Follin-Arbelet: Top-Scored 2013 Romanee-St-Vivant Grand Cru at Only HK$2,800/Bt

Located on the southern side of Romanee-Conti and situated on lower slopes, Romanee-St-Vivant may not be as famous as its neighbors Romanee-Conti, La Romanee, La Tache and Richebourg, but the owners have been carefully cultivating the land and hence qualities have shown vast improvements over the years and have now become a serious rival of Richebourg, and sometimes even outperforms its masculine neighbor. Grapes from this vineyard produce the lightest, most delicate and aromatic Grand Cru from Vosne-Romanee. 

One of the producers of Romanee-St-Vivant is Domaine Follin-Arbelet. The owner, Franck Follin-Arbelet, grew up in Burgundy's Côte d’Or and while he was always attracted to viticulture, his family’s vines were all rented out and they did not make their own wine. He gravitated towards Geology which gave him an expertise in soil. In 1993, he started his own estate in Aloxe-Corton and together with his wife, Christine, who comes from the well-known Latour family, produces one village wine, four premier crus, and four grand crus in Aloxe-Corton (their hometown), Pernand-Vergelesses, and Vosne-Romanée which includes Romanee-St-Vivant, situated in Clos des Quatre Journaux, not far away from Domaine de la Romanee Conti's plot. They take on a traditional winemaking approach - fermenting in open-top wooden vats, using only indigenous yeasts, and the wines are bottled in unfined and unfiltered to create the pure and intense wines they are known for. 

Their 1999 Romanee-St-Vivant was featured in the Japanese wine-themed comic <Drops of God>; and their 2013 Romanee-St-Vivant was scored the highest among some of the top names such as Domaine de la Romanee Conti, Leroy and Sylvain Cathiard, and it is much more accessible in terms of price -

Follin-Arbelet Romanee-St-Vivant Grand Cru 2013

HK$2,800 per bottle

Neal Martin 97 pts

Domaine de la Romanee Conti Romanee-St-Vivant Grand Cru 2013

HK$15,941^ per bottle

Neal Martin 95-97 pts

Leroy Romanee-St-Vivant Grand Cru 2013

HK$46,462^ per bottle

Neal Martin 94-96 pts

Sylvain Cathiard Romanee-St-Vivant Grand Cru 2013

HK$14,755^ per bottle

Neal Martin 93-95 pts

We are therefore extremely excited to be able to secure a very small parcel of this production by Franck Follin-Arbelet as this is not an easy wine to find in the market. At only HK$2,800 per bottle today, this is definitely a fantastic buy -

Follin-Arbelet Romanee-St-Vivant Grand Cru 2013 HK$2,900 per bottle Special Offer - HK$2,800 per bottle (Valid until next Tue, 23rd Jun 2020)

ETA 3-4 weeks

97pts Neal Martin Tasted blind at the Burgfest tasting in Beaune, the 2013 Romanée Saint-Vivant Grand Cru hit the ball out of the park and was one of my favorite wines of the vintage. It clearly has a lot of fruit on the nose with delicately spiced black cherries, bay leaf and undergrowth unfurling with each swirl of the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red berry fruit, a silver thread of acidity, extraordinarily pure and caressing with beautiful poise on the finish. Class from start to finish, this is a bona fide Grand Cru. Tasted September 2016.

Apart from the Follin-Arbelet, we also have a few bottles of Robert Arnoux Romanee-St-Vivant Grand Cru 2007 available at HK$3,980 -

Robert Arnoux Romanee-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru 2007 (Arnoux-Lachaux)

HK$3,980 per bottle

ETA 3-4 weeks

93pts Allen Meadows

In contrast to the wonderfully layered nose of the Suchots, here the profile runs more toward the floral side of the aromatic spectrum with intense violet and rose petal notes that are overtly spicy while displaying touch of crushed red berries, hoisin and soy, all of which can be found on the pure, refined, intense and energetic middle weight flavors that are precise, minerally and linear, all wrapped in an explosive finish that seems to go on and on. A Zen wine of perfect balance.

Subject to final confirmation. Available in 3-4 weeks. Special price for Follin-Arbelet valid until next Tue, 23rd Jun 2020 only.

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