Dinner with Champagne’s biggest personality

The Grand Cru Champagne village of Ay produces some of the greatest Pinot Noir in Champagne, with the grapes from the best vineyards going into Dom Perignon, Krug, Selosse and… Roger Brun?

The Brun family have been quietly (seriously, very quietly- they abhor the opinions of critics!) making amazing Pinot Noir based Champagne for generations in Ay, and Phillipe Brun farms some of these great vineyards for Krug and his own wine.

Brun’s great, great grandfather was a talented cooper, so oak is used liberally to add sensational vanilla and caramel elements to the wine, and Phillipe, as an ex rugby player, makes Champagne as big, bold and welcoming as his own personality.

Phillipe Brun

Phillipe in all his finery at the Henry IV Fete in Ay.

We would like to invite you for a Champagne fuelled dinner at 28°-50° on the evening of Wednesday the 22nd of November, hosted by Phillipe, showcasing his excellent wine, ending on a festive surprise with the cheese course!

Their top Cuvees, when critics have got their hands on them, have been met with serious praise, with Richard Juhlin lauding their ‘bold, large and Bollinger like’ qualities and Hugh Johnson including La Pelle in his pocket wine guide as one of only 12 single vineyard Champagnes to try, next to Krug Clos d’Ambonnay and Mesnil!

The Wines

2006 Reserve Familliale Oenotheque
Tiny quantities fermented in small oak barrels and lees aged for 11 years. Phillipe recommends drinking this at the end of an evening with some Foie Gras and a cigar!
2011 Cuvee des Sires

Grapes are sourced solely from the best vineyards in Ay and fermented in old oak
2012 La Pelle Grand Cru

100% Grand Cru Extra Brut Pinot Noir matured in small oak barrels
NV Vieille Reserve

A brand new cuvee of all Grand Cru Pinot Noir aged 8 years- stunning
NV Grand Cru Reserve

50% reserve wines and three years on it lees for huge richness
NV Cuvee Romance Premier Cru Rose

Complex Rose made only in the best years through the saignee method

Event Details

Wednesday 22nd November
6.30pm – Aperitif
7-9.30pm – Dinner
28°-50° Maddox Street
17-19 Maddox Street, W1S 2QH

Prices are £135 for a single ticket, £120 each for multiple tickets, with £20 off any purchase of wines on the night. Space will be strictly limited to a maximum of 18 guests and we hope very much to see you there.

To request your tickets, please email us on sales@closcru.com or call +44 (0)20 3735 5555

 

Review from a previous Champagne Dinner Guest:

The Clos and Cru team are excellent! Very knowledgeable, personable and friendly. I have managed to source a number of hard to find champagnes. All have been in great condition!
I also recently attended a Champagne tasting evening! It was great fun, I enjoyed drinking 7 Champagnes and 1 red wine from the Champagne region which were all paired with great food.

Highly recommend!

 

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Join the Mondavi family for dinner

We are absolutely honoured to welcome both Tim and Carlo Mondavi to the Devonshire Club on the 15th of November for a once in a lifetime dinner and tasting of Mondavi, Continuum and Raen wine.

The Mondavi family are a dynasty. They have created some of the world’s most iconic wines, both on their own soil and through incredible collaborations like Opus One and Sena.

Robert Mondavi was one of the wine world’s most acclaimed individuals, arguably the father of Napa valley and California Cabernet, he pioneered varietal labelling, winning Decanter’s man of the year in 1989.

Tim has taken up his father’s mantle with Continuum Estate, which in only 9 vintages has already become one of California’s greatest wines, achieving cult status with near perfect scores.

His sons Carlo and Dante are also set to follow in the footsteps of their sires at Raen Winery, producing exciting and refined Pinot Noirs on the Sonoma Coast.

