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Sardinian wines

On 30 April we turned to an island little known here in terms of its wines – Sardinia.  Alejandro Carrasco has been visiting Sardinia for many years and  assembled the following wines to give us an oversight of the many varying wine styles and grape varieties. The tasting cost €40.  The following fourteen wines were tasted:

(1) Vino Spumante di Qualita Brut Q Quarto Moro di Sardegna 2013 (Vermentino)
(2) Torbato di Alghero Torbato Terre Bianche Sella & Mosca 2017
(3) Vermentino di Gallura DOCG Funtanaliras Oro 2017
(4) Nuragus di Dolianova Perlas 2017
(5) Nasco Iselis Nasco di Cagliari DOC di Argiolas 2017
(6) Moscato Nuali Siddura 229 Moscato Binzamanna (sweet) 2015

(7) Carignano del Sulcis DOC Superiore Arruga Cantine Sardus Pater Soc. Coop. Agricola 2013 (Sant’Antioco Island, Sulcis Iglesiente)
(8) Bovale S’uentu 2017 (Sanluri Medio Campidano )
(9) Monica di Sardegna DOC I Fiori Pala di Mario Pala 2017 (Serdiana, Pareolla)
(10) Cannonau di Sardegna Nepente Irilai Cantina di Oliena 2014 (Oliena, Barbagia di Nuoro)
(11) Turriga di Argiolas 2014 (Serdiana, Pareolla)
(12) Cagnulari della Cantina Binzamanna di Martis 2013 (Martis, Anglona)

‘Sherry’ style
(13) Malvasia di Bosa DOC Angioi Salto di Coloras Riserva 2010 (Bosa, Planargia)
(14) Vernaccia Contini Antico Gregori Contini NV (Oristano, Campidano di Oristano)

Mendoza Malbec
On 26 March Fergal Tynan MW presented an extremely interesting tasting of three flights of Argentine Malbec from Mendoza. The cost of the tasting was €35. The wines were:

Flight 1: Viña Cobos/Crocus
(1) Bramare Malbec Lujan de Cuyo 2016
(2) Bramare Malbec Valle de Uco 2016
(3) Bramare Cabernet Sauvignon Lujan de Cuyo 2016
(4) Bramare Malbec Marchiori Vineyard Lujan de Cuyo 2016
(5) Bramare Malbec Zingaretti Vineyard Valle de Uco 2016
(6) Cobos Malbec Marchiori Vineyard Perdriel Lujan de Cuyo 1999
(7) Crocus Prestige Malbec de Cahors 2014

Flight 2: Sebastian Zuccardi
(1) Poligonos Malbec Paraje Altamire Valle de Uco 2015
(2) Poligonos Malbec Tupungato Alto Valle de Uco 2016
(3) Poligonos Malbec San Pablo Valle de Uco 2016
(4) Poligonos Cabernet Franc San Pablo Valle de Uco 2016
(5) Finca Piedra Infinita Paraje Altamira Valle de Uco 2013
(6) Concreto Malbec Paraje Altamira Valley de Uco 2017

Flight 3: Michelini Brothers
(1) Esperando a los Barbaras Malbec Gaulta Valle de Uco 2016
(2) Demente Tupungato Valle de Uco 2013

2007 Vintage Port
David Rorke presented nine vintage ports on 26 February. The cost was €55. In order of tasting, the wines were:

(1) Smith Woodhouse
(2) Quinta do Vesúvio
(3) Graham’s
(4) Dow’s
(5) Niepoort
(6) Warre’s
(7) Quinta da Noval
(8) Fonseca
(9) Taylor’s

Christmas lunch
On 19 January we held our Christmas lunch at Fallon & Byrne’s restaurant. The lunch was organised by Richard O’Leary. The following wines were served:

