WSDC Event - Chateau Haut-Brion Dinner

What: Chateau Haut-Brion Dinner  
When: 25 Jun 13 ,19:00 -22:30
Where: The Drapersí Hall EC2N 2AN map
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Château Haut-Brion is a first-growth, one of the best wines from Bordeaux that you can drink. This dinner, at The Drapers’ Hall, will have one vintage of this wonderful château for you, and the second wine is here as well. In addition, there is a very different aperitif, (an experiment!) and a gorgeous Sauternes to finish. Ms Jo Locke MW will talk about these wines, making for a fascinating evening.

The Drapers’ Hall is where we go when the Wine Society Dining Club committee wants its members to enjoy the fruits of prior purchasing decisions.  The Hall has never let us down, it is well run, serving excellent food, and, I’m pleased to say, they like us being there. Those of you who have never attended one of these dinners, this discreet venue is so different to the bustle and thrust of the City of London around it.

The reception is upstairs in the Court Room, where you will be welcomed with a glass of Warre’s 1983 vintage port. The sad fact about such wonderful port is that one normally “tastes” it after a long, flavourful dinner accompanied by other wines. Your palate is not really able to appreciate the work of the wine maker, especially if it is served in a small glass. In a normal white wine glass, you will enjoy the aroma, tobacco flavours and length this excellent wine offers. Don’t expect a full glass!

The dinner will be served in the magnificent Livery Hall. As our featured wine is from Pessac-Léognan, just south of Bordeaux, we will be drinking wines of the Graves region, so our first wine is Clos Floridène Blanc 2008. Made by Denis Dubourdieu from Semillon grapes, this delightful wine is fresh, slightly spicy and very long. Under-rated and excellent value.

We now have the first red wine of the evening, Bahans-Haut-Brion, 2003, the second wine of Haut-Brion, and is ripe, full, powerful and elegant, being mostly cabernet sauvignon, with equal portions of merlot and cabernet franc.

The next wine will be Château La Mission Haut-Brion 1996, which is drinking beautifully. Mostly merlot, 61%, the balance being cabernet sauvignon, this wine has lost its tannins, with rich fruit and power, but very ‘evolved’. Some people would argue that this is a better wine than its first-growth neighbour...

So, Château Haut-Brion 1985, fully mature, after nearly thirty years, has deep ruby colour, a complex nose of cedar, smoke, herbs, plums etc. A velvety texture to taste, round and fairly full-bodied, it is a joy. Drink it slowly!

We will finish with a Sauternes, Château Suduiraut 2001, which we had at the Château Lafite dinner when it was voted best wine of the evening. Ms Jancis Robinson noted “Very rich yet tangy with flavours of almonds and citrus zest. There's a lot going on here - real depth of flavour”. It might win again tonight...

The evening will close with a summing up, and questions answered, by our speaker.

Dress Code: Lounge Suits.

Guests: £195
Members: £175

Dates for the Diary:
26 September - "Journey round the Med" Tasting at the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
End October/start November - Burgundy dinner
2 December -  "Christmas tasting and raffle" at the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining

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Vintages available from The Wine Society:
Warre's, 2000
Château La Mission Haut-Brion 2004