Wellspring Wines 5th Annual Wine Tasting – 19/10/14

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I always enjoy Wellspring Wines’ tastings. They have such a good selection of very carefully hand picked small producers whose wines tend to be really quite delicious. This was certainly the case last Monday when I attended their 5th Annual Wine Tasting. Roddy Ropner heads up the HK operation and was joined by Burgundy expert Amanda Skinner from Wellspring’s partner company in the UK, Private Cellar, recently voted runner-up best wine merchant in Jancis Robinson’s Independent Wine Merchants writing competition.

34 wines were on show with a top selection from Burgundy, my favourite Marchesi de Grésy wines from Barbaresco, some brand new Rieslings from rising star of the Mosel Weingut A.J. Adam, as well as having Marie-Odile and Ingrid de Chassey pouring the Guy de Chassey Champagnes. My wines of the afternoon were as follows:

Domaine André Dezat Sancerre 2013

Very fresh, forward aromas, classic gooseberry in particular. Nice crisp acid. A classic Sancere. 16.5 HK$198

Domaine André Sancerre Rosé 2013

Nice red berry fruit aromas on the nose which follow through on the palate. Crsip and mineral. A very tasty rosé. 16.5 HK$205

Weingut A.J. Adam Piesporter Terrassen Riesling 2013

A touch of classic Riesling petrol character with mineral and lime notes. Very tangy with high acidity but very well balanced. Crisp mineral finish. 17.5 HK$265

Weingut A.J. Adam Hofberg Spatlese Riesling 2013

Peach notes with a nice mineral edge, plenty of residual sugar but balanced perfectly with high levels of acidity. A lovely wine. 17.5 HK$250

Domaine Matrot Bourgogne Chardonnay 2011

Lemon, peach, lovely concentrated mid-palate. A stunningly good Bourgogne Chard at very reasonable value for the high quality. 17.5 HK$198

Domaine Matrot Auxey-Duresses Rouge 2009

Some nice red berry fruit, tangy, fine tannins, elegant. 17 HK$650

Domaine Fontaine Gagnard Chassange-Montrachet 1er Cru La Grande Montagne 2011

Nice mineral lemon edge with a creamy oak touch and lovely high acidity. Very well made wine. 18 HK$490

Domaine Bertrand Machard de Garmont Bourgogne Rouge Grands Chaillots 2009

Lovely juicy berry fruit, plum, strawberry, fine tannins. Excellent value. 17.5 HK$220

Domaine Bertrand Machard de Garmont Nuits-St.-Georges Les Terrasses des Vallerots 2010

Fresh red plum and berry fruit notes with some savoury complexity and spice. 17 HK$395

Domaine Frédéric Magnien Nuits-St.-Georges 1er Cru Coeur de Roches 2009

Lovey and scented with red berry fruits, lively acidity and fine but young tannins. Can certainly age a number more years. 17.5 HK$620 

Domaine Frédéric Magnien Vosne-Romanée Vielles Vignes 2009

Rich and powerful with quite a bit of oak influence and lots of savoury character. Young but tasty. 17.5+ HK$410

Marchesi di Grésy Langhe Chardonnay 2011

Plenty of creamy, lemony, oaky character here, a classic Italian Chardonnay. 17 HK$325

Marchesi di Grésy Monte Aribaldo Dolcetto d’Alba 2012

Lovely crunchy cherry fruit with grippy tannins and good levels of refreshing acidity. Bright and fresh. A very tasty Dolcetto at a very good price. 17+ HK$150

Marchesi di Grésy Monte Colombo Barbera d’Asti 2007

One of my favourite Barberas.  Wonderful floral and black plum character with ripe, supple tannins, a rich mouthfeel and a very long finish. Fantastic value for the quality. 18.5 HK$300

Marchesi di Grésy Martinenga Barbaresco 2006

Lovely balsamic notes with red berries and fine grippy tannins. Good complexity and concentration. A lovely wine. 18+ HK$630  

Guy de Chassey Brut Cuvée de Buretel Grand Cru NV

A blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. Very tasty, tangy and fruity with a touch of yeast character from autolysis. 16.5 HK$330

Guy de Chassey Brut Millésime Grand Cru 2004

Some nice lemon fruit, very nutty, a lovely freshness. A very unique Champagne. 18 HK$430

Guy de Chassey Brut Rosé NV

Very smooth on the palate with lovely sweet berry fruit and good tangy acidity. 17.5 HK$380

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