WSDC Event - Claret Dinner 15/20/25 years after

What: Claret Dinner 15/20/25 years after Event Sold Out  
When: 02 Nov 15 ,19:00 -22:30
Where: Drapers' Hall EC2N 2DQ map
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Speaker: Mr Sebastian Payne, MW

For our autumn dinner we have some outstanding claret from our reserves in the splendid surroundings of the Drapers’ Hall. We will be looking at three vintages helped by our speaker, Sebastian Payne MW, who was for many years the chief buyer for the Wine Society and is a great friend of this club.

Our aperitif is Boizel Brut Reserve NV, a light and delicate champagne made by Evelyne Roques-Boizel with 55% pinot noir, 30% chardonnay and some petit meunier. It is cellared for 3 years before shipment. With our first course we will have Trimbach Gerwurtraminer 2013, fruity but quite dry.

Our first red is Château Duhart-Milon, Dm. de Rothschild 2000. This fourth-growth Pauillac is medium bodied with a velvet texture and shows elegance. The property was purchased by the Rothschilds in 1962 and is managed by neighbouring Château Lafite. They quadrupled the area under cultivation and invested heavily in the cellar. The 2000 is the first vintage recognised as coming from the fully mature vineyard. Despite the name, there is no château on the property, the label showing the house of the privateer Sir Duhart in Pauillac harbour.

From twenty years ago comes Château Haut-Bailly 1995 from Pessac-Léognan in the Graves. This should be close to its best by now and show a mature nose and good balance on the palate. The property has been in production since the 16th century. This vintage pre-dates its sale to an American banker in 1998, although it is still managed by Veronique Sanders whose grandfather bought it in 1955.

Our oldest red is Les Forts de Latour 1990, the second wine of Château Latour in Pauillac. Descriptors include pencil shavings, leather, cassis, dark fruits, tar and tea, which only goes to show how different individual perceptions are! Latour borders on St. Julien. After centuries of association with the Ségur family, it has been owned by the Pearson Group, Allied-Lyons and, since 1993, Groupe Artemis.

With our cheese and dessert we have Quinta de Senhora da Ribera 1998. This is a single quinta vintage port from the north bank of the upper Douro, taking its name from a small chapel dedicated the ‘Lady of the River’ where travellers could pray for a safe passage. 1998 is the first wine made by the Symington family there after they re-purchased the property and put it into Dow’s. It should be rich, meaty, and quite spicy.

These are exceptional wines to be enjoyed in exceptional surroundings. I hope many of our members can join me there.

- Nigel Black

Dress Code: Black Tie 

Guests: £140
Members: £130

Forthcoming events:
Monday, 7th December 2015 – Christmas tasting and raffle at the Army & Navy Club, Pall Mall
February/March 2016 – Chardonnay & Claret tasting
May 2016 – AGM and Classic Medoc dinner
Summer 2016 – Château Margaux dinner

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Vintages available from The Wine Society:
Château Duhart-Milon Rothschild, Pauillac 2007
Château Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan 2007
Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira 2005