Pierre Luneau drawing a sample of his 2011 Muscadet: late September
Brief report on the event
1] 2010 Rose d’Anjou, Château de la Roulerie, Philippe Germain
2] 2003 Muscadet sur lie Le L’d’Or, Pierre Luneau £12.25
3] 1997 Vouvray Sec, Domaine Champalou, Didier Champalou
4] 1989 Montlouis Sec, Dominique Moyer
Cauliflower risotto with pan-seared scallops
5] 2000 Saumur Champigny, Domaine des Roches Neuves, Thierry Germain
6] 2000 Saumur Champigny, Terres Chaudes, Thierry Germain
7] 1996 Anjou Villages, Domaine des Rochelles, Jean-Yves Lebreton
8] 1989 Chinon, Domaine de la Perrière, Christophe Baudry
Featherblade of beef, carrots, green beans, mashed potato
9] 1995 Vouvray Cuvée Moelleuse, Didier Champalou
A selection of cheeses
Tom King’s comments following the tasting:
L' d'Or 2003 was nicely balanced and still remarkably fresh.
1997 Vouvray Champalou was quite dark colour and ageing fairly quickly [a touch of maderisation] - a '97 lacking the acidity of some other vintages.
(Jim: acidity was quite low in many 1997s.)
1989 Montlouis Moyer - 2nd bottle much better than first - still had a remarkable freshness and nice fruit.
2000 S/C Roches Neuves Domaine - remarkable! drinking really well with lovely balance and good fruit – the surprise of the evening.
2000 Terres Chaudes - very good - obviously more weight than above with good structure - a number of years ahead still.
1995 Anjou Villages Rochelles - wonderful sweet fruit - really delicious.
1989 Chinon Domaine de la Perrière - good but rather surprisingly overshadowed by other reds - showing signs of ageing and seemed to be just past its peak.
(Jim: perhaps not that surprising given that this is the easy drinking early bottled cuvee. A bottle of the Vieilles Vignes drunk in August was magnificent.)
1995 Vouvray Moelleuse - lovely balance - nice rich pure chenin - showing very well with the blue cheeses.