jamie goode's wine blog: Some celebration wines with Neal

Friday, November 17, 2006

Some celebration wines with Neal

Went to The Arches for Neal Martin's dinner to celebrate his elevation to superstardom. It was my first visit to this hallowed venue (see a nice article by Andrew Jefford on the Arches, and Harry Gill, its proprietor -pictured). There were eight of us, and Neal provided most of the wine, the balance of which we bought from Harry's wonderful list, with Harry joining us and contributing a couple of surprise bottles of his own. Most of these wines were tasted blind. It was great fun, but I don't feel up to submitting a full report just now - one will follow, with some pictures. Until then, a list of the wines:

Lafon Meursault Perrieres 1995
Lafon Meursault Goutte d'Or 1995
Roumier Rouchottes Chambertin 1991
Dugat-Py Charmes Chambertin 2001
Le Pin 1988
Lafite 1976
Sandrone Cannubi Boschis 1996
Sandrone La Vigne 1996
Voerzio Barolo Sarmass di Barolo 1998
Ch Montelena 1991
Jasper Hill Emily's Paddock 2001
Ch Filhot 1935
Zind Humbrecht Herrenweg Turckheim Pinot Noir 1989
Valandraud 1994
Parker Coonawarra 1996
Hallgartner Jungfer Riesling Spatlese 1971 Rheingau (producer??)

A fantastic evening, but a dangerous place to visit!

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At 11:46 AM, Blogger billn said...

and the notes?
Really sad to have missed this one...

At 12:18 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

The notes will follow soon, too. You were mentioned!

At 12:44 PM, Blogger Cru Master said...

The Cru recently attended a tasting of fourteen 2000 Bordeaux's. Its the first French wine we have had the pleasure of tasting and was a massive learning curve for all of us who attended!

I would welcome some commentary on some of the wines we tasted and if you would ordinarily recommend them. A couple that stood out for me were: Balestard 2000, La Croix du Casse 2000, Teyssier 2001 and the Batailley 2002.

was quite an experience going from such bold South African wines to something more sublte and intricate.
there short and fairly anecdote of the tasting is on our site for your amusement!

Dangerous place to eb indeed!

At 3:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blimey, i must have walked past that place 1000 times in the past 15 yrs and thought them empty bottles in the window must be display dummies, Petrus, Cheval Blanc, Margaux, how wrong can you be!
I better pop in and check it out!

At 9:57 AM, Anonymous Keith Prothero said...

Yes I am also sorry I missed this----one of the few times I wished I was in the UK during the colder months!!
Look forward to the notes.

At 6:50 AM, Blogger Deetsang said...

I visited The Arches when I had my vacation to London in 2005. As a wine-lover, I totally agree that The Arches is a very dangerous & exciting place to visit. My wife had to stop me to order a latour from the 70s.

Eddie (Hong Kong)


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