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Red Herring Wine Club

Events & Tastings

Eight Wines Under the Hammer!

Monday 2nd August at St. Columba's - 6:30pm

with Christopher Burr, Master of Wine

Dom Perignon 1993 and island Margaux 2016


This promises to be one of our blockbuster tastings of the decade.  To celebrate the Club’s first physical tasting since February last year, we shall start with Dom Perignon Brut 1993 (£340 / bottle).  This is the flagship Champagne from Moet & Chandon using the finest Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from their best vineyards.  Since its launch in 1935, it has only been made in outstanding vintages!


In order to ensure social distancing, the event will be in the Lower Hall (capable of taking an entire local school for prize givings) of St Columba’s, Pont Street, SW1.  This is not our usual room but far more spacious.  It is a Grade II listed building from 1955, designed by Sir Edward Maufe who is noted for Guildford Cathedral and Cambridge’s Festival Theatre.




Christopher Burr is one of the world’s leading wine auctioneers.  He was International Head of Wine at Christie’s and qualified as a Master of Wine in 1995.  He has an amazing nose for discovering some of the finest cellars and will tutor a special range ahead of a major autumn sale at Chiswick Auctions where is now the Consultant.


Our wines are:



  • Macon Vergisson, Chateau de la Lavernette 2018 is a crisp white Burgundy from an estate originally belonging to the monks of Tournus Abbey.  The property is now owned by the Boissieu family.  Since 2007, it has been organic and biodynamic.


  • Monthelie Blanc, Sous le Cellier 2017 comes from Domain Garaudet in the heart of Burgundy’s Cote de Beaune, lying between Volnay and Meursault.  Paul Garaudet is the fourth generation to cultivate the family vines which cover 10.5ha.


  • A charming single village, single estate Beaujolais follows: Fleurie, Domaine Lafarge Vial 2019.  This is the Gamay grape grown on granite.  The 4.1ha (10.13 acres) await certification for biodynamic cultivation.  Frederic and Chantal Lafarge are also Volnay growers and decided to 
    buy in Fleurie in 2014.  They use Max, a grey horse, for vineyard work.


  • Maranges is just the secret that an auction will reveal.  It is the southernmost wine hamlet in the Cote de Beaune, yielding wonderful value Pinot Noir reds.  Our 2018 example comes from old vines (Vieilles Vignes), made by Thierry and Pascale Matrot.


  • Fixin 2018 is an appellation lying just south of Dijon in Burgundy’s Cote de Nuits.  In the mid-19th century it sold for the same price as neighbouring Chambertin.  Young winemaker Amelie Berthaut is the seventh generation to cultivate the 16ha land.  She made her first harvest in 2013 and has received multiple awards for her wines.



  • Domaine de L’ Île Margaux 2016 is really special.  It comes from an island in the middle of the Gironde estuary opposite Chateau Margaux and originally formed part of the First Growth estate.  After the aphid Phylloxera devastated the land it was abandoned, but a few years ago it 
    was replanted using cuttings from the original vines (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Merlot).  It is comparable to a Second Growth Claret.


  • A Grand Cru St Emilion, Petit-Figeac 2014 follows, exuding blackberry and blackcurrant fruit.  The 54ha on limestone-clay are owned by the Manoncourt family who use one-fifth new barrels for the fermentation.  Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon are each planted 35% with 30% Merlot.


  • Finally, there will be a sweet South African, Naude Mourvedre 2014, made from a block of old vines discovered by Ian Naude in Swartland.  The 2014 harvest was the earliest in decades.  This naturally sweet wine is rich (14% alcohol) and stylish.



With a Mayfair merchant, this tasting would cost £350-400.  The Club price is just £46 (guest £70, maximum TWO) with a concessionary (under 30 years) £30.  We expect high demand; please apply NOW to not be disappointed.


The tasting starts at 6.30pm.  Knightsbridge Underground is 5 minutes away.  Please do NOT arrive earlier at the Committee needs time to prepare.


Date:       Monday 2nd  August


Time:      6:30 pm 


Venue:    St. Columba's,  Pont St,  London,  SW1X 0BD


Dress:    Jacket and tie for men please

Tasting Costs


Member:   ...........................................   £ 46  
Young Member:   (max age: 35 years)..........   £ 30  




(max TWO per member) ...



£ 70


(The Club regrets that there is no concession of younger guests)  






  • Via the on-line form below


Enquiries can be made by telephone on 020 8947 5082 or by e-mail to  but bookings will only be allocated when funds have been received.






  • By cheque (made payable to The Red Herring Wine Club) to:  THE RED HERRING WINE CLUB,  4 CHURCH ROAD, CHRISTIAN MALFORD, CHIPPENHAM, WILTS, SN15 4BW
  • By on-line banking (details below) 


Bank: Barclays Bank plc
Sort  Code: 20-17-35
Account Number: 23429539



Your reference should be as follows:


Zoom 1 for one e-address (replace the 1 with 2 for two e-addresses etc.) 
T for one tasting ticket for the next event    (TT for  two, TTT for three)
G for guest ticket    (GG for two guest tickets)
C for concessionary younger member rate    (under 35 years)
M for one membership (MM for two memberships)
B for book offer



Bookings will only be allocated when funds have been received.




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