Lunches and dinners

Annual Gala Dinner 2017

Wednesday 22 March 2017
18:00  -  22:00
At the Landmark Hotel
222 Marylebone Road, London NW1 6JQ
£190+VAT per person; £2,100+VAT per table of 12

Charity Partner

Silent auction organised in aid of our Charity Partner: Emmaus

Founded in France in 1949 by Abbé Pierre, Emmaus supports formerly homeless people by giving them a home, meaningful work in a social enterprise and an opportunity to get back on their feet again.

In 25 years the movement has grown from one community in Cambridge to 29 spread across the UK, and now supports more than 750 formerly homeless people. Emmaus UK is now second only to Emmaus France in size. For many who experience homelessness, one of the biggest obstacles they must overcome is a loss of selfesteem. Emmaus provides people with a stable home and the opportunity to regain their self-worth, by making a real contribution to their community. Emmaus companions work in the charity’s shops and social enterprises to support their community, selling donated furniture, clothing and other items.

Le Conseil des Vins de Saint-Emilion SAINT-EMILION WINEYARD

The wine-growing area of Saint-Emilion, 40 km (25 miles) to the east of Bordeaux, is made up of the following appellation areas: Saint-Emilion, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, Lussac-Saint-Emilion and Puisseguin-Saint-Emilion. The vineyards stretch over an area of 7,836 hectares (19,362 acres) and boast an average yearly production of 35.3 million litres. From whichever direction they come, first-time visitors to the region are struck by the diversity and beauty of the countryside. Should they approach from the south, they notice from far away the medieval town of Saint Emilion perched on the bejewelled edge of the plateau. If they approach from the north, charming winding roads lead them through the picturesque villages of Lussac and Puisseguin. Wherever they may look, river terraces and promontories provide superb viewpoints over an ocean of vines punctuated by houses, châteaux or wooded coppices. In addition to this rich diversity of landscapes there is also an exceptional wealth of heritage sites: Gallo-Roman vestiges, Romanesque churches, and the medieval town of Saint-Emilion that wine-lovers can discover in between visits to wine cellars. Today the Saint-Emilion area is one of the most popular sites in France. It contains a rich variety of architectural features: Romanesque chateaux and churches, windmills and pigeon lofts or mysterious caves. verre vin

WHAT IS THE SAINT-EMILION JURADE?

The Jurade dates back to 8th July 1199, when the Falaise Charter was signed by John Lackland, King of England and son of Eleanor of Aquitaine. Aquitaine at that time belonged to the English by Eleanor’s marriage with Henry Plantagenet, who was to become King Henry II. The Charter confirmed the legal, administrative and economic powers endowed in the people of Saint-Emilion by John’s predecessor and brother, Richard the Lionheart. In 1289, under the reign of Edward I, these powers were extended to the communes within the Saint-Emilion Jurisdiction (practically covering the present area occupied by the Saint-Emilion and Saint-Emilion Grand Cru appellations). The Saint-Emilion Jurade members (“Jurats”) were responsible for the internal affairs of the Jurisdiction. They controlled and directed internal administration, justice and everything that concerned policing their territory. With regard to winegrowing, the role of the Jurade was primordial. It monitored the production and refining of “fine” wines, held the “vintner’s brand” that was scorched on every barrel, performed the “Harvest Proclamation”, punished wrongdoing and fraud and destroyed wine which was considered to be unworthy. All these measures that were in force up to the Revolution, ensured the prosperity and fabulous reputation of Saint-Emilion, proclaimed "King of Wines" in England and “Nectar of Gods" by Louis XIV Paysage-vignes Saint-Emilio

THE JURADE TODAY

Revived in 1948, the present Jurade is inspired by the powers and responsibilities it acquired over the centuries. Every year, it performs the “Harvest Proclamation” on the third Sunday of September. It organises tastings, receptions and induction ceremonies everywhere, promoting the reputation of Saint-Emilion wines throughout the world. Several chancelleries have been created out of France : in London and York in England, in Flanders and in Wallonia for Belgium, in Texas for the north American continent.

THE CHARACTER OF SAINT-EMILION WINES

A vivid scarlet robe, a palette of the most subtle aromas, well-balanced and generous on the palate, these are some of the main characteristics of Saint-Emilion wines. However, remember that Saint-Emilion, Lussac Saint-Emilion and Puisseguin Saint-Emilion have many wines. Different estates and vintages produce wines with their own personality; the enjoyment is getting to know them all.

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AOC GRAVES & GRAVES SUPERIEURES

The Graves region is the cradle of Bordeaux white and red wines

The Graves wine district starts at the “Jalle de Blanquefort” and ends just after Langon.

The river forms the Easter border of the vineyards while to the west the pine forest of the Landes serves as boundary and protection alike. But the majority of A.O.C. GRAVES wines come from the area extending from La Brède to Langon, encircling the Barsac and the Sauternes appellation area.

The”terroir” is made of gravel (“grave”) and river -deposited pebbles ranging in depth from about twenty centimeters to three meters and more- testimony to the ancient courses of the Garonne River. A reflector of sunlight, gravel supplies warmth to grape bunches and so helps improve ripening.

The Graves appellation has given birth to three types of wine: red, dry white and sweet white.

To the north of the Graves appellation is the Pessac-Léognan appellation area.

Graves red wines enjoy a successful balance of grape varieties in which the cabernets supply aroma and structure and the merlots savour and suppleness. When young they develop aromas of red fruit with spicy, toasted notes. Elegant and structured fine and aromatic, Graves red wines age harmoniously.

Dry white graves wines are elegant and full-bodied. A blend of Sémillon and Sauvignon grapes, they develop waxy, honey notes with a natural fullness that does not exclude crispness. Aged in oak barrels they are elegant and stylish.

Sweet Graves wines, also named Graves Supérieures, have a light yellow robe. They are characterized by a delicate honey bouquet, in terms of aroma develop toasted, summer fruits, and from time to time dry fruit notes.

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Rigorously selected and controlled by the I.N.A.O, the current production is of the order of 75000 hls with more than 1700 hectares of production or some 10 million bottles (80% Red and 20% dry White). Of this about 20% is exported.

The new A.O.C Pessac-Léognan was born in September 1987 in the very old region of the Graves de Bordeaux, formerly the Banlieue Prévôtale (Provostal Suburb). Cradle of the Bordeaux vineyards, the A.O.C Pessac-Léognan includes 74 Châteaux and Domains split between 10 communes. All located on this exceptional soil, 16 of them, of which the famous Château Haut-Brion, are Classified Vintages of the Graves.

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