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From the cellar
Revisiting the Judgement of Paris
A dinner held at London wine club 67 Pall Mall, hosted by Alan Davies under the theme ‘Revisiting the 1976 Judgement of Paris’, produced a stunning range of wines. As aperitif, an elegantly fresh Schramsberg, Blanc de Blancs NV preceded a rich J Schram 2000 of great complexity.
With the lobster thermidor pot pie came four magnificent Chardonnays: El Molino, Rutherford 2001 still very much there; Mayacamas, Mt Veeder 2007 showing its high-elevation origins; Aubert, CIX Vineyard, Sonoma Coast 2012 elegantly crafted; and Hanzell, Ambassador’s 1953 Vineyard, Sonoma 2013 with great precision and grip.