Annabel's Wine Series
Join us for an extraordinary evening of fine wine in Annabel's as part of our Wine Series. We invite the leading wineries and Châteaus to present a selection of some of the best vintages in Europe.
Our Wine Dinners will take you through a journey and exploration of wines that promise to envelope both the palate and the mind. These exceptional wines will be paired with a gastronomic four-course menu served in The Garden or Nightclub. Hosted by Group Head Sommelier & Wine Buyer, Clément Robert there is no question that the Annabel's Wine Series is an evening destined for your diary.
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.
The dinner will see one of Pauillac's finest wineries present a selection of some of the best vintages in Europe to be be paired with a gastronomic four-course menu served in The Garden. Hosted by Group Head Sommelier & Wine Buyer, Clément Robert and Jean-Michel Cazes himself, we look forward to welcoming this prestigious Château to the Club for the fourth in our Wine Dinner Series.
Vega Sicilia & Oremus Wine Dinner
Tuesday 5th November | The Nightclub | 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 eternal 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 fifth in our Wine Dinner Series.
Tuesday 11th June
Members and their guests, joined us in The Garden for a light-filled evening where we raised a glass to the ultimate exploration of exceptional vintages produced by two of Bordeaux finest, Château Haut-Brion & Château La Mission Haut-Brion.
Guests journeyed through an exploration of wines that promise to envelope both the palate and the mind. Wines were 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 was no question the third in the Annabel's Wine Series was one to remember.
RAISE A GLASS
Words: Douglas Blyde
Douglas Blyde is the Drinks columnist for ES Magazine, author of Wine List Confidential, host of 50 Best Bars & chair judge of the Sud de France sommelier competition.
We began with truffled gougéres and a cheerful Bordeaux rosé called ‘Clarendelle – Inspired by Haut-Brion’ which captured the natural light filtering into the garden. Successor to Guillem Kerambrun, Annabel’s Master Sommelier, Clement Robert, who previously won International Young Sommelier of the year and UK Sommelier of the Year, introduced the vinous stars of the evening, produced by the legendary Haut-Brion and its sister estate, La Mission Haut-Brion, located a mere 50 metres over the road. The manicured vineyards of both are deeply sown in the unassuming gravels of Pessac beyond the revitalised city of Bordeaux. Haut-Brion was classified as one of the five first growths in Emperor Napoleon III’s 1855 Classification and praised by Samuel Pepys, while, because of its irresistible silkiness, fans of La Mission Haut-Brion call it ‘the sixth first growth’.
Classy renditions from these hallowed properties were poured with chef Julien Jouhannaud’s masterly dishes including a perfectly pink lamb rack with plush pommes Lyonnaise. Separated by a decade, the 2005 Haut-Brion showed poise and polish, though was ‘one to hold dearer to heart’ said Robert, meaning if you are fortunate to have this thoroughbred in your collection, let it gently reach its finished shape, while the 1995 La Mission Haut-Brion with a sensational bosquey perfume was so eager to leave the stalls that it actually triggered a standing ovation!
Generously topping up the wines, including a pretty Haut-Brion’s Clarendelle Amberwine from Monbazillac (served with peach Melba), Robert, and Annabel’s newly appointed Head Sommelier, Erik Simonics, worked the tables, sharing memories about these legendary estates.
After fine ferment, my evening ended with a surprise prescription of a smoky Penicillin Scotch honey, lemon and ginger cocktail, sipped in sight of the remarkable, Gucci flares clad, Alessandro Ristori & the Portofinos in the rocking Nightclub…