Join me, Shannon Noble from Rare Wine Dinners, for the annual July Rare Wine Dinner, this is the dinner that started it all back in 2009. This year marks 5 years since that first dinner and on this night we will taste some very exciting premium European vintage wines to mark our 5 year anniversary of this dinner. This dinner will take us on a journey through some of the biggest labels and vintages in European fine wine. This is a dinner any aficionado of the very finest vintage wine should not miss.
The evening will start with an excellent 1975 Champagne from the house Krug. Tonight we are looking for that sublime Krug aged character that is often referred to as the ultimate in Champagne complexity. Then we head to Burgundy and in particular Montrachet for Roland Thevenin’s expression of vintage 1976, a warm but very good vintage for white Burgundy. Then next is quite simply 2 of the very best in premium vintage Riesling; 1976 Schloss Johannisberg and 1976 Joh Jos Prum Gold Kapsel. German Riesling is today one of the most under appreciated wines in the world and tonight these 2 wines will make you wonder why.
Leaving the white wines behind we shift our focus to Burgundy with a 107 year old Volnay from Jules Regnier, this wine is over a century old and in magnificent condition. With this is no other than Domaine de la Romanee Conti and what some call their feminine expression of Echezeaux for 1976. This producer and wine should need no introduction to anyone familiar with red Burgundy or French wine, they are quite simply the most sought after producer in all of Burgundy if not the world. Moving right along we head to Rioja in Spain for Lopez de Heredia and their Vina Tondonia Cosecha 1947 and 1970. These wines never cease to amaze me, you may not know of the producer and you may not have drank much wine from Rioja in Spain but these 2 traditional Rioja wines are likely to leave you with a resolution to change your wine drinking habits in favor of more Rioja from Spain.
Heading back to France we next find ourselves confronted by one of the most respected and well known negociants in Burgundy France: Leroy! But tonight it is not for one of their Burgundy, instead it is for their 1966 Chateauneuf du Pape, this wine is rare indeed and presents a great opportunity to taste Leroy with a twist. Along side this wine we will also taste 1986 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape, 2 CdP’s 20 years apart.
Now it is time to raise our glasses with 1964 Chateau Latour and toast to 5yrs of the annual July Rare Wine Dinners. Broadbent when tasting this wine writes “A very good vintage, vying with Ch Petrus as the finest 64, overripe, medium-sweet and gamey”.
Now for some of the greatest and rarest sweet wines of the world, the 1975 Quintarelli Amarone. This is an unusual opportunity to taste an early Quintarelli Amarone. What better way to end this evening than on a glass of 1967 Sauternes “A Superlative vintage” or quite simply one of the greatest vintages of the 20th century for these sweet wines from the southern part of the Bordeaux region. Another night of delightful wine rarity and experience to which words alone cannot do justice. Just be there!
6:30pm Friday 18th July 2014
220 Clarence St
1975 Krug, Vintage Brut, Champagne, France
1976 Roland Thevenin, Montrachet Grand Cru, Burgundy, France
1976 Joh Jos Prum, Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Auslese GK, Mosel Saar Ruwer, Germany
1976 Schloss Johannisberg, Rosalack, Auslese, Rheingau, Germany
1907 Jules Regnier, Volnay, Burgundy, France
1976 Domaine de la Romanee Conti, Echezeaux, Burgundy, France
1947 Lopez de Heredia, Vina Tondonia, Cosecha, Rioja, Spain
1970 Lopez de Heredia, Vina Tondonia, Cosecha, Rioja, Spain
Rhone/Chateauneuf du Pape
1966 Leroy, Chateauneuf du Pape, Rhone, France
1986 Beaucastel, Chateauneuf du Pape, Rhone, France
1964 Chateau Latour, 1er Cru Classe, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
1975 Quintarelli, Amarone, Verona, Italy
1967 Chateau Dauphine Rondillon, Loupiac Sweet, Loupiac, France