It’s hot outside and there’s no better time than now for light summer wines to cool down and enjoy the weather. We wanted to know what the experts would recommend, so we asked! And we can’t think of anyone better than The Principal, The Press Room, Giando, and Chez Patrick to tell us what’s topping their summer wine picks. The cult classic, the famous name, and the need to know. Sshhh!
THE PRINCIPAL – 9 Star Street, Wanchai HK
1. Domaine Vacheron, Sancerre, Loire Valley, France, 2010 (Sauvignon Blanc).
The Domaine Vacheron is known as the Loire Valley aristocracy in the Sancerre region. Once a name associated with light-bodied red wines, Sancerre has become recognized for the crisp and marked minerality of its Sauvignon Blanc.
2. F.X. Pichler ‘Loibner Frauenweingarten’ Federspiel, Wachau, Austria, 2009 (Grüner Veltliner).
There are many great winemakers in Austria, but none is more synonymous with great Austrian wine than F.X. Pichler. In fact, one author on Austrian wine who was asked to name the 100 greatest producers in Austria, in order of greatness, lists F.X. as #1.
3. Domaine de la Madone ‘Le Perreon’, Beaujolais-Villages, Burgundy, France, 2009 (Gamay).
Madone’s Beaujolais-Villages has consistently received critical acclaim from Robert Parker, who writes that the Madone style is “… about as hedonistic and compelling an example of Beaujolais as readers are likely to find.” Distinguished by the unusual concentration of blueberry and black cherry, with an appealing note of braised meat that adds to its complexity. It’s the kind of red wine you could drink all summer.
4. Alvario Palacios ‘Pétalos’, Bierzo, Spain, 2010 (Mencia).
The region of Bierzo, in the northwest corner of Spain, is getting increasingly noticed. Grapes grown in Bierzo are predominately Mencia which benefit from a cool climate, hillside vineyards, mineral-laden soil, and low-yielding old vines. All of these conditions help to make wines with great concentration, complexity, and purity.
5. Chateau Ksara ‘Gris de Gris’, Bakka Valley, Lebanon, 2011 (Grenache Gris, Carignan).
A pioneer in the introduction of high-quality vines in Lebanon. It is a fresh and intense salmon-pink wine that owes its character to Carignan and Grenache Gris.
THE PRESS ROOM – 108 Hollywood Road, Central HK
6. Domaine Schlumberger ‘Les Princes Abbés’, Alsace, France, 2009 (Riesling).
A perfect wine for seafood and a lovely example of Alsace Riesling. Light to medium bodied. Citrus, white flower and stone on the nose. Dry with a hint of minerals on the palate.
7. Jean Pabiot Et Fils ‘Caillottes’, Loire Valley, France, 2011 (Sauvignon Blanc).
Light bodied. Pronounced citrus and pear bouquet, and a hint of herbs. Refreshing and crisp on the palate. Delicious by itself as an aperitif. Perfect with appetizers, seafood, fish.
8. Terra Burdigala ‘La Vigne D’Argent’, Bordeaux, France, 2010 (Sauvignon, Sémillon).
Combines the rich Sémillon and highly aromatic Sauvignon. The 2010 is light bodied. Pear and apricot aromas. Crisp and direct on the palate. Truly a wine of pleasure!
9. Domaine Des Roches Neuves ‘L’Insolite’, Loire Valley, France, 2008 (Chenin Blanc).
L’Insolite translates into unusual or extraordinary. It’s the only only white from Thierry Germain’s plot of 80-year old chenin blanc. Light bodied. Lemon and apple on the nose. Clean and refreshing with a bit of structure. A real delight.
10. Domaine De La Madone ‘Le Perréon’, Beaujolais-Villages, Burgundy, France, 2011 (Gamay).
The Principal recommends the 2009, and The Press Room the 2011 – there’s never too much of a good thing! Light bodied. Red fruit on the nose. Very fruity on the palate. Can be served slightly chilled.
CHEZ PATRICK DELI – Star Street / Stanley Plaza / Causeway Centre
11. Domaine de la Noe, AOC Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur Lie, 2011.
Crisp and refreshing, has a fruity and exotic note. Perfect with seafood such as shells and fish.
12. Château d’Esclans, Whispering Angel, Côtes de Provence, 2012.
A blend of Grenache, Rolle, Cinsault, Syrah, and Mourvedre grapes. Pale pink in color, the aromas are fresh and fruity. On the palate, it is bone dry through the finish. The name really suits the delicate nature of this wine!
GIANDO – 1F, 1 Lung King Street, Fenwick Pier, Wanchai HK
13. Les Cretes, Valle d’Aosta DOP, Chardonnay 2011.
Brilliant, straw yellow hue. Ripe melon and papaya with almond milk on the nose. Lush, ripe fruit on the palate surrounded by a core of bracing acidity. Rich mineral finish with tropical fruit overtones. Perfect with aperitif and soups and pasta, fish, and roasted meat.
14. Argentiera, Poggio Ai Ginepri, Toscana Bolgheri Rosso Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah 2011.
Intense straw yellow color. On the nose fruit and nearly sweet hints of pear, banana, apricot and melon besides the freshness of citrus fruits. The palate is fresh with fruity aromas. Intense and at the same time very balanced with a long fresh finish and good aromatical and mineral character.
15. Majolini, Franciacorta, Brut.
A wine with a clear personality, well defined, but with something that’s enigmatic (due to that decisive percentage of Pinot Noir). Enveloping, dry, and determined. Perfect with fish, seafood, and delicate first courses. Also an excellent aperitif.
16. Sorrentino, Lacryma Christi, Coda di Volpe & Falanghina DOC 2010.
Full-bodied, pleasant and elegant, dry and persistent. An assertive acidity in perfect balance with the structure of the wine. Great matching with fish dishes in particular shellfish.
A huge thank you to The Principal, The Press Room, Chez Patrick Deli, and Giando for sharing their favorites with all of us!