ABC – Anything but Chardonnay – EVENT CANCELLED
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A Fine, Rare and Interesting White Wine Tasting without food, featuring a 1947 Sauternes.

Date(s) - Thu 1st Oct, 2015
7:00 pm

The Lansdowne Club

Chardonnay – love it or hate it!  The yuppy ladies’ ‘vino collapso’ in wine bars gave the grape variety a really bad name in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s but Chardonnay is nonetheless the grape of the finest, most superb and sublime white Burgundies.

However there ARE other white grape varieties that produce excellent wines. These include such unusual varieties as Chasselas, Arrufiac (sounds like something you put on top of a car!) Petit Courbu (the vinous equivalent of the Hunchback of Nôtre Dame perhaps?) Wurtzer, Mtsvane, Parellada and Gros & Petit Manseng.

Tonight the organiser has set out to bring you some of the most interesting and the best of their class. We have an unusual Spanish sparkling wine from local grape varieties, a Malvasia from Croatia, a rare aged Pinot Gris by Léon Beyer, the rare white wine from Château Margaux, an unusual dessert wine from Gascony and a stunning Château de Fargues, Sauternes from the same “stable” as Château d’Yquem, Our key wine and –hopefully – the star of the evening will be the very rare Château Gilette, Sauternes, from a most outstanding vintage and which has a very strange history.

Last year’s event was so well received that the organiser was asked to repeat it with different unusual wines. It has been a veritable challenge to find these; she has raided her own Eurocave for some and many are now unavailable.

However, unlike last year, several of our wines are NOT French although our top wines of the evening are. The wines are an interesting mix from Spain, Georgia, Croatia, Switzerland, England and France, though sadly no Japanese wine this time, and are as follows:

2010   Lavit Brut Nature, Segura Viudas         
2013   Vina Laguna Malvasia
2012   Haut de Pierre Dezaley, Grand Cru, Domaine Blaise Dubois
2011   Wickham Estate Limited Release White
2007   Pinot Gris Cuveé des Comtes d’Éguisheim, Léon Beyer
2004   Tamada Mtsvane
2003   Pavillon Blanc de Château Margaux
2004   Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh
1988   Château de Fargues. Sauternes
1947   Château Gilette, Sauternes

If you love good white wines you’ll LOVE these. And not a Chardonnay in sight!!!

Due to the diversity of these wines and the difficulty in finding an appropriate match of food, no food will accompany the tasting. As we are in a smaller room this time, places will be limited so please book early to assure your place. Priority will be given to members and joint members.
Venue:             The Lansdowne Club, 9 Fitzmaurice Place, off Berkeley Square.
Nearest tube:   Green Park.
Mobility rating:  2 – a couple of steps to foyer and 1 small easy flight of stairs to lift
Time:               7.00 p.m.    
Dress:             Jacket and Tie for gentlemen; smart for ladies.
                        Note: The Lansdowne Club has a dress code.
Price p/person: £67.00 Members    £71.00 Guests
Organiser:       Carole Goldberg          Tel: 020 8421 5957

If you have already booked this event in the Q3 programme, please do not double book!