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Louis Roederer Brut Premier Champagne, and friends

Guest Speaker: Mark Bingley, Master of Wine

(Maison Marques et Domaines)

Host: Anthony Borges – Chef: Dominic Carter

A huge thank you to our  enthusiastic, distinguished guests. My dish of the night was The Sardines, see menu below,  an excellent match with the delightfully zingy and fresh  Rapaura Sauvignon Blanc; and  red wine of the evening for value and drink-ability was, for me, the Saint Esprit Rhone, in magnum.  What a  wonderful quaffing red this is,  unusual for the appellation because  it is Syrah not Grenache dominant; Syrah grown on granite in a small  northern Ardeche valley, on vineyards south-facing, west of the river Rhone.  Grenache nonetheless plays an important supporting role. My second time of drinking this wine, this vintage, in magnum. See tasting note below. This time with the cheeses it revealed blueberry and black cherry, and an amazing freshness. But it would be wrong of me not to mention the outstanding wine of the evening,  Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Reserva, Rioja Alta 2014, such amazing depth and complexity, perfect with Dominic`s lamb dish. One for Easter, perhaps?

Introducing Mark Bingley, Master of Wine, and Louis Roederer, in magnum. 
Louis Roederer Brut Premier Champagne, France (Magnum) £105.00

A fine Champagne, refreshing and generous, with an underlying, creamy richness.

Clever use of barrel gives a luxurious feel to this pedigree Champagne.

40% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Meunier


Rapaura Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand 2018, £14.99

A pure and vibrant, crisp wine with lifted passion fruit, lychee and pink grapefruit aromas. On the palate layers of tropical fruits are punctuated by zesty citrus notes, gooseberry and herbs.

100% Sauvignon Blanc


Delas Freres Crozes- Hermitage Blanc `Les Launes`, Northern Rhone, France 2016, £23.99

The colour is bright with a golden hue. The nose is expressive, with mainly floral aromas such as hawthorn, lemon verbena, linden, mingled with hints of exotic fruits, such as lychees and mangoes, together with citrus fruit. The palate is fresh and fruity, delightfully seductive.

80% Marsanne, 20% Roussanne


Rapaura Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand 2017, £16.99 

Lovely ripe berry and dark cherry fruits combine with attractive smoky and spicy elements. Fleshy, silky mouth feel, expressive, with spicy oak nuances. A lingering, elegant finish.

100% Pinot Noir


Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Reserva, Rioja Alta, Spain 2014, £26.99 

Flavours of ripe plum, red cherry and berries blend with spicy notes of licorice and sweet balsamic. The wine is silky with rounded tannins and refreshing acidity. The long, mineral finish has sweet spice and ripe plum fruit.

84% Tempranillo, 5% Mazuelo, 9% Graciano, 2% Garnacha


Delas Freres `Saint Esprit` Cotes du Rhone Rouge, France (Magnum) 2016, £33.99

Deep, plum coloured hue with a classically “Syrah” nose. The wine is full of aromas of violets, liquorice and has a full, rounded palate with delicate tannins.

60% Syrah, 10% Grenache


Delas Freres Domaine des Genets Vacqueyras, Southern Rhone, France 2015, £22.99


The colour is a deep garnet. In its youth the wine reveals black cherry aromas which  evolve towards notes of woodland, spices, black olive and mocha. On the palate, this is a warm, heady wine whose texture is well-rounded and silky. The finish is perfectly balanced. 80% Grenache, 20% Syrah


Ramos Pinto Adriano White Reserva Port, Douro Valley, Portugal, £18.99

Pale gold with an intense and complex aroma of ripe golden fruit, blending tropical aromas with crystallized orange, plus hints of spices. On the palate is full bodied with a mature luscious tone and finishes with a balanced freshness and a long finish.

Codega, Malvasia Fina, Viozinho, Rabigato


Cuvee Christine Vendanges Tardive Gewurztraminer, Alsace 2007, £50.00


Generous, exotic Turkish Delight aromas, of rose petals, lychee, mango, papaya, passion fruit and blood orange. After a few moments in the glass more aromas are revealed with notes of lemon, apricot, white peach, almond, spices and candied ginger. A very long, perfumed and complex finish.

100% Gewurztraminer



Dominic`s Menu


Salt Grilled Sardines, Portuguese Salad, Herb/Lemon Butter and Sourdough Crouton

Apricot & Walnut Stuffed Chicken Ballantine with Grilled Asparagus and Fine Beans

Roast Cannon of Lamb with Honeyed Baby Parsnips, Celeriac Potato Cake and Rosemary Red Wine Jus

The Wine Centre`s Cheese Platter

Strawberry & Chantilly Cream Crepe Gateaux with Mint Strawberry Coulis




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