HMWS EVENTS CALENDAR
“To enhance your understanding & appreciation of fine wine”
- Lunch With Jane Hunter: Friday 22 September (Sold out)
- Wines of Mac Forbes: 7pm, Thursday 12 October 2017 at Harrogate Masonic Hall. Tickets £30. (Last 2 places) Tasting only £15 (2 places only)
- Autumn Lunch: Sunday 5 November 2017 at Pannal Golf Club Sold out
- Champagne Dinner Dance: Friday 29 December 2017 at Pannal Golf Club. (24 interested)
- High-Grade Greeks: Thursday 4 January 2018 at Harrogate Masonic Hall. Tickets £32.50 (11 places left)
- Greywacke: Thursday 1 February 2018. Harrogate Masonic Hall. Tickets £30. (19 places left)
- Redoma & Batuta – A Niepoort Vertical: 1 March 2018. Harrogate Masonic Hall. Tickets £40. (18 places)
- Volcanic Wines of Pietradolce: Thursday 5 April 2018. Harrogate Masonic Hall. Tickets £31 (25 places)
- Spring Lunch: Sunday 6 May 2018. Pannal Golf Club. 30 places
- Champagne/Rhone Tour: Saturday 21 October to Sunday 29 October 2017 (23 members, list closed)
- Wine Tour of Argentina – March 2018 (9 interested)
Current Wine Offers
See Wine Offers 2017 – ***Domaine Lasserre 2014 Jurancon (37.5 cl) £6.99 -1 half bottle, Torres Spain, Tedeschi, Douro
(Wine Collections: Fridays 10 am – 12 noon & 4 – 6 pm)
TODAY – FRIDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 2017
(A Root Day)
Dinner with Peter Hofman at Fisk yesterday:
- Lunch With Jane Hunter: Starts at 11.30 am today at Pannal Golf Club
THURSDAY 21 SEPTEMBER
Dinner With Peter Hofman: Peter will be arriving in Harrogate today for tomorrow’s lunch with Jane Hunter. A simple dinner is being arranged for him in a local restaurant. If anybody is interested in joining the party, please get in touch – BD
October HMWS Wine Tour: Guigal, Bouchard, Drappier, Pol Roger, Vergnon, and Piere-Gimonnet were contacted yesterday to reconfirm our visits. See letter from Champagne Pierre-Gimonnet below
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Visiting Champagne Pierre-Gimonnet: “That is always OK for us. Unfortunately, I will not receive you myself, because I will be in USA from the 16th to the 27th of October. I sincerely regret that. But do not worry. Nathalie will receive you for the tasting and for the lunch. She is enough professional to do that without any problem. And she knows the quality of your group. I will tell her to send you the cost of this. Hoping your understanding. Best regards.” – Didier Gimonnet, Champagne Pierre GIMONNET & Fils
HMWS at Champagne Pierre-Gimonnet:
2008 Clos des Goisses: “Clos des Goisses is perhaps Champagne’s most exceptional hillside vineyard, renowned for producing some of the region’s finest and longest lived wines. Legendary old bottles regularly feature on critics’ and connoisseurs’ lists of most memorable wines, and yet because of its tiny production, it remains something of a hidden gem to all but the connoisseur. Today’s release may well change that.
It is no secret that the long-awaited 2008 Champagne vintage has produced some exceedingly fine, taut wines. The combination of the 2008 growing season and the magical Clos des Goisses vineyard has produced an utterly spectacular result.
Tasting the 2008 we found ourselves trying to remember a more impressive young Champagne release from any grower. The power is there, particularly evident on the exceptionally long fi nish. But what impressed most was the incredible clarity of aromas, the contrasting structural qualities of delicacy and strength, and the kaleidoscopic transparency of flavours that are somehow etched into the core of the wine. If anyone was wondering about the critics’ hype surrounding the vintage, Clos des Goisses 2008 would be a fine way to prove that point.
