WSDC Event - Christmas Tasting and Raffle

What: Christmas Tasting and Raffle Event Sold Out  
When: 07 Dec 15 ,18:30 -20:30
Where: Army & Navy Club SW1Y 5JN map
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For this tasting we are trying a new venue, not too far from our previous rooms in Carlton House Terrace. The Army & Navy Club was founded in 1837 and has been on this site in Pall Mall since 1851, although the current building dates from 1962. Originally for serving and former officers of the British and Commonwealth Armed Forces it is now open to all professionals.

Tonight we will have a glass of fizz, compare two Rieslings and two white burgundies, before getting stuck into 2 red burgundies, 3 clarets and 3 Rhone wines. We finish with a glass of sauternes.

To start proceedings we will have a glass of Pol Roger Brut Reserve NV, said to be Winston Churchill's favourite. Our Rieslings are from Austria and Australia - Rainer Wess Loibenberg 2012 and Mac Forbes RS7 Strathbogie Ranges 2014. The former should show lemon, pear, pepper and peach; the latter lemon and lime with some mineral character. We then have Santenay Blanc Les Potets 2012 from Jean-Marc Vincent and Corton Charlemagne Dm. Bonneau du Martray 2004.

Our red burgundies are Nuit-St-Georges Aux Murgers 1999 from Sylvain Cathiard and Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Cuvée Réservée 1990 from Pierre Bourée Fils. At our Burgundy dinner in 2013 we enjoyed the first of these wines  and found it ruby red with a cherry nose and red fruit flavours. The second is more of a mystery as I have been unable to find a single review of it. Our clarets are three truly outstanding wines from St. Emilion: Château Figeac 1998, Château Figeac 1990, and Château Cheval Blanc 1993. The 1998 Figeac should be perfect now and the 1990 is a classic that can run and run. Cheval Blanc produces unique wines with a Cabernet Franc/Merlot blend and is one of the Bordeaux “Big Eight” – the 5 first growths from the Medoc, d’Yquem from Sauternes, and Ausone and Cheval Blanc from St. Emilion.

Our final three reds are from Hermitage. Hermitage Rouge 1999 by Chave, Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne 1998 from Chapoutier, and Hermitage La Chapelle 1995 by Paul Jaboulet Aîné. The 1999 Chave attracts high marks from internet reviewers and this will be our first opportunity to see if we agree with them. The other two scored slightly less well, but again it is our members whose vote matters! To send us on our way we have Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey 1997, decadently rich and complex dripping with honeyed fruit.

We will also be running an amazing raffle, with lots of great prizes, among which is a bottle of Château Lafite Rothschild 1997, currently costing over £500 but that could be yours for just £5.

We have stretched deep into our reserves for what should be truly memorable wines. I hope that members will not mind an increase in the cost given the quality of the tasting. When I looked up the current prices, two of our wines came in at over £200 a bottle and another three at over £100.

Nigel Black

Dress Code: Smart casual - jacket and tie required for gentlemen

Guests: £50
Members: £45

Forthcoming events:
Planning is underway for the following events in 2016. Dates and details will be published on the once arrangements have been firmed up.
Chardonnay and Claret tasting – February/March 2016
AGM and Claret dinner – May 2016
Château Margaux dinner – summer 2016

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Vintages available from The Wine Society:
Château Cheval Blanc 2007
Château Cheval Blanc 2004
Château Cheval Blanc 1998
Hermitage, Domaine Jean-Louis Chave 2012
Hermitage, Domaine Jean-Louis Chave 2011
Hermitage La Chapelle, Paul Jaboulet Aîné 2007
Hermitage La Chapelle, Paul Jaboulet Aîné 2006
Hermitage La Chapelle, Paul Jaboulet Aîné 2003
Hermitage La Chapelle, Paul Jaboulet Aîné 2001
Hermitage La Chapelle, Paul Jaboulet Aîné 1999