GRAPE EXPECTATIONS: CHARDONNAY AND PINOT NOIR
The Thomas Lord Suite, Marylebone Cricket Club, Lord's Cricket Ground, St. John's Wood, London, NW8 8QN
Date: Monday 16th May
From: 6pm to 8.30pm
Chardonnay and pinot noir are responsible for some of the finest still and sparkling wines in the world.
Both of these time-honoured wine grapes have become world-renowned exports from beyond their Burgundian heartlands, and produce wines in a wide array of styles. Join us as we sample 20 wines, spanning both classic expressions and some enticing finds from further afield.
Chardonnay is one of the most versatile white grapes on the planet, responsible for the steely freshness of Chablis, rich honeyed wines from countries such as Argentina and South Africa, and the lean lemon-fresh flavours so popular in Australia currently. Pinot noir, capable of producing divinely scented, gloriously fruity wines that express their origins with particular honesty and vividness, remains many a connoisseur's desert-island red. Though it reaches its most sublime heights in Burgundy, there is no shortage of remarkable examples from a variety of sources worldwide. Both pinot and chardonnay also form the basis of the majority of Champagnes, not to mention many other regions' sparkling wines.
CHÂTEAU BRANE CANTENAC: A TUTORED TASTING WITH HENRI LURTON
The Banqueting Hall, Ironmongers' Hall, Shaftesbury Place, Barbican, London, EC2Y 8AA
Date: Thursday 30th June
From: 6.30pm to 8.30pm
A special treat for claret lovers beckons, as Henri Lurton guides us through a tasting of his world-renowned second growth Margaux property, Brane-Cantenac.
Founded in the 18th century, the château rapidly became one of the most highly regarded properties in the Médoc. It was inherited in 1956 by one of Bordeaux's most esteemed viticulturalists, Henri's father Lucien.
Henri has been at the helm of Brane-Cantenac since 1992, having gained winemaking experience in South Africa, Australia and Chile. Blessed with an adventurous spirit, Henri has devoted his efforts to taking the property's wines to even greater heights, whilst remaining faithful to its outstanding, historic terroir.
We are delighted that Henri will be joining us to guide members through a tasting of a selection of vintages of his grand vin, including one or two mature vintages as well as Baron de Brane, the excellent second wine, and sharing his profound knowledge of one of the left bank's smartest properties. We hope you can join us.