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Bodegas Tradicion at Claridge’s

Bodegas Tradicion at Claridge’s

Thursday 24th October 2019
by Mark Dearing

It was an enormous pleasure to spend an evening with Bodegas Tradicion in the beautiful surroundings of Mayfair’s 5* Claridge’s Hotel in late September.

Eighteen lucky attendees were treated to a specially designed five course menu by executive head chef Martyn Nail to celebrate the new direct partnership between Justerini & Brooks and Bodegas Tradicion in the UK. Lorenzo Garcia-Iglesias and Eduardo Davis were our generous hosts, guiding guests through these complex, thoughtful Sherries. It seemed fitting that we should showcase these beautiful wines not with your standard Spanish fare, instead alongside modern, high end cuisine to demonstrate not only the diversity and superior quality of the Tradicion sherries, but also their ability to pair seamlessly and show at their confident best in the most luxurious of environments. These are smart wines in every sense of the word.

A Very Special Evening with Chateau Lafleur in Scotland

A Very Special Evening with Chateau Lafleur in Scotland

Monday 11th March 2019
by Alex Turnbull

It is not every day that I get the privilege of drinking Chateau Lafleur. In fact most days I would consider myself lucky to drink Pensees de Lafleur, or even the Guinaudeau’s superb family estate Chateau Grand Village

So to drink two vintages of Pensees and three vintages of Lafleur in one evening was always going to be a special occasion.

On an uncharacteristically warm February evening a small group of wine lovers and collectors (coordinated by one private client to whom we owe tremendous thanks) gathered at the Cromlix hotel in Perthshire for an intimate dinner with Julie and Baptiste Guinaudeau. Kicking off with a glass of Dom Perignon 1990 from our private client’s cellars, the stage was set for a memorable and eventful evening appreciating the wines of famed Pomerol property, Chateau Lafleur.

We began with a brace of whites. First, A Louima 2012, which was the first vintage of what is now known as Les Champs Libres, from magnum. Les Champs Libres is an ambitious project that revolves around the Guinaudeaus identifying specific plots within their Fronsac estate that would be better suited to growing white grape varieties and replanting these sites with Sauvignon Blanc clones from Sancerre. The result is an unbelievably complex Bordeaux white that easily rivals the top names at a fraction of the price. A Louima 2012 is drinking beautifully – the tropicality and freshness of the Sauvignon balancing perfectly with the toastiness of the oak. Les Champs Libres 2014 at first was the more closed of the two, but as it sat in the glass it quickly came in to its own. Exuberant and supremely well balanced, this is still a baby and requires further cellaring.

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.

A Wine Grower Dinner with Drouhin’s Christophe Thomas

A Wine Grower Dinner with Drouhin’s Christophe Thomas

Tuesday 22nd May 2018
by Alasdair Lawson-Dick

Fifty eight Burgundy fans descended on top St Andrews restaurant The Adamson for our recent Joseph Drouhin Wine Dinner.

As the early evening sun went down guests enjoyed a glass of Justerini & Brooks Sarcey Brut Private Cuvee, while our speaker from Drouhin, Christophe Thomas, was introduced. Two white wines accompanied East Neuk Crab: a surprisingly rich and textured St Aubin and a more stately and complex Puligny Montrachet – both from the attractive 2014 vintage.

A rare rack of lamb followed and many guests proclaimed the fourth wine, a Chambolle Musigny 2014, as the wine of the evening.  Proceeded by a delicious, fresh Cote de Beaune 2013, the Chambolle was dark in colour and long on the palate and matched the black olive and caper and red wine sauce, beautifully.

Piedmont Paulee

Piedmont Paulee

Sunday 15th April 2018
by Mark Dearing

We were all in high spirits following our annual tasting of the latest Piedmont vintage in London. This year it was the turn of the 2014s; wines that deliver bright and lively vineyard characters while being fresh, energetic and easy to taste young. 

Buoyed though we were from that tasting, the bar was about to rise. For one night only, Justerini & Brooks had reserved the entire Rex Whistler restaurant, part of the esteemed Tate Britain gallery. A London institution amongst wine lovers, the Rex Whistler is celebrated for its generous and mature list of fine wines, impeccable service, and hearty, enjoyable food. It was the obvious choice for a “Piedmont Paulee”.

For the first time in its history one of the UK’s most lauded art institutions would have a full-blooded, boisterous Italian installation on its lower ground floor. Fifteen of the region’s top producers including Giuseppe Mascarello, Elio Altare, Paolo Scavino, Fratelli Brovia, Castello di Verduno, Marco Marengo, Piero Busso, Azelia, Roberto Voerzio, Davide Carlone, Matteo Correggia, and new kids on the block Luigi Oddero, would be joined by forty five eager Nebbiolo enthusiasts for a bespoke four course meal to be enjoyed with innumerable bottles generously donated from one another’s personal cellars.

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