Mike Tse
Purchasing Assistant
mike@ginsbergchan.com
+852 2504-2221

SMichael Tse joins the Staff Pick's roster as our purchasing assistant. A keen wine lover he joins our team as the youngest member. Where Mike lacks in age, he makes up for it with enthusiasm and an active pursuit in constantly learning. He's already shown us that his intellectual pursuit of wine will be a big asset to our team.

Mike's Picks - A great selection from G+C's newest team member  

As a newcomer to the company, I would like to share some labels that I really like from our list.

We can first start with a Bordeaux second wine, which is La Nature de Dufort-Vivens 2018, the second wine of the famous Château Dufort-Vivens. What is special about this wine is that it was made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and the wine was made sulphur free. What comes next is the well-known Burgundy from Meo Camuzet, I really appreciate how the winery is integrating a moderate proportion of new oak, yet producing a very balanced fruit & oak character in their wines. Meanwhile, the Glantenay Volnay village is very fruit-friendly and easy-going. A bit dangerous, as I can easily chug a bottle of it due to how approachable it is.We then move to some bubbles, obviously Champagne. Pierre Peters is definitely one of my favorite grower champagnes who creates champagne that’s not overtly oxidative but very mineral & terroir-focused. Outside France in other old-world countries, I picked Keller from Rheinhessen, Germany as my staff pick wine. Keller had quite a lot of success on his GG single vineyard dry Riesling and no doubt my favorite is the G Max Riesling.

Last but not least, I picked two new-world wines from The United States, both of them are also our agency wine. What comes first is the Eyrie Vineyards Chardonnay, which reminds me a lot about a Chassagne Montrachet Chardonnay from Burgundy. The wine was not like any other US Chardonnay that’s overtly oaked or “being made”; it's very pure. The Cayuse Grenache was more of a recent discovery for me after I joined G+C and I was impressed by how delicious the wine is already right now. Full of primary dark-fruited flavor like berry, plum, but also with a good touch of secondary oak flavor like cinnamon. It also has a bit of tertiary flavor profile like leather and toffee. Yum!

I hope you will enjoy my picks & join me in trying them.

Eyrie Vineyards Original Vines Chardonnay 2017
Eyrie Vineyards Original Vines Chardonnay 2017
Eyrie Vineyards Original Vines Chardonnay 2017
Eyrie Vineyards Original Vines Chardonnay 2017
Eyrie Vineyards Original Vines Chardonnay 2017
Eyrie Vineyards Original Vines Chardonnay 2017
Eyrie Vineyards Original Vines Chardonnay 2017
Eyrie Vineyards Original Vines Chardonnay 2017

Eyrie Vineyards Original Vines Chardonnay 2017

A very varietal and terroir-driven Chardonnay made by Eyrie Vineyard. This wine preserved a lot of those varietal characters of citrus and yellow fruit. Lively acidity with a juicy flavor combined with a great minerality makes this wine a very good appetizer pairing wine.

Rating: JS93

HKD $480.00
Pierre Peters Cuvee Speciale Les Montjolys Blanc de Blancs Brut 2012
Pierre Peters Cuvee Speciale Les Montjolys Blanc de Blancs Brut 2012
Pierre Peters Cuvee Speciale Les Montjolys Blanc de Blancs Brut 2012
Pierre Peters Cuvee Speciale Les Montjolys Blanc de Blancs Brut 2012
Pierre Peters Cuvee Speciale Les Montjolys Blanc de Blancs Brut 2012
Pierre Peters Cuvee Speciale Les Montjolys Blanc de Blancs Brut 2012

Pierre Peters Cuvee Speciale Les Montjolys Blanc de Blancs Brut 2012

It’s a Blanc de Blancs Champagne thus a varietal Chardonnay. 2012 was the first vintage for this cuvee to be produced, so it’s quite a collectible champagne. The fruits were exclusively sourced from Les Montjoly lieux-dits which has a very similar limestone structure to the famous Les Chetillons. Yet, slightly more clay in Montjoly means the wine is slightly more open, rounder and fuller than the Chetillons. But that also means the wine can be more approachable during its young age compared to the Chetillons!

Rating: WA95
HKD $2,800.00
Domaine Glantenay Volnay VV 2018
Domaine Glantenay Volnay VV 2018
Domaine Glantenay Volnay VV 2018
Domaine Glantenay Volnay VV 2018
Domaine Glantenay Volnay VV 2018
Domaine Glantenay Volnay VV 2018

Domaine Glantenay Volnay VV 2018

A varietal Pinot Noir, from vines that age are between 30-80 years, winemaking sees only 20% new oak, yielding a very vibrant, floral and fruity wine that can be enjoyed in most meal settings or even on its own. Production volume is low (less than 10,000 bottles per year) so the rarity factor is here. A good wine to drink or to keep!

Rating: BH89-91
HKD $420.00
La Nature de Durfort-Vivens 2018
La Nature de Durfort-Vivens 2018
La Nature de Durfort-Vivens 2018
La Nature de Durfort-Vivens 2018
La Nature de Durfort-Vivens 2018
La Nature de Durfort-Vivens 2018

La Nature de Durfort-Vivens 2018

100% Cabernet Sauvignon, a very rare grape “blend” in Bordeaux as it’s not actually a “blend”. The whole viticulture and winemaking process were sulphur-free, thus the wine is made by minimum intervention. Such a specially made wine is on one hand delicious, and on another hand rare to have.

Rating: NA
HKD $320.00
Cayuse God Only Knows Armada Vineyard Grenache 2013
Cayuse God Only Knows Armada Vineyard Grenache 2013
Cayuse God Only Knows Armada Vineyard Grenache 2013
Cayuse God Only Knows Armada Vineyard Grenache 2013
Cayuse God Only Knows Armada Vineyard Grenache 2013
Cayuse God Only Knows Armada Vineyard Grenache 2013

Cayuse God Only Knows Armada Vineyard Grenache 2013

A varietal Grenache from Washington state at a 7-acre vineyard. This wine is different from those Rhone counterparts with a lot of dark fruits instead of red fruit character. But what comes similar is that it also got all those leathery, spicy characters. An interesting New World Grenache to try out!

Rating: WA94
HKD $1,350.00

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