WSDC Event - Rhone Dinner

What: Rhone Dinner Event Sold Out  
When: 31 Oct 16 ,19:00 -22:30
Where: The Travellers Club SW1Y 5EP map
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Speaker: Carolyn Bosworth-Davies

We return to the Travellers Club for our autumn dinner, which will feature Rhône wines.
The Travellers is a delightful venue and has proved popular in the past. The building was designed by Charles Barry, the architect who, along with Augustus Pugin, was responsible for the Houses of Parliament. The Club’s design was inspired by the Italian influence gained on his Grand Tour. The dinner will be served in the magnificent coffee room on the first floor.

Our speaker is Carolyn Bosworth-Davies, who knows Rhône wines very well and has led many tours to this area. She has worked for Edward Butler Vintners and City Vintagers and runs wine appreciation courses at the Blackheath Conservatoire. She is a member of the Association of Wine Educators.

The reception will be in the Outer Morning Room, where we will be served a sparkling wine from the tiny (150 acre) appellation of Saint-Péray. This wine is from Domaine Biguet made by Jean-Louis Thiers.  The grape used is Marsanne and the wines are fermented in the bottle as in Champagne. St. Péray was a favourite of Richard Wagner who ordered 100 bottles while composing Parsifal.

The first wine at dinner will be Condrieu la Bonnette 2014 from Domaine Rostaing. We bought this only recently from the Wine Society as these wines are best when drunk young. René Rostaing takes great pride in his whites, which he has always made in a style that demonstrates his dislike for oaky wines. It is described as the ultimate expression of Viognier. The fruit is concentrated creating a wine of delicious intensity, with textural tropical fruit in abundance. Perfect with our starter.

We will have three red wines to go with our main course. The first is Crozes Hermitage 2007 from Alain Graillot. This wine is made from 100% Syrah from very low yielding vines averaging 30 years old. Recent tasting notes say that it shows a very deep appearance, almost black with hints of ruby colour with an array of dry herbs, black olive and roasted red pepper. The finish is persistent and long.

We will follow this with another Crozes Hermitage, Domaine de Thalabert from the 2005 vintage from Paul Jaboulet. Robert Parker describes it as substantially flavoured and textured. This wine has a dark ruby/purple colour and a good, sweet nose of blackcurrants and cherries intermixed with some herbs, underbrush and spice. The wine is medium-bodied with zesty, crisp acidity and a moderately long finish. It is drinking well now.

Our third red wine will be Chapoutier’s outstanding Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne 1998. This is one of the best wines Chapoutier has produced from Hermitage to give an earthy, smoky, sweet blackcurrant-scented nose, followed by big, chewy, full-bodied flavours, excellent texture, and an intriguing liquid mineral nuance to the deep, sweet, ripe flavours.

To finish, with our dessert, we will sample what is sometimes called a French port – namely a 1998 Vin Doux Naturel from Rivesaltes in Languedoc-Roussillon and made by Domaine de la Rectorie, Parcé Freres. It has a wonderful amber nectar and is a blend of Grenache blanc, Grenache gris and Macabeu and has spent 17 years in cask. Round, sweet, gentle and mellow.

A menu to match the wines has been chosen. I am sure that the Travellers Club will look after us well and we will have an enjoyable and memorable evening.

- Peter Holmes-Johnson, Treasurer and event organiser

Dress Code: Lounge suit and tie. Please note that we are dining at a private members’ club and must adhere to the Club’s dress code.

Guests: £105
Members: £100

Forthcoming events:
Christmas tasting and raffle - 5th December, Army & Navy Club
Burgundy dinner - 9th February, Cutlers’ Hall

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Vintages available from The Wine Society:
Condrieu la Bonnette, Domaine Rostaing 2012