Tasting Etiquette

Although our tastings are social events, members seek to improve their wine knowledge.

Please therefore remain quiet whilst the lecturer is speaking. There will be a time for discussion before the next wine is poured.




6:30 pm on Monday 23rd September 2019


The name Chapoutier resonates with Rhone fans the world over. Yet, in recent years, this family firm with its
home in the heart of the Rhone at Tain-Hermitage, has grown. Michel Chapoutier runs the Maison formed back in 1808, and it was he who oversaw the change to biodynamics in 1991. His thirst for creating new
vineyards knows no bounds, as enterprises in Roussillon, in Alsace and Germany, plus Spain, Portugal and Australia prove. Equally, his joint venture partnership in a new
area of the Rhone, shows a real desire to spread his vineyard philosophy – the passion for terroir.

From this wide range we have selected eight wines, kicking off with a Brut Nature sparkler, 2016 La Combe Pilate Esteban, 100% Viognier. The following whites skip
from country to country. First up is a Douro - Eleivera Dos Lusiadas, then a super Silvaner Schieferkopf from
Franken, and an organic Coteaux de l'Ardeche - 2016 Domaine des Granges de Mirabel. Our chosen reds are 2014 Pinteivera Tinto from Douro, 2017 Occultum Lapidem, Latour de France – an excellent example of class from Cotes du Roussillon Villages, and, from
maturing magnum stock, 2013 Crozes-Hermitage Les Meysonniers, an organic 100% Syrah wonder. We close the tasting with something often overlooked, yet a superb pud wine – 2015 Banyuls, from Chapoutier's Vignes de Bila-Haut range, a lightly fortified Grenache.

We are delighted to welcome back as tutor, Clive Ashby, AWC member and regional account manager at the
prestigious company, Mentzendorff. Clive's tastings are always popular with members, not surprising given his knowledgeable presentation backed by Mentzendorff's blue-chip producer portfolio. Chapoutier is undoubtedly one of the stars, so don't miss this opportunity to taste some style.

Tickets are available on application – Members £38, guests £43. Concessionary rates for eligible members will apply if requested in advance.

As usual, this tasting event will be followed by a light buffet. There will be some wine to re-taste at the same time – ideal to test the theories that wine tastes better with food.

The tasting, to be held on MOMDAY 23rd SEPTEMBER 2019, will be at the BOOT & FLOGGER, 10/20 REDCROSS WAY, LONDON, SE1 1TA.  We shall aim to start proceedings at around 6.30pm.

Watch for updates in future newssheets, or look on the website:

No. 9/2019


Please address correspondence to: The Secretary, AWC, 83 Cromwell Road, Wimbledon, London, SW19 8LF.

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