Jonathan Leung
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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!

Jonathan

Nicolas Morin Integraal Syrah 2018
Nicolas Morin Integraal Syrah 2018
Nicolas Morin Integraal Syrah 2018
Nicolas Morin Integraal Syrah 2018
Nicolas Morin Integraal Syrah 2018
Nicolas Morin Integraal Syrah 2018
Nicolas Morin Integraal Syrah 2018
Nicolas Morin Integraal Syrah 2018
Nicolas Morin Integraal Syrah 2018
Nicolas Morin Integraal Syrah 2018

Nicolas Morin Integraal Syrah 2018

Deep purple, and viscous. Nose full of blackberry, cassis, and some hint of sourdough and nuts. A punchy intensity, full body, some tannins, and lots of underlying alcohol heat. Flavours of ripe cassis and black cherry, and somewhat straw-like, as well as a slight peat at the back. Fairly long.
HKD $380.00
HKD $430.00
Philippe Pacalet Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru 2018
Philippe Pacalet Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru 2018
Philippe Pacalet Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru 2018
Philippe Pacalet Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru 2018
Philippe Pacalet Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru 2018
Philippe Pacalet Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru 2018
Philippe Pacalet Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru 2018
Philippe Pacalet Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru 2018

Philippe Pacalet Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru 2018

The 2018 Chambolle has no vineyard assertion as it is a blend of two, Les Sentiers and Feusselottes. Mid cherry red hue, Pretty red-cherry fruit and a nice touch of stone dust. Succulent, pure and lovely freshness. Excellent balance and length. Tannins are fine but definite.

HKD $1,600.00
HKD $1,750.00
Domaine Jamet Condrieu Vernillon 2019
Domaine Jamet Condrieu Vernillon 2019
Domaine Jamet Condrieu Vernillon 2019
Domaine Jamet Condrieu Vernillon 2019
Domaine Jamet Condrieu Vernillon 2019
Domaine Jamet Condrieu Vernillon 2019
Domaine Jamet Condrieu Vernillon 2019
Domaine Jamet Condrieu Vernillon 2019

Domaine Jamet Condrieu Vernillon 2019

A remarkably consistent wine since its introduction in 2015, the 2019 Condrieu Vernillon is a bit more honeyed and richer than the 2020, delivering more apricot, white peach and ripe pear flavors. Medium to full-bodied, it's mouth coating, but it avoids being overly rich or heavy, finishing with vibrant, zingy freshness. ~93 Points, Wine Advocate

HKD $700.00
HKD $780.00
Domaine de Chassorney Volnay Les Roncerets 1er Cru 2018
Domaine de Chassorney Volnay Les Roncerets 1er Cru 2018
Domaine de Chassorney Volnay Les Roncerets 1er Cru 2018
Domaine de Chassorney Volnay Les Roncerets 1er Cru 2018
Domaine de Chassorney Volnay Les Roncerets 1er Cru 2018
Domaine de Chassorney Volnay Les Roncerets 1er Cru 2018
Domaine de Chassorney Volnay Les Roncerets 1er Cru 2018
Domaine de Chassorney Volnay Les Roncerets 1er Cru 2018

Domaine de Chassorney Volnay Les Roncerets 1er Cru 2018

Definitely one of the best wines from the Domaine de Chassorney range. Grapes from 40 years old vines, the vinification is twelve-months aging done mainly in oak barrels. Over 65 years old Vieilles vignes of Roncerets provide beautiful concentration of pure fruits and fine mineral. No doubt Frederic Cossard is producing top wines in this village.

HKD $800.00
HKD $900.00
Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d'Abruzzo 2017
Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d'Abruzzo 2017
Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d'Abruzzo 2017
Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d'Abruzzo 2017
Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d'Abruzzo 2017
Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d'Abruzzo 2017
Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d'Abruzzo 2017
Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d'Abruzzo 2017
Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d'Abruzzo 2017
Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d'Abruzzo 2017
Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d'Abruzzo 2017
Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d'Abruzzo 2017
Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d'Abruzzo 2017
Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d'Abruzzo 2017

Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d'Abruzzo 2017

Straw yellow, the nose releases a bouquet of yellow fruits and aromatic herbs. On the palate, it opens with great freshness and flavor and good structure. It develops on evident fruity notes, closing with great mineral, harmonious and persistent momentum. Great gustatory pleasure. ~93 Points, Neal Martin

HKD $500.00
HKD $550.00
Pierre Boisson Meursault Les Criots 2019
Pierre Boisson Meursault Les Criots 2019
Pierre Boisson Meursault Les Criots 2019
Pierre Boisson Meursault Les Criots 2019
Pierre Boisson Meursault Les Criots 2019
Pierre Boisson Meursault Les Criots 2019
Pierre Boisson Meursault Les Criots 2019
Pierre Boisson Meursault Les Criots 2019

Pierre Boisson Meursault Les Criots 2019

The 2017 Meursault Les Criots bursts with aromas of citrus oil, ripe pears, blanched almonds and wheat toast. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, layered but tensile, its satiny attack segueing into a bright, focused core. Boisson produced six barrels of this new cuvée, which was formerly assembled with Les Perchots to make up the domaine's Meursault blend: both lieux-dits are located outside the village below Les Santenots where the soils are deep but gravelly. ~91 Points, Wine Advocate

HKD $1,080.00
HKD $1,150.00
Doyard Les Lumieres Extra Brut 2008
Doyard Les Lumieres Extra Brut 2008
Doyard Les Lumieres Extra Brut 2008
Doyard Les Lumieres Extra Brut 2008
Doyard Les Lumieres Extra Brut 2008
Doyard Les Lumieres Extra Brut 2008
Doyard Les Lumieres Extra Brut 2008
Doyard Les Lumieres Extra Brut 2008

Doyard Les Lumieres Extra Brut 2008

Disgorged over a year ago with 0.8 grams per liter dosage, the 2008 Extra-Brut Grand Cru Les Lumières is a striking Champagne, unwinding in the glass with scents of pear, citrus oil, freshly baked bread, mandarin orange, almonds and buttery pastry. Full-bodied, deep and multidimensional, it's layered and muscular, with an immensely concentrated core of fruit, racy acids and a long, resonant finish. ~98 Points, Wine Advocate

HKD $2,350.00
HKD $2,500.00
Larmandier Bernier VV du Levant Grand Cru 2010
Larmandier Bernier VV du Levant Grand Cru 2010
Larmandier Bernier VV du Levant Grand Cru 2010
Larmandier Bernier VV du Levant Grand Cru 2010
Larmandier Bernier VV du Levant Grand Cru 2010
Larmandier Bernier VV du Levant Grand Cru 2010
Larmandier Bernier VV du Levant Grand Cru 2010
Larmandier Bernier VV du Levant Grand Cru 2010

Larmandier Bernier VV du Levant Grand Cru 2010

Disgorged in June 2018, the 2010 Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Vieille Vigne du Levant offers up a bright and detailed bouquet of citrus oil, flowers, white peach, warm bread and a delicate top note of walnut oil that's less pronounced than its delicately oxidative 2009 counterpart. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, broad and satiny, with considerable concentration and old-vine extract, concluding with a long and saline finish. ~96 Points, Wine Advocate

HKD $800.00
HKD $850.00

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