The much anticipated Flight Club #8 Loire is happening on Friday 4th August at The ARC, Hawksfield at a cost of only £30 per person!
As a huge and graciously received thank you for all their hard work, we sent Kate and Harriet off to France to personally source the wines for this event. If you’ve seen either of them since, you’ll know that they had way too much fun for a ‘work’ trip!
But, does what happen in Loire stay in Loire? Of course not! They’re going to tell you all about their adventures whilst tasting the fantastic wines they chose to bring home. Accompanied by a casual canape supper this informal tasting is guaranteed to raise a few smiles (or nervous giggles from K & H – both self-confessed non-public speakers!)
You may be forgiven for thinking the Loire is all about Sauvignon Blanc with familiar names such as Sancerre and Pouilly Fume. But with the resurgence of Muscadet, incredibly lush Chenin Blanc and vastly understated Cabernet Franc, there is so much to discover.
Tickets are only £30 per person so BOOK NOW to join us on Friday 4th August from 7pm at The ARC, Hawksfield. Don’t forget, if you’re coming from Padstow let us know and we’ll arrange return taxi transport for you.
Read below for a little insight in to their trip…
Us girls, we went on a trip to France
Being more specific, we went to Nantes
Sent to Loire on a quest for great wine
Technically ‘work’ but we had a fab time
Thoroughly spoilt for the whole of our stay
We were plied with great food and Muscadet
Thinking we knew this particular grape
48 on one list surprised even Kate!
The weather was fair and warm in Loire
And particularly good for some terroir
But really not so in the case of Goulaine
Where the moat was bone dry, they really need rain!
We arrived at the Chateau where we met Pierre-Jean
What a character he was, Mr Sauvion
From 4 generations of wine ‘creators’
He referred to himself as a ‘pleasure maker’
His vineyard awaited, he called it his garden
He filled us with facts but avoided the jargon
Then on to the ‘house’ to taste lots of wine
Full of excitement for what we may find
There was plenty of choice amongst the wines
But we thought long and hard, overlooking the vines
Melon de Bourgogne or lush Chenin Blanc
Or Harriet’s favourite Cabernet Franc?
We made our decisions throughout the trip
And nearly missing the flight was the only blip
Over all, the trip was a huge success
So join us at Flight Club and be our guests
David McWilliam sees in August with a beautiful Burgundy…
We’re coming to expect great things of the 2015 vintage in France. Having already seen some BinTwo belters from Beaujolais we can look forward to more Burgundian gems both red and white over the next few years. So while the 2014 Cuvée Classique from Marc Jambon was extraordinary, the 2015 vintage has knocked this little village wine out of the park.
In the glass, it really is a deliciously expressive white wine: fresh, white Burgundy, yes – but this little beauty also has depth of flavour worthy of finer Premier Cru sites. Ripe Chardonnay on the nose, vibrant like a Pouilly Fuissé, yet elegant like a Chassagne-Montrachet: oyster-shell minerality overlayered with ripe, fleshy white peach, more mineral freshness at the finish and a long, evolving, leesy aftertaste.
Wines to accompany your August Antics whether barbecues, picnics, family gatherings, Sunday socials, we have wines for this fun-filled month. A white to pair with seafood fare, a Sicilian rosé to celebrate summer, the tastiest Cabernet Franc in town and a sweet to top the juiciest summer berries. Find out more below…
Orballo Albariño 2016 £12.00
Rías Baixas, Galicia, Spain
Orballo has a fresh stone fruit and honey fragrance. A long palate which is rich, textured and dry. The aromas come through in flavour with an added luscious touch of ripe melon and fresh citrus.
The tiny Albariño berries are grown on high Pergola trellises ensuring maximum ventilation and the best chance against the Galician moisture. After fermentation, ageing on the lees lends texture to this white.
Coming from a land where seafood is plentiful, you can pair this with Spanish specialities like anchovies or calamari or simply opt for trad fish and chips!
Jean-Luc Colombo Les Abeilles Blanc 2015 £12
Rhône Valley, France
A vibrant and structured blend. White blossom and peachy aromatics give way to a soft-textured, juicy white with a surprisingly fresh palate.
Named after the bees ‘Les Abeilles’ and the crucial role they play in the pollination of the vineyard and a reflection of Jean-Luc’s commitment to respecting the vineyard environment.
This white won’t shy away from flavour, lemon and thyme chicken with a well-dressed salad.
Cantine Paolini Rosato 2016 £10.50
A sumptuous deep pink rosé. If you are a fan of the paler shades of rosé don’t let this put you off… The nose is delicate and raspberry tinged, the palate is dry, ripe, soft and incredibly easy.
The dynamic cooperative Cantine Paolini are masters of the indigenous Nero d’Avola, the most important red wine grape on the island. Bold and fruit-driven it blends harmoniously with soft, juicy Merlot. After a short maceration (juice and skin contact), the juice takes up the deep fruit colour.
Aperitif or Antipasti!
Emiliana Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2015 £7.00 (Organic)
Casablanca Valley, Chile
A delicate summer-weight sweet. Enticing honeysuckle perfume and a ripe peach and apricot palate is balanced by orange zest and refreshing acidity.
Roaming Alpacas, dung heaps and biodynamic treatments can be found in the vineyards of Emiliana, renowned for its important organic and biodynamic wine production.
Novas Gran Reserva Pinot Noir 2016 £11.00 (Organic)
Casablanca Valley, Chile
Bright cherry and raspberry flavours with a hint of savoury and herbal notes. This organic Pinot Noir is soft with fresh, vibrant acidity, it subtly grips the palate and has a long and elegant finish.
The cooler climate of the Casablanca Valley is the perfect home for heat-sensitive varietals such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The grapes take time to ripen and develop rich flavours whilst retaining aromatics.
‘Logis de la Bouchardière’ Chinon 2015 £12.50
Our Loire discoveries continue… This is a deliciously succulent mid-weight red that has seen just a little old-oak ageing. Fragrant, fruity and herbaceous combine with supple tannins and a lasting finish. A stylish, great value and very tasty Chinon indeed!
Bruno Sourdais is at the helm of The Logis de la Bourchardière, a domaine dating back to 1850 with its oldest vines being over 100 years old. The fruit for this Chinon come from grapes from some of the younger vines, approx 30 years old.
It just has to be Charcuterie.