RSecure your seat now to join me Shannon Noble for our Second Rare Wine Dinner in Napa Valley California on Saturday 4th November 2017. I have a spectacular line up of Rare Wine, no less than 5 Bordeaux including a magnificent magnum of 1928 Chateau Latour rated 100 points by the great Robert Parker Jr. These sorts of dinners are usually reserved for the fortunate few, this is your chance to secure a seat for a once in a lifetime wine experience. We have been hosting these dinners for the last 8 years, wines are sourced from cold European cellars; many from winemakers, producers and old private cellars.
We always start the evening on a high note, this time with a rare and perfect Magnum of 1975 Bollinger RD Champagne. Vintage Champagne in Magnum format is always a rare and exciting treat. We then begin our build up to the star wines of the evening first with a 1969 white Bordeaux from Chateau Margaux, then a white Burgundy from Leroy and the superb 1978 vintage. This will be followed by German Kabinett Riesling from the great 1971 vintage, arguably one of the the greatest vintages of the 20th century with gun barrel precision balance and all the trademarks of a stellar 10 out of 10 vintage.
From here we move to the first red wines of the evening, starting in Burgundy with the last remaining 1929 Pierre Bouree Clos de la Justice and Chambolle-Musigny in our cellar. 1929 was one of the great vintages of the 20th Century for red Burgundy, they are extremely long lived and we have tasted these wines at numerous dinners over the last 5 years, each time showing from good to excellent. Following the red Burgundy we go back further in time, 99 years to 1918 and Chateau Margaux, a rare experience indeed.
Then we move to our stars of the evening, a Quartet of Chateau Latour including a magnificent magnum of 1928 one of the greatest wines ever made! as well as single bottles of 1959, 1966 and 1983.
The magnum of 1928 is extremely rare and near impossible to find today. This is truly a once in a life time opportunity to taste this wine from Magnum that Robert Parker Jr rated 100 points! “RP100: The 1928 Latour was absolute perfection. The wine exhibited an astonishing bouquet of hickory wood, smoked walnuts and gobs of sweet black truffle and raspberry scented fruit. Full bodied, with layers of sweet expansive fruit, with non hard edges this large scale wine possesses phenomenal flavor concentration, as well as aromatic and flavor dimension. One of the great wines of the century.”
We will also taste 1959, 1966 and 1983 from Chateau Latour of which all wines are excellent examples of Chateau Latour’s opulent, rich and powerful style, never disappointing. On 1959 Broadbent had this to say “Glorious. It just goes from strength to strength, showing no signs of flagging, its opacity merely prefacing its beautifully developed bouquet, sweetness, richness, excellent flavor and perfect balance – perfect enough to keep maturing for another quarter century. 6 stars”
From this quartet of Latour we move to a “Show Down” of Old World vs New World Cabernet as we match one of the greatest wines ever made in America, 1974 Heitz Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet and play it off against 1966 Chateau Haut-Brion, another long lived and very good vintage in Bordeaux. Who will stand tall from this pairing of wine greats? Join us to find out.
We will, of course end on a high note with our oldest wine for the evening and the greatest vintage of the 20th century for Sauternes, 1921 Chateau Caillou, need I say more.
These dinners and the sharing of these wines is our passion! A passion we would love to share with you. The wines are handled with meticulous care leading up to and on the eve of the tasting. We strive to present each wine in the very best possible condition for our guests. Join me to share your wine passion and enthusiasm for some of the most revered wines of the 20th century. As well as the wines on this magnificent list there is bound to be a surprise or two on the night.
The food will be show cased by talented chef Adam Ross of 1313 Main in Napa Valley, 8 courses, each dish specially crafted and matched to the wine it is served beside. Adam put on a stellar culinary performance for our first dinner back in May and we look forward to working with this extremely talented chef and restaurant team again.
1975 Bollinger, RD Magnum, Champagne
1969 Chateau Margaux, Pavillion Blanc, Bordeaux
1978 Leroy, Auxey Duresses, White Burgundy
1971 Schloss Johannisberg, Kabinett, Riesling, Rheingau
1929 Pierre Bouree et Fils, Clos de la Justice
1929 Pierre Bouree et Fils, Chambolle-Musigny
1918 Chateau Margaux, Medoc
Bordeaux – Chateau Latour
1928 Chateau Latour (Magnum!), Pauillac
1959 Chateau Latour, Pauillac
1966 Chateau Latour, Pauillac
1983 Chateau Latour, Pauillac
1974 Heitz, Martha’s Vineyard, Napa Valley
1966 Chateau Haut-Brion, Graves
1921 Chateau Caillou 2eme Cru Classe, Sauternes, Barsac
Private Dining Room
Main St, Napa Valley, California
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1975 Bollinger, RD Magnum
There is no better way to start than with a magnum of vintage Bollinger! Whats better, this bottle is in perfect condition with fine beading still evident in the wine. “Classic hazelnut tones and rich flavors of truffle, cheese and chocolate appear. The aftertaste is majestic, with layers of nut and leather aromas.”.
1978 White Burgundy
Leroy is recognized as one of the top producers in all Burgundy and 1978 is considered a top vintage for the white wines of Burgundy. Leroy produced stunning examples of mature white Burgundy from the very fine 1978 vintage.
“1971 A magnificent vintage!, Early flowering, with sunshine and warmth from early July through to the autumn, the lack of rain concentrating the flesh. Healthy, fully mature grapes picked in ideal conditions. Overall the quality was high, almost too high for the commercial houses.” Schloss Johannisberg being one of the most prestigious estates in the Rheingau region.
“A glorious vintage, both abundant and high quality. Refined, ripe, elegant wines, some of which, if well cellared have stayed the course. 5 stars” Broadbent
1928 Chateau Latour!
“RP100: The 1928 Latour was absolute perfection. The wine exhibited an astonishing bouquet of hickory wood, smoked walnuts and gobs of sweet black truffle and raspberry scented fruit. Full bodied, with layers of sweet expansive fruit, with non hard edges this large scale wine possesses phenomenal flavor concentration, as well as aromatic and flavor dimension. One of the great wines of the century.” “Broadbent 5 stars: This was and still is the star of the vintage. Like the 1870 Lafite, so dense, powerful and bitterly tannic that it was a full half century before it was mellow enough to be enjoyed. Impressive, fragrant and drinking perfectly! The longest lived vintage of the 20th century.”
1959 Chateau Latour
“Robert Parker Jr: Dark garnet with an amber edge, the 1959 Latour reveals a touch of volatile acidity in the nose, along with aromas of melted caramel, tobacco, and jammy red and black fruits. As the wine sat in the glass, notes of minerals, coffee, spice, and underbrush emerged. There is still copious tannin in the finish (I am not sure it will ever be fully resolved), but this sumptuous, complex, fragrant, super-rich Latour cuts a broad swath across the palate. Fully mature, it is best consumed over the next decade.”
1974 Heitz Martha’s Vineyard
“Broadbent: A lovely mature appearance; pure eucalyptus, lavender; sweet, assertive, quite a bite, moderate alcohol (13%). Almost a Mouton-Rothschild caricature. Glorious. Still Perfection! 5 Stars”
1921 Chateau Caillou
“Broadbent: Unquestionably the greatest Sauternes vintage of the 20th century. The hottest summer since 1893: the grapes had a very high sugar content which, after fermentation, led to high levels of alcohol and residual sugar. Sheer perfection!”
Before shipment the majority of our wines will have their capsules sealed with wax as a safeguard against pressure changes during flight. The original capsule is present underneath the wax on every bottle we serve and will be displayed on the night after the wax coating is carefully removed.