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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.

Bordeaux 2016 Teaser Video

Bordeaux 2016 Teaser Video

Tuesday 2nd May 2017
by Justerini & Brooks

The Justerini & Brooks team interviewed the Bordeaux winemakers and Château owners in February and asked their thoughts of the 2016 vintage months ahead of release.

Wine dinner at Oxleaze Barn, Gloucestershire

Wine dinner at Oxleaze Barn, Gloucestershire

Friday 21st April 2017
by Justerini & Brooks

Luckily our Cotswold barn scrubbed up suitably well for a Justerini & Brooks’s private customer dinner. The setting couldn’t have been more perfect, the location was a beautiful farm in the Cotswold countryside, and the evening sun was out.

As the great and the good from Gloucestershire arrived and sipped on Pol Roger 2006 and Gusbourne Estate Blanc de Blancs 2012, Andrew Kojima, a masterchef finalist, was preparing our delicious Japanese fusion style dishes for the night.

I had been looking forward to this for a long time, I was a little nervous too as it was my launch with Justerini & Brooks in the South West (having done 14 years with them in Scotland) so there was a bit hanging in the balance as they say.  Luckily I had the support on the night of Hew Blair the Chairman!

The guest list was strong, the wines were exciting, and the food was fresh and fashionable. After my introduction to Justerini & Brooks, and a little talk about Gusbourne and Pol Roger, thirty of us sat down to a stunning table set with glasses, flowers and surrounded by the rustic charm of the barn. This was definitely a cool place to hold a fine wine dinner.

An anniversary tasting and dinner celebrating 200 years of Liger-Belair

An anniversary tasting and dinner celebrating 200 years of Liger-Belair

Friday 24th April 2015
by Giles Burke-Gaffney

Wine lovers and Burgundy aficionados convened with great excitement at the Serpentine Sackler gallery’s magnificent restaurant, Magazine, on Wednesday night.  

The occasion was a double anniversary celebration of both the Liger-Belair family’s 200 years at the Château de Vosne-Romanée and also fifteen years of Louis-Michel Liger-Belair making wine at the estate he established in 2000, what is now known as Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair.  A wonderful evening was kick-started with a potted history of this great Domaine (see below), given by our chairman, Hew Blair, over a delicious glass of Diebolt Vallois Cuvée Prestige Champagne.  As one of the very first people to walk into the Liger Belair cellars in 2001, Hew was well placed to guide us through the mixed fortunes in this fascinating tale.  Justerini & Brooks are thrilled and proud to have represented the Domaine in the UK and Singapore ever since its very first vintage, 2000.

Louis-Michel Liger-Belair then took up the reins for a tasting of eight different wines with eight different terroirs, spanning the 2005 to 2012 vintages.  He began by quoting the advice his mentor, Henri Jayer, gave him when he first decided to take on the challenge of producing the family’s first ever domaine-bottled wines:

Dining with the Guinaudeaus at the Connaught

Dining with the Guinaudeaus at the Connaught

Tuesday 3rd March 2015
by Justerini & Brooks

Last week saw Baptiste and Julie Guinaudeau, proprietors of Château Lafleur, come to London so we took the opportunity to put on a dinner at which they could introduce us and some clients to their wines.

So, as you do, we called the Connaught and booked one of their private rooms, with dinner to be cooked by Hélène Darroze’s 2 Michelin star team. Unsurprisingly I’d been looking forward to the dinner for quite some time.

After a quick tour of the Connaught’s small but exceedingly good wine cellar (worth asking for if you’re there) it was time to open some wine and await our guests. Drinks started round the table so Baptiste and Julie could say Hello to everyone with some of their Château Grand Village Blanc 2013Grand Village is the home of Jacques and Sylvie, and they produce excellent red and white wine from the vineyards around it; I’ve tasted quite a few vintages of Grand Village and can say I’ve got a big soft spot for them. New vintages of both cost under £10 per bottle, which is incredibly good value considering it’s made in exactly the same way as Lafleur, by exactly the same team. The 2013 Blanc was delicious, refreshing and palate-cleansing. It’ll be fantastic this Summer for sipping in the sun.
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