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Fresh and vibrant wines to buy in Asia

Herebelow are vibrant wines and where to buy them in Asia.

Here is my selection of vibrant wines. The establishments must sell by the bottle (without asking you to purchase anything else, even if they are bistros). []

 

Bottlings selected in 2020

Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur lie wine labelMuscadet Sèvre et Maine sur lie - Rémi Branger, Gwénaëlle Croix - Domaine de la Pépière - Domaine de la Pépière

2019 - USD 16 - no problem - radiant - no velvety, radiant, no stiffness, fresh

An online store and a shop at Kanda, Chiyodaku, Tōkyō 〒 01−8530, Japan: jptpc, itineraries

58 Samjak-Ro 96 Beon-Gil, Bucheon-Si, Gyeongi-Do, South Korea: The Artisan Wine Selection Red Sugar

Ichon-Ro 5, Nr. 801, Yongsan-Gu, Seoul 140-879, South Korea: Vinaroma Korea, itineraries

81355 Kaoshiung City, N°288 Xinzhuang 1st Road, Zuoying District, Taiwan: Rue Du Vin

A distributor at 64 Neil Road, 088834, Singapore: KOT Selections, website, itineraries

Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur lie wine labelMuscadet Sèvre et Maine sur lie - Rémi Branger, Gwénaëlle Croix - Domaine de la Pépière - Clos des Briords Vieilles vignes

2019 - USD 19 - crystalline, mineral, fresh but not stiff

An online store and a shop at Kanda, Chiyodaku, Tōkyō 〒 01−8530, Japan: jptpc, itineraries

58 Samjak-Ro 96 Beon-Gil, Bucheon-Si, Gyeongi-Do, South Korea: The Artisan Wine Selection Red Sugar

Ichon-Ro 5, Nr. 801, Yongsan-Gu, Seoul 140-879, South Korea: Vinaroma Korea, itineraries

81355 Kaoshiung City, N°288 Xinzhuang 1st Road, Zuoying District, Taiwan: Rue Du Vin

A distributor at 64 Neil Road, 088834, Singapore: KOT Selections, website, itineraries

Muscadet Sèvre et Maine wine labelMuscadet Sèvre et Maine - Marc Ollivier, Rémi Branger, Gwénaëlle Croix - EARL La Pépière - Château Thébaud

2014 - USD 26 - almond, star fruit, nougat - no smoothness and very intense, almond, star fruit, nougat, fresh

An online store and a shop at Kanda, Chiyodaku, Tōkyō 〒 01−8530, Japan: jptpc, itineraries

58 Samjak-Ro 96 Beon-Gil, Bucheon-Si, Gyeongi-Do, South Korea: The Artisan Wine Selection Red Sugar

Ichon-Ro 5, Nr. 801, Yongsan-Gu, Seoul 140-879, South Korea: Vinaroma Korea, itineraries

81355 Kaoshiung City, N°288 Xinzhuang 1st Road, Zuoying District, Taiwan: Rue Du Vin

A distributor at 64 Neil Road, 088834, Singapore: KOT Selections, website, itineraries

Crémant d'alsace [sparkling] - Audrey et Christian Binner - KB - Extra Brut Zéro dosage [sans sulfite ajouté], magnum, assemblage

2008 - USD 35 - white fruit, yeast - fine bubbles, full, white fruit, nougat but dry, toasted loaf, great aromatic depth, no stiffness, fresh

An online wine shop ワイン店, Okinawa, Japan: un deux trois ワインテン アン・ドゥ・トロワ, website

, Ōtsu (near Kyoto), Japan: Les Vins Libres

A wine shop and an online store in 埼玉県川口市芝下3丁目16−2, Kawaguchi 〒333-0848, Japan: Ichikawa (イージーワイン), website, itineraries, tél. +81 4 8266 0485

An online store and a wine shop in 東京都中央区銀座4-7-12 (三越新館1F), Tōkyō 〒 04-0061, Japan: Ginza Fujiki 銀座 ワインショップ カーヴ・フジキ, website, itineraries, tél. 03-6228-6111

