On the Grapevine

A har­vest heist, a Lalique launch, Chile’s earth­quake, and Great Wines of Italy make James Suck­ling’s news round-up

Hong Kong Tatler - - Life -

Smooth as GLASS

Lux­ury French glass­maker Lalique has opened a premium ho­tel and restau­rant in Win­gen-sur-moder, Al­sace, close to the com­pany’s fac­tory and about 40 min­utes from Stras­bourg. Villa René Lalique boasts an im­pres­sive cel­lar with 20,000 bot­tles, in­clud­ing old vin­tages from the fam­ily cel­lar of CEO Sil­vio Denz. The restau­rant is helmed by Jean-ge­orges Klein, who left three­miche­lin-starred Arns­bourg to take on the role, and the wine is cu­rated by Ro­main Iltis, also for­merly of Arns­bourg, who was named Best Some­lier of France in 2012. The ho­tel and restau­rant of­fer six bed­rooms and 40 cov­ers, and they also dou­ble as a show­room for Lalique prod­ucts, in­clud­ing the wine glasses and de­canters of Lalique 100 points by James Suck­ling.

lucky es­cape

The pow­er­ful earth­quake that rocked Chile in mid-septem­ber, whose epi­cen­tre was near the coastal town of Co­quimbo, caused min­i­mal dam­age to winer­ies in the re­gion, ac­cord­ing to the coun­try’s trade as­so­ci­a­tion, Wines of Chile. Es­tates in La Ser­ena, which is close to the epi­cen­tre, and those to the south told the as­so­ci­a­tion the dam­age was lim­ited to some cracks in tanks and buck­led tank legs. Winer­ies have re­sumed work in the vine­yards and cel­lars, and the trade group cred­ited the high stan­dard of con­struc­tion and tech­nol­ogy, es­pe­cially since the dev­as­tat­ing earth­quake of 2010, for mit­i­gat­ing the lat­est quake.

picky thieves

When in early Septem­ber the Eti­enne Gui­gal team went to har­vest the grapes to make Lu­mi­nes­cence, a rare cu­vée of Con­drieu in the Rhône Val­ley, they dis­cov­ered some­one had al­ready picked a third of the grapes. The re­main­ing two-thirds were, how­ever, in per­fect con­di­tion—2015 has been one of the best grow­ing sea­sons in years—and the win­ery has de­cided to pro­duce the Lu­mi­nes­cence, which it has only made in 1999 and 2003, in spite of the theft. Gui­gal is fa­mous for its sin­gle vine­yard Côte-rôties, such as La Mouline and La Lan­donne.

Viva italia

Great Wines of Italy, the largest premium con­sumer wine event for Ital­ian wines in Asia, re­turns to Bangkok on Novem­ber 29 and 30, fol­lowed by Hong Kong on De­cem­ber 2 and 3. More than 80 winer­ies are par­tic­i­pat­ing, in­clud­ing such greats as Aldo Con­terno, Al­le­grini, Anti­nori, Frescobaldi, Castello di Ama, Ceretto, Cordero di Mon­teze­molo, Livio Sas­setti, Mazzei, Tenuta San Guido (Sas­si­caia), Petrolo, Pio Cesare, Sette Ponti, Siro Pa­centi and Vi­etti. The event in­cludes a walk-around tast­ing and mas­ter­classes as well as a col­lec­tors’ din­ner fea­tur­ing the food of Pied­mont’s Ris­torante La Gal­lina (Villa Spa­rina Re­sort), which pos­sesses a Miche­lin star. The Bangkok edi­tion takes place at the Grand Hy­att Erawan, with early-bird tick­ets at 999 baht avail­able un­til Novem­ber 13. The Hong Kong edi­tion takes place at the Four Sea­sons, with early-bird tick­ets start­ing at HK$699. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact info@james­suck­ling.com

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