Domaine de la Bongran's Cuvee Botrytis might be one of the rarest and most extraordinary sweet Chardonnay wines. Bongran only produces these every 5 years on average - only when the vintages are perfect - one of which is the 2006. Both Neal Martin and Stephen Tanzer scored the Cuvee Botrytis 2006 with 97pts, which Neal says it to have "exquisite balance, perfectly judged acidity and compelling honeyed, sorbet-like fruit that is somewhere between Sauternes and Beerenausles", while Stephen Tanzer comments that it is "Wonderfully penetrating, exhilaratingly high-toned wine with great texture, lift and length".
Every professional wine critic offers excessive praises for this beautiful Chardonnay. Allen Meadows also said that it would be on his "very short list as one of the greatest Chardonnay-based late harvest wines"; and Robert Parker has been a fan of Bongran's wines for a long time.
As these are produced so rarely, a bottle seen is a bottle gone so grab them whenever you get the chance. Today we are pleased to offer you this Cuvee Botrytis 2006 at an amazing price which we are the only listing in HK and the lowest-priced in the world -
2006 Domaine de la Bongran Cuvée Botrytis HK$420 per half bottle (37.5cl, Shipped directly from the cellars of the Domaine, arrive in 3-4 weeks) Min. order 6 bottles
97pts Stephen Tanzer (a berry-by-berry selection from the bottom of the slope; this never goes through malo; 195 g/l r.s.; bottled in 375-ml. format): Bright medium gold. Classic, high-toned scents of dried apricot, honey, crumbly buttery pastry shell and toffee. Incredibly dense and thick but also surprisingly racy, with its utterly seamless flavors of dried fruits, spices, hazelnut and marzipan framed and carried by almost lemony acidity. Wonderfully penetrating, exhilaratingly high-toned wine with great texture, lift and length. This is really a remarkable thing to do with Chardonnay.
97pts Neal Martin The 2006 Vire Clesse Cuvee Botrytise comes from a parcel of vines with particularly strong marne soils that tend to produce botrytised grapes, this cuvée is 100% botrytised fruit, unlike the Cuvée Levroutée. So this comes packing with 204gm/L residual sugar. Lucid golden in color with green tints, it has a beautiful bouquet that you would think is a fine Sauternes. This is very pure and possesses breathtaking focus. The palate is stunning: exquisite balance, perfectly judged acidity and compelling honeyed, sorbet-like fruit that is somewhere between Sauternes and Beerenauslese. Upon reflection it veers towards the latter in style due to the lightness of touch and the absence of new oak that reduces heaviness in the mouth. It is a Mâconnais that will knock your socks off, so wear two pairs.
We can also offer the below from stock, available for immediate delivery - 2005 Domaine de Bongran Vire-Clesse "Cuvee Levroutee" HK$580 per bottle 93 pts Neal Martin The 2005 Vire-Clesse “Cuvee Levroutee” comes from a special two hectares of vine. The wine has an intense bouquet with notes of kerosene, stem ginger, honeycomb and a touch of nutmeg. The palate is ripe and generous on the entry, with touches of ginger, white pepper, bitter orange and a touch of dried honey on the finish. Having tasted this wine blind last year and not quite understood this unique wine, I must admit that I appreciate where Jean Thévenet is coming from and what he intends. My re-evaluation reflects that. 2000 Domaine de Bongran Macon-Villages Cuvee Botrytis HK$1,350 per bottle 93 pts Wine Advocate Subject to final confirmation. Delivery is free-of-charge for single purchases above HK$3,000; otherwise a standard delivery fee of HK$80 applies.