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.
Sassicaia Wine Dinner
Wednesday 5th February | Matteo's | 7.30pm
Join us for the first instalment of our 2020 Wine Dinner series, as we enjoy another extraordinary evening of fine wine at Annabel's on Wednesday 5th February. The sixth in our series makes its debut in Matteo's, and in keeping with Italian greats welcomes Tenuta San Guido, producers of one of the most sought-after fine wines in the world, Sassicaia. The picturesque medieval hamlet of Bolgheri, on the Tuscany coast, is the surprising base from which a true wine revolution started. Quietly and elegantly, the Incisa della Rocchetta family put firmly on the map of wine lovers this stretch of beautiful Italian countryside, crafting one of the true iconic Italian wines and creating a new genre: the Super-Tuscan. This now legendary estate was first planted in the 1940s by the Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, who noted the similarity between Bolgheri’s terroirs and that of Graves. For several decades, the Bordeaux-style wine produced from that Cabernet Sauvignon, with some Cabernet Franc, was a strictly private treat. But when, in 1968, Sassicaia was finally released to the world, it revolutionised Italian wine. Such is its influence that in 1994 it was granted its own appellation – Bolgheri Sassicaia DOC, making it the only wine in Italy to have such privilege.
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£350 per person | Dress Code: Black Tie
"I personally think that Sassicaia is one of the best expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon worldwide; very few wines can combine power, complexity and elegance like Sassicaia does. We feel privileged to have the world's biggest collection of this wonderful wine at Matteo’s, and this wine dinner is indeed a celebration of this unique partnership between our two brands.”
~ Clement Robert MS, Group Head Sommelier and Wine Buyer
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…
Dates for your diary
Annabel's Wine Series - Part VII Gaja Wine Dinner
Tuesday 10th March | Matteo's | 7.30pm