WSDC Event - Southern Rhone Dinner - Clos des Papes

What: Southern Rhone Dinner - Clos des Papes Event Sold Out  
When: 15 Sep 15 ,19:00 -22:30
Where: Apothecaries Hall EC4V 6EJ map
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Speaker: Professor Tony Wright

2015 sees the 200th anniversary of the passing of the Apothecaries Act which gave the Society of Apothecaries the right to conduct examinations and to license doctors in England and Wales. We can celebrate with our first visit to the Apothecaries Hall in the City. Our speaker is a member of the Livery and will tell us some of its history and associations with the world of wine.

Our theme for this dinner is Clos des Papes and we will enjoy a white and three vintages of red wine. This estate is one of the best in Châteauneuf-du Pape and runs to about 40 hectares spread over 24 different plots. The Avril family have been associated with the region since the 18th century and first used the Clos des Papes label in 1896. The current winemaker is Paul-Vincent Avril who joined his father Paul Avril in 1987 after studying oenology in Burgundy, business in Paris, and working in Australia and at Mouton-Rothschild. His wines are made with de-stemmed grapes, ruthlessly selected, are unfiltered and no new oak is used. The typical red wine blend is 65% Grenache, 20% Mouvèdre, 10% Syrah and 5% of Vaccarèse, Counoise and Muscadin. They have made white wines since 1955 using Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Roussanne, Picpoul and Bourboulenc in roughly equal measures.

First though we will have a glass of Schloss Lieser Riesling Kabinett as our aperitif, served outside in the courtyard, weather permitting. With some sweetness it should show hints of apple, honey, and even a slight note of petrol on the nose.

Once seated in the magnificent Livery Hall we will have Clos des Papes Blanc 2006 which is a rich, full bodied wine that needs food to show at its best. It has honeysuckle and citrus flavours with some acidity and a long finish. With the main course we will serve three vintages of the red Châteauneuf-du Pape Clos des Papes 1998, 2000, and 2003. The weather in the three vintages can be summarised as drought followed by September rain in 1998; fine weather with a hot August but some rainfall in 2000; and a dry heat wave reaching 43⁰ C followed by a torrential September downpour in 2003. Opinions differ as to which of the vintages will show the best, but as ever it’s our own verdict that will be final – on a scale from 1 to 7.

With our dessert we will have a glass of Doisy-Védrines 2007.  This Second Growth estate is close to Climens and to Coutet in Barsac and has been owned by the Castéja family since 1946. This wine is made from 85% Semillon and 15% sauvignon giving a dark gold colour with an ostentatious nose of apricot and peach and tropical fruits, orange and honey on the palate. A perfect way to end the evening!

- Nigel Black

Dress Code: Lounge suits. 

Guests: £130
Members: £120

Forthcoming events:
Monday, 2nd November 2015 – Claret Dinner – ‘15/20/25 years after’ at the Drapers’ Hall

Monday, 7th December 2015 – Christmas tasting and raffle at the Army & Navy Club

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Vintages available from The Wine Society:
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Clos des Papes 2008