(1) Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett 2015 (Nahe)
(2) Zind Humbrecht Clos Windsbuhl Alsace Riesling 2009
(3) Bernard Gripa Saint-Péray Les Figuiers 2013
(4) Château Grand-Puy-Ducasse (Pauillac 5ème cru classé) 1996
(5) Pierre Gaillard Saint-Joseph Clos de Cuminaille 2010
(6) Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume 2007


27 November – 2006 Left Bank Bordeaux
We looked at Left Bank Bordeaux twelve years on. We tasted one white and eleven reds. The tasting was led by David Rorke.
(1) Château Smith Haut Lafitte (Pessac-Léognan Blanc)
(2) Château La Tour Carnet (Haut-Médoc)
(3) Domaine de Chevalier (Pessac-Léognan)
(4) Château Haut-Bailley (Pessac-Léognan)
(5) Château Saint-Pierre (St-Julien)
(6) Château Gruaud-Larose (St-Julien)
(7) Château Léoville Barton (St-Julien)
(8) Château Léoville Poyferré (St-Julien)
(9) Château Calon-Ségur (St-Estèphe)
(10) Château Haut-Batailley (Pauillac)
(11) Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste (Pauillac)
(12) Château Pontet-Canet (Pauillac)

30 October – Beyond Tempranillo: long-forgotten indigenous grapes from Spain
Spain is primarily known for varieties such as Tempranillo and Garnacha, but there is a wealth of other lesser-known varieties waiting to be discovered.  Ramón Moreno took us on an exploration of some of them. We tasted sixteen wines plus a sweet cider.

(1) Envínate Palo Blanco 2016 (Listan Blanco – VT Tenerife)
(2) B y V Bernabeleva Cantocuerdas 2016 (Albillo – DO Vinos de Madrid)
(3) Enric Soler Espenyalluchs 2016 (Xarel-lo – DO Penedès)
(4) Pepe Raventós Vinya del Noguer 2015 (Xarel-lo – Conca del Riu Anoia)
(5) LA Rodríguez Vázquez Viña De Martín Escolma 2013 (Treixadura – DO Ribeiro)
(6) Quinta de Muradella Gorvia 2013 (Doña Blanca – DO Monterrei)
(7) Raúl Pérez Rara Avis Blanco 2011 (Albarin – Tierra de León)

(8) Suertes del Marqués El Chiribique 2015 (Vijariego Negro – DO Valle de la Orotava)
(9) Suertes del Marqués Cruz Santa 2016 (Listán Negro – DO Valle de la Orotava)
(10) 4 Kilos Vinicola 4 Kilos 2016 (Callet – VT Mallorca)
(11) J Antonio Ponce Pino 2016 (Bobal – DO Manchuela)
(12) Celler del Roure Parotet 2015 (Mandó – DO Valencia)
(13) JC Sancha Ad Libitum Monastel  2016 (Monastel – DOC Rioja)
(14) B y V Mengoba Mengoba Estaladiña 2015 (Estaladiña – Bierzo)
(15) Raúl Pérez Rara Avis 2011 (Prieto Picudo – Tierra de León)
(16) Viñedos del Contino Contino Graciano 2011 (Graciano – DOC Rioja)

(17) Malus Mama (sweet cider)

25 September – New Zealand Chardonnay
New Zealand is primarily known on the white wine front for producing Sauvignon Blanc, but many commentators consider that the potential for Chardonnay to produce very interesting wines has been somewhat unfairly overlooked.  To discover whether this is the case we tasted thirteen Chardonnays. The tasting was presented by Tim Goodenough.

