It i s evident t hat t he quality of wine obtains a steady and great i mprovement i n 2014. Chances to find defected wines are decreasing. The development of different production areas varies, with wines from Burgundy, Champagn e a n d t h e Rhone Valley prevailing in high-end wine parties. What’s more, the rapid i ncrease of sommeliers has significantly improved the professionalism of wine service. Wines are also stepping into Chinese restaurants. Some of them impressed me a lot in 2014.
Champagne 1. Champagne Duval Leory
A pure nectar with fine bubbles and fabulous aromas of flower, green apple, lemon and toast. Though carrying a high acidity, the palate is silky with hints of mineral.
2. Bollinger Special Cuvee
A favour i t e of English gentlemen with mixed aromas of toast, biscuit, vanilla, dried apple and red cherry. Full and intense, with notes of mineral.
White Wine 1. Villa Maria Reserve Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2012
A 100 percent Sauvignon Blanc, with brisk acidity and aromas of tropical fruit, guava and mango. Best with appetizers.
2. Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc 2011
A pioneer of Napa made of Sauvignon and aged in oak
barrels. It has a full body with mixed aromas.
3. Albert Bichot Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2009
Originated from one of the seven Grand Cru vineyards of Chablis, it distributes dense aromas of vanilla and smoke due to the use of new barrels, following to a long salty finish typical of Chablis Grand Cru.
4. Domaine Francois Carillon Puligny Montrachet 2009
An elegant and delicate Burgundy white. Impressive aromas of flower, fruit and biscuit, with hints of mineral.
5. Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2009
Produced from Margaret in west Australia, it balanced structure and acidity with a lasting and rich finish.
6. Vina AB Amontillado
This dry sherry in amber shows notes of caramel, dried f r uit, toffee and mineral, with brisk acidity.
7. Vinoptima Reserve Ormond Gewürztraminer 2009
The best Gewürztraminer i n New Zealand with a beautiful nose of lychee, rose and peach. Full body with sweet and spicy characters.
8. Graacher Josephshofer Auslese Golden Cap 2010
This sweet R i e s l i ng is intoxicated with hints of marmalade and almond. The balanced structure makes it perfect to pair with desserts.
Red Wine 1. Akarua Rua Pinot Noir 2012
A world-class Pinot Noir from New Zealand, with lots of sweet cherry and strawberry characters. Soft palate and proper acidity makes it quite popular.
2. Domaine Frederic Esmonin Gevrey Chambertin Clos Prieur 2011
This Chambertin i s the favourite of Napoleon. It might not be favourable at the beginning due to its strong aromas of smoke and rose petal, yet the floral and fruity characters follow to a sweet and long finish.
3. Segla 2006, Margaux
This is the second label of Ruzan-Segla under Chanel. The palate i s soft and sweet, almost perfect now. It is very important to enjoy a good Bordeaux wine at the best time.
4. Pio Cesare Barolo 2007
As the top wine of Italy, Barolo is a must recommendation. Originated from Piedmont, it is elegant, complex, full and rich. High acidity, high alcohol and high tannins, it needs years of bottle age. One of the best Barolos.
5. Santa Rita Casa Real 2008
This limited edition by a female winemaker from the famous chateau is recognized as one of the top Chilean wines. Full body, with notes of unique spices of Chilean red wines, as well as aromas of great Bordeauxes.
6. Torres Mas La Plana 2006
This Spanish wine is one of the treasures in the Torres family. Strong and sweet, it successfully fills Spanish flavour i nto a Bordeaux variety. It is often mistakenly regarded as a Bordeaux in blind tasting activities due to its superior quality.
7. Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Blend 2010
This one will remind you of the blind tasting activity i n Pa r i s i n 1 976 when California wine gained fame by defeating famous French chateaus. Ridge’s red wine was a live witness of the event. It is sweet and elegant, really great.
8. Chateau Gigognan Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2008 AOC
Chateauneuf- du- Pape wines are known for their full and rich flavour. This one is full-bodied, of course, with unique aromas of leather and spices of Grenache grapes, soft tannins and a flavourful finish. A great wine that is worth aging.
9. Two Hands Barossa Shiraz 2010
This successful Shiraz is the pride of the Barossa Valley i n South Australia. Both passionate and elegant, i t i s perfect to pair with Australia steak.
10. Helan QingXue 2009
Finally, it comes to Chinese wine. Helan QinXue is now in the limelight around the world as the cradle of highend Chinese wines. This Chinese flavoured wine is really worth recommending.