A fine wine dinner with Jacques Devauges of Clos de Tart

A fine wine dinner with Jacques Devauges of Clos de Tart

Monday 27th March 2017
by Chadwick Delaney

Singapore is a market which has long been particularly close to Justerini & Brooks.  A country filled with substantial and highly knowledgeable private collectors, Justerini & Brooks wine dinners in the private dining room within the Four Seasons hotel – dinners which began as soon as that hotel was first built and still run regularly today - have become the stuff of legend. 

Regularly attracting the biggest wine collectors from Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia. They were in attendance again last week for a series of fabulous Clos de Tart dinners.  Jacques Devauges, the new winemaker at the estate, flew in to Singapore especially for the events.  Clos de Tart is indeed a rare and special wine from a truly ancient estate.  Founded in 1141, it is one of only five Grand Cru monopoles.  It also happens to provide the oldest history that Justerini & Brooks has with a Burgundy estate.  In fact, a beautiful bottle of Clos de Tart 1909, bottled by Justerini & Brooks, still holds pride of place back in St. James’s street. 

Bordeaux 2014 - Glittering on the red carpet…

Bordeaux 2014 - Glittering on the red carpet…

Monday 6th March 2017
by Tom Jenkins

Coining a vintage ‘classic’ or ‘one that will appeal to British palates’ can be laced with euphemism. But with the 2014s, it never has it been so true. We loved the style of these wines when we tasted from barrel and now that they are in bottle, they are looking more ravishing than ever.

Tasting a star-studded line-up of 2014s at BAFTA on Tuesday evening, more than confirmed that these wines press all the right buttons.

We were delighted to be joined by representatives from Château Lafleur, Château La Fleur-Petrus, Château Belair-Monanage, Château L’Eglise-Clinet, Vieux Château-Certan, L’If, Château Canon, Château Rauzan-Segla, Château Pichon-Lalande, Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Château Haut Batailley and Château Calon-Segur. With such a list of celebrity wine-makers and revered Châteaux it would be unfair and improper to hand out gongs – each wine from the humble Grand Village to the momentous Lafleur shone.

A Château Lafleur dinner at St. James's

A Château Lafleur dinner at St. James's

Thursday 2nd March 2017
by Chadwick Delaney

What an extraordinary week!  Just two days after we welcomed Jacques Thienpont, who’d kindly flown over to dine with our Le Pin customers in Justerini & Brooks’ private dining room, we welcomed back our close friends Baptiste and Julie Guinaudeau of Château Lafleur to do the same. 

It is always such a delight to have them over for these dinners in St. James’s.  Our customers love their illuminating and engaging insights on the fascinating wines of Lafleur.

We began the evening with a chilled glass of Dom Perignon 2004 before moving upstairs to our dining room.  The first wine of the evening, once sat down, was the Guinaudeau’s quite delicious white – Les Champs Libres 2014.  It’s a beautiful wine which matched our chef’s slightly spicy crab gratin perfectly. 100% Sauvignon Blanc, barrel-fermented, and from Sancerre clones - the warmer Bordeaux weather gives the wine a little extra intensity on the palate.  But still with that linear Sauvignon feel and a fresh, high-toned nose.  Unquestionably a wine that keeps pulling you back for another sip.


A Le Pin dinner with  Jacques Thienpont

A Le Pin dinner with Jacques Thienpont

Tuesday 28th February 2017
by Chadwick Delaney

Last night was a rare privilege.  Our private dining room in St. James’s, the host of many truly wonderful evenings over the years, had the pleasure of welcoming Jacques Thienpont over from Bordeaux for the very first time. 

Jacques flew in to meet some of our customers who have been buying Le Pin.  It was quite the gathering.  All deep admirers of this iconic Bordeaux estate. We started the evening with a small glass of L’If ’14.  Jacques’ little St Emilion baby as he called it.  It showed a lovely balance with pure, silky fruits and was a first experience of L’If for many of those attending. 

Bordeaux 2016: Northern Lights

Bordeaux 2016: Northern Lights

Wednesday 15th February 2017
by Tom Jenkins

Journalists like to pigeonhole vintages. It supposedly makes life easy for consumers. Condense the wines of Bordeaux down into a brief soundbite, a paragraph that tells you all you need to know about this wonderful region. 

In 2015 it was a ‘Right Bank, Pessac and Margaux’ year. Read into this what you will – but what is not said often resonates the loudest. Most interpreted this as ‘don’t go near the northern Medoc’. The truth is rarely so simple…

Last week, our reconnaissance team spent three fascinating days tasting and re-tasting what is already being referred to as a sanctified trilogy: 2014, 2015 and 2016. Let’s start with the 2014s. This is a vintage that really appeals to our palates – a combination of modern winemaking and classic flavours, a vintage of balance and precision with more than enough power and concentration. It will of course remain in the shadow of 2015 and 2016, but these wines will make you smile and if you bought them en primeur, you should be well pleased.

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