The Ritz London’s William Kent room was the suitably glamorous location for last week’s Château Pape-Clément dinner.
Philippe Magrez, son of Bernard, the owner of the château, was in town to host the dinner, which featured an impressive selection of the property’s wines. A Grand Cru de Provence Clos des Muraires Rosé 2011 kicked off proceedings, alongside some canapés.
At dinner, the first wine was a Château Pape Clément Blanc 2008, with ‘good minerality with a distinguished earthy nose and flavours of baked apricot’ according to Gauthier Soho’s Roberto Della Pietra. He described the match with scallops, avocado and lobster sauce as ‘A very good marriage – the dish had a good balance of sweetness and acidity to compliment the richness of the wine’.
Three vintages of the château’s red were served, namely the 2006, 2004 and 1995, served with confit turbot, hazelnut butter and braised oxtail. Pietra’s preferred match was with the 2004. ‘Mineral and fragrant, the black cherry and dark chocolate flavours matched the intense flavours of the oxtail and hazelnut butter. The smooth and ripe tannins didn’t disturb the fine texture of the turbot,’ he said.
The final wine of the night was a white Château Pape Clément 2006, paired with fresh goat cheese Saint Maure de Touraine, while ‘strong, mature blue Fourme d’Ambert’ was served with a jelly made from Château Pape Clément Rouge 2006.