Kenneth Man
Fine Wine Specialist

km@ginsbergchan.com
+852 2504-2221

Some of you may have met Ken at our events in the past (pre-covid times of course). He stands tall here at Ginsberg+Chan with his thick-rimmed glasses and heavy British accent, often heard rambling on about the fascinating stories behind each producer. His passion and enthusiasm know no bounds - he is an avid wine geek and proud. On this page, Ken has selected some bottles that are his current personal favorites that are sure to be a delight to all wine-lovers or geeks. Read on to see what and why he has picked these bottles.

Ken's Picks

My last staff picks centered on wines that were ready to drink, but also some in which their styles piqued my curiosity and broke the mould of what that region or variety is commonly like, or at least what I understood it to be like. The theme this time hasn't changed all that much. After all, the world of wine is always full of surprises which is what keeps things exciting. There are regions that will always be special to me, but that isn't to say that I can't find surprises there still. Take the Rhone Valley for example - Marie et Pierre Benetiere has fast become one of my favorite producers in the north with their really intriguing Cote-Rotie and Condrieu (more below). I can't say I've ever been a fan of Grappa (ok we're digressing a little from wine here), with many unpleasant memories of wine dinners in Italy which inevitably end with Grappa for dessert, however Romano Levi fully deserves his title as the "angelic grappa maker" - his bottles are in my opinion the best not just among Grappa, but also spirits in general. This selection below is by no mean exhaustive - our wine list is ever growing with new and interesting things coming in all the time as we try to keep our selection exciting. 

Marie et Pierre Benetiere Condrieu 2010
Marie et Pierre Benetiere Condrieu 2010
Marie et Pierre Benetiere Condrieu 2010
Marie et Pierre Benetiere Condrieu 2010

Marie et Pierre Benetiere Condrieu 2010

A pretty recent addition (in terms of France that is) to the winemaking fraternity in the Rhone Valley, this hermit vigneron produces outstanding Condrieu that is reminiscent of Chateau Grillet (unsurprisingly their plot lies just above this famed winery and appellation) in its lean, pure and aromatic style. Add to that a touch of smoky mineral and gunflint aromas, this is a really refreshing style that retains all the great aromas of Viognier without so much of the oiliness you typically find in the region. 
HKD $700.00
HKD $650.00
Errazuriz Las Pizarras Chardonnay 2017
Errazuriz Las Pizarras Chardonnay 2017
Errazuriz Las Pizarras Chardonnay 2017
Errazuriz Las Pizarras Chardonnay 2017

Errazuriz Las Pizarras Chardonnay 2017

Yes, it's a New World Chardonnay. Yes it's Chilean. And yes, it's Errazuriz, one of the biggest producers in the country. But hear me out. This is a great example of the excellent wines coming from Chile these days, and the exceptional terroir they have. Planted on a small plot near the Pacific Coast on slate (Pizarras in Spanish), this Aconcagua Chardonnay is lean, vibrant, with beautiful notes of lemon zest, ripe peaches, and a beautiful saline minerality. It has amazing acidity, and is as close to Burgundy as it gets in Chile. 
HKD $550.00
HKD $500.00
Georges Laval Cumieres Brut Nature Les Chenes 1er Cru 2014
Georges Laval Cumieres Brut Nature Les Chenes 1er Cru 2014
Georges Laval Cumieres Brut Nature Les Chenes 1er Cru 2014
Georges Laval Cumieres Brut Nature Les Chenes 1er Cru 2014

Georges Laval Cumieres Brut Nature Les Chenes 1er Cru 2014

Vincent Laval has managed 3 hectares of vines in Cumieres since 1996, and his father Georges were one of the earliest vignerons to have achieved organic status in 1971. His champages are always very expressive, showing off the impressive terroir of Cumieres. These are powerful champagnes with so much personality to it, displaying vibrant honey and white flower aromas. The palate explodes with rich brioche, roasted almonds, and a beautiful mineral finish. This is definitely among one of my favorite grower champagnes. 
HKD $1,300.00
HKD $1,250.00
Henri Jouan Clos Saint Denis Grand Cru 2017
Henri Jouan Clos Saint Denis Grand Cru 2017
Henri Jouan Clos Saint Denis Grand Cru 2017
Henri Jouan Clos Saint Denis Grand Cru 2017

