1968 was reported to be a very problematic vintage in Bordeaux and most regions in France. But any description of wines from such a diversified climate demographics as France must be a gross generalization. There are some good 1968 wines to be found.
Vintage 1968 was only successful in a small number of wine regions most notably Napa Valley California. Wine from 1968 vintage is scarce but is now available in limited quantity in Hong Kong.
Yats Wine Cellars specializes in vintage wines that are sought after by wine connoisseurs and smart wine shoppers in Asia. A lot of emphasis is placed on offering not only famous names like Lafite, Latour and Petrus but more so for lesser-known labels such as Cru Bourgeois of Bordeaux, less famous appellations, domains and producers in Burgundy and Rhone.
1968 is a particular difficult vintage in many major wine regions around the world especially in Bordeaux. Although growing and harvest conditions were not that horrible in 1968 for some new-world regions like South America and USA, the style of wines from those regions were not designed and produced for long ageing. As a result wine lovers in Hong Kong, Philippines and other cities in Asia find it difficult to find and buy 1968 vintage wines. Fortunately for shoppers who are particularly interested in 1968 vintage wines, Burgundy and Rhone both produced excellent wines in 1968. But these wines are quite hard to find by now.
Yats Wine Cellars has changed all that by introducing a good selection of fine 1968 vintage wines. Here are some examples:
1968 Château Cos d' Estournel, 2eme Cru Classé, St. Estephe
1968 Chablis Fourchaume, 1er Cru, F. Hasenklever
1968 Bodegas Vega Sicilia Unico, Ribera del Duero
1968 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve George de Latour
Yats Vintage Wine Cellars is generally regarded by Asian and Philippines wine lovers as the best wine supplier of old vintage wines in Asia. Its cellars are located in a new cosmopolitan city just outside of Manila Philippines in Clark Freeport which has its own international airport named DMIA. Wine lovers from Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand and Indonesia travel to Philippines Clark Freeport to purchase these limited rare bottles of fine vintage wine. Now wine lovers in Hong Kong can select and purchase these wines for deliver to their offices and homes in Hong Kong.
The wine selection of Yats Wine Cellars is revered not only for the big names, the first growths, grand cru and cult labels of Napa Valley, but really for the connoisseurs’ favorites, the old vintages of lesser known producers that are not seen in ordinary wine shops in Hong Kong or other cities in Asia. As wine lovers become more matured, their palates are less impressed by big and rich wines. They start to demand for wine that is more elegant and stylish, something that they can really enjoy not only with more delicate cuisines but even just to drink and enjoy on its own.
The wines of Yats Wine Cellars are designed specifically for this group of matured wine lovers looking for wines that are interesting, not necessarily impressive, and at a fair price that is usually far below those of a comparable big names, and from a matured vintage from 20 years or older. There are over 2000 selections of wine at Yats that fit that description.
Yats International HK Sales Office,
Room 1302, 13/F., The Centre Mark
287-299 Queen's Road Central Sheung Wan,
Hong Kong SAR
Tel: (852) 2788-0738 ask for Miss Eva Leung
Yats Wine Cellars Philippines
3003C East Tower, Philippines Stock Exchange Center (Tektite)
Exchange Road, Ortigas Center, Metro Manila, Philippines
(632) 637-5019 0917-520-4393 ask for Rea or Kristine
While in Clark, one might as well add to the itinerary a visit to the famous Clark Wine Center, the largest wine shop in Philippines which offers over 2000 selections of fine vintage wine from all wine regions, vintages spanning over 50 years covering all price ranges.