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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.
1998 Château Pavie Decèsse, Grand Cru Classé, St Emilion, Bordeaux, France
£35 per 125ml glass. Current wine list price - £242
Château Pavie Decèsse is a small nine hectare estate which was the sister property of Château Pavie, both previously owned by the Valet family until they were purchased by Gérard Perse, owner of Château Monbousquet, in 1997.
The vineyards are planted on chalky, clay soils with 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is matured in 100% new oak barrels for 18 months. It is deep in colour, concentrated and intense on the palate, with noticeable tannins and hints of vanilla.
1998 was another solar vintage in France with some heat waves during the growing season. The wine has a great concentration of ripe dark fruits aromas followed by hints of dark chocolate, cloves and liquorice. The palate is soft and velvety and develops subtle notes of truffle that defines most of the world’s best Merlot. The softness of the tannins and the ripeness of the fruit will complement Daniel’s Lamb course perfectly.
Please reserve your glass with reception before 7pm Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th July 2015.
1988 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, Soldera, Case Basse, Tuscany, Italy
£40 per 125ml glass. Current wine list price - £290
Tonight, I have chosen one of Italy’s most acclaimed red wines!
Brunello, such as Chianti, is mainly made from the local Sangiovese grape. In its youth, Brunello is a bit more delicate and rounded than Sangiovese.
This wine tends to develop lots of aromas in its evolution, including tobacco, black truffle, chocolate, coffee beans and leather as well as a touch of earthiness. All the while, the fruits remain present with notes of very ripe blackberry, plums, prunes and a touch of cherry macerated in alcohol. The finish is long with a great complexity but the palate is still lively, velvety and soft.
The elegance, softness and evolution of the wine is especially delightful when paired with Daniel’s beef course or with one of our cheese selections.
Please reserve your glass with reception before 7pm on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th July 2015.