WSDC Event - Tasting of Cabernet Sauvignon wines

What: Tasting of Cabernet Sauvignon wines  
When: 23 Mar 09 ,18:30 -20:30
Where: The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining SW1Y 5AF map
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Tasting of very good Cabernet Sauvignon wines, not necessarily from Bordeaux. To be held at The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, 1 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5DB Monday 23rd March 2009, 6.30 to 8.30pm. There will be some very interesting wines shown tonight. This all started because the Club has some very old red wine from Provence, purchased from Brothers Yapp many moons ago. Once I’d found out what it was, I asked them if Domaine de Trévallon 1986 would still be any good, and they raised a questionable and doubtful eyebrow (can you do that?), so your committee tried a bottle at Christmas – it was delicious. I’ve found a way of offering this wine to you in a context which will, I hope, give you a chance to try wines you don’t know about, have access to, and would not normally consider. Some of these wines cost more than your ticket. Read on. 1) Vouvray Pétillant, 2001 (Huet) Our aperitif this evening is from the north side of the Loire where they grow chenin blanc. Made using the traditional method with biodynamically grown grapes, the second fermentation is in the bottle and then kept on its lees for two or three years. This is dry, deliciously fruity and long in the mouth with a light gentle sparkle. 2, 3, 4) Domaine de Trévallon 1986, 1999 and 2000. Somewhere between Arles and Aix, Parsian architect Eloi Dürrbach started a vineyard in 1973, which now has an international following, even though it is a mere Vin de Pays due to French wine laws. Dominated by cabernet sauvignon and combined with syrah, red Trévallon has similarities in structure and finesse to some of the finer wines of the Médoc plus echoes of Northern Rhone. Here is a chance to compare three vintages, the 1986 being in magnum. Mr Parker loves these wines, if that is important to you. 5) Sandalford Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2005, Margaret River. This wine from Western Australia won 5 stars in a recent Decanter tasting, and has wonderful fragrance, intensity and elegance, typical of the area’s best cabernets. Still a young wine, and should age well. 6) Howard Park Cabernet, 2001, Western Australia A down-under wine with bottle age, has an elegant and concentrated blend of cabernet sauvignon with a little merlot and cabernet franc, giving some classic cedary notes and hints of mint. 7) Chateau Musar, 1991, Lebanon The tasting notes for this wine suggest that is one of the best Musars made. 30 miles from the Bekaa valley, Serge Hochar has faced problems that most growers do not encounter. Indeed, the cellars give good protection from heavy artillery… The composition of this wine varies, but it does contain cabernet sauvignon, which is excuse enough for me to offer it this evening. The aroma from this rare wine will give you chocolate, goat(?), leather and tobacco. To taste, a beautiful texture, full and creamy with a tingling, lemony finish. “Absolutely splendid”. 8) Meerlust Rubicon, 2004, Stellenbosch, South Africa. Still a young wine, but an excellent example from a superb vineyard where they make Bordeaux-like wines, with more elegance and restraint than some other wines of the region. Cabernet sauvignon with merlot and cabernet franc. 9) Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003, Stellenbosch, South Africa. An older wine, just, than the Meerlust, this wine has won a Silver medal with Decanter, and five stars with John Platter’s wine guide. The joint owner of the vineyard believes that it is the best they’ve made for twenty years. A wine of this quality still has cellaring potential. 10) Joseph Swan Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon, 2002, California. The description of this wine suggests that this will be a treat. An exquisite wine from the Russian River, 100% cabernet sauvignon, giving blackberry and smokey aromas on the palate. It is drinking well now, with some years to go. 11) A cabernet from Chile 12) The Society’s Exhibition French Cabernet, 2005 From the Languedoc in south west France, this wine made by the Teisserenc family sets high standards for the region, with an ambition ‘to challenge the best from anywhere in the world’. 13) Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste, 1983, Pauillac From the Club’s reserves, something for the lovers of Bordeaux wines. A long lived wine, with sweet graceful maturity. A meaty, cinnamon nose, with a full rounded spicy redcurrant fruit, and good texture. 14)Chateau d’Angludet, 1988, Margaux Here’s another example from our reserves, which takes a while to become accessible. So, at some 21 years old, you can expect an elegant nose with ripe fruit, balanced, medium body with some slightly spicy fruit flavours, and a good length to finish. Apart from the first wine, all these wines are cabernet sauvignon, and here we have a chance to see how different parts of the world can make a good wine with this grape. Obtaining older vintages of these wines to compare with the two clarets is difficult, and would incur unnecessary expense. This does make a fair comparison unreasonable, so please just enjoy the opportunity to explore the world of wine.