(1) On Giant’s Shoulders 2016 (Martinborough)
(2) Man O’War Valhalla 2014 (Waiheke Island)
(3) Kumeu River Coddington Vineyard 2015 (Auckland)
(4) Kumeu River Hunting Hill Vineyard 2015 (Auckland)
(5) Kumeu River Mates Vineyard 2015 (Auckland)
(6) Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels 2015 (Hawkes Bay)
(7) Te Awa Kidnapper Cliffs 2014 (Hawkes Bay)
(8) Tony Bish Skeetfield 2016 (Hawkes Bay)
(9) Cloudy Bay 2015 (Marlborough)
(10) Greywacke 2015 (Marlborough)
(11) Dog Point 2015 (Marlborough)
(12) Kumeu River Mates Vineyard 2009 (Auckland)
(13) Bell Hill 2011 (Canterbury)

30 June: Dipso Day and AGM
On 30 June, Dipso Day, we had our AGM and a tasting of St-Péray and Cornas wines.
St-Péray is the immediate neighbour of Cornas and is now regarded as an up-and-coming white wine appellation, having thrown off the dowdy image of somewhat sweet and heavy sparkling wines to fashion exciting dry white wines which showcase the terroir (which unusually for the granitic Northern Rhône contains some limestone-based lieux-dits).
Cornas is the southernmost of the ‘big three’ Northern Rhône red wine appellations and following a period of stasis has exploded into new life over the last 10–15 years, with a changing of the guard at some of the domaines and the arrival of younger vignerons keen to exploit the undoubted potential of the unique terroir. We tasted 18 wines. The tasting, which cost €60, was led by David Rorke.

(1–6) Domaine Bernard & Fabrice Gripa Les Figuiers 2011 to 2016 inclusive

(7–10) Domaine Alain Voge Vieilles Vignes 2009–2012 inclusive
(11) Domaine Alain Voge Les Vieilles Fontaines 2012
(12) Domaine Dumien-Serrette Patou 2012
(13) Maison Delas Chante-Perdrix 2010
(14) Domaine Dumien-Serrette Patou 2010
(15) Domaine Courbis Les Eygats 2010
(16) Domaine Guillaume Gilles Chaillot 2010
(17) Domaine Franck Balthazar Chaillot 2010
(18) Domaine Thiérry Allemand Reynard 2011

Austrian Grüner Veltliner and Blaufränkisch
On 29 May we tasted five Blaufränkisch wines from the 2011 vintage, which was regarded as an excellent one for red wines in Austria. We also tasted five Grüner Veltliners, with four of these coming from the 2013 vintage, which was well regarded for white wines. Aisling Donnelly was the presenter.

(1) Schloss Gobelsburg Kammerner Lamm Grüner Veltliner Erste Lage DAC Reserve 2013 (Kamptal)
(2) Weingut Hirsch Kammerner Lamm Grüner Veltliner 2013 (Kamptal)
(3) Weingut Hirsch Kammerner Renner Grüner Veltliner 2013 (Kamptal)
(4) Rabl Grüner Kaferberg 2015 (Kamptal)
(5) Johan Donabaum Spitzer Point Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 2013 (Wachau)
(6) Johann Heinrich Blaufränkisch Goldberg Reserve 2011 (Mittelburgenland)
(7) Weingut Gesellmann Blaufränkisch Hochberc 2011 (Mittelburgenland)
(8) Paul Achs Blaufränkisch Spiegel 2011 (Neusiedleersee)
(9) Krutzler Blaufränkisch Perwolff 2011 (Südburgenland)
(10) Uwe Schiefer Blaufränkisch ‘S’ Szapary 2011 (Südburgenland)

Australian tasting
A recurring theme at AGMs has been a request from some members to taste more wines from the New World.  Another issue which has been frequently mentioned is blind tasting. For our March tasting on 27 March we combined these two pursuits when Dermot Nolan MW presented a selection of Australian wines with the first eight wines being shown blind. Dermot certainly challenged our preconceptions with some interesting pairings and gave us an informative, excellent tasting, which cost €35.

