WSDC Event - Tasting of mature Clarets and something else...

What: Tasting of mature Clarets and something else...  
When: 19 Mar 12 ,18:30 -20:30
Where: Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining SW1Y 5DB map
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There is a lot of old red Bordeaux in your Club's reserves, and these wines should be tried every now and then, and drunk! Tonight, 1990 is the youngest! If you don't read beyond this first paragraph, Montrose, Figeac, Grand Puy Lacoste are words (and châteaux) which should grab your attention.

Yet, I won't ask you to sip red wine all evening, so we shall start with a chance to compare good (possibly very good) white burgundy and chardonnay, i.e. old and new world.

First, Chablis, Domaine William Fèvre, 2010, a fresh and crisp example, - "all parallel lines and crushed chalk" – gradually develops on the palate. Then across the world to New Zealand's North Island, for Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay 2009, scented and refereshing, compared favourably with a more aged Chassagne Montrachet, having more structure and complexity.

Back to the old world, Pouilly-Fuissé les Courtelongs, Domaine Saumaize 2009, refreshing and long. Try alongside Kooyong Clonale Chardonnay 2010, which has lovely peachy fruit and is from a superb vintage in Victoria, South Australia. Apparently this wine compares, even "knocks spots off", similarly priced burgundies...your decision.

Another wine which punches above its weight is Bourgogne Chardonnay, Domaine Coche-Bizouard, 2008, where Jancis Robinson thought the lesser vintage of 2007 could easily be confused with a Puligny. Lastly, we have a mouthful, Maycas del Limarí Quebrada Seca Chardonnay 2009, arguably Chile's finest chardonnay.

Now for the claret. All over twenty years of age, they will be variable, enjoyable and interesting, not necessarily all three qualities at once.

Château Léoville Las Cases 1982 and 1989, St-Julien

Château Grand Puy Lacoste 1983, Pauillac

Château Canon 1985, St Emilion

Château Montrose 1986, St-Estèphe

Château Beychevelle 1986, St-Julien

Château d'Angludet 1988, Margaux

Some of these wines we will not see again from our reserves, some will appear at future dinners. On average, you would have to pay over £120 per bottle to buy them now. This tasting is a bargain.

Dress Code: Smart Casual

Dates for the Diary:
1st May, 250th Dinner, Château Margaux
at the Drapers' Hall, with Sebastian Payne MW
£200 per member, £235 per guest

Club AGM
June, TBA
Champagne tasting and supper

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Vintages available from The Wine Society:
Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, 2007, Pauillac