WSDC Event - Top Class Claret Dinner and Club AGM

What: Top Class Claret Dinner and Club AGM Event Sold Out  
When: 11 May 16 ,19:00 -22:30
Where: The Savile Club W1K 4ER map
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The dinner following the AGM has sold out.  If you would like to join the waiting list for this event, please contact the Assistant Secretary at  All members are encouraged to attend the AGM, even if they do not have tickets for the dinner.

We are back at the Savile Club where our Club AGM precedes the dinner at 6.00pm. For those attending there will be a glass of the Society’s Champagne Brut NV from Alfred Gratien. We will enjoy a further glass before our dinner. This is an old favourite blending chardonnay (45%), pinot noir (28%) and pinot meunier (27%).

Once upstairs in the magnificent ballroom our first course will be accompanied by Clos Floridène Blanc 2010. The name comes from the founders Florence and Denis Dubourdieu. The vineyard is near Barsac in the Graves. This should still be fresh and dry in the mouth. The blend is 55% Sauvignon Blanc, 44% Semillon and 1% Muscadelle.

With our main course we have three remarkable clarets. From a second growth in Pauillac Château Pichon-Longueville-Comtesse de Lalande 1986 was described by Robert Parker in 1990 as high in tannins, dark ruby in colour, with a bouquet of cedar, blackcurrants, spicy oak, and minerals. It will be fascinating to see what has developed after another quarter century. Recent reports are favourable. Our second red is a first growth - Château Margaux 1991. This was a difficult vintage in Bordeaux but this wine should show elegance and balance, if perhaps a little thin. We will have the opportunity to enjoy two classic vintages of Margaux at our dinner in July. The final red is Château Leoville-Las Cases 1989 from a second growth property in St. Julien. Robert Parker describes it as “staggeringly rich, opulent, long and mouth filling, packed with fruit, large-framed yet astonishingly well balanced”. The tannins will have softened leaving a balanced wine with dark fruit and earthy tones with a very long finish.

With the selection of cheeses we will have Oberemmeler Hutte Auslese Goldcap Von Hovel 2003, which we last tried at our “Sweet and Sticky” tasting in February 2014 where it scored a solid 5 points out of 7. You will recall that in deciphering Riesling labels, Auslese, meaning selected harvest, is from late harvest grapes that are hand-picked with Gold Capsule indicating extra ripeness.

The post-agm dinner is always well sought after so early booking is advised!

- Nigel Black

Dress Code: Lounge suits. We are dining at a private members club and must adhere to the dress code which requires that gentlemen wear jackets and ties.

Guests: £130
Members: £120

Forthcoming events:
Friday, 1st July 2016 – Château Margaux Dinner  at the Drapers’ Hall 

Booking Form
AGM Agenda
Chairman's letter regarding committee membership

Vintages available from The Wine Society:
Clos Floridène Blanc, Graves 2012
Chateau Margaux 2006
Château Margaux 2008
Château Margaux 2010
Château Léoville-Las-Cases, Saint-Julien 1996