The idea is simple – I put together a tasting of 10 wines, and serve them blind. We guess where the wine is from and what it might be, reveal it, enjoy it, and talk about it. Please note – for this edition of Vintage Pairswe are going to experiment with a small change. In each pair the two wines will be either the same wine in a different vintage (our classic approach), or the same producer and same vintage, but two cuvées or vineyards from the same grape variety(ies); or the same vineyard and same vintage, but two different producers of the same wine. As we begin each pair I will announce which type of pair it is. Whether we stick to this revised format or not will depend on your feedback. But I think this will be fun to try, and opens up some interesting possibilities.
Here is what we served at the last 3 events –
Session Seventeen (14th May 2018)
2016 Domaine Georges Vernay, Condrieu 'Coteau de Vernon'
2015 Domaine Georges Vernay, Condrieu 'Coteau de Vernon'
2006 Domaine Ponsot, Griotte Chambertin Grand Cru
1993 Domaine Ponsot, Griotte Chambertin Grand Cru
2007 Biondi Santi Brunello di Montalcino Annata
1970 Biondi Santi Brunello di Montalcino ‘Riserva’
2004 Château L'Eglise Clinet
1985 Château L'Eglise Clinet
1865 De Muller Tarragona Solera Dom Juan Fort Extra Rancio
1851 De Muller Tarragona Solera Pajarete
Session Eighteen (13th June 2018)
2014 Maison Paul Jaboulet Aîné - Hermitage Blanc 'Chevalier de Sterimberg'
2010 Maison Paul Jaboulet Aîné - Hermitage Blanc 'Chevalier de Sterimberg'
2014 Lucien Le Moine - Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
2005 Lucien Le Moine - Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
2001 Château Sociando-Mallet
1990 Château Sociando-Mallet
2007 Maison M. Chapoutier - Ermitage 'Le Pavillon'
1997 Maison M. Chapoutier - Ermitage 'Le Pavillon'
Session Nineteen (8th August 2018)
2012 Domaine de Chevalier - Domaine de Chevalier Blanc
2012 Chateau Haut-Brion - La Clarté de Haut-Brion Blanc
2008 Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Bachelet
2008 Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Fourrier
2004 Gaja - Barolo 'Sperss'
2004 Giacomo Conterno Barolo ‘Cascina Francia’
2006 Clarendon Hills ‘Astralis’ Shiraz
2003 Clarendon Hills ‘Astralis’ Shiraz
1984 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie ‘La Landonne’
1984 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie ‘La Mouline’
Of course, the wine selection for Wednesday 22nd October will be completely different. But I assure you it will be interesting, and good value for the modest ticket price – we won’t reveal in advance what we will be tasting as that spoils part of the fun.
The event is a tasting – not a dinner – and so we start at 6.45pm prompt, and are finished by 8pm, so you can get to your dinner afterwards. Think of this as the most fun ‘cocktail hour’ of the month!