Wine at the heart of an exceptional lifestyle
LE PAN, a pre-eminent global fine wine and lifestyle magazine, is published in separate English and Chinese editions, covering the world’s greatest wines, their creators and collectors, as well as cuisine, travel, equestrian sports and other “pastimes of passion”. We spoke to the team of this spectacular publication about their thoughts concerning Vinexpo Hong Kong.
Rebecca Gibb, LE PAN’S Wine Editor and a Master of Wine, has followed Vinexpo since 2007, as has LE PAN Associate Editor Guy Woodward, a former editor of Decanter magazine. Their editorial manager for China, Kent Tsang, was attending her 10th Vinexpo this year. They all appreciate the development of tastings and seminars around the exhibition.
LE PAN Editor-in-Chief Darius Sanai, who is a collector himself, notes: “Friends and readers are buying older Bordeaux vintages for immediate drinking. Provenance and “ex-cellar” wines are becoming more important than ever. The desire for top red Burgundies from the likes of DRC, Rousseau, Domaine Leroy and Cathiard is unabated, and there is an increasing demand for whites from producers such as Coche-Dury and Roulot.
There’s also a new vogue for “extinct” producers like Rene Engel, Jacky Truchot, and, in the Rhône, Marius Gentaz. Collectors love great California reds but can’t get hold of enough of them. People are now buying to drink, not invest, which has to be good.” Regarding China, Tsang observes, “Large formats are an increasing trend – useful when hosting a dinner. Serious collectors increasingly go to wine merchants rather than auctions for rare bottles. Or they rely on membership platforms where they can barter their wines.” The question remains, what did LE PANS’s team look for primarily at the show? Tsang says, “I always look forward to tasting new releases and gaining insights from top producers from around the world.” And when it comes to Vinexpo Hong Kong’s Academy, featuring a rich program of conferences, talks and tastings, Tsang says the most interesting for her were “The Almaviva magnum vertical tasting and ‘The elegance of cool vintages’ tasting by Ornellaia.”