(1) Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaucopins Dom. Long-Depaquit 2014
(2) Mac Forbes Woori Yallock Chardonnay 2013 (Yarra Valley)
(3) Yalumba Y Series Viognier 2013 (Eden Valley)
(4) Yalumba Virgilius Roussanne 2012 (Eden Valley)
(5) McWilliams Mount Pleasant Elizabeth Cellar Aged Semillon 2007 (Hunter Valley)

(6) La Linea Tempranillo 2013 (Adelaide Hills)
(7) Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016 (Yarra Valley)
(8) Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 (Margaret River)
(9) Wynns John Riddoch Exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 (Coonawarra)
(10) Langmeil Freedom Excellent Shiraz 2014 (Barossa Valley)

(11) Pfeiffer Rutherglen Topaque Muscadelle NV
(12) Pfeiffer Rutherglen Muscat NV

Unusual Italian grape varieties
On 27 February Monica Murphy presented some unusual Italian grape varieties, focusing on varieties that to a greater or lesser extent are not frequently encountered in Ireland. The tasting cost €30. The following wines were tasted:

(1) I Clivi IGP delle Venezie (Ribolla Gialla) 2015, Fernando & Mario Zanusso, Corno di Rosazzo, Friuli-Venezia-Giulia
(2) Rampone IGP Valle d’Itria (Minutolo) 2016, I Pastini, Martina Franca, Puglia
(3) Blanc de Morgex et de la Salle DOP Valle d’Aosta (Prié Blanc) 2016, Ermes Pavese, Ruine, Aosta
(4) Beneventano IGP (Falanghina) 2016, Agricola Bellaria, Campania
(5) DOP Fiano di Avellino (Fiano) 2015, Agricola Bellaria, Campania
(6) DOC Etna Bianco (Carricante) 2016, Benanti Viticoltori, Sicily
(7) Sterpi Derthona Vino Bianco DOC Colli Tortonesi (Timorasso) 2013, Fratelli Massa, Monleale, Piedmont

(8) Marzemino della Vallagarina IGP (Marzemino) 2016, Roberta Fugatti, Brentino, Belluno, Trentino
(9) Südtiroler Lagrein DOC Alto Adige (Lagrein) 2016, Weingut Niklas, Alto Adige
(10) La Duline Schioppettino IGP Venezia Giulia (Schioppettino) 2016, Az. Ag. di Lorenzo Mocchiutti e Federica Magrini, San Giovanni al Natisone, Friuli-Venezia-Giulia
(11) Verso Sud IGP (Susumaniello) 2015, I Pastini, Martina Franca, Puglia
(12) DOC Etna Rosso (Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio) 2015, Benanti Viticoltori, Sicily
(13) Bell’Assai DOP Frappato di Vittoria (Frappato) 2016, Donnafugata, Acate, Sicily
(14) Kyè DOC Langhe (Freisa) 2014, GD Vajra, Vergne, Piedmont
(15) Pertichetta Vino Rosso DOC Colli Tortonesi (Croatina) 2011, Vigneti Massa, Monleale, Piedmont
(16) Piano del Cerro DOP Aglianico del Vulture (Aglianico) 2015, Basilicata

Jura wines
We explored the Jura region of eastern France on 30 January. The tasting was organised and presented by Pat Carroll and David Rorke. The cost was €35. We tasted the following wines:
(1) Dom. de Montbourgeau Crémant du Jura Brut NV
(2) Dom. Rolet Arbois Poulsard Vieilles Vignes 2011
(3) Dom. de la Pinte Arbois Poulsard de l’Ami Karl 2015
(4) Dom. Rolet Arbois Trousseau 2009
(5) Dom. Bénédicte & Stéphane Tissot Singulier Trousseau 2015
(6) Dom. Berthet-Bondet Côtes du Jura Chardonnay Balanoz 2015
(7) Maison Rijckaert Arbois Chardonnay C 2015
(8) Dom. Rolet Chardonnay 2011
(9) Dom. Rolet Arbois Naturé Savagnin 2016
(10) Maison Rijckaert Côtes du Jura Les Sarres Savagnin 2015
(11) Dom. Jacques Tissot Arbois Vin Jaune (Savagnin) 2005 (62 cl)
(12) Dom. Berthet-Bondet Château-Chalon 2009 (62 cl)
(13) Dom. Daniel Dugois Arbois Vin de Paille 2005 (37.5 cl)
(14) Dom. de Montbourgeau Macvin du Jura


