Drink this... Maison Bouey
A family that makes wines together stays together. At least, it would seem that way for the Boueys, who manage one of the last remaining independent, family-owned wine companies in Bordeaux. Established in 1958 as Bouey et Fils, the company was passed down to the founder’s grandson Patrick Bouey in 1991 and later rebranded to Maison Bouey in 2005. Under the management of Patrick and his twin brother Jacques, the company has gone on to craft a series of contemporary-styled wines that show off the younger and more dynamic face of Bordeaux.
Of particular note is Maison Boeuy’s collaboration with renowned oenologist Stéphane Derenoncourt, whose innovative viticulture methods have resulted in several brilliant collections, including Les Parcelles. Soon to be launched in Hong Kong, the wines in this range are made in the grand cru style using the best terriors and parcels in the region. Unlike old-style Bordeaux, Les Parcelles was specifically designed to be accessible to a wide drinking audience. “A decade ago, wines would be very closed. They were meant to be cellared for a long time. Now, wines should be ready to drink,” explains Jacques Bouey. Indeed, most of the wines from Maison Boeuy – including Les Parcelles – are elegant and easy to sip, with plenty of fresh fruit on the nose and soft tannins.
Another unique concept from the Boueys is Portraits, which is available exclusively from European Gourmet (www.eurogourmet.com.hk). The series is created by some of the most talented winemakers in Bordeaux and comes with labels printed with the individual vintner’s portrait shots to celebrate the unique stories and personalities behind the bottles. Particularly fantastic offerings include a merlot and cab blend crafted by Philippe Bourcier of Château Haut-Bourcier. It’s a rounded tipple with soft, warm fruits framed by a hint of spice. For the new generation of Bordeaux aficionados, this collection is definitely worth getting into. Dorothy So