|What:||Claret Dinner at the Cutlers Hall|
|When:||01 Apr 08 ,19:00 -22:30|
|Where:||Cutlers Hall EC4M 7BR map|
The Wine Society Dining Club 234th Dinner 1995 Claret Dinner at the Cutlers Hall, Warwick Lane, (next to AXA) London EC4M 7BR 7pm for 7.30. 1st April 2008 Speaker : Mr Rupert Meacher This promises to be a very interesting dinner, as not only are we drinking some excellent wines but the venue itself warrants particular mention. The Worshipful Company of Cutlers is one of the ancient craft guilds of London, with its own hall since 1285, and since then has gathered an awful lot of history! The Cutlers is a very wealthy Livery Company, and it is through an introduction by John Cruse that we are welcomed to dine here. During the evening, the Club members will be permitted to inspect and admire the wonderful and historic collection of cutlery, including swords, which are to be found in the Hall. We will be welcomed with a glass, or two, of champagne, with an introduction about the hall from the Beadle, Mr David Hasler, who will show us more of the hall later in the evening. The champagne is a Premier Cru from Marc Hebrart, Cuvee de Reserve, non-vintage, and following the disappointment of the Burgundy dinner there will be enough this time! This wine is dry, lightly toasted, full flavoured, of exceptional quality, made from 80% pinot noir for structure and depth of fruit, with the balance being chardonnay for elegance and freshness. We will then move upstairs for our meal, in an impressive dining hall which can only take a maximum of 120 diners, and we will be seated in a ‘U’ shape rather than tables of 8. The first wine at dinner will be Chassagne Montrachet Caillerets 1996 from Vincent Girardin, a dynamic producer who has made a wine which, when we tasted it recently, is very long, delicious and a great start to the proceedings. Robert Parker describes it as outstanding. Our speaker tonight is Rupert Meacher, the wine buyer for the Worshipful Company of Cutlers, and has a great enthusiasm for the wines of Bordeaux. He will introduce the wines and his knowledge should prove very illuminating. The first red wine of the evening is Chateau Arnauld 1995, which is well constituted with good tannins, has an excellent length on the palate, fruity when young, but now powerful and generous in its maturity. There will be two servings of this wine. Our next wine will be Chateau Leoville Barton 1995, one of the most exciting and scintillating wines from St Julien. Expect to find a cedary character with intense, pure fruit of blackcurrant and cassis, still very young, with nearly three quarters cabernet sauvignon, 20% merlot and some cabernet franc. Anthony Barton offers his wines at a price which are extremely good value, and allocations are quickly exhausted, particularly as Robert Parker scores his wines highly. The third red wine will be Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 1995, another deuxieme cru, owned by the Borie family since 1941 who enjoy the fruits of consistently producing lovely claret. It has been described as ‘wonderfully hedonistic with blueberry, raspberry and cassis flavours, plus mineral, spice and new oak nuances’. Only 65% cabernet, 25% merlot, 10% cabernet franc, so the variation gives us a great chance to compare two brilliant wines. These wines are followed by the cheese course, where we will finish with another Bordeaux, Chateau Lafaurie Peyraguey 1997, one of the top six estates in Sauternes, and is in the Cordier family, who are keen to restore this estate back to the top three. A delicious wine, a restrained nose, hints of coconuts perhaps, a rich and complex palate with burnt orange and almond flavours. Dessert will precede coffee. Rupert Meacher will discuss the wines and answer questions before we look at the treasures that the Cutlers Hall has to offer. Please don’t waste the opportunity.