Posts with the label "echezeaux"


A Madame Lalou Bize-Leroy Dinner

A Madame Lalou Bize-Leroy Dinner

Friday 2nd November 2018
by Alex Turnbull

Two weeks ago a very special dinner took place at 61 St James’s Street celebrating the wines of Madame Lalou Bize-Leroy and others. 

It was a magical evening, made all the better by exceptional food from Simpkin and Roses. All of the Bize-Leroy wines, including the Romanee Conti’s, came from the Justerini & Brooks Cellar, where they have been sitting since shipping from the respective Domaines on release. These are my notes.

Kicking off the evening with a glass of fizz and a canapé, we tried two vintages of iconic Champagne Salon from Les Mesnil Sur Oger. Easily one of the most instantly recognisable Champagne houses, it was fascinating to try the 1999 and 1996 in quick succession. Some wines have the remarkable ability to transport you back in time, and the 1999 did just that. Orchard and citrus fruits of apples and lemons, with a lovely creamy texture and a perfumed finish, I am pleased to report that the 1999 has barely developed since the last time I tried it and shows all of the signs that it will continue to age at a snail-like pace. The 1996 which we drunk next was marginally more evolved but no less delicious, and definitely entering its drinking window now.

The Big Burgfest Blog: 2013 shines

The Big Burgfest Blog: 2013 shines

Monday 17th October 2016
by Giles Burke-Gaffney

Over the four days and 244 wines of Red Burgfest 2013 vintage, there were plenty of tannin-stained smiles.  

Judging by all of these bottled samples from the Cote d’Or’s finest crus and producers,  2013 is what it always promised to be from cask:  Overall a very good vintage that, whilst uneven, is capable of hitting the heights. The odd stain on the largely rosy tasting notes was that a few wines appeared to be picked a tad too early.  At best, though, this is a racy, ethereal and pure vintage with good intensity levels, there may not be the overall consistency or concentration of 2010 but it offers more charm and approachability in its youth. 

A celebration of the wines of Cecile Tremblay

A celebration of the wines of Cecile Tremblay

Thursday 5th May 2016
by Giles Burke-Gaffney

I was absolutely thrilled to host Cecile Tremblay and 10 guests to dinner last week in the cosy and stylish surrounds of Mark's club. 

Cecile has not been to London for several years now - time passes by all too quickly. I can clearly remember visiting her domaine for the first time in 2008. A tip off and an address on a scrap of paper were all I had to go on as I drove up and down the unfamiliar territory of Bligny les Beaune, where her first shared and rather cramped cellars were. How glad I am to have eventually found it!

A move to Vosne and then Gevrey were further stop-gaps until finally settling into her new cuverie for the bottling of the 2012 vintage. How far she has come! She is now one of the most sought after producers in Burgundy, with a devout fan base of drinkers.