Timothy Hartley of the Grand Conseil of the Jurade de Saint Emilion presented a selection of Saint Emilion wines to members of the Harrogate Medical Wine Society yesterday.
The Jurade de Saint-Emilion dates from 8th July 1199 when the Charter of Falaise was sealed by King John, John Lackland, recording the confirmation of rights given by his brother King Richard, Coeur de Lion. After its foundation by these two sons of Henry II and Eleanor, Duchess of Acquitaine, the Jurade governed the City until the French Revolution, with its powers being confirmed and extended to the other parishes of the Jurisdiction by Edward I in 1289. When the area came under French sovereignty in the late fifteenth century the Jurade’s rights, duties and powers were confirmed anew by the Kings of France.
The Jurats, the officers of the Jurade, controlled all the civic, legal and administrative affairs of the City, including the quality of the wine, marking approved casks with its Great Seal or having them destroyed if the wine in them did not meet the standards laid down by the Jurade.
Today the boundaries of the ancient Jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion, with its origins deep in the early Middle Ages, still describe the territorial limits of the two appellations in the Jurisdiction: Appellation Saint Emilion Controlée or Protegée and Appellation Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Controlée or Protegée.
The Association de la Jurade in Britain seeks to preserve and spread the fame of Saint-Emilion, as well as to encourage and build upon the historic links and friendships between the two countries.
A wine from Georgia – Mtsvane 2014 produced by Schuchmann winery, was served before the tasting proper. It is a medium-full dry white with intense flavour and satisfyingly crisp aftertaste. The mtsvane grape is local to the Kakheti region in east Georgia.
The following wines were tasted:
- Ch Lyonnat Lussac Saint-Émilion 2009
- Ch. Cantenac Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2012
- Ch. Carteau Cotes Daugay 2009
- Ch. Trimoulet 2004
- Chteau Bernateau 2007
- Vieux Ch. Pelletan Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2002
- Ch. Ripeau Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé 2009
- Ch. Couspaude Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé 2007
The tasting was followed by a light supper – Baked Seabass, Julienne vegetables, Pernod and herb butter followed by Orange and Passionfruit Torte, Tea/Coffee and Mints. Albarino Lagar de Cervera 2014 was poured with the seabass.
- “Thank you for organising the Saint Emilion tasting evening we leant a lot and the food and company were excellent as usual.” – Pat & John Shore, Harrogate
- “Enjoyed tasting the St Emilions and the somewhat unusual delivery of the presenter!” – Dr. Peter Goulding, Harrogate