WSDC Event - Vieux Chateau Certan Dinner

What: Vieux Chateau Certan Dinner Event Sold Out  
When: 12 Nov 12 ,19:00 -22:30
Where: The Drapers’ Hall EC2N 2DQ map
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What a treat this will be! Decanter magazine said “Pomerol’s hottest estate at the top of its game” and I have read nothing but high praise, (and high scores if you like them), for the wines from this château. Alexandre Thienpont is the man who co-owns and makes the wines, although this modest gentleman will quickly say that it is a team effort, which it may be, but the responsibility is his.

The wines we will be drinking tonight need a good setting and what better than the Drapers’ Hall, where we have enjoyed other great dinners.

We will gather upstairs in the Court Room for a welcoming glass of Rausch Riesling Kabinett, 2011 from Zilliken. Elegant, rounded, some tropical fruit, this wine is a mouth-watering start. It may be low in alcohol, but this wine has long keeping potential, if you can...

As we go through to the Livery Hall, please note the outstanding rooms of this ancient building. Following the Club’s very enjoyable and interesting visit to Alsace, I am taking up the challenge of not using a white burgundy as a first course wine. Zind, Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, 2010 is an unusual and exciting blend from one of the top names in the region. Two-thirds chardonnay, so slightly burgundy, gives structure and life, and one third auxerrois, a grape providing rich flavour. It is not mere table wine, and we liked it when we were at the domaine.

Pomerol is a small appellation in Bordeaux, while Pétrus and Le Pin get the attention, it is Vieux Château Certan (VCC) which keeps producing wines which are among the best of each vintage. Adjacent to St Emilion, the clay soil favours the merlot grape, 65% of planting, then cabernet franc and just 5% cabernet sauvignon. Our speaker tonight says, “the soul of Pomerol is Merlot on clay with its violet aromas, and the soul of VCC comes from the addition of Cabernet Franc with its haunting quality to the nose”.

We will be starting with two vintages of the second wine from VCC, Les Gravette de Certan, but at the time of writing, I don’t know which Alexandre wants to show. Coming from ‘young’ vines, up to 25 years old, we will not be disappointed, I’m sure. I have seen the words, “sexy, soft, lush, even opulent, dark ruby-coloured. This is a richly fruity wine, but also complex and evolved. I was stunned by how good it is and recommend it highly.” Robert Parker of the 2006 vintage.

Then three more reds! From the Club’s reserves, Vieux Château Certan 1998, 1996 and 1989, purchased when these wines were affordable. Our speaker will decide in which order they are to be drunk, but I will endeavour to describe what we might expect. Being mainly merlot, they will have a deep colour, grace, perfume, complexity and texture. In addition, ‘on the nose’ there may be aromas of coffee, black fruits, coconut and spice, in all a captivating experience for many professional wine writers. This wine can be so silky and effortless to drink....

To conclude, we shall have a sauternes, as port on top of five red wines could be excessive...Château Climens 2000, bright gold in colour, sweet, rich, spicy and very long.

Dress Code: Black Tie

Dates for the Diary:
3rd December 2012: Christmas Tasting, 1 Carlton House Terrace at 6.30pm
January 2013: Rioja 2001, tasting. TBA
February 2013: Haut Brion dinner, TBA
March: Wines of NZ tasting

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Vintages available from The Wine Society:
Château Climens 1996 Barsac
Château Climens, 1998, Barsac
Château Climens, 2002, Barsac
Chateau Climens 2004 Barsac