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Happy birthday – to us! It is exactly one year since our launch last May.

From simple beginnings, the club activities have increased beyond our wildest expectations. We have hosted a total of 24 events, launched our Twitter feed, been active on Facebook, introduced wine gift vouchers, planned a number of private tastings and communicated on all manner of vinous matters. The sommelier team has also been in contact with many of you about a full range of wine-related subjects and queries.

Our second vintage brings more exciting developments. On Thursday, 1 September we are launching Château Boundary En Primeur. We plan to continue with the free element of our wine club and also to launch a paid membership with a single one-off fee. Similar in format to en primeur principles, this new aspect will allow members to receive advance notice of our events (we often sell all tickets within 24 hours) and buy tickets at up to 30% less than the normal prices. En Primeur membership will also bring a range of other benefits, including free tastings, discounts at wine-related retailers and much more. See below for further details.

It is also our intention to continue expanding our activities. A range of new initiatives will be offered in the future, from wine holidays to book reviews – and, of course, we will be sharing our wine gossip and tips with everybody. There will be more about our wine list updates and exclusive offers at both Boundary and Lutyens restaurants, too. What's more, this flow of communication should not be a one-way street. We would also like to hear from you, and welcome any comments, suggestions or requests. Please email chateau@theboundary.co.uk.

We hope you enjoy our latest missive. It is a little longer than usual, so bear with us – lots of interesting content. The full newsletter, plus a few extra sips and swigs, is also available at the website: www.chateauboundary.com

Santé

Château Boundary Team

May 2011

   

Château Boundary En Primeur

 

On Thursday, 1 September we are launching Château Boundary En Primeur – our version of the renowned wine futures system, applied to club membership.*

Membership is based on a one-off fee. When we launch on 1 September, the fee will be £250 for individual membership and an extra £150 for corporate membership, upto 10 named members. Both prices exclude VAT. Like the Bordelaise, but much less avariciously, we plan to increase membership fees each vintage. So, buy early to secure the best drinking.

Membership will be available to purchase from 1 June, and reduced fees are being offered for the three months prior to the official launch on 1 September.

Join in June for £125
Join in July for £175
Join in August for £200

The following is the initial list of En Primeur membership benefits.
Further offers will be added as the club develops.

 

On joining, each new member will receive a £50 gift voucher, to be used at a future Château Boundary event

 

Advance notice and exclusive preview periods prior to the launch of Château Boundary wine events and tastings – we often sell out within 24 hours of the release of event details

 

Standard discount of 15% against all Château Boundary event ticket prices, with the discount extended to 30% for specific events

 

20% discount on all accommodation rates at Boundary Hotel

 

Free access to a minimum of two tastings each year

 

10% discount at Around Wine – www.aroundwine.co.uk

 

Discount when dining at Boundary Restaurant after a Château Boundary event

 

20% discount at the Conran Shop

 

Discount when purchasing Riedel wine glassware

 

Free wine advice and cellar planning service

 

Six months’ free trial membership at Lutyens Club with all associated club membership benefits, including a 10% discount in the restaurant at dinner

Please email chateau@theboundary.co.uk for further information and membership application details.

*En Primeur, or ‘wine futures’, is a method of purchasing wines early, while a vintage is still in the barrel, offering the customer the opportunity to secure an allocation of rare or sought after wine, before it is bottled.

Forthcoming Events

The following is a summary of the forthcoming events. Further information is available at our website www.chateauboundary.com.

Rhône Valley Wines
Wednesday, 1 June at Boundary Restaurant
AND
Friday, 15 July at Lutyens Restaurant

As the sun shines and summer holidays beckon, our attention is drawn to the beautiful Rhône Valley – think Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage, Condrieu, St Joseph et al. The two top winemakers from this region are M. Chapoutier and E. Guigal, and we are delighted to announce two fantastic evenings with both producers. These exceptional vignerons each possesses its own style and speciality, yet share similar terroir and climate, with each one producing some of the world’s most-renowned wines.

Some of you will be aware that recent Château Boundary events have sold out very quickly. We therefore thought it would be interesting to choose two different nights in the week and two different venues to showcase these two different winemakers. The first event will be held on Wednesday, 1 June at Boundary Restaurant in Shoreditch, while the second event is on Friday, 15 July at Lutyens in the City. Why not attend both?

Thanks to kind support from our supplier partners, we have been able to keep the ticket price at very attractive levels. Although each event boasts a different menu and wines, the prices are the same at just £70 per person, which includes an extensive selection of wines to taste and a four-course dinner menu.

