What fun this was. We tasted four delicious new finds timed perfectly for us to be together with a few friends and family outside – April the 24th. We were lucky with the weather. We had bbq’s smoking in the garden, cheese and charcuterie platters galore and Matthias joining us life from Austria to tell us about his delicious white wine.
Here’s what we had:
André Clouet Grand Cru Grande Reserve NV Brut
Gruner Veltliner Tradition both 2017 and 2019 by Weingut Durnberg, Austria
La Minuette Rosé 2020 by Domaine Gayda, IGP Oc, France
Chateauneuf du Pape 2019, Domaine de la Presidente
and here’s how we rolled ….
It was hard to pick a favourite as the wines really were, just so good. The Champagne is made by a very great friend of mine, Jean Francois Clouet, who has stayed many times with us in London. He’s now mayor of Bouzy and running his family estate – all grand cru production and all Pinot Noir. It was completely stunning.
I’m a bit fussy about my Rosé I have to admit. I generally think quality increases up to about £15 a bottle then you’re throwing money away on marketing after that. When I was considering a Rosé for our summer events I called up Tim Ford of Domaine Gayda immediately and looked no further. I have always loved his Minuette Rosé for it’s freshness, crispness, elegance and purity and this 2020 delivers all that in the lightest, most coral pink perfect way possible.
Next up was the Gruner which might have been the star of the show, obviously helped by Matthias jumping on the call and delivering Austrian charm in spades. Matthias is again a grower I have worked with for many years. He hasn’t quite had the Gilbey invitation to stay but he’s earning the right now. We were showing the 2017 in half bottle which is now beautifully floral and honeyed with perfectly pure fruit to match. In bottle we had the 2019 which is again completely delicious with just a bit more red apple and citrus. Both outstanding wines and a brilliant surprise to many who hadn’t tasted great Gruner Veltliner before.
Last, but by no means least was the Chateauneuf du Pape from Domaine de la Presidente. I had not worked with this Domaine for a number of years so it was so great to come across their wines again a year or two ago. I had wanted to ship the Chateauneuf at the time but had to wait until we were rolling as Tom Gilbey to really get in to it. Rich, hedonistic, bursting with spicy black fruit, this really is Summer pudding in a glass. We served it slightly cool on the evening – cellar temperature 18 degrees – and it was just perfect.
All in all a really fun event. I’m pretty sure we all want a bit of real life action now so who knows where the virtual event world will go. What I do know though, is that these wines really will sing in any environment you put them in.
Thank you to all of you who joined and for all your kind feedback afterwards. Roll on the next event ….