Tastings

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2017

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)

Sherry
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.

Wines:
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

2016

Etna wines
Presented by Ramón Moreno on 26 January 2016. We tasted fifteen wines: one sparkling, two whites, one rosé and eleven reds.
Sparkling:
1) Planeta Carricante Brut 2013
Whites:
2) Terre Nere Etna Bianco 2014
3) Benanti Etna Pietramarina 2011
Rosé:
4) Girolano Russo Etna Rosato 2014
Reds:
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).
Juniors:
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
Minors:
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)
Intermediates:
7) Ch. La Louvière Pessac-Léognan 1988
8) Ch. Pape-Clément Pessac-Léognan 1988
Seniors:
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.
Whites:
1) Villa Wolf Pinot Blanc
2) Kaiserstuhl Weissburgunder 2013
Reds:
3) Pousse d’Or Volnay Premier Cru Clos des 60 Ouvrées 2009
4) Dugat-Py Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 2005
Sweet:
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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