Tim Mondavi High Res

Tim Mondavi

We would like to invite you to join Tim and Carlo Mondavi at the Devonshire Club on the 15th of November at 6:30pm to have dinner with two of the wine world’s most iconic figures and taste three generations of wine from this incredible family.

 

The Wines


1987 Robert Mondavi Winery Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
(97 pts RP, his highest ever score and a ‘potential legend in the making’)
2006 Continuum Proprietary Red (96 pts RP, their second ever vintage)
2009 Continuum Proprietary Red (94 pts RP, a cooler more refined vintage)
2011 Continuum Proprietary Red (92 pts RP, Tim’s favourite vintage)
2012 Continuum Proprietary Red from magnum
(96 pts RP, a chance to try the wine from large format)
2015 Raen Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir – Royal St. Robert Cuvée
(94pts AG, named in honour of Robert Mondavi)
2015 Raen Fort Ross Seaview Pinot Noir – Homefield Vineyard
(95pts AG, a vineyard just two miles from the coast)
2015 Raen Freestone Occidental Pinot Noir – Bodega Vineyard
(95pts AG, a vineyard surrounded by redwoods and wild flowers)
NV Champagne A.R. Lenoble Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs
(94 pts Falstaff, welcome aperitif)

Total value of wine over £2,000
Paired with four courses of food specifically designed to match the wine.

Event details

Wednesday 15th of November
6:30pm Aperitif
7-9:30pm Dinner
The Devonshire Club
5 Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4YD

Prices are £295 for a single ticket, £270 each for multiple tickets. Space will be strictly limited to a maximum of 18 guests. We hope very much to see you there.

To request your tickets, please email us on sales@closcru.com or call +44 (0)20 3735 5555

98 point Syrah, £25 per bottle

By Jack Chapman

If told you that I’d just got hold of a 98 point scoring, Gold medal winning, five stars rated Syrah which was lauded as one of the top 25 red wines in the world by Decanter and cost £25 per bottle, you’d call me a liar.

Well, I’m not.

I find it hard to contain my excitement when I discover a wine I really, really love, and Vidal’s 2014 Legacy Series Syrah is one of them.

Vidal vineyard

Gimblett Gravels

When we sat down for a tasting with their down to earth winemaker, Hugh, the other week, the first thing that crossed my mind was ‘great, another fruit driven, immediately pleasurable but otherwise depth-less, structure-less and gut-less Syrah’.

How wrong was I.

This feels like New Zealand has come of age. Purity of fruit, structure driven and with incredible concentration. I really cannot overstate the pedigree here, and would draw many comparisons to great Hermitage, if I didn’t feel they were so exhausted and reductive

Vidal Winery

Original photo of Vidal Winery and truck

 

The only one caveat is you’ll have to wait until November for it to arrive, but we simply had to get this on pre-order, just to secure a few of the miniscule 500 case production.

 

Vidal Legacy Syrah

2014 Vidal Legacy ries Syrah, Hawkes Bay Gimblett Gravels
£155 per 6 bottles in bond
(£33.60 per bottle including all taxes)
*12 cases available

98/100 | Sam Kim, WIne Orbit
GOLD MEDAL | UK Internationl Wine Challenge 2017
97/100 | Bob Campbell, MW
19.5/20 | Raymond Chan
FIVE STARS | Winestate Magazine
FIVE STARS | Cuisine Magazine 2017
Top 25 red wines in the world | Decanter

 

Offered subject to remaining unsold, available November.
Please  email us on sales@closcru.com

An invite to Grand Cru Champagne Dinner

When back vintages of the Champagne you exclusively import are compared to Krug Blanc de Blanc and Salon les Mesnil, you cannot help being exceptionally proud.

It’s even more exciting when bottles of the stunning 1982 Bonnaire and 1996 Paul Clouet are both making their way to London, along with winemaker Jean-Emmanuel Bonnaire on the 25th of October for a dinner and tasting!

