WSDC Event - Christmas Tasting and Raffle

What: Christmas Tasting and Raffle Event Sold Out  
When: 02 Dec 13 ,18:30 -20:30
Where: Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining SW1Y 5DB map
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Season’s Greetings!

What better way to start the festive season than with our celebrated Christmas tasting and raffle! Tonight we will taste 13 wines, mainly from our reserves, and in many cases this will be our final opportunity to savour their delights. It will be a special treat for claret lovers. We also have our raffle with lots of prizes – wines that range from good to near perfect!

We start with a glass of Riesling – the Saarburger Rausch Kabinett 2009 by Zilliken. Some light sweetness and tropical fruit should get the evening going. There are two Chardonnay-based wines next – Norman Hardie Chardonnay 2011 from Ontario is an unfiltered wine that is stylish and lean; Chablis Premier Cru Monteé de Tonnerre 2011 by Brocard has attractive aromas of white peach and a long, mineral palate. These should provide an interesting comparison. Our final white is Pavillon Blanc de Château Margaux 1998. A sauvignon blanc from one of the greatest estates in Bordeaux, by now this should have a lovely texture, rich yet not heavy, with complexity and length.

For our red wines we have a Burgundy, four Clarets, and three Rhones. Nuits St Georges Les Damodes 2001 (Chauvenet) is easy to enjoy according to Clive Coates, so let’s give it a go! Moving to Bordeaux we have Château Beau-Site 2003, a Saint-Estèphe justifiably popular with Wine Society members, now reaching the end of its drinking window. We follow with Pauillac 2002, specially bottled for the Wine Society by a ‘well known estate’. This is less of a secret than it used to be - the 2010 vintage which was offered recently sold out within a day! The third claret is Château Léoville Barton 1994 which should be at the height of its powers – deep red, red fruits, cigars, and a long finish. We will decant this one early. The fourth claret is Château Léoville Lascases 1982. This is our final chance to taste one of the great vintages of the 1980s. After 30 years this wine may still appear surprisingly young. Robert Parker described it as “utterly profound” and awarded it 100 points.

From the Rhone, we have Crozes-Hermitage Dm. de Thalabert 2000 by Jaboulet which is probably at the end of its life but may still show well.  Next is Châteauneuf-du-Pape Clos des Papes 2003 by Paul Avril giving cherry and spice with some acidity. Last but not least is Hermitage La Chapelle 1997 also by Jaboulet. This wine has now re-opened for business although some reports say it is on the light side. We will give our feedback in the usual way – from 1 to 7.

Finally we have a glass of port -  Graham’s 1985. What a way to finish the evening! We have some top class wines in this tasting but we have held the ticket prices to an absolute bargain level. I do hope to see many of our members there.

Nigel Black


Dress Code: Smart casual

Guests: £40
Members: £35

Forthcoming events:
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:

Other vintages available:
Rausch Riesling Kabinett, 2012 (Zilliken)
Château Léoville Las Cases 1996 Saint-Julien
Crozes-Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert, Jaboulet Aîné 2007
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Clos des Papes, 2008
Hermitage La Chapelle, Paul Jaboulet Aîné 2003