The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) Game Fair is the country sports and lifestyle event of the year. Held at Blenheim Palace this year, in warm if sometimes cloudy weather, with Coe Vintners as sponsors of the VIP Club.
Over three days nearly 300 people enjoyed breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, Coe Vintners provided the wines for the bar, and hosted an informal fine wine tasting, each day matching wines with food at diners’ tables.
The wines served:
Comte Audoin de Dampierre, Cuvée des Ambassadeurs 1er Cru NV
£379.46 case x12, £31.62 Bottle
Delightful aromas of citrus fruits, brioche and toasted nuts, a fresh soft creamy palate with excellent fruit and a long finish.
A 50/50 blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from mostly Grand Cru fruit and a little Premier Cru, this is a delightful off dry Champagne served at The French National Assembly and at French Embassies around the world.
Beaune 1er Cru Champs Pimont Blanc 2007, Domaine Jacques Prieur
£387.65 case x12, £32.30 per bottle
Glorious rich silver yellow colour, inviting nose of ripe clean fruit – yellow plums, hints of tropical fruit, and complex new wood. Smooth and ripe on the palate this has a lovely fresh balance of fruit and freshness, the flavours build memorably leading to a long and creamy finish.
Gorgeously presented in a heavy bottle in a wooden box of 6, this is somewhat of a rarity as Beaune is more famous for its red wines but this shows the excellent potential for very high quality white wines too. Now part owned by negociant Rodet, significant investment has seen a marked rise in quality over the last few years. Drinking well now, but can be aged for another 3-5 years
Rose de Haut-Bailly, Bordeaux Rosé 2009
£191.33 case x12, £15.94 per bottle
A delightful reddish orange pink the French would describe as pelure d’onion (onion skin), this has quite crisp aromas of ripe raspberries and redcurrants with a little wood and herbs too. The palate is quite firm and crisp, with long elegant redcurrant fruit leading to a classic Graves dry finish.
Produced at Chateau Haut-Bailly in Pessac-Léognan ( an area just south of Bordeaux that we used to call the Graves) this is made from the exact Cabernet Sauvignon grapes used in the red wines of the property – the rose juice is drained from the vats before the red grapes begin to ferment. Drink now.
Château Lamothe-Cissac, Vieilles Vignes, Haut Médoc 2005
£218.05 case x12, £18.17 per case
A special bottling of just 300 cases of wine made from the oldest vines (vielles vignes) on the property. A classic Medoc blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot, this has a dark purple colour with few signs of age, while the wine is clearly still quite young, the nose is developing nicely and shows mineral aromas mingled with dark soft fruits – ripe damsons, blackcurrants and mulberries. The palate is medium bodied, aromatic with those same dark fruits, and a long ripe satiny texture. To drink now or enjoy over the next 5-10 years