With Champagne’s finest palate, Richard Juhlin making the aforementioned comparisons and attesting to his ‘private cellar being full of bottles from Bonnaire’ and Allen Meadows saying he ‘would buy six or twelve bottles and drink then over the next five years’ when talking about Paul Clouet, you can probably see why we’re bubbling over with enthusiasm…

Bonnaire

Jean-Emmanuel Bonnaire – The owner of Bonnaire and Paul Clouet

Terrible pun aside, we would like to invite you try all this tremendous Champagne, along with four courses of delicious fare at 28°-50° on the evening of Wednesday the 25th of October.

The Wines

1982 Bonnaire Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru (95 points, Richard Juhlin)
1996 Paul Clouet Grand Cru (93 points, Richard Juhlin)
2008 Paul Clouet Grand Cru (not yet rated)
2009 Bonnaire Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru (not yet rated)
2013 Paul Clouet Bouzy Rouge (not yet rated)
NV Bonnaire Rose (90 points, Antonio Galloni)
NV Paul Clouet Grand Cru (92 points, Allen Meadows)
NV Bonnaire Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru (92 points, Allen Meadows)

Event Details

Wednesday 25th October
6.30pm – Aperitif
7.00pm – Dinner
28°-50° Maddox Street
17-19 Maddox Street, W1S 2QH

Prices are £135 for a single ticket, £120 each for multiple tickets, with £20 off any purchase of wines on the night. Space will be strictly limited to a maximum of 18 guests and we hope very much to see you there.

To request your tickets, please email us on sales@closcru.com or call +44 (0)20 3735 5555

Review from a previous Champagne Dinner Guest: 

The Clos & Cru Grand Cru Champagne Dinner was an absolutely fantastic evening. We tasted 7 beautiful champagnes with a delicious 3 course dinner designed to compliment the various champagnes. During the dinner, each champagne was introduced and the passion and dedication of the Clos & Cru team came across very clearly. I learnt a lot about the champagne making process and the information provided certainly wet my appetite for what was to come! All members of the team were engaging, bubbly and knowledgable and did a brilliant job of making the evening relaxed and enjoyable. The highlight for me was drinking the 1996 Grand Cru from the family’s collection – utterly delicious and like no other champagne I have tasted. 10/10!

 

Dinner invitation – the great estates of Bordeaux

If there are two things we love at Clos & Cru, they’re good Bordeaux paired with good food.

But, instead of just grabbing some first growths and charging a fortune, we’ve set out to bring you something a little different from Bordeaux. Something that represents a phrase rarely connected with today’s great claret – good value.

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With this dinner, we’ve teamed up with the wonderful people at 28° – 50° Maddox Street to take you on a guided tour of Bordeaux second wines. Produced by some of the best known Chateaux in the world, they benefit from the same expertise and pedigree as the grand vin, but at a fraction of the price.

We will be tasting wines from some of the best wine-making teams in Bordeaux, arguably the world, with offerings from Chateau Palmer (which in some vintages surpasses its first growth neighbour Chateau Margaux), Smith-Haut-Lafitte (creator of 100-point wines) and Chateau Pichon Lalande (neighbours of Chateau Latour).

We hope you can join us for the following:

The Wines
1995 Clos du Marquis (Chateau Leoville Las Cases)
2004 Alter Ego de Palmer (Chateau Palmer)
2013 Le Petit Haut Lafitte – Blanc (Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte)
2014 Le Petit Haut Lafitte – Rouge (Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte)
2011 Croix Canon (Chateau Canon)
2010 Fleur de Clinet (Chateau Clinet)
2012 Segla (Chateau Rauzan Segla)
2011 Reserve de la Comtesse (Chateau Pichon Lalande)
NV Champagne Paul Clouet Grand Cru Magnum
The total value of the wines above is over £300

The Menu
Four courses designed to complement the wines

Event Details
Thursday 28th September
6.30pm – Champagne Aperitif
7-10pm – Dinner
Venue: 28°- 50° Maddox Street
Address: 17-19 Maddox Street, Mayfair, London W1S 2QH

Prices are £145 for a single ticket, £135 each for multiple tickets. Your ticket includes welcome champagne, a four-course menu designed to complement the wines, and £15 off any order of wines on the night.

