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Every weekend, we showcase and open a special bottle of wine for you to sample, hand-picked by our sommelier team.
Each wine has been chosen for its prestige and critical acclaim, available by the glass at cost price offering you the opportunity to broaden your vinous horizons.
2001 Kistler Chardonnay, Dutton Ranch Vineyard, Russian River Valley, California
£30 per 125ml glass. Current wine list price £220
This weekend, I would like to present another legendary Californian winery for its world-class Chardonnay.
Founded in 1978, Kistler Vineyard formed part of the original Judgement of Paris set. Ever since, this winery has consistently proven that Californian wines can really imitate the expression of terroir and potential to age that white Burgundy is so famous for.
This Chardonnay hails from a single vineyard in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley. The weather in 2001 offered a long ripening season resulting in a juicy, ripe and full-flavoured wine.
Youthful in style, this wine presents a lovely yellow colour and aromas of hazelnut and tropical fruit are present on the nose.
The palate shows a rich concentration and ripeness of fruits, with signature buttery, waxy and toasty caramel notes. Firm and medium-bodied, it offers intensity without excess weight, finishing with a tangy mineral grip and great persistence.
This wine pairs incredibly well with the corn-fed chicken made by our Chef tonight.
Please reserve your glass with reception before 7pm on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th May.
2002 Ch. Bellevue-Mondotte, Grand Cru, St. Emilion, Bordeaux
£40 per 125ml glass. Current wine list price - £295
Tonight, I wanted to choose Ch. Bellevue Mondotte which is a small wine growing estate based in St. Emilion, in Bordeaux, France. A mere 2.5 hectares in terms of vineyard size, the output of the winery is accordingly sparse. The château was acquired by Gerald Perse in 2001 who is also the owner of the esteemed Ch. Pavie. As a result of the harvesting techniques used to produce bottles of this highly regarded fine wine, Ch. Bellevue Mondotte has one of the lowest yields from all the right bank wine estates; roughly 15 hectolitres per hectare.
This fine wine of Ch. Bellevue Mondotte is a powerful wine; many describe it as intense and rich in flavour and substance. The vines are around 45 years of age, planted with 90 percent Merlot and 5 percent each of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.
This beautifully stylish medium-bodied wine offers aromas of smoky, creamy toasty oak, Kirsch liqueur, raspberry, blackcurrant which literally jump from the glass of this dense ruby/purple-coloured wine. Finishing with length and purity.
Please reserve your glass with reception before 7pm on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th June 2015
1994 Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California
£30 per 125ml glass. Current wine list price - £230
Perhaps you recall that 1994 was one of those years in California heralded by all as an ideal vintage for Cabernet Sauvignon. It was true then and still true now. This ’94 Cab’ from Sequoia Grove is currently drinking beautifully with a deep garnet color, aromas of ripe cherry and blackberry with a touch of mocha and cocoa. The fruit intertwines lovingly with the oak, hints of which can be found in aromas of clove, black pepper and spice. The palate is rich and bold but the tannins are soft and supple creating an endless finish. The acid compliments the lushness of the fruit and gives structure and balance throughout the wine.
Grapes are sourced from vineyards managed by some of the most renowned growers in Napa Valley, namely Gary Morisoli, Bill Collins, Beckstoffer, Traina and Garvey.
This wine is great with our chefs Cornish Lamb shoulder.
Please reserve your glass with reception before 7pm on Friday 13th & Saturday 14th June 2015