Steven Spurrier's top wines to take out from the cellar
From the cellar: Dinner in Yorkshire
Every spring I have the pleasure of choosing the theme and the wines (many from my own cellar) for a 24-guest dinner at Ripley Castle in Yorkshire.
For the 10th anniversary, we returned to Bordeaux. There were four pairs, the first being dry whites, with Denis Dubourdieu’s Blanc Sec, Graves 2011 showing florality for early drinking, leading to Les Plantiers du Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan 2006 whose honey nose and firm flavours showed youth and a good future.
Two 1995s followed: Château Langoa-Barton, St-Julien, opening up with unmistakable grace and class with a decade in front of it; and Clos de l’Oratoire, St-Emilion, with robust, plummy, earthy fruit, at its peak now.
Then two great 1990s, provided by one of the hosts, each getting a full five stars from Michael Broadbent in his Vintage Wine: Château Pichon Lalande, Pauillac, firm and elegant with suppleness from its Merlot vines, and Château L’Evangile, Pomerol, elegant, rich and velvety, both wines superb now and drinking well for some years to come.
Finally two Sauternes: Château Doisy-Védrines 2001, rich with a great future ahead and Château Rieussec 1995 at its best now.
Taken from the August 2013 issue of Decanter magazine