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When it comes to building your wine collection, Jan Konetzki, Head Sommelier of members club 10 Trinity Square, imparts some sparkling advice.
A finely knitted Champagne, which is also Jan’s all-time favourite. Johann Krug undertook his apprenticeship here and went on to use it as the ‘ideal’ to recreate year after year when he founded Masion Krug.
Elegant and vibrant, a 100% Chardonnay from Grand Cru slopes of Chouilly is a label that surprises the professional as much as the first time drinker, not only for its attributes, but also because it provides a great bang for your buck.
The grapes in this powerful Champagne are from a single vineyard and only produced in the best years – a true connoisseur’s choice whether you choose to drink it or not.
Jan assures us that this German Grand Cru Riesling is as rare as a talking unicorn. His advice, if you manage to source a few bottles, is to either cellar and experience it or get more that 400% return when you sell it on. Even if is not G-Max, a few bottles of German Riesling must be part of a good collection.
This single vineyard, single estate and single variety white wine made from Viognier has been one of the best kept secrets in the world of fine dining for centuries. Why? Because the production is little and you can age them for decades.
Burgundy is a patchwork of hundreds of producers and thousands of vineyard names, this is the wine-nerd’s El Dorado! With the prices for Burgundy ever soaring, a pearl like Duroche’s 1er Cru will bring pleasure for years.
Usually the great Merlot wines come from Pomerol and St. Emilion in Bordeaux. Here is an exception with cult status you have not heard of.
The purest expression of Syrah is produced on the hills of Tain-Hermitage and the essence of these wines are produced by Jean-Louis Chave. Rhone wines are the next big thing in wine investment, but Jan still suggests ‘drinking up instead of selling on’. Cin cin to that!
The archetypal Bordeaux wine. Made mainly from Cabernet Sauvignon, matured in French Barrique and an absolute cornerstone of any good wine collection.
After more than 30 years, this wine collection classic is as beautifully fresh, offers amazing value, and is still available in the market. It will bring satisfaction for another 50 years to come.
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