Please email chateau@theboundary.co.uk to confirm your ticket or request additional information for each event.

M. Chapoutier
Wednesday, 1 June at Boundary Restaurant

The Chapoutier family has been making wine in the Rhône valley since 1808, but it is only since 1990, when Michel Chapoutier came to the helm, that the wines have really begun to speak of their origin. Michel Chapoutier’s viticultural vision is highly impressive. His dedication to understanding each parcel of land and allowing it to make the best natural wine it can is breathtaking. He has worked tirelessly to improve every practice in his company, investing in his staff as well as in the winery and vineyard – much of his estate is now farmed biodynamically. Indeed he has also created dynamic projects outside of the Rhône, examples of which can be found in the Roussillon, where he sought old vines, and Australia, where his particular interest was the soil. The entire range of wines is the fruit of extensive research and Michel Chapoutier’s loving labour.

This event is kindly supported by

E. Guigal
Friday, 15 July at Lutyens Restaurant

The Guigal family owns vineyards in Condrieu and the Côte-Rôtie with illustrious plots producing wines that have each become flagships of their appellations. The Guigal domaine was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal, in the ancient village of Ampuis, home of the wines of the Côte-Rôtie. Marcel Guigal took over from his father in 1961, winning Decanter Man of the Year in 2006. Today, Philippe Guigal, oenologist, continues the family endeavour, producing some of the greatest wines of the Rhône valley. Guigal pioneered the notion of single-vineyard Côte-Rôties, and his three most famous wines are La Landonne, La Mouline and La Turque, some of the most sought after wines in the world today.

This event is kindly supported by

Other Forthcoming Events

Chêne Bleu wines
Monday, 27 June at Boundary Restaurant

Bollinger Masterclass
Tuesday, 12 July at Boundary Restaurant

We are also working on a “Natural Wines” event and will announce
the date and further details shortly.

Please email chateau@theboundary.co.uk to confirm your ticket or request additional information for each event.

Extreme Wine Experience,
Sunday 5–9 June,
Provence – Late Booking Discount

This luxury wine boot camp, designed for both beginners and seasoned collectors alike, will transform your wine knowledge. A full immersion course, it is accredited by the WSET (Intermediate Level) and taught by Clive Barlow MW and Nick Dumergue. You will be guided through an internationally recognised wine course while residing in all the style and comfort of a five-star luxury wine estate – the acclaimed resident chef has developed a series of bespoke menus inspired by the finest local ingredients, expertly matched to the carefully selected fine wines explored during the course. There really is no better way to reinforce your learning than through systematic food and wine pairing while dining al fresco in a southern Rhône vineyard.

Extreme Wine offers serious wine education, with learning reinforced in both the vineyard and the winery. Participants are expertly steered through the vineyard on an educational tour of wine-making by resident viticulturist Benedicte Gallucci, starting with a thorough understanding of vines and terroir. Jean-Louis Gallucci, the acclaimed resident winemaker, conducts a detailed tour around the winery covering every stage of the winemaking process. Extreme Wine incorporates a private guided tour of the winery and cellar at Château La Nerthe at nearby Châteauneuf-du-Pape, followed by a gourmet lunch enjoyed with Château La Nerthe wines in one of its ‘grands salons’.

To view the Extreme Wine Experience brochure and also an article written by Elena Bowes, a 2010 Extreme Wine participant, please click on the links below:

 

Extreme Wine Experience brochure

 

La Verriére review

 

Indagare review

 

FT How to spend it review

‘The Extreme Wine Experience … includes far more tasting (and far more top-notch wines) than other … courses – about 100 wines in total.’ JancisRobinson.com Purple Pages, listed under a round-up of the best-known courses in wine education

Our friends at The Extreme Wine Experience have offered us a late booking discount of 50% exclusively available to Château Boundary free club members. This is an amazing deal for such fantastic course content. Prices start from EURO 2500. Book your flight or TGV NOW!!!

Deadline for offers: Thursday, 19 May 2011

Other Wine Holidays

Anyone who is heading off to a wine region for the summer holidays, please do not forget to pop in for dinner and have a chat with a member of the Boundary Restaurant sommelier team. The sommeliers have connections in almost all of the major wine regions, and we are always happy to offer recommendations for vineyard visits or restaurants not to be missed while you are there.

