Steven hits the Savoy to toast Bordeaux’s finest wines
Celebrating Bordeaux’s greatest
Six bottles of Bride Valley Blanc de Blanc 2014 was one of the lots in a very prestigious silent auction at the Wine Dinner in London at the end of March.
The annual event at the Savoy Hotel celebrates the wines of Bordeaux (known as Claret in the UK) from the famous 2005 vintage. All the best wines of Bordeaux sent in bottles, including eight of the 10 First Growths, whose wines fetch in excess of £500 a bottle. (The First Growths are those chateaux classified as such in the 1855 classification of the wines of Bordeaux for the International Exhibition in Paris. At that time they were Lafite-Rothschild, Latour and Margaux from the Medoc, Haut-Brion from the Graves and d’Yquem from Sauternes, all on Bordeaux’s Left Bank. The equivalent from the Right Bank are Ausone, Cheval Blanc and Petrus.)
There was a pre-dinner tasting of 22 of the top 2005 reds and they were – expectedly – amazing. Domaine de Chevalier, Haut-Bailly, La Conseilante, Vieux Chateau Certan….the list of wines was truly stellar. For me the Lafite had the edge for unparalleled finesse, although had I been shopping for my own cellar I would have chosen a Rauzan.
The evening was organised by Johnny Goedhuis, of wine merchant Goedhuis and Co and this was its 14th year. I’ve been to four so far and each year they become more impressive. There were many titles in attendance and I’m fairly certain mine was the lowest net worth in the room!
I was pleased to see the Blanc de Blanc go for £400. That, and all the funds raised will go to the James Wentworth-Stanley Memorial Fund and the Bee Hive (Northampton School Arts College) Trust.
For more information on the event and Goedhuis & Co visit www.goedhuis.com