WSDC Event - Claret Dinner and Club AGM

What: Claret Dinner and Club AGM Event Sold Out  
When: 06 Jun 17 ,19:00 -22:30
Where: The Savile Club W1K 4ER map
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Speaker: Tim Sykes

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 the AGM at 6pm precedes the dinner. Our speaker is Tim Sykes, now the Bordeaux buyer for the Wine Society having previously been the Chief Buyer.

For those attending the AGM there will be a glass of the Wine Society’s Exhibition English sparkling wine NV. This is from the Ridgeview wine estate where the geological format is the same as Champagne and conducive to the production of premium value sparkling wine.

After the AGM, we will have a further glass of this wine with the other guests.

Once upstairs in the ballroom, the first course will be served with Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Vaulorent Brocard 2012 from Jean-Marc Brocard, a very well-known grower in Chablis. His wines are known for their structure and acidity; we can expect to enjoy a particularly fine example of Chablis.

With the main course, we have a line-up of 3 excellent wines all from the Pessac-Leognan area of Bordeaux. La Parde de Haut-Bailly 2009 is the second wine of Haut-Bailly; the vineyard has 15% of vines that date from pre-1907 are probably pre-phylloxera.  The 2009 vintage is of “black fruit, very ripe seductive palate and will be great by 2017”.*  Domaine de Chevalier 2002 is our next wine – the 2002 vintage is consistently described as elegant, fine, refreshed and balanced.  Jancis Robinson describes it as “light, flirtatious but very appetizing”. Our third red is Haut-Brion 1994. Haut-Brion is a first growth known for its consistently elegant style. Robert Parker describes the 1994 as “having notes of compost, truffle, earth spice box competing with sweet black cherry and currant fruit.”

With dessert, we will have a Sauternes – Sigalas Rabaud 2003. This wine in tastings has been noted to be “fairly pure but with a touch of heaviness (caramel)”. After 14 years of bottle ageing we can expect increased refinement and complexity.  

The AGM dinner is always popular so early booking is advised.

Bernadette Loughnan, Committee member and event organiser

       * “The Complete Bordeaux; the Wines the Chateaux, the People” by Stephen Brook.

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

Guests: £140
Members: £130

Forthcoming events:
Tuesday 10 October 2017 – Tasting at the Army & Navy Club
Thursday 9 November – Dinner at the Apothecaries Hall
Tuesday 5 December – Christmas Tasting at the Army & Navy Club

Booking Form
AGM Agenda
Chairman's letter regarding committee membership

Vintages available from The Wine Society:
Château Haut-Brion 2010