The following links may also be of interest;

 

Bordeaux Index wine tours

 

Hotel Marqués de Riscal, designed by Frank Gehry

 

Delaire Graff Wine Estate, Stellenbosch

 

Winechap.com Travel

Rupert Taylor, Head Sommelier
at Boundary Restaurant

 

After almost two years of excellent support and consummate professionalism, Gabriel Danis, our head sommelier, has decided to move on to take up an unmissable opportunity in Singapore. Rupert Taylor, previously Gabriel’s deputy, has been promoted to fill his shoes, and we wish Rupert the very best of success. Rupert has garnered extremely valuable experience at Locanda Locatelli, Trinity in Clapham and the Crown & Castle in Orford, to mention just a few of his past employers. He has also worked at several southern hemisphere wineries and visited many châteaux, domaines and wine estates around the world.

Under Rupert’s aegis, the Boundary Restaurant wine list will continue to promote a predominantly French selection of about 500 bins. When we stray from France it is always for a very good reason, namely, wine icons or the very best example from the region or a perfect reflection of unique terroir. Recent visitors to the restaurant will have noticed that we have again expanded the large-format bottle collection and not just with expensive magnums and jeroboams. The new selection includes several great-value options that are ideal for tables of four or five, as well as larger gatherings. On the flip side, the half-bottle collection is still diverse as is our selection by the glass and carafe. Of course, we also continue to honour our 35 under £35 promise – in fact, Rupert has recently expanded the selection, and it is currently more like 50 under £35. There is much more to say about the new wines that have been added over recent weeks, from the natural and biodynamic listings to a really lovely Provençal rosé, and we plan to issue more information in the future.

Rupert is also responsible for the Château Boundary Twitter feed
and tweets on a full range of interesting matters.

Château Boundary and Idea Generation, Tuesday 3 May

The Domaine Faiveley Burgundy evening in partnership with our neighbours the Idea Generation Gallery was a huge success. While guests sipped their Chablis and viewed the exhibition, the artists circulated and discussed their art, before opening the presentation with an interesting overview of their work. Vincent Avenel then introduced his wines from Mâcon to Puligny-Montrachet, via Meursault and Mercurey Blanc. After a quite intensive tutored tasting, guests transferred to Boundary Restaurant for a very enjoyable Burgundian supper, including regional charcuterie, braised ox cheek and cheese. The red wines served with dinner included the particularly excellent grand cru Corton Clos des Corton 2007.

We have received great feedback about this new format, one that allows us to expand our capacity and at the same time introduce a new cultural dimension to the tasting evenings. The Idea Generation Gallery is a great space, very much a hidden gem in Shoreditch, and we look forward to planning future events with the gallery.

For those who did not manage to attend, please find a link to the gallery and the online shop.

Read more about the Domaine Faiveley Burgundy evening on sipswooshspit.com.

Books

We are often asked for recommendations on which wine books are worth having on your bookshelf, so here are a few we wouldn’t be without. If you do not already own a copy of The Oxford Companion to Wine, it is well worth making the investment in this particular tome. This is probably the most comprehensive wine book on the market. Having said that, Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia is also very thorough, so maybe it is worth having both within your possession.

Michael Schuster’s Essential Wine Tasting offers plenty of scope for those of you who want to improve your wine-tasting expertise. Alternatively, you might find Jancis Robinson’s How to Taste: A Guide to Enjoying Wine equally useful.

Maybe you are looking for a book on Burgundy – and, if you need a book on any winemaking region, then Burgundy has to be it – look no further than Jasper Morris’s latest tome Inside Burgundy, which is available from the Berry Brothers website.

Always remember that as soon as a book on wine is printed it is invariably immediately out of date in one way or another, but with this in mind it is still very much worthwhile getting hold of a copy of Michael Broadbent’s Vintage Wine, as so much is still applicable. For the Rhône valley, The Wines of the Northern Rhône by John Livingstone-Learmonth is truly a fascinating read.

Italy and its hundreds of grape varietals always need a book to fall back on. We would suggest a pair, Brunello to Zibibbo: Tuscany, Central and Southern Italy and Barolo to Valpolicella: The Wines of Northern Italy, by Nicholas Belfrage. Bear in mind that they are a little out of date, but nonetheless they do give you a great overview of Italian wines. Anyone who is passionate about Barolo and Piedmont should find A Wine Atlas of the Langhe: The Greatest Barolo and Barbaresco Vineyards, published by Slow Food Editore, a compelling read.

Château Clinet at Boundary

For more on the Château Clinet event in partnership with Bordeaux Index; follow this link to an interesting blog: Bordeaux Index

Louis XIII

Since 1874, Louis XIII has held its position as the world’s premier luxury cognac, enjoyed by both royalty and celebrities, including Tsar Alexander II, King George V and Winston Churchill. A unique blend of more than 1200 eaux-de-vie sourced exclusively from Grande Champagne, the most prestigious cru in Cognac, Louis XIII is aged for up to a century in tiercons, century-old casks made of Limousin oak.

