With Lunar New Year fast approaching, the time has come to start preparing for the week-long festival. Most importantly for us – wine choices! In the lead up to February 12th, it’s easy to get caught up in the cooking and cleaning but forget them for a moment (done!) and indulge in the magic of fine wine. In this article, we have listed our favourite wines for the Holiday. Complete your orders by January 25th in order to guarantee delivery to Hong Kong and Singapore for Lunar New Year.
Like many celebrations over the past twelve months, the pandemic means Lunar New Year will look a little different to most other years. Although you might be spending the festival with fewer people, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a joyous celebration. Our advice? This is the perfect time to invest in mature vintages and really special bottles – take advantage of every situation where you don’t have to share with too many!
For your long-anticipated reunion dinner, it might be said that serving a great variety of dishes at once – rather than one course at a time – doesn’t lend itself well wine pairings. While it certainly does present a challenge, don’t get bogged down on perfect matches or restrict yourself to sweeter wines. What’s important here is the indulgence, celebration, and richness in such a feast for the senses, and surely the addition of a few, good bottles could only heighten the experience.
Nothing says celebration like a bottle of Champagne, but even more so for Lunar New Year! A crowd-pleaser like no other and the perfect centre piece for your table, a bottle from Larmandier-Bernier, Jacquesson, Selosse, or Dom Pérignon would go down a treat. If you would like to gift a bottle of bubbles to a (really) special someone, this 2009 vintage Vieilles Vignes Bollinger comes with a stunning black and gold striped gift box.
2. Mature Bordeaux
As the no 1 online wine auctioneer worldwide, it should come as no surprise that iDealwine’s mature Bordeaux offering is second to none. Going under the hammer soon (21st January 2020) is this incredible Duclot Collection filled with all of the top Bordeaux names in the 2008 vintage.
Oft-repeated but rarely outdone, you’ll find all the classics such as Château d’Yquem, Château Mouton-Rothschild, Château Margaux, Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Latour, Château Haut-Brion, and Petrus.
3. Burgundy Delights
Mark the occasion with a Burgundy Chardonnay with Etienne Sauzet’s Batard-Montrachet, or rising star François Mikulski’s Meursault Premier Cru Charmes. For Pinot Noir lovers, you can’t go wrong with Bonnes-Mares from Domaine de la Pousse d’Or and the Vosne-Romanée Les Beaux Monts by Georges Noëllat which is superb. As always, for all of the showstopper Burgundy names, you’re in the right place!
4. Spirit of 2021
Whisky lovers look no further. Following iDealwine’s recent partnership with La Maison du Whisky, we are proud to give our clients unparalleled access to the world’s finest spirits via auction. The next sale is due to launch very soon on FineSpirits.Auction, but in the meantime take a look at our current selection of fine spirits many of which come in beautiful gift boxes. French spirits such as Cognac, Armagnac, or even new wave French whisky would be an ideal gift this Lunar New Year. We love the festive red gift box of this beautiful Louis XIII Cognac from Maison Rémy Martin.
5. Recommendations from Hong Kong
We asked our team in Hong Kong what their tipple of choice will be for Lunar New Year – what are they drinking and what are they gifting?
Hong Kong native but Burgundian at heart, iDealwine’s Asia Sales Manager Alva Ho says, “this Chinese New Year, I’m opting for a 2018 Cuvée Bertin Gevrey-Chambertin from Lignier Michelot. I can’t wait to open it!”. Alva has picked two more bottles to give as gifts: from Bordeaux, this 2015 Château Lafon Rochet and this 2018 Scharzhof Riesling from renowned producer Egon Muller.
Jojo Leung, our Sales Assistant in Hong Kong recommends two personal favourites: 2018 Clos Floridène, “a beautiful white wine from the Graves appellation of Bordeaux. This domain is one to watch!”; and staying in the south-west of France but graduating to spirits, she says the 1985 Bas Armagnac from Martine Lafitte is a wonderful expression of traditional craftsmanship. Lunar New Year celebrations involve eating a lot of chocolates and nuts – delicious while slowly sipping this Armagnac. When it comes to the reunion dinner, Jojo has selected Jean-Michel Gerin’s signature cuvée ‘Les Grandes Places’ to decant for a couple of hours before enjoying with a traditional Chinese meat-heavy dish.
6. Virtual Tasting Experience
In a year where we have missed masterclasses, wine events, and salons so much, a virtual tasting with a renowned winemaker would make a wonderful gift for Bordeaux lovers, especially those who have not been able to travel to their beloved left or right bank due to the pandemic. With Guillaume Pouthier, Director of Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion as our esteemed guest, this tasting experience will be open to customers in Asia and will take place online at 7pm on February 19th, 2021. Register your interest with firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember if all else fails (or you miss the January 25th shipping deadline by which time all orders must be completed), iDealwine will happily save the day with a gift card. Perfect for friends and family who love wine but you’re unsure of their tastes (and even for more perfect for those friends who are too sure of their tastes!). Check them out here!