WSDC Event - Classic French regions - Christmas Tasting and Raffle

What: Classic French regions - Christmas Tasting and Raffle Event Sold Out  
When: 09 Dec 14 ,18:30 -20:30
Where: Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining SW1Y 5DB map
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In what may be our last Christmas tasting at Lord Curzon’s townhouse we will be looking at wines from the classic French regions of Burgundy, the Rhone, and Bordeaux. We will also have our amazing raffle – a 1 in 10 chance of winning bottles of wine worth up to £140!

Tonight we will taste four white wines from Burgundy, five reds from the Rhone, three clarets, and a Barsac. But first, on the recommendation of some of our committee members we will start to celebrate Christmas with a glass of Cremant de Jura Brut from Domaine de Montbourgeau – crisp, light and bone-dry.

Our look at Burgundy begins in Chablis with the Wine Society’s Exhibition Premier Cru Montmains 2012 promising aromas of white peach. Next is Bourgogne Oncle Vincent 2012 from Olivier Leflaive, a floral wine barrel-fermented to add richness. We now come to Corton Charlemagne Bonneau de Martray 2002. This should be yellow-gold with white and citrus fruit flavours. Our final white is Morey-Blanc, Mersualt 2008 which should be maturing towards a rich butter and honey phase.

Our journey down the Rhone commences with St. Joseph Offerus 2007 from JL Chave, medium bodied and peppery. We then have two Crozes Hermitages: the 2007 Graillot and the 2005 Domaine de Thalabert by Jaboulet Aine. The latter was described in the opening offer as ‘thick, fat, and satisfyingly long’. We finish with two fine examples from Châteauneuf-du-Pape: Domaine de Vieux Telegraphe 2000 and Clos des Papes 1998.

Our clarets come from vintages spanning three decades. The Château Beau-Site 2003 is from St. Estephe. Château Figeac 1998 from St. Émilion should be starting to open up, and this will be our first tasting of it – don’t worry we have plenty more! Château Haut-Brion 1985, the first growth from Pessac-Léognan, is apparently still youthful after almost thirty years and should be a lovely mouthful.

Just to finish things off we have a glass of Château Coutet 1996. This is one of the largest properties in Barsac.  We should enjoy sweetness, apricot and peach. I look forward to seeing everyone on the night for some Christmas cheer.

Nigel Black


Dress Code: Smart casual

Guests: £40
Members: £35

Forthcoming events:
Planning is underway for all or some of the following events in 2015. Dates and details will be published on the website once arrangements have been firmed up.

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Vintages available from The Wine Society:

Saint-Joseph Offerus, Sélection Jean-Louis Chave 2008

Syrah ‘Tandem', Alain Graillot 2010

Crozes-Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert, Paul Jaboulet Aîné 2006 (1995, 2007, 2008, 2009 also available)

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe 2008

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Clos des Papes 2008

Château Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan 2006 (2007, 2010 also available)

Château Coutet, Barsac 2008