Although Vinexpo 2012 was over more than a week ago, it took us a long time to finally organize the rest of the photos. One reason is that there are just too many wines and too many photos. Another, and probably a more important reason, is that we are still trying to recover from the huge hangover that is Vinexpo. Since there were just an overwhelming amount of information to go through, we have organized a few things in this post that we hit and are worth mentioning.
One of perhaps the best booth to visit (or the most expensive) is Gaja. They were pouring from 8 or more different bottles, all of them expensive. The wines were uniformly very good and what you would expect from wines at this price point, definitely wines that deserve the high praises. Just taking few short sips do not do justice to these wines, but they are definitely wines worth seeking out, cellar for a few years, then slowly discover the magic behind these wines. E. Guigal also presented a good lineup, with the Côte-Rôtie 2004 a smooth, smokey offering and the Côte-Rôtie Château d’Ampuis 2004 representing luxury in a glass. These are all wines you can find in Hong Kong from ASC Fine Wines, as well as widely available from merchants all across the globe.
A few other surprises:
- Dynasty Wines – much better than what it was 6 years ago, with many actually drinkable as a decent bottle of wine;
- L’Ecole – the Apogee bottling is a seriously wine that can challenge some of the best Bordeaux has to offer;
- Buccella – the Merlot 2009 is sex in a glass – perhaps the one wine that WOWs you the most upon the first sip, redefining what a good Merlot is all about (you can find this brand at Watson’s Wine – although only the 2008 though and you got to get past the sticker shock first);
- Sicilian Wines – Sicily is not just about the godfather, but also is a region that produces delicious wines. The Benanti brand produces impressive wines from Etna with its volcanic soils and vines over 80 years old, while the Gulfi brand produces a string of awesome wines from Nero d’Avola; and
- the impressive Besserat de Bellefon champagne, a brand that really should deserve more of your attention (from Sino Vantage Asia Wine), and the extremely unique Moutard Cuvee des 6 Cepages, which is a champagne that blends together the usual Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier grapes with Pinot Blanc and Arbane and Petit Meslier (wait, what?) Never even heard some of these grapes, and definitely one of the more unique Champagne that we have had.