Mega Beaujolais Tasting!

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WEA heard you. Many have been asking about our fresh new exciting new Bojo portfolio and finally we’ve planned something for you. We are pleased to host our Mega Beaujolais Tasting at the preeminent wine bar in town – Praelum Wine Bistro. A broad range of Bojos which showcases our exalting standards will be available for tasting. Come join us for an afternoon of serious Bojos together with some yummy cheese and cold cuts.

RSVP to weawines@gmail.com NOW!

Price: $30 per pax ($100 nett if come in group of 4s!) *Cash Payment Only*
Date: 11 Feb 2017 (Saturday)
Time: 3.30-5pm
Location: Praelum Wine Bistro, 4 Duxton Hill, Singapore, 089590.

2017 Winegrowers Events – 1st Time in Singapore!

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1) 13 January (Fri) – Caroline Morey Wine Dinner

Caroline Morey, daughter of Jean-Marc Morey (from Chassagne-Montrachet) has inherited some fine vineyards from her father and 2014 was her first vintage as a winemaker. The wines are all vinified and elevaged in the same cellars as Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey – no surprise as they are husband and wife. Join us for a night of fine Chinese cuisine at the newly renovated Imperial Treasure Teochew with the presence of Caroline Morey to bring us through her wines.

Wines from Caroline Morey:
2015 Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge (pre-release sample)
2015 Chassagne-Montrachet Le Chene (pre-release sample)
NV Bereche Brut Reserve (magnum) to start
2014 Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge
2014 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Les Champs-Gains Rouge
2014 Chassagne-Montrachet Le Chene
2014 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Chaumees

2014 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Caillerets

Timing: 7 to 7.30pm pre-dinner tasting of 2015s. Dinner Starts 7.30pm.
Venue: Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine, ION Orchard, #03-05.
Cost: $198 nett per pax.
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3) 16 January (Mon) – Grand Burgundy Portfolio Tasting
This is our largest ever walk-around tasting where we will feature more than 30 wines from 2014 and more than 10 wines from 2015 (barrel samples) from our portfolio. Alex Moreau from Domaine Bernard Moreau will be around as well to present his wines.
Timing: 6-8pm.
Venue: Axis Bar, Mandarin Oriental, 5 Raffles Ave.
Cost: $50 nett per pax payable by cash on the spot.
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4) 16 January (Mon) – Bernard Moreau Wine Dinner (with Alex and Martine Moreau)
Currently the brightest rising star to emerge in Chassagne-Montrachet, Alex Moreau (together with brother Benoit) has elevated this previously unknown Domaine to a whole new level. The Domaine produces some Grand Crus but those in the know will know that his Grandes-Ruchottes vineyard is the gem in the cellar. This is an extremely rare chance to taste a vertical of this legendary cuvee, often less than 4-5 barrels produced and in 2016 just 1 single barrel.
Wines featured:
2014 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cardeuse Rouge
2009 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Grandes-Ruchottes
2010 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Grandes-Ruchottes
2011 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Grandes-Ruchottes
2012 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Grandes-Ruchottes
2013 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Grandes-Ruchottes
Timing: 7.45pm
Venue: Cherry Garden, Mandarin Oriental, 5 Raffles Ave.
Cost: $268 nett per pax
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6) 17 January (Tues) – 2013 Vintage Masterclass with Pierre Duroche
2013 is arguably the vintage which suits the light winemaking style of Pierre Duroche the best and probably the vintage which cemented his status as the Prince of Gevrey. In this masterclass, he will bring us through the weather conditions of the vintage and the terroir differences of the wines showcased – from Village to Premier Cru to Grand Cru.
Horizontal of 2013 vintage featuring:
Gevrey-Chambertin
Gevrey-Chambertin “Champ”
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Champeaux
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Lavaut St Jacques
Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru
Clos de Beze Grand Cru (RARE!)
Timing: 6.15-7.30pm. Masterclass starts punctually.
Venue: Cherry Garden, Mandarin Oriental, 5 Raffles Ave.
Cost: $108 nett per pax inclusive of light snacks.

2014 Burgundy En Primeur: David Duband (Chevannes)

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The biennial Grands Jours de Bourgogne trade fair came and went. WEA spent a week in Burgundy last month catching up with the Domaines we work with and sussing out hidden gems in the haystack. Trust me, with up to 100 wineries and easily 1000 wines available for tasting per day, its no mean feat separating the wheat from the chaff. However, there’s no mistaking greatness and we’ve found it in the form of David Duband.

*Three Star Domaine in the 2016 La Revue des Vins de France, the authoritative wine guide in France.*

So who is David Duband? The humble vigneron started out in 1991 with 1.5 ha of vines from his father who worked at the local cooperative. His talent and hard work over the years caught the eye of Parisian lawyer cum investor, Francois Feuillet who entrusted him to makewines from some vineyards that he bought in 2006. Those were not some ordinary vineyards though. They were vines previously farmed by the legendary Jacky Truchot from Domaine Truchot-Martin before he retired in 2006. Subsequently in 2009, Feuillet further acquired part of Domaine Louis Remy when that was up for sale. Two key vineyards came into the portfolio in this purchase – Latricieres-Chambertin and Le Chambertin. Today Duband manages 17 ha of vineyards, a far cry from his early days. The partnership between Duband and Feuillet is one of trust and respect. Feuillet owns the vines, Duband makes the wines. The bottlings are split equally, so you might see bottles bearing the Duband or Feuillet labels around. Both are exactly the same wine.

