Fine Wines Outlook – September 2014

This month’s outlook comes a bit late as we were rather tied up with our last two heavily over-subscribed mailers. Our sincere apologies again to many of those whom we had to turn down as we typically like to offer wines which are small in production. But as they say, there’s always another great offer around the corner and September promises to be a bumper month from us. As a heads-up, our offers typically come online around 11am on Tues and Thurs. So do keep a look out!
Over the past month we have also met many new faces amongst our clients. To me, one of the joys of being in this business is to meet fellow wine-lovers. We appreciate the growing diversity of interests amongst the wine-loving community here, from cult Argentinian Malbecs to Spanish Mencia. Wine is deeply personal yet broad, so we do encourage you to try many of the interesting offers we send out. For us personally, lately we have been smitten with wines from Piedmont but who can blame us, the Nebbiolo grape is probably the most similar to Pinot Noir from Burgundy.
Once again, we would like to assure you of our provenance. We have been clients of many of our suppliers in Europe over the years for our own collection and thus far we have been more than satisfied. Our wines are shipped in to Singapore via air-freight or reefer. We use the industry leaders in wine logistics and store our wines in dedicated wine storage in Extra Space. And as they say again, the proof is in the pudding; judging from our expanding base of regular clients.
In September, we will have more exciting new offers. A reefer has just arrived bearing our latest wines and we look forward to sharing them with you. Some parcels of aged Rieslings, top Barolos and Barbarescos (our new love), classic Bordeauxs, grower Champagnes and of course, top Burgundies of all kinds and forms. As one of our loyal customers said, we offer wines with a story… and we are proud of that. Exciting times ahead!


We had a Jadot Jeroboam (3L or equivalent to four 750ml bottles) in our offer last month and we were startled at the amount of inquiries we received. To be sure, Burgundy Jeroboams are extremely rare and to find one of impeccable provenance is next to impossible. We have since then liaised with our contacts at Louis Jadot and cajoled them into parting with more such giant bottles. They are all ex-Domaine and are only labelled and wax-sealed after we place our orders. And to sweeten the deal, they come in a lovely single OWC (as shown above).

We can’t think of a better way to inaugurate a special event than by having these giants on the table. We will be doing a small offer late Monday morning for an assorted range from the 2009 to 2011 vintage (both 1er and Grand Crus). All are in extremely limited quantities so fastest fingers first. If you have any specific request, do drop us an email.

What WEA have been drinking…
We started off the month with a Vosne and Puligny 1er Cru dinner. Saw some old and new faces but with this theme, I knew there would be some very good wines. A 2009 Louis Carillon P-M 1er Les Perrières kicked off the proceedings. Very young but perfectly balanced despite the warm vintage. Amazing length too. Next up, the 2004 Jean-Michel Gaunoux P-M 1er Les Folatières was not a Domaine I see often. The color seems to have aged rather prematurely but without notes of oxidation on the palate. It was lean with great minerality and it can only be a Folatières. A pair of very aged wines turned out to be a 1988 and 1996 Louis Carillon P-M 1er Champs Canet. It was looking to be a great night when three Carillons made an appearance. The 1988 was in perfect harmony, the epitome of aged white Burgs while the 1996 was a little too sharp in acidity and paled in comparison. Another young wine was popped, 2010 Henri Boillot P-M 1er Les Pucelles. This was clearly infanticide – the acidity and structure needed many more years to mellow down but I have no doubt this will bloom into a gorgeous wine.
A 2009 Ulysse Collin Extra Brut “Les Roises” cleansed our palate with its rounded profile before we moved to the Pearl of the Cote. We started with a bang with 2010 Lucien Le Moine V-R 1er Aux Malconsorts which showed tremendous potential and purity; a sign of a great future. The 2003 Robert Arnoux Vosne-Romanée 1er Les Chaumes however, shocked everyone with its elegance despite the vintage. Finally, last two wines which happened to be1998 V-R 1er Les Suchots from both Nicolas Potel and Maniere-Noirot. Don’t ask me about the latter as this was the first time I encountered this producer. Potel was ripe and a tad flabby while the M-N had tonnes of finesse. These ’98s seem to have shed off the hard tannins which plagued them since young.
Mid-month we had a 1970 Gaja Barbaresco which was stinky when popped and poured but opened up with tea and herbal aromatics on the next day. Please decant old Baroli/Barbarescos! Next up an infanticide of 2011 Rousseau Charmes-Chambertin. As usual with Rousseau, purity is the name of the game though for this case the wine was extremely primary and would definitely improve with some age. The 2004 J.F. Mugnier N.S.G 1er Clos de la Marechale in contrast was rather matured but the greenness had blown off a fair bit since release. Last bottle to end the month was the 2005 Clinet which after an hour of air, opened up beautifully with lots of red plummy fruits and a staggering finish. This was a crowd-pleaser!