Côte de Beaune whites
Ten wines were tasted at the November 2017 tasting. The tasting was led by David Rorke and cost €75.
(1–3) Domaine Vincent Dancer Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru La Romanée 2011, 2012 & 2013
(4–5) Domaine Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2007 & 2008
(6–8) Domaine Rapet Père et Fils Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2007, 2008 & 2009
(9) Domaine Vincent Dancer Meursault Premier Cru Les Perrières 2008
(10) Domaine Vincent Dancer Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 2007

Cool-climate Garnacha from Spain
On 24 October we tasted 17 Garnachas from cool-climate Spain. The tasting was presented by Ramón Moreno and cost €60.
1) Lafou Els Amelers 2016 Blanc (Terra Alta)
2) Terroir Al Limit Roc d’Aubaga Rose 2016 (Priorat)
3) Muga Flor de Muga Rosado 2016 (Rioja)
4) Artazuri Pasos de San Martín 2013 (Navarra)
5) Artazuri (Artadi) Sta Cruz de Artazu 2014 (Navarra)
6) Juan Carlos Sancha La Peña del Gato 2015 (Rioja)
7) Paisajes y Viñedos Cecias 2011 (Rioja)
8) Comando G Pozas 1er Cru 2015 (Vinos de Madrid)
9) Bernabeleva Garnacha de Viña Bonita 2015 (Vinos de Madrid)
10) Jimenez-Landi Ataulfos 2014 (Méntrida)
11) Canopy La Vina Escondida 2014 (Méntrida)
12) Telmo Rodríguez Pegasos Barrancos de Pizarra 2011 (VdlT Castilla y Léon)
13) Telmo Rodríguez Pegaso Granito 2010 (VdlT Castilla y Léon)
14) Daniel Landi Cantos del Diablo 2014 (Méntrida)
15) Daniel Landi Las Iruelas 2014 (VdlT Castilla y León)
16) Daniel Landi Las Uvas de la Ira 2011 (VdlT Castilla y León)
17) Terroir al Limit Les Manyes 2014 (Priorat)

White Hermitage (Dipso Day)
On Saturday 24 June we held our AGM and tasted fifteen white Hermitage wines. The tasting, which cost €55, was led by David Rorke.

(1) Delas Frères Marquise de la Tourette 2011
(2) Delas Frères Domaine des Tourettes 2012
(3) Chapoutier Chante-Alouette 2012
(4) Chapoutier Chante-Alouette 2013
(5) Chapoutier Chante-Alouette 2014
(6) Chapoutier De l’Orée 2001
(7) Chapoutier Le Méal 2001
(8) Chapoutier Le Méal 2009
(9) Marc Sorrel Les Rocoules 2011
(10) Marc Sorrel Les Rocoules 2012
(11) Marc Sorrel Les Rocoules 2013
(12) Marc Sorrel Les Rocoules 2014
(13) Saint Cosme La Pierrelle 2013
(14) Jean-Louis Chave 2004
(15) Jean-Louis Chave 2006

1990s Bordeaux
On Tuesday 30 May, the last tasting before Dipso Day and our summer break, Des Drumm showed thirteen wines. The cost of the tasting was €60.
(1) Ch. Les Ormes-de-Pez St-Estèphe Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel 1999
(2) Ch. Les Ormes-de-Pez St-Estèphe Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel 1990
(3) Ch. Grand-Puy Ducasse Pauillac 5ème Cru Classé 1990
(4) Ch. Grand-Puy Ducasse Pauillac 5ème Cru Classé 1996
(5) Ch. Branaire (Duluc-Ducru) St-Julien 4ème Cru Classé 1998
(6) Ch. Branaire (Duluc-Ducru) St-Julien 4ème Cru Classé 1995
(7) Clos du Marquis St-Julien 1995
(8) Ch. Haut-Batailley Pauillac 5ème Cru Classé 1995
(9) Ch. Batailley Pauillac 5ème Cru Classé 1996
(10) Ch. Léoville-Barton St-Julien 2ème Cru Classé 1998
(11) Ch. Léoville-Barton  St-Julien 2ème Cru Classé 1996
(12) Ch. Lynch-Bages Pauillac 5ème Cru Classé 1996
(13) Ch. Lynch-Bages Pauillac 5ème Cru Classé 1990

German Grosses Gewächs Rieslings
Our March tasting, held on the 28th and hosted by David Rorke, comprised eleven German Grosses Gewächs Rieslings (and equivalents, as the term Grosses Gewächs was not always used in earlier years). The cost of the tasting was €50.

(1) Künstler Hochheimer Hölle Riesling Erstes Gewächs 2008 (Rheingau)
(2) Künstler Hochheimer Hölle Riesling Erstes Gewächs 2010 (Rheingau)
(3) Künstler Hochheimer Hölle Riesling Grosses Gewächs 2012 (Rheingau)
(4) Dönnhoff Hermannshöhle Riesling Grosses Gewächs 2007 (Nahe)
(5) Emrich-Schönleber Frühlingsplätzchen Riesling Grosses Gewächs 2008 (Nahe)
(6) Emrich-Schönleber Halenberg Riesling Grosses Gewächs 2008 (Nahe)
(7) Bürklin-Wolf Forster Pechstein Riesling Grand Cru 2012 (Pfalz)
(8) Wittmann Westhofener Kirchspiel Riesling Grosses Gewächs 2012 (Rheinhessen)
(9) Wittmann Westhofener Morstein Riesling Grosses Gewächs 2012 (Rheinhessen)
(10) Keller Dalsheimer Hubacker Riesling Grosses Gewächs 2012 (Rheinhessen)
(11) Keller Westhofener Brunnenhäuschen Absterde Riesling Grosses Gewächs 2012 (Rheinhessen)

For our tasting on 28 February Tim Goodenough assembled a range of sherries purchased on his recent visit to Jeréz. The cost of the tasting was €40. Eleven wines were tasted:

1) Callejuela Blanquito Manzanilla Pasada
2) González Byass Fino Tres Palmas
3) Lustau Fino del Puerto Almacenista José Luis González Obregón
4) Williams Colección Añadas Amontillado en Rama 2003
5) Lustau Amontillado VORS 30 years
6) Fernando de Castilla Palo Cortado Antique
7) Lustau Palo Cortado VORS 30 years
8) Bodegas Rey Fernando de Castilla Oloroso Antique
9) Bodegas Tradición Oloroso VORS 30 years
10) Bodegas Tradición Cream VOS
11) Harveys Pedro Ximénez VORS 30 years

Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2007
The first tasting of 2017 was held on 31 January in the Morgan Hotel, Fleet Street, Dublin, and cost €55.00.

1) Domaine Eddie Féraud
2) Domaine de la Solitude
3) Vignobles Mayard La Crau de ma Mère
4) Domaine de la Mordorée Reine des Bois
5) Domaine du Pegau Cuvée Reservée
6) Domaine Bosquet des Papes Chante le Merle
7) Domaine de la Janasse Cuvée Chaupin
8) Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe La Crau
9) Domaine de Saint Préfert Collection Charles Giraud
10) Château de Beaucastel
11) Clos des Papes


Etna wines
Presented by Ramón Moreno on 26 January 2016. We tasted fifteen wines: one sparkling, two whites, one rosé and eleven reds.
1) Planeta Carricante Brut 2013
2) Terre Nere Etna Bianco 2014
3) Benanti Etna Pietramarina 2011
4) Girolano Russo Etna Rosato 2014
5) Arianna Occhiapinti IGT Terre Siciliane Frapatto 2013
6) Pithos IGT Terre Siciliane 2014
7) Calabretta Etna Gaio Gaio 2013
8) Benanti Etna Rosso de la Venzella 2013
9) Graci Etna Rosso 2013
10) Passopisciaro IGT Terre Siciliane Rosso 2012
11) Girolano Russo Etna Contrada San Lorenzo 2013
12) Terre Nere Etna Calderara Sotana 2013
13) Terre Nere Etna Contrada Guardiola 2013
14) Calabretta Etna Nonna Concetta 2011
15) Benanti Etna Serra della Comtessa 2011

1980s Bordeaux
Presented by Des Drumm on 23 February 2016. Fourteen reds were divided into five flights: Juniors (3), Minors (3), Intermediates (2), Seniors (4) and All Stars (2).
1) Ch. de Camensac Haut-Médoc 1983 (5ème Cru Classé)
2) Ch. Chasse-Spleen Moulis 1983
3) Ch. Les Ormes de Pez St-Estèphe 1982
4) Ch. Marquis de Terme Margaux 1986 (4ème Cru Classé)
5) Ch. La Lagune Haut-Médoc 1986 (3ème Cru Classé)
6) Ch. Cos d’Estournel St-Estèphe 1985 (2ème Cru Classé)
7) Ch. La Louvière Pessac-Léognan 1988
8) Ch. Pape-Clément Pessac-Léognan 1988
9) Ch. Lynch-Bages Pauillac 1984 (5ème Cru Classé)
10) Ch. Lynch-Bages Pauillac 1985 (5ème Cru Classé)
11) Ch. Lynch-Bages Pauillac 1988 (5ème Cru Classé)
12) Ch. Lynch-Bages Pauillac 1982 (5ème Cru Classé)
All Stars:
13) Ch. Montrose St-Estèphe 1989 (2ème Cru Classé)
14) Ch. Léoville-las-Cases St-Julien 1982 (2ème Cru Classé)

Tasting & dinner at Stanley’s Restaurant
Wines were presented by Jonathan Tonge on 22 March 2016. We tasted five wines with the meal: two whites, two reds and an Eiswein.
1) Villa Wolf Pinot Blanc
2) Kaiserstuhl Weissburgunder 2013
3) Pousse d’Or Volnay Premier Cru Clos des 60 Ouvrées 2009
4) Dugat-Py Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 2005
5) Hopler Pinot Noir Eiswein 2009

South African Syrah & Rhône-style wines
Presented by Eilís Cryan on 24 May 2016. Thirteen red wines were presented:
1) Kanu Rockwood Red 2011
2) Kloof Street Rouge 2012
3) Savage Follow the Line 2014
4) Savage Red 2013
5) Sijnn 2010
6) Doran Family Wines Shiraz 2012
7) Slayley Cellars Shiraz 2000
8) De Trafford Blueprint Syrah 2012
9) De Trafford 393 Syrah
10) Savage Syrah 2014
11) Kershaw Clonal Selection Syrah 2012
12) Mullineux Syrah 2013
13) Mullineux Schist Syrah 2012

Right Bank Bordeaux (Dipso Day)
Presented by David Rorke on 20 August 2016 after our AGM. Sixteen reds:
1) Ch. Guillot Clauzel Pomerol 2006
2) Roc de Cambes Côtes de Bourg 2004
3) Ch. d’Aiguilhe Castillon-Côtes de Bordeaux 2005
4) Ch. Bellevue St Emilion Grand Cru Classé 2003
5) Ch. Beau-Séjour-Bécot St Emilion Grand Cru Classé (B) 2001
6) Ch. Pavie-Macquin St Emilion Grand Cru Classé (B) 2004
7) Ch. Troplong-Mondot St Emilion Grand Cru Classé (B) 2004
8) Ch. Figeac St Emilion Grand Cru Classé (B) 2004
9) Ch. La Conseillante Pomerol 2004
10) Ch. Trotanoy Pomerol 2004
11) Vieux-Château-Certan Pomerol 2004
12) Ch. La Conseillante Pomerol 2001
13) Vieux-Château-Certan Pomerol 2001
14) Ch. Tertre Roteboeuf St Emilion Grand Cru 2004
15) Ch. Tertre Roteboeuf St Emilion Grand Cru 2001
16) Ch. Tertre Roteboeuf St Emilion Grand Cru 2000

Right Bank bottles

Alsace tasting
On 27 September Pat Carroll and Niav McNamara presented 12 Alsace wines.
The cost of the tasting was €45.

1) René Muré Crémant Rosé NV
2) René Muré Pinot Noir “V” 2014
3) René Muré Pinot Noir Clos St-Landelin (Vorbourg) 2014
4) Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Clos St-Urbain Rangen de Thann GC 1996
5) Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Clos St-Urbain Rangen de Thann GC 2001
6) Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Clos St-Urbain Rangen de Thann GC 2006
7) Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Clos St-Urbain Rangen de Thann GC 2007
8) Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Clos St-Urbain Rangen de Thann GC 2009
9) Marcel Deiss Schoenenbourg GC 2000
10) Marcel Deiss Schoenenbourg GC 2004
11) Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Clos St-Urbain Rangen de Thann GC 2007
12) Paul Buecher Gewurztraminer SGN Brand GC 1996

Chablis Grand Cru
On 25 October Barbara Boyle MW presented 11 Chablis grands crus. Wines 2, 3 and 4 were served blind. This was a fascinating tasting that highlighted the different characteristics of the grands crus and how they are affected by vintage variation. The cost of the tasting was €55.
(1) Domaine Raveneau Blanchots 2004
(2) Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard Les Clos 2005
(3) Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard Les Clos 2006
(4) Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard Les Clos 2007
(5) Domaine William Fèvre Bougros 2007
(6) Domaine William Fèvre Les Preuses 2007
(7) Domaine William Fèvre Valmur 2007
(8) Domaine Long-Depaquit Les Clos 2012
(9) Domaine Long-Depaquit Vaudésir 2013
(10) Domaine Long-Depaquit Moutonne 2013
(11) Domaine Long-Depaquit Moutonne 2014

Christmas lunch 2016
On Saturday 19 November we had an excellent Christmas lunch at The Wild Goose Grill, 1 Sandford Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6. The cost was €75. Richard O’Leary selected the following wines:
Weingut Von Schubert Maximin Grünhäuser Abtsberg Riesling Spätlese 2007 (Ruwer)
Quinta do Crasto Douro Branco 2015
Château Latour-Martillac Pessac-Léognan Blanc 2005
Château Montrose St-Estèphe 2ème Cru Classé 2002 (in magnum)
Domaine du Tunnel St-Joseph 2010
Domaine de Moulin-Pouzy Monbazillac 2005

Duero – Douro
On Tuesday 29 November David Rorke presented ten wines from the Douro/Duero. The cost of the tasting was €50.
(1) Bodegas Emilio Moro Ribera del Duero Malleolus 2004
(2) Bodegas y Viñedos Aalto Ribera del Duero 2004
(3) Pago de Carraovejas Ribera del Duero Reserva 2005
(4) Pago de los Capellanes Ribera del Duero Parcela El Nogal 2005
(5) Bodegas Mauro Vinos de la Tierra Castilla y León Vendimia Seleccionada 2009
(6) Roquette e Cazes Douro Xisto 2004
(7) Niepoort Douro Batuta 2004
(8) Niepoort Douro Robustus 2004
(9) Quinta Vale Dona Maria Douro 2009
(10) Quinta do Vale do Meão Douro 2009


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