK$250 per magnum
Saint Baillon is the finest value wine in the elite Provençal rosé constellation. This is not a tutti frutti, powderpuff or candyfloss style of wine designed to appeal to the masses with its honeydew melon and raspberry tones. By contrast, Saint Baillon is a focussed, Ninja-like, take-no-prisoners creation. For a start, it is not even rosé in colour. If you look closely through the bottle you will see an unmistakable steely pink hue. This is as far removed from coral pink as one could get. This is not the bottle’s own glass refracting softer, confected tones away and presenting you with an altered image, because when you pour this wine into your glass it assumes the same unblinking, super-composed stance. This colour is only seen twice in the world. In this very wine and also when a gunmetal steel Bentley speeds up the Saint Baillon driveway at harvest time. You must avoid being showered in gravel as it slides to a halt and then look closely at its flanks. At that very moment, the sun glints off its chassis while an imperceptible haze of Grenache juice, atomised from pickers’ baskets lays, mist-like, on the sleek bodywork. This is the only other time you will see the steel-pink colour of Saint Baillon. Its flavour is not dissimilar to its visual cues either. Upright, nervy, cool and stiletto-sharp, this is a wine for sophisticated drinkers. There is nothing pulpy, chubby or fruit-salady about Saint Baillon. This is a wine for foodies, a wine with bitterness and chic. It can be drunk at great speed as an aperitif or in slo-mo with mountains of fruits de mer. Either way, as we are all most likely to be stuck in the UK this summer, this wine gives us one sure-fire way of getting our palates to the Riviera, even if our bodies might still be lounging in our gardens, in just one sip. I will see you there. 17/20 points. Matthew Jukes
Minimum purchase per wine is 4 bottles while the total minimum order is 12 bottles. Delivery is free (to one address) for orders over HK$2400.00 in the Hong Kong/Kowloon area. Otherwise the cost is HK$150.00. Deliveries elsewhere will be priced on request.
All the wines are immediately available for delivery. If you have any queries, do not hesitate to contact us directly. The entire Goedhuis stock and broking list is also available for quarterly shipping out of the UK.
Goedhuis & Co Hong Kong Team
Tel no: +852 2801 5999