WSDC Event - Christmas Tasting, Auction and Raffle

What: Christmas Tasting, Auction and Raffle  
When: 05 Dec 18 ,18:30 -20:30
Where: Army & Navy Club SW1Y 5JN map
See summary here



There is a sort of logic behind the purchasing of wines for your Dining Club. The days have changed from when, four times a year, there were “back to back” dinners with the same wines and menus replicated on two consecutive days. The consumption of wine at each dinner was about three quarters of a bottle per person and 36 bottles of “en primeur” wine would be bought in as replacements. Now, we hold four dinners a year and we used to buy in eighteen bottles. However, the consumption has gone up to just over a bottle of wine per person – really. We, therefore, now buy twenty-four bottles of wine which, as if by magic, leaves enough to give us some really good mature wines to taste and enjoy at Christmas.

Everyone seems to love good French wine – what is there to dislike – and so here is a meander through France with just two interlopers or three if you think Elsass-Lothringen (Alsace Lorraine) should be in Germany

The Tasting
Champagne Tarlant Reserve Brut NV
Chablis Premier Cru Vaulorent Jean-Marc Brocard 2012
Chablis Premier Cru Sechet Samuel Billaud 2014
Cuvée Frédéric Emile Trimbach Riesling 2007 (Mags)
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe 2014
Nuits-St Georges, Les Pruliers, 1er Cru, Domaine Jean Grivot 2009
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge, Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe 2005
La Parde de Haut Bailly 2009
Madame Château de Pitray, Côtes de Castillon 2011
Château Figeac 1998
Château Léoville-Barton 1996
Château La Fleur-Pétrus 1995
Oberemmel Hütte Riesling Auslese von Hövel 2003
Château Sigalas-Rabaud 2003
Grahams 1983

Figs and Blue Stilton will accompany the last three wines.

The Auction
Once again we are giving you the opportunity to purchase, by bidding one against the other, a magnificent bottle of wine. The inextinguishable Roger Cocks will pontificate.
Château Léoville Las Cases 1989. According to Berry Brothers and Rudd: “This is deeply coloured and possesses a thick velvety texture supported by good acidity levels. The fruit is super-ripe and has an almost roasted dimension to it. It is very approachable now but still has years of life ahead of it.” Our bottle has been stored with the Wine Society since its en primeur purchase. Its provenance is exemplary.

The Raffle
Three hundred tickets and thirty bottles of wine. These are not “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” but all are great wines; some are just greater than others. The list ranges from Château Cheval Blanc 1993 and six other great red Bordeaux to a bottle of Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2013, Napoleon’s favourite tipple whilst in exile. The complete list is attached and tickets are five pounds each.

Tony Wright, Honorary Secretary

Dress Code: Smart casual

Guests: £55
Members: £45

Booking Form
Raffle List

Vintages available from The Wine Society:
Domaine Jean Grivot, Nuits-St-Georges Premier Cru Pruliers 2010
Half bottle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe 2009
Château La Fleur-Pétrus, Pomerol 2013
Château La Fleur-Pétrus, Pomerol 2011
Château La Fleur-Pétrus, Pomerol 2007
Château Sigalas-Rabaud, Sauternes 2007