Space will be limited to a maximum of 18 clients so please do let us know if you would like to attend.  Seats are reserved upon payment.

Dinner with Jean-Emmanuel Bonnaire

Join us for dinner on July 11th with Jean-Emmanuel Bonnaire (pictured), the owner of two excellent grower champagne houses – Bonnaire and Paul Clouet.

Bonnaire Jean Emmanuel ChampagneAs a special treat for our clients, Jean-Emmanuel will bring a few mature bottles from the family’s personal collection dating from 1982 and 1996. Both were excellent vintages in Champagne.

Bonnaire is based in the Grand Cru village of Cramant, renowned as one of the top terroirs for Chardonnay. And Paul Clouet is located in Bouzy, another Grand Cru village and home to outstanding Pinot Noir.

We’re not the only fans of these houses.  Probably the most notable devotee is champagne expert Richard Juhlin, who introduced us personally to Bonnaire. He has scored some of their champagnes at 98/100 points – as high as legends like 1961 Krug, 1934 Pol Roger and 1959 Cristal.

My private cellar is full of bottles from Bonnaire.” Richard Juhlin

In all, Jean-Emmanuel will be presenting 7 champagnes for you to taste.

The Wines

NV Bonnaire Rose (90 points, Antonio Galloni)
NV Paul Clouet Grand Cru (92 points, Allen Meadows)
NV Bonnaire Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru (92 points, Allen Meadows)
2008 Paul Clouet Grand Cru (not yet rated)
2008 Bonnaire Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru (90-94 points, Richard Juhlin)
1982 Bonnaire Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru (95 points, Richard Juhlin)
1996 Paul Clouet Grand Cru (93 points, Richard Juhlin)

Event Details

Tuesday 11th July
6.30pm – Aperitif
7-9.30pm – Dinner
The Devonshire Club
4-5 Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4YD

Prices are £130 for a single ticket, £120 each for multiple tickets. Your ticket includes seven champagnes, a three-course dinner designed to complement the wines, and £20 off any purchase of wines on the night.

Order your tickets by email to sales@closcru.com, or message us via the website.

Join Us for Dinner With One of Italy’s Top Winemakers

 

isole_e_olena_palo_de__marchi“Wow. Paolo de Marchi is such an amazing mix of education, experience and passion.” – Jancis Robinson

Paolo de Marchi seems to bring a little magic to every grape and vine he touches.

At his family-owned Isole e Olena estate, Paolo has been leading the quality movement in Tuscany since the mid-1970s. He pressed for a change in the rules to allow Chianti Classico to be made with 100% red grapes. And he spared no expense investing in the best French barrels for his world famous Cepparello.

Nowadays, in addition to Sangiovese, Paolo works wonders with international varietals like Chardonnay, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. In the words of Antonio Galloni:

“I’m not a big fan of international varieties grown in Italy. But when you make wine like that, you’ll turn anyone into a believer.”

Paolo also has a venture with his son Luca in the north of Piemonte, where his family has roots. Called Proprieta Sperino, they make elegant, savoury reds from Nebbiolo that offer amazing value for money.

The Event
We’re delighted that Paolo will be joining us personally at an intimate dinner featuring a top drawer selection of his wines, some scoring 96+/100 points.

2015 Chardonnay Collezione Privata, Isole e Olena (93+ points, Monica Larner)
2014 Chianti Classico, Isole e Olena (90 points, Monica Larner)
2010 Lessona, Proprieta Sperino (94+ points, Antonio Galloni)
2013 Cepparello, Isole e Olena (96 points, Antonio Galloni)
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Collezione Privata, Isole e Olena (96+ points, Antonio Galloni)
2006 Vin Santo del Chianti Classico, Isole e Olena (96 points, Monica Larner)

Please join us on Tuesday 6 June at the Devonshire Club, Devonshire Square, EC2M 4YD. 6.30pm champagne aperitif, followed by dinner at 7pm.

