Annabel's Wine Series - Part III
Tuesday 11th June | The Garden | 7.30pm
The much anticipated Annabel's Wine Series returns next month for the third in our series of dinners in The Garden devoted to showcasing the best Chateaux, wines and vintages from Europe and beyond.
Wine Dinner Series Part III
Join us in The Garden on Tuesday 11th June as we raise a glass to the ultimate exploration of exceptional vintages produced by two of Bordeaux finest, Château Haut-Brion & Château La Mission Haut-Brion.
Journey through an exploration of wines that promise to envelope both the palate and the mind. Wines will be paired with a gastronomic four-course menu served in The Garden. Hosted by Group Head Sommelier & Wine Buyer, Clément Robert and Managing Director of Clarence Dillon Wines; Clément Marcotte de Quivières, there is no question the third in the Annabel's Wine Series will be one to remember.
£375 per person (excludes service charge) | Dress Code: Black Tie
Dates for your diary
Château Lynch-Bages Wine Dinner
Wednesday 11th September | The Garden | 7.30pm
Daring, innovative and with a reputation for often being the last to harvest, Jean-Charles Cazes defined the style of Lynch-Bages in the 1930s. The wine's distinctive character has earned it a place amongst Pauillac's greatest. It combines structure, finesse and elegance, offering generous aromas in its youth and developing deeper complexities with bottle age.
Jean-Michel Cazes, grandson of Jean-Charles, has worked hard to develop and refine the wine’s supple and smooth structure over the years. Vintage after vintage, the estate’s precise and excellent winemaking techniques have served to firmly establish Lynch-Bages reputation for consistent quality.
We look forward to hosting this prestigious Château at the Club for the fifth in our Wine Dinner Series.
Vega Sicilia & Oremus Wine Dinner
Tuesday 5th November | The Garden | 7.30pm
Vega Sicilia, Spain's “first growth” and most prestigious wine estate, is located in Ribera del Duero. It was founded in 1864 by Don Eloy Lecanda y Chaves, who arrived from Bordeaux with cuttings of local grapes (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec) and planted them, together with Spain’s signature grape Tinto Fino, otherwise known as Tempranillo, in the arid Ribera soils. Vega Sicilia embodies a culture of commitment and patience, a rigorous and honest spirit.
A way of understanding life where respecting the value of time, today more than ever, is present as the lynchpin of its reality. A philosophy that stands out for its commitment to nature and people, seeking to obtain the best of the land, vines, grapes and wine. An unlimited commitment to the search for excellence, for the essence of the authentic, for the endeavours and the reward for giving one's best. We look forward to hosting this prestigious Château at the Club for the fourth in our Wine Dinner Series.
RAISE A GLASS
Words: Douglas Blyde
Douglas Blyde is a Gastronomy Consultant and the drinks columnist for ES Magazine.
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Pierre Olivier Clouet of Château Cheval Blanc spoke next, heralding three vintages of the legendary Cabernet Franc led red. ‘Welcome to the world of Saint-Émilion at Annabel’s!’ Served with tenderly curried blue lobster, the shiny 2006 was built to last, while magnums of 2004 were beautifully bosquey. Liberated from Richard Caring’s personal cellar, the 1995 was the star bottle - still vivacious and suave - partnered with thoroughly truffled beef Wellington. Acting as compere, Annabel’s wine consultant, Guillem Kerambrun made a delightful joke: ‘I’m sorry ladies and gentlemen, there’s no more beef in the kitchen. But we do have more 1995!’
Lastly, equating to just one glass per vine, immensely concentrated d’Yquem 1999 in magnum offered waves of flavour of dried apricots and saffron, confirming why generations have fallen in love with the estate...
Throughout the year, Annabel’s bring the worlds most coveted wines to the glasses of Annabel’s members at these exclusive wine dinners.'