Our colleague Florian explains why you should not miss this event, despite the wines being sold out (ed.)…
Here is a name I suggest you keep in mind – you will hear it in wider circles in future, so now is the best time to discover it, before others… Catharina Sadde. It might not sound like a Burgundy name, but it is, and she is a new rising star in the region. Have you heard of her wine label, Les Horées? Let me explain a little. She started her career as a chef in a Michelin-starred restaurant. Through this her passion for wine pushed her to change course, and she went to Geisenheim to gain a solid technical foundation. Born and raised in Germany she has a meticulousness for her work and a desire to understand everything deeply so that she can make her own choices. She followed up with a masters degree in wine in France.
And so then where did she learn how vines are really tended and wine made? Domaines Comte Georges de Vogüé, Cecile Tremblay, Comte Armand, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Marquis d’Angerville come to mind. I do recall seeing her passing by my parents’ home in Volnay everyday. I wondered what she might do. Well, I was so happy when I learned that she had decided to make her own wines, and I really wanted to try them. She began with the 2019 vintage, and my friend took me to her place to taste. I was impressed by the quality of this, her first vintage, and I immediately thought it was our duty to bring her wines to Hong Kong and share them with Burgundy enthusiasts here. And so we did.
She produces six graceful wines out of just 1.3 hectares from trusted partners, from lesser-known or appreciated appellations. You can imagine that just 1.3ha does not equate to many bottles for the world. All of our stock sold out before we could do a tasting to introduce them! But we still have those bottles and would like to share them with you at this tasting so you can see her work, and hopefully secure some bottles when her next vintage lands here.
The style I would describe as bright, crispy and textured whites, and light, fresh, complex reds. Come taste them for yourself – it’s a rare chance to see the whole range.
Wines to be served:
2020 Les Horées - Bourgogne Blanc
2020 Les Horées - Bourgogne Aligote 'En Coulezain'
2020 Les Horées - Bourgogne Rouge
2020 Les Horées - Côteaux Bourguignons 'Mon Poulain'
2020 Les Horées - Beaune 'Les Prevolles'
2020 Les Horées - Gevrey-Chambertin