“Some years ago, Duband switched to a more elegant style, and since then they have been wines that I consider worth the effort to seek out.”

The Domaine, which is certified organic, makes a pretty incredible range of wines from some of the most desirable vineyards in the Cote de Nuits. The core of the portfolio comes from the ex-Domaine Truchot-Martin which covers Morey St Denis and parts of Gevrey-Chambertin. The vineyard which is closest to Duband‘s heart though is the Nuits St Georges 1er Aux Thorey, the first vineyard he started out with. Duband started experimenting with whole clusters in 2008 and I believe that was the turning point for the Domaine. In the past thewines were merely good, but now they are GREAT!

David Duband‘s wines have very fine terroir expression, are highly perfumed, generally medium bodied and have a vivid clarity and elegance.”
– Greg Love, independent wine geek in “Burgundy Geeks” Facebook group.

We agree completely with Greg Love and we are very lucky that they still have a small allocation available! Needless to say, we are now the proud importer for their wines here. The wines have an alluring clarity and elegance which are hallmarks of great Burgundies. The style is understated, quiet and refined. They remind me a lot of Cecile Tremblay. I have tried the wines years ago but they were frankly not outstanding. Something has changed here andI’m not complaining. David Duband is not a household name in the collector’s circle yet and I wish it will stay that way so more of us can discover and enjoy these fine wines. Truly these are wines which will bowl you over, knock you off your feet and blow you away.

2014 Burgundy En Primeur: Marc Roy (Gevrey-Chambertin)

The critics all agree… Domaine Marc Roy is making some of the finest and exciting Gevreys around. They are something of an insider’s secret amongst Burgundy geeks. The Domaine only owns 4ha of vines, so these wines are not commonly seen here until WEA took the challenge of bringing them in. The quantities produced are very limited so you rarely see them in the secondary market too. Like they say – once gone forever gone.

If you are new to us, briefly some back story. Alexandrine (daughter of Marc Roy) took over the Domaine in 2003 and the wines have never looked back. The most interesting thing about this Domaine is that they produce only villages-level wines. All reds from Gevrey and a lone white from Marsannay. The reds comprises of a basic old vines cuvee, two single vineyard cuvees (La Justice and Clos Prieur) and finally the very interesting flagship Cuvee Alexandrine made only from shot berries (tiny concentrated grapes) from six parcels.

The signature of the wines are the transparency, drinkability and the gorgeous aromatic profile. These are wines which outperform their humble origins and can be broached young. The single vineyards are often mistaken as Premier Crus and the Cuvee Alexandrine beats many Grand Crus in blind tastings!

“As usual, the wines provide quality considerably above their appellations, easily justifying the prices, which are above average for the village appellation.”
“I was blown away the first time I tasted her wines, and my tasting of the 2014 vintage from cask just confirmed my passion for these wines.”

(Featured in the cover of Japanese Wineart magazine – Rising Stars in Burgundy 2015. Follow them on Facebook here.)

These wines are not for label-drinkers – no Grand Crus here. Those who have tried these wines with me will know that these are wines that you truly need to taste to be awed. Unfortunately I’m unable to open a bottle for every one of you so you have to trust me when I say these are some of the most outperforming Gevrey villages around.

2014 Burgundy En Primeur: Berthaut (Fixin)

Domaine Berthaut is exactly the kind of winery WEA love to work with. Firstly, there’s a young and very talented new generation taking over the winery – 28 year old Amélie (only child of Denis Berthaut). Secondly, the wines come from an off-the-beaten path village – Fixin, north of Gevrey and hence still provide tremendous value. Lastly, and of course most importantly, the wines here are SUPERBE!

“Given the choice of visiting such a grower as Amélie Berthaut and an established name in Gevrey-Chambertin or Vosne-Romanée, I’d hop in my car and drive north to Fixin to this domaine.”
– Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (p.s. I would do the same too)

This is the second vintage we’ve brought in the wines and our range has widened significantly. We start with a basic Fixin (our new housepour) and then two single vineyard Fixins – Les Crais and En Combe Roy. The former from an average of 40 year old vines and latter from 55 year old vines. Further up the hierarchy is the Premier Cru of Les Arvelets. From the next village we have the Gevrey-Chambertin “Clos des Chezeaux”, a monopole right below Les Cazetiers and the Premier Cru of Les Cazetiers itself. Moving much further south we have the Vosne-Romanee which comes from 2 plots – Les Reas and Au Dessus de la Riviere.

“… Les Crais and En Combe Roy, which must be the best two Fixin village crus that I have ever encountered.”
– Neal Martin, Wine Advocate.

(Amélie, at the ripe old age of 28, making wines more thrilling than many of the seniors of the village.)

Seriously there hasn’t been any “benchmark” producers in Fixin till Amélie came into the picture. I’ve been visiting Burgundy for many years but visiting their Domaine last year was my first time entering the village of Fixin! Recently I’ve heard many complaining about the high prices of Burgundy but these wines will show you otherwise.


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