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Jonathan's Picks for This Fall
If I had to think of a silver lining ever since covid hit us, it would be that I have had more time at home to drink wines I would not normally have brought out for dinner. We are all used to the Burgundy trend in Hong Kong, where the excitement to bring along one’s most prized bottle of Grand Cru have led to some very sumptuous gatherings around town.Every now and then though, I try to let my palate roam free, and go beyond the typical trophy bottles and here below are some of my recent discoveries that I would love to share with you.
Champagne. We can never have enough of it, and whilst the grower trend is hardly new, there have been a couple of outstanding vignerons that I have loved recently. Larmandier Bernier is organically grown, and known for their powerful, complex and mineral Grand Crus, which despite a low-dosage, still showcases a concentrated fruit profile and long-lingering finish that gives many renowned prestige cuvees out there a run for its money. This leads us to Champagne Doyard, a recent rising star who has traditionally been a major source of grapes for Krug and Cristal, and now releases their wines only in the very best vintages – don’t miss out on the extraordinary 2008 vintage, hailed as one of the best in the decade.
I absolutely adore aromatic whites, especially those that are made in a very refreshing style. Domaine Jamet’s Condrieu and Emidio Pepe’s Trebbiano are two excellent wines that I have really enjoyed drinking lately – both show the typical rounded-traits of their varieties, but yet display vibrant acidity and gorgeous freshness that make them so easy to drink. These are really versatile wines that pair so well with food so you can really get very creative with them.
Lastly, natural wines are something that I have really been addicted to recently and these producers below are making some of the most pure, energetic and refined biodynamic wines in Burgundy today. Whether it’s Philippe Pacalet, Frederic Cossard or Nicolas Morin, these are some seriously great vignerons that make no-nonsense, aromatic wines that feel alive. I recommend opening up ahead of time to breathe, and the magic will happen.
I hope you enjoy these selections!
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