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.


    Thursday 30th MAY 2019 – at The BOOT & FLOGGER, SE1

We are delighted to welcome back as tutor, Quentin Sadler, who entertained us earlier this year with tales from Rioja.  With warmer months we greet the refreshing wines of Central Loire, and specifically those produced by Joseph Mellot.  Deeply rooted in the heart of Sancerre, this family run estate was founded in 1513 but evolved to be one of the regions largest and most prestigious.  With holdings in excess of 100 hectares, Mellot produces wines from all the region's appellations, and we shall sample seven of these – plus a chance to compare two styles of Pouilly Fumé.

Starting with a crisp Val de Loire Sauvignon Blanc we'll move to a mature Coteaux du Giennois (a mini Sancerre) full of quince and blossom aromas.  Quincy is a much under-rated appellation that always exhibits long lingering exotic fruit flavours, whereas Menetou Salon has a growing following that has led to much expansion on the limestone and marl soils.  Sancerre La Chatellenie is a flinty mineral example that has been aged on lees and perfectly showcases this super region.  On the opposite bank we have Pouilly Fumé.  Le Troncsec is a single vineyard that yields a delicate wine with mineral and citrus notes.  The Grande Cuvee des Edvins is a more complex example, handcrafted from 30 year old vines to yield an exuberant fruit/floral combination with amazing hints of honey on the palate.  When you taste this we are sure you will see why this wine is a multi-award winner.  We round off with a superb Sancerre Rouge Le Rabault.  From Pinot Noir, the vines are planted on steep flint-rich Sancerre slopes that given real expression to the finished wine.  This wine, from the successful 2015 vintage, won a silver medal at the International Wine Challenge.


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


The tasting, to be held on THURSDAY 30th MAY 2019, will be at the BOOT & FLOGGER, 10/20 REDCROSS WAY, LONDON, SE1 1TA.  We shall aim to start proceedings at around 6.30pm.

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