The keys to the success of enclosed vineyard of Clos des Goisses lie in the exceptional steepness, the pure belemnite chalk soils, the positioning of the vines directly above the Marne river, and a directly south facing exposition. All of these combine to give average temperatures that sit over a degree higher than the rest of Champagne during the growing season, allowing Charles Philipponnat and his team to ensure fabulous grape maturity even when others struggle. The result is one of Champagne’s most impressive and dependable wines, entirely capable of legend status in years such as these.
“A wine of explosive power and energy, the 2008 Clos des Goisses is magnificent. A host of citrus, white flower, lemon confit and orchard fruit overtones race across the palate in a Goisses of striking precision, delineation and tension. The bright flavor profile is very Chardonnay-dominant at this early stage, while the weight and textural depth of the Pinot is especially evident on the mid-palate and finish. I tasted the 2008 from a bottle in disgorgement trials, so my rating is therefore in parentheses. If the commercial wine is anything like this bottle, readers will be in for a treat, as the 2008 Goisses is shaping up to be a magical Champagne.” 95-98 Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com
Due to demand we will have to strictly allocate this exciting release.” – Justerini & Brooks
- 2008 Clos des Goisses, Brut, Philipponnat – 6x75cl £600
WEDNESDAY 20 SEPTEMBER
- Armit Price List: The new Armit Wines trade price list, effective from Monday 2nd October has arrived. There are several price increase due to recent currency fluctuations, but these have largely been kept to a minimum. (Armit Wines is one of the Society’s suppliers)
- Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2008: Majestic Wines are offering this fine champagne from the great 2008 vintage at £36.99 for a week only when you buy 6 bottles. (This is a good offer, worth considering. – BD)
- Les Wilson is purchasing a gift box of loose teas from Betty’s (with 25% discount!) for Jane Hunter on behalf of the Society
- Jane Hunter will be arriving at Pannal Station where she will be met at 11.26 am on Friday and driven to the Pannal Golf Club
- Dr. Stephen Cameron is picking up Peter Hofman at the Crown Hotel at 11.10 am on Friday
- Mr. Oliver Connolly (North Rigton) who knows Jane Hunter, will attend the lunch with his wife Lucinda
- Pannal Golf Club chairman will attend the lunch with the club photographer in attendance
Letters To The Editor
Super Tuscans: “In 1968, when Tenuta San Guido’s Sassicaia was finally released to the world, it revolutionised Italian wine and created a new genre: the Super-Tuscan.
Now renowned and revered across the world, Sassicaia is known as “one of the world’s great wines” according to the wine critic Robert Parker and the Tenuta San Guido estate itself as an “inspiration for all Italian wine” by Monica Larner.
The third wine of the estate, Le Difese, is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese. It benefits from all the expertise and methods of Tenuta San Guido’s world-leading winemakers, as well as borrowing oak barrels for ageing that were previously used for Sassicaia and the estates second wine, Guidalberto.
