The week in pictures: Hong Kong

Alexandre Abel, deputy director of Domaine Ponsot, was in Hong Kong to introduce the latest release from the Beaune estate with its importer Kerry Wines. While presenting the wines Abel demonstrated the latest anti-counterfeit the domaine has employed using a QR code to track and check each bottle’s authenticity. And starting from 2016 vintage, all the wines from the domaine will be further protected with ‘InTact’, created in partnership by Amcor Capsules and Selinko. 

Another new technology advancement the domaine employed is the use of synthetic cork called ‘Ardea Seal’ cork. Since 2008, the estate has been using the cork with its wines. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the estate had problems with cork taint and pre-oxidisation, prompting the domaine to experiment with different closure technologies such as Diam and Screwcap before eventually turning to AS-Elite by Ardea Seal. The cork is said to be able to allow the same kind of oxygen exchange like natural cork in addition to eliminating the problem of TCA.

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