The idea is simple – I put together a tasting of 10 wines, and serve them blind. We guess where the wine is from and what it might be, reveal it, enjoy it, and talk about it. In each pair the two wines will be either the same wine in a different vintage (our classic approach), or the same producer and same vintage, but two cuvées or vineyards from the same grape variety(ies); or the same vineyard and same vintage, but two different producers of the same wine. As we begin each pair I will announce which type of pair it is.
Here is what we served at the last 3 events –
Session Thirty-four (20th February 2021)
2015 Chartogne-Taillet - Champagne Les Barres Extra Brut
2015 Chartogne-Taillet - Champagne Cuvée Orizeaux Extra Brut
2018 Pierre Girardin - Meursault 'Les Narvaux'
2018 Pierre Girardin - Meursault 1er Cru 'Charmes'
2017 Domaine des Epeneaux (Comte Armand) - Volnay 1er Cru 'Les Fremiets'
2017 Domaine des Epeneaux (Comte Armand) - Pommard 1er Cru 'Clos des Epeneaux'
1990 Château Gruaud Larose
1989 Château Gruaud Larose
2009 Dominio de Pingus - Pingus
2008 Dominio de Pingus - Pingus
Session Thirty-five (14th April 2021)
2011 Château Haut-Brion - La Clarté de Haut-Brion
2011 Château Haut-Brion Blanc
2015 Château du Moulin-à-Vent Moulin-à-Vent 'Champ de
2015 Château du Moulin-à-Vent Moulin-à-Vent ‘Clos de Londres’
2015 Château Figeac
1975 Château Figeac
2003 Maison M. Chapoutier Châteauneuf-du-Pape 'Barbe Rac'
2001 Maison M. Chapoutier Châteauneuf-du-Pape 'Barbe Rac'
2008 Clos Erasmus
2007 Clos Erasmus
Session Thirty-six (2nd June 2021)
2018 Domaine Armand Heitz Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Blanc 'Morgeot'
2018 Domaine Ramonet Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru 'Morgeot'
2018 Château Lafleur Château Grand Village Red
2018 Château Lafleur Les Perrières
1999 Shafer Vineyards Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon
1996 Shafer Vineyards Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon
1998 Penfolds Grange
1996 Penfolds Grange
2018 Weingut Zilliken - Saarburger Rausch Auslese
2010 Weingut Zilliken - Saarburger Rausch Auslese
Of course, the wine selection for Wednesday 29 September will be completely different. But I assure you it will be interesting, and good value for the modest ticket price – we won’t reveal in advance what we will be tasting as that spoils part of the fun.
The event is a tasting – not a dinner – and so we start at 6.45pm prompt, and are finished by 8pm, so you can get to your dinner afterwards. Think of this as the most fun ‘cocktail hour’ of the month!