A wonderful, relaxed evening in fun company. Our Table of Eighteen evening was a great success last night, starting with a couple of magnums of one of our very best Champagnes, Gosset Grande Reserve. Such a lovely Champagne! Our guest speaker was one Guy Nightingale with whom I had the pleasure of visiting the the Gosset Champagne house some years ago. Of course it wasn
t all about Gosset - you can see from the lineup of wines below we enjoyed several other of the Louis Latour Agency wines as well, from Domaine Louis Latour itself in burgundy France to Seresin Estate in New Zealand, Wakefield and McHenry Hohnen in Australia, returning to France`s Vidal Fleury and Cognac Frapin. Thank you Guy for an entertaining and informative presentation, and to Tony Bell for the delicious menu. A truly memorable evening.
Guest speaker: Guy Nightingale
Host: Anthony Borges – Chef: Tony Bell
Wine-tasting dinner, 3rd November 2017
Gosset Grande Reserve Champagne, France, Magnum, £110.00 – aperitif
Oldest wine house in the Champagne region, established 1584, Cointreau owned luxury Champagne house, very small production. The blend is 45% Chardonnay,45% Pinot Noir, 10% Pinot Meurnier. Gosset’s flagship cuvée, this is an award-winning multi-vintage champagne with orchard aromas and a terrific energy combined with richness on the palate. A favourite here at The Wine Centre for many years.
Louis Latour Macon-Lugny, Les Genievres, Burgundy 2015, France, £14.99
A rounded savoury white burgundy with apple and citrus fruits from100% Chardonnay grown on limestone around the village of Lugny in Maconnais, southern Burgundy. Established in 1797
Wakefield St Andrews Chardonnay, Clare Valley, Australia, £26.99
Family owned single-vineyard Chardonnay grown in cool-climate Clare Valley on “Terra Rossa” red/brown soil over limestone. The wine is barrel fermented and stirred on its lees (battonage) before aging on lees in 100% new French oak (from a Burgundian cooper).
Louis Latour “Les Pierre Dorée” Pinot Noir, Coteaux Bourguignons 2016, £19.99
Bright, red-and-black fruited, with floral, spicy aromas to the fore. Crisp, round and ample on the palate.
Seresin Estate Pinot Noir `Leah`, Marlborough, New Zealand, £23.99
Biodynamic wine named after founder Michael Seresin’s daughter, Leah. A complex, perfumed, savoury Pinot Noir with salted-pretzel, redcurrant, berry and strawberry notes. Beautifully balanced wine.
McHenry Hohnen “Rocky Road Shiraz” Margaret River, £16.99
Family-owned and biological farmed, from the creator of Cape Mentelle and Cloudy Bay. A lush wine with rich, ripe red fruits, of raspberry, plum and cherry, together with cola-liquorice hints and sweet spices.
Wakefield Jaraman Shiraz, Clare Valley £21.99
This is a rich, full-bodied wine with intense flavours of ripe dark cherry, plum, blackberry and blueberry fruit, with attractive spicy, charry oak characters of coffee and chocolate. The palate is well balanced with a silky, subtle soft, yet full texture to the mid-palate. The finish is persistent with lingering velvety tannins.
Vidal Fleury Ventoux, £13.99
Owned by Guigal, this is a delicious Rhone with 60% Syrah, 30% Grenache & 10% mixed southern Rhone grapes. The aromas and flavours are an explosive blend of blueberry, cranberry, violet and spices.
Vidal Fleury Muscat de Beaume de Venise VDN, Rhone Valley, France £24.99
Famous sweet wine (Vin Doux Naturel), an unctuous fruit-salad of orange peel, dried apricots, lychee, grapefruit, dried apricot, white peach and honey. Great with fruit based deserts or cheese. 100% Muscat à petit grain.
Cognac VSOP Frapin , £55.00
This evening we finish with a digestive (like Gosset, Cointreau-owned). A 100% Grande Champagne Cognac, its spicy aromas are reminiscent of Christmas: nutmeg, cinnamon, gingerbread and baked apples. The palate is rich, silky and spicy.
Nem prawn roll, citrus dip
Cornish crab risotto
Roulade of turkey, cranberry reduction
Charred marinade beef, coriander relish
Peach compote cream, ginger crumble
Ultra dark chocolate pot