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2015 Jean Foillard (Beaujolais)

“… 2015 is likely to be the one that delivers the greatest impact and pleasure for most wine lovers. Two thousand fifteen has plenty of candidates for wine of the year; wines that deliver concentration and energy, with opulent fruit character and the classic core of acidity that gives Beaujolais its trademark vivacity. These wines are also built to age but at the same time display an exuberance that makes many of them pretty irresistible now.”

– Vinous on the 2015 Bojos.

Ok guys, the wait is over. The Beaujolais which I know many of you have been waiting for is here. The legendary Morgons from Jean FOILLARD of course!!!

For those who haven’t been Foillard-ed, they are one of the benchmark producers of Beaujolais and one of the members of the Gang of Four. From Kermit Lynch: The Gang of Four called for a return to the old practices of viticulture and vinification: starting with old vines, never using synthetic herbicides or pesticides, harvesting late, rigorously sorting to remove all but the healthiest grapes, adding minimal doses of sulfur dioxide or none at all, and refusing both chaptalization and filtration. The end result allows Morgon to express itself naturally, as it should be without the bubblegum and banana aromas of so many other Beaujolais available today. Its rustic structure, spicy notes, and mineral-laden backbone are what real Morgon is all about.

“If you are still under the misguided belief that Beaujolais cannot make world class wine, then you have not tasted the wines from Jean Foillard.”

– Neal Martin, Wine Advocate.

World class wines. What else can we add? WEA tried a 2010 Foillard recently and wow, it’s still so young and primary! Superb aging potential, don’t look down on Bojo! Judging from previous Bojo offers, these will move fast. I mean really fast. #bojorocks #drinkmorebojo

I AM PLEASED TO OFFER:

2015 Foillard Morgon “Corcelette” *old vines*

Subtle and earthy with perfumed plum and cherry aromas that follow through to a full body, juicy fruit and a lovely finish. Subtle center palate of fruit here. Beautiful balance. From one of the the light climats in Morgon. Made from organic grapes. Rated JS93.

2015 Foillard Morgon “Cote du Py”

Gorgeous aromas of stems and spices with crushed berries and beautiful florals. Coffee beans and charcoal, too. Medium body, firm and silky tannins and lovely caressing fruit. Very long and delicious. Made from organic grapes. Rated JS95.

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David Duband Nuits St Georges 1er Aux Thorey

The Premier Cru of Aux Thorey is located in the northern section of Nuits St Georges and the resemblance to a top Vosne-Romanee Premier Cru is striking. Featured in the April edition of Wine & Dine Singapore, this exceptional Burgundy wine from David Duband is available exclusively from us:

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WEA are proud to be the exclusive importer for David Duband in Singapore.

Fine Wines Outlook – Aug 2014

Welcome to the inaugural WEA Wines Fine Wines Outlook. It has been a busy couple of months as we expanded our coverage to include a broader range of fine wines. The response has been tremendously encouraging and we would like to thank you, our valued clients for your support. It is our hope that we will continue to share our vinous recommendations with you.
 
Some background for those who are new to us. First and foremost, we at WEA Wines are wine lovers and drinkers ourselves. The beauty of our setup is that we are not pressured to sell wines which we are not enamored of. When I procure wines for our portfolio, the first question I ask myself: “Is this what I would want to have in my own cellar?” We stick to producers we know well (whose wine we have tasted both in bottle and barrel), and occasionally some who we believe are rising stars (from our extensive market research). From time to time we might wander off briefly when there are irresistible offers from Italy and Spain. But our allegiance will always remain with French and Germans.
 
In July, our focus has undoubtedly been on German Rieslings. This was in-line with the “31 days of Riesling” campaign that is taking the US and UK by storm. Riesling is gradually becoming a contender to Rose as the tipple of choice in summer. We are aware that Rieslings are currently the domain of wine geeks and sommeliers, so it was indeed heartening to see good responses for our offers. I guess it doesn’t hurt that the Germans won the World Cup too. Some excellent literature on Rieslings this month include My Great White Hope – Jancis Robinson and the book Best White Wine on Earth – Stuart Pigott.
 
In mid-August, we will take delivery of a new batch of wines. As most, if not all, of these wines come in very limited quantities, we will be doing pre-arrival offers for them in the coming days. Of course, Burgundy will form a good portion of the wines but we have some very interesting Italians and Bordeaux in the pipeline as well. Some to tempt even the most devoted Burg-drinker.
 
Moving back to Burgundy, many would have read about the hail devastating the Cote-de-Beaune and parts of Cote-de-Nuits in late June. Since 2010, weather impact has resulted in smaller than average harvests. After the lovely weather earlier this year, it looks like production will take a hit again in the 2014 vintage. We have news of harvest starting in the second week of September and we will be making our trip down to Burgundy after that to taste the 2013 vintage and to tie up with some new agency wines. Exciting times ahead!
 

Our wine glass of choice: Zalto


Universal, Bordeaux, Burgundy (L to R).

I would like to share with you our wine glasses of choice. These Zaltos are mouth-blown, lead-free and made in Austria. But what really rocks our boat is how thin (and light!) they are. It’s almost like feeling nothing between the wine and your lips. A true vinous pleasure.

Zaltos have long been advocated by wine bloggers such as Mad About Wine and enthusiasts in forums such as Wine Berserkers. These glasses tend to be wildly critical of wines so any flaws in lesser wines will be amplified. But pair it with a top tier wine and all the nuances will be revealed. A detailed side-by-side comparison of Riedels and Zaltos can be found in this Winehog article.

We can offer these amazing glasses in packs of 6s. Email us for details.


 What WEA have been drinking…

We started off the month with the 2012 Keller Kirchspiel Grosses Gewächs. With the wines from Klaus-Peter, minerality and intensity always takes the center-stage. The acidity was high in this vintage but it worked well with the sweet and savoury dim sum from Wah Lok. Great potential with a few more years of aging.

I couldn’t resist bringing a bottle of 2006 Louis Jadot 1er Les Beaux Monts for another lunch. This wine is constantly my go-to bottle to poison those who haven’t been seduced yet by the charms of Burgundy. Many often associate Jadot with “supermarket” wines, but this is the real stuff. Opened 3 hours before drinking, the nose was blooming with exotic spices, soil and sweet dark fruits. Very seductive. This was all silk leading to a persistent finish without any noticeable oak influence. Truly I could see my guests falling into the Burgundy abyss when the bottle was finished in a jiffy and we popped the 2012 Jean Tardy Vosne-Romanee “Vigneaux” next. This was a different beast altogether. The Vigneaux was all about youthful exuberant poise. Very juicy and stuffed full of crunchy blue fruits. This was definitely a crowd-pleaser. Clearly infanticide but oh so delicious to drink now. A producer to watch out for.
 
We ended the month with a 2008 Jean Grivot Nuits-St.-Georges 1er Les Boudots. The Boudots is a Vosne 1er Cru in everything but name as this was brimming with Vosne spices and velvety tannins. Sheer pleasure. Grivot can do no wrong in recent vintages. An underrated knock-out.
 
We had clients trying the 2011 Keller Frauenberg Spätburgunder Großes Gewächs, where it showed none of the artificial grape flavor one finds in lesser German Pinots. The 2012 Gerard Mugneret Vosne-Romanee meanwhile, was a serious wine but reticent at this point in time.