Cracker Bar­rels

Lead­ing wine in­dus­try fig­ures from across Asia joined lo­cal con­nois­seurs for the in­au­gu­ral Bordeaux Con­fi­den­tial En Primeur

Hong Kong Tatler - - Life Wine -

t’s like be­ing in Bordeaux for the en primeur tast­ings in April,” wine critic James Suck­ling told a gather­ing of in­dus­try lu­mi­nar­ies at Hong Kong’s first ma­jor bar­rel tast­ing of Bordeaux wines. More than three dozen châteaux poured their 2015 wines for al­most 400 top trade mem­bers and con­nois­seurs at the Asia So­ci­ety Hong Kong Cen­tre on May 23.

James, CEO of James­suck­ling.com and wine ed­i­tor of Hong Kong Tatler, had tasted about 800 bar­rel sam­ples in Bordeaux the pre­vi­ous month and deemed the 2015 vin­tage an out­stand­ing one, es­pe­cially in the Right Bank dis­tricts of Pomerol and Saint-émil­ion.

Bordeaux Con­fi­den­tial En Primeur 2015 was or­gan­ised by James­suck­ling.com and Hong Kong Tatler in as­so­ci­a­tion with Cathay Pa­cific and the Bordeaux wine mer­chants CVBG. Lalique pro­vided the tast­ing glasses.

High­lights of the tast­ing in­cluded sam­ples from such il­lus­tri­ous es­tates as Gis­cours, Pape Clé­ment, Pi­chon Baron, Péby-faugères, Smith Haut Lafitte, and Va­lan­draud. Many other châteaux were also at the event, with some of their wines cost­ing as lit­tle as HK$150 a bot­tle. Reds, dry whites and sweet whites were poured. To en­sure qual­ity, all the

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