WSDC Event - Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste Dinner and Club AGM

What: Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste Dinner and Club AGM  
When: 23 Jun 11 ,19:00 -22:30
Where: The Painters’ Hall EC4V 2AD map
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The Club AGM precedes this dinner at 6pm.

The Painters’ Hall is delighted to welcome us back for a Bordeaux dinner based on the wonderful wines from the noted Paulliac château of Grand-Puy-Lacoste. Paulliac châteaux probably produce the best wine in the world, including Lafite, Latour and Mouton-Rothschild, so we are in good company, as it were, and although Grand-Puy-Lacoste is classed as a fifth growth, the phrase ‘super second’ comes to mind.

Grand Puy is a gravelly hill and over the years, or centuries, the estate of Ducasse was divided through marriage, hence the development of the name of Grand-Puy-Lacoste. The estate is now in the hands of Francois-Xavier Borie, and if that name sounds familiar it is because his younger brother, Bruno, owns Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, which we drank in September last year, here at the Painters’.

We will start with a delightful aperitif for a summer’s evening. 2009 was an outstanding vintage in Germany, and we have an opportunity to enjoy Kaseler Nieschen Riesling Kabinett from von Kesselstatt, from the banks of the Moselle, this is a delicious Riesling wine with a delicate bouquet. It is hard to believe that this wine will still be enjoyable, even more so, in 10 years time, if you can keep it that long!

Our first wine at dinner echoes our previous dinner, in that it is from south-west France. Collioure Blanc, l’Argile, Domaine de la Rectorie, 2007, is an interesting and full flavoured white wine from a highly rated vineyard near the Pyrenees. Most of this wine is from Grenache Gris with 10% Grenache Blanc, giving an elegant and balanced wine.

Moving to our reds, we will have three vintages of Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, beginning with the youngest, 2003. This was arguably an outstanding vintage in Bordeaux, and here we have a wine which is maturing nicely. Expect to drink a wine which is very full with sweet, fruity notes and is possibly heavy, a proper mouthful.

We will then have Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste 1990, wonderfully rich and opulent, and again with some sweetness, yet very long and powerful. This was a superb vintage for the region, and this is a wine for ‘the long haul’. Cabernet sauvignon works really well here, some tannin, some oak, a touch of dryness and a perfume to savour.

Last of the three is Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste 1983, one of the oldest wines in the Club cellar, but nothing wrong with that, and it will be very interesting to try alongside a wine twenty years younger.

To round off the evening, something fizzy. The Society’s Champagne, Demi-Sec, which is an excellent dessert wine, full and fruity, made by the ever reliable Alfred Gratien, fermented in barrel and matured in the bottle.

Dress code: Lounge suits

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