WSDC Event - 1999 Burgundy Dinner

What: 1999 Burgundy Dinner Event Sold Out  
When: 31 Oct 13 ,19:00 -22:30
Where: Cutlersí Hall EC4M 7BR map
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We make a return visit to the Cutlers’ Hall for our Halloween treat! This is an interesting late nineteenth century building, restored after heavy bomb damage during the war, which incorporates stained glass, furniture and carvings from previous halls. There are historic collections of cutlery and surgical instruments. I am delighted that we will have Tim Sykes, Head of Buying for the Wine Society, as our guest speaker. Tim joined the Society in March 2012. I am sure he will keep us abreast of the latest from Stevenage as well as commenting on the night’s wines and taking questions about the world of wine in general.

For our aperitif we have Jules Camuset NV Brut Champagne which is light, dry and refreshing. It has a high proportion of pinot meunier in the blend. We will then move in to dinner in the Livery Hall. This has a horseshoe arrangement with a central sprig and should once again provide a convivial atmosphere for our proceedings. Our starter comes with a glass of Corton-Charlemagne Bonneau du Martray 2004. This Grand Cru vineyard was given by the Emperor to the Abbey of Saulieu in 775. The wine should prove subtle and restrained with some minerality.

For our main course we have three reds from the very successful 1999 vintage in Burgundy. First is Volnay Vieilles Vignes Nicolas Potel 1999. This should be a ruby red with a cherry nose, red fruit flavours and, perhaps, a hint of the mysterious ‘sous-bois’  - the forest floor vegetative and mushroomy quality held in reverence by Burgundy afficiandos. Next is Nuit-Saint-Georges Clos des Porrets Saint-Georges Domaine Henri Gouges 1999. It should be even more of a mouthful than its name: full bodied, big and beefy and should develop in the glass. Porrets is said to refer to the pear trees that once grew in the area but were supplanted by grape vines. Our third red is Nuit-Saint-Georges Aux Murghers 1999 from Sylvain Cathiard. The vineyard is on a favoured site north of the town towards the boundary with Vosne-Romanée. We should find full colour and body, ripe tannins, and a long and complex finish.

We finish with a Sauternes – Sigalas Rabaud 2001. We might expect a rich golden colour, sweetness with some subtle acidity and notes of apricots, orange and honey. This is from a very well considered vintage, possibly the best of several outstanding years during the noughties. Moisture, warmth and misty mornings combined to work their magic.

This should be a great evening!

Dress Code: Black tie

Guests: £120
Members: £110

Dates for the Diary:
2nd December 2013, our Christmas tasting at IOMM&M, including Leoville Lascases 1982 and Hermitage La Chapelle 1997, and featuring our famous raffle with many star prizes

February/March 2014 – a Rhone dinner

Spring 2014 – ‘Sweet is the loveliest thing’ – a tasting based at the wicked end of the spectrum

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Vintages available from The Wine Society:
Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru, Domaine Bonneau du Martray 2007