Le Difese always offers delicious approachability from release, as well as incredible value. We are fortunate to have several cases of the recently released 2014 and 2015 available and ready for immediate delivery, and we offer them on a first come, first served basis.” – Armit Wines
The wines are on offer to the Society and can be ordered:
- 2014 Le Difese – £62.81 per 6 bottles in bond
- 2015 Le Difese – £66 per 6 bottles in bond
(The above article is essential reading for all wine lovers. – BD)
TUESDAY 19 SEPTEMBER
- Wines of Brazil: Members’ wine order arrived yesterday and is ready for collection. Go Brazil invoice for £1057.99 was paid
- Iona Wines: The first batch arrived this morning
- Friday Wine Collection: Please note wine collection this Friday will not be possible in view of Hunter’s lunch
- Today sees the release of 2015 Château d’Yquem and offers have come from Farr Vintners and Lea & Sandeman
- Pol Roger NV: Laytons are offering Champagne Pol Roger NV at £32.94 a bottle inclusive of VAT when 12 bottles are purchased (The average UK price according to Winesearcher is £42 but I do not think this is a great offer. – BD)
- Tasting Lunch At Bouchard: Details of the tasting lunch at Bouchard Pére & Fils on Day 5 (Wednesday) of the Society’s Champagne/Rhone/Burgundy Tour in October are now to hand and are posted on the blog page. Click here to see them
- October Tour Party: Two members have dropped out of the Champagne/Rhone/Burgundy tour because of ill health. Their hotel reservations have been cancelled and the coach company (Britannia Travel) informed. Two members will travel to Arras early and join the tour party there. Britannia travel were provided with all relevant information including the ‘cabin list’ for the Zeebrugge-Hull crossing on the way back from Champagne
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
- Tedeschi: “Based on your recommendation we would like to order a case of the Maternigo Valpolicella Superiore.Jerez: If you were to arrange a new trip then Renna and I would be interested.” – Tony Lee
If there is enough interest, a trip to the Sherry Triangle next spring would certainly be possible – BD
- International Sherry Week: Thank you for taking the time to join us in Leeds. I am only sorry I wasn’t there to meet you in person. However, we are in touch directly and hope to contact soon. Perhaps you have an opportunity to get involved with International Sherry Week? See www.sherry.wine/sherry-week for more information. – Angeline (Bayly), Director, Sherry Wine UK.
MONDAY 18 SEPTEMBER
- Monday Wine Offer: Details of this week’s offer are posted on the blog page. Click here to see them
- Lunch With Jane Hunter: The event is sold out
- Majestic Champagne Offer: Heidsieck Bronze Top from £15.99 – ends midnight tomorrow
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
- Argentina In Spring: “I have just read the proposed itinerary for the proposed tour to Argentina, sounds fantastic, unfortunate for me it is the same time as Jackies trip to New Zealand, 26/02/18 to 28/03/18, for Sons 50th birthday and family visit. I would still like to go , please advise the possible single supplement.” – Tony Stanier
I have written to Sophie re single supplement – BD
- Veneto & Hunter’s Lunch: “We were interested in your Tedeschi tasting notes as we are off to Verona and Valpolicella country tomorrow morning. Unfortunately we will miss Jane Hunter’ Lunch (blast!!). Please remember us to Peter Hofman. Enjoy the prestigious event on Friday.” – Drs. Alisdair and Elma Stewart, Harrogate
Paola Bassi can be contacted for an appointment at Tedeschi – BD
HMWS in the Veneto in 2004:
SUNDAY 17 SEPTEMBER
- Torres Spain: The offer ends today
- Spring 2018 Tour Of Argentina: The itinerary and costs for the proposed March 2018 tour of Argentina as provided by Sophie Jump are posted on the “Travels In Argentina” blog page. Click here to see it. Members’ views and suggestions are welcome
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
- Tedeschi: “It was a pleasure to meet you and your wife, together with Chris Mooney Yesterday. I have to thank you for time and enthusiasm you showed for Tedeschi wines and I hope you will select some for your Harrogate Wine Society. Please come and visit us at Tedeschi winery, it will be a pleasure to welcome you. Kindest regards.” – Paola (Bassi), Tedeschi, Verona
SATURDAY 16 SEPTEMBER
- Gramona: If anybody is interested in purchasing this excellent cava even though the offer has expired (see HMWS wine offers), get in touch ASAP
- Monday Wine Offer: This week’s offers end tomorrow to make way for new offers on Monday
