On Tuesday, people in China celebrated New Year and welcomed in the Year of the Pig. The Zodiac sign of the pig represents wealth, good fortune and general prosperity. Those looking to still celebrate with something distinctly Chinese are in luck as we still have a few bottles of Ao Yun still available – Moët Hennessy’s luxury Chinese wine from the Yunnan Province.
Wines made in the previous Year of the Pig vintages include those from 1947, 1959, 1971, 1995 and 2007. To be born in these years is deemed fortunate, so it must be a good sign for wines produced in them! We have an extensive vintage wine list of older wines that have been stored in proper cellaring conditions. Included on that list are a few Year of the Pig vintages highlighted below:
Our only wine from the 1959 vintage, is something truly special. The 1959 was Serge Hochar’s first vintage and is often said to have been his favourite. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan from high up in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon, this eccentric but legendary wine seems to have many parallels with the Libertas.
- Diemersdal, Estate Red 1983
- Jacobsdal, Pinotage 1983
- Kanonkop, Cabernet Sauvignon 1983
- Meerendal, Pinotage 1983
- Meerlust, Cabernet Sauvignon 1983
‘The medium to dark ruby-colored 1995 Rubicon was aged in 80% new oak (with the balance being first year barrels) for 18 months. It exhibits fabulous aromas of dark fruits, spices, and some candied strawberries. It has a lovely satiny texture, excellent focus, elegance, and is crafted in a feminine style. This concentrated, spicy, cherry and blackberry syrup-flavored offering has an exceptional finish filled with plums and tangy black currants.’ – Wine Advocate, 90/100
‘A definite dark rusty amber now, and showing much more oxidative aromas. Minty, orange peel, very complex flavours, and finely layered like puff pastry. Rasping acidity that keeps the thick marmalade unctuousness under control’. – Jancis Robinson, 17.5/20
‘Though ripe, 07 seems cool, with subtlety ruling over obviousness. Classic aromas of cassis, wet earth & chocolate-laced cherries. Intriguing palate benefits from aeration. Like 06, youthful despite maturity.’ – Platter’s Wine Guide 2016, 4.5*
‘The first vintage with more than 13% on the label. Very bright crimson with a hint of putty on the nose but then mellow, broad fruit on the palate. It really does taste of macerated stones. Still quite tight, it has quite a charge of still-perceptible tannins. Solid, clean and fresh with lots of taut energy.’ – Jancis Robinson, 17.5+/20