|What:||Chateau Margaux Dinner|
|When:||01 Jul 16 ,19:00 -22:30|
|Where:||Drapers' Hall EC2N 2DQ map|
Speaker: Patricia Green
We have arranged a magnificent dinner for this evening showing the Club’s strategy of laying down and holding its own reserves to full advantage. Once again we are in the sumptuous surroundings of the Drapers’ Hall. We have four wines from Château Margaux together with top-class champagne and Sauternes. We are pleased to welcome as our speaker Patty Green who is a tutor for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, a member of the Circle of Wine Writers, and an International Wine & Spirits Competition Judge. She is a specialist in Bordeaux wines.
To greet us will be a glass of Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve NV. Charles Heidsieck was a colourful character who started in his uncle’s champagne business, Piper-Heidsieck, before breaking away and founding his own company in 1851. When he went to the USA he was known as ‘Champagne Charlie’ and he was arrested as a spy during the civil war before being freed by President Lincoln and returning to France. He was primarily a blender and the firm still buys in from grower families. For the non-vintage they use 60% of wines just vinified and 40% from reserve wines up to 20 years old.
Our white wine is Pavillon Blanc 2004. We served this at our 250th dinner and one satisfied attendee described it as “intense, yet very elegant, consistent with a cooler vintage, stylish, ripe lemon, creamy, just a hint of vegetables, perfectly integrated oak, has the balance to go far, perfect freshness at 8 years of age”. What has another four years brought?
We have three outstanding red wines from top vintages: Pavillon Rouge 2000, Château Margaux 1990, and Château Margaux 1983. The Pavillon Rouge will have a dark ruby colour and show black fruits, velvety tannins and perhaps a hint of earthiness. The 1990 is considered by many commentators to be the best Margaux wine out of the amazing run of vintages between 1982 and 1990. It is described as ruby coloured, showing soft tannins with some acidity, sweet, perfumed, concentrated and long. The 1983 is full bodied, concentrated and shows earthiness, floral tones, cherries and tobacco. It is still well within its drinking zone.
To finish our Sauternes is Château La Tour Blanche 2005 which scored highly at our most recent tasting. This property appeared just behind Yquem in the 1855 classification, but had many indifferent years until a revival from the late 1980s. The 2005 is golden amber and has fresh flavours enlivened by an acidity which lasts through the long finish.
This is the final opportunity to taste these two Margaux vintages in our reserves. To buy a bottle of each today would set you back in excess of £1,000. I hope members have enjoyed the dinners and tastings that I have organised over the past three years. I trust that you will continue to support the club over the years to come and that I will see you on many future occasions.
- Nigel Black
Dress Code: Black Tie
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