Tickets are £130 for a single place, and £120 each for multiple places. To order, email sales@closcru.com.

Price includes a welcome glass of champagne, dinner and a minimum of 6 wines. Places are strictly limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

 

Dinner with Olivier Humbrecht

By Margaret Elderfield

A great night had by all on floor 35 of the Shard last month, when Olivier Humbrecht (of top biodynamic estate Domaine Zind-Humbrecht) joined Clos & Cru and our guests for a dinner that featured 9 of his best wines from recent vintages going back to 2008.

Olivier Humbrecht winemaker

Olivier Humbrecht (L) with Martyn from the Clos & Cru team

Tasting them side by side, I was struck by the incredible concentration and expressiveness of these lively, complex whites.  Tip top wine of the night was the 2013 Riesling Clos Windsbuhl (95 pts, robertparker.com) which had outstanding mineral precision, purity of fruit and a lovely savoury twist on the finish.

We also got a glimpse of some newly released 2015s.  Here the 2015 Riesling Clos St Urbain Rangen de Thann Grand Cru (96 pts, robertparker.com) was the star, with citrus and tropical fruits, smokey hints and toasted-stone mineral notes. To me, it was a perfect wine to show the difference between the German and Alsace styles of riesling. The great rieslings of the Mosel have a fine and delicate lightness. From the French side of the border, with his 2015 Riesling Rangen, Olivier delivers a more weighty Alsace style, but still with that quintessential riesling liveliness.

The biggest surprise of the night?  I’m not usually a fan of Muscat, which so often appears in simple, sweet vin doux naturels that can lack balance.  But the 2013 Muscat Goldert Grand Cru was a revelation, and I can see why Jancis Robinson counts it as one of her favourite Muscat wines in the world. Fermented to dryness, it had a heady aroma of grapes, orchard fruits and herbs, plus a mouthwatering hit of saline minerality. Served in a Burgundy glass, this wine bowled everyone over.  Olivier says they serve this wine in the region with white asparagus and hollandaise.  But in our meal it paired deliciously with Asian-influenced pork.

Thanks again, Olivier!

 

 

 

 

 

How to Bid in Our Online Charity Auction

Our online charity auction in support of the Central London Samaritans starts this Thursday 9th June.

Champagne 1966 Jacquart EnglandMagnumUp for auction is a Limited Edition magnum of Jacquart Brut Mosaique champagne, signed by 7 members of England’s 1966 World Cup winning team- Alan Ball, Gordon Banks, Bobby Charlton, George Cohen, Geoff Hurst, Martin Peters and Nobby Stiles.  

Tempted to experience a taste of history, and support a wonderful charity?  Here’s how to bid.

How to Bid – On Twitter

Step 1 – Follow us on Twitter @ClosCru

Step 2 – Submit your bid by sending a tweet to us @ClosCru and using the hashtag #EnglandMagnum.  All bids are in Pounds Sterling.

For example:

Sample bid Twitter auction

Step 3 – The Bidder who tweets the highest bid before 1pm on Thursday 16th June will be deemed to have won the auction, and will be deemed to be the Buyer at the bid price. Clos & Cru will confirm the successful bid and close of auction on the @ClosCru Twitter feed.

How to Bid – Via Email

Step 1. Send your highest bid in an email to sales@closcru.com with “England Magnum” in the subject line before 12noon on Thursday 16th June.

Step 2. Clos & Cru will Tweet your bid onto our Twitter feed for you, keeping your identity confidential.

Step 3.  If your bid is successful, you will be contacted by email to arrange payment and delivery.

Full terms & conditions can be found here.

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