WSDC Event - Christmas Tasting and Raffle

What: Christmas Tasting and Raffle  
When: 05 Dec 17 ,18:30 -20:30
Where: Army & Navy Club SW1Y 5JN map
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 “Raiders of the Ark - Claret treasure trove ransacked”

Praise to the particular prescience, perspicacity, and predictions of previous post holders of our own Wine Society Dining Club.

Many years ago they stashed away some wonderful wines which we are now about to plunder for our 2017 Christmas tasting.  The Bordeaux classed growths we will be tasting all have Parker score of 90 and above.  On the market today the prices for these range from £60 to £360 per bottle.  Nowadays, it would be quite hard to find many of these fully mature wines with a reliable provenance.  To have them all together is one of your dining clubs’ great assets.

We start with a Platinum Best Value in Show winner of the recent Decanter awards for sparkling wine - Cuvée de L’Ecusson by Bernard Masson from Luxembourg. Then we have two excellent 2012 wines from Chablis: Vaulorent (JM Brocard) and Mont de Milieu (Samuel Billaud).  To change the palate we have a 2007 Cuvée Frédéric Emile Riesling by Trimbach from Alsace then into the red wines with a mature Burgundy, Chorey-les-Beaune (Tollot-Beaut) 2004 followed on by a more intense 2014 Côtes du Roussillon (Dom. Gauby)

After this we did not really know how to order the clarets.  But here is the list:

Pauillac Ulysse 2010Château Berliquet 2005, La Parde de Haut-Bailly 2009, Château Haut-Brion 1994, Château La Mission Haut-Brion 1996, Château Léoville-Las Cases 1989, Domaine de Chevalier 2002.

We will finish with a ripe Sauternes - Château Sigalas Rabaud 2003.

Of course, there is the usual raffle with some great wines.  There are thirty prizes altogether.  Top prize - 1990 Ch. Margaux which is probably Margaux’s greatest achievement with a Parker score of 100 and a market price to reflect.  Other excellent prizes include: Léoville-Las Cases 1989, La Mission Haut-Brion 1996,  Haut-Bailly 1995,  Pauillac Ulysse  2010 and Carruades de Lafite 2001.  

There is, naturally, the luck of the draw but for £5 a ticket with the chance of an 18,000% return on the Ch Margaux and with only 300 tickets available it will be difficult not to buy a few tickets at least.

And then finally an experimental auction.  We have two bottles of exquisite port. The inestimable Roger Cocks, a former club secretary, will tease and tempt you to bid for these marvelous examples of Porto’s wine craft.  We have: Taylors 1992 (RP 100), Taylors 1997 (RP96).

 Any profits go back to buying good wine for our society to mature for future Dining Clubbers.

Tony Wright, Honorary Secretary

Dress Code: Smart casual

Guests: £60
Members: £50

Forthcoming events:
19 February 2018 – Right Bank Dinner at The Travellers Club
24 April 2018 – Tasting at the Army & Navy Club

Download to print:
Booking Form
Wines in Raffle and Auction

Vintages available from The Wine Society:
Domaine Tollot-Beaut, Chorey-lès-Beaune 2013
Pauillac, Ulysse 2013
Château Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan 2010
Château La Mission Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan 2006
Château La Mission Haut Brion, Pessac-Léognan 2010