- Justerini & Brooks have Jancis Robinson’s wine of the week Maximin Grunhaus, Riesling, Monopol Von Schubert 2016 at £50 for a case of 6
- Wines Of Tedeschi: Paola Bassi, the export manager of Tedeschi popped in yesterday to give a tasting of a selection of the excellent Valpolicella producer’s wines. The following were tasted:
- Tedeschi Capitel Tende Soave DOC Classico 2015 – not in the same class as Pieropan’s La Rocca but avery good buy at £10.52 a bottle
- Tedeschi Capitel San Rocco Valpolicella DOC Classico Superiore 2011 – Though a Ripasso, it has a fine dry finish. ( £13.73)
- ***Tedeschi Materingo Valpolicella DOC Superiore 2013 – An absolute stunner and a ‘must buy’ wine! Dark, extracted and full of flavour. (£16.08)
- Tedeschi La Fabriseria Valpolicella DOC Classico Superiore 2011 – Rich, opulent and lovely. (£21.76)
- Tedeschi Amarone Valpolicella DOCG 2013. (£26.92)
- Tedeschi Capitel Monte Olmi Amarone Valpolicella DOC Classico 2010. (£53.21)
The wines are available to the HMWS from Fells – Tedeschi UK agents at Trade Prices shown above. Please get in touch if you are interested
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
- Visiting The Sherry Triangle?: “I would love to re-visit the “Sherry Triangle”. The last visit there was so memorable. Depending on dates I would be very interested.” – Carole Wood, Ackworth
- Friends Of Ham: “We have been to all 3 places and we can highly recommend all of them. The newer Ham & Friends is very good and just on the 36 Bus route and handy for the theatre and the Arena.” – Sian Gamble, Harrogate (Ham & Friends Events, Friends of Ham Events)
- Georgia: “A year ago we were in magical Georgia, being driven up tortuous climbs on dirt tacks with precipitous drops but also superb views. Also superb were the buildings, the people and the wines and food. We were reminded of it this last weekend as the BBC Food Program (Radio 4) reported on a trip through the Caucasus. The sounds of polyphonic singing, descriptions of the food and visits to wineries, including the Alaverdi Monastry, brought alive our memories.
The program should be available online for those who want to relive memories of their trip(s) to Georgia.” – Tony Lee, Knaresborough
- CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva 1957: “We celebrated Renna’s special birthday with an equally special wine.
Our hopes for this 60 year old wine were at first deflated as the cork crumbled as it was carefully pulled. But after decanting it looked good and when poured our hopes were totally fulfilled. A slight mahogany around the edges hinted at its age but the nose was fresh, clean and enticing. In the mouth it came alive with delightful fruit and balanced and still fresh acidity that married with our dish of simply cooked lamb steak to perfection. In the length the wine went on for ever, leaving us with broad smiles of contentment upon our faces.
It was truly a special wine to match such a special event.” – Tony Lee
(Below – HMWS in Rioja)
- South Africa 2017 – A Special Report By Tim Atkin MW:
“I’m delighted to tell you that I’ve just published my sixth annual guide to South Africa, which runs to 225 pages this year and is my most comprehensive yet. In the report, I argue that the Cape is making the best wines in its 358-year history and that its industry is “dynamic, exciting and still evolving”.
South Africa is a match for any other New World country in terms of quality and ahead of the field on value. So now is the time to take advantage of prices that are low by global fine wine standards.
The 2016 vintage, which was one of the hottest and driest on record, was very tricky, but the best producers have made some excellent wines. Of my 149 wines of the year, 76 are from 2016. Don’t write off the harvest.
This year, I have singled out Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Cinsaut and sparkling Méthode Cap Classique wines for special praise, but these days the Cape is capable of making almost any wine style to a very high standard.
My 2017 South Africa Special Report is the product of two trips to the Cape this year, as well as further tastings in the UK and Germany.
It includes: My top wines of the year (white, red, sweet, fortified and sparkling); Scores for over 1,400 wines, with retail prices in South African Rand, ranging from R40 to R4,900, 1,100+ tasting notes; Evocative photos of the winelands and winemakers; My 2017 classification of the 200 best South African wineries. All this for £20. You can download the 2017 report here. Cheers.” – Tim (Atkin) MW