Henri Jouan Clos Saint Denis Grand Cru 2017

Ok, so this is pretty young too but I have to suggest this because of the exceptional quality and the impressive price tag. Henri Jouan is seriously one of the best kept secrets in Burgundy - a close friend of the legendary Jacky Truchot who sold his domaine in 2005, we've thrown off many in blind tastings who have shouted Truchot on their first taste. Based in Morey St Denis, Philippe Jouan runs this domaine today & the winemaking is largely unchanged with old oak, 100% destemming and cool fermentations in concrete. This is a very expressive Clos Saint Denis, despite its youth, and I can only suggest you stock up before the word is out! 
HKD $1,700.00
HKD $1,650.00
Bernard Moreau Chassagne Montrachet Morgeot 1er Cru 2018
Bernard Moreau Chassagne Montrachet Morgeot 1er Cru 2018
Bernard Moreau Chassagne Montrachet Morgeot 1er Cru 2018
Bernard Moreau Chassagne Montrachet Morgeot 1er Cru 2018

Bernard Moreau Chassagne Montrachet Morgeot 1er Cru 2018

I've been pretty excited about Bernard Moreau's wines for some time now, and I feel that with the 2018 vintage he has really matured as a winemaker. His talent is exceptional and puts him up there with the likes of Vincent Dancer and Ramonet, with his vibrant and energetic wines that always show off so much tension. This 2018 is almost certainly a little on the young side for a 1er Cru, but it already opens up with intense aromas of pears, peaches and white flowers, with so much minerality. Medium to full-bodied in style with piercing acidity, this is a bottle with so much potential. 
HKD $900.00
HKD $850.00
Giovanni Canonica Barolo Paiagallo Magnum 2016
Giovanni Canonica Barolo Paiagallo Magnum 2016
Giovanni Canonica Barolo Paiagallo Magnum 2016
Giovanni Canonica Barolo Paiagallo Magnum 2016

Giovanni Canonica Barolo Paiagallo Magnum 2016

This is a hidden legend in Barolo who farms 1.5 hectares from a small hillside vineyard of 300-400 metres called Paiagallo. His winemaking is super old-school and natural, with no chemicals in the vineyard, foot-pressed grapes, natural yeasts, no temperature control, long ferments in wood, and ageing in 35 hectolitre Slavonian oak botti for 24 months. Only 6000 bottles are produced each year, which makes his wines super rare. There is hauntingly good perfume and amazing structure to his wines, reminiscent of what you would expect from the greats like Rinaldi or Bartolo Mascarello. This is probably one to lay down, but these are rare magnums that can be cellared for a long time. Only 6 remaining!
HKD $4,300.00
HKD $4,150.00
Marie et Pierre Benetiere Cote Rotie Le Dolium 2013
Marie et Pierre Benetiere Cote Rotie Le Dolium 2013
Marie et Pierre Benetiere Cote Rotie Le Dolium 2013
Marie et Pierre Benetiere Cote Rotie Le Dolium 2013

Marie et Pierre Benetiere Cote Rotie Le Dolium 2013

Don't let the punchy price tag scare you - this is a stunning Cote Rotie that is concentrated but so elegant you will definitely have a tough time identifying in a blind tasting. The alcohol is an impressive 12.5% only! It comes from a small organically farmed plot within the Cote Blonde, with full stem fermentations using indigenous yeasts in barrels, and very tiny amounts of sulphur. The result is a lean, pure, juicy Cote Rotie that is just so refreshing and with exceptional balance between fruit, alcohol, tannins and acidity. If you're looking for massive, extracted and full-bodied Syrah, then look away. This is juicy, complex, elegant and has such amazing texture.
HKD $4,300.00
HKD $4,200.00

KEN'S PICKS

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