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Seasoned travellers and wine enthusiasts are sure to be familiar with La Foire aux Vins (“Wine Fair”), a French institution established in the 1970s with a mission to democratise the consumption of great wines in France through nationwide events. If you were unable to attend this autumn event to explore exceptional labels, fret not—Cheese Club Hong Kong is bringing exclusive deals and prime batches from the annual fair to Hong Kong!
After most of their stockpiled wines have been consumed at brunch gatherings, slow afternoons in the garden, and over dinner during the summer, the French will replenish their stock of bottles before the winter celebrations kick in at the end of the year.
Now that’s where La Foire aux Vins comes in. During “wine season,” every wine shop in the country will open its doors to welcome patrons with special discounts and exclusive deals. In short, this is the best time to get your hands on a prized vintage Bordeaux or a delicate Burgundy Grand Cru as a luxurious treat for Christmas or New Year’s Eve! Even better, this is also an unparalleled opportunity to find great deals on more humble wines for everyday consumption that nonetheless possess a surprisingly remarkable quality.
For the second year, Cheese Club Hong Kong is bringing this extraordinary wine event to Hong Kong. For 2022, specialists at the Cheese Club have extended their sourcing to propose a wider selection of almost a hundred wines, all at incredible rates much lower than their usual market prices! We are here to aid you on this wine selection journey and guide you through the overwhelming range of premium wines with some of our best picks for this autumn.
Established in 1985, Domaine Oudin is one of the fresher contenders on the scene. While seasoned tasters might be unfamiliar with the name, this in no way diminishes the quality of its wines. Growers Nathalie and Isabelle Oudin have taken over the family business in 2007. Since then, they have been in charge of the Oudin vineyard near the village of Chichée. Domaine Oudin’s quality Chardonnay grapes are crafted into four different Chablis wines every year with an agricultural respect for nature and the flavours it has to offer.
Les Serres cuvée need not compare itself to a good Premier Cru. Its pale-yellow dress displays shimmering silver highlights and the nose is bright with citrus, brine, and flakey limestone notes. Its palate shows an elegantly sharp citrus backed by lovely minerality driven by limestone. Now, this is a crisp and elegant wine that is never austere.
Located in the village of Bassuet, the Maison Lonclas grows its Champagne grapes on the fertile soil of slopes around the village. Bernard and Aurelie Lonclas possess a passion for the earth and a respect for nature that distinguishes this family winery from others. Traditional knowledge is applied to modern machinery, and Maison Lonclas’ selection of wines represents the pinnacle of winemaking in the twenty-first century.
The nose is full of the creamy baguette toast expected from a top-quality Champagne, together with intriguing notes of Meyer lemon. This 100 percent Chardonnay has all the elegance and grace you would seek from a Blanc de Blancs, yet much more powerful with touches of salinity married with the texture of limestone minerality. It produces a flavour so complete that it begs to be on the table this autumn.
Château d’Astros has a rich history that goes back to the thirteeth century when the estate was first established by Templar knights settling on the Argens plain. Subsequently tended to by the Knights of Malta, they were also the first to establish a cellar at the Astros. Fast forward to the 1960s, owner Bernard Maurel decided to alter the course of the estate’s production, swapping its main product from red to rosés. In 2021, following the Maurel family’s deep commitment to nature, farming at Château d’Astros became fully organic.
This cuvée expresses the purest intensity and sensitivity of Astros through an enchanting bottle representing the twelve signs of the zodiac, found in Château’s dome. The pearly pink dress gives room to a nose of delicate white fruit and exotic citrus, while the palate offers a burst of different flavours that remains rounded with volume and elegance. In the zesty minerality of this rosé wine, you will find complexity.
Founded in 1720, Château Chasse-Spleen possesses a viticultural estate that caters to the “nostalgia” prevalent in the wine world. In fact, the poetic quality of its name comes from a comment made by the poet Lord Byron during his visit to the Château: “What a remedy to dispel melancholy (chasser le spleen)!” As such, the wines produced by Château Chasse-Spleen promise to transform the experience of wine tasting into one of joyous enjoyment.
Herbs, tobacco, red berries, and cedar in the nose reveal a fresh, bright, and medium-bodied wine. Sweet, tart, and floral red plum and redcurrant notes characterise its finish. Château Chasse-Spleen is all about elegance and finesse, producing a wine that will reach its peak in a few years—a good beginning to your vin de garde cellar.
Cheese Club’s Wine Fair is on from now until Sunday, 23 October on its website. In the event’s previous edition, most of the discounted wines were sold out within five days, so act fast for the best bargain! Don’t miss this great opportunity to make a start on or replenish your wine cellar with quality wines at affordable prices. And the cherry on top? Enjoy an additional five percent off when you purchase six bottles or more of the same wine!