The Long Liquid Lunch or “LLL” is the first of a series of Gourmet Sunday Lunches with matching Fines Wines arranged by the Harrogate Medical Wine Society.
The first LLL was held on Sunday 31 July 2016 at the Masonic Hall in Harrogate. The talented young chef Adam Vear put together a four course menu from his ‘Fine Dining Repertoire.’ The lunch was for 14 HMWS members who are seriously interested in fine food and wine and have access to great bottles of wine which they are happy to share with like minded people.
The format of the lunch was as follows:
Each attending couple provided two bottles of fine wine to complement a course (aperitif, starter, main-course, cheese or dessert). The wines were prepared (chilled, decanted etc. if indicated) and their identity suitably concealed. All the wines were tasted blind, assessed, scored and identified as closely as possible. Identity of the wines, members’ comments and scores were revealed at the end of the lunch.
The Chardonnay based Pierre-Gimonnet Special Club from the phenomenal 2002 vintage was golden in colour, rounded but with good acidity and a hint of autolysis. It was a lovely wine and a splendid aperitif. (average score was 18).
Seared King Scallops were paired with Pieropan’s La Rocca 2005 and Puligny Montrachet. The La Rocca is Leonildo Pieropan’s celebrated top single estate Soave from late-picked Garganega aged in French oak. It was deep yellow in colour, rich and powerful and lovely to drink on its own but perhaps a shade overpowering for the scallops. (average score too was 16.5). The Puligny Montrachet was lighter, delicious and matched the seafood better. (average score was 16.5). Even though both wines were great on their own, perhaps a Chablis, Alsace Riesling or a new-wave Alvarinho based Vinho Verde would have partnered the scallops better.
Both the Brunello (average score 17) and the Masi Amarone (average score 16.5) were superb wines, not too heavy and accompanied Veal Osso Bucco splendidly.
Amarone della Valpolicella 2011, Tedeschi was poured with the Yorkshire cheeses. The fruit comes from the Mezzane and Tregnago hills of the Valpolicella zone in the Veneto and the wine is a blend of 30% Corvina, 30% Corvinone, 30% Rondinella and the balance 10% made up with Rossignola, Oseleta, Negrara and Dindarella harvested in early October. They were dried indoors with controlled humidity for 4 months. After a soft pressing, fermentation took place at a temperature of 15 degrees C over 60 days. The wine was aged in Slavonian oak for three months. (average score was 17.5)
Chateau Climens 1999 was simply amazing! I do not recognise ‘dessert wines’ as such and prefer to sip mine on its own. The wine has evolved well and the balance was perfect. It was a privilege to drink it. (average score was 18).
Freshly brewed coffee, Petit Fours and contended silence followed. “We should have another one soon” somebody said after a while. “Make it two” another seconded.
The next Long Liquid Lunch will be held in January 2017.
- Champagne Pierre-Gimonnet & Fils
- Maison Louis Jadot
- Leonildo Pieropan
- Tenuta Il Poggione
- Chateau Climens
- “That was rather special yesterday Bernard. A lovely lunch prepared by Adam and some very interesting wines brought by the members attending. The number was just right neither too few nor too many, which made it a very companiable afternoon. Then we had to score seven wines, say country of origin, region, year, maker and price! Wow! There were old wines deep coloured and still very drinkable and younger ones with good colour and fresh nose and taste. We experienced some difficulty getting correct answers as the wines were so different. No one fell under the table but were we full!!? We just chilled out in front of the Television until bed time. Thank you Bernard it was very enjoyable. With love” – Annxx (Joslin), Harrogate
“Can I just say what a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon having a leisurely lunch and enjoying excellent wines, very good food and delightful company. I enjoyed all the wines, without exception and I think we were very privileged to taste some of them, so thank you to all the members who brought such great wines for the tasting lunch. Thank you, Bernard, for organising the lunch, it was a great success, so here’s to the next one which I hope that I will be lucky enough to attend” – Carole Wood, Ackworth
- “First I would like to thank you for and excellent ‘Liquid Lunch ‘ yesterday. It lived up to all expectations, from the wonderful wines, to the superb lunch, I enjoyed every taste sensation. Therefore I would like to register my name on the list for the next lunch in January. Hopefully I will be able to share with Carole again. Thank you Bernard, love” – Jane (Greenwood), Leeds
- “A wonderful afternoon with great food, wine and convivial company. Really enjoyed it and would love to do it again. Sadly we do have a family birthday lunch booked for January 8 in Surrey. Could do the fifteenth, but recognise that whatever ever date is selected someone will probably miss out. At least it provides an opening for another couple to share the delights.” – Robert Buckley, Leeds