22 Dec 2006

Catford by Candlelight

ROBERT AND I held a comparative tasting on Wednesday, 'Burgundy versus...' This was acheived in flights of two, whereby tastees were given the options and then set down to the task of identifying semi-blind which wine was which. Thus, in the darkened function room of a South London pub, so drab we resorted to candleight, youthful Champagne was pitched against baking croissant scented Crémant de Bourgogne; opulent, gracious Mersault against verdant, fresh Mâcon-Villages; suprisingly impressive home-grown 'Château Catford' replete with whisps of cocoa against bright berry fruited Côtes de Beaune; and tangy, loveable, nearly kissable 1er Cru Fixin, Hervelets, against leathery violet Oddero Barolo. By all accounts it went down a storm. We shall be introducing more events in the new year - please come back for details.
I tasted a selection of the Champagnes of Dom. Ruinart on Tuesday, a day when freezing fog kept many planes grounded. Ironic considering this was the first first fizz to fly on Concorde. [TASTING NOTES]
My latest Southwark Weekender article, 'Taking The Fizz' is available on the MAIN SITE, filed under 'Articles'.