|What:||Bordeaux 2002 Dinner and Club AGM|
|When:||19 Jun 12 ,19:00 -22:30|
|Where:||The Savile Club W1K 4ER map|
The Club AGM precedes this dinner at 6pm.
We have been welcomed back to The Savile Club, a very elegant house in London's Mayfair, where after the Club's Annual General meeting downstairs, we will go up to the Dining Room. A fine place to be on a summer's evening, and it is here that we will explore the clarets of 2002 - not an acclaimed vintage generally, but it provided some excellent opportunities for the savvy buyer. Happily, this is a perfect description of those purchasing for the Club's reserves then (and now!) It is not a large dining room, so the well-priced tickets are limited.
The Society's Saumur, Brut will be served at the AGM and will serve as the apéritif before our dinner. Not a complicated, dry in the mouth champagne, this is delicious, fashioned mainly from chenin blanc, and is much enjoyed by the Society's members. Slightly honeyed and round, yet crisp and refreshing.
We have a few older bottles of a wine which was served at the 250th dinner, Pavillon Blanc 1998, Château Margaux, is now mature. Sauvignon blanc is not always 'drink youngest available', and when kept in oak barrels, it loses the gooseberry, nettles etc descriptions applied to New World examples. The colour of this wine will reflect its age, I expect.
Now to the red wines. Château Phélan Ségur 2002, St-Estèphe, is now mature and ready. Having lost much of its heavy tannins, it is lively and well-balanced, although you may find a 'chewy/crunchy finish' – not my words!
Moving to the second claret of the evening, Domaine de Chevalier 2002 Pessac-Léognan is from the south of Bordeaux, hidden amongst the pine trees, where Bernard Olivier is raising the standard of wines from this vineyard. Jancis Robinson describes this wine as 'utterly swallowable' – not very technical, but very descriptive – delicate, lively and refreshing.
Then on to our third wine, which is the 'third of a first'. Eh, what? Described only as Pauillac 2002, all I can tell you is that it is the third wine of a First Growth, and Sebastian Payne made a very good purchase! You might be able to work it out, but it is a fitting wine to close the reds.
We will finish with Chateau Coutet (Barsac) 2003 which has developed into a lot more than it looks. You will find a 'fabulous nose', with apricots, honey etc plus a superb and very long palate, so it might be the best wine of the evening, but then Sauternes have that effect!
The Chairman of the dinner will gather your thoughts/scores at the end of the meal.
Dress Code:Lounge Suits
Dates for the Diary:
Domaine Tempier tutored tasting on 4th October at The Carlton Club