A Tasting of Fine Chateauneuf-du-Pape

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At this London Branch meeting we tasted a special selection of Châteauneuf-du-Pape from different years and top estates, led by Jeffrey Benson. ‘Old Châteauneuf can be sumptuous – complex, spicy and distinctly gamey, retaining much of its original warmth and ampleur’ – Remington Norman. We started with the earliest and worked forward. 1955 – Domaine J. Vidal-Fleury This is the …

A Japanese Wine Tasting

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“The new wave Japanese wines are very much in the same idiom as natural wines, being light-bodied and often relatively crisp’ – quoted in the Financial Times by JancisRobinson. Japanese wine makers are becoming very successful. Wines are now being produced on a par with some of the finest wines world-wide. Many thanks to Christopher Davenport-Jones for organising this London …

FINE MATURE BEERENAUSLESE AND EISWEIN

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Jeffrey Benson led the London Branch tasting Fine Mature Beerenauslese and Eiswein at the Naval Club, Mayfair, of these luscious sweet white wines from his cellar. Six wines in the tasting were Beerenauslese from Germany, one was from Austria, and the Eiswein was from Austria. The best sweet wines are made from grapes that are very rich in sugar. One …

RED BURGUNDIES FROM THE 1980s

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This tasting for IWFS London Branch of Red Burgundies from the 1980s at the Naval Club, Mayfair, was led by Jeffrey Benson, of wines from his cellar, to see how well they had lasted. We tasted the following: A 1988 Volnay from Joseph Drouhin, a consistently highly regarded producer. The good 1988 red burgundies are classic in style, long-lived and …

Revisiting The Bordeaux 2005 Vintage

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The second part of our revisiting of mature Bordeaux wines, all from the great 2005 vintage, was generously provided from the cellar of Richard Jackson. What a treat for those fortunate members of IWFS London Branch who attended! Regrettably, Richard was not even able to be there himself this evening, although his two sons were with us on his behalf. …