Single Evening Tasting, London: Christmas Treat 2018
11 December @ 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
2002 Alfred Gratien Brut Millésimé Magnum
2002 Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque
2014 Santenay Les Bras (François D’Allaines)
2008 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Caillerets (Jean Noël Gagnard) Magnum
2001 CVNE Rioja Gran Reserva Magnum
2001 Dom. du Pegau Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Reservée Magnum
2004 Ch. Vieux Château Certan, Pomerol
2004 Ch. Cheval Blanc, St Emilion 1er Grand Cru Classé A
1994 Fonseca Vintage Port
9 Wines, and canapés ………… £149.00
Retail prices range from around £25 to £400 a bottle.
The Christmas do with, as usual, Monika’s delicious canapés.
2002 Champagnes remain amongst the most attractive of the last couple of decades, and Alfred Gratien‘s firmly rich style and the more refined Belle Epoque are two delicious, and very different expressions. François D’Allaines is a relatively recently established merchant / grower, not that big, not that well known, but making very stylish White Burgundy, and many of you will know how fond I am of Caroline Gagnard‘s wines, Les Caillerets being her top 1er Cru, and 2008 a very fine year.
The Rioja and the Châteauneuf happen to have 2001 in common as a top quality vintage, and both the CVNE and the Domaine de Pegau have aged beautifully in magnum; they are lovely mature reds, from origins which, thank goodness, remain reasonable value. Cheval Blanc and Vieux Ch. Certan were two of my absolute favourites in 2004, both en primeur and in bottle, and I fully expect them to taste pretty special as they enter their early maturity plateau.
Finally, 1994 Fonseca is one of the great wines of a great Port year, and just starting to be fully mature as it broaches its quarter century.