Wine

Hong Kong Tatler - - Contents - For more wine rec­om­men­da­tions, visit hongkong­tatler.com/wine and james­suck­ling.com

James Suck­ling un­veils his top 10 wines of 2015. 282 Five of the best of Tus­cany’s Brunello di Mon­tal­cino Ris­er­vas.

284 With age comes bril­liance across the board for the full range of 2005 Bordeaux. 286 A global trade pact, ris­ing sales in China and le­gal ac­tion against a pre­mium re­tailer make the monthly news round-up

Af­ter sam­pling nearly 9,000 wines from all over the world this year, James Suck­ling un­veils his top 10 wines of 2015. The list isn’t en­tirely dic­tated by his scores—rel­a­tive value and quan­tity are also weighted cri­te­ria. All the wines are rated 97 points or above and cost US$70 a bot­tle or less. Enjoy!

hugel & Fils ries­ling al­sace grossi laüe 2010 Phe­nom­e­nal pu­rity in this wine from the best par­cel of the Scho­nen­berg, with sliced ap­ple, melon, min­eral and chalk. Full­bod­ied and dense, with a su­perb fin­ish that has a slight salti­ness as well as lemon, lime and pa­paya. Goes on for min­utes. Amaz­ing now, but will age for­ever—i marvel in its com­plex­ity and com­plete­ness. 97 points

F E Trim­bach ries­ling al­sace grand cru geisberg 2009 First vin­tage of a phe­nom­e­nal wine from Trim­bach. Su­perb aro­mas of pine nee­dles, min­er­als, sliced mango and flint. Full-bod­ied and very ripe, with dried fruits in­clud­ing pineap­ple, peach and lemon. Fab­u­lous length and se­ri­ous­ness. Only 3,000 bot­tles made. 98 points

bode­gas caro men­doza caro 2012 Such fi­nesse on the best wine yet from Do­maine Barons de Roth­schild (Lafite) and Ni­colás Catena. Amaz­ing aro­mas of spice, cedar, wal­nut, dark berry and flo­rals. Full body, ul­tra-fine tan­nins and a re­fined fin­ish. From old vines of Com­puer­tas mal­bec and Al­tamira caber­net sauvi­gnon. Half the nor­mal pro­duc­tion. Drink or hold. 98 points

march­esi de’ Frescobaldi brunello di mon­tal­cino castel­gio­condo 2010 Best-ever from here—aro­mas of warm stones, dark fruits and wal­nuts lead to a full body, soft tan­nins and a savoury fin­ish. Ripe fruit and salty un­der­tones that give it a won­der­ful juici­ness. Dense and tight now, but will be ex­cel­lent in the fu­ture. Drink or hold. 97 points

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