A wine shop and an online store in 神奈川県横浜市青葉区榎が丘13-10, Yokohama 〒227-0063, Japan: Shinkawa, website, itineraries

An online shop and a liquor store 20 km east of Ōsaka, Japan 日本奈良県天理市田井庄町555+, Tenri-shi 〒632-0071, Japan: Nobori Sake, website, itineraries, tél. +81 7 4362 0218

A wine online store and a sake and wine shop in 静岡県静岡市葵区茶町1丁目27-2, Shizuoka, Japan: À VOTRE SANTÉ, website, itineraries, tél. 054-255-6007

 

Bottlings selected in 2019

Vin-de-pays-du-Jardin-de-la-France wine labelVin de pays du Jardin de la France - Marc Ollivier, Rémi Branger, Gwénaëlle Croix - EARL La Pépière - La Pépie - Cabernet franc

2018 - USD 14 - a very good imitation of a Mediterranean wine, but less alcohol - red fruit - velvety, fat and sweet, red fruit, balanced acidity

An online store and a shop at Kanda, Chiyodaku, Tōkyō 〒 01−8530, Japan: jptpc, itineraries

58 Samjak-Ro 96 Beon-Gil, Bucheon-Si, Gyeongi-Do, South Korea: The Artisan Wine Selection Red Sugar

Ichon-Ro 5, Nr. 801, Yongsan-Gu, Seoul 140-879, South Korea: Vinaroma Korea, itineraries

81355 Kaoshiung City, N°288 Xinzhuang 1st Road, Zuoying District, Taiwan: Rue Du Vin

A distributor at 64 Neil Road, 088834, Singapore: KOT Selections, website, itineraries

vin de France wine labelVin de France - Jean-Marie Rimbert - Domaine Rimbert - Bu End

2018 - USD 16 - an easy natural wine, very aromatic - blackcurrant, white pepper - blackcurrant, more aromatic intensity and less body than other bottlings from the same domain, tiny gas beads, balanced acidity

distributor, Japan: Kataoka

Muscadet Sèvre et Maine wine labelMuscadet Sèvre et Maine - Marc Ollivier, Rémi Branger, Gwénaëlle Croix - EARL La Pépière - Domaine de la Pépière (AB)

2018 - USD 16 - joyful - almond, lichee - almond, lichee, a very light body, fresh

An online store and a shop at Kanda, Chiyodaku, Tōkyō 〒 01−8530, Japan: jptpc, itineraries

58 Samjak-Ro 96 Beon-Gil, Bucheon-Si, Gyeongi-Do, South Korea: The Artisan Wine Selection Red Sugar

Ichon-Ro 5, Nr. 801, Yongsan-Gu, Seoul 140-879, South Korea: Vinaroma Korea, itineraries

81355 Kaoshiung City, N°288 Xinzhuang 1st Road, Zuoying District, Taiwan: Rue Du Vin

A distributor at 64 Neil Road, 088834, Singapore: KOT Selections, website, itineraries

Mousseux de qualité [sparkling, Alsace] - Mireille et Patrick Meyer - Domaine Julien Meyer - Bulles d’Emma

NV - USD 22 - high purity - toasted brioche - velvety, toasted brioche, fine bubbles, little sugar, fresh

A grocery shop at 備後東2丁目15−25, Kasukabe 〒344-0032, Japan: 優心美酒shimura, website, itineraries, tél. +81 48-735-3044

A wine shop and an online store in 埼玉県川口市芝下3丁目16−2, Kawaguchi 〒333-0848, Japan: Ichikawa (イージーワイン), website, itineraries, tél. +81 4 8266 0485

An online shop and a liquor store 20 km east of Ōsaka, Japan 日本奈良県天理市田井庄町555+, Tenri-shi 〒632-0071, Japan: Nobori Sake, website, itineraries, tél. +81 7 4362 0218

An online store at 1548-17 Hama Maizuru-shi, Kyoto-fu 〒625-0036, Japan: Les Caves Yoshioka, website, itineraries, tél. +81 7 7362 0550

