In December we hosted our largest event in Hong Kong to date. In a spin off from our annual tasting in London, we cracked open 20 different bottles of Clos Vougeot – all from different producers, all from the same vintage: 2011. As a bit of a challenge, we kept things interesting by serving each wine blind.
Tasting blind is the great equaliser: we love it as an exercise as it encourages us to really think about the wine. It’s a cerebral but incredibly rewarding process as it removes a great deal of judgment, which we can all easily place on wine that we drink.
Clos Vougeot is as fascinating as it is divisive. It’s the largest Grand Cru site in Burgundy, with around 80 individual owners of plots and 50 or so producers currently turning out a cuvee. Critics and collectors argue that the variances in terroir across the vineyard are too vast, that those vines in the top right-hand corner of the vineyard are far better than those elsewhere. You could almost think of it as being a microcosm of Burgundy itself – myriad in its styles, spellbinding at its best, frustrating at its worst.
With samples from producers as varied as Gros Frere et Soeur to Drouhin; from as well known as Faiveley to those under the spotlight such as Sylvain Loichet – the tasting highlighted the chasm in these differences.
We asked our guests to nominate their top three following the tasting. They were:
We’ll be looking to host a number of similar events in the New Year in Hong Kong so as ever, please get in touch and let us know if you’re interested in learning more.
Head of Asia Pacific