Château Pédesclaux Harvest Begins!


Chateau d’Issan – Racking The 2017 Vintage Step 3


Chateau d’Issan – Racking The 2017 Vintage Step 2


Chateau d’Issan – Racking The 2017 Vintage Step 1


Sporting Wine Club Introduces “Tara” by Sumaridge Estate Wines


Apart from their love of sporting charities and support for African Township rugby, Sumaridge Wine Estate owners Simon and Holly have been big donors to Elephant Charities over the years and so branded their wonderful Rosé in the name of Tara, the legendary Asian Elephant.

Our exclusive partnership with the Chinese Cricket Club Restaurant in Blackfriars started last week, as does their  firm commitment to our Tara!

It was fitting that I met with Hugh Wilson, ex Surrey fast bowler, Chairman of Lloyds Cricket and SWC member, to sample the first bottle of Tara Rosé to be opened at Chinese Cricket Club. A spring like sunny day was a perfect accompaniment and we look forward to a summer of Sporting Wine with Lloyds Cricket as well as a few runs, wickets and victories along the way.

You may have spotted the Moulin D’Issan (our best selling Bordeaux Blend) in the corner of the picture to celebrate Jacky Lorenzetti’s Racing 92 victory over Clermont in the quarter finals of the European Rugby’s Champions Cup.

To celebrate both this victory and the Tara branding please enjoy a 15% discount on both of these lovely wines.  Please contact either Alex or Michelle to place your orders.

Winemaker Tour – Jacky Lorenzetti


The Banks of the Gironde represent some of the best wine-growing conditions  in France. The world renowned villages of St Estephe, Pauillac and Margaux are where the Sporting Wine Club travelled to visit Jacky Lorenzetti, owner of Racing 92 and self declared lover of fine wines as expressed through his three chateaux.
 
Chris and I kicked off our mini tour at the Chateau Lilian Ladouys, enjoying some superb French cuisine. Jacky graciously congratulated Chris on the Irish Grand Slam while I continued to practise my French and look forward to the Champions Cup Q Final at Clermont where Racing 92 feature in an all French clash.
 
After a comfortable night in our 16th century surroundings, the wine tour showed up traditional winemaking skills, and then we moved on to Chateau Pédesclaux, one of the most modern wineries in the world. Stunning technology and gravity based techniques create a Grand Cru Classée Classic and more besides. The tour was a real highlight and the lunch even more so, quality wines in attendance at all times.
Finally to the Chateau D’Issan, whose wines were served at the wedding of Henry Plantagenet and Eleanor of Aquitaine in the 13th Century. A moated Chateau looking onto a windmill (whence comes the Moulin D’Issan) and the river just beyond tells you all you need to know about the beauty of the region. Traditional winemaking techniques  again dominated and we were left in awe of the history and quality of all three chateaux we visited.
 
We will be coming back here that’s for sure and if these pictures don’t persuade you ………
 
Best Chris and Simon 

Meet The Winemaker Event – Emmanuelle Cruse


The Sporting Wine Club was truly privileged to greet Emmanuel Cruse, the Chief Winemaker for Jacky Lorenzetti’s very special Bordeaux Vintages.  The club evening was held at M Victoria who hosted us in their very own mezzanine winetasting room.

Apart from being the owner of Racing 92, who won the French Championship in 2016, Jacky Lorenzetti owns the Chateau’s Lilian Ladouys, Pédésclaux and D’Issan. These are three of the highest quality vineyards in the Haut-Médoc and it is said that wines from Chateau D’Issan were served to Henry of England and his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine in the 14th Century.

 Emmanuel took us skillfully through the Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot predominant blends, various vintages of each, and the highest quality truly shone through.  The “Indian Summer” of 2014 gave the perfect conditions to create some truly outstanding wines, although the older vintages were remarkable and we all learnt the true reason for decanting wines a few hours ahead of drinking.

Sporting Wine Club look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with these top wineries of Bordeaux where Emmanuel and Jacky create such wonderful vintages.  Please do consider the opportunity to go and visit the area where, I can guarantee, you will be made very welcome.  Please contact us for more detail.

We were also lucky to have the great Serge Betsen, rugby legend and recently awarded the Légion D’Honneur for services to Rugby and Charity, join us for the evening and there was a lively discussion around recent, and future, rugby matters.

We are already looking forward to our next event!