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Every weekend, we showcase and open an iconic bottle of wine, carefully selected by our sommelier team.
Each iconic wine has been chosen for its prestige and critical acclaim and then offered to you to drink by the glass at cost price.
Chateau Montelena, Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate, 1999
£35 per 125ml glass. Current wine list price - £250.00
I wanted to show this fantastic wine this weekend as they were the winning estate during the Judgement of Paris 1976 with their 1973 Chardonnay. Established in 1882 by entrepreneur Alfred Loving Tubbs, Montelena became the seventh largest winery in Napa in 1896.During the Prohibition, Tubbs sold grapes but did not produce wine.
He sold the Chateau in 1958 to a couple looking for a retirement home. In 1968, Lee and Helen Paschich bought the property, and brought in lawyer, James L. Barrett as partners. Barrett replanted the vineyard and installed winemaking equipment in the historic buildings and it began producing wines again in 1972.
Four years later, the Chateau Montelena 1973 Chardonnay won first place among the Chardonnays and white Burgundies entered in the "Judgement of Paris" wine competition. 1999 was a great vintage and this wine shows an exceptional complexity.
The concentration gives subtle notes of very ripe blackberries and blueberries with slightly smoky undertones. It has a great length and a velvety palate finishing with aromas of tobacco, coffee and dry plums and would make a delicious pairing with our beef course.
Please reserve your glass with reception before 7pm Friday 17th & Saturday 18th April 2015.