|What:||Claret Dinner - Château Berliquet (St.-Emilion)|
|When:||23 Mar 15 ,19:00 -22:30|
|Where:||The Travellers Club SW1Y 5EP map|
Speaker: Mr Simon Mason, Head of Tastings & Events for the Wine Society
This year’s start of spring dinner is again at the Travellers’ Club. We focus on one particular property in St.-Emilion – Château Berliquet. This estate is just outside the village on a limestone plateau and with its own caves and dates back to 1768. Grapes are grown on the plateau, on the slopes down from it and on sandy clay lower down. They only restarted making wine at the château in 1979, production having previously been at the local co-operative. By 1985 it achieved the first ever promotion to Grand Cru Classé when the 1954 and 1969 classification system was revised. The co-operative was still in charge of vinification and sales until 1996 when Patrick de Lesquen, whose grandfather bought the property in 1918, took matters into his own hands, aided by Patrick Valette. Our wines tonight are from this era.
We are pleased to have as our guest speaker Simon Mason who took over as head of tastings and events at the Wine Society a couple of years ago. He is responsible for organising over 100 wine events a year throughout the land.
To refresh us while we gather downstairs in the Outer Morning Room we will have Pol Roger Brut Réserve. This non-vintage champagne is described as clean, floral, and elegant with a delicious biscuity flavour. To go with our starter is Dog Point Chardonnay 2010, a full flavoured wine, tangy with tropical fruits and some oak, made in Marlborough on the South Island of New Zealand.
We then come to the three vintages of Château Berliquet. The 2005 will still be youthful, with a berry nose, soft on the palate and elegant. 2000 promises an aromatic intensity and a long and balanced finish: dark cherry red in colour and silky in texture. The 1998 has an intense and deep colour and exceptional volume in the mouth. The tannins have softened but are still present. It has power and length. It will be interesting to compare these different vintages.
Our desert wine is Château Sigalas Rabaud 2001. This Sauternes should show complex fruit flavours with apricot and honey getting several mentions in reviews. The palate is viscous and the finish clean, sweet and long.
I do hope to see all of you there on what should be a fun evening, priced attractively!
- Nigel Black
Dress Code: Lounge suits. Please note that we are dining at a private members club and must adhere to the dress code which requires that gentlemen wear jackets and ties.
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Vintages available from The Wine Society:
Dog Point Marlborough Chardonnay 2011