Our first wine-tasting dinner of the new year on the 45th President of the USA
s inaugural evening, with, ironically, Pol Rogers Winston Churchill in the line up! The evening was a great success (our evening, I mean; no doubt Mr Trump enjoyed his too). The aforementioned WC Champagne was indeed a highlight, but for me one of several. For example, the aperitif Pol Roger Reserve I found thrilling – in part, possibly, because it was my first drink of the year and boy was I ready for it! But no, as NV Champagnes go it
s definitely up there with the best of them, a delicious drop no question. The wildcard of the evening came next with Tonys crab risotto and I loved that too. In fact, penny for penny quite possibly the best wine of the evening in value terms. Truly I loved it: orchard aromas leap from the glass; one I look forward to again. But for me every wine on the evening was singing – all exemplary and the food matching superbly. Oh what fun… what a great start to 2017. My thanks to our guests and to Tony Bell who did a great job of the food and to the charming George Prideaux who was both informing and entertaining.
Guest speaker, George Prideaux (Pol Roger), chef Tony Bell & host Anthony Borges
- Pol Roger Brut Reserve NV, £43.99, £39.59 – aperitif
33% Pinot Noir 34% Chardonnay 33% Pinot Meunier – a blend of 30 still base wines from villages throughout Champagne. Aged in cellars for 3.5 to 4 years before released. Very fine and elegant.
2. Josmeyer Pinot Blanc `Mise du Printemps` 2015 £18.99, £16.75
The grapes are harvested by hand and are exclusively from organic and bio-dynamic farming. Clean crisp and fresh wine with lovely balanced acidity.
3. Chablis, Drouhin-Vaudon 2014, £18.99, £16.75
This is an unoaked elegant wine. Typical Chablis nose, where aromas of citrus (lemon) and even salty sensations predominate. On the palate: vigorous and lively, but in a soft mode. A lot of finesse and balance.
- Pol Roger `Winston Churchill` 2004 £155.00, £139.00
The Prestige Cuvée was created in homage to Sir Winston Churchill. it is undeniable that the composition would meet with the approval of the man to whom it is dedicated: “My tastes are simple, I am easily satisfied with the best”
- Fleurie `Hospices de Belleville` 2014 £18.99, £16.75
Boasting a pretty ruby, violet colour, the wine begins by expressing floral notes of violet, rose, with a typical peppery note which then evolves into red fruits. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky with soft tannins.
Côte de Beaune Rouge Joseph Drouhin 2014, £33.99, £29.99
12 to 15 month oak ageing (10% new) a true delight and a great harmony! Delicate and fruity aromas such as strawberry and red currant. On the palate, the tannins are refined and lend a nice roundness to the body.
- Rosso di Montalcino, Biondi-Santi 2012, £36.99, £33.00
The Rosso di Montalcino White Label comes from the younger Sangiovese vineyards (between 5 and 10 years old). The wine is aged for 12 months in Slavonian oak casks and it is a wine which is released ready to drink, with a young and fruity profile.
- Braccale IGT Toscana 2012, £20.99, £18.75
Produced with 80% Sangiovese and 20% Merlot from the South-west facing vineyards of Scansano, with vines aged 10-15 years. Matured for 10 months in French Barriques of Troncais wood.
- Crown Estates Aszu 5 Puttonyos 5, 2000 (50cl) £34.99, £29.50
The wine is deep yellow gold with an intense nose with impressive perfume and richness. Beautifully balanced with acidity, a blend of 50% Furmint & 50% Hárslevelü.
Prawns ‘home boiled’ with mayonnaise
Scallops, salmon medallion, leek cream
Slow reared poached chicken, celery, porcini reduction, black truffle infusion
Chocolate marmalade ‘slump’ pudding