Organised and Presented by Dr Bernard Lamb, National Guild of Wine and Beer Judges
Pinot Gris is a colour mutant of Pinot Noir and has arisen many times. It is not very productive, with small bunches of small berries which are various shades of grey, from almost white to almost black. The examples here go from dry to the luscious sweetness of these two rare Alsace Vendanges Tardives (2000 and 1982), which improve in richness and complexity with age.
Cabernet Franc probably comes from old Basque clones and was in Spain in the 12th century. It is a direct ancestor of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Carmenère. It is vigorous, with herbaceous notes when underripe. Its best European wines are from the Loire Valley, as here, with ones from Virginia achieving the best ripeness, with Barboursville the most famous maker.
- Bolney Pinot Gris, 2014, Foxhole Vineyard, Sussex, 11.5%. Dry.
- Greywacke Pinot Gris, 2018, Marlborough, New Zealand, 14.5%. Off-dry.
- Kuhlmann Platz Pinot Gris, Cuvée Prestige, Vin d’Alsace, Viticulteurs réunis de Hunawihr, 2020, 13.5%.
- Waimea Pinot Gris, 2021, Wine of Nelson, New Zealand, 13%. Medium sweet.
- Domaines Schlumberger Pinot Gris, Grand Cru Spiegel, Alsace, 2020, 13.5%. Medium sweet.
- Albert Mann Tokay Pinot Gris, Vendanges Tardives Altenbourg, Alsace, 2000, 13.1%. 50 cl.
- Domaine Weinback Tokay d’Alsace Clos des Capuchins, Vendanges Tardives, 1982, Theo Faller, Kaiserberg. 70 cl. No stated alcohol level.
- V. Catena Tinto Historico Cabernet Franc, 2018, San Carlos, Argentina, 13.5%.
- Lulu l’Aloutte Saumur-Champigny, Loire Valley, 2019, 13.5%. Cabernet Franc.
- Barboursville Virginia Cabernet Franc Reserve, 2010, 14.5%.
A cold buffet will be provided by the Club.
Venue: The Army and Navy Club, 36-39 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5JN
Time: 7 p.m.
Mobility rating: 3 – steps up to the front door, then lift access.
Nearest tube: Green Park.
Dress: smart casual.
Price per person: Members £59, Guests £65.
Organiser: Bernard Lamb
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