Christmas Tasting and Raffle
7th December 2021 6.30 to 8.30
The Army & Navy Club, 36-39 Pall Mall, St James’s, London SW1Y 5JN
May I take this opportunity with my first Newsletter to introduce myself as your new Honorary Secretary and welcome you to our 2021 Christmas Tasting and Raffle.
This tasting is a wonderful opportunity to try some impressive wines from the Club’s reserves with only one wine being bought in from the Wine Society.
You will be welcomed with a glass of NV Tarlant Champagne Brut Reserve which is a Complex and traditional Style of Champagne. Just the thing to get into the Christmas spirit.
This will be followed by a Croser Australian Sparkling 2013 made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes grown in the Piccadilly Valley situated in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia. This should offer an interesting comparison to the more traditional Tarlant Champagne.
The first white still wine is Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Milieu 2014 from Samuel Billaud. Those of you who attended our 70th anniversary celebrations this year and with a good memory will recall that we had the Premier Cru Sechet 2014 that night and it scored very highly.
The second white wine comes from Alsace and from one of the oldest wineries in the region dating back to 1626. This is a Trimbach Riesling from 2007 served from Magnums.
Our third white comes from the Wine Society’s Exhibition range and is their Chenin Blanc, Western Cape 2020. This is their second vintage from the highly regarded cellar of Chris Alheit made from offcuts from his premium range of chenin blancs.
Moving on to the reds we begin with three left bank Bordeaux wines from the Medoc. Château Léoville Barton 1995 St Julien ranked as a second growth in the 1885 Classification and is considered to be one of the most dependable wines in Bordeaux. Château Pontet-Canet 1996 ranked as a fifth growth in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification and is situated in the heart of the Pauillac appellation. The wine is Cabernet Sauvignon dominant, and is full bodied with a classic tannic structure. Lastly Château D’Angludet 2009 Margaux where the wines from the chateau are highly regarded despite being left out of the original classification.
From Bordeaux we move across to the Rhone Valley and our first wine is from the North: Crozes Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert Jaboulet 2006. The second is from the South, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine la Roquète 2007.
Now to Burgundy and the Côte de Nuits. Two red wines both from the Commune of Morey St Denis. Morey St Denis Premier Cru 2005 Domaine Fourrier and secondly Morey St Denis 2009 Domaine Dujac.
As it’s Christmas we are finishing off with two vintage Ports. The glorious 1970 Grahams which we had at the 70th Anniversary Dinner and which earned one of the highest scores of the evening, followed by the 1985 Taylors Vintage Port. Both wines are considered to be ready for drinking but will continue to develop well over the next 10 years. 1970 is considered by some a classic Vintage with 1985 being a more problematic one so the comparison should be interesting especially for Port lovers.
I do hope you enjoy these wines
Please do not forget the raffle and be sure to get your tickets, don’t forget to bring cash! Top prizes are some amazing bottles including Château La Fleur Petrus, Château Léoville Barton and Château Ducru Beaucaillou.
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Dates for the diary:
9th February 2022 Dinner at the National Liberal Club.
27th April 2022 Tasting at the Army & Navy Club
Please note due to the ongoing Covid situation we have restricted the number of places from the normal 120 to 100. This is in order to help us keep a sensible distance, but still make it financially viable.