WSDC Event - Burgundy Dinner 2011

What: Burgundy Dinner 2011  
When: 24 Nov 11 ,19:00 -22:30
Where: Livery Hall of the Master Mariners WC2R 2PN map
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I am delighted that Etienne Grivot is coming to speak to us about his wines. The Grivot domaine is centred in Vosne-Romanée, where, it is argued, the world’s greatest wine from the pinot noir grape is produced. Certainly the most expensive! Not tonight, as we have been offered a chance to try Etienne’s wines at a greatly reduced fee, hence the reasonable price for this dinner. If you like burgundy, and are keen to learn more, this is a great opportunity.

The Livery Hall of the Master Mariners is the HQS Wellington, a very impressive ship, moored outside Temple underground station, from which there are lovely views of London, and good food is supplied by the caterers for many other livery halls. My only concern is that there are steps and stairs, but no lifts.

Our welcoming aperitif is in the Model Room, where there is a priceless collection of antique model ships. Savour a moselle from Schloss Lieser, kabinett 2009, Thomas Haag, bright and pure, apple and pear flavours, which is an excellent preparation for the numerous wines to come. The Club has purchased this wine for the long term, although delicious now.

We then go down to the Court Room for dinner, in what was the engine room of the Wellington, and our first wine will be a Bourgogne Blanc, 2009, Grivot. It will be interesting to see what a master of pinot noir can do with chardonnay grapes. Then the first of four red wines, which we can enjoy in the company of their maker. Nuits St Georges, premier cru, les Boudots 2004, is right next door to Vosne-Romanée, possibly just some 200 metres from the legendary Romanée-Conti vineyard. Very refined, slightly gamey, with ripe silky fruit, and still young. Then, from our reserves, we can compare Nuits St Georges, premier cru, les Pruliers 2002, which was a very highly rated vintage year. An elegant nose, with a powerful, jammy body, and very long.

We then get to drink Vosne-Romanée, premier cru Les Rouges 2006, which has enormous power with fine, pure and delicate fruit, and is most probably lovely! This tiny part of the world is where the pinot noir grape is used to produce wines with astonishing power and finesse, and the neighbouring vineyards are responsible for some of the most expensive wines you can buy. Please enjoy this privilege.

Our last red wine is Clos de Vougeot, Grand Cru 2007, has a beautiful, glowing red colour with body and energy. The weight and fruit of this wine has a fine mineral backbone, and this wine is still in its infancy. The Clos de Vougeot is a large walled vineyard built by the Cistercian monks in the 13th century, and is adjacent to Vosne-Romanée.

Our last wine will be from our reserves, Château Lafaurie Peyraguey 1997, a Sauternes from a good vintage, and a great way to finish an occasion such as this.

Dress Code: Lounge Suits

Dates for the Diary:
14th December: Christmas tasting of Graves wines at 3M Institute, 1 Carlton House Terrace.
End of January/early February: Rhône dinner at the Carlton Club.
End of March: Margaux dinner (250th Club dinner)

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Vintages available from The Wine Society:
Nuits-St-Georges Premier Cru Pruliers, Domaine Jean Grivot, 2000
Nuits-St-Georges Premier Cru, Pruliers, Jean Grivot, 2001
Nuits-St-Georges Premier Cru Pruliers, Domaine Jean Grivot, 2003
Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru, Domaine Jean Grivot, 2004
Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey, 2003, Sauternes