WSDC Event - 1980s Claret Dinner and Club AGM

What: 1980s Claret Dinner and Club AGM  
When: 03 Jun 14 ,19:00 -22:30
Where: The Savile Club W1K 4ER map
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We return to the Savile Club where our Club AGM precedes the dinner at 6.00pm. For attendees there will be a glass of Crémant D’Alsace Cuvée Julian Dopff au Moulin with a further glass afterwards for those attending the dinner. This is based on Pinot Blanc and was a big hit at last year’s AGM as an easy and refreshing aperitif. According to Susie Barrie MW: “Floral aromas give way to ripe peach and pear fruit, along with a bready note and a long tangy finish”.

We then move upstairs into the magnificent Louis XVI style ballroom where we will be served the Wine Society’s Exhibition Gerwurztraminer 2010 with our first course. This spicy Alsace was made by Hugel et Fils who have been producing wine in Riquewihr since 1639.

Our speaker is Ray Bowden, chairman of the Wine Society between 1992 and 2009, who will be going back into the history of both the Society and the Dining Club. He joined the WS Committee in 1973 and was Treasurer while the three Médoc clarets we will be having tonight were produced.

The first is Château d’Angludet 1988 from Margaux. D’Angludet is a Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel produced at an estate which was purchased by Peter Sichel in 1961 and restored to prominence over the following 40 years. In 1988 he produced a light, medium bodied wine which is in the evening of its life. Next we have Château Beychevelle 1986 from St.-Julien. This should be at its peak with fresh red and dark fruit on the nose and cedar and tobacco on the palate. A Mr R. Parker writing in 1991 considered this one of the best Beychevilles in the last 30 years and, unusually, advised against drinking it within 10 years! Our final red is from Pauillac – Pichon-Longueville-Comtesse de Lalande 1986. Pichon Lalande use around 35% of Merlot in their blend, one of the highest proportions amongst famous Médoc estates. The colour should still be deep and the taste silky.

We finish the evening with Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 1977, still in its youth after only 37 years. It will be enjoyable now and for another who knows how many years. There is a balance between acidity, tannins and fruit, a complex nose, silky palate, and a long finish. 1977 is considered one of the best vintages of the 20th century.

We would like as many members as possible to have the opportunity to taste the wines from our reserves, so, as space is limited, we will restrict guests to one per member initially. I have been extremely generous in the pricing in case of bottle variation often found with wines of this age.

Dress Code: Lounge suits. We are dining at a private members club and must adhere to the dress code which requires that gentlemen wear jackets and ties.

Guests: £120
Members: £100

Forthcoming events:
3rd July 2014 – ‘The World of Cabernet’, tutored tasting with food at the Carlton Club

Autumn 2014 – Pauillac Dinner, including Ch. Lafite 1997

9th December 2014 – Christmas tasting and raffle at 1 Carlton House Terrace

Booking Form
AGM Agenda
Chairman's letter regarding committee membership

Vintages available from The Wine Society:
Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac 2003

Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac 2004

Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac 2007