490-page wine list wins the inaugural China’s Wine List of the Year Awards

A 490-page wine list with 10,000 listings has carried off the inaugural China’s Wine List of the Year Awards.

Instigated by the organisers of Australia’s long-standing wine list of the year awards, the competition has immediately sparked calls for two levels of awards, because most restaurants cannot compete with the mega-wealthy casino-based hotels.

The big winner this year is Robuchon au Dome, in the Grand Lisboa Hotel, Macau.

“This restaurant has a wine list as comprehensive and authoritative as any wine list I have ever seen,” awards co-chairman Peter Forrestal commented.

The list has 20 vintages of each of DRC Romanee-Conti (back to 1929. DRC tastings) and La Tache (back to 1945) and more than 200 examples of Le Montrachet; also 15 vintages of Dom Perignon Oenotheque going back to 1959, verticals of Coche-Dury Corton-Charlemagne (back to 1986) and what’s been described as surely the world’s biggest collection of German eiswein and trockenbeerenauslese.

A billionaire’s wine list, for sure. But with the massive wealth of China’s mega gambling temples, there may have to be one category for the casinos and another for the rest.

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