By the 1980s, Heitz ‘Martha’s Vineyard’ Cabernet Sauvignon was perhaps the most sought after wine in the United States. The Oakville location for this single vineyard owned by Tom and Martha May (and giving a nod and a wink to the famous Massachusetts island of the same name) right from the beginning gave this wine its distinctive mint, blackcurrant and chocolate aroma and flavour, and its great intensity, concentration and longevity. Joe Heitz released his first wine from the 1961 vintage, and the first ‘Martha’s Vineyard’ bottling was in 1966. This is pure, monocépage Cabernet Sauvignon. The dinner will showcase not only a wide range of vintages, but focus that vertical on a particularly early, and therefore, fully mature run, from 1969 to 1986.
What we are looking at here is a wine and a pioneering career that helped set the stage for the renown and acceptance we see for Napa Cabernet amongst connoisseurs at the highest level worldwide today. Just like Bordeaux, Burgundy, and the other great wine regions, to understand the place of the wines made now, we must go back to explore earlier chapters to see the origins. In one sense this does not seem so long ago, but today wines like these are becoming almost impossible to find.
So, please join us on 2nd July at Chiu Tang, to explore one of the fine wine world’s great classics – Heitz Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvginon.
Vintages to be served:
1969, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986