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Wine.Luxe Magazine
Jul 31, 2017

Wines for Spring & Summer 春夏喝的葡萄酒

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I tend to drink lighter wines or wines with floral notes during Spring and Summer to match with the seasons. Ladies also enjoy these wines more, as they are elegant and romantic, and they will cheer you up more during the gloomy or humid Spring and Summer days. When it goes to elegant wine, my mind will usually pop up Burgundy wine, no matter it’s red or white and they are both very silky. I’ve joined “One Day with Bourgogne Wine” lately,  that is organized by BIVB, and tried 15 different regions of wines with 58 domaines and over 100 wines, including Aloxe-Corton (which the style is quite similar to Corton), Givry (French King Henry IV’s favorite Burgundy climat) , Mercurey (up & coming climat) and Petit Chablis (with outstanding minerality) . I personally enjoyed Domaine des Varoilles Clos des Varoilles Monopole, Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru 2013 most. This Pinot Noir is very silky, complex and aromatic with violets, roses, ripe red berries and mineral.  

 

I also joined the renowned Domaine Vincent Girandin wine tasting trying its 2015 new vintage. His style is to show the natural flavours from the terrior. The grapes are all handpicked and they are all biodynamic wines. I tried 9 different wines and I liked Vincent Girandin Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes 2015 the most, with white blossoms, mineral, stone fruit, green apple and creamy notes. It’s rounded, complex and it gives you a summery feel.

 

I always think that female winemakers usually create more soft and floral wines. I joined the first Women of Wine Festival (WoW) lately and tried over 60 wines that were made by female winemakers or monitored by female winery owners. Most of the wines are very floral and fruity (very feminine style) and the most floral one goes to Domaine Leroy Bougogne Rouge 1999, which is very aromatic with violets, dried roses, cherries, dried strawberries and a hint of leather, which feels like having a nice walk in the garden during Spring time.

It’s great that Hong Kong celebrities also produce wines so as to draw more public interest in wine. I recently joined the Super Star wine dinner showcasing the wines from 3 renowned celebrities in HK, including Alan Tam, Nat Chan and Bernice Liu, and crossover with special delicacies created by Super Star restaurant. I’ve tried Bernice Liu’s Bordeaux Blanc Bellavizio 2012, Nat Chan’s Italian red Rocca Barolo DOCG 2012, as well as Alan Tam’s Italian red Rosso Salento 2010 and Primitivo Puglia 2014. I personally like Bernice’s white wine more. Apart from supporting girls, I like her classic Bordeaux Blanc style with white peach, green apple, creamy, mineral and herbaceous notes. It’s very rounded and elegant. As for the best pairing, I’d vote for Duo of Beef Rib Steak with Alan Tam’s Rosso Salento 2010, as the beef rib can elevate the fruitiness of the wine with more black plum and red berries notes, which feels so summery and sunny!

 

 

春夏乍暖還寒,濕濕悶悶的,我會傾向飲一些輕身點的葡萄酒或帶花香的葡萄酒令自己有春夏的感覺,優雅而浪漫!講開優雅的葡萄酒,我一定會想起勃根地(Burgundy) ,無論紅或白酒都是那麼纖細。近日参加了由法國布爾岡葡萄酒業管理局(BIVB)舉辦的「品一天布爾岡(Bourgogne)葡萄酒」活動,試了15 個較少人認識的高品質的產區,來自 58 間酒莊呈獻的過百款佳釀,包括風韻可媲美附近的特級葡萄園 Corton 的Aloxe-Corton、法皇享利四世最愛的產區Givry、近年質素遞升漸受注目的Mercurey及特別多礦物味的Petit Chablis等。我特別對支Domaine des Varoilles Clos des Varoilles Monopole, Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru 2013年紅酒印象深刻,支Pinot Noir充滿紫花、玫瑰、熟紅莓、礦物味,細緻而有層次。

 

另外亦參加了法國勃根地著名酒莊Vincent Girandin發佈2015年新酒試酒會,他的葡萄酒主張以土壤(terrior) 去告訴你他的獨特之處,全人手採摘並以biodynamic方式釀酒。共試了9款酒,2015年新酒中我喜歡Vincent Girandin Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes 2015,充滿白花香,帶礦物、白桃、青蘋果、奶油等味,圓潤而帶層次,好有春夏的氣息。

我覺得女性釀酒師釀的葡萄酒,大多數都比較温柔及帶花香。參加了第一屆女性葡萄酒節(WoW) ,試了60多款由女釀酒師或女莊主監督的葡萄酒,有很多都充滿花香及果香,最多花香的一支是Domaine Leroy Bougogne Rouge 1999年,充滿紫花、乾玫魂、車厘子、乾士多啤梨及帶點皮革味,好像在春天逛花園的優雅。

 

近日亦出席了由3位明星葡萄酒包括譚詠麟、陳百祥(阿叻) 及廖碧兒聯乘鴻星酒家的葡萄酒晚宴,試了廖碧兒的波爾多白酒Bellavizio 2012年, 叻哥的Rocca Barolo DOCG 2012年意大利紅酒及譚校長的2款意大利紅酒Rosso Salento 2010 年及 Primitivo Puglia 2014年, 配了很多特別菜式。我比較喜歡廖碧兒的白酒,支持女生之餘,我亦喜歡她那十分classic波爾多白酒風格,圓潤、優雅而帶白桃、青蘋果、奶油、礦物及少少香草味。至於食物配酒最夾的一道菜,我覺得陳皮牛肉配陳皮汁同校長支Rosso Salento 2010 年好夾,紅酒同陳皮牛肉夾之餘,亦帶出更多紅酒的黑布冧、紅莓等果香,充滿夏日的陽光。

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