WSDC Event - Chardonnay and Claret Tasting

What: Chardonnay and Claret Tasting Event Sold Out  
When: 09 Mar 16 ,18:30 -20:30
Where: Army & Navy Club SW1Y 5JN map
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Following the success of our Christmas event we are returning to the Army & Navy Club*. We have six chardonnay-based whites providing a contrast of styles and six clarets including an initial look at one of our first growths – Château Latour 1996, topped and tailed by a glass of fizz and a sweetie.

Our sparkler is the Society’s Celebration Cremant de Loire 2012 from Gratien & Meyer. It is chardonnay-based, complex with apple freshness.

Our first white, Juanico Benteveo Chardonnay 2014, comes from Uruguay and shows apples and pears with a hint of honey. Next is Heggies Eden Valley Chardonnay 2013. Heggies is part of Yalumba but retains autonomy in the wine-making. They avoid overuse of oak and produce a refined and complex wine. Meerlust Estate Chardonnay, Stellenbosch 2012 is made by the Myburgh family who purchased the estate in 1756, now a national monument! Château de Beauregard Saint-Véran Classique 2013 is made by the Burrier family from 7 hectares of vines in Saint-Véran. This Mâconnais/Beaujolais appellation straddles the better known Pouilly Fuissé. From suppliers of the Society’s Chablis, Jean Marc Brocard, we have Chablis Vaulorent 2012. Julien Brocard took over from his father during this vintage. Corton Charlemagne Bonneau du Martray 2005 is a Grand Cru burgundy. In amongst the usual descriptions of apple, peach and citrus fruits are some more intriguing discoveries of smoky limestone, wintergreen, sesame seeds and, even, petrol.

For our clarets we start with two vintages of Château Berliquet – the 2005 and the 2000. Members may remember these St. Emilions from our dinner at the Travellers Club last year. We move on to Château Fourcas-Dumont Listrac 2008. This property was taken over by the Borie family of Ducru-Beaucaillou in 2009 and became Fourcas-Borie. I am not sure which name will be on the label!

We now compare two Pauillac wines. The Wine Society’s Exhibition Pauillac 2007 was made by the Rothschilds, blending commune wine with declassified wine from their own properties. Château Latour 1996 is a first-growth that should be just coming into its own, with another 20 years or more ahead of it. Monumental! Our final claret, Château Leoville-Barton 1999, is a St. Julian in the classic style, drinking well now.

To finish, our Sauternes is Château La Tour Blanche 2005. This property appeared just behind Yquem in the 1855 classification, but had many indifferent years until a revival from the late 1980s. It was given to French State in 1907 to become an agricultural college. The 2005 is golden amber and has fresh flavours enlivened by an acidity which lasts through the long finish.

This should be another memorable club tasting.

Nigel Black

 * The Club is known as ‘The Rag,’ after an early member was offended by the spartan nature of the fare, describing it as a ‘Rag and Famish affair’ - intended as a great insult, since the inn of that name was a haunt of prostitutes and a house ‘for broken down gamblers who played for coppers’.  The members were amused rather than insulted and formed a ‘Rag and Famish’ dining club.  This was adopted as the Club’s nickname, later reduced to ‘The Rag’. Military officers called Rag and Famish appear in Thackeray’s Book of Snobs and are mentioned in Vanity Fair.

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

Guests: £40
Members: £35

Forthcoming events:
AGM and Claret dinner – 11th May 2016 at the Savile Club
Château Margaux dinner – 1st July 2016 at the Drapers’ Hall

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Vintages available from The Wine Society:
The Society's Celebration Crémant de Loire NV
Château Latour, Pauillac 2007
Château Latour, Pauillac 2002
Château Latour,Pauillac 2000