2020 NSPCC CITY FINE WINE CHALLENGE
27th February 2020 | 1 Great George St.
All of us at Lea & Sandeman are proud to support the City Fine Wine Challenge in aid of the NSPCC, as we have done for the past fifteen years. We donate all the wine and Champagne for the evening and pour over 2,000 glasses prior to the quiz - so it's all hands to the pump on the night.
The CFWC raises a substantial amount (over £150,000 in 2019) for the 'Speak Out, Stay Safe' programme which is an extremely worthy cause and we sincerely hope to raise a similar amount tonight.
We are delighted to welcome back Quizmaster extraordinaire Matthew Jukes who will be taking the putting the guests through their paces before the auction.
Wines from the Quiz
Below is a list of wines that formed part of the CFWC quiz and were so well received on the night. You can order any of these individually or in a mixed case with free mainland UK delivery for orders above £100.
BENEDICK Grand Reserve Brut Champagne Benedick NV
Champagne France 12% White
Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir.
(75cl reduced from £24.95) A blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, with about 10% Chardonnay to give a dash of elegance. Considerably better than some widely available cheap Grandes Marques, and very consistent in quality and value.
2015 PINOT GRIS Domaine Marcel Deiss
Alsace France 13.5% White
Bold, intense and complex white wine, with peach and pear fruit and hints of spice; the rich, almost fat, package is, however, wrapped up with a fresh dry finish. Fascinating, worthy of contemplation and a world away from the often tiresome Pinot Grigios we keep coming across. A fascinatin...(read more)L&S
2017 CONDRIEU Chéry Domaine Rémi Niero
Northern Rhône Rhône France 14.5% White
From a miniscule 0.8 hectare vineyard with vines averaging 70 years old, the Coteau du Chéry is considered to be one of the finest Viognier plots in Condrieu. Lees ageing with batonnage, 40% aged for 12 months in mostly new oak and 60% stainless steel. Richer fruit than Ravines, mor...(read more)L&S
2016 CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE Prestige Domaine Jean Royer
Southern Rhône Rhône France 16.0% Red
85% Grenache and 15% Mourvèdre. Richer than the Tradition, with a suave supple feel. Denser fruit and more body. Cool and fresh despite this evident weight. Excellent again.L&S
2016 TOSCANA ROSSO IGT Podere Giodo di Carlo Ferrini
Tuscany Italy 13.5% Red
Nicely scented cherry, mint, earth, damson and touch of tobacco. Lovely glossy mouthfeel, really fine rich tannins, great acid backbone, lots of red fruits, then mocha, tobacco and earth.L&S
2016 AUDITORI Vinyes Velles Magiques Acústic Celler
Montsant Spain 15% Red
From the effervescent Albert Jané, whose indomitable enthusiasm for all things Garnacha, finds its voice in this incredible old vine bottling. Montsant is the hole in the doughnut that is Priorat and where Albert founded his first estate Acustic. From century old vines, this is one...(read more)L&S
2018 ESTATE PINOT NOIR Illahe Vineyards
Oregon USA 13.5% Red
A brilliant new addition to our American range, we have been looking for an Oregon Pinot for quite some time and as soon as we tasted this we knew we had to have it. Deliciously fragrant with cherry, wild strawberry, just a hint of cinnamon spice, mocha and wild rose. Textured and supple i...(read more)L&S
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