Thanks to the support of Alexandre Quintin, Louis XIII brand ambassador, we are enormously pleased to announce that this unique cognac is now available by the glass at Boundary Restaurant: 25ml or 50ml.

The Château Boundary team celebrated the arrival of our first magnum bottle of Louis XIII by hosting a very exclusive cognac-and-vintage-cigar pairing event in the Sir David Tang suite of the Boundary Hotel.

Wine Course with Ray O’Connor

If you’re looking to take your interest in wine that extra step further then a Wine & Spirit Education Trust qualification will give you the confidence to speak more confidently about the subject amongst your friends. Château Boundary’s regular wine commentator, Ray O’Connor, will be teaching the WSET Intermediate Certificate at an independent venue near Oxford Circus this summer. This is an opportunity to learn which grapes grow where & why and also to taste over 50 different wines from around the world. For more information on dates & prices contact Ray@RayOConnorWine.com.

 

Ray O'Conner twitter feed.

Private and Bespoke Tastings

Alongside our club activities, we are often asked to create special corporate tastings or to plan unique private occasions with a vinous note of difference. We are happy to assist with all manner of events, whether at a venue of your own choice, a local gallery or one of our two restaurants, Lutyens or Boundary, dependent on numbers. It may also be possible to host very exclusive events in one of the bedroom suites at Boundary. Formats can range from simple one-hour tastings to five-course gourmet experiences. Please contact the office on chateau@theboundary.co.uk for further information.

Subject to the event requirements, we generally plan these tastings in partnership with award-winning wine educator and expert Ray O’Connor, together with Rupert Taylor our head sommelier. While anything is possible, from a vertical of the greatest Grand Cru to a masterclass in summer rosé wines, we have prepared a list of ideas to whet your taste buds. Prices and exact content are available on request.

The Italian Job

The Ancient Greeks called it 'Enotria', Land of Vines, and today Italy is home to more than 2000 grape varieties. It is a country best known for its characterful reds, and this tasting highlights the qualities of Italy's famous wine regions, as well as discovering a few hidden gems in the white and sweet corners.

Pinot Noir and Its Many Terroirs

Pinot Noir’s elegant and complex flavours are achieved only through the combination of a perfect vineyard location and requisite winemaking skill. Its styles vary from those with delicacy and finesse to silkier, smooth-textured wines. Savour the flavours of this beguiling grape as it exhibits the expressions of each of its represented regions around the world.

France – Where It All Began

Home to the best-known and most-beloved grape varieties in the world, France has created the template to which modern wineries aspire. Its many diverse regions produce a plethora of styles to satisfy every wine lover. Enjoy this tour of the world’s most famous wine regions.

Same Grape, Different Region

Have you ever wondered why a grape that you have come to love plays tricks on you with different flavours from time to time? In essence, grapes are a bit like chameleons, adapting to whatever Mother Nature throws at them just to blend in to their surroundings and climate. Witness the versatility of grapes across regions, and compare their styles in various corners of the globe.

Unsung Heroes

Some of the world’s most interesting grape varieties are too often eclipsed by the more popular names so common in everyday life and expression. Remote vineyards and extreme conditions often combine to produce unrivalled styles of winemaking. This tasting is for wine enthusiasts who want to uncover some of the world’s best-kept wine secrets.

All Things Sparkling

Sparkling wine is always appreciated, there is no doubt, but these fascinating wines have many different guises. Discover the range of styles of fizz produced, from the fun and fresh Prosecco right through to the most exquisite vintage Champagne. Learn to understand the little things that make a big difference in making top-end sparkling wines.

A Brand New World

A collective of histories and upheavals has seen European winemakers venture overseas to other corners of the globe over the centuries, and we are reaping the rewards of their fruit today. Some of the most exciting and vibrant wines in the world are appearing on our shores from regions bursting with sunshine and fruit. Taste how old-fashioned styles of wines are turned on their respective heads when we sample ‘New World’ wines from California, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

The Wines of Iberia

Forget what you think you know about Portuguese and Spanish wines. A lot has changed on the Iberian Peninsula in the past decade, and it is now producing some of the finest wines in the world. Enjoy this tasting tour across the various up-and-coming regions and the elegant wines now being produced in this part of the winemaking world. And, of course, the tasting would not be complete without a rare old vintage port from the 1970s to round things off.

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