An online store and a wine shop in 東京都中央区銀座4-7-12 (三越新館1F), Tōkyō 〒 04-0061, Japan: Ginza Fujiki 銀座 ワインショップ カーヴ・フジキ, website, itineraries, tél. 03-6228-6111

Crémant d'Alsace [sparkling] wine labelCrémant d'Alsace [sparkling] - Domaine Rietsch - Extra Brut Nature

15+16 - USD 26 - yeast, toasted bread - baked apple, brioche, toasted almond, nougat, dry but not stiff, fresh

2-16-17 Imafuku-Nishi, Jyoto-ku, Ōsaka 536-0004, Japan: W Inc., website, itineraries

A wine bar and wine shop at 新潟県新潟市西区小針上山9−26カサデ藤山1F, Niigata, Japan: ポコ アグハ (Poco Aguja), website

A wine shop and bar at 目黒4-10-7, 目黒区 Meguro-ku, Tōkyō 〒 53−0063, Japan: Le Verre volé, website, itineraries, tél. +81 3-3713-7505

An online shop and a liquor store 20 km east of Ōsaka, Japan 日本奈良県天理市田井庄町555+, Tenri-shi 〒632-0071, Japan: Nobori Sake, website, itineraries, tél. +81 7 4362 0218

10 Soetgolbuk-ro, BUNDANG-GU 13551, South Korea: VINOCUS Inc., itineraries

一家在中国交付的葡萄酒网上商店 (an online wine shop with delivery to your door), China: La Cave des papilles, website

An online wine shop with delivery to your door, India: La Cave des papilles, website

日本に配送するワインのウェブショップ (an online wine shop with delivery to your door), Japan: La Cave des papilles, website

An online wine shop with delivery to your door, Korea: La Cave des papilles, website

An online wine shop with delivery to your door, Philippines: La Cave des papilles, website

An online wine shop with delivery to your door, Singapore: La Cave des papilles, website

Một webshop rượu vang giao hàng tại Việt Nam (une boutique en ligne avec livraison à votre porte), Vietnam: La Cave des papilles, website

Crémant [sparkling] - Domaine Buronfosse - Brut - Chardonnay & savagnin

2016 - USD 37 - lots of pressure - toast, honeysuckle, grapefruit - fine bubbles, honeysuckle, grapefruit, dry and fresh

An online wine shop ワイン店, Okinawa, Japan: un deux trois ワインテン アン・ドゥ・トロワ, website

 

Bottlings selected in 2018

Muscadet wine labelMuscadet - Marc Ollivier, Rémi Branger, Gwénaëlle Croix - EARL La Pépière - Domaine de la Pépière (AB)

2017 - USD 16 - twinkling, almond, lichee - twinkling, almond, lichee, intensity in a very light body, aerial, fresh

An online store and a shop at Kanda, Chiyodaku, Tōkyō 〒 01−8530, Japan: jptpc, itineraries

58 Samjak-Ro 96 Beon-Gil, Bucheon-Si, Gyeongi-Do, South Korea: The Artisan Wine Selection Red Sugar

Ichon-Ro 5, Nr. 801, Yongsan-Gu, Seoul 140-879, South Korea: Vinaroma Korea, itineraries

81355 Kaoshiung City, N°288 Xinzhuang 1st Road, Zuoying District, Taiwan: Rue Du Vin

A distributor at 64 Neil Road, 088834, Singapore: KOT Selections, website, itineraries

Muscadet wine labelMuscadet - Marc Ollivier, Rémi Branger, Gwénaëlle Croix - EARL La Pépière - Clos des Briords Vieilles vignes

2017 - USD 18 - lime - lime, fresh

An online store and a shop at Kanda, Chiyodaku, Tōkyō 〒 01−8530, Japan: jptpc, itineraries

58 Samjak-Ro 96 Beon-Gil, Bucheon-Si, Gyeongi-Do, South Korea: The Artisan Wine Selection Red Sugar

Ichon-Ro 5, Nr. 801, Yongsan-Gu, Seoul 140-879, South Korea: Vinaroma Korea, itineraries

81355 Kaoshiung City, N°288 Xinzhuang 1st Road, Zuoying District, Taiwan: Rue Du Vin

A distributor at 64 Neil Road, 088834, Singapore: KOT Selections, website, itineraries

 

Bottlings selected in 2017

Vin de France - Marc Ollivier, Rémi Branger, Gwénaëlle Croix - EARL La Pépière - Granit

2014 - USD 15 - pure - barrel, firm

An online store and a shop at Kanda, Chiyodaku, Tōkyō 〒 01−8530, Japan: jptpc, itineraries

58 Samjak-Ro 96 Beon-Gil, Bucheon-Si, Gyeongi-Do, South Korea: The Artisan Wine Selection Red Sugar

Ichon-Ro 5, Nr. 801, Yongsan-Gu, Seoul 140-879, South Korea: Vinaroma Korea, itineraries

81355 Kaoshiung City, N°288 Xinzhuang 1st Road, Zuoying District, Taiwan: Rue Du Vin

A distributor at 64 Neil Road, 088834, Singapore: KOT Selections, website, itineraries

Muscadet wine labelMuscadet - Marc Ollivier, Rémi Branger, Gwénaëlle Croix - EARL La Pépière - Domaine de la Pépière (AB)

2016 - USD 15 - classic - punchy, peach, kiwi, short, lively - opens up on the second day

An online store and a shop at Kanda, Chiyodaku, Tōkyō 〒 01−8530, Japan: jptpc, itineraries

58 Samjak-Ro 96 Beon-Gil, Bucheon-Si, Gyeongi-Do, South Korea: The Artisan Wine Selection Red Sugar

Ichon-Ro 5, Nr. 801, Yongsan-Gu, Seoul 140-879, South Korea: Vinaroma Korea, itineraries

81355 Kaoshiung City, N°288 Xinzhuang 1st Road, Zuoying District, Taiwan: Rue Du Vin

A distributor at 64 Neil Road, 088834, Singapore: KOT Selections, website, itineraries

Muscadet wine labelMuscadet - Marc Ollivier, Rémi Branger, Gwénaëlle Croix - EARL La Pépière - Clos des Briords - Vieilles vignes

2016 - USD 18 - grapefruit, peach - neither oily nor stiff, grapefruit, peach, fresh

An online store and a shop at Kanda, Chiyodaku, Tōkyō 〒 01−8530, Japan: jptpc, itineraries

58 Samjak-Ro 96 Beon-Gil, Bucheon-Si, Gyeongi-Do, South Korea: The Artisan Wine Selection Red Sugar

Ichon-Ro 5, Nr. 801, Yongsan-Gu, Seoul 140-879, South Korea: Vinaroma Korea, itineraries

81355 Kaoshiung City, N°288 Xinzhuang 1st Road, Zuoying District, Taiwan: Rue Du Vin

A distributor at 64 Neil Road, 088834, Singapore: KOT Selections, website, itineraries

Crémant d'Alsace - Julien Albertus - Kumpf et Meyer - Brut

NV - USD 19 -

一家在中国交付的葡萄酒网上商店 (an online wine shop with delivery to your door), China: La Cave des papilles, website

An online wine shop with delivery to your door, India: La Cave des papilles, website

日本に配送するワインのウェブショップ (an online wine shop with delivery to your door), Japan: La Cave des papilles, website

An online wine shop with delivery to your door, Korea: La Cave des papilles, website

An online wine shop with delivery to your door, Philippines: La Cave des papilles, website

An online wine shop with delivery to your door, Singapore: La Cave des papilles, website

Một webshop rượu vang giao hàng tại Việt Nam (une boutique en ligne avec livraison à votre porte), Vietnam: La Cave des papilles, website

 

Price figures are only rough estimates of the US retail tags, at the date of the tasting. Wines are selected on personal criteria.

If the results above are too vague or the wine shops too distant from your area, then you may wish to explore a location more specific than Asia. The following places show recommended wines: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, JP, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, or try the wineshop explorer below.

There also are must-taste natural wines in Asia.

 

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