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Loire Valley and Cognac – who’d have thought it?

by | Mar 11, 2015 | Fine Wine Tastings and Dinners | 0 comments

An absolutely fabulous masterclass was enjoyed at Bacco last night.  In fact it was two masterclasses in one!

We welcomed Guillemette de Couesnongle who presented a fabulous tasting of Loire wines from Langlois Chateau, a top class estate owned by Bollinger.  We tasted a comprehensive selection ranging from some outstanding Cremant de Loire through some exceptional Saumur Vieilles Vignes Blanc and finishing with some excellent Sancerre and Pouilly Fume and a nifty little Coteaux du Layon sweetie to finish.

Bacco served up a top class menu with the sausage ravioli partnering the Saumurs brilliantly; the Vieilles Vignes Saumur Champigny providing a foil to the excellent pork fillet; a perfectly poached pear was a delight with the Coteaux du Layon.

If that wasn’t enough, we then settled in to a tasting of three XO Cognacs from Delamain.  Even for non spirit drinkers this was a revelation as Delamain is a small artisanal producer crafting quite exquisite cognacs.  Ranging in age from 25 to 55 years, the Pale and Dry, Vesper and Extra were quite outstanding.

All the Loire wines are available in the Shop, contact me if you are interested in the cognacs.

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“Throughout the 17 years I have attended Tim’s wine tasting events, he has continued to deliver his extensive knowledge of wine and wine-making with great charm, and lots of humour, making the evenings not only informative, but also great fun. In the course of an average year, the tastings cover a kaleidoscope of different wine themes – interesting and entertaining for all, novices and experts alike. And the wines taste pretty good too!”

“We have been going to Teddington Wine Society events for a number of years. Tim runs the evenings with bonhomie and humour and wears his considerable knowledge lightly. The evenings are great fun, the wines are always a little bit different and help to expand knowledge and tasting horizons.”

“I have attended the Richmond Wine society for over ten years and always enjoyed Tim’s self-effacing style and gentle humour. His knowledge is globally eclectic and presented in a clear, interesting and always stimulating way. Every guest I have taken there has enjoyed the evening immensely. Tim also offers a wide range of wines to buy and my red cellar has provided great pleasure to my own dinner guests.”

“I’ve been enjoying Tim’s tastings for over 20 years – he is a great teacher, raconteur and wine expert. He is seriously passionate about his wine, but there is nothing serious about his tastings, which are always informal and relaxed. A lovely way to spend an evening and enjoy some fantastic wines.”

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