Claret Club

“Embarrassment of riches”…  it is an often overused expression, but at other times it is wholly accurate and completely appropriate. Last night was one of the most outstanding, correction, THE most outstanding line-up of Bordeaux wines I have ever come across in one dinner. Using a Bordeaux theme with two nods to Burgundy, we hosted our inaugural Paulée-styled (1) bring a bottle dinner at Cabotte restaurant (2) along with 23 of our friends. Our guest of honour Daniel Cathiard (proprietor of Château Smith Haut Lafitte) opened the evening with a brief introduction and joined in the fun by bringing a couple bottles himself.

From then on, we proceeded to have one of the most memorable evenings I have had at Armit Wines, with smiling faces around the room eager to share precious gems from their cellar with like-minded lovers of fine wine. It was incredible to see 23 adults immerse themselves in the joys of these wines with a sense of childlike glee. Their brilliance was astounding and unified a group in reminding us all of the nobility of this region and the incredible, almost immortal, staying power of its wines.

There is not much more I can say about the evening other than look at this line-up below!

Château Léoville Barton 1961

Château Léoville Barton 2000

Château Lynch Bages 1966 (magnum)

Château Lynch Bages 2001

Vieux Château Certan 2000

Vieux Château Certan 1997

Château Haut Brion 1986

Les Champs Libres 2014

Château Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge 2012

Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2013

Château Lafleur 1985 (magnum)

Château Lafleur 1999

Pensées de Lafleur 2005

Château Pichon Longueville Lalande 1996

Château Pichon Longueville Lalande 1995

Château Ducru Beaucaillou 1978

Chateau d’Yquem 1996

Château Rieussec 1997

Cos d’Estournel 1990

Château Grand Puy Lacoste 1996

Château La Fleur Morange 2005

Pauillac de Latour 2010

Château Pontet Canet 1996

Château Montrose 1975

Dom Pérignon 1990 (why not?)

Dominus 2004 (wild card)


Aschwin Vachher-